Schools Update

The San Diego Unified School District has recommended that Miramar Ranch Elementary School become a K-6 school starting this fall due to overcrowding at Marshall Middle School. The SRCA Schools Committee and both Scripps Ranch planning groups have concurred with this decision.

The recommendation still has to be approved by the Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4. We will bring you any updates on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

Completion of the Lighting in Community Park

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council, working with the city of San Diego, is undertaking a project to complete the lighting plan for our Community Park. When the park was originally built, the funding was not in place to light all the playing fields. Funds have now been identified, and preliminary planning is underway to light field #2, which is located next to Marshall Middle School.

A notice of intent will be mailed out by the city Park and Recreation Department to surrounding neighborhoods. Normally, this notice is only mailed to residents within 300 feet of the project site, which in this case is very few residents. However, the Recreation Council has asked the city to expand the mailing zone, and they have agreed. The public notice follows this article.

The plan is to install a lighting system that will provide lighting suitable for playing baseball and softball, and the system will be designed to minimize spillover into surrounding areas. A similar system has just been installed at Wagenheim Junior High School.

The city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department will control the lighting system. Use of the lights requires obtaining a use permit from the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. As with all the park lights in Scripps Ranch, the lights will be on a master timer that insures they cannot be on past 10 pm.

Since field #2 is the primary PE space for Marshall Middle School, installation of the lights must be done during the summer when school is closed. Therefore, the project is currently being planned with installation targeted for the June-August time frame.

Questions, concerns, or issues can be sent to or presented to the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council for review and consideration. Information can be submitted to the Recreation Center at:

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center

11454 Blue Cypress Drive

San Diego, CA 92131

538-8085

The Recreation Council meets at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center at 7 pm the second Thursday of the month. The dates of the next several meetings are: Feb. 13, Mar. 13, and Apr. 10.

Marc Sorensen, Scripps Ranch Recreation Council Chair

Public Notice: Scripps Ranch Community Park

As a property owner, tenant, or person adjacent to the proposed project, this is to inform you that the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council will be meeting to make recommendations for proposed sports field lighting to be located at the Scripps Ranch Community Park.

The project will complete the lighting of the lower sports field that will require the installation of six 70-foot poles with glare control light fixtures. It will provide lighting at the joint-use basketball court that will require the installation of two 40-foot poles with glare control light fixtures. This project is identified in the approved Scripps Ranch Community Park General Development Plan.

The meeting will be held on:

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 13;
  • Time: 7 pm;
  • Place: Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive; and,
  • Phone: 538-8085.

If you have any questions, contact the city project manager, Jeff Harkness at 619-533-6595.

This information will be made available in alternative formats upon request. To request an agenda in alternative format or to request a sign language or oral interpreter for the meeting, call the Disability Services Program Coordinator at 619-236-5679 at least five working days prior to the meeting. Assistive Listing Devices (ALDs) are also available for the meeting upon request.

High Winds Play Havoc

Scripps Ranch was not spared damage from the high winds that swept through our county. We recorded and responded to 112 calls of trees down, fences broken, and branches in the area. We initiated a program to immediately go through the Ranch and make sure that roads were clear and that damages were reported.

We continued the clean up for several days as the damage was the most extensive I have seen in 26 years. For example, in the open space behind Turret Drive we lost about six trees in one spot.

It was largely self help with our Land Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) crews and contractors helping as the city crews were overloaded with calls. The damage to roofs and fences, although extensive, was not major, and luckily no one was hurt.

In 1976 we adopted a program to take good care of our trees and this continues today. Unfortunately, at times we get hit with strong Santa Ana winds. When this follows heavy rains, the shallow roots and great height of our eucalyptus trees leads to trouble.

However, because of the effort to remove dangerous trees, we have been spared the destruction of other areas. Our policy is that potentially dangerous trees adjacent to homes, fences, and other structures are reported to our MAD. We go to the site and decide what should be done to reduce the potential for damage.

