Devastating Wildfires

The terrible fires in California over the last month have killed a number of people and destroyed countless homes. It proves that there is no such thing as “fire season” anymore in our state. Fire season is all year long, and we need to be prepared at all times. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) sends a huge “Thank You” to the incredible firefighters on the front lines battling the wildfires. We also send our thoughts and prayers to all affected. What a horrible month for heat and fire.

No matter what statistics I quote here about the fires, by the time you read this they will have changed. So what now? You just need to be prepared. You’ve heard this before. First, make a plan, but not just in general terms. Discuss it with your family and consider older family members, the disabled, and your pets.

Look around the outside of your home. Get rid of all that flammable stuff next to your house and in the yard. Are your vents ember proof? Is your grass dead? Get rid of it, as it can burn. Clear 100 feet of defensible space around your home.

What about your roof? Is it covered with dead leaves? Certainly you no longer have a shake shingle roof or wood siding on your home. Meet your neighbors and exchange cell phones numbers so you can keep in touch if something is going on. If you see something, say something. Download these apps on your phone:

  • PulsePoint—it registers all calls to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department; set it to notify you of calls related to fires
  • San Diego County Emergency app—it helps you stay informed

Finally, if there is a fire anywhere near you, don’t wait for someone to tell you to evacuate. Go now!

On a lighter side, we will have another SRFSC Expo at our Fire Station 37 on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 am to 2 pm. Come meet our firefighters and learn more about fire safety. Also, come with your questions so we can help you be prepared.

Our golf tournament is on Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Vineyard in Escondido. If we can get at least 60 golfers, we can get spots for the top golfers in the upcoming Randy Jones Golf Tournament. Sign up on our website at www.srfiresafecouncil.org. Also, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook to get the latest fire safety information. To reach us, email [email protected] or call 858-201-3711.

Neighborhood Watch: Lock Your Car Doors

We start with a plea to lock your vehicles. We continue to see car break-ins, and many of them involve unlocked cars. Please do not leave any personal items visible, even if they are not valuable. Thieves looking through your car window don’t know what’s in the bag in the back seat, even if it contains trash. Please don’t wait until you become a victim. Be proactive!

The relentless August heat put a damper on our 8th Annual National Night Out, “Scripps Ranch Style.” Our number of parties decreased and some block captains even canceled, opting to have their big block party on the first Tuesday in October, which is when Texas celebrates.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteer Lisa Susca, we had visits from police officers with their sirens and fire personnel who allowed the children to explore the fire engines. We also were visited by representatives from the offices of City Councilmember Mark Kersey, State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, and Congressman Scott Peters. We appreciate their efforts to visit our parties.

Thanks to all those who organized their neighborhoods and participated. These hardworking volunteers are why Scripps Ranch is the best community in San Diego with one of the lowest crime rates.

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. Learn more about joining Neighborhood Watch and receiving our crime alerts at www.scrippsranch.org/watch. You can reach us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

City Hall Comes to Scripps Ranch

Because District 5 is the furthest from City Hall, it can make it tough for constituents to visit my office. So I’m bringing my office to you by establishing weekly Scripps Ranch office hours. A member of my staff, Scripps Ranch community representative Quinton Grounds, will be available every Friday from 1 to 3 pm at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. He will provide face-to-face assistance with city issues, and you can stop by to share input for me, get updates, or just say hello.

Another way I am working to make government more accessible to you is by expanding the “Get It Done” app and website, which I am proud to have led the effort to develop. In addition to allowing you to report potholes, graffiti, and abandoned vehicles, you can now use the app to report other non-emergency problems like illegal parking, hoarders, and missed trash pickups.

As your representative I am committed to making interactions with the city as convenient as possible. However you communicate with me—phone, email, social media, or in-district office hours—I want to hear from you: [email protected] or 619-236-6655.

City Councilmember Mark Kersey

Peace, Love, and Helping Kids at Our Summer Concert

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park Committee presents the last show in our 2018 Jed Pettey Memorial Summer Concert Series. This concert will present Back to the Garden, featuring Eve Selis. They play music of the peace and love era, including songs from Woodstock, Laurel Canyon, and more. Many thanks to Scripps Rock Dental for its sponsorship of the September concert, which begins at 6 pm in Hoyt Park

Part of the mission of Symphony in the Park is to keep the music going in our Scripps Ranch schools. Prior to the concert, we will ask each school’s music department director to come onstage as we distribute our donation checks.

Bring family and friends—but please leave your doggies at home—for a picnic dinner and enjoy the music. 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. We are an all-volunteer organization and rely on your tax-deductible donations to keep the music playing. To contribute, please visit www.symphonyinthepark.org.

Cheryl Shaw, Symphony in the Park Committee

Easy Way to Help Sick Kids and their Families

Dear Scripps Ranch Community, we posted a brief article in the January SRCA Newsletter suggesting we start our own donations to Ronald McDonald House by saving the pop tops from aluminum cans. And you responded! The pop top carries a value equal to one whole can. Just save the tops and drop them off on our porch.

Here is a portion of the letter we received after our most recent delivery to Ronald McDonald House:

“Thank you for holding the door open! I truly appreciate your thoughtful gift of two cans of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. Your gift helps keep the door to our House open for thousands of families we serve every year.

Tonight, like every other night of the year, our House is full. Our guest suites are used by families who have received some of the worst news they can imagine. …For these families…we provide a “home away from home” while they focus on what matters most. Thank you again for expressing empathy and support for our House families through your kind gift.”

Gabi Rivers, Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego Chief Operations Officer

I want to challenge you once again. For those who are participating, keep those pop tops coming. For those who have yet to get involved, it’s easy: collect the tops in a baggy, container, or plastic cup and drop them off at 10333 Avenida Magnifica. Together we will make a difference to kids and families who desperately need it.

Stephen, Susan, Joshua, and Jakob Rosen