The Scripps Ranch Spirit

Each year the entrance to the Lakepoint development in Scripps Ranch Villages is decorated for the holiday season. The small house is strung with icicle lights and its doors are adorned with red velvet bows. The large stone walls with the name of the development have swags of green with a wreath in the center.

Last year new wreaths were bought, and at some point during the season one of the wreaths went missing. The surrounding area was searched in case it had fallen off and moved behind the wall, but it was soon obvious that it was good and gone. This year two new wreaths were purchased and once again the entrance was decorated for the holidays.

Imagine my surprise just two days later when I’m walking my dog to see the missing wreath attached to a wall near the entrance house! As I got closer I could see that there was a piece of paper attached with ribbon and it said: "Dear Lakepoint Decorator, I’m a Scripps Ranch resident who last year witnessed a couple of teens drive off with this wreath. I was able to retrieve it after they saw me following them. Following months of trying to find the rightful owner through SRCA and your HOA to no avail, I stored it with our holiday items for the year. I happily return it now. Thanks for brightening our community. Happy holidays! Your SR Neighbor."

So, the decorator elves and all Lakepoint residents would very much like to thank our "SR Neighbor" for all the efforts to return the wreath to us and for keeping it safe during the year. The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Scripps Ranch!

Fight Crime in the New Year

Start the New Year off right! Protect yourself and your family by joining a Neighborhood Watch (NW) group. If you already have a NW on your block, get together with your neighbors for an update on what’s going on in your area.

If you receive the email alerts from the SRCA Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) in which we report neighborhood residential burglaries, you should have noticed that most have something in common: an open invitation to the burglar(s). An open window, an unlocked door, and even a doggy door have been the means of entry. Enticement in the form of a visible purse, wallet, or laptop computer has been motivation enough for a burglar to break a window to claim their "prize."

The same thing goes for your vehicle when it is not safely locked inside your garage. If you leave a purse, phone, GPS, laptop, briefcase, or package in plain sight, the chances are extremely high that you will wake up to a broken car window and your personal items will be gone.

These are "crimes of opportunity." If you provide the opportunity, don’t be surprised if you become the next victim. When you see suspicious persons going door to door–these could be those pesky unlicensed solicitors–they may be working as a team, ringing, knocking, jiggling doorknobs, and looking for open windows. Reduce your chances of being a burglary victim. Use common sense and stay on guard.

Form a Neighborhood Watch group on your street. Just get your neighbors together for a block party. We’ll provide the speaker and the handouts. All you need to do is pick a date and invite your neighbors. It’s easy to do and provides peace of mind. Please visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch] for more information. To reach us, email us at [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Focus on Streets and Projects

A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and 2013 marks the beginning of different times at City Hall. I believe the new City Council will impress people with its ability to get along, get things done, and get our city moving.

In Scripps Ranch and throughout the city, infrastructure has been neglected and streets and roads have deteriorated. There is a backlog of at least $900 million in street projects, building maintenance, and storm drain repairs.

Pomerado Road is among the streets that have deteriorated. It is slated to be resurfaced next fiscal year, but the plans are tentative without an identified source of funding. Getting projects like these done is a top priority in this community.

Similarly, projects related to our water system require comprehensive planning and foresight. A new water pump station, with the capacity to pump 17.2 million gallons of water per day, is under construction in Scripps Ranch, but getting it built is only the first step. Without a long-term strategy that ensures proper, consistent maintenance, the investments we make could be squandered.

The city puts together a five-year budget outlook every year, but we don’t have a five-year plan for infrastructure investment. We should have a strategy that lays out the needed projects, schedules for completion, and funding sources in a format that is accessible to the public.

Continuing to defer is simply not an option. With a comprehensive five-year Capital Improvements Program, we can cut down on the time it takes for a project to go from concept to completion. We can prioritize projects based on neighborhood needs and community input. We can restore the infrastructure that is the backbone of our city. This is going to be the City Council that rebuilds San Diego.

