So Many Questions

The community has been left in limbo, waiting for the release of the draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Scripps Mesa Joint-Occupancy “Apartment Tower” project. What we know is that the district recently extended the property lease to Innovations Academy until June 2019. We greatly appreciate district efforts to reduce the charter school relocation impacts. The approval of the joint-occupancy apartment project was granted to the district by the State Board of Education in Nov. 2015 based on:

  1. Innovations Academy Charter School having a suitable new site
  2. Per the California Education Code, joint occupancy will have no interference with educational programs conducted on the property

Clearly, this was not true in 2015 and it is not true two years later!

Also, we know that the district contract for the environmental studies expired in September, the contract projected timeline to complete the environmental studies review ended in February, and preliminary terms in the January 2016 Term Sheet Agreement are not satisfied. With so much uncertainty and no district communication with the community, the apartment proposal continues to upset and disrupt neighborhood residents. This lack of outreach and community engagement by the district is in sharp contrast to its Vision 2020 mission statement goals.

In Scripps Ranch tradition we encourage working together with our city, county, state, and school officials to make doable solutions for our community. For the apartment project the community was not engaged and the results are a proposal that is off-track and not doable.

Any updates will be posted on Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) social media sites and mailing lists. The project’s environmental review process documents can be found at

Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is a coalition of area residents for the reasonable use of the SDUSD property at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. The district’s proposed use is a joint-occupancy project with the Monarch Development Group that includes: a 300,000-square-foot, 264-unit apartment complex; a 4,000-square-foot STEAM facility; 2,000 square feet of commercial use; and a 1,500-square-foot community garden. For more information, visit

Neighborhood Watch: ’Tis the Season for Burglars

While you shop at the mall or online, criminals shop in our homes. Here are a few tips to safeguard your home from holiday burglars:

  • Don’t put your Christmas tree, with all its gifts, in front of a window where someone could smash the window and take your packages.
  • You may not be able to lock a window if you run an exterior extension cord through it to power your lights. Have an exterior outlet installed by a licensed electrician.
  • Packages delivered to your home are an easy opportunity that most criminals will not pass up. Most of these thefts occur during the day. Criminals follow delivery trucks, and if a package is not retrieved immediately, they take it. Sign up for delivery alerts, and if you’re not home ask a neighbor to help.
  • If you leave town ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and pick up flyers or debris from your porch. Also, contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and request a Vacation House Check. Just go to
  • After the holidays don’t advertise the gifts you received by piling empty boxes from big-ticket items next to your trash cans. Break down the boxes and place them in opaque garbage bags.
  • Mark new gifts with your California driver’s license or ID number.

For more information about the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch program, please visit You also can sign up for our crime alert emails. To reach us, email [email protected]

Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, trouble-free holiday season.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

RSVP Increasing Patrols

The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) is serving our community even more than usual this holiday season. There will be extra patrols through Saturday, Dec. 23, from 3 to 9 pm. They’ll spend most of this time going to shopping centers and being visible. This is a wonderful commitment from the volunteers.

But we need more volunteers! We want to show you how you could be a valuable asset to our community and city. To join please call Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8120. Be a volunteer!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

Meet Our New Council Rep

I am pleased to introduce my new Scripps Ranch community representative, Quinton Grounds. Quinton interned in the District 5 office in and worked closely with my former representative, Alex Vivona, who is pursuing law school.

Quinton graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Political Science and International Relations with an emphasis in Southeast Asian politics. He returns to San Diego after interning in Washington, D.C., with California Congresswoman Mimi Walters.

Quinton looks forward to working with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and the community to provide future updates. He can be reached at [email protected] or 619-236-6655.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert

You’re invited to a special holiday celebration on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Jerabek Park! The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts and Scripps Ranch Civic Association will hold the 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony starting at 3 pm. This is always a fun event and will have a visit from the fine bearded fellow from the North Pole—Santa Claus! Page 5 has details on this traditional event.

Then at 5 pm Symphony in the Park presents its Holiday Concert. Our great friends The Christmas Tree-Oh!—featuring Mattie Mills, Eve Selis, and Marc Intravaia—will take the stage! They’ll have us singing and dancing until about 6 pm. That’s when Santa returns from having a snack with Mrs. Claus to spread Christmas cheer. Ho, ho, ho!

He’ll have no trouble finding us! The children will be wearing or waving their light ropes that we’ll pass out. Then Santa will ride in on Fire Station 37’s truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring!

Bring blankets to stay warm! Special thanks to the SRCA for installing a large concrete double-sided bench near the tree for Santa to greet children. It also will be available for seating for the amphitheater.

Have Lunch with Santa!

Join us for our annual Lunch with Santa on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. Activities include lunch, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and a chance to take a photo with Old Saint Nick.

Tickets are on sale now through Friday, Dec. 8, and will not be sold the day of the event. Registration is open at or in person at the Rec Center. For more details, call 538-8085. 

Invitation from Team NO BRAKES!

In 2018 Team “NO BRAKES!” wants to show its gratitude to the community that has been so supportive over the years. We want to meet Type 1 diabetics of all ages and their families who live in Scripps Ranch on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 2 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive for a fun social. We want to grow the camaraderie of those living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in Scripps.

Team NO BRAKES! is made up of Scripps Ranch residents Karl and Sarah Zimmer (below) who have supported JDRF for 18 years and will bicycle —for the fourth time!—more than 100 miles in the Ride To Cure Diabetes 2018. We cycle for those who get “no breaks” while living with this disease. Each year JDRF has many rides across the country to raise funds to treat, prevent, and cure T1D.

We welcome all Type 1 diabetics and anyone who wants to learn more about the disease. We are dedicating all of our rides in 2018 to Scripps Ranch. To RSVP, please contact Sarah at [email protected] or 254-5309.