New SR Environmental Fund Established

       The Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund was recently established with a $235,000 contribution from a nearby development project through the
efforts of Michael Baksh, Craig Jones, and Deborah Hawkins, and the
support of numerous other community members.

       The goal of the Fund is to maintain and promote community well-being in Scripps Ranch. The Fund will be used to support efforts that preserve or enhance the physical setting and other desirable environmental qualities of Scripps Ranch including educational, recreational, and social activities and services. It is expected that the Fund will focus on providing full or matching funds for projects that ordinarily would not be funded through other means.

       The Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund is established as an Advised
Non-Endowment with the San Diego Foundation, San Diego’s largest
not-for-profit, public charity foundation. The San Diego Foundation will
make all decisions regarding the distribution of funds, based upon
recommendations from a community Advisory Committee. The Advisory
Committee, consisting of Michael Baksh, Craig Jones, Anita Pryor, Rodney Solenberger, and Charles Pederson, plans to review funding requests four times each year beginning in May.

       Proposals to the Advisory Committee must describe the manner in which funded projects would be of community-wide benefit, and indicate why other sources of funding are not available. Additional information
regarding proposals can be obtained via email by writing to
[[email protected]].

       A long-term goal is to enhance the Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund’s assets and ultimately further promote community well-being.
Contributions to the Fund are welcome and tax deductible within the
meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Information regarding contributions to the Fund can be obtained from
David Burks of the San Diego Foundation at 756-8263. We are proud to
create this fund for our community. We look forward to your ideas on how best to use the fund, and to your contributions to help it grow!

Boy Scouts Discontinue Newspaper Drive

       Due to the City’s recycling program, Boy Scout Troop 616 will end their long-standing newspaper collection drive. The last pick up will be on Saturday, May 6. The scouts and their families would like to thank the residents of Scripps Ranch for their support over the years. Thanks guys! You helped inspire us all to make recycling routine.

Cub Packs Need Your Help

       Despite the introduction of household recycling bins south of Pomerado Road, Cub Scout packs, are still collecting Cans for Cubs all over the Ranch on the first Saturday of each month. It remains an important source of operating funds for the cub packs, and we ask for your continued support of this ongoing project. Just put your cans out on< your curb before 9 am on the 1st Saturday of each month, and we will do the rest!

Summer Concerts in the Park Kick Off in May

       Summer arrives early in Scripps Ranch because every year we are
privileged to kick off the warm summer days and beautiful evenings with
our very own concerts in Hoyt Park … and they begin this year on
Sunday, May 21.

       Get out your picnic baskets, dust off your beach chairs, and come on
down to Hoyt Park early for this first concert. This will be a festive
concert with face painting for all the children, free of charge,
beginning at 5 pm. The Symphony Committee will be hosting an
appreciation reception for all our loyal business sponsors at 4:30 pm.
Then at 6 pm we’ll all burst into rhythm with The Uptown Boys, a local
group whose popularity has steadily grown with the swing dance craze.
So come on down to the park with your family and friends, your appetite
and your picnic, and be sure to wear your dancing shoes. We’ll have a
great time the Scripps Ranch way, and we’ll all be glad that we can call
this community “home.”
M’Lu Colbourn

Scripps Ranch Adopts a Baseball League in Tijuana

       Through the combined efforts of a group of 12-year-old ball players and their families, plus the generosity of Scripps Ranch Little League
(SRLL), the Falcons Youth Baseball Club, and Califormula Radio Stations, Scripps Ranch has launched a program to help a disadvantaged community in Tijuana startup a youth baseball league.

       We learned of a team in Tijuana in the community of Lomas de Porvenir who needed equipment to keep alive their hopes to maintain a competitive baseball program … but, they also wanted to play us in a baseball game. As an opening gesture of baseball unity, SRLL and the participating families donated used baseball equipment. Once the Califormula Radio Stations learned of our efforts, they donated transportation across the border in one of their fancy billboard buses.
       In March, we crossed the border to donate the equipment and played a great game of baseball. We won a close game (2 to 1) and won some new friends, too. Representing Scripps Ranch were Estevan Carrion, Nick Costello, Andrew de la Pena, Devin Dreszer, Glen Gray, Mark Haddow, Dominic Malcangio, Blake Stillson, Kyle Wallstedt, and Paul Weigand. More importantly, what we learned when we met the team in their community is that their youth baseball program died long ago when the high cost of baseball equipment killed the spoin their disadvantaged community. Our liaison, Gilbert Gill, then requested what has now become our goal: collect enough baseball equipment to help them start a program for 7, 8, and 9 year-olds.

