Family Wins AP Lawsuit

One Scripps Ranch family successfully sued the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) over last year’s Advanced Placement test debacle. If you recall, in June 2017 the College Board invalidated more than 800 AP tests of 543 Scripps Ranch High School students because the exam seating was set up incorrectly.

Superintendent Cindy Marten publicly took responsibility for what happened and told families at a community meeting on July 5, 2017, that she would initiate a special claims process for people monetarily affected to be reimbursed. That was never done. Some families tried to recoup financial losses using the district’s usual claims process, which is laborious and time-consuming.

The district says that 24 claims were filed. Nineteen of those were denied, and five have been paid or are pending payment. The total paid out was $1,325.68. If a claim is denied, a lawsuit can be filed.

The family’s case was heard in Small Claims Court on May 18. Court commissioner Ernest Gross agreed that the district and its employees were negligent and knowingly set up the rooms incorrectly. The district did not dispute that claim and the plaintiffs were awarded damages. The district had this response:

From the start, our concern regarding the testing incident at SRHS has been for the well-being of the students involved. Fortunately, most students were able to successfully retake the test at no cost. We respect legal decisions, and our attorneys are currently reviewing the court’s ruling.

Maureen Magee, SDUSD Spokesperson 

Unknowns and Delays

The community is waiting for the final environmental impact report (EIR) from the San Diego Unified School District on the Scripps Mesa site. The draft EIR review period ended in March. When the final EIR is published, it will include updated technical reports and responses on draft EIR comments.

As a reminder, the district’s proposed use is a joint-occupancy project with the Monarch Development Group that includes: a 300,000-square-foot, 264-unit, four-story apartment complex; a 4,000-square-foot STEAM facility; 2,000 square feet of commercial use; and a 1,500-square-foot community garden.

The grassroots community group Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is monitoring this slow progress with the minimum information and engagement offered by the district. VOSR does know from district board records that the environmental review expenses associated with the Scripps Mesa site continue to grow, adding to the unknown costs of this project.

VOSR maintains the project significantly impacts education at the site, disrupts the surrounding community, and creates environmental impacts, while promoting a project that requires the use of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. School land should be for kids, not developers.

We are pleased to hear that the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market lease has been extended to June 2019. The market serves a vital community benefit. It supports local farmers and small businesses, and a portion of proceeds goes to Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School students.

VOSR is growing. Stay tuned for updates on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association social media sites and our mailing list. To be a VOSR member, email us at [email protected]

Tragedy in Scripps Ranch

A 15-year-old Scripps Ranch teen is in Juvenile Hall, suspected of shooting and killing his father in their home. At his first court hearing the teen, a Mira Mesa High School sophomore, pled not guilty through his attorney. The judge ordered the teen to remain behind bars, saying that he “presents a danger to the community.” Officials have not released any details about a possible motive.

The shooting happened on Sunday, Apr. 29, around 8:30 pm in an Affinity Court condominium. Police say they received a 911 call from the suspect’s brother. When they arrived, police found 46-year-old Thahn Pham with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The victim died at the scene.

The suspect left the condo and police started a search for him. He was arrested about 1 am at a gas station on Scripps Poway Parkway and Scripps Highlands Drive, after an alert Scripps Ranch resident saw the teen and called police. The suspect had a gun and multiple rounds of ammunition in his backpack.

The SRCA will follow this story and post any updates on its Facebook page.

Teen Fire Safety Survey and Essay Contest

It has been nearly 15 years since the 2003 Cedar Fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Scripps Ranch and changed lives forever. In the aftermath of that fire it was clear that many of us were ill-prepared. Homes were under-insured, and many people were uprooted with little warning and without emergency plans.

It occurred to several of us involved in the community that Scripps Ranch needed to raise awareness for disaster preparedness. We wondered if young people with no memory of the fire had worked with their families to prepare.

We worked with Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) students Ashley Lo, Jared Ellis, and Jennie Brana to find ways to raise awareness and decided to survey students about being prepared. To increase interest, community groups and Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s office sponsored an essay contest on the topic: “Why is having a disaster emergency plan important to you and your family?” San Diego County Credit Union graciously agreed to underwrite cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners.

From the survey results, only 25% of Scripps Ranch homes have disaster preparedness plans that have been worked out with the family, including children and teens. Here are other surprising statistics:

  • 60% have a list of items to take in an evacuation
  • 55% don’t have—or don’t know if they have—a kit for coping with a 72-hour disaster
  • 60% of families have not identified a meeting place outside the home
  • 85% have not talked with neighbors and friends about alternative transportation in an emergency

Congratulations to the winners: Trenton Bilyeu, SRHS junior, first; Evan Dicker, SRHS junior, second; and Madison Ronchetto, SRHS senior, third. They received $300, $200, and $100, respectively

Trenton’s winning essay does a great job of explaining the importance of emergency planning. Read it in our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 31. Also, the top three essays are on the SRCA website at

We hope residents use this as an opportunity to develop disaster preparedness plans with their families.

Jed Petty Memorial Summer Concert Series

The Symphony in the Park Committee is excited to present our 2018 Jed Pettey Memorial Summer Concert Series. Jed was a longtime member of the Symphony in the Park Board and Committee and a driving force behind the success of this concert series. Here’s a short tribute from his friend Art Moreau:

“Jed was a longtime Scripps Ranch resident. He was a driving force on the Symphony in the Park Committee almost from its inception as part of the Old Pros through to the creation of the free-standing 501(c)(3) charitable entity.

