Councilmember Rescues Community Funds

On February 24, by a narrow 5-4 vote, Councilmember Brian Maienschein convinced his council colleagues not to take almost $700,000 of Scripps Ranch public funds to help balance the city budget. These funds resulted from interest earnings on Miramar Ranch North developer monies deposited with the city over the past several years.

In researching this topic, the SRCA identified an additional $138,000 as unexpended. Prior to January 2003, neither the City Council office nor the community was aware that any of these funds existed. The funds resulted from the following Scripps Ranch projects:

  • Library–$323,326.15;
  • Roads–$227,488.69;
  • Rec building–$147,066.37;
  • General park–$111,680.34;
  • Regional park–$1,058.07; and
  • Fire station–$21,737.99.

An additional $216,000 may become available after all costs for the fire station are reconciled. For more information, refer to page 25 in the Newsletter.

The SRCA thanks Councilmember Maienschein for his strong support of the Scripps Ranch community. These funds will help ensure that we can proactively solve present and future problems and maintain our quality of life.

Summarizing Scripps Ranch Community Funds

As part of the ongoing process to understand and monitor Scripps Ranch public monies, the two planning groups, the Rec Council, and the SRCA have formed a financial subcommittee. This eight-member group has met twice in the past month with the goal of identifying all public funds for Scripps Ranch and any restrictions to their use.

The following list summarizes each fund, its current balance, and any restrictions to its use.

  • Village and Country Settlement–$199,559, unrestricted;
  • Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) Facilities Benefit Assessment Fund–$4,181,897, capital assets only;
  • SRPG Special Park Fund–$4,110,818, park and recreation only;
  • SRPG Special Park Fund–$518,384, park and recreation only;
  • Miscellaneous settlement agreement–$250,000, Pomerado flow-thru lane; and
  • Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) Developer Agreement funds–$832,000, unrestricted.

Essentially all of these funds are committed to specific projects in Scripps Ranch with the exception of the recently identified MRNPC funds–$832,000. Next month we will provide additional information about the specific projects that will be paid for by each fund.

SRCA

45 Million-Year-Old Fossils Found in Scripps Ranch

Paleontologists discovered several fossils under Scripps Lake Drive that belong to a primate group that lived 45 million years ago! The discovery was made as contractors tunneled along the north side of Scripps Lake Drive near the Miramar Water Treatment Plant at Miramar Lake to install a new water pipeline. The fossils were discovered by paleontologists Donald R. Swanson and Stephen L. Walsh.

The most significant discovery is a specimen consisting of a left lower jaw, right jaw, and a right upper jaw fragment of an unidentified species within the genus Ourayia, which is a primate group. The jawbone found is approximately one inch in length.

According to Stephen Walsh of the San Diego Natural History Museum, this specimen provided the first definite association of upper and lower teeth for the genus Ourayia.

Although the skull and skeleton of the new species have yet to be found, this species is related to the modern tarsiers–also a form of primate. According to the San Diego Natural History Museum, modern tarsiers live today only in southeast Asian rainforests. The discovery of this primate here in San Diego means that the climate 45 million years ago was tropical.

Many construction projects are required to have environmental monitoring, including the screening of possible paleontological material. The City of San Diego Water Department donated the fossils to the San Diego Natural History Museum for further research.

For more paleontological information, contact the San Diego Natural History Museum at 619-232-3821 or visit [www.sdnhm.org].

Community Playing Fields

As most people are aware, we have a limited number of parks and playing fields in our community. Some playing fields are under the sole jurisdiction of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. Others are on school properties and belong to the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

Currently the Park and Rec Department has Joint Use Agreements with the SDUSD for use of some of their fields after 5 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays. We have such agreements for fields at Scripps Ranch High School and Jerabek Elementary School.

The SDUSD has existing Joint Use Agreements with the Park and Rec for use of our parks during school hours at Spring Canyon Park and the Community Park. There was not enough land on school property to provide adequate playing fields for Dingeman and EBS elementary schools and Marshall Middle School. Marshall Middle School also has use of the Community Park gym till 12:30 pm weekdays.

All sports leagues and groups who wish to use the fields must fill out and submit a permit to the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council (SRRC) approves or disapproves these permits. The SRRC is made up of Park and Rec staff, a representative from each league, and any interested resident. The Rec Council works in a cooperative effort to find space for regular league games and practices for both youth and adult leagues.