       We will make another trip to Lomas de Porvenir to hold a baseball
clinic, hand out the equipment we collect from Scripps Ranch, and then
close the day with a rematch game with the White Sox. Hopefully, the
young ball players will stick around after the clinic to enjoy this
game…and get a glimpse of their future.

       If you have an interest in donating baseball equipment or uniforms to
this effort, please call 578-5258.

Sarah and Greg Haddow

July 4th Parade News
Start Time and Parade Route

       The parade will be on Tuesday, July 4, and will start promptly at 10 am.
The parade route will be the same: starting on Ironwood at Tribuna,
turning onto Courtyard, then onto Red Rock, passing the announcer in
front of the Von’s shopping center, and going down Aviary Drive to Hoyt
Park. Spectators are reminded that entries that are going to the Mira
Mesa Parade will exit the route at Scripps Ranch Blvd. and not go down
Aviary Dr.

Ice Cream Social and Concert in Hoyt Park

       Immediately following the parade, the SRCA will sponsor an ice cream social for all in Hoyt Park. Stay with us as the fun continues with great music by The Pelicans, sponsored the Symphony in the Park series.

Float Building Advice is Available

       There are many easy ways for your group to put together a great float
for the 4th of July Parade! Everyone loves to watch the floats, and
building one can be even more fun for your whole neighborhood or group.
Again this year, Ranch residents Jonathan and Dianne Bramwell will be
happy to help you with ideas that fit our theme, “Thirty Years of Comics
on the Ranch.” They will offer how-to tips, and suggest materials to use
for your float. Float building doesn’t have to be expensive or
time-consuming. Please call Jonathan or Dianne at 549-1057.

Convertibles Needed for Invited Guests

       Many elected officials and other invited dignitaries enjoy being in our
4th of July Parade each year. As a courtesy, we provide convertibles for
them and their guests. If you have a convertible that you’d be willing
to drive in the parade with an invited guest, please contact Dick Kelly
at 549-8985 or send email to [[email protected]].

Would You Like to Help with the Parade?

       As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to do prior street, working as a parade marshal, etc. None of these require much time, but all are essential to the parade’s success. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Dick Kelly at to and during the 4th of July Parade. These include setting up signs, marking the 549-8985 or send email to {[email protected]]. Thanks much. Dick Kelly, Parade Chair

Future Girl Scouts!

       We want you! Do you think you know a girl who might be interested in camping, learning to make a box oven, making and trading swaps, helping worthwhile causes, and camping? Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 31.

       The Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit welcomes all interested
parents and girls to learn more about the Girl Scout program. Please
join us in the community room at the Scripps Ranch Library from 6:30 to
7:45 pm.

       Troop organizers will be there to answer questions about the scouting
program and the flexible options it offers for women who are interested
in leading a troop. While leading a troop sounds like a huge job, many
creative options exist. Several local troops are led by two co-leaders who split the responsibilities. Other troops are cooperatively based. Each family in the troop is responsible for planning and hosting one or
two meetings of the 18 held each year.

       Most troops meet twice monthly, but many older girl troops meet once a month to accommodate the busier schedules of girls at this age. Some troops meet after school and others meet in the early evening. A troop can be whatever its leaders and scouts create it to be. We have lots of information to share with you. We also will provide information about the levels of girl scouting from kindergarten through high school. We have a fun, active, and large group of girl scouts here in Scripps Ranch.

       For more information, please call Tami Holtz at 271-6056.
Interested parents who are unable to attend this meeting will receive
interest forms at the local elementary schools from now through the end of the school year.

       Responses to the interest form will occur from early September through the first two weeks of October. Troop placement does not begin until early September. You will contacted by an organizer between September and mid-October. If you have not been contacted at the end of this period, please contact our Girl Scout Unit Leader.

Bicycle Safety Rodeo

       The Scripps Ranch Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Bicycle Safety Rodeo as a community service project. The Bicycle Safety Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 9 am to 12 noon, at Jerabek

       The purpose of the Safety Rodeo is to encourage our children to be safe bicycle riders, wear helmets, and ensure that their bikes are in mechanically sound condition. The Rodeo will include a short obstacle course for children to complete after which they will receive an actual “bicycle license,” presented by Dave Murphy’s State Farm Insurance Agency.

