Fate of our Information Center

The future of our Information Center looks good for community availability thanks to the hard work of the SRCA. The city initially directed all Community Service Centers, including staff to accept water bills and process passports, be closed as of Dec. 31 for budget reasons. There was to be an end to community use of the meeting rooms as of Dec. 5.

After some back and forth between the old and new City Councils and the mayor’s office, the city granted a short reprieve. That will allow time for certain communities who have expressed interest to negotiate potential continuity of the buildings for community meetings, even if the centers will no longer be staffed by city employees who are able to accept water bills and process passports.

As of press time, the SRCA had successfully negotiated public-sector subsidy financing to sustain the facility for community meetings for about the next 1-2 years. Final details still need to be worked out over the next 45 days. The Scripps Ranch Information Center is the first in the city to obtain financial support for the building availability continuity as of this writing. We will update you as developments warrant.

Car Burglary Statistics

Below are the official 2007 and estimated 2008 statistics for car burglaries–reported crimes–in Scripps Ranch:

  • November 2007: 3
  • Year-To-Date 2007: 223
 
  • November 2008: 10
  • Year-To-Date 2008: 152

Even with a couple of bad months, we are still down almost 32% for the year. This is excellent, and you all should be very proud! I can’t wait for the final statistics next month.

Farewell

It is with a sense of sadness that I let you all know that my last day at Northeastern Division was Nov. 21. I have been transferred to Northwestern Division in Carmel Valley to work on a special project involving our Telephone Report Unit. Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to respond to your enforcement requests and problems. However, I am always available to answer your questions by email at [[email protected]]. I’m sure you will find other supervisors and officers at Northeastern will be quick to respond to your requests.

It has been my extreme pleasure to work with you and on your behalf for the last 2 years. You have a fabulous community and you should be so proud of the many fine residents who spend countless hours to keep you informed.

I have been a police officer for 14 years and a San Diego resident for 35. This is one of the most organized communities I have seen. You have been so responsive to my tidbits of advice. Writing the monthly articles in the Newsletter has been a great experience for me. Special thanks to Gloria Tran for giving me the forum. My goal is to leave each community I serve a little better than when I arrived. I hope I have accomplished that here. Stay vigilant to keep your community safe! Happy new year!

 

[Editor’s note: The SRCA Newsletter extends a huge thank you to Sgt. Peterson for all his work in our community. He has always gone above the call of duty to keep the community safe and informed. Sgt. Peterson, you will be missed!]

2008 Review

Question: Can you give us a year-end summary of your 2008 fire prevention activities?

Answer: We completed 100-foot fuel breaks for eight neighborhoods. They were:

  • Hunter’s Pointe–65 homes;
  • Hunter’s Point North–64 homes;
  • Loire Valley–14 homes;
  • Chantemar–170 homes;
  • Elderwood Lane–8 homes;
  • Mira Lago–18 homes;
  • Riesling–13 homes; and,
  • Eastwind Point–7 homes.

That’s a total of 359 homes and 57 acres.

We also assisted with the formation of four new North County Fire Safe Councils: Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Lake Hodges, and Ramona.

Question: Didn’t you start a new program to help homeowners make their homes more fire safe?

Answer: Yes, we launched an interactive computer program to assist homeowners in determining the actions they should take to prepare for the next wildfire. It has been determined that 80% of the homes destroyed in the Rancho Bernardo fire could have been spared had they been prepared in advance. Firebreaks help prevent the “wall of flame” from reaching structures, but showers of wind-driven embers can travel a mile or more. Information on this program is available at [www.srfiresafecouncil.org].

Question: What about 2009?

Answer: We have new grant funds to assist 13 more neighborhoods to establish a 100-foot firebreak. However, the economy has brought our work to a halt. We’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, we will place greater emphasis on helping individual homeowners eliminate the hazards in and around their homes.

If you have any questions, contact the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council at 945-6303 or [[email protected]].

Karen Reimus Helps Orange County Fire Victims

On November 15, my long-time childhood friend and her family lost their home to the “Triangle” or “Freeway” fire in Yorba Linda. I had heard of Karen Reimus but had never met her. Little did I know how much help Karen would be, not only to my friend but to the entire neighborhood in Orange County.

Only nine days later Karen coordinated a meeting with 20 families who lost their homes. Karen brought a PowerPoint presentation and shared her expertise through UnitedPolicyHolders.org. She also brought helpful binders and her own personal experience as a fire survivor to help these families. Karen continued to help and had a second meeting with about 30 people in December in Yorba Linda. She is truly amazing!