Most of the youth athletic organizations do not pay field fees. Adults must pay for the use of the fields. The SRRC has a policy of allowing youth sports to have first priority on use of the fields until 7 pm weeknights. Adults have first priority after 7 pm. On weekends we try to accommodate both groups.

The Park and Recreation Department policy designates standard playing seasons for youth sports. For instance, the youth soccer season is designated as August 1 through December 31. They get priority for scheduling fields during this time. Other youth sports out of season can reserve remaining unused fields.

The Park and Rec has sole jurisdiction for field closures at any of the parks. If they put up signs or notify respective league representatives that the fields are closed, organizations are required to comply. An individual league representative cannot overrule this decision.

On the weekends when Park and Rec personnel are unavailable, a Recreation Council subcommittee member would visit the field and make the call. The subcommittee is made up of representatives of various sports leagues. The review of the field cannot be made by the group who has the field permitted.

All of our fields are heavily used, and we have limited time or funds for maintenance. If a field is closed it is because there has likely been a lot of rain and the ground is too wet. Playing on the field in that condition would damage the turf.

Additionally, field closures can be a safety issue since children and adults could slip on the wet ground and sustain injuries. We realize that at times field closures cause leagues to reschedule games and practices and may cause some inconvenience to players and parents.

Obviously, sports played in winter experience more closures than the rest of the year. Disobeying the field closure signs contributes to the destruction of one of Scripps Ranch’s valuable assets.

Craig Brown, SRRC Vice Chair, and Jany Staley, SRRC Treasurer

It’s that time of year again. The SRCA hopes you are excited about spending a beautiful day at the Scripps Ranch Community Park for the 4th annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair. This year the fair will be bigger and better then ever.

Save the date–Sunday, May 18–for this fun-filled family event. The fair will be from 11 am to 4 pm at the park, located on Blue Cypress Drive.

This is the perfect time for neighbors on both sides of the Ranch to get together and celebrate this wonderful community in which we are so blessed to live. By popular demand, The Bayou Brothers will return to play their great Zydeco and Rock n’ Roll music.

We will feature local children’s and adult performing groups on the stage. There will be a huge children’s Fun Zone with inflatable slides, jumps, climbing walls, pony rides, face painting, and much more. Nonprofit groups, civic associations, and schools will be represented in our community area, and there will be numerous food and drink booths.

Also, we will add beautiful art booths this year. For information or to participate, please contact Bev Cassity at [[email protected]] or 586-7933.

Bev Cassity, Community Fair Chair

 

It may seem like months away, but July 4th is just around the corner. We plan to have another wonderful parade and activities in Hoyt Park this year. We are working on this year’s parade theme and will provide it in the May Newsletter. The parade entry form will be in the May and June Newsletters.

The SRCA is working with the Old Pros to be sure we have food available for purchase in Hoyt Part after the parade. We will again have music, a beer garden, free ice cream, and several children’s activities. Don’t miss it!

Jany Staley, 4th of July Chair

Child Safety Seat Check

On Saturday, Apr. 12, from 9 am to 1 pm, the Scripps Ranch Information Center will hold its second annual Child Safety Seat Check in the center’s parking lot. Officer Ray Martinez of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Border Division and five inspection technicians will provide free inspections.

You will be shown the correct method to install a car seat and corrections will be made on the spot. A limited number of free replacement seats will be available to replace those no longer passing the latest certification requirements. It is worth noting that as of January 1, 2002, children must be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint until they are at least 6 years old or 60 pounds.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

Dog Noise

Do you have a neighbor who allows their dog to bark or whine excessively? Neighborhood disturbance caused by barking dogs continues to be a problem that can often be solved by dog training, anti-barking collars, or a dog door allowing the dog to enter the house.

If the dog owner is unwilling to provide a solution to the problem, complaints can be made to the San Diego Neighborhood Code Compliance Department at 619-236-5500. Or, you can fill out a Noise Registration form that you can pick up at the library.

Spring Events

April brings Passover and Easter. Here’s a list of community events:

  • Passover Seder–Wednesday, Apr. 16, 7 pm, Chabad Hebrew Academy; adults-$30, children-$15; call 566-1996 for information;
  • 3rd Annual Spring Egg Hunt–Friday, Apr. 18, from 10 am to 12 pm, at the Community Park. For information, call the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center at 538-8085;
  • Spring Bunny visits the Farmers Market–Saturday, Apr. 19, from 9 am to 1 pm, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School. There will be candy treats for all children; and,
  • McMillin’s Easter Egg Hunt–Saturday, Apr. 19, 10 am, Community Park.