        Additionally there will be a finger- printing station, and a special appearance by the Good NeighBear. Black Mountain Cyclery will conduct bicycle safety inspections, as well as offer a discount coupon for anyone needing to purchase a new helmet. Remember this is a free event to encourage all children to be safe when riding around in Scripps Ranch.

       Note this event is taking place concurrently with the Jerabek Ranch
Round-up; please make sure your children do not take their bikes into
the Ranch Round up area and that they walk their bikes when on school
property. The “Rodeo” will be held at the back of Jerabek’s parking lot.

       If you have any questions, please contact Karin Whiteley, Children’s
Hospital Scripps Ranch Education Representative, at 578-0787.

Who Wants to Win a Harley?

       You’re invited to the “Surf the Turf 2000” Young Life annual silent
auction and drawing on Saturday, May 13, at 6 pm at the Del Mar
Fairgrounds. Drawing items include a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle; 5 nights at Poipu Beach, Kauai; a Nordstrom shopping spree in San
Francisco; and many more wonderful items.

       Come for a great time, fabulous dinner, fun, and fellowship, and leave
with lots of goodies, new friends, and a great feeling knowing that you
have supported a ministry committed to the needs of this next
generation. Tickets are $30 per person.

       Call Rob Sprague at 679-3086 or Janelle Lorona at 578-2393 for tickets and information. See you there!

Faire at the Library

       Life & Laughter: A Literary Faire is coming to the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 6. The faire will be held in the community room and courtyard of the library and will include a program of authors talking about their books, morning refreshments and lunch, book sales and
signings by local authors, used book sales, and a raffle of gift

       This year, the Poway-Penasquitos branch of AAUW has been joined by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) and the United States International University (USIU) Library in sponsoring the third annual
literary faire.

       Speakers will include: columnist/author Roger Showley and
author/humorist/radio host Richard Lederer, both of whom are Scripps
Ranch residents; businesswoman and author Aleta Pippin; educators and authors Edith Fine and Judith Josephson; researchers and authors
Jeanette and Robert Lauer; writer and editor of Psychology Today Robert Epstein; Emmy-nominated screenwriter/producer and novelist Karen Hall; and best-selling mystery writer Barbara Seranella.

       Proceeds will benefit: AAUW’s local scholarships for re-entry women; and camperships awarded to 7th grade girls to attend Tech Trek math/science camp at UCSD; the SRFOL book fund; and the USIU Library. Flyers detailing the event will be available in the Scripps Ranch Library. Tickets are $28 (including lunch) for the day-long event, which begins with registration at 9:30 am and runs until 3:30 pm. Advance reservations are recommended, although tickets will be sold the day of the event for $33, space permitting.

       For more information, contact Kris Downey (AAUW) at 484-1949 or visit the Literary Faire web page at [].

Devin Norrell received his Eagle Scout rank recently as part of a Boy Scout Troop 616 awards ceremony. Story on page 51.

Scripps Ranch 12-year-old baseball players and a team from their adopted league in Tijuana.


Scripps Ranch
Crime by the Numbers
March 2000

2 Annoying phone calls.
4 Batteries.
1 Battery on non-cohabitating.
2 Contempt of court.
1 Inflict corporal injury on spouse.
1 Lost article.
1 Malicious mischief/vandalism.
1 Missing adult.
3 Missing juveniles.
1 Rape by fear or force.
2 Terrorist threats.
6 Thefts, grand.
6 Thefts, petty.
2 Violate civil rights by force.
1 Violate court order.
5 Commercial burglaries: 1 each on Winding Ridge Dr., Hibert St., Mira
Mesa Blvd., Scripps Summit Dr., and Avenida Magnifica.
6 Residential burglaries: 1 each on Livewood Way, Alderidge Ln.,
Pinetree Dr., Hibert St., Red Cedar Dr., and Pine Falls Ct.
3 Auto thefts: 1 each on Scripps Ranch Blvd., Erma Rd., and Quinalt
2 Tampering with vehicles: 1 each on Scripps Westview Way and Cmto.
7 Vandalisms: 1 each on Scripps Ranch Blvd., Affinity Ct.-Scripps Ranch
Blvd., Mira Mesa Blvd., Arboretum Pl., Ironwood Rd., Blue Cypress Dr.,
and Canyon Lake Dr.

Shirley Chaney

Note: Battery is unlawful use of violence upon a person. Burglary
involves places whereas robbery involves people; armed robbery is when
the thief has a weapon.