Town Hall Meeting with Superintendent Bersin

City Schools Superintendent Alan Bersin along with School Board Trustee Sue Braun will host a town hall meeting in Scripps Ranch on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Mr. Bersin will speak on the reform efforts the school district is undertaking to improve student achievement. Highlights of the presentation will include:

  • What it means to be a standards-based district;
  • Support systems for student promotion and retention;
  • Student assessments beyond report card grades; and
  • 1999-2000 strategic initiatives.

You won’t want to miss this special opportunity to dialogue with Superintendent Bersin.

School Boundary and Grade Configuration Meeting — Monday, Jan. 24

Just when you thought is was safe to go out, we have another school meeting for you to attend. But this one is equally important. The meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The topics are elementary school boundaries and grade configurations. Several related issues are before us, including:

  1. Crowding at the 3 Scripps Ranch elementary schools has reached such a crisis that a boundary change is being considered by the school district for next fall. The School Board’s decision on any boundary change needs to be made soon, probably by the end of February. But the school district would like the community’s advice on how it should be done.
  2. The new 4th elementary school configuration needs to be fixed in stone (K-6 or 5-6). This decision will have an impact not only on the design of the school site, but also on the boundary issues described in issue #1.
  3. The rezone of the Fairbrook school site has been approved by the City Council for 17 single-family homes and a 3.5-acre park. Now the school district feels that perhaps it is prudent to keep the site for an overflow elementary school. The school district has requested the community’s advice on this issue, which could also impact boundary decisions.
  4. The capacity at Marshall Middle School will be exceeded in the next year or two even with the buildout construction. The decision to pare off part of that population in some fashion to a separate school, or to multiple K-6 schools, or to a 5-6 school is entwined with the other boundary issues.

Please consider attending this important school meeting on Monday, Jan. 24. Community leaders already have had several meetings with the school district to help identify the questions and the possible answers. Now, however, these questions need to be posed in an open forum to the entire Ranch.

Be assured that the school district is interested in our views, and over the years has followed our suggestions to a large degree. Your attendance will make a difference!

New Las Madres Playgroup

A new Las Madres playgroup is forming in January for Scripps Ranch babies born in late 1999. For details, please call Kathy Fineman at 530-0165.

New Cub Scout Pack Forming — Jan. 19.

Cub Scouting in Scripps Ranch is extremely popular and successful. In fact, it is so successful that all four Cub Scout packs in the Ranch have reached their maximum size and are closed at this time to new members. Its time to form our 5th Cub Scout Pack in Scripps Ranch so that all boys, in grades one through five, will have the opportunity to share in a fun and exciting program with an emphasis on caring and nurturing relationships between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends. Cub Scouting has nine purposes:

  • Positively influence character development and encourage spiritual growth;
  • Help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship;
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body;
  • Improve understanding within the family;
  • Strengthen boys’ ability to get along with other boys and respect other people;
  • Show how to be helpful and do one’s best;
  • Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills;
  • Provide fun and exciting new things to do; and
  • Prepare boys to become Boy Scouts.

In order to accommodate all boys and their parents who would like to be involved in Cub Scouting, there will be a parent information meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library community room.

If you are one of the families who were not able to join a pack this fall, then this meeting is for you. Any parents interested in a new Cub Scout Pack are cordially invited to attend. For further information, please call Ellen Marks, Assistant District Commissioner, at 578-7377.

Trails Meeting

The December meeting of the SRCA Trails Committee got the ball rolling on the new trails map. All the hardworking members had investigated and reported on the location and condition of the trails. We reviewed and modified, as needed, all the trails listed on the old map. Eight new trails will be added to the map. We are still looking at some potential sites, and they also could be added. Total number of known and usable trails is now 33. North of the lake, we are investigating property ownership and the potential for trails. Our next meeting is at Jerabek Park on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 9 am. Anyone who is interested or any new volunteers are welcome.

Over 600 Toys

At the 17th annual Scripps Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting held in December in Jerabek Park, Santa visited with many of our youngsters and helped to collect over 600 toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Thank you, Santa!

We also were pleased to have the Marines with us from MCAS Miramar, and Barbara Warden, our City Council Representative. This year SRCA President Wes Danskin presented Santa Claus with a special Scripps Ranch Community Service pin for his many years helping our community celebrate the holiday season.

