Board Approves Project

On Tuesday, June 19, the San Diego Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve the Scripps Mesa Joint Occupancy project, as well as to certify the final environmental impact report (EIR). School board trustee Kevin Beiser cast the lone “no” vote.

The final EIR was released on June 8, giving the public less than two weeks to review a nearly 1,400-page document. The community requested more time for review to no avail. A copy of the published final EIR can be found at

We tried to meet with board trustees but they refused. We wanted to express our concern about many issues, including:

  • Inadequacies in the final EIR
  • Lack of fiduciary responsibility to spend bond money on this project
  • State Board of Education approval under false pretenses
  • No community group support
  • Safety of students with residential apartments less than 150 feet away
  • Denied and delayed public record requests, attempts to delete emails, and misrepresentation of facts

The district says construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2019 and would last about 30 months. There is no word about a new location for Innovations Academy Charter School, which is currently on the site and plans to continue there into the next school year.

Voice of Scripps Ranch (VOSR) is investigating all avenues to pursue regarding this project. VOSR is a group of residents and taxpayers for the reasonable use of the district property at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. The district’s proposed use is a redevelopment project with the Monarch Development Group that includes a 264-unit apartment complex and other facilities. Visit for more information, and email us at [email protected] to be added to our communication list.

Later School Start Times

The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously approved a resolution to provide all high school students the option to take their first period class online beginning in the fall of 2019. In addition, they will prepare for all high schools to start at 8:30 am or later in the fall of 2020.

[Editor’s note: One of the main leaders of this effort in San Diego was Scripps Ranch mom and active volunteer, Beth McNeill, this article’s author.]

These measures will allow high schoolers to get the sleep they need, as recommended by the American Medical Association and other groups. Because adolescents experience a hormonal shift that keeps melatonin from making them drowsy until about 11 pm, the majority of high schoolers do not get the eight to nine hours of sleep their growing bodies need.

As a result, they are more likely to be depressed, overweight, struggle in early morning classes, and get into car accidents. In recognizing that students who take a bus to school will not be able to take an online first period course, the trustees would like all high schools to begin at 8:30 am in 2020. We will continue to bring you more information as this plan progresses.

Beth McNeill, PhD, Start School LaterSan Diego Co-leader

Neighborhood Watch: Car Burglaries on the Rise

As of press time, Scripps Ranch has experienced about 20 car burglaries all over our community in just a few days. There were six in one night alone. Just a note, the Crime Report numbers are compiled for a specific month, so the recent burglaries are not reflected in the statistics above.

According to the San Diego Police Department’s community service officer, Christina Santos, car burglaries are the number one rising crime in the city, and we’ve had our share in Scripps Ranch. Do not leave any valuables in a vehicle. Do not leave blankets, bags, or backpacks in your car. Thieves have been successfully taking items from cars and will continue if you let them. Leave your front door lights on or get motion detector lights.

The cars were unlocked in only a couple of cases. In the others the thieves disarmed alarms and open locked cars. Most items taken are whatever can be grabbed quickly: clothing, sunglasses, loose change, a student’s backpack with school ID, and a garage door opener. We remind you not to leave your opener in your vehicle, as it could allow access into your home. The thieves are probably hoping to get something valuable.

Please consider forming a Neighborhood Watch group on your street. Just go to for details and email us at [email protected] with questions. For more about the SRCANW and if it helps keep our community safe, see pages 28 and 29.

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, call 858-484-3154.

We recently threw a well-deserved party to thank and honor our NW block captains. We were joined by SDPD Captain Christopher Knighten and community relations officer Christina Santos (pictured above). A lot of valuable information was shared.

Thank you to our committee members who made this party possible. Marvin Miles, Nancy Petit, Lisa Susca, and Jan Rasmussen were there early to set up the tables, chairs, and food. They also stayed late to clean it all up. A special shout-out goes to Jan Rasmussen, who provided all of the beautiful flower arrangements. To our block captains, thank you for helping keep Scripps Ranch a safe place to live.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Let’s Talk Pets

In last month’s SRCA Newsletter, you learned about making a plan for you children, but don’t forget about making a plan for your pets. Please be sure to include your pets in your disaster plan.

