Miramar Lake to be Covered

As the threat of terrorism and airborne pollution continues to increase, the City has notified us that they will construct a cover over Miramar Lake. Expected to cost nearly $100 million, the cover will provide for playing fields, tennis courts, and RV parking. Ah, the joys of spring. Hope you had a good April Fools Day; we did.

Spring Garage Sale and Cleanup – April 20 & 27

The Spring Garage Sale and Clean Up Days have been scheduled for Saturdays, April 20 and 27, respectively. The garage sale again will be sponsored by Coldwell Banker Realty. Spend some time getting ready for the garage sale by going through your house looking for those treasures that you really do need to part with.

Then the next weekend Saturday, Apr. 27, is the Clean Up Day. We will be open from 8 am until the dumpsters are full or 1 pm, whichever comes first. Please bring items you don’t sell in the garage sale; we plan to have a Goodwill truck again to receive your re-usable goods. We also will have the City’s chipper truck to take care of all that cleaning up of brush you’ve done around the yard. Many thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Scripps/Mira Mesa who will be onsite to coordinate the efforts.

Contact us for a specific area you would like to clean up to make the Ranch shine. Some adults cleaning up Pomerado Road areas would be appreciated, as well as along all roads and over the banks. Groups such as the boy and girl scouts have made important contributions in the past by cleaning up trails.

The location for the Spring Clean Up will be at the same as for the past few years: 10300 Hoyt Park Drive behind the Hitachi building off Scripps Ranch Boulevard, just east of Scripps Ranch High School. For those interested in participating, contact me at 271-1236 or by email at [[email protected]].

John La Bar, Chairperson

4th of July 2002

This summer we look forward to another day of community fun. Last year’s parade had many of the standard groups submitting great entries, but we also had some new groups with creative theme ideas. We want to challenge your group to consider an entry in the parade this year.

After the parade, we will have our activities in the park. SRCA, the Old Pros, and WAC will participate in providing you food booths, music, ice cream, beer garden, and activities for the children. This year we plan even more activities for the children.

The parade application form will be in the May and June issues of the Newsletter. Look for it next month. If anyone is interested in helping with the 4th of July activities, please contact me at either 695-3211 or [[email protected]].

Jany Staley

SRCA 4th of July Chairperson

WAC Scholarship

All female senior athletes are welcome to apply for the Women’s Athletic Club (WAC) scholarship. Qualifications include residency in Scripps Ranch for two years, 3.0 GPA, being currently active in sports, and community activities. Deadline is Tuesday, Apr. 30. For questions or to receive an application, please contact [[email protected]] or call 693-1600.

Sylvia Ferrer-McGrade

Sign Policy on the Ranch

Several questions have been raised on placing signs on the Ranch. There are three specified locations for displaying signs of community interest. Note the signs must be for non-profit organizations, not commercial events, and can be displayed for one week only. The permitted locations are:

  • Pomerado Road at Willow Creek;
  • Miramar Ranch Elementary School fence on Scripps Lake Drive; and
  • Open space trees on Aviary Drive and Scripps Ranch Blvd.

Jan Kane is determining a location in the area north of the lake for community interest signs to be posted.

Commercial real estate signs can be displayed on a resident’s lot with the owner’s permission. As they advertise residents’ homes for sale, these signs can be posted on corners on Friday and removed on Sunday. No commercial signs, including political signs, are authorized on any city right-of-way or easement, and they will be removed.

Our sign policy is a clear attempt to retain our quality of life appearance, yet help residents in advertising events of community interest. Please do not take it upon yourself to remove an offending sign. Call the code enforcement officer Bob Dingeman at 566-6083. These signs are personal property and will be saved for the owner by the code enforcement officer when they are taken down.

Fire Alert

The brush fire season is here and we must be very vigilant and watch for and report any fires. If you have not cleared the brush and other dead material from around your yard, Clean-up Day is a good time to get rid of all you collect. The firefighters ask for you to follow some simple safety checks:

  • Make sure your children know to call 911 at the first sign of a fire and report the address;
  • Make sure your family has an evacuation plan for exiting your house. Rapid exit may save your life;
  • Remove fire fuel, such as paint and other material, from your garage;
  • Clear out any debris and wood near your wooden fences;
  • Check to see if you have a functional water hose outside for use after you call 911; and
  • Check your gas heater for safety.

Great Strides

The Great Strides walk has been held at Lake Miramar for the last ten years with wonderful results. This year you too can be part of a winning team. Great Strides 2002 is coming May 18!

