Repaving Pomerado Road

After reports in the September SRCA Newsletter that there were no plans to repave Pomerado Road between Avenida Magnifica and Interstate 15, residents expressed outrage to the city, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), and on social media. Unfortunately, despite constant pressure and nearly daily phone calls to both entities, nothing has changed. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) and Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) are taking the lead in this effort to fix the terribly damaged stretch of road.

After reaching out to both the city and SDG&E to get public comments on this issue, Todd Voorhees, SDG&E public affairs manager, provided this statement.

“We completely understand the community’s ongoing frustration and requests to conduct additional paving activities along Pomerado Road west of Avenida Magnifica. A final decision on additional repaving efforts on this portion of Pomerado Road that would go above and beyond what has been required by the city has not yet been made.

We are currently reviewing what, if any, project contingency funds may be available to conduct this additional work. Despite the transmission line being energized, there is still additional work to be completed. However, the project team is doing everything it can to expedite the assessing of remaining work activities and reviewing the project budget. Should funds be available, we will work with the city on the scope and timing of any additional work to be completed.

It is worth noting, we are in compliance with all permits for this project. As additional background, understanding the community’s desire to have this work conducted, SDG&E’s initial plan was to pave above and beyond on sections of Pomerado Road west of Avenida Magnifica. However, the city required us to do additional moratorium paving work and adjustments to traffic loops that were not included in our encroachment permit.

We had budgeted a certain amount for paving based on the permit issued and the additional paving we planned to do for the community, but the extra, unanticipated moratorium paving and adjustment of traffic loops far exceeded our budget. We met several times with the Public Works Department to seek relief on the extra moratorium work that was not included in our permit, which in turn would allow us to do the paving the community wanted instead, but they refused to budge.

After numerous discussions, and knowing this would cause frustration within the community, we had to make the decision to pave only what was required by the Public Works Department and attempt to do additional paving upon completion of the project, should funding be available.

Again, no decision on this extra work has been made at this time, but we realize the community’s interest in getting it completed. We will continue to work in good faith with local stakeholders and the city throughout this process. I apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.”

As of press time, there was no new information from SDG&E on whether there is funding to complete the repaving.

Unfortunately, we anticipated this situation. Back in 2015 during the approval process for this project, the SRPG commented to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that this project would lead to road hazards that would continue over time.

We specifically said: “The splice vaults and manholes will result in uneven pavement, more visual disturbance, and potholes, particularly in light of the city of San Diego’s record on deferred street maintenance.” The CPUC assured us that the vaults and manhole covers would be installed flush with the roadway and would not result in uneven pavement.

Anyone who has driven on Pomerado Road knows this is not the case today. Even on the part of Pomerado Road that has been repaved, there are significant bumps over the splice vaults. Between Avenida Magnifica and I-15, the roadway is completely unacceptable.

We contacted our public officials. Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office has worked with us and SDG&E to highlight this issue. However as of press time, there has been no information or even contact from either the mayor’s office or the Public Works Department. Here is what Mark shared with us.

“I have heard from many of you about the poor road conditions along Pomerado Road after SDG&E’s installation of the Sycamore-Peñasquitos electrical transmission line. I am advocating at the highest level to SDG&E for its full repaving. In a written letter to SDG&E CEO Kevin Sagara and president Scott Drury dated September 10, 2018, I expressed my extreme disappointment in SDG&E’s standard of restoration along Pomerado Road.

As the city is on track to repave 1,000 miles of roads in five years, any companies that perform road work, including SDG&E, should be in the business of rebuilding San Diego, not leaving roads in status quo. I do not support the project’s level of quality and share the frustration that the community has been inconvenienced by this project for far too long. I will continue to pressure SDG&E to repave Pomerado Road from Avenida Magnifica to Interstate 15 and will update the community on any progress.”

According to Mark, at this point, the city has not made a decision on repaving. We do not know if the city imposed adequate road restoration requirements during the permit process or if there is any enforcement plan. Further, at least according to SDG&E, the city may have set other requirements that reduced funding available for proper road restoration.

