San Vicente Pipeline Meetings

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) is designing an 11-mile pipeline to connect San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside to the second aqueduct just west of I-15. The SDCWA map below shows the proposed tunnel route. To minimize impacts to nearby communities, particularly along Scripps Poway Parkway, the San Vicente Pipeline will be built in a tunnel rather than a trench.

The large-diameter pipeline is part of the Emergency Storage Project, a complex system of water facilities designed to make water available to San Diego County in the event imported water deliveries are interrupted. Construction begins in 2004 and ends in late 2007. The design team is currently working to identify the pipeline route, shaft locations, and truck access routes.

The SDCWA will issue a Notice of Preparation for a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which will evaluate project impacts where the tunnel route has changed since 1997 when an earlier EIR was certified. The SDCWA will hold an information workshop for the community.

Also, two scoping meetings will be held. Public comments on the scope and content of the EIR can be provided to the SDCWA at the scoping meetings or in writing. All comments received during the 30-day scoping period will be considered in refining the scope of the subsequent EIR.

The information workshop will be on:

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 14;
  • Time: 7 pm; and,
  • Place: Valley Elementary School, 13000 Bowron Road, Poway.

The scoping meetings will be on:

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 21;
  • Time: 7 pm; and,
  • Place: Valley Elementary School, 13000 Bowron Road, Poway.
  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 23;
  • Time: 7pm; and,
  • Place: Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside.

Information regarding the EIR and upcoming meetings can be found on the SDCWA website at [] or by calling the Emergency Storage Project hotline at 877-426-2010.

Gina Molise, SDCWA Public Affairs


[Editor’s note: The SDCWA had proposed using the 4-acre parcel west of the Scripps Ranch Marketplace as a possible mine shaft site. After opposition by the planning groups, the SRCA, and other community organizations, the plan was dropped. Details are on page 47.]

Miramar Dam Update

In December there was a meeting to explore the possibility of opening Miramar Dam without compromising the security of the water supply. Councilmember Brian Maienschein organized the meeting, which included representatives from the San Diego Water Department and the director of a security study being done on all city water reservoirs.

The California Department of Health Services ordered the closure of the dam in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The rationale was that the water supply had to be protected from terrorism.

Maienschein maintains that the closure of the dam is not an effective security measure and that recreational usage should be restored. The city is working to get the state to change its position. Recently, the state asked the city to perform a security study on the city’s water supply.

Larry Gardiner, head of the City Water Department, addressed community members at the meeting. He said he is a member of our community who has enjoyed recreational usage of the dam at Miramar Lake. He said his staff is seeking objective, reasonable solutions.

Bruce Ingerholl, the security study director, said his directive was determined by the Homeland Security Act and the BioTerrorism Act, and came from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He stressed that the primary mission was to provide safe, affordable, reliable drinking water.

Residents expressed their thoughts at the meeting. Their statements were taped, and the text will be added to the security study. The comments included:

  • Open the gates for the same hours as boating. We will be your eyes and ears. We will increase the security.
  • Can we add security cameras?
  • Could the fence be put on the inside of the path?
  • Quality of life is the issue. Miramar Lake is very dear to the local residents. Efforts to open the dam will continue for as long as it takes.

In order for the dam to reopen, the California Department of Health Services has to issue an order that would allow the San Diego Water Department to take down the fence. We will bring you the latest information in the SRCA Newsletter and on the SRCA website. More comments from residents who attended the meeting are posted on the SRCA website at [].

Bob Cavanagh, SRCA VP-Communications

Danger At The Door

I live on a quiet cul-de-sac in Scripps Ranch above Miramar Lake. It was a Monday afternoon. The doorbell rang and my 11-year-old, thinking it was a friend, opened the door.

It was a stranger. I was horrified to see the door wide open, knowing a stranger had easy access to my home. He was a clean-cut, average looking man in his early 40s. He told me my neighbor’s dog had bitten him and he wanted to contact them to see if the shots were up to date.

While talking with him, I felt something wasn’t quite right. I told him I didn’t know my neighbor’s phone number, and he left. I contemplated calling the police, but he had walked away.

A little later, there was a car in front of my home with the same man inside. I believed he was waiting for my neighbor to come home. I called police.

The man told the officer the same story he told me. The police ran a check on the man’s car and found he was a registered sex offender. He had also been in and out of mental institutions. The officers told him to leave the neighborhood and if he returned, he would be arrested. I circulated flyers to my neighbors.

The police found out the man was picked up as a peeping tom in the 70s, did five years in prison in the 80s for rape, and is listed as a 290 transient. He has to let law enforcement know where he is every six months, and he has.

Later that week an article appeared in the newspaper that said on Wednesday evening, the same man allegedly attempted to rape and strangle a 19-year-old woman in North Park.

Police told me the man said he was in my neighborhood looking for a victim. The police think my kids probably saved me because there were too many of us. They also said if I had not called police, he probably would have attacked my neighbor. He is now in jail without bond.

I could never have imagined this would have happened to me in the middle of the day in my quiet neighborhood. I will never open the door to a stranger. I almost learned my lesson the hard way.

Name Withheld

Staying Safe

I have received many calls over concerns about physical assaults and property crimes in our community. The following will help address what you can do to help prevent becoming a victim.

Criminals require method, motive, and opportunity. Take these away and your chances of becoming a victim are minimized. Here are some tips.

For your home:

  • Keep all windows and doors locked. 70% of burglaries occur in daytime;
  • Install deadbolts to exterior doors;
  • Install motion detector lighting;
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed, so as not to cover windows or doorways;
  • Minimize access to backyard;
  • Keep blinds closed at night;
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know;
  • Install a peephole on your front door;
  • Document all serial numbers and mark all valuables with your California driver’s license number; and,
  • Report any suspicious activity.

In public:

  • Lock your vehicle door at all times;
  • Park in well-lit areas, close to stores;
  • Try not to go out alone;
  • Be aware of people near your vehicle or in the parking lot–do not put yourself in an unsafe situation;
  • Check inside your vehicle before entering;
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards;
  • Be sure your purse or wallet makes body contact at all times; and,
  • Remember, personal property is not worth serious injury or worse.

For a courtesy home security evaluation, call the San Diego Police storefront at 538-8120 for an appointment.

Steve Higuera, SDPD Community Relations Officer

It’s time to register for HodgePodge! Your kids can participate in our 13th annual fundraiser by having a fun time making up to 10 "keepable crafts." HodgePodge is for kids ages 4-13. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12:30 to 4 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library community room.

Reservations are a must, so please sign up early, as space is limited. Reservation forms are now available in the library. The cost is $10 per child. Some of the crafts they have made in past years are: kids’ quilts, bubble stationary, handmade kites, rainmakers, and Valentine’s Day cards. They will also enjoy face painting, music, and refreshments. For more information, call the library at 538-8158 or Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679.