Neighborhood Watch: Police Changes in our Community

It has been my pleasure to work with our San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Community Relations Officer (CRO) Shannah Oliveras since April 2013. Shannah has been the go-to person we contacted when we were notified of a crime in Scripps Ranch or had questions. She provided us with the details, which we forwarded to our Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) email subscribers. Shannah is leaving to take a position at the Police Academy. We wish her the best. She will be greatly missed!

At the same time we welcome our new CRO Christina Santos, who has been with the SDPD for 18 years. Her most recent assignment was working with our local schools on the Juvenile Services Team. Christina has worked in the Northeastern Division, which includes Scripps Ranch, and is familiar with our community.

In other changes at the Northeastern Division, we welcome Captain Chris Knighten. He is considered an expert on community policing and, as a lieutenant, he worked on some high profile cases. Capt. Stephanie Rose has moved to SDPD Operations, where she will be in charge of the SWAT and K-9 teams. We look forward to working with both Chris and Christina. Welcome to Scripps Ranch!

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. For more information about the SRCANW, please email [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Be Prepared: What to Take

California’s 2017 wildfire season will go down as one of the worst in state history, due to the late-season activity and many record-shattering blazes. From Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017, more than 9,000 fires burned more than 1.2 million acres. That’s an increase from 2016, which brought 6,986 fires burning approximately 564,000 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

We’ve talked a lot about being prepared, how to secure your homes, and have a “to-go bag.” But we haven’t been specific about what to put in the to-go bag. Here are some things to consider:

  • Three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day
  • Three-day food supply that won’t spoil, along with a can opener
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Change of clothing and shoes for each person
  • Blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • First aid kit with prescriptions
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Toiletries, yes, including toilet paper and tissues
  • Flashlight
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
  • Pet food, dishes, carrier, and leash

Learn more by watching Emergency Preparedness: Make a Kit and a Plan at www.sdge.com/beprepared.com. Be vigilant, smart, and safe. You can reach the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council at 858-201-3711 or [email protected] Visit www.srfiresafe.org for more resources.

SR Farmers Market: A Family Friendly Place

If you are involved with a children’s performing group, the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market will provide an opportunity for you to showcase your talented children. It’s another chance for kids to perform for family and friends. We are a family focused market, and for the last 16 years it has been our pleasure to share our venue with various performers.

Our hours have changed to 10 am to 2:30 pm for your convenience. We are located at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. A portion of proceeds benefits E.B. Scripps Elementary School. For more information, contact us at 858-586-7933 or [email protected] and visit www.SRFM.org.

Bev and Mike Cassity, Managers