Shop ‘Til You Drop

It’s almost time for one of the most popular events in Scripps Ranch! The annual Communitywide Garage Sale, sponsored by Windermere Homes and Estates, is on Saturday, Apr. 7, from 7:30 am until noon. It’s your chance to go “shopping” in your own community or sell your unneeded items to neighbors.

Sign up and get maps at the Windermere office at 9989 Hibert Street or at www.scrippsranchcommunitygaragesale.com. Maps will be given out in the Windermere parking lot on Apr. 7 from 7 until 8 am.

What you don’t sell and can’t donate, get rid of the following Saturday, Apr. 14, during Spring Clean-Up Day. This event is co-sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and 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. The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries.

This is your chance to declutter your home and clean up around your house. Help make our community sparkle!

Elissa Barber and Barbara Perkins, Co-chairs

SRCA Receives Grants

I’m pleased to announce that my office will provide the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) two grants totaling $20,000. This will come from my fiscal year 2018 Community Programs, Projects and Services (CPPS) and Arts, Culture and Community Festivals (ACCF) funding.

The SRCA plays a vital role in the community, working closely with my office for neighborhood initiatives and building meaningful connections between businesses and residents. With programs and events such as Neighborhood Watch, SRCA 50 Plus that advocates for seniors, Sustainable Scripps Ranch that helps with education, and Clean-Up Days, the SRCA is one of the most engaging and communicative groups in the district.

My District 5 CPPS and ACCF funds will help with the production of this monthly SRCA Newsletter, operation of the SRCA Community Center, and organization of a Scripps Ranch culture of community safety program.

Please contact me at [email protected] or 619-236-6655 with any questions or concerns on city issues.

Councilmember Mark Kersey, District 5

Neighborhood Watch: Unite Your Neighborhood

There’s no time like spring to do things you’ve been meaning to get to, like starting a Neighborhood Watch (NW) group on your block. What is NW all about? It starts with being good neighbors and looking out for each other. It’s even better with an organized group. You would know your neighbors and their contact information so you could alert them of suspicious activity on your street. NW is one of the most effective ways to fight crime in our community.

Being a block captain is easy. Just invite your neighbors to a get-together, and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) provides the speaker and handouts.

Would you like to receive an email whenever a residential crime occurs in Scripps Ranch? Sign up at www.scrippsranch.org/watch. For more information or any questions, email us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Take Responsibility

As the weather warms up, the fire threat gets higher. Learn the facts and protect your home and family by creating defensible space. I know we talk about this on a regular basis, but it’s a fact. There are simple things you can do to help protect your home from wildfires. Here are some facts to support those ideas.

Myth: Firefighters will do all they can to save my home during a wildfire.

Fact: Firefighters do all they can to stop fires, but they have to be smart. They look for homes with defensible space since they are safer to go near and easier to save.

Myth: It is against the law to remove trees and vegetation.

Fact: Laws about removing trees and shrubs are different across the state. Contact a fire station and ask what you can do and work with them to solve any issues.

Myth: It is expensive to create and keep a defensible space around my property.

Fact: Removing dead trees, leaves, and shrubs can be very affordable. It is also important to remove ladder fuels—low branches and shrubs under trees that allow a fire to climb higher and spread faster.

Myth: It doesn’t matter what I do, fires will destroy everything in their path.

Fact: Making a 100-foot open space around your home helps save it.

Myth: Creating 100 feet of defensible space won’t allow me to have a nice yard.

Fact: Correctly done, it can look great!

These steps will improve the chance that your home and family are saved in a wildfire. Join us at Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 5, from 8 am to 2 pm at Fire Station 37. Learn more about fire safety and visit with experts. To contact the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, call us at 858-201-3711 or email [email protected] .

FIRST Tech Challenge Winners

Congratulations to robotics Team Inspiration—based in StoneBridge Estates—for advancing to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship in Houston, Texas! That’s where the top 3% of teams from around the world will compete in April.

What is this contest all about? Basically, teams design, build, and program robots to compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot field against other teams. The road to the world championship included local and regional competitions. At the Regional Championship the team won the Finalist Alliance Award and second place Inspire Award, the highest one given! Also at that competition coach Alex Szeto won the Compass Award for outstanding guidance and mentorship to an FTC team.

Team Inspiration not only competes but mentors other robotics team—and not just in Scripps Ranch and San Diego. The team reached out to Benin, a West Africa country, and they came in seventh in the FIRST Global robotics challenge last July.

Way to go, Team Inspiration and Coach Alex! Good luck at the World Championships in Houston!