Schools Locked Down During Police Search

Just before Thanksgiving break, three Scripps Ranch schools were locked down after a car being chased from Poway by the sheriff’s department crashed at Scripps Poway Parkway and Cypress Canyon Road. Two burglary suspects ran out of the car and police and deputies searched for the men. Police helicopters and dogs were used.

Dingeman and Ellen Browning Scripps elementary schools and Innovations Academy were locked down for about an hour. The suspects were found and arrested. They are accused of burglarizing a home in Poway. Three other suspects were arrested later in the day in Poway. Police are looking into whether the men are linked to any home burglaries in Scripps Ranch.

Neighborhood Watch Works

Just a day before the incident above, a police helicopter circled Scripps Ranch looking for different burglary suspects. Thanks to alert residents, two men were arrested. It started when a resident saw a man approach her neighbor’s house, ring the bell, and try to open a window, setting off the alarm and scaring him away. An accomplice was waiting in a car.

The neighbor was able to give police good descriptions of both men and the car’s license plate number. As the police helicopter searched the canyons, a network of neighbors called police and gave updates on the suspects’ locations.

Arrests were made and stolen property from a Scripps Ranch burglary four weeks prior to this incident was found in the car. Police tell us this was the third arrest for one of the suspects, who may be involved in residential burglaries in Scripps Ranch since mid-October. This incident displayed Neighborhood Watch teamwork at its best. It really works!

May your holiday season be joyful and trouble-free. For more information about Neighborhood Watch, please visit []. To reach us, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Community Park Vandalism

A Community Park field was vandalized (above) and forced to close for about a week. Police say a suspect drove onto the park field at about 2:45 am on Friday, Nov. 9. He then spun the tires of a 2003 Ford Ranger, causing 35-40 yards worth of damage to the grass. An observant neighbor called 911 and kept an eye on the vehicle until police arrived.

A 31-year-old Scripps Ranch man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and vandalism. If the suspect is found guilty, he will be forced to pay for the damage, which forced one field in the park to close during a busy sports weekend.

World-Class City, World-Class Community

With its natural beauty, great weather, rich array of neighborhoods, and flourishing industries, San Diego is a world-class city and it deserves world-class governance. As your new council member, I am determined to see our city become a national model by implementing fiscal reforms, restoring city services, and fixing our roads.

In Scripps Ranch we face a variety of challenges. The city must focus on repaving our neighborhood streets and improving roads like Semillon Boulevard south of Pomerado Road. We must also curb speeding. I believe that better enforcement and traffic calming measures can make our roads safer.

Law enforcement will need to increase its community presence to deter property crimes, such as residential burglaries, so we can feel safe in our homes. I also am very aware that the future of the community is closely tied to the future of the Alliant International University site. These are just a few of the issues facing Scripps Ranch, and I am committed to tackling these challenges head-on.

I will focus on building consensus, listening to all sides, and then taking decisive action. I will work tirelessly to make our city, and especially District 5, the best places to live, work, and raise our families. Scripps Ranch is a world-class community in a world-class city, and it is an honor to serve you.

Mark Kersey, Councilmember-elect

Note From

Councilmember DeMaio

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for allowing me to represent you at City Hall for the last four years. Scripps Ranch is a special community with a strong dedication to civic engagement, active community organizations, and many wonderful people. It has been an honor to serve you.

I look forward to working with all of you in the future to continue making Scripps Ranch a special place.

Carl DeMaio, Councilmember

Holiday Tree Lighting

Girl Scout Troop 8070 is hosting the 32nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 7 pm at Jerabek Park. This wonderful Scripps Ranch tradition is sponsored by the SRCA. There also will be a bake sale, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection, caroling, and Santa Claus. Don’t miss this special community event!

Have Lunch With Santa!

Before Santa begins his journey, he will stop at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center and have lunch with the kids!

  • Date: Friday, Dec. 21
  • Time: 1-3 pm
  • Place: Scripps Ranch Rec Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Dr.
  • Fee: $5 per child

There is only space for the first 60 kids, so call the Rec Center at 538-8085. Registration is open until Friday, Dec. 14.

Santa at the Farmers Market

When you hear jingle bells at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Dec. 15, you’ll know that Santa and Mrs. Claus have arrived for their visit. There will be a sing-a-long and then it’s picture time. This is the 11th year for our Christmas at the farmers market.

You can order your holiday goodies at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and shop for gifts from the more than 65 vendors. Check out the new fan page at [] to find out about special events, new vendors, and great sales. For more, go to [] or call Bev Cassity at 586-7933.

The Nutcracker Features Scripps Ranch Residents

The California Ballet Company again presents The Nutcracker at the San Diego Civic Center. Scripps Ranch residents are well represented in the cast this year, including one of the three dancers cast in the role of Clara! Emily Bosworth will play the young girl who is beginning to daydream about love. Other Scripps Ranch residents in the production are: Haylie Bonser, Luke Bosworth, Milana del Rio, Jason Dhand, Jaya Dhand, Simone Dominguez, Paige Keller, Mark Keller, Kelly Moff, Warren Moff, Irina Wong, and Myles Wong.

