Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is a coalition of Scripps Ranch 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 community is still waiting to take part in the district’s environmental review process, in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act laws, to provide issues to include in an environmental impact report (EIR).

On July 26 the SDUSD board approved spending $20 million of Prop Z bond money to buy property and build a new school for Innovations Academy. VOSR strongly opposes spending taxpayer bond money when there is existing suitable school property and replaceable modular buildings. The board also approved spending $530,000 more of Prop Z money for environmental impact studies and tasks associated with the IA relocation.

VOSR will provide an update at the Tuesday, Sept. 13, SRCA meeting at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library Community Room. Come learn about this project that evicts a local charter school for a four-story apartment complex with questionable financial benefits and disruptive negative impacts to the entire community.

We have received an outpouring of support from the community! If you would like a yard sign, to participate in our activities, or be added to our email list, contact us at [email protected] We encourage you to stay informed by visiting www.voiceofscrippsranch.com.

Be Prepared

Conditions have given us “fire season” all year. Most people understand that fire is a natural part of California’s ecosystems, a force that evolved to cleanse and restore them. The challenge is to learn to live in a fire-adapted landscape.

Join us for the Scripps Ranch Expo on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will have experts on fire preparedness and energy and water savings. Please see pages 28 and 29 for all the events and presentations, then join us!

Also, sign up for our Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22. We are looking for sponsors. This fundraiser helps pay for these educational expos and the evacuation brochures we provide you. To reach us, email srfiresafe[email protected] or call 201-3711. Visit www.srfiresafe.org.

Recycled Water Station

A new recycled water fill station for residential use is now open in Scripps Ranch. The water comes at no charge to city of San Diego water department customers. The station is at 10137 Meanley Drive and is open on Tuesdays from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm.

Recycled water can be used for landscape irrigation and washing vehicles, driveways, and walls. I proposed the idea to our Public Utilities Department after seeing several other municipalities in California launch similar projects.

Attendants are at the fill station during the hours of operation to help you. You must bring containers with watertight lids and a storage capacity of less than 300 gallons. Please note that the water weighs about eight pounds per gallon.

Bring a printout or phone screenshot of you water bill, a valid ID with an address that matches the bill, and a signed copy of the “Residential Recycled Water Use Application and Agreement Form.” Get the form, and more information, at www.sandiego.gov/residential-recycled-water.

Councilmember Mark Kersey, District 5

Get Rid of Your Junk

SRCA Fall Clean-Up Day, co-sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, is on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full. Dumpsters will be in two locations: the Business Park on Meanley Drive; and the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Please be prepared to unload your vehicle. No electronics or paint please.

The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries. For more on this terrific program, visit www.onecell.org.

This is our chance to make the Ranch sparkle, so pick up your property. Then clean up a public area near you.

Barbara Perkins, Clean-Up Day Chair

On a Journey

Mark your calendar for the last Symphony in the Park summer concert this year. On Sunday, Sept. 11, we will rock to the world’s greatest Journey cover band DSB. Concert sponsors are Associa N. N. Jaeschke, Inc., and AssociaOnCall. Join us at 6 pm in Hoyt Park.

As our summer season comes to a close, special thanks go to our co-chairs, Rachel Votel and Art Moreau. Symphony in the Park has always been self-supporting through your donations and the contributions and sponsorship of businesses in and around Scripps Ranch. If you would like to demonstrate your appreciation, please donate at symphonyinthepark.org. You keep Hoyt Park rocking.

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

Scripps Ranch Olympians

Our community had three young ladies compete in the Rio Olympics! Congratulations to all of them for reaching this incredible athletic achievement.

Nicole Ahsinger

Trampoline Gymnastics

Our August SRCA Newsletter cover girl scored 95.455 points for two routines in the qualification round and finished 15th out of 16. The top eight advanced. At 18, Nicole was the youngest athlete in Rio and says she will work hard to compete in the the next Olympic games in 2020. Congratulations and good luck, Nicole!

Jennifer Valente

Track Cycling, Women’s Team Pursuit

Scripps Ranch native Jennifer Valente, 21, and her teammates—Ruth Winder, Kelly Catlin, Sarah Hammer, and Chloe Dygert—won a Silver medal! Congratulations to all of them!

Born and raised in Scripps Ranch, Jennifer and her brothers, Thomas and James, likely inherited their enthusiasm for cycling from their dad, an avid cyclist. Jennifer’s introduction to track cycling was thru the free Youth Velodrome Skills Classes at the San Diego Velodrome in Balboa Park. She has been competing internationally for Team USA since 2011.

Much appreciation to the community for all the love and support! A special shout out to Jenn’s “peeps” on Alderidge!

Kim Valente, Jennifer’s Mom

Jordan Mageo

Track and Field

Jordan graduated from Scripps Ranch High School in 2015. She ran in the women’s 100m preliminaries in Rio and placed sixth with 13.72 seconds—her personal best but not fast enough to reach the finals.

Jordan’s dad saw a San Diego athlete in the 2014 Winter Olympics representing Ireland. He thought Jordan could represent American Samoa, his heritage, and, as they say, the rest is history.

YMCA in Scripps Ranch

Registration for youth sports leagues at the Scripps Poway YMCA is now open, and leagues start on Saturday, Oct. 15. We also kick off our sports leagues with Free Clinics/Family Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 24! No sign-up is required; just show up with your family and enjoy some fun backyard games and skills contests. Go to www.rancho.ymca.org for times.

Interested in sports but not a league? Try one of our sports classes. For more information on programs at the Scripps Poway site or to become a volunteer coach, visit our website or call 484-8788.

Holiday Bowl Bargain

It’s your last chance to get Holiday Bowl tickets for 50% off: $80 tickets are only $40 until Friday, Sept. 30! Call Andrea at 808-554-2811 now. Proceeds go to the Scripps Ranch High School men’s lacrosse team. Don’t miss out!