Cookie Sales Successful Again in Scripps Ranch

Thank you to all the residents that supported the Girl Scouts by buying cookies. While most people will argue that buying the cookies is no problem and they can’t wait for their first Thin Mint of the year or coconut smothered Samoa, when you buy a box of cookies you are supporting a troop as well as the Girl Scouts of America reach their goals. Remember site sales will still be going on into the middle of March in front of old Vons, new Vons, and Blockbuster on Scripps Poway Parkway. So get your cookies while you can remember that they have to last another whole year! They freeze well and if you have enough cookies, buy an extra box and donate it go to worthy charity, such as a shelter.

Open House for Water EIR

You are invited to attend a community open house for the Miramar Water Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion project. This meeting is an opportunity to review the Environmental Impact Report (EIR), ask questions, and submit written comments during the public review period. The open house will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library in the community room, on Wednesday, March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may submit written comments during the 45-day review period. Copies of the EIR also will be available at the Scripps Ranch Library and at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. General project information is available on-line at [www.ci.san-diego.ca.us/water]. If you have any questions about this meeting or the EIR, please call 619-533-4679.

From the City Council Office

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Scripps Gateway freeway center project came before the San Diego City Council for consideration. This issue was sure to test the community’s vision for the development of Scripps Ranch as well as my commitment to upholding that vision on behalf of the community.

As the newly elected San Diego City Councilmember representing the Fifth District, I saw this as my opportunity to show the constituents of Scripps Ranch and District Five that I am committed to representing their interests, not the interests of developers.

Fortunately, at my urging, the motion I put forward to deny the Shea Properties’ appeal of the San Diego Planning Commission’s denial of the Scripps Gateway freeway center project was unanimously approved by my Council colleagues.

The project that Shea Properties was proposing was unacceptable. It included two hotels, one gasoline station/car wash/mini mart, three restaurants–one sit down restaurant and two drive-through restaurants–retail space, and 480 parking spaces. Although I was not opposed to what was included in the project, I was opposed to the overall project design.

The primary focus of the Miramar Ranch North community plan is the development of an identifiable area of the City–a community–with a recognizable character that also will positively contribute to the overall quality of urbanization along the Interstate-15 corridor. In order to meet this primary objective, the Miramar Ranch North Community Planning Committee has identified a number of goals to help guide development. The overall goal is to ensure that this important and identifiable part of the larger Scripps Ranch community is comprised of balanced land uses that meet the needs of residents and working persons, complement the existing Scripps Ranch neighborhoods and businesses, and positively contribute to the quality of life in the San Diego region.

In my view, each development project should be examined for its consistency with, and contribution to, the overall physical sense of the community. Clearly, the Shea Property design did not meet this objective. The gateway to Scripps Ranch is too important to allow a substandard project. Projects visible to individuals entering the community from Interstate-15 require special attention to the presentation of a coherent design statement. The ambience created by these anchor projects should emulate and reflect the community’s vision. Special attention must be given to architectural style, building materials, landscaping, signing, and lighting. Clearly, the Shea project fell short.

As I said during the Council hearing, “Mediocrity is not acceptable at this location.” I want District Five developments to recognize the unique character of its communities, and I will not support those that do not adhere to this view. I’m extremely pleased we were successful in halting this project until a more acceptable design is presented. It is my intent during my tenure as a council member to work closely with the citizens of Scripps Ranch to continue to uphold our shared vision for the community of Scripps Ranch.

Thank you to all community members who took the time to voice their position on this issue. Your effort and commitment to community vision is to be commended and was fundamental to achieving victory on this issue.

Clean Up Day — April 7

Join your friends and neighbors in making our fine community sparkle for the spring. The annual spring Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 8 am until 2 pm with a collection point in the Scripps Ranch business park just east of the high school. As there is on-going construction, plan to come around the Hitachi Building onto the side street called Hoyt Park Drive.

If you have a group wanting to take on an area to clean up, please stop by the collection point. The SRCA will provide plastic bags for your use. It is the collective efforts of all of us that makes Scripps Ranch the finest looking and cleanest community in San Diego.

This cleanup will follow the community-wide garage sale the week before; so if you have leftover, unsold items, bring them for the Goodwill organization. As in any spring, now is the time and opportunity to cut back on your trees and vegetation and remove the fire fuel that has accumulated. We will have a chipper from the Park and Recreation Department for this purpose. See you there.and thanks for helping!

Will You Support Symphony in the Park?

With this Newsletter, the fund drive to provide for another season of concerts in Hoyt Park has begun. This is a Scripps Ranch tradition that has a fifteen-year history. Each month, from May through September, and again in December, neighbors gravitate to the park at the intersection of Aviary Drive and Canyon Lake Drive to picnic, dance, sing along, and have a good time listening to the tunes of the most popular bands from San Diego.

