Trim Fire Hazards

This year we have had ample rain to produce a bumper crop of weeds in our open spaces. The heavy weeds—flash fire fuel—emerged in March and many will grow to six feet tall. Growth ends about mid-May and they will turn brown by July. In our open space woodlands, eucalyptus sprouts, less than three inches in diameter at chest height, should also be cut back to reduce “ladder fuel” into the crowns of mature trees.

The best time to cut these weeds and sprouts is during late spring. For those of us with city open space within 100 feet of our homes, the city Open Space Division will be happy to grant Right of Entry permits to deal with these fire hazards. This is from the city website: “You or your contractor may also thin brush on city property behind your property by obtaining a Right of Entry permit. To obtain a permit, please…call 619-685-1313, or email [[email protected]].” For questions about potential fire hazards near your home, call the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council at 945-6303.

Nob Hill Pipeline Project

Meetings

The San Diego County Water Authority invites Scripps Ranch residents to attend any of the following public meetings to learn more about the planned Nob Hill Pipeline Improvements Project:

  • Tuesday, Apr. 2—Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee, 7 pm, SRCA Community Center;
  • Thursday, Apr. 4—Scripps Ranch Planning Group, 7 pm, Scripps Ranch Library; and,
  • Wednesday, Apr. 24—Nob Hill Pipeline Improvements Project, public scoping meeting, 4:30–7:30 pm, Scripps Ranch Library, stop by any time to learn more about the project and have your questions answered by Water Authority staff.

This project would replace a section of two existing pipelines located between the Nob Hill and Miro and Ravel communities with a new larger one, at a lower elevation, eliminating the likelihood of a future uncontrolled release of water in the Nob Hill area. A new access road will be built from Scripps Lake Drive to Nob Hill to provide access for both construction and regular maintenance activities. Construction is set to begin in early 2015.

If you have questions or comments regarding this project, call the toll-free project information line at 877-682-9283, ext. 7003, or email [[email protected]].

Stay Informed About Crime in Scripps Ranch

If you are registered as a member of the SRCA Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW), you should be receiving two to four emails per month letting you know about any burglaries in our community. Of course, the number of emails depends on the amount of crime. If you believe that you are registered but haven’t heard from us in a long time, you may have inadvertently opted out. It’s tricky to opt back in, so if that’s the case, please drop me an email at [[email protected]] and I will send you the necessary link.

Remember, if you see suspicious activity, call the SDPD non-emergency line at 484-3154 with as many details as possible. In fact, I urge you to program this number in your cell phone. If you witness a crime in progress or personally feel in danger, call 911.

Thanks to you, Neighborhood Watch is working! If you are not a member of the SRCANW, it’s easy to do. Sign up today at [www.scrippsranch.org/watch].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Scripps Ranch Community Garage Sale

The annual communitywide Scripps Ranch Garage Sale, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, is on Saturday, Apr. 20, from 7:30 am to noon. The event is well advertised, well attended, and offers a chance to sell or purchase some wonderful and unique “treasures.”

If you are a seller and want your home to be placed on the garage sale map, please call 578-5510, ext. 300, by 5 pm on Wednesday, Apr. 17. Garage sale signs may be picked up at the Coldwell Banker office at 12036 Scripps Highlands Drive, next to Chili’s. Garage sale maps will be available starting at 7:15 am that Saturday morning at the Coldwell Banker office.

Spring Clean-Up Day

The weekend after the garage sale, get rid of anything you didn’t sell and can’t donate. Spring Clean-Up Day is on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 8 am until noon. There are two drop-off locations: the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road; and, the Business Park opposite Scripps Ranch High School. No paint or computers please. See the article below if you want to get rid of any electronics.

This annual event is hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and the Kiwanis Club. It’s a great time to clean up your home and your neighborhood!

Free E-Waste Collection

On the same weekend as Clean-Up Day, get rid of unwanted electronics at a free E-waste Drop-Off fundraiser. It’s on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 9 am to 1 pm at Scripps Ranch High School, 10410 Treena Street. The event benefits the SRHS Foundation, Senior Class Safe and Sober Grad Night, and is co-hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association.

What e-waste can you drop off? TVs, monitors, computers, LCD screens, CRT screens, plasma screens, laptops, printers, copiers, faxes, scanners, computer towers, stereo systems, cell phones, speakers, telephones, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), VCRs, DVD players, servers, and power cords/cable/strips.

This event is also sponsored by Recycle San Diego, a local company that specializes in complete e-waste recycling. For more details, email [[email protected]].

SRHS to Play at PETCO Park, Cheer Them On!

The entire community is invited to a special baseball game! Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) has been invited to play in an annual series at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park. The game is on Saturday, Apr. 20, at 4 pm versus Patrick Henry High. Tickets are $20 and will be good for one designated Padres game during the 2013 season—Friday, May 3, versus the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The SRHS baseball program is responsible for selling at least 500 tickets for it to be a success. We encourage everyone in the community to support us in this great opportunity for our kids to play in a big league ballpark. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and the SRHS baseball program. For ticket information, email [[email protected]]. See you at the ballpark!

Hot off the Press: 2013 Concert Schedule

The Symphony in the Park Committee is working hard to plan this coming year’s concert schedule. We will have five summer and one holiday concerts this year, all of which will be held at Hoyt Park on Sunday evenings: June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, and Dec. 1.

Stay tuned for our bands and concert hosts. If you would like to be a concert host, please contact us through our website at [www.symphonyinthepark.org].

This year we are trying something new to raise money to keep the concerts coming to Scripps Ranch. We are organizing a Cinco de Mayo party at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Saturday, May 4. Stay tuned for more information.

To find out more details on the Symphony plans, we will keep an updated schedule on our website, and for real-time updates become a friend on Facebook. Just search Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park on [www. Facebook.com].

For those of you new to the area or who have not heard about our concerts, we are a nonprofit organization that brings free, live music to the community. Held outdoors in Scripps Ranch’s Hoyt Park, this is a great chance to get together with your family and friends. Spread the word and invite someone who hasn’t been before.

Kate Northcote

YMCA Hosts Healthy Kids Day in Scripps Ranch

On Saturday, Apr. 27, the Rancho Family YMCA will celebrate YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids to get moving and families to learn about living healthier. The event aims to kick-start healthier behaviors now and throughout the summer, a critical out-of-school time for children’s health.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at 10481 Scripps Poway Parkway in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace from 1 to 3 pm. Parents and kids could meet camp vendors, participate in class demonstrations, and sample healthy snacks. There is free parking. For more details, contact the Rancho Family YMCA at 484-8788 or visit [www.rancho.ymca.org].

SRHS Junior Gets Special Honor

Scripps Ranch High School junior Cydney Jackson (right) has been named to serve on the Episcopal Youth Event 2014 mission planning team. Cydney is a lifelong Ranch resident, attending Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, Marshall Middle School, and now SRHS.

This is a significant honor in the nationwide Episcopal Church, which selects a small group of youth and adults with sound leadership qualities. She will travel to Philadelphia numerous times to plan this event, and then will be present to help facilitate the event in July of 2014. Well done, Cydney!