Neighborhood Watch: Help Keep Kids Safe

There has been no arrest, as of press time, of a suspect in the attempted kidnapping of two children walking home from Jerabek Elementary School. On Tuesday, Apr. 5, a 10-year-old girl and her 7½-year-old brother were walking on Scripps Trail when a Jeep driven by a man followed them. The Jeep stopped in front of the kids many times.

At one point the man got out and tried to grab the boy but the girl pushed him away. The suspect also tried to grab the girl. Both children ran up a hill to get away. The Jeep is a black mid-90s Cherokee. Anyone with information is asked to contact police. To see pictures of the Jeep and for the latest information, please visit the SRCA Facebook page—search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.”

In light of this incident, we want to provide some safety tips. Teach your children to be “street smart,” whether they are alone or with other kids, and how to handle themselves in a scary situation.

Your children should walk along the same route each day once you determine it to be the safest for them. Have them walk with a buddy or a group of friends. Provide them with a “safe spot” where they can stop for help along the way—perhaps the home of a friend or a business. Have them keep away from isolated areas.

They should not use electronic gadgets while walking to and from school. They need to be focused and aware of their surroundings. Have them wear a loud whistle around their neck. They can tuck it inside their shirt when at school.

If it is safe to do so, have them walk facing traffic, even when they are on the sidewalk. They will be able to see a suspicious car coming toward them instead of sneaking up behind them. This may give them more time to react and escape.

Your children should have their home address and at least one parent’s cell phone number memorized in case of emergency.

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, call 858-484-3154 or 619-531-2000. For details about the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch or email us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Fish Die in Evans Pond

More than 100 fish have died, and more are expected to die, in Evans Pond, next to the Scripps Ranch Library. As of press time, the cause of the die-off was not known. The city tells the SRCA that the oxygen and PH levels in the pond are good, the aerator is functioning properly, and there was no algae bloom, which could have caused the die-off. Contamination from run-off may be the cause, but that has not been verified.

The SRCA was at the scene within an hour of being notified by a resident, and the SRCA contacted the city. As of press time, the city had removed the dead fish and was expected to continue work at Evans Pond to address the situation. Please check the SRCA Facebook page for the latest information. Search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.”

School Funding—Your Input Needed

Parents need to be part of the decision-making process at our local schools. As your San Diego Unified School District area superintendent and someone who wants to ensure our Scripps Ranch schools are represented in district plans, I invite you to a community forum to participate in planning for the next school year.

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)—the new state funding program—for our schools. Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees, and the community to establish these plans and update them yearly. Given the importance of all stakeholders’ voices to ensure excellence for our schools, I hope you join us.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 11, 6 pm
  • Place: Marshall Middle School Multipurpose Room

Here is a link with general information: www.sandiegounified.org/what-lcap. I hope to see you at the meeting.

Fabiola Bagula, SR Area Superintendent

Marshall Middle School Parent-Paid Bus Program

You can register for the Marshall Middle School (MMS) Parent-Paid Bus Program for 2016–2017 from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 13. More information, including registration forms and documentation, is on the MMS website at www.marshallmiddle.org.

This popular program has been in existence since MMS opened at its current site. The program gets kids to and from school safely and helps ease traffic on Pomerado Road during the busy morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.

This year the MMS Bus Committee is gauging interest for a bus from the Jerabek/south of Pomerado area—a result of interest from parents living in this part of Scripps Ranch. If you live in the Jerabek/south of Pomerado area and would like bus transportation to MMS, show your interest by submitting a registration form. This information will be provided to the district’s transportation department, who will make the final decision regarding all buses for the MMS program. Questions can be directed to [email protected]

It’s Not Over Yet

Many area residents are asking if anything can still be done to fight the apartment proposal for the Innovations Academy site at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. It is a San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) joint-occupancy project with the Monarch Development Group that proposes: a 300,000-square-foot 264-apartment complex; 4,000-square-foot STEAM facility; 2,000 square feet of commercial use; and a 1,500-square-foot community garden.

Scripps Ranch residents are concerned about the school board approval of the proposal with minuscule community support and the likely negative impacts. In response a community action group, Voice of Scripps Ranch, has formed to promote the concerns for the reasonable use of the SDUSD Scripps Mesa property.

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) will continue to send out emails on any important project events. The Voice of Scripps Ranch will do outreach to communities, research project plans, meet with state, county, and city representatives, participate in project events, organize protest events, and keep residents informed at www.voiceofscrippsranch.com.

The community is waiting for the SDUSD environmental review process to begin in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) laws. We expect to have a chance to provide our issues for inclusion in an environmental impact report (EIR). After the review the school board will vote again.

Both the EIR and the board meeting are opportunities for community involvement and comments. We encourage all concerned Scripps Ranch residents to stay tuned, participate in the EIR process, and attend the final school board vote on the project! Our group could be reached at [email protected]

Be Ready

This season’s wildfires are predicted to be worse than those in the past due to the unprecedented drought. We want to ensure that your family is better prepared.

Make a plan. Get a copy of the Family Disaster Plan and Personal Survivor Guide from ReadySanDiego at www.readysandiego.org. Get an evacuation plan from the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) at the Community Fair on Sunday, May 15, or online at www.srfiresafe.org.

Get a kit. Include important papers, prescriptions, baby supplies, pet food, and items you need on a regular basis if you are out of your home for a period of time.

Stay informed. Register your cell phone and email addresses on www.readysandiego.org so you will be notified in the event of major emergencies.

Zone Zero. Most importantly, look around you. Areas that extend outward to 100’ from homes constitute “firebreaks.” Keep these areas clean of fuel. Firebreaks are essential to saving neighborhoods from a wildfire’s wall of flame.

There is a another danger that must be addressed—protecting your home, which we call Zone Zero, from being ignited by flying embers. Look around. You will see wood roofs, shingle siding, debris-filled gutters, and open vents. Wood decks, patio covers, and wood fences attached to structures act as fuses to homes. Once a home ignites, the domino effect can destroy a neighborhood. Take steps now!

Get information from the SRFSC at the Community Fair. Our annual Golf Tournament fundraiser is on Saturday, May 14, at 8 am at the Vineyard in Escondido.

Symphony in the Park

Summer is getting closer! The jasmine outside my window has been scenting the evenings and the grill has been working overtime—well, in between El Niño showers. Your Symphony in the Park Committee is working overtime, too, listening to bands and considering what will make you dance. It’s a tough job!

We hope to see you at our concert on Sunday, June 12. Check www.symphonyinthepark.org for the schedule. While there, why not use the easy PayPal link to make your tax-deductible donation? We can only produce concerts with your help.

Phoebe Carroll

Join the Fight

The 5th Annual Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch starts on Saturday, June 25, at 9 am and ends on Sunday, June 26, at 9 am at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. This life-changing 24-hour event gives everyone in our community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

This event is open to all ages and fitness levels, and there is no registration fee. Join now to catch the “relay spirit” and begin raising awareness and funds in support of the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA, the Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch Facebook page, or email [email protected]

Experience More at Camp

The Rancho Family YMCA is excited to kick off another exciting season of summer camp! From June to August the Rancho Family YMCA will offer children the chance to experience more. Located at our Scripps Ranch site on Scripps Poway Parkway, we will offer 24 new camps this summer and many favorites from the past.

Camps with the Rancho Family YMCA are American Camp Association accredited. Parents can feel comfortable knowing their child is safe, having fun, and making new friends. Registration is now open at http://www.ymca.org/rancho.