Planning Group Openings

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) has two openings due to resignations. If you are interested in serving on the SRPG, please contact chair Bob Ilko at 586-235. No prior experience in planning is necessary; rather, we are looking for interested residents who would like to improve the quality of life in Scripps Ranch. Your participation is needed to review and comment on proposed developments and provide citizen input to government decision makers.

The SRPG is chartered by the San Diego City Council and is responsible for advising the City on planning issues in Scripps Ranch south of Miramar Lake. Meeting are on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch library.

The big issues coming before the SRPG in the next couple of months include: the 1,000-home Rancho Encantada project and the proposed Marine housing project, both south of Pomerado Road; expeditious completion of the new middle school; and development of the Scripps Ranch business park.

We thank Anita Gomes and Jerry King, who resigned from the SRPG, for their years of conscientious service to the Scripps Ranch community via their participation in the planning group. We will miss you and your enthusiasm.

USIU and Alliant University Combine Talents

United States International University (USIU) and Alliant University (formerly California School of Professional Psychology), one of the country’s largest graduate schools of psychology, will join forces next year to create a new multinational university with eight campuses in California, Kenya, and Mexico.

The new institution will be called Alliant International University and will have campuses in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco-Bay Area with international campuses in Nairobi and Mexico City. The San Diego campus of Alliant will be relocated to the USIU Scripps Ranch campus.

USIU President Garry Hays said that this venture has enormous potential for both institutions. “With a budget in excess of $50 million and a student enrollment of over 6,000, the combined university will have strength and impact beyond what either Alliant or USIU can have alone.”

The proposal must be approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the accrediting body for both universities, and by the U.S. Department of Education. It is anticipated that the approvals will occur next year. Once approval is granted and the transactions are finalized, the universities will begin the combination process.

The presidents of the two institutions initially explored opportunities for sharing resources between the two clinical psychology graduate programs. Talks expanded as they discovered many additional areas that are compatible and complementary. For example, USIU has an undergraduate program; Alliant does not. Each university has graduate programs not offered by the other. Both institutions place a high priority on multicultural education and an individualized approach to education. It is expected that the combination of the two universities will take two years.

USIU President Garry Hays has announced that he will retire, effective after the accrediting commission and U.S. Department of Education approve the proposed combination of USIU and Alliant University and after the close of the transaction. These processes could take up to six months.

Hays noted that by the time he retires, he will have been the chancellor of a seven-campus university system, a president of a corporation, or a university president for almost 25 years. He indicated that he will not retire in the traditional sense of the term, but wants to devote time to other things that he does not have time for now. Both he and his wife Sharon have been active in the Scripps Ranch community.

When Hays came to USIU nearly nine years ago, the university faced significant challenges, including a $28 million debt load. Under his leadership, the debt was eliminated, a major institutional reorganization was accomplished, a review and modification of academic programs was completed, and significant enhancements were made to the physical plant. At the same time, he enhanced the university’s visibility and credibility in the local and broader communities, and continued to build USIU’s global credentials with university partnerships in northern Baja California, Russia, and most recently China and Korea.

Dr. Judith Albino, president of Alliant University, will assume the presidency of the new Alliant International University and will split her time between the Scripps Ranch flagship campus and an office in San Francisco.

Carney to Represent Ranch

Our new City Councilperson Brian Maienschein announced the hiring of his District 5 staff. Clint Carney will be representing Scripps Ranch. He was recently a campaign coordinator for Councilman Maienschein and has served as one of the directors of the San Diego Youth Court program.

Clint has more than 12 years of legal experience, and has a political science degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. You can reach him by calling 619-236-6655.

Update on Shea Gateway

In December, Shea presented its Scripps Gateway freeway center to the San Diego Planning Commission for approval. This project is situated northeast of the Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15 intersection and would consist of two hotels, two fast food restaurants, one sit-down restaurant, a retail facility, a gas station mini-mart, and a park and ride lot.

Representatives from the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC), the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, as well as other concerned residents, showed up at the hearing to oppose the project. After much discussion, the Planning Commissioners voted unanimously to deny approval of the project. Their finding was that it did not meet our community plan’s intent for a “gateway” project.

In addition, at least two of the commissioners agreed with us that there was a link between this project and the disputed 4-acre community recreational parcel and that the project should be denied until that issue was resolved.

It is possible that Shea will appeal this decision to the City Council. Our new Councilmember Brian Maienschein is aware of the ongoing dispute with Shea and has promised to help us work this out. We’ll keep you posted.