If a tree close to your home appears to be affected, please call me at 566-6083. We are now planting different types of evergreen trees and the eucalyptus you see probably reseeded themselves.

Bob Dingeman

San Vicente Pipeline Update

Thousands of Scripps Ranch residents have received information in the mail regarding the San Vicente Pipeline. It is a massive project by the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) to build an 11-mile pipeline to connect San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside to the second aqueduct just west of Interstate 15.

To reiterate an important piece of information mentioned in the letter, the tunnel and pipeline are not expected to pass directly under any homes. The route will follow below the SDG&E transmission lines through the eastern portion of Scripps Ranch, and then follow below Scripps Poway Parkway.

Construction begins in 2004 and ends in late 2007. The SRCA and planning groups will keep you up-to-date in the Newsletter and on the SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org]. Also, check the SDCWA website [www.sdcwa.org] under "Infrastructure."

Miramar Reservoir

The first of two planned draw downs of the water level in Miramar Reservoir has taken place. This reduces the level of the water by 15 feet while still allowing the treatment plant to operate. This draw down of the water level allows for the construction of the new aqueduct along the rim of the reservoir.

The lake itself is closed for use, but walking and biking is still available. The site of the new expanded parking lot is now being used for stockpiling the excavated dirt, and the new parking lot will be completed with a new entrance.

The tunnel and aqueduct on Scripps Lake Drive has been completed, so planned work is well underway. Note that the perimeter fence has a plastic cover to shield us from construction activity, noise, and dust.

News From Fire Station 37

Fire Station 37 wishes everyone a happy new year. We would also like to thank you for your generous donations of children’s clothes that we sent to one of our firefighters who is stationed in Afghanistan.

Firefighter Dan Mclain is in the reserves and was called to active duty and sent to Afghanistan. Several firefighters in the city are doing the same. Basically, Dan wanted to help the children in the village he is assigned to.The children really appreciated the clothes.

The firefighters at Station 37 are looking for a full-size adult mannequin to use for the children’s learning center at the station. If anyone would like to donate one, we would really appreciate it.

It looks as though fire season might have eased somewhat because of the rain we received. However, please do not let your guard down as the fire season in San Diego County has only slowed down. Remember the Alpine fire, Fallbrook fire, and this year’s Malibu fire all started during the first part of the year.

Congratulations to Miramar Fire. They just received their second Model 14 wildland firefighting apparatus. This apparatus will be invaluable to Scripps Ranch when another wildland event occurs. Be safe.

Capt. Warren Geiske, Fire Station 37

Ident-a-Kid

The Information Center will host an Ident-a-Kid program that includes taking your child’s picture and weighing him or her. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 am to 3 pm. The program is a cooperative effort between the SRCA, the city, Ident-a-Kid, and both Dingeman and E.B. Scripps Elementary Schools. More information will be forthcoming from the schools.

Information Center News

If you are like me, you have just received your annual Form 1040 gift pack from our friends at the IRS. On the other hand, if you have not received your forms, you can get both the state and federal long and short forms at the Information Center. We also have a master book of all those hard to get specialized forms and will be happy to make copies for you on site. Come say "hi."

Starting this month, both the city Treasurer’s Office and our 15 Community Service Centers throughout the city will have small business outreach packages available for pickup. The packages will include a seller’s permit, fictitious name information and applications, small business loan information, and Small Business Administration guidelines. Come pick up a packet, or call us at 538-8200 and we will send you one.

On the subject of small businesses, the city’s Community and Economic Development Department is offering a Storefront Improvement Program. You may qualify for a rebate of up to 1/3 of the construction costs–to a maximum of $5,000–for improvements to the appearance of your storefront if:

  • You possess a valid city of San Diego Business Tax Certificate;
  • Have fewer than 12 employees; or,
  • Are a property owner leasing to such a business.