This year’s show has a seasoned cast including guest artist Corey Stearns, principal with American Ballet Theatre, and musicians from the San Diego Symphony. Tickets may be purchased at the California Ballet box office at 560-6741, the San Diego Civic Theatre at 619-570-1100, or at []. Call the box office for details on group sales and the Scout ticketing program.

People Helping People

Where were you in 1994? That’s when Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa formed the Mira Mesa-Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). From that small group, we have grown to 50 members, and since then we have logged 177,384 hours! To quote sportscaster Dick Enberg, “Oh my!”

We still need more volunteers to carry on this wonderful tradition of serving our community–people helping people. How can you join? You must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, complete a background check, spend one week at an academy learning what to do and what not to do, and donate only 3 days a month. Please contact John Sunde, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156 or [[email protected]] to join this important community organization. We need your help. Thank you!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Longtime Community Volunteer Passes Away

Loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and longtime volunteer James David Prewett, died on Oct. 15 from prostate cancer. He was 73. David was born in Alabama and moved to San Diego in 1970. Soon after, he entered the commercial real estate field. Additionally, to fulfill his adventurous spirit, he became a Porsche race car driver and metal sculptor.

David and his wife, Carole, lived in Scripps Ranch where David was a member of several development planning committees, including the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee. He sat on that committee for more than 15 years and served as chair for three. David was inducted into the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2006 for his decades of invaluable service to the community.

David also was actively involved in his children and grandchildren’s academic, professional, and personal pursuits, and a strong supporter of businesses in Scripps Ranch and Poway. Every person who encountered David was positively impacted by him. His character, integrity, respect, and humor were honored and cherished, both in his professional and personal life.

David spent time with his six grandchildren, fishing in Hendrix Pond, alligator hunting in Hoyt Park, and swimming in the Loire Valley pool. He found strength in his faith and family, who says he will be in their hearts forever.

Wanted: iPods, eReaders, and iPads

Thinking about buying a new eReader, iPad, or iPod? Not sure what to do with your old one? You could make a huge difference to a struggling reader by donating your old device to Marshall Middle School. The special education department needs iPods–Nanos or greater only please–eReaders, and iPads to provide audio books as a supplement for struggling readers.

Research shows that using audio and digital books significantly improves students’ reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading fluency. Students enjoy books presented in these formats because electronic and digital media are popular and socially acceptable. Also, audio books allow struggling readers to enjoy the books their friends are reading, increase their interest in reading, and expand knowledge in many subjects.

We will gladly accept your generous donations of working iPads, eReaders, and iPods at any time throughout the year! Just place the used device in an envelope addressed to the special education department chair and drop it off in the Marshall office. If you have any questions, please contact AndrĂ©e Cranford at [[email protected]] or 549-5400, ext. 2332. Thank you.

Also, if you have any old, used USB computer mice and mouse pads, Marshall science teacher Brian Finley needs them. Please drop them off in the office with Mr. Finley’s name on them. Thanks.

“Green Out” Your Closets

Clearing out for the holidays? Don’t just stash your trash, recycle it. Jerabek Elementary School has partnered with 7th Generation Recycling, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment and supporting our local community. The textile recycling bin is on campus near the teacher parking lot and music room, outside the school’s garden club. The bin has been conveniently placed so anyone in our community may use the bin after school hours.

Acceptable recyclables include: used clothing items and household textiles, such as pants, dresses, hats, shirts, curtains, blankets, towels, sheets, handbags, belts, paired shoes, and stuffed animals.

7th Generation collects the bin’s items to sort into categories according to type and quality. Some of the clothing ends up at local thrift shops, some are exported to third world nations in desperate need of affordable, recycled clothing, some are sold as cleaning cloths, and some are converted into fiber to be remade into recycled textile products.

Please do not donate wet or mildewed materials, rubber, carpets, or floor mats. Hard plastic toys can be placed in our blue recycle bins at home but cannot be dropped off in the 7th Generation bin.

New Scripps Ranch Business

Look for the grand opening of a brand new spa in Scripps Ranch! Massage Green Spa will open soon in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway next to the UPS Store. With everyone’s hectic lifestyles of work, carpools, kids’ activities, and errands, we felt there was a need in Scripps Ranch for convenient, affordable, relaxing massages. Massage Green Spa will offer an amazing introductory offer of a one hour full-body massage for $29.95! You also will be able to purchase one-year memberships for a one hour monthly massage for $39.95 per month!

We are the new owners of Massage Green Spa. Lisa is the founder and president of Scripps Ranch Pop Warner and has been a Ranch resident for 20 years. We will sell holiday gift cards in front of our location on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 15 and 16, and Dec. 22 and 23, from 10 am to 3 pm. Give the gift that everyone loves–health and wellness, a gift card from Massage Green Spa! We look forward to helping you relax in 2013!

Bob Iafrate and Lisa Flanders Gorski