Join us for a day of fun and festivities as we walk to cure cystic fibrosis. This pledge-based walk will be held at Lake Miramar and features snacks, entertainment, goodie bags, and prizes. Everyone is encouraged to start a team. Teams can be formed from companies, schools, families, and individual walkers. Be a team leader and earn fabulous prizes while raising research dollars.

The money you raise for Great Strides will be translated quickly into exciting scientific advances. Participate in Great Strides 2002 and help catapult our research efforts to new heights. Money buys science, and science buys life!

If you would like to be a part of this walk, please call the San Diego Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 277-5880 or register on line at [www.cff.org] and click on Great Strides.

Dog Owners

The Park and Rec Department has secured containers called Mutt Mitts which hold plastic bags for dog owners to use to pick up their dogs messes. The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council has authorized hiring a contractor to install the containers and associated signs around the Community Park, Lakeview Park, Spring Canyon Park and Cypress Park.

Please do your share and utilitize the bags once they are installed and pick up after your dog. This keeps the parks clean and healthy for everyone. If you are not a dog owner but should see someone not picking up after their dog, let’s try to politely inform them of the availability of the bags.

Additionally more and more residents are walking their dogs without a leash. We know a lot of dogs are very well behaved, but we also know that animals are unpredictable. That is why there is a State leash law. Something could startle your pet which could cause them to run into the street and get hit by a car or go after another dog. Dogs frighten many children and some adults.

Recently some dog owners have been bringing their dogs to the lower level of the Community Park during school hours and letting them run around while children are playing. Even though the dogs appear to be friendly and the owners have been asked to keep them on the leash, the dogs are left to run free. The school and Park and Rec Department will soon be forced to have Animal Control periodically stop by to issue tickets if the practice continues. It is their responsibility to maintain the safety and welfare of the children.

As dog owners, we always must try to be considerate of our neighbors and other residents on the ranch. Our dogs’ behavior is a reflection of its owners.

Jany Staley

Cost of Living Increases to LMD Assessments

In the March 2002 Newsletter, we published a Special Report on the proposed increase in fees for the two landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts (MAD) on the Ranch. In our attempt to describe the proposed increases, we may have left you with a wrong impression.

The passage of State Proposition 218 allowed annual cost-of-living increases to be made to MAD assessments. Typically these increases are about 5 percent per year or less. Any increase greater than 10 percent requires approval by a majority vote of the assessed property owners. This is the case for the proposed increases for both the Scripps Ranch and Miramar Ranch North assessment districts. These proposed increases will be voted on in about May via a ballot mailed to each property owner.

Mother’s Day Benefit for Friends of Library

The merchants at Scripps Ranch Marketplace will stage a special Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 11, between noon and 3 pm. The event will include free Mother’s Day photos in the gazebo area between Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins for all families who bring a new or lovingly-used paperback book. Those without books may purchase a photo for $5 and all proceeds will be donated to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Additional activities will include free train rides, a free craft activity for children, and a host of merchant activities.

Born to be Wild

Get your motor runnin’ and head out for the highway! Scripps Ranch Auxiliary for Children’s Hospital has teamed with San Diego Harley-Davidson, San Diego H.O.G. chapter 308, and Tex-Online. Together, they are proud to present the Children’s Hospital Autism Program Support (CHAPS) poker run and contest on Sunday, Apr. 14.

If you are lookin’ for adventure, then rev up your engines and join in the fun. The ride includes a poker hand, t-shirt, and lunch at the Big Stone Lodge. A contest will be held at the end of the ride for the most creative chaps.

On-site registration is from 9 to 10 am at San Diego Harley-Davidson, located at 5600 Kearny Mesa Road. The ride begins at 10 am; cost is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. If you pre-register, the cost is $20 per rider, and $15 per passenger; registration must be postmarked by Sunday, Apr. 7. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Autism Research Center at Children’s Hospital.

For information and a pre-registration form, call 243-0132 or go to [www.sandiegohog.com]. Forms should be sent to: San Diego Harley Davidson C.H.A.P.S., 5600 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111.

Country Living

Every couple of months, the SRCA Newsletter gets a call from a new resident, usually a fairly distraught resident, who has lost their pet cat or dog. Often our new residents are unaware that Scripps Ranch Country Living license plates are more accurate than they may appear. We have many coyotes, hawks, and owls in the area, and an occasional mountain lion. These animals live each day off what they find in the area. Please be careful with your pets.