Councilmember Mark Kersey, District 5

SRHS Team Honored by Secretary of Defense

In early December San Diego Unified School District’s superintendent, William Kowba, and Area 2 superintendent, David Lorden, presented a congratulatory letter from the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Leon Panetta, to the Scripps Ranch High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Academic Bowl champions. Team members and team captain Colonel R. Mike Hogan, MSgt. Toledo, and chaperone Ms. Areana Chen also received signed SDUSD certificates.

The team won first place in the 2012 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl held in Washington, D.C., in late June 2012. Throughout the contest, the team won all nine rounds of the competition. JROTC received the top score out of a total of 193 Air Force schools and nearly 2,000 schools worldwide that competed for a place in the finals.

Our team consisted of four players: team captain Alwin Hui, senior; William Jiang, junior; Stephenie Reid, junior; and, Cameo Tsui, senior. It was led by Col. Hogan, and the team was accompanied by chaperone Ms. Chen. Congratulations to all the team members!

Scholarship Available

Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship, established in memory of Sean Maloy to recognize a student with an exemplary commitment to community service. The $500 scholarship is offered each year to a high school senior who lives in Scripps Ranch. The application due date is Sunday, Mar. 31. For details, contact the San Diego Foundation at [www.sdfoundation.org], Karen Christian at [[email protected]], or your high school counseling office.

You Can Make a Difference

Retired? Thinking of retiring? Can’t decide what you’ll do once you’ve retired? Well, we have just solved your problem. The Mira Mesa-Scripps Ranch Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) would love to have you join, and you will provide a valuable service.

You’ll make house calls on senior citizens living alone. The You Are Not Alone (YANA) service has grown dramatically. In November 2010 we made 88 house calls. Last November we made 133! This service is such an important connection for many of our senior citizens. RSVP isn’t just driving around the neighborhoods. We do home checks for vacationers and patrol schools, banks, and shopping centers.

What is involved? You donate 3 days a month, must have a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, be retired or semi-retired, go through a background check, and attend a 40-hour training session, learning radio communications, traffic, patrol duties, and compliance to regulations.

For more information and to get started, please contact John Sunde, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156. or [[email protected]]. Find out how easy it is for you to make a difference in 2013!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Scripps Ranch Joins Fight Against Cancer

As a New Year’s resolution, take action and join the fight against cancer! Our community will get together for the second annual Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch. It’s a 24-hour walking event and celebration that represents a year-round effort of education and fundraising to fight cancer. Join us in "Celebrating More Birthdays." Look for the Relay For Life booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at 10380 Spring Canyon Road.

Join us at our Relay Rally on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. For more information, please visit our website at [www.RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA] or email our chair at [[email protected]]. This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Also, January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that there were 12,170 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S., with about 4,220 deaths, in 2012. The American Cancer Society offers information and resources regarding education, prevention, treatment, and coping with the affects of cervical cancer and numerous other forms of the disease. Visit [www.cancer.org].

 

Farmers Market Shopper Loyalty Card

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market thanks you for your continued support over the last 11 years. We have started a "Shopper Loyalty Card" program as our way to show you how much your support means to us. On your next trip to the market, stop by the information booth and we’ll give you a "Shopper Loyalty Card" with spaces to be punched out while you shop. When the card is filled, it’s worth $5 at any booth.

If you haven’t been to the farmers market lately, you will be pleased to find many new vendors. For more information, go to [www.SRFM.org], email [[email protected]], or call 586-7933. "Like" us at [www.facebook.com/scrippsranchfarmersmarket] for updates of new vendors and special events. Have a healthy, happy New Year!

Newsletter Correction

There is an important correction to an article in the December SRCA Newsletter. The Scripps Parkway Veterinary Hospital in the "new" Vons has NOT closed and is open for business. It is located at 10755-L Scripps Poway Parkway. You can reach them at 695-9996 or visit their website at [www.spvet.com].

The SR Veterinary Hospital near the "old" Vons on Scripps Ranch Boulevard closed. We regret the error.