Happy 5th Anniversary

The Scripps Ranch Marketplace will celebrate its 5th anniversary on Saturday, May 3, from 11 am to 3 pm. Special events are planned, including free train rides, free balloon sculptures, a free fun jump, and a booth with free spin art. Merchants will also hold activities. Here’s a partial list:

  • Scripps Parkway Veterinary Hospital will host a viewing of exotic pets;
  • Baskin-Robbins will provide Smoothie samples;
  • The Hair Cut Store will provide sample products and door prizes, plus temporary hair color demonstrations for children;
  • Mail Boxes Etc./The UPS Store will have helium balloons and also give one free color copy per customer;
  • FastFrame will hold a drawing and offer 10% off on orders;
  • McMillin Realty will give away popcorn and helium balloons;
  • Pick Up Stix will provide samples from their menu; and,
  • McDonald’s will give away "fun" cookies.

For a list of all activities, pick up a flyer at participating Scripps Ranch Marketplace stores beginning Friday, Apr. 18.

Tim Flannery is Coming to Scripps Ranch

Not only is Sunday, May 18, the date of our first Symphony in the Park for the 2003 season, but it will be the first time Tim Flannery will play for us. The volunteers who organize these concerts are excited to present this local celebrity who has not only made his mark in professional baseball, but the music industry as well. We hope you will be in Hoyt Park to welcome Tim Flannery and Friends for our first concert.

If you are a business sponsor, you are invited to be our guest of honor for a picnic just before this first concert. We will be at the west end of the park. If you are coming just to enjoy the concert, be sure to come early and bring the kids. Free Spirit and her clown friends will be in the park from 5:30 to 7 pm painting faces and joining the fun.

Symphony in the Park is completely supported by donations from Scripps Ranch residents and businesses. Your support is welcome. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, please call our chairs, Joyce Wulkowitz at 566-4206 or Scott Pritchard at 578-2536.

Plan now to be in Hoyt Park, at the corner of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Aviary Drive, on Sunday, May 18. The concert begins at 6 pm. Please join us!

M’Lu Colbourn, Volunteer, Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park

New Kids Art Program

Help your child express their artistic talents. There are two new art programs for children at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. A new session begins Wednesday, May 14, but now is the time to sign up for these classes.

"Art for Kids" is for children ages 5- 8, and will be Wednesdays from 4 to 4:45 pm. Young artists will enjoy learning drawing, watercolor, and collage. Projects include multicultural themes.

"Creative Art" is for children ages 9- 12, and will be Wednesdays from 5 to 5:45 pm. Kids will learn mosaic, cartoon drawing, and watercolor techniques.

Registration is now open. The cost is $55 for a five-week session; art supplies are included. For more information, please call the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center at 538-8085.

Gani Art Gallery Opens

A unique nonprofit art gallery, the Gani Art Gallery, has moved into what was formerly the Video Vault at the old Vons shopping center. Gani Gallery brings to Scripps Ranch exhibitions of works of art on paper featuring rare 17th, 18th, and 19th century engravings, etchings, and lithographs.

The gallery is exhibiting and selling works of art by the English artist, William Henry Bartlett. Other works on view for sale include hand-colored engravings by America’s foremost natural history artist, John James Audubon, as well as Currier and Ives.

It will also feature a full range of bird and botanical prints, portraits, and 18th and 19th century views of American and European cities. A large selection of 19th century Vanity Fair caricatures by "Spy" and other caricaturists are also among Gani’s collection.

The Gani Gallery is a nonprofit organization whose proceeds support Chabad Hebrew Academy and Gani Art Garden, a new Judaic sculpture garden being created on the Chabad campus. The gallery will exhibit drawings and models of works of art for Gani Art Garden, as well as works by local artists.

The public is invited to visit Gani Gallery and view the beautiful works of art on exhibit. Gallery hours are 10 am-5 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 10 am-2 pm on Fridays. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. If you would like more information, we invite you to contact the Gani Art Gallery at 549-0770.

Sanford Shaman, Managing Director