Vitiligo Awareness

April is a fifth-grade student in Scripps Ranch. She will be leading a Walk-A-Thon for Vitiligo Awareness on Saturday, Apr. 6. April was diagnosed with vitiligo when she was only eight months old.

Vitiligo is the loss of pigment in your skin, and sometimes the loss of pigment in your hair as well. It can happen at any age. No one knows what causes it or how to cure it, and it effects all races.

The American Vitiligo Research Foundation [www.avrf.org] is a wonderful group that provides helpful information. At the website, we found new treatments and hope. Right now, we are working to educate people about vitiligo.

My daughter April and I wrote a book about accepting differences. She posed for all the illustrations in the book. It’s called Different Just Like Me, and is described at [www.differentjustlikeme.cc]. We were even on Oprah. Part of my royalties from the book go to help find a cure.

Please help us find a cure. If you would like to support the kids in the Walk-A-Thon for Vitiligo Awareness, please send a check to: AVRF, P.O. Box 7540 Clearwater, FL 33758, or go to [www.avrf.org] and use your credit card. Thanks for your awareness and help.

Scripps Performing Arts Center Offers Classes

The Scripps Performing Arts Centre is now offering performing arts classes for elementary, middle, and high schools. Marshall Middle School was the first Scripps Ranch school to participate.

Founded by Angela Amoroso in 1987, the Scripps Performing Arts Centre is now run by Angela and her daughter Jeanne Marie. The Centre produces the popular "Nutcracker" ballet at Scripps Ranch High School each December, as well as other musical theater productions.

The new two-week curriculum for area schools includes stretching and toning, as well as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance instruction. It also includes history of the performing arts, musical theatre, and nutrition.

The Scripps Performing Arts Centre is the only performing arts company in San Diego that produces all-children shows and original works. Student alumni supervise younger children. Call 586-7834 for more information, or visit [www.superkidslive.com].

Scripps Ranch Information Center is Evolving

The Scripps Ranch Information Center, which is located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, was the brainchild of some dedicated volunteers back in the early 1990’s. After years of problem-solving and collaboration between the City, McMillin Companies, Brookfield Homes, and our residents, it was finally dedicated on September 20, 2000.

The Center is designed to serve our community as a meeting place, a display of historical memorabilia, an information center, and a provider of community services. In each of these areas, it has been moving forward, as attested by the success of our latest event there, the Community Leaders Forum in March.

First-Class Meeting Place

The outfitting of the Information Center was done with the collaboration of the City of San Diego and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, with the needs of Scripps Ranch residents in mind. There are two meeting rooms: the E.W. Scripps room, which you walk into when you enter the building; and the Nackey room, named after Nackey Scripps Meanley, the daughter of E.W. Scripps who lived in a homestead at the top of the hill adjacent to the building.

The E.W. room can accommodate 35 people; the Nackey room is designed for meetings of 15 and fewer. Both rooms have internet access and cable outlets. When scheduling a meeting, you can arrange to make use of the Center’s 31-inch cable TV and VCR. If you meet in the E.W. room, you can make use of the Center’s Proxima projector and dropdown screen.

Preservation of Historical Memorabilia

When you visit the Scripps Ranch Information Center, take a minute to look at the framed photos and other historical memorabilia. The photos of E.W. Scripps, Nackey Meanley, and Evans Pond are reproduced from historical archives. You also will see memorabilia, such as the old typewriter and furniture which date from the early 20th century or before.

The photo of E.W. Scripps over the fireplace was reproduced from a postcard, and gives an excellent sense of the man’s personality. Moving around the room, you will find photos of Scripps Ranch in various stages of development.

An Information Center

Our Information Center is a place where you can get answers to questions, find out who’s in charge of what, and get advice on how to fix things that need fixing. There also are computer workstations you can use that are connected to the internet.

In addition, there’s a computer connected to the City of San Diego’s Graphical Information System (GIS), which is set up to provide you with extremely detailed mapping applications. The mapping data in the system is maintained by the City of San Diego. It includes photographic data that can be expanded to a level of detail that allows you to read the word "Stop" on a stop sign. You can design maps using different layers of data, such as street names, parks, and schools.

The Center also provides a variety of City services, including paying bills, researching questions, and free brochures. You’ll find Delores at the Center a wonderful pleasure to work with. Stop by and say hi; you’ll be glad you did.

Bob Cavanagh, Chairman

Information Center Steering Committee