Local Student Gets Computer for Good Deed!

Lindsey Hogan, a 16-year-old junior at Scripps Ranch High School, was the winner of the Do a Good Deed contest. Dr. Daniel Patrick, founder of San Diego’s Dental Implant Centers and sponsor of the fall 2000 contest, awarded Lindsey a brand new computer and two years of Internet service at her school. Lindsey helped construct a home for a poor family in Mexico and described her efforts in an essay submitted for the contest.

The Do a Good Deed essay contest rewards good deeds performed by children and teenagers. The contest encourages young people to do a good deed and write an essay detailing what they did, what motivated them to do it, and the benefits derived from their actions.

“Doing good deeds, which is defined as deeds which benefit others rather than the individual doing the deed, is a step in the right direction for our youth,” says Dr. Patrick. “The purpose of the contest is to help motivate young people to become active in their communities and in turn, instill in them the positive qualities like innovation, self-motivation, self-esteem, and a desire to help others.”

Dr. Patrick’s upcoming spring 2001 contest is open to any youth under 21 years old residing in San Diego County. For more information, see the form on [] or contact Dr. Patrick’s Dental Implant Centers, 2314 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, 92101, 619- 696-0600.

My Friends and I Children’s Center–Topic of Bus Tour

My Friends and I Children’s Center, a local Scripps Ranch pre-school, is being viewed as a model school. CAEYC (California Association for the Education of Young Children) has bus tours for educators to observe exceptional developmentally appropriate programs.

The convention is held every five years in San Diego. It is an honor to be selected by this prestigious group. DeeDee Smith and her staff are passionately committed to practicing the best child development methods known.

Solving I-15 Traffic

After practicing dentistry for over 25 years in the South Bay area and moving his residence to Scripps Ranch, J. Barry Appelbaum decided to sell his dental practice. Tired of the 30-mile drive with the heavy commute traffic, he decided to open a new state-of-the-art dental practice at 9855 Erma Road in the Scripps Medical and Dental Building.

Now, he’s close to his new home and granddaughter. A few years ago, he went back to college and received an MBA degree from SDSU, but his passion for dentistry is greater than the corporate world. He serves on the Delta Dental quality review board and on the local San Diego County dental visitation team. He is delighted to be in a community where he can both live and work. He also recently took up riding a Harley, and to his good fortune, there are plenty of riders in the Ranch.

[Ed: Good luck Barry; way to go solving your traffic problem on I-15! This has been our unofficial advice for years now–live and work in Scripps Ranch. Glad it worked out for you.]

Scripps Ranch Info Center Now Open for Business

All this talk about the Scripps Ranch Information Center–so what and where is it? Let play 20 questions, or at least 7 for this month. We’ll answer more questions over the next few months.

Where is it?

The Information Center is located on Cypress Canyon Road at Scripps Poway Parkway, just north of Marshall Middle School. It is a white 1800’s colonial-looking building variously described as a garden center, yacht club, or Independence Hall.

What is it?

The Scripps Ranch Information Center includes a community service center operated by the San Diego City Manager’s office. The goal of the service center is to provide City services and information within local communities of San Diego. The SRCA maintains an office in the Center and provides additional information specific to Scripps Ranch.

When is the Center open?

  • Monday to Wednesday: 8 am to 1 pm, 2 to 5 pm;
  • Thursday: 10 am to 2 pm, 3 to 7 pm; and
  • Friday: 1 to 5 pm.

How do I contact the Center?

The City Service Center can be contacted via:

  • Telephone: 538-8200;
  • Fax: 689-1934; and
  • Email: Not yet available.
The SRCA office can be contacted via:

What services are offered?

Janice Lavellee, the City’s public information specialist at the Center, can explain city resources and investigate questions about city planning, city budgets, municipal codes, and vehicle codes.

She can handle water bill payments, parking citation payments, rental property tax payments, alarm permit applications, dog license applications, and passport applications. She also has access to city job listings and applications, affordable housing listings, bus and trolley schedules, and recreation class schedules.

Are meeting rooms available?

The Center welcomes the use of its two meeting rooms for non-profit educational, civic, charitable, and cultural uses that are open to the public. There is a small kitchen, with coffee pot, and bathrooms.

Can the Center be used to host fundraisers?

Fundraisers must be cleared with Clay Bingham, the Center Manager. The proceeds must go to charitable, non-profit organizations, such as schools. Alcoholic beverages cannot be served at any fundraiser or meeting at the Center.