Neighborhood Watch: Home Invasions Terrify Residents

A number of home invasion robberies have occurred in North County in the last month or so, including in Scripps Ranch. That crime happened on January 26 on Fortino Point in the StoneBridge Estates area.

As of press time, home invasion robberies occurred in Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Sorrento Valley, Sabre Springs, and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Police were investigating to see if the crimes are related. However, there were similarities in a number of the incidents. In many, there were three suspects, at least one of them armed. There is no physical description because police say the suspects were covered in black clothing from head to toe.

Our San Diego Police Department (SDPD) community service officer, Shannah Oliveras, tells us the majority of recent cases, including the one in Scripps Ranch, had one thing in common: entry was through unsecured doors or windows. Shannah stresses that locking doors, windows, and any side gate that leads into your yard is the number one thing you can do to protect your family and home.

She suggests you walk around your property and “target harden” your home, which means making it as difficult as possible for a burglar or robber to enter your residence. In addition, a good quality camera system can provide police with extremely helpful evidence. Shannah says for a detailed list of things you can do to increase the security of your home, go to www.sandiego.gov/police/pdf/crimeprevention/HomeSecurity.pdf.

According to the SDPD website, Neighborhood Watch has become one of the most effective means of fighting crime in our communities. Scripps Ranch has the SRCA NW program and it has been highly successful. This is because you and your neighbors know what is going on in your area and are most likely to be the first to see a crime and call for help.

The success of the SRCA NW depends on your involvement. Our goal is to have every home in Scripps Ranch involved in an active NW group on their own street. It doesn’t take much to start a group, however, someone needs to volunteer as block captain. And we’re here to help!

Visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch to get started. Also sign up to receive our neighborhood crime updates via email. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Alliant Dorm Fire

Alliant International University has not determined if it will rebuild or tear down one residential building after a fast-moving fire destroyed a portion of it. The fire happened on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 30. The top floor of the two-story dorm was destroyed and the bottom floor was damaged. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, and all 29 students affected were moved to other residential units.

A number of students lost their belongings and about 20 had smoke or water damage. The young people are international students with the English First program, who stay anywhere from a couple of weeks to nine months. The program has insurance for the students and helped them. Other students and faculty held a gift card drive to help as well.

Derryl Acosta, Alliant director of public relations and communications, tells us there is no evidence of arson, however, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Metro Arson Strike Team has not released its findings and there is no official cause yet. Alliant has insurance for its buildings.

Fire Science Program Helps Keep Us Safe

One of my top priorities has been to improve fire protection in the county. One important element of our safety is the physical health and conditioning of our first responders. Every year firefighters must complete a Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT). Previously, they had to travel to a testing center in Orange County. That’s why I am pleased to have worked with Miramar College’s Fire Science Technology Program, and other partners, to bring a CPAT location to Miramar. Trainees and veterans now can certify at the school’s modern facilities.

I secured county funds to support this program. I believe our local CPAT program makes us safer, I will continue to work to implement programs that improve our safety and quality of life.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, 3rd District

Support Fire Safety

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) holds one fundraiser a year— its Golf Tournament. This year will be our 10th annual event and it will be on Saturday, May 14, at the Vineyard in Escondido. We are looking for golfers and sponsors. For details, visit www.scrippsranch.org/committees/standing-committees/fire-safe-council.html.

We hold this fundraiser every year to help finance things like the Fire Symposium, which we will co-host with the San Diego County Fire Safe Council on Saturday, Apr. 23. Watch for more details.

Green Light to Keep Traffic Flowing

Have you ever been frustrated by the seeming lack of coordination between certain stoplights in Scripps Ranch? You’re not alone. The city tries to coordinate the lights. Recently the city’s Transportation Division investigated the signal timing at Hibert Drive and Mira Mesa Boulevard.

The city has a traffic signal optimization plan to add sensors to all traffic signals and create a “smart” system that would help traffic flow more efficiently. I have advocated for increased funding to that plan, especially for major thoroughfares.

If you have suggestions for streetlights on major roads that you would like synced, please contact Alex Vivona, the Scripps Ranch representative for my office, at 619-236-6655 or [email protected]

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Internship Opportunity

I am looking for Scripps Ranch high school or college students eager to learn about California government and what an assembly member does. Visit https://ad77.asmrc.org/ to apply for an internship in my district office. The opportunities are limited, so I encourage you to apply now.

Most interns volunteer one day a week for two to four hours depending on their school schedule. The internships range from 60 to 90 days and allow future leaders to gain first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day activities in my district office. If you are interested in gaining this valuable public service experience, please contact Rob Knudsen at 675-0077 or [email protected]

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Summer Camp Registration

With summer approaching, the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center has many fun camps and classes for all ages! Registration begins on Saturday, Mar. 5, at 10 am online or in person. Camps include gymnastics, LEGO engineering, Lil’ Peoples Kindercamp, Master Sports—laser tag, basketball, Game Changer—and more. Ongoing classes for basketball, arts and crafts, Happy Heart Start, pickleball, and ice skating continue in the summer.

On Friday, June 24, don’t miss Movie at the Park at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. More details to come.

Do you like to read? Stop by the Rec Center lobby and check out the Book Nook. Take a book and leave a book or just sit in the air conditioned lobby while enjoying a novel. Please contact us at 538-8085 if you have any questions.

Bought Your Tickets Yet?

No, wait. We don’t sell tickets, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need your financial support. As we look forward to summer, the Symphony in the Park Committee has started planning the 2016 summer concert series. A Scripps Ranch tradition, our concerts in Hoyt Park provide entertainment and good company for everyone.

We are supported solely by donations. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org to contribute. We also support music education in Scripps Ranch schools with cash awards. The music depends on you!

Phoebe Carroll