If you are a Scripps Ranch resident, a community business owner, or, if your business thrives on the loyalty of Scripps Ranch residents, then you will want to support this special community event. This tradition that so typifies Scripps Ranch can only continue with your support. This month you will find the Symphony in the Park donation envelope in the centerfold of the SRCA Newsletter. Please use it to give your support.

You can show your support in a number of ways:

  • Family Friend – $25;
  • Friend of Note – $50;
  • Business Friend – $150;
  • Patron – $500; and
  • Benefactor – $1,000.

Every donation is appreciated. Please help by using the enclosed envelope to send in your donation and bring another year of music, dancing, picnics, fun, and friends our community.

With your support, we’ll see you on Sunday, May 20, for our first concert when we kick off one more season of music, fun, friendship, dancing, sunshine, and blankets on the grass. You won’t be disappointed–unless you don’t find that envelope and send it today. All donations must by received by Friday, April 6. Thank you.

What’s Going on Behind the SR Library?

So what is going on just west of the Scripps Ranch Library? Newport National is building industrial buildings on two lots. The tilt-up concrete forms are just about raised into place and soon the completed buildings will be occupied with some type of up-scale industrial client, similar to the uses of the Hitachi building. This industrial use is the zoning (MIP) that was given years ago to the entire business park. So it seems after nearly 10 years, there will be other occupants to join Hitachi.

These two lots were not part of the final proposal to convert most of the business park into apartments. That proposal was withdrawn by the applicant, and most of the land subsequently was sold to Intel. The fate of some of the Intel land is still uncertain, since the school district is still evaluating whether to build a middle school on 2 or 3 of the lots in the business park.

What to do at the Community Fair?

The second annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair to be held on Sunday, May 6, at the community park is now being planned. Wendy Littooy, SRCA Chair of the event, would like your suggestions for a theme, food, music, and other entertainment. Also, she’d like to know if you would like to help out in either planning or on the day of the event.

Does your community organization want to be involved? If so, doing what? The canvas describing the Community Fair is mostly blank, so we can have the fun of filling it in, and creating the themes for the next 30 years. Call Wendy at 635-6722 with all your wild, crazy ideas. We might just do them. But make the call now!

Last year we had music by The Heroes, an astro jump supervised by the Womens Athletic Club (WAC), tables with information, a birthday cake since it was SRCA’s 30th birthday, and room to throw a frisbee. This year will be special because …. because of what you suggest and help make happen. History awaits your call.

3rd Annual Scripps Ranch Wine Tasting

Come meet your friends and neighbors at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Saturday, April 21, from 6 to 8:30 pm for an evening of fun! Taste a variety of specially selected Merlots, Cabernets, white wines, and perhaps a couple of one-of-a-kind items. We also have added beer tasting this year!

Enjoy great food from our restaurant sponsors and some talented Scripps Ranch chefs. Bid on your favorite silent auction item, or talk to one of our wine experts. All of this for a tax-deductible donation of $20! Proceeds from this fun evening will be donated to SRHS girls field hockey, soccer, basketball, and softball teams. For tickets, please call Joe Wiler at 695-8892 or Pam Suchoski at 566-3577.

New Book and Video Library for Hidden Valley House

Thank you for the generous donations by Video Vault, Blockbuster Video, Scout day camps and troops, Jerabek Elementary, and the many generous Scripps Ranch residents whose donations helped make the new Hidden Valley House book and video library possible.

Over 500 books and 150 wonderful videos are now available for the women and children to enjoy during their stay at the shelter. Thank you so much for supporting my Gold Award project and Hidden Valley House. If you need to contact me, my phone number is 549-3755.

SRWC Brunch and Fashion Show Fundraiser

The Scripps Ranch Womens Club (SRWC) is presenting its annual fundraiser in April. “Dressed To Impress” is the theme of the champagne brunch and fashion show on Sunday, April 20, at 1 pm at the beautiful Stoneridge Country Club in Poway. The cost is $26.

Stunning fashions will be modeled by members of the SRWC and we will have a delicious brunch. There will be door prizes and silent auction items! Proceeds will benefit the SRWC scholarship fund and other community donations. This event is open to everyone, so join us and bring a friend! Call Lucy Stone at 547-0432 or Carol Lazarus at 578-8499 right away to reserve your seat. This will be a delightful event; one you won’t want to miss!

Destination Science Camp

Destination Science Camp is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing science literacy through hands-on science programs to elementary aged kids. They are holding science camps this summer at USIU and UCSD among other San Diego locations. Camps are for children 5 to 11 and include exploration of several science concepts. Kids can build rockets, walkie-talkies, study ocean science, and more. Each weekly camp features 30 exciting hands-on learning stations with more than 15 take- home projects! Visit their website at [www.destinationscience.org], or call 888-909-2822 for more information.