We also especially thank Bob Dingeman for organizing the Toys for Tots; Andy Nicholas for helping with the sound system; the seventh-grade Cadette Girl Scout troops that ran the concession stand; Claudia von Wilpert and Mary Jo Longo, co-leaders; Iris Chung, Katie Longo, Nicole Palmer, Reena Desai, and Marni von Wilpert of Girl Scout Troop 8078 for their help with the tree lighting; and a very special thanks to Neil Longo.

This year the number of entries for the drawing contest more than doubled over last year with forty-one girls submitting drawings. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful pictures. It was very difficult to choose a winner! Tara McDonald of Brownie Troop 8184, however, was pleased this year to see her picture on the cover of the song sheet. The two runners-up were Lindsay Parrish from Junior Troop 8379 and Samantha Podraza of Brownie Troop 8049. Congratulations to all these girls.

2nd Golf Tournament to Benefit SRHS Baseball

Saturday, Feb. 6, is the date for the second annual B.H. Gold Insurance Agency benefit golf tournament to support the Scripps Ranch High School’s Falcon baseball program. The tournament tees off at 11:45 am at the Carmel Highlands Doubletree Golf Course at 14455 Penasquitos Drive, San Diego, CA 92129. The tournament includes prizes for the top golfers! With only 100 spaces, golfers are urged to get their reservations in early.

The cost for the day on the green is $125. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, the cart, and a fun-filled dinner hosted by our guest announcer. Dinner will include valuable gifts for top golfers, plus great raffle prizes donated by our sponsors.

SRHS baseball coach Roger Engle says, “Last year, the tournament raised more than $6,000 for our varsity and junior varsity teams plus helped start our much-needed freshman team. And, we’re looking forward to this event providing critical funding for our 2000 season.”

To register for the golf tournament, send your check for $125 per person to SRHS Benefit Tournament, 9699 Tierra Grande, San Diego, CA 92126. Or, pick up an entry form at the Country Store, next to Vons on Scripps Ranch Blvd.

In addition, there are opportunities for local businesses to receive excellent exposure through sponsorships and donation of raffle prizes. For more information on ways you can participate, or to donate prizes, please call Bill Habeger at 578-0020, ext. 114; Mike Urbano at 578-0020, ext. 128; or Jordan Leitner at 695-0544.

New Fitness Studio Opens

Fitness Quest 10, a new state-of-the-art, private fitness and wellness studio, just opened in the heart of Scripps Ranch. Located at 10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd. in the Village Center shopping area next to Vons, Fitness Quest 10 will have a staff of highly-trained, degreed professionals and will offer a variety of programs including personal training, Pilates-based training, massage therapy, and yoga. Use of the facility will be by appointment only, and there are no memberships.

Owner and physical specialist Todd Durkin says he is confident that Fitness Quest 10 will meet the needs of men and women of all ages. Beginners through advanced fitness enthusiasts will find a comfortable, motivating atmosphere. People in pain will have the most qualified therapists to offer a variety of techniques to help heal the body.

Todd is a former professional football quarterback whose career ended due to a serious back injury. He has his Masters degree in Biomechanics/Sports Medicine from San Diego State University. His undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, and massage therapist. Todd specializes in therapeutic exercise, rehabilitation bodywork, and performance enhancement. Additionally, Todd teaches in the Health and Physical Education Department at Miramar and Cuyamaca Colleges. He can be reached at [[email protected]] or at 271-1171.

MRNPC Has Vacancies

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) has three vacancies. This unusual situation provides you will a great way to affect the future of the area north of Miramar Lake. The planning group is responsible for advising public officials on land-use issues such as schools, parks, roads, commercial centers, and recreational opportunities.

Issues pending before the MRNPC include reviewing the design and impacts of:

  • a park on Scripps Ranch Blvd. overlooking Miramar Lake;
  • multifamily apartments off Scripps Poway Parkway;
  • a park-and-ride facility near I-15;
  • the new elementary school on the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway;
  • the commercial/recreational center immediately west of the Vons Marketplace;
  • the commercial and industrial land near the intersection of I-15 and Scripps Poway Parkway;
  • the proposed housing by the U.S. Marine Corps and the private sector on east Miramar;
  • traffic issues including speed reduction, flow control, freeway ramps, calming techniques, and access from the proposed housing on east Miramar.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please contact Pat at 695-0848 or Claudia at 549-8386. No experience in planning or land use is necessary; all you need is a desire to help out and a willingness to contribute your impressions about what you think should be constructed in the northern part of Scripps Ranch.