Make sure they are wearing collars and identification tags that include your cell phone number. Find a place to stay ahead of time, in other words, call some hotels to see if they take pets and what kind of limitations they have. Make arrangements with friends or relatives not in the area to see if you and your pets could stay with them. Plan for your pets in case you are not home. In all cases if you evacuate, take your pets. If it’s not safe for you, it sure is not safe for them.

We will hold our annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Vineyard at Escondido. Please mark it on your calendar and watch for more information. You can reach us at 858-201-3711, visit us at, and “Like” us on Facebook.

The Heroes Rock Hoyt Park

Our 2018 Jed Pettey Memorial Summer Concert Series continues to bring you quality, danceable music in the park. On Sunday, July 15, at 6 pm we will feature The Heroes, San Diego’s favorite multi-award-winning show and dance band. The Heroes, led by drummer and longtime Scripps Ranch resident Tommy Boyd, is in its fourth decade rockin’ Hoyt Park. The band plays a wide variety of fun upbeat dance music from throughout the decades as well as today’s hits.

Be sure to come early because this performance tends to be the most crowded show in our summer season. This concert is made possible by our longtime sponsor, Collins Family Jewelers. Thank you!

Before the show begins, the Scripps Ranch Old Pros and the Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club will award scholarships to our local high school Class of 2018. Come cheer them on.

Bring family and friends for a picnic dinner and enjoy the music, but please leave your pets at home. You can spread a blanket on the ground but, please, no plastic tarps. We also ask that you bring low chairs so everyone can see the stage. We are an all-volunteer organization and rely on your tax-deductible donations to keep the music playing. To donate, please visit

Cheryl Shaw, Symphony in the Park

SRCA Movie in the Park

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) again will host a movie night at the Community Park on Saturday, Aug. 11. The movie is the wonderful Coco and will start at dusk, approximately 7:45 pm.

Come early and have dinner in the park. Let the kids have fun playing. We will have a food vendor along with kettlecorn and shaved ice. A DJ will provide music and entertainment prior to the movie.

Bring your blankets or low chairs and watch the movie under the stars. The event is co-sponsored by the SRCA and San Diego Park and Recreation Department.

Youth Theater Summer Camp

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is partnering with the Rancho YMCA for a one-week theater camp for kids ages 8–13. It will be during the week of Aug. 6–10. Held at the SRT on the Alliant campus, campers will be bused from the YMCA site. Students will be immersed in a theatre program taught by SRT educators. For more information, or to register your child, please email Caitlyn at [email protected]

Internship Experience

As a volunteer in Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s district office, I would like to share my experiences about the great internship program in which I took part. I met Rob Knudsen, a senior field representative for Assemblymember Maienschein, after being recognized by the assemblymember for placing second in C-Span’s Student Cam video documentary competition. This year’s topic was “The Constitution and You.”

When Rob saw the work my partner and I did on the video he offered us an internship. I had to do a lot of research on our subject just as legislators do when they introduce a bill or figure out how they are going to vote on a proposed bill.

I encourage all students who can drive and are interested in learning how an elected office functions to contact Rob at [email protected] or 858-675-0077. (Kyle is pictured above right with Brian.) Even if you do not plan to go into public service, you learn basic skills you need in the private sector. I am very thankful for the opportunities and learning experiences created by this internship.

Kyle Dees, SRHS Class of 2018

Recycle Your Batteries

Scripps Ranch High School senior Anirudh Suri reached a milestone in his ONE CELL battery recycling program. He has collected more than 400,000 batteries! ONE CELL is a collection and recycling program for schools. It makes it convenient for people to recycle used alkaline batteries instead of throwing them in the trash, which contaminates the soil and environment.

Anirudh has run the program since he was in 5th grade and collects batteries in more than 15 schools across San Diego. He also takes part in Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Clean-Up Days. Last year alone, ONE CELL collected more than 130,000 batteries, and the program is on track to exceed that number this year. More details of the program can be found at