Yard Sign Campaign

Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is a coalition of residents for the reasonable use of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) property at the Innovations Academy (IA) site at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

The SDUSD Board approved an agreement with the Monarch Development Group that proposes a joint-occupancy four-story apartment complex. The community is waiting to participate in the district’s environmental review process, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act laws, to provide our issues for inclusion in an environmental impact report (EIR). After the environmental review, the school board again will vote on approval of the project, then the city of San Diego will review it, followed by a potential court challenge.

Recently, VOSR took part in the district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) workshops with interest in LCAP goal five: Parent and Community Engagement. This goal was not met in Scripps Ranch in planning the four-story apartment proposal. It also counters the state Education Code emphasizing use of school district property under a joint-use agreement—as the property will be used—not disrupting residents in surrounding neighborhoods. Recall, the district is shutting down the Farmers Market in 2017 so the developer can build the project under a 66-year lease agreement.

As of press time, on July 26 the SDUSD Board was set to vote to approve spending $20 million of Proposition Z bond money to buy property and build a new campus for IA. VOSR strongly opposes spending taxpayer bond money when there is existing school property. Taxpayers will be burdened with this unnecessary debt!

Participate and look for our yard signs. The signage promotes “NO Closing Schools for Apartments” to emphasize the importance of school property for kids not developers and the overriding goal of “Kids and Neighborhoods 1st”!

If you would like a yard sign, want to donate to our legal fund, participate in VOSR activities, or be added to our all hands on deck email list, email [email protected] We encourage all Scripps Ranch residents to stay informed at www.voiceofscrippsranch.com. 

Free Movie in the Park

Watch a free movie while sitting outside on a beautiful Scripps Ranch evening! Movie Night in the Park is coming soon: Saturday, Aug. 13. It will feature Disney’s Inside Out, and will be shown at the Scripps Ranch Community Park located at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. Your Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) hosts this event so you and your family can relax and enjoy a special night together.

Starting at 6 pm we will have a DJ to entertain you as you feast on food from Delish Dogs, Finest City Kettlecorn—kettlecorn and shaved ice—and Yogurt Heaven. The movie starts at dusk—about 7:15.

Bring the kids, blankets, and low-profile chairs. Get there early to get a good spot. The event is co-sponsored by the city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Also, thank you to our other generous sponsors—see them at your right.

Community Funding

The City Council has voted to update the Scripps Ranch Public Facilities Financing Plan (PFFP). As part of the update, a number of projects will be funded in the community that I am really excited about. They include the design and construction of 3.26 acres at Hendrix Pond/Aviary Park and the expansion of the Scripps Ranch Library parking lot.

The funding is being shifted from projects previously associated with the Scripps Ranch High School joint-use agreement. The school district said its does not plan to fund its portion, so we will allocate that funding for projects that will provide community benefits now.

Also, in fiscal year 2016 I was happy to provide a grant for $22,000 from my District 5 Community Programs, Projects and Services to fund a new license plate reader for the Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). This device gives the volunteer officers the ability to run license plates and assist police in tracking down stolen vehicles and other related crimes. I want to thank the RSVP, and especially board chair Marv Miles, for bringing this need to my attention. I know it will help keep our community safe.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Stay Fire Safe

Save the date for the Scripps Ranch Expo—Creating a Smarter and Safer Community on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Learn how to make your home more fire safe. Look for details in the September SRCA Newsletter.

As we are in fire season, here are 10 tips to help you prepare for any disaster.

  • Know how to shut off utilities
  • Prevent potential hazards, secure heavy items, put latches on cabinets
  • Surround your home with defensible space and fire-resistant plants
  • Make your house fire resistant—roofs, walls, decks, fences—and remove flammable junk
  • Inspect your home for evacuation routes and potential hazards
  • Make a video/list of all possessions
  • Review your insurance coverage
  • Check smoke/carbon monoxide detectors monthly, replace batteries
  • Have a battery-operated radio
  • Store your disaster kit in an accessible location and take it with you

Sign up for our 10th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22, with an 8 am start at the Vineyard in Escondido.

Thank You, RSVP

The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) celebrated summer with a “thank you” barbecue for all volunteers (above). The police are always at our luncheons to say “thank you” for helping their efforts as eyes and ears in the community.

You can join RSVP! We provide an important service to our area by being “visible” in neighborhoods, checking on the elderly, and doing vacation home checks.

How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, and retired or semi-retired. For more details, call Jim Schulte at 858-538-8120 or visit the storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Make a difference!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Country on the Ranch

Symphony in the Park topped off July with a wonderful evening with High Voltage and The Heroes. Thanks to concert host Collins Jewelers. The Collins family has supported our concerts for years.

Join us on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 6 pm at Hoyt Park for the Morgan Leigh Band and the Josh Miranda Band, playing contemporary country. Cymer, a long-time supporter, is our sponsor. Cymer sends representatives, so be sure to thank them!

Symphony in the Park is funded by donations from the community—you—and businesses. Concerts are produced by a loyal committee of volunteers. Please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org to help us continue this Scripps Ranch tradition.

Bring your blankets, low beach chairs, treats, and dancing shoes. No dogs please.

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

Free Musical Performances at SR Marketplace

Bring the family and join your friends for free musical performances every Sunday in August between 5 and 7 pm in the gazebo area of the shopping center between Starbucks and Luna Grill. Ms. Mackenzie kicks off the performances on Sunday, Aug. 7. She is a Scripps Ranch native and has performed at many venues including the San Diego County Fair.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, Aubree Archibeck takes the stage. Aubree is a 12 year-old recording artist and has been singing since she was 5. She has been invited to audition for America’s Got Talent and other shows.

Lion Bold Records, featuring Catie Ryan, Joshua Damian, and Ryan Waczek, will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21. Lion Bold Records’ musical style is described as pop, rock, easy listening, and indie.

The Watchmakers, a Scripps Ranch duo featuring Bob Weinstein on acoustic guitar and Leo Jassy on bass and vocals, are well known as a cover band for the legendary Hot Tuna. They perform on Sunday, Aug. 28. Join us on Sunday evenings!