Call the Information Center for details. And, finally, a big thanks to the Old Pros for providing the Information Center with our lovely Christmas tree this year.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

Only a few days until HodgePodge! Your kids can participate in this annual fundraiser and have fun making up to 10 crafts. There are two sessions: 12:30-2 pm for kids ages 4-7, who must be accompanied by an adult; and, 2:30-4 pm for kids 8-13. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room.

Reservations are a must, so please sign up right away, as space is limited. Reservation forms are available in the library. The cost is $10 per child, but after Wednesday, Feb. 5, the fee is $15 per child. Fill out your child’s reservation now and save.

Some great crafts the kids have made are: kids quilts, bubble stationary, handmade kites, rainmakers, Valentine’s Day cards, My Hand Print Poem, and heart magnets. Face painting, music, and refreshments will add to the festivities. For more information or to volunteer to help, call Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679. Parking on Meanley Drive is requested.

The Pajama Game at SRHS

The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) performing arts department presents The Pajama Game. Love and labor disputes heat up the Sleep-Tite pajama factory in this musical comedy bursting with inventive Fosse dancing and hit songs.The Tony award winner will be on stage at SRHS on:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 pm;
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 pm;
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 pm;
  • Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 pm; and,
  • Saturday, Mar. 1, at 7 pm.

Reserved seats are $10; general seating is $7 in advance, $6 with an ASB card, and $8 at the door.

SRHS staff Marjorie Mae Treger, director and choreographer, along with Nancy Shirley and Dean Hickman, musical directors, will work overtime to shape more than 40 students and three teachers into a professional cast. They will tackle this unconventional show that takes a punch at big business and the fashion industry.

Shows sell out early, so reserve a ticket by calling 621-9020, ext. 8105, emailing [[email protected]], or going to the SRHS financial office.

Elissa Barber

Nutcracker Suite a Smashing Success

The Scripps Performing Arts Centre saw another great success of its Nutcracker Suite in December. Sponsors for the Nutcracker Suite 2002 include:

  • Diamond Boutique;
  • Body Gestures;
  • The Corky McMillin Companies;
  • Skate World;
  • The Country Store and Bakery;
  • Fosters Photo Place;
  • Postal Annex;
  • Scott’s Hand Car Wash and Detailing;
  • Brookfield Homes;
  • Terry J. McDonald of ReMax;
  • Designer Advertising;
  • Martin J. Jaquez, Attorney at Law;
  • 2-Tier Software; and,
  • Rose Creative Design.

Proceeds from Nutcracker 2002 go toward a new college scholarship to be awarded to a Scripps Ranch High School student at the end of this school year.

Eurostyle Opens Its Doors to the Community

Eurostyle, San Diego’s newest full-service beauty salon, opened its doors last month in the Scripps Trail Plaza, at 10299 Scripps Trail Drive, Suite D. Eurostyle is owned by Irina and Vitaly Bogomolny, who have dedicated themselves to providing excellent customer service, quality products, and an enjoyable atmosphere at reasonable prices.

The Bogomolny family has traveled a long and winding road to small business ownership. Irina, Vitaly, and their young children, Irina and Konstant, came to San Diego five years ago as refugees from the former Soviet Union.

Arriving with limited resources and minimal English, the Bogomolny’s began to rebuild their lives. Vitaly worked three jobs to support his family. His typical day began at 4 am and often ended after 11 pm.

Irina, with over 10 years experience in cosmetology and hair styling in Europe, dreamed of opening her own salon in the United States. To make this dream come true, Irina began to get credentialed in the United States, and obtained her degree in Master Hair Design and became a Certified Color Specialist.

Irina and Vitaly were able to save their money and obtain small business loans from the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Microenterprise Program, in cooperation with ACCION San Diego and San Diego National Bank. Jewish Family Services also pitched in.

Eurostyle offers full-service for hair, nails, face, and body. You can also find a wide selection of the best products. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 693-0509.