I just want to say thank you, Karen, from the bottom of my heart. With deepest respect and gratitude,

Parent Meeting on Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol

Scripps Ranch parents! Please come to an informational meeting presented by Phil Hubbs of PRONASA on the reality and dangers of drug and alcohol use. All parents of Scripps Ranch high school and middle school students are welcome! It will be held in the Scripps Ranch High School library on Tuesday, Mar. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to be informed!

The Proactive Network Against Substance Abuse, or PRONASA, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children and adults about substance abuse prevention. Scripps Ranch High School student Jamie Swartz is organizing this meeting as her senior exhibition and would love your support. The more parents who attend, the better!

Legs For Literacy Run/Walk

Is your New Year’s resolution to get fit or stay fit? Then mark your calendar for this unique Scripps Ranch tradition. Join the 10th annual Cush Legs for Literacy 5K and 1-Mile Run/Walk on Sunday, Mar. 29, at Miramar Lake. Proceeds benefit literacy programs at all six Scripps Ranch public schools. The 2007 event raised almost $24,000 in gross proceeds.

This year we hope to increase participation from local and area schools by inviting athletic teams to register for the event. Registration for teams is only $15 per person. Regular registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under. Registration packets will be available at each school, at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Mar. 14, and online at [www.active.com]. Email Seshu Hammond at [[email protected]] or Cherie Enge at [[email protected]] for details.

Taste of the Ranch

Save the date and purchase your tickets! The fabulous Taste of the Ranch is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Scripps Ranch Library. This is a wonderful chance to enjoy a night of fine food, great company, and, of course, a terrific silent auction. The last two years we have had offerings including a week in Hawaii, a San Francisco getaway, signed Chargers’ and Padres’ memorabilia, jewelry, and much more. This event has previously been a sellout. Tickets are $50 each. Please direct all ticket queries to [[email protected]].

 

Holiday Concert a Success!

The Holiday Concert once again proved to be a great success. As always, The Heroes put on an amazing show to start off the holiday season! Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 delivered Santa safely to us. On behalf of the community, thank you once again to all the firefighters for the great work you do each day.

The Symphony in the Park Committee would like to thank everyone for their support to make the last year such a great success. Keep your eye out in the upcoming Newsletters for the new dates of our 2009 summer season and spread the word about this fantastic community event. If you would like information on how to support these events, please visit [www.symphonyinthepark.org].

We wish you a happy new year from our family to yours. See you next year!

Scholarship Essay Contest

High school students in Scripps Ranch are invited to participate in a scholarship essay contest sponsored by Life Choices. Six scholarships totaling $3,500 will be awarded. The essays must answer the question, “Why is abstinence before marriage the best choice for teens today?” The entry deadline is Sunday, Mar. 15. For details, call 486-1738 or visit [www.SDLifeChoices.org].

Random Acts Of Kindness

As I walked through my neighborhood on Thanksgiving, I tried to reflect on all of the good things in my life. My father passed away recently, which brought sadness. I also knew that the sadness was temporary. As I thought about my father’s rich life, I thought about his generous and giving nature. His kindness brought comfort to many people. Deep in thought, an idea probably inspired by my father came to me.

What if each day of my life I went out of my way to do at least 10 random acts of kindness? What if my friends and family did the same thing? Wouldn’t this slowly make the world a nicer place?

These random acts can take seconds…a smile to a stranger or holding a door for someone. Please pass this along to get the Random Acts Of Kindness momentum going. I know my dad, Ernie, is smiling on all of you from up above.

New Tutoring Center

Join us in celebrating the grand opening of a new tutoring center in Scripps Ranch. Tutor Beach, located off Scripps Poway Parkway, develops learning skills and improved performance in a fun, tropical environment. “Tutor Beach has the best tutoring in San Diego. My daughter was struggling with math. At Tutor Beach she not only improved her skills tremendously but she had fun doing it,” said Theresa, a 2nd grade mom.

Through unique tutoring methods like educational games and exciting activities, Tutor Beach makes learning enjoyable for children of all ages. Tutor Beach focuses on individual students: whether they need help reaching grade level, are striving for a new challenge, or anywhere in between. Tutor Beach offers customized classes and private sessions.

“We put the fun in learning! With educational games to engage the visual and tactile senses in a fun, tropical environment, students are at ease. Because relaxed, happy students are more receptive to learning,” says Alan Archer, center director.

From the tropical-themed center with Hawaiian-shirt-wearing staff to daily prizes and earning “beach bucks” to exchange at the Surf Shack, Tutor Beach has a whole new approach to help your child reach his or her full potential. We currently are offering a free tutoring session for new students. If you are interested, please contact us at 935-1135.