Are You Prepared?

Wildfire Preparedness Forum

As of press time, 24 fires were burning in California. It’s not if but when the next fire will hit here. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) will present a Wildfire Preparedness Forum on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 am to 3 pm at Marshall Middle School.

The purpose of the forum is to provide you with information to help you be prepared so when another firestorm threatens our city, you will be ready. Booths and roundtable discussions will help answer your questions and address your concerns.

  • You will meet our first responders—San Diego police and Fire-Rescue officials—along with a CAL FIRE representative. They will discuss how you can support their efforts, as well as actions to take if an evacuation is ordered.
  • Insurance, record keeping, home inventory, working with contractors, your family plan of action, evacuation routes and destinations, pets, and more will be the subject of another roundtable.
  • Defensible space is a big issue, but have you thought about your eaves, vents, roofs? Fire protective gel and resistant landscaping will be part of the displays and demonstrations and another roundtable discussion

A food court is planned for lunch so you can stay and find out all the information.

Scripps Ranch is much better prepared than in 2003 when the Cedar Fire hit. When a fire started in a canyon near Hoyt Park in May 2014, neighbors reported it quickly, the homes had 100 feet of defensible space, and residents evacuated without incident. Fire crews responded within minutes and less than one acre burned. Remember: Focus, Vigilance, Readiness.

This information is not designed just for Scripps Ranch residents, it applies to everyone. Invite family and friends from anywhere to join us on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Also, remember our fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10. Watch for more information at www.srfiresafecouncil.org or call 382-7694.

Neighbors Fight Crime

Our 5th Annual Communitywide National Night Out was a huge success. This is an event that shows criminals that our neighborhoods are off limits. It takes volunteers to bring this all together. Many thanks to: Arman Freeman, who put up banners; Andrea Ohanian, who contacted police, fire, and local officials to have them visit; and special kudos to our SRCA webmaster, Greg Minter, whose creation of online registration of the block parties made the process so easy. Please contact me at [email protected] if you would like to get involved in this fun event next year.

We had more than 30 block parties signed up, as well as many others. In addition to the official visitors, SRCA Board members also stopped by many parties. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and suspicious activity, dial 858-484-3154. For more about SRCANW, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

New Effort to Slow Down Speeders

Speeding is a continuing issue in Scripps Ranch, as pointed out in the August SRCA Newsletter. Thank you to Wally Wulfeck for the great explanation of why this issue is so hard to tackle. My office regularly receives complaints about speeding issues in Scripps Ranch. So we have invested in two new portable speed trailers to be used by the San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) Northeastern Division.

The speed trailers (above) display the speed limit, the passing vehicle’s speed, and a “slow down” message when the vehicle is exceeding the posted speed limit. They will be placed temporarily—up to two weeks—in problem areas and will be an added tool for the SDPD to help warn speeding drivers. Often, the speed trailers will be paired with added patrols if conditions do not improve.

The speed monitors have new technology that captures speed conditions and counts cars. The data is directly sent to police to help determine if further measures are needed. The SDPD wants your help to determine where to put the speed trailers. I encourage you to email community relations officer Shannah Oliveras at [email protected] and let her know of any speeding issues. You also can contact my office at [email protected] I hope the speed trailers serve as a reminder to slow down and put safety first.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Coastal Cleanup Day at Miramar Lake

  • Miramar Lake
  • Saturday, Sept. 19
  • 9 am–noon

Join your neighbors and friends for Coastal Cleanup Day as we clean up Miramar Lake. Hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego, the 31st annual Coastal Cleanup Day takes place at more the 100 locations!

The Miramar Lake meeting point will be near the main parking lot by the restrooms and boat dock. Please visit www.cleanupday.org for more information and to register online. All participants need to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 needs a parent or guardian signature. Waivers are available online via the event page.

Jonathan Appelbaum, SR Site Captain

Help Your Neighbors

Bored? Wandering around the house? Need to volunteer? The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) might be the answer! We’ve been driving around Scripps Ranch for more than 20 years! You’ve seen our white cars patrolling the neighborhood, but we need more volunteers!