Fire Station No. 37 — To Open in Dec. 2000

Numerous community members, city officials, and fire fighters gathered recently to ceremoniously break ground on the new fire station no. 37 to be constructed in Scripps Ranch. Scheduled for completion in December 2000, the 8,500-square-foot facility is being built for the city of San Diego by the Corky McMillin Companies and Brookfield Homes. Among those in attendance at the ground breaking were San Diego City Councilmember Barbara Warden, Chief Robert Osby of San Diego’s Fire and Life Safety Services, Scripps Ranch resident and community activist Col. Bob Dingeman, and representatives from several city fire stations.

“This station will be like no other you’ll ever see because it is being designed and built with Scripps Ranch in mind,” said Warden at the ceremony. “We have been so thankful to have the service we do here. I am very proud of this community and I feel very fortunate. It is a great day for Scripps Ranch and a great day for the city.”

Chief Osby also expressed his excitement about the design and construction of the new facility and gave his thanks to McMillin and Brookfield and the “caring and diligent city officials that make things happen.”

According to Kim Elliott of McMillin, fire station no. 37 has been designed by Jeff Katz in a Craftsman architectural style. The building will have a civic feel and incorporate architectural elements found throughout the Scripps Ranch community in order to blend with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Located on the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Blue Cypress Drive, the new fire station will include a distinctive central tower, extensive usage of Carolina ledgestone, also found throughout the community, and dry streambed landscaping in order to blend beautifully with the community’s surroundings, including the adjacent pocket park. The general contractor is Clancy Constructors.

The station will offer living quarters for 10 fire fighters including bunkrooms, restroom and shower facilities, kitchen, dining room, day room, and fitness area.

The apparatus room of the fire station will be a 3-bay, drive-through facility that will offer space for lockers, hose storage, work room, storage, and laundry room. Other features include a public reception area and a watch room with state-of-the-art communications equipment. Numerous large windows above the apparatus floor and clerestory windows over portions of the living area will allow natural light into both areas.

“This is a historic moment in the life of Scripps Ranch,” said Dingeman. “It’s a maturing of the community into what we envisioned it to be 20 years ago. The new fire station is one of the last public structures that will be built in the Scripps Ranch community.”

The 1,200 acres of the Scripps Ranch Villages part of our community, where the fire station is located, also is nearing completion. The first Villages home was sold in February 1994, and the area now has approximately 2,200 families out of the 3,000 residences that will be built. The Villages area is a joint-venture by McMillin Companies, which was founded in 1960 and is still owned and operated by the McMillin family, and by Brookfield Homes, which owns 16,700 residential and commercial lots throughout the United States and Canada.

SRHS Band Needs Funds for China Trip

The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Marching Band and Pageantry has received the great honor to be the first high school marching band to travel to China. As you might expect, however, the trip scheduled for next summer requires significant funds that are not available from the school district or from individual students. The 10-day visit to China will include 120 musicians and the marching unit along with 30 chaperones. Scheduled musical events include performances at Beijing University and at a special Chinese festival at the Shanghai Students Stadium.

The Band and Pageantry are now attempting to raise the necessary funds for the trip. If you can help with this landmark event, please contact music director Dean Hickman at SRHS at 621-9020.

Farmer’s Market in Scripps Ranch?

Background research is being conducted for a possible farmer’s market in Scripps Ranch. The market would likely operate one morning or afternoon per week at a specific location on the Ranch. Being open on either weekends or a weekday is possible. Similar markets are being operated successfully in several other parts of the City.

The market would require a place to operate and could generate some income for the owner. School parking lots, commercial areas, church property–all are possible locations. If you are interested in having a farmer’s market in Scripps Ranch, please call Barry Koral at 760-631-0200.

Pizza Robbery

On Dec. 8, a Scripps Ranch resident experienced an opportunistic burglary alledgedly by a Pizza Hut delivery person. Christmas decorations were stolen from the front porch of the Red Cedar home. This may be an isolated incident; if not, please contact the police department and the SRCA Newsletter with your additional information.