Return of the Mail Thieves

Mail was stolen out of our mailbox on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The empty envelope was left in our mailbox. Someone had opened it and removed the contents (an out-of-print DVD). This was to be a very special birthday gift for a very special daughter. I just went to the post office and the carrier confirmed that the package did have the item in it when he placed it in my mailbox. In the few hours before we got home, someone had stolen the item and was kind enough to leave me an empty envelope.

It makes me sad to think that this could happen in my neighborhood. I’ve lived in Scripps Ranch almost 15 years and love the place. The post office suggests that I get a mailbox with a lock and key. I guess that’s what I’ll have to do. Please alert others.

Art Show at Info Center

Come see an art show at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Student art from Dingeman Elementary School will be on display on Saturday, March 31, from 10 am to 3 pm. The art work is part of Dingeman’s Art Corps, a comprehensive, developmental curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of art to children.

The success of this art program depends upon parent volunteers who are trained in workshops to teach art in the classroom. The program runs throughout the school year with the culmination being a grand art show at the end of the school year where each child will exhibit one piece of art. What will be on exhibit at the Information Center will be a sneak preview of the children’s art. You’ll get to see the Center and great art. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

Community Leaders Forum

In a first-ever this past February, the SRCA Community Leaders Forum was held at the new Scripps Ranch Information Center. This forum is to give the presidents and chairs of local Scripps Ranch community groups a chance to meet each other and find out what their collective needs are.

Elissa Barber, who has chaired the event for several years, did another outstanding job of providing a relaxing environment, with refreshments, with a special presentation of the City’s geographic information system (GIS) that is now installed at the Center. If you are not now on our list for invitations, please contact Elissa at 578-0430 with your organization and other particulars.

The Community Leaders Forum is held twice each year, and is one more way that SRCA tries to ensure that the Ranch is woven together and maintains its reputation as the best informed community in San Diego. The demonstration and explanation of the City’s GIS system fascinated all the attendees by its ability to produce useful map data about the City and development. The SRCA computer and dataset also are available for all residents and are constantly being improved by Greg Minter.

Elissa was assisted by Victoria Mazelli, Gloria Tran, Bob Cavanagh, and the Center staff of Janice Lavallee and Clay Bingham. We were pleased to have Brian Maienschien’s chief of staff as well as Tammy Grimes who supervises all of the City service centers as our guests.

Visit Local Scripps Ranch Artists — Online

The new Scripps Ranch Art Club website is located at [www.ron-crepeau.com/srac0.html]. The site includes information about the art club, upcoming events, workshops, classes, and group shows. Also visit the gallery of artists. We are still growing, so keep coming back. If you are interested in joining the art club or displaying your artwork on our gallery page, please contact Cathy Carey at 578-9906.

Volunteers Needed

In last month’s Newsletter, I set forth some ideas on what you as a volunteer can accomplish for our quality of living. We particularly need a volunteer or volunteers to step forward to assist in community projects. A list of several that might interest you as a part-time volunteer are as follows:

Traffic Committee. Meet about once a month to discuss problems and solutions to our number one problem of traffic control and congestion. Luis Biaggi is stepping down after two years because of work commitments. We do not want to lose our momentum. Contact Luis at 578-9230.

Landscape Maintenance Committee. Meets once a month to review operations and plan for projects to enhance the beauty of Scripps Ranch and to initiate projects to improve the Ranch. Meets fourth Tuesday of the month at the Library at 7:30 pm. Contact me at 566-6083.

Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP): Anyone over 55 years of age can volunteer to be trained and be a part of a wonderful adjunct to the Police Department and make a real contribution to our collective security and well being. Contact Larry Brady at 538-8120 at the police storefront.

We also need to replace two RSVP Foundation Board of Directors, so call me as RSVP secretary if you would like to join the Foundation. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the Library from 8 to 9 am and plan for fundraising, expenditures, and other activities.

Last and certainly not least is for you to join your Scripps Ranch Civic Association and lend your time and talents to working for our fine community.

“Nothing happens in this world unless and until dedicated individuals make the required and sustained effort to change things. Working together they are formidable forces for change.”

Try it, you will like it!

Phil Gagnon Honored

Long-time resident and benefactor of Scripps Ranch, Phil Gagnon, was honored recently by his peers as Realtor of the Year by the San Diego Association of Realtors. Phil was recognized among the more than 4,000 realtors for his cooperation, ethics, integrity, and service to the community. Your strong and continuing support of Scripps Ranch is a role model for us all, and we definitely appreciate your years of help for many causes. It has made a big difference in our community.

Golf for SRHS

The Scripps Ranch High School Class of 2002 invites you to the Golf Scramble on Monday, April 2, at the Mt. Woodson Golf Club in Ramona. Registration is at 11 am, with an awards banquet starting about 6 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Class of 2002 Grad night. For more details, read page 33 or call 586-1202.