We need to insist that the city repair Pomerado Road. If you have not done so, contact Mayor Kevin Faulconer at [email protected] or 619-236-6330 and Mark at [email protected] or 619-236-6655. Let your voice be heard on the unacceptable conditions on Pomerado Road.

If there are any updates, we will post them on the SRCA’s Facebook page and the SRCA website at www.scrippsranch.org. We also will provide updates at the SRPG meetings. They are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. The next meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 4. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Fall Clean-Up Day

It’s time to spruce up around your house before winter. The popular Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Fall Clean-Up Day, is on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full. The past three years the dumpsters were filled before noon. There will be two locations: the Business Park on Meanley Drive; and the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We thank our co-sponsors, the Torrey Pines Kiwanis and the Poway-Scripps Rotary Club.

Please be prepared to unload your vehicle. Dumpsters should not be loaded along the side walls and please do not leave anything on the ground. Also, we do not accept electronics, paint, appliances, light bulbs, or tires. The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries.

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

Barbara Perkins, Chair

Get Rid of Fire Hazards

October always brings a unique feeling of apprehension for those who lived through the Cedar Fire that devastated Scripps Ranch in 2003. While fire season is now all year long, there is a foreboding when the weather heats up and the Santa Ana winds blow in October.

Unfortunately, as I drive through our lovely community, I see so many homes with wood siding, shingle roofs, rotten wooden fences, dead grass, palm trees with dead fronds, and other items that make great torches. Also, there are lots of dead shrubs in yards and around homes. We all need to be alert to these dangers and take it upon ourselves to do something about them.

Also, get apps on your cell phones to keep up with what’s going on. Two good ones are PulsePoint and the SD Emergency App. We always want to be aware.

Want some more tips on how to be fire safe? A member of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) can give a presentation to your group! We want to thank the St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Ministry of Mothers for inviting us to speak to them. What a fun, interesting group! If you would like us to speak to your organization, please let us know at [email protected]

Two great events are coming up:

  • Saturday Oct. 13—Wildfire Preparedness Day at Fire Station 37, 10 am–2 pm; bring the kids, tour the station, climb on a fire truck—it’s great fun and very informative
  • Saturday, Oct. 20—SRFSC Golf Tournament, 8 am, The Vineyard in Escondido; this is our only fundraiser for the year

We plan to stock equipment needed by first responders at strategic spots on our evacuation route at an estimated cost of $70,000. To see our community evacuation plan, go to www.scrippsranch.org/evac-map. You can help us raise money by playing golf with us. You’ll have a great time. Please register at www.srfiresafe.org. To reach us, email [email protected] or call 858-201-3711.

Karen Herreros, SRFSC

Fall Festival

Don’t miss the St. Gregory the Great’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 2 pm. It will be at the church grounds at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive. There will be carnival games and prizes, bounce houses, a Chili Cook-Off, Beer Garden, food trucks, barbecue dinner, and live music! The community is welcome. Proceeds benefit the St. Gregory the Great School.

Happy Howl-ween!

Halloween is just around the corner and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center will host its free annual Halloween Carnival on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm inside the Recreation Center gym.

Activities will include carnival games, music, and, returning this year, our costume contest. Get those thinking caps on and come up with a creative costume to show us at the carnival!

Don’t forget to bring your own bucket to collect goodies and cool prizes. For more details about the Halloween Carnival, please call the Recreation Center at 858-538-8085. We hope to see you there!

Free Halloween Event at Scripps Ranch Marketplace

Parents, bring your kids to a free Trick or Treat at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace—the “new” Vons center—on Saturday, Oct. 27! Children 12 and under, dressed in costume, and with an adult are invited. A registration table will be set up in the gazebo area for children to pick up a free treat bag. Then stop by participating businesses for free candy and other treats. The event takes place from 1 to 4 pm and includes free train rides on the Halloween Express. Don’t miss it!

Trick or Treat at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

On Saturday, Oct. 27, join us for our 17th Annual Trick or Treat Day. Starting at 9:30 am bring your little fairies and goblins, with their bags, for treats from every vendor. There will be a free Halloween Penguin Treasure Hunt, live entertainment, food booths, and fantastic shopping for all your holiday party needs.

We are open every Saturday, year round, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. For more details, go to www.SRFM.org or email us at [email protected]