What do we do? In addition to patrolling, we check on elderly neighbors who sign up for the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program. We do vacation home checks. It can be a simple drive by or we can check doors, walk around the house, and look for packages on the front porch. Our duties also include driving by schools, shopping centers, banks, and parks, and being visible throughout Scripps Ranch.

You must be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, and have a valid California driver’s license. Please contact Jim Schulte at 538-8120 or drop by the storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Volunteer now—it’s good…and good for you.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

SRHS Falcon Football

The Scripps Ranch High School football season is under way! Come spend a Friday night at the SRHS stadium. There are many home games in September, including the Homecoming Game on Friday, Sept. 18. Please visit the SRHS Football Booster Club at www.SRHSfalconfootball.org for game dates and times.

In addition to co-head coaches Mike Moran and Roger Engle, the Booster Club would like to thank the other SRHS football coaching staff for their efforts to prepare the team for this season: Scott Johnson, defensive coordinator; Larry Caudillo, special teams coordinator; Gary Harrison, receivers; Taylon Jenkins, defensive backs; Rodney Knight, offensive line; Doug Williams and Jaye Graves, defensive line; Paul Hubka, head JV coach; Chad Hessenflow, JV receivers; Waachiim SpiritWolf, JV linebacker; John Mays, JV defensive coordinator; Rod Williams, head freshman coach; Teshawn Johnson, freshman offensive coordinator; Brian Moore, freshman defensive coordinator; Robert Hassan, freshmen offensive/defensive line; and Dave Yager, freshmen special teams coordinator. We appreciate their service and sharing their insight and passion for football with the players.

The Booster Club also would like to thank this year’s primary sponsors:

  • Speed To Enhance Performance (STEP) Academy
  • Lisa Gorski, Brite Energy
  • Gilmore Orthodontics
  • Stanley Steemer
  • Black Mountain Plumbing
  • Scripps Poway Orthodontics
  • Wings-N-Things
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • James Buley Wealth Management
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros
  • Scripps Ranch Restoration and Remodeling
  • Homes by Felicity Hunter
  • Replica Printing Services
  • Board & Brew
  • Legacy Tap and Kitchen
  • Budget Blinds of Miramar
  • Chick-fil-A

Go Falcons!

Pete Staab, SRHS Booster Club President

Best Summer Ever

With summer coming to an end it has truly been a summer to remember at our YMCA Scripps Poway site! New additions such as a 24-foot climbing tower and archery range quickly have become camper favorites. Archery birthday parties and classes for youth, teens, and adults provide the community with a chance to learn something new while having fun.

This summer our Scripps Poway site was host to more than 1,000 children participating in summer camps and youth sports. Thanks to our gracious donors more than $12,000 provided these experiences for many of our children, giving them opportunities they may not have had.

We continue to provide a place for youth and families to discover their potential and we look forward to another season in Scripps Ranch! For more information, please visit www.rancho.ymca.org.

New SR Business

O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co.

O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co. is Scripps Ranch’s newest craft brewery. In the short time it has been in operation, the brewery has won awards in beer competitions and has been well received by critics.

The brothers behind this new brewery are Rob, Charlie, Jon, Paul, and Ed O’Sullivan. Ed is at the forefront and says, “Our approach is to create thoughtful and cleverly constructed artisan craft ales and lagers that stimulate the palate and arouse the senses; we use science to control, monitor, and make intelligent decisions about our recipes and brewing process. We will respect tradition but pursue innovation.” Ed sums things up with “Irish heritage and California creativity.”

This place is about quality, and it shows in everything they do from the immaculate brewery to the delicious beers. The brewery is open to the community with seating for Sunday football, private parties, company events, and more.

The brewer, Kyle Wiskerchen, grew up near Miramar Ranch. Kyle says, “I’m excited to be home. I look forward to…sharing my love of beer with my community.” The entire O’Sullivan Bros. team welcomes everyone to swing by and say hello to Scripps Ranch’s newest craft brewery!

O’Sullivan Bros. Brewing Co. is located at 9879 Hibert St. Suite F, in the Trader Joe’s shopping center. For more information, visit www.osullivan-brothers.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/OSullivanBrosBrewingCo.