Let Your Voice Be Heard

The draft environmental impact report (DEIR) on the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Scripps Mesa Joint-Occupancy project was released on Jan. 19, 2018. It can be reviewed at the Scripps Ranch Library and online at www.scrippsranch.org/SDUSDproject.

A majority of school board members continue to support this project despite the fact that:

  1. The project interferes with the educational activities of Innovations Academy Charter School that has not found a new site;
  2. It unduly disrupts the residents in the surrounding neighborhood; and,
  3. The project will jeopardize the safety of children, putting them in close proximity to guns, alcohol, weapons, and photography from apartment units 150 feet away.

The community is encouraged to review and submit comments on the DEIR. Comments should focus only on the accuracy and sufficiency of the DEIR—that is, does it accurately and completely inform decision-makers and the public of possible environmental effects of the project and of the required alternatives?

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Notice of Availability states that written comments should be sent to:

Paul Garcia

CEQA Environmental Coordinator

4860 Ruffner Street, Annex Room 5

San Diego, CA 92111

All letters and comments must be received no later than Tuesday, Mar. 6, at 5 pm.

You can get updates on Scripps Ranch Civic Association social media sites—including Facebook—and mailing lists.

Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is a coalition of San Diego area residents for the reasonable use of the San Diego Unified School District property at the Innovations Academy site—also known as the Scripps Mesa Conference Center. It is located at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

The district proposed use of the property is a joint-occupancy redevelopment project with the Monarch Development Group that includes:

  • Four-story, 300,000-square-foot, 264-unit apartment complex
  • 4,000-square-foot STEAM facility
  • 2,000 square feet of commercial use
  • 1,500-square-foot community garden

For more on this project and the latest information, please visit our website at www.voiceofscrippsranch.com.

Neighborhood Watch: New “Tool” For Car Burglars

Car burglars are now using Bluetooth scanners to find electronic devices left in cars. That means that the scanners, including smartphone applications, allow the user to seek out any electronic device in the area that is Bluetooth-enabled. Essentially, any Bluetooth-enabled electronic device sends out a fairly constant signal in an effort to locate other nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices to pair with.

When people attempt to hide their laptops or other electronic devices under a car seat or in a glove box out of sight, it’s possible for a Bluetooth scanner to let a thief know that an electronic device is in that car. This may explain why burglars are breaking into seemingly empty cars and stealing laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other electronics.

As we have suggested before, please do not leave any valuables in your car when you leave it unattended for any length of time. Savvy thieves are able to exploit any advantage to steal your valuables. The safest thing to do is to take your valuables with you. Should you be in a situation where you must leave an electronic device in a vehicle, we recommend turning it off, setting it to “Airplane Mode,” or using settings to manually turn off the Bluetooth.

The above information is from the Walnut Creek Police Department. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) has confirmed the report’s validity.

In case you haven’t heard, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Assistant Chief David Nisleit has been appointed as the city’s next chief of police. As of press time, David’s City Council confirmation hearing was scheduled for mid-February. Chief Nisleit is a native San Diegan and has been with the SDPD for 30 years.

He has led many SDPD divisions, as well as SWAT, the Gang Unit, and other investigative teams. He comes from a law enforcement family. His father retired from the SDPD as a captain, and his son recently graduated from the Police Academy and is now an SDPD officer.

We invite you to start a Neighborhood Watch on your block. It’s easy to do and we will help you get started. The premise is simple: neighbors watching out for each other. It’s one of the reasons Scripps Ranch has a low crime rate.

Remember, for emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. For questions or to start a Neighborhood Watch group on your block, email us at [email protected] or visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Scripps Ranch Library Receives Special Honor

The Scripps Ranch Library has played a vital role in the community for 25 years. I look forward to recognizing the library’s silver anniversary with the entire City Council and proclaiming Tuesday, March 6, 2018, as “Scripps Miramar Ranch Library 25th Anniversary Day”—its official name—in the city of San Diego.

As library programming and demand continue to grow, available parking does not meet the needs of the community and requires expansion to sufficiently serve patrons. That’s why I have requested design and construction of an expanded parking lot be reviewed for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Improvement Project budget. I will continue to advocate for this expansion as a priority project for Scripps Ranch and will work closely with the community to bring this much-needed improvement to fruition.

Congratulations on this wonderful milestone for the community!

City Councilmember Mark Kersey

[Editor’s note: There are celebrations planned all month long to mark this anniversary. Please see page 39 for the events, then join in the festivities!]

