Should You Get an Alarm or Surveillance System?

Residents have told SRCA Neighborhood Watch block captains that they want more information about home security and video surveillance systems. So the Scripps Ranch Civic Association is bringing in alarm expert and Scripps Ranch resident Joe Ryan to discuss the pros and cons of various systems. Join us at a free presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room.

FBI burglary statistics show that one in three homes without a security system will be burglarized as compared to one in 250 homes with a system. Statistics show that more than 95% of burglaries involve a break-in by force, such as by breaking a window or door lock. In many cases, a security system could prevent your home from becoming a statistic. Check out www.safewise.com for more information.

While we don’t have details about how much the average burglary costs Scripps Ranch residents, our research shows that the national average is nearly $1,100. We hope you attend this no-sales informational presentation. Also, please subscribe to the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program to receive crime information. Visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Community Still Waiting

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

SDUSD’s proposal is a joint-occupancy project with the Monarch Development Group that includes: a 300,000-square-foot, 264-apartment complex; a 4,000-square-foot STEAM facility; commercial space; and a community garden.

The community is still waiting to participate in the SDUSD environmental review process, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act laws.

If you would like a yard sign or to be added to the email list for updates, contact us at [email protected] Stay informed by visiting www.voiceofscrippsranch.com.

Help Homeless Kids

My name is Ashley Lo and I am a junior at Scripps Ranch High School. Recently I discovered a disturbing fact: one-third of students in the San Ysidro School District are homeless. Many live in cars, motels, and even junk yards in order to have some type of shelter at night. Many parents sacrifice their comfort and are determined to work hard to provide their children a quality education.

After reading about what students a mere 31 miles away from Scripps Ranch go through and the sacrifices their parents make to get the kind of education I take for granted, I realized that many of us are more privileged than we know. It is easy to forget about others when we are surrounded by other privileged people.

In an effort to provide a little help, there will be a blanket drive to collect blankets for homeless students. From Monday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 19, you can drop off new blankets at the Scripps Ranch Library in the collection bin near the book-return area. Another collection site will be the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Nov. 19, where you can drop off your blankets or donate loose change that will go toward buying new blankets. Our community can work together to keep thousands of homeless students warm during the winter. Thank you!

Ashley Lo, SRHS Junior

Street Maintenance

Did you know the city dispatches our pothole repair crew twice a month to District 5? If you notice potholes or other hazardous conditions, call the Street Service Request line at 619-527-7500 or my office at 619-236-6655. Or report them online at http://apps.sandiego.gov/streetdiv/.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Be Prepared

Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, fire! They are all emergencies. Are you prepared? Expect the unexpected. Sign up at www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego to get reverse 911 calls to your cell phone and landline in case of emergencies. Log on to uphelp.org for the latest insurance information. For more about the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council and ways to prepare for a wildfire, call 201-3711, email [email protected], and visit our website at www.srfiresafe.org.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market Turn 15!

It has been our great pleasure to have provided an ideal community meeting place every Saturday for the past 15 years. We are located in the Innovation Academy parking lot at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. Good news…we have signed a contract with the San Diego Unified School District to stay at our location until July 2018.

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School (EBS) and its Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) and Mike and I have invested in a complete remodel of the market. A portion of the market proceeds supports EBS students. We are excited about the improvements and great vendors. We are adding more healthy food booths too. Stop in for breakfast or lunch and do all of your “one-stop shopping,” as the folks in the photo below are doing!

Bring your kids to talk to the farmers, chefs, and artisans. Each week we have a balloon artist, free treasure hunt for the kids, live entertainers, and up to 60 vendors. Thank you, Scripps Ranch, for your support for 15 years. We hope we continue to serve this wonderful community for many more years! Please visit www.SRFM.org for more information.

Bev and Mike Cassity and the EBS AFP

Holiday Time!

The Symphony in the Park (SITP) Committee loves to kick off the holiday season with one more concert. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 pm at Jerabek Park. Great Dickens will perform holiday favorites. We hope to see you there and wish you great happiness this Thanksgiving.

Phoebe Carroll, SITP