Suspect Search

Police are still looking for the suspect who robbed and pistol-whipped an employee at Market at the Ranch on Thursday, Apr. 6, at about 9:40 pm. Shots were fired through the wall, but the employee was not shot. He suffered minor injuries. Police describe the suspect as a black man, 30–40 years old, 6’, 215 pounds, wearing a gray hoodie, cinched tight around his face, and dark pants. We will post any updates on the SRCA Facebook page—search Scripps Ranch Civic Association.

Neighborhood Watch (NW) has become one of the most effective means of fighting crime, according to the San Diego Police Department website. It’s because you and your neighbors are the ones who know what is going on in your area and are most likely to be the first to see a crime. In addition, you are in the best position to:

  • Report code violations, unsafe streets, and other issues that degrade the quality of life
  • Take property owners to small claims court to abate nuisances
  • Keep your block free of graffiti
  • Provide a safe area for children

The success of Neighborhood Watch depends on your involvement. Our goal is to have every home in Scripps Ranch involved in an active NW group. It doesn’t take much to get one going, but someone needs to volunteer as block captain. He or she is the organizer who maintains a group roster, distributes information received from SRCANW, and holds a block party or meeting once or twice a year.

We are here to help you have a successful NW. Our website has resource materials to help you get started. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] To join SRCANW and receive neighborhood crime updates via email, go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

When was the last time you toured a fire station or had your fire extinguisher serviced? Do you know how to use one? Do you have the proper smoke detectors and enough of them?

Join us on Saturday, May 6, between 10 am and 4 pm at Fire Station 37 on Spring Canyon Road to take advantage of these services. Firefighters will give tours of their station. Metro Fire and Safety will service your fire extinguisher for $35. They will show you how to use it and will have some to purchase—you should have more than one! The Burn Institute will be there to help with smoke alarms as well. It promises to be a fun and informative day. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council will be in the park next to the fire station.

On Saturday, May 20, we will be at the SRCA Meet and Greet at the Scripps Ranch Library. See pages 34–35 for details. Also, look for us at the SRCA Community Fair on Sunday, June 11, and sign up for our golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 21. So much going on! You can reach us at 201-3711 or [email protected] Also, visit www.srfiresafe.org.

MMS Bus Program

The Marshall Middle School (MMS) Parent-Paid Bus Program for 2017–2018 will hold a Parent Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 to 7 pm in the MMS Theater. The registration period is Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 19. Information about the program, including registration forms, are on the MMS website at www.marshallmiddle.org.

This popular program has been in existence since MMS opened at its current location. The program gets the kids to 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 will again gauge interest for a bus from the Jerabek/South of Pomerado area—a result of interest from parents. If you live in this area and would like bus transportation to MMS, show your interest by submitting a registration form, The information will be provided to the district’s transportation department, who makes the final decision.

Scholarship Fundraiser

Steve Pratt was a beloved Scripps Ranch resident who donated thousands of hours to youth sports until his recent death. On Saturday, June 3, at 6:30 pm there will be a fundraiser for a scholarship fund in his honor. For one price you will get live music by local band Novocaine and Scripps Ranch duet Catie and Kevin Waczek, plus food and drink generously donated by local sponsors. It will be a great evening.

Tickets are $50 for one or $85 for two. Go to PayPal.me/PrattScholarshipFund, or send a check made to “SD Foundation”—put “Steve Pratt Fund” in the memo—and mail to 9984 Scripps Ranch Blvd. #117, San Diego, 92131. For more details, email [email protected]

Symphony in the Park Concert Schedule

The Symphony in the Park Committee has been hard at work, picking bands and juggling dates. Here’s the lineup for this summer. All concerts are in Hoyt Park starting at 6 pm, except the Holiday Concert starts at 5 pm.

  • June 11—Betamaxx, the 80s never go out of style! Sponsor: Marrokal
  • July 16—Siren’s Crush, hear today’s dance music and a wide range of classic dance favorites. Sponsor: Collins Family Jewelers
  • Aug. 13—The Bill Magee Blues Band, listen to the best of Southern blues. Sponsor: Sharp
  • Sept. 10—The Mighty Untouchables, enjoy everything from Motown to classic rock, along with Latin, country, current hits, and more. Sponsor: Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air
  • Dec. 10—Holiday Concert

We thank our sponsors, including:

  • Band sound sponsor: U.S. Bank
  • Face painting sponsor: McGrady Dental Group

We are excited about the selections and look forward to beautiful warm evenings.

Please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org and use PayPal to put your support behind the concert series. Because we are a 501 3(c) charity, your contribution is tax deductible. We also make annual donations to the music programs at all Scripps Ranch schools and provide performing opportunities for young musicians.

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

Calling All Local Musicians

Are you an individual or part of a local musical group or band interested in showcasing your talent at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace? If so, please contact Annette Sorensen at 695-2700 to find out more about this year’s event that will take place in the gazebo area of the shopping center every Sunday in August from 5 to 7 pm.

Last year’s event included performances by: Scripps Ranch native Ms. Mackenzie (pictured above); Scripps Ranch duo The Watchmakers; Lion Bold Artists showcase; and Aubree Archibeck.

LEGO International Competition

Congratulations to Emma and Evan Edmonds, two Scripps Ranch students going with their FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team, Griffin Warriors, to the 2017 FLL Open European Championship (OEC) in Denmark at the end of May!

OEC is an international FLL competition hosting about 100 teams of students from 9 to 14 years old from more than 40 countries. The teams will compete in four areas: Project Research; Core Values; Robotic Design; and Robotic Performance.

In December 2016 the Griffin Warriors from The Cambridge School won first place in Robotics Mechanical Design and second in Robotics Performance at the FLL Southern California Championship Tournament. This achievement was possible thanks to many dedicated volunteer coaches, mentors, parents, and the school.

Emma and Evan’s team includes: Anthony and Katelin Sung from Poway; Hudson and Evangeline Mayne from Rancho Peñasquitos; and Edy and Tommy Fundulea from Escondido.

Iconic Brand Moving to Scripps Ranch

We have a new neighbor moving to Scripps Ranch. WD-40 Company will relocate its global corporate headquarters here this summer! Most of us know the blue and yellow can with the little red top. The name “WD-40” stands for water displacement, 40th formula. The famous formula was invented here in San Diego in the 1950s to stop corrosion on the skin of the Atlas space rocket. Chemists tried 39 times to find the right formula and on the 40th time they were successful.

The company has purchased a building in the Scripps Ranch Business Park and is renovating it. Once complete it will relocate about 100 San Diego-based employees from the current offices in the Morena district to Scripps Ranch.

Wendy Kelley, Scripps Ranch Resident and WD-40 Company Tribe Member