SRCA Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day

The popular annual SRCA Community Garage Sale, sponsored by Windermere Homes and Estates, is on Saturday, Apr. 7, from 7:30 am until noon. You can sign up and get maps at the Windermere office at 9989 Hibert Street, or at www.scrippsranchcommunitygaragesale.com. Maps will be distributed in the Windermere parking lot on the morning of the Garage Sale from 7 until 8 am.

The following Saturday, Apr. 14, is SRCA Clean-Up Day, co-sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis. Clean-Up Day is from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full—last year they filled up before noon. The dumpsters will be in two locations: the Business Park on Meanley Drive; and the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Please be prepared to unload your vehicle. Cardboard and plants should go in your home bins for recycling and greenery. Paint and electronics are not recyclable. The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries. For more on this project started by Scripps Ranch teenager Anirudh Suri when he was in fifth grade, please visit www.onecell.org.

This is your chance to make the Ranch sparkle, so please pick up your property. Then clean up an open space near you. Scripps Ranch is our home and we take great pride in its appearance.

Elissa Barber and Barbara Perkins Co-chairs

Simple Ways to be Fire Safe

First, we want to say a great big “Thank You” to all of our first responders, firefighters, and protectors from the various agencies for your service. You need to know how appreciated you are for putting your lives on the line for us each and every day—you do great work.

Let’s talk projects. Projects that reduce wildfire risk and increase preparedness can be accomplished by a broad range of ages. They come in a variety of time commitments ranging from a few hours to an entire day or weekend. You might be asking, what can I do in one day to be safer from wildfire? The answer is a lot! For instance: 

  • Rake and remove excess pine needles and dry leaves within a minimum of five feet from your home’s foundation. As time permits, continue up to a 30-foot distance around your house.
  • Dispose of the collected leaves and pine needles in appropriate trash receptacles.
  • Get out your measuring tape and see how close wood piles are located to your house. If they are closer than 30 feet, they need to be relocated and moved at least 30 feet away from any structures.
  • Sweep porches and decks, clearing them of leaves and pine needles. Rake under decks, porches, sheds, and play structures and properly dispose of debris.
  • Mow grass to a height of four inches or less.
  • Collect downed tree limbs and broken branches in your community and take them to a disposal site. 

Most of all, if you see something, say something. Be smart and safe. For more about fire safety, visit the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council website at www.srfiresafe.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 858-201-3711 or [email protected]

Teen Fire Safety Survey and Essay Contest

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), Scripps Ranch Planning Group, Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, Scripps Ranch High School, and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s office are sponsoring an initiative to increase disaster preparedness. During March a survey for high school students about family preparedness will be conducted on the SRCA website at www.scrippsranch.org.

When the survey is complete, a student can then submit an essay on the topic: “Why is having a disaster emergency plan important to you and your family?” Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place winners.

The purpose of both the survey and the essay contest is to increase awareness among Scripps Ranch residents of our year-round fire danger—as well as earthquake or other dangers—and the importance of family preparedness. It is critical that families have plans for safe evacuation, including what to take with you, alternate routes out of the community, contingencies for other family members and pets, and what to do when home alone.

It is estimated that only about 10% of Scripps Ranch families have disaster preparedness plans that have been worked out with the entire family, including children and teens. Preparedness includes:

  • Responsibility for younger siblings
  • Evacuation kits that are ready to go in an emergency
  • Three-day supplies of water, food, and prescription medications
  • Backups of computer-stored documents, photos, and videos
  • Plans for pets
  • Family plans to evacuate and reunite

We hope residents will use this as an opportunity to develop and share their disaster preparedness plans with their entire family. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Easter Bunny at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

On Saturday, Mar. 31, the Easter Bunny will make his 17th annual appearance at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Bring your kids and cameras for great pictures with the bunny. He will be there from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The bunny will give out Easter eggs to the kids, and there will be a jumpy obstacle course, face painters, a caricature artist, great music, and more.

We have finally settled on a time that seems to work best for vendors and shoppers. The regular market hours are now from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Please help us spread the word. Our food court is loaded with great options for breakfast and lunch.

If you work with any school or children’s sports league or other organization, we give free space for fundraising or to showcase your group. A portion of proceeds from the market goes to students at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary.

Please support our vendors, so when we have to move, you will have a full complement of products to choose from. Right now, we are located in the Innovations Academy parking lot, at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. Being forced off of the property that we have been at for more than 16 years breaks our heart, but we are determined to continue to serve our community. Thank you for your support! For more information, visit www.SRFM.org or email [email protected]

Bev and Mike Cassity, Scripps Ranch Market Managers