When the first Sunday concerts were held from the back of a flatbed truck on summer Sunday afternoons, Jed (above)had a vision: to bring entertaining, high-quality music to the natural amphitheater that is Hoyt Park. Jed envisioned multi-generational, family entertainment that would be a high point of the summer, year in and year out. His vision lives on.

Jed was genuine, electric, a free spirit, and one of a kind. Always in a great mood and always ready to have a good time, he encouraged everyone to live in the moment and enjoy the music on a summer Sunday afternoon. We will miss his irreverence, his free spirit, and his steadfast encouragement…but his energy lives on in the music.”

Our summer concerts are in Hoyt Park on Sundays starting at 6 pm. Bring family and friends for a picnic dinner and enjoy the music, but please leave your doggies at home. You can spread a blanket on the ground, but please, no plastic tarps. We also ask that you bring only low beach chairs so everyone can see the stage.

To kick off our season on Sunday, June 10, we present DSB, revered as the “next best thing” to Journey. They have captured the signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in their prime. Complete with a band of world-class musicians, DSB remains true to Journey’s musical legacy and delivers the nostalgic concert experience that will keep you believin’! We thank our concert sponsor: Marrokal Design and Remodeling.

Here’s the schedule for the season:

  • July 15—The Heroes, San Diego’s favorite multi-award-winning show and dance band; Sponsor: Collins Family Jewelers
  • Aug. 12—High Tide Society, BREEZ’N, and Wolff; band leaders of all three were longtime Scripps Ranch residents; Sponsor: Anderson Plumbing Heating & Air
  • Sept. 9—Back to the Garden, featuring Eve Selis; Sponsor: Scripps Rock Dental
  • Dec. 9—Holiday Concert featuring Santa, 5 pm start; Sponsor: Sharp

We thank all of our sponsors, including:

  • Band sound sponsor: U.S. Bank
  • Face painting sponsor: Mission Federal Credit Union

We are an all-volunteer organization and rely on your tax-deductible donations to keep the music playing. To donate, please visit If you donate $200 or more, you’re invited to attend the Business Sponsor Thank You Dinner before the June concert.

Cheryl Shaw, Symphony in the Park

RSVP of the Year Award

Congratulations to Scripps Ranch resident Don Moody for being named the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) Member of the Year in the Northeastern Division, which covers Scripps Ranch. Don joined the program nearly two years ago, volunteers about 65 hours a month, and was just promoted to lieutenant! Along with his normal duties, Don saw an opportunity to give even more of his time and expertise to benefit the community.

He accepted an offer to attend the Terrorism Liaison training presented through the Law Enforcement Coordination Center. After the training Don sought out the supervisor in charge of the Terrorism Liaison Officer program at Northeastern Division and asked if there were any other duties he could perform with his new knowledge. A proposal was created with his Don’s input.

He now gives presentations on topics ranging from identifying the precursors of terrorism to basic home safety. Don is commended for his desire to serve his community and his tenacity in seeking ways to do so. He is an asset to the RSVP program and the community he serves. 

Enjoy a Movie in the Park

What a perfect way to celebrate the start of summer…by watching a Movie in the Park! On Friday, June 15, the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center hosts its annual Movie in the Park at the Scripps Ranch Community Park, showing The Lego Batman Movie, rated PG.

The movie begins at dusk, but get there early to find a parking spot and enjoy the pre-movie activities starting at 6 pm. There will be arts and crafts, a clown face painter, and a DJ playing music! For more information, please contact the Rec Center staff at 858-538-8085 or go to to be directed to our site.

Meanwhile, space is available in the Rec Center summer camps and classes. Camps include Gymnastics, Lego, Lil’ Peoples Kindercamp, Master Sports—laser tag, basketball, game changer—and more. Ongoing classes for pickleball, strength and stretching, and ice skating continue in the summer. Registration is open at or in person at the Rec Center. For Master Sports camps registration, go to

New Scripps Ranch Business

F45 Training

F45 Training Scripps Highlands has opened its doors and welcomes clients. We are located at 9872 Hibert Street, Suite D4, next to Trader Joe’s. Born in Australia, F45 Training merges three leading-edge fitness training styles into one group experience for members. F45 Training combines elements of high-intensity interval training, circuit training, and functional training. The fusion of these concepts has led to the development of 32 different, 45-minute workout experiences, which means you’ll never repeat the same workout twice.

This has been proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat and building lean muscle. The variation of our workout programming keeps our members challenged, eager to grow, and ready to have fun.

What makes us unique?

  • As mentioned, we combine three proven systems into one workout.
  • We are the most technologically advanced fitness company. We’ve built our workouts on an adaptive digital platform so that we are able to create and disseminate the industry’s most cutting-edge programs instantly. That means you always get the best programming so you won’t plateau.
  • We are accessible to all. Our functional exercises mimic daily life movements, and our trainers are able to scale every exercise to each person’s needs. Our workouts are safe and encourage injury prevention. Any age and fitness level are able to participate.

Check out our website at, then visit us. We look forward to meeting you.

Anniversary Surprise

Sharon and Dale Hebl will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 22! They were married in 1968 when Sharon was 19 and Dale was 20 in Fargo, ND, where they were both students at North Dakota State University.

Sharon and Dale have lived in Scripps Ranch since 1998 and enjoy viewing sunsets over the lake from their backyard. They’re active members of St. Gregory the Great Church and the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Sharon and Dale can be spotted on fields and courts around the Ranch cheering on their grandkids in soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball!

They will celebrate their 50th anniversary with their two children and their spouses and five grandchildren. Their story was sent in by their loving daughter, Tara, as a surprise to her parents. Tara says they “love” getting and reading the SRCA Newsletter each month. Congratulations, Sharon and Dale!