School Board Approves New Middle School

By a unanimous 5-0 decision, the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) authorized construction of a new middle school on site "B," the Alliant International University (AIU) site. The motion was made by Trustee Sue Braun and seconded by Trustee Fran Zimmerman. Superintendent Alan Bersin announced that the staff report was being modified to include the selection of alternative site "B" in lieu of site "D," lots 3 and 4 of the business park.

Lou Smith, responsible for the school construction, said he concurred with the community recommendation. He felt it was the least expensive site, yet would provide the necessary acreage for the school.

In the Scripps Ranch tradition, we made an organized presentation, listing the wording of the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) motion. It had been accepted as the community position in its three key elements by all five community groups.

The MRNPC unanimously voted to approve the following motion:

We oppose the school district staff selection of alternative "D" (business park lots 3 and 4) and we, MRNPC, recommend selection of the alternative "B," AIU West as a new school site. We strongly recommend that SDUSD retain all of its existing properties in Scripps Ranch (E.B. Scripps and Fairbrook) because additional growth is expected. We also support Scripps Ranch community schools be built to the state of California standards.

Bob Dingeman, Bob Ilko, Peggy Shirey, Karen Wood, and Gary Pryor, respectively, represented the SRCA, Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG), MRNPC, Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC), and Save Our Scripps Ranch (SOSR). Comments and recommendations were received and heard from about 20 residents concerning the size of the schools, as well as the consideration of having two small middle schools in Scripps Ranch instead of one large one. Trustees Zimmerman and John Debeck provided their personal insights and statements as to why several options, including creating two middle schools, could not be considered under present funding and guidelines.

All in all, we as a community united as we have done in the past. We have now passed one more of the major hurdles in the long-range solution to a new school. Suffice it to say, we know from experience that we cannot rest on our laurels. We stand ready to work, as we have in all other schools, as partners with the facilities office.

There will be problems to be identified and handled. With good attitudes, responsible actions, research, and remembering the children’s best interest always come first, we will secure the best possible middle school.

We thank Rick Novak and Dave LeMay for their timely and professional comments as principals of Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, respectively. They spoke to what was needed for continuing our community excellence in education.

We also thank Superintendent Bersin, Trustee Sue Braun, and the rest of the Board for their support of our recommendation. I echo the complimentary remarks from Superintendent Bersin and the Board on the fine work again done by Scripps Ranch residents. You all can be proud of our successes.

Working constructively with our district staff, our fabulous principals, faculty, and staff and of course, our fine students, we make up a formidable team for educational excellence. And, it shows in achievements and scores.

Thanks to all of you who commented on the Environmental Impact Reports (we received more than 600 comments) and attended the many meetings. Now, onward and upward to complete the job, mitigate problems, and still retain our enviable reputation for quality schools for quality children in a quality community, Scripps Ranch.

Bob Dingeman

Maienschein Calls on Governor to Allow Access to Miramar Lake

As your City Council representative, I have called on Governor Davis to direct his department to allow pedestrian access to Miramar Lake while addressing security concerns. Nearly 100 Scripps Ranch and area residents attended a meeting on April 23 to discuss the closure of the dam at the lake. City Water Department officials attended the meeting and discussed possible solutions to current traffic problems.

Many frustrated residents voiced their displeasure with the dam’s closure and asked that consideration be given to opening the pathway over the dam to pedestrians. The dam currently is blocked off at the orders of the California Department of Health Services. The closure is primarily based on security concerns for the water supply maintained at the lake. As local residents know, the lake is a primary reservoir with a water treatment facility essential to the distribution of drinking water to 500,000 area residents.

Suggestions and proposals for improving traffic circulation and safety around the lake will be reviewed and reported in the near future. Also, security assessments of water reservoirs, including Miramar Lake, will be conducted over the next several months.

I will continue the dialogue on this important issue with the community, and will report on any news at the regular monthly community group meetings, in this Newsletter, and on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

Councilmember Brian Maienschein

Heart Defibrillators at Scripps Ranch Library

Councilmember Brian Maienschein recently funded and placed life-saving Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in city facilities along the Interstate 15 corridor. The Scripps Ranch Library is one of those city facilities that has an AED.

An AED is an automated device that delivers a life-saving electric shock to the heart to halt sudden cardiac arrest and restore a normal heart rhythm. The device is designed for use by non-medical personnel. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 460,000 Americans each year. Clinical studies show that survival rates increase from 5% to between 30% to 70% when an AED is used on a victim within three minutes from the onset of a cardiac arrest.

Funding the defibrillator program is critical to ensuring the safety of families. Maienschein notes that District Five recreation centers, libraries, and senior centers are some of the most widely used in the city. He’s proud to provide an additional safety measure in these facilities to protect the lives of men and women in his district. His goal is to make AEDs as accessible as fire extinguishers throughout the San Diego region.

The automatic defibrillation program is sponsored by San Diego Project Heart Beat and led by the City of San Diego’s Fire and Life Safety Services and San Diego Medical Services Enterprise. This program is also a collaborative effort between the City of San Diego, the American Heart Association, and Cardiac Science, Inc.

Meeting with Congressman Duncan Hunter

As we reported in the last Newsletter, the Congressional District boundaries have changed. In November, Congressman Randy Cunningham will no longer represent us. We are now in Duncan Hunter’s district. Congressman Hunter is a 20-year House of Representatives veteran, member of the Armed Services Committee, and a real friend and worker for San Diego. He is just new to Scripps Ranch.

Tom and Donna Cleary organized an open house for Congressman Hunter and members of Scripps Ranch at their home in Crowne Pointe. Congressman Hunter answered questions concerning his position on various issues such as retaining MCAS, transferring MCRD, etc., as well as national defense issues. We are indebted to Tom and Donna for arranging this initial get-together.

We presented Congressman Hunter with a Scripps Ranch t-shirt, copies of the Newsletter, and several other items. We also invited him to join us for the 4th of July parade. You can contact Congressman Hunter’s office by calling his Chief of Staff, Wendell R. Cutting, at 619-579-3001. Wendell is the well-known vice president of the Rescue Task Force, which ships supplies and relief equipment all over the world. We welcome Congressman Hunter to our fine community.

Searching for Local Talent

The Symphony in the Park volunteers plan to revitalize an entertaining tradition from our recent past–Airbands! We are scouting area high schools for some of the best young talent. We’re also encouraging Scripps Ranch residents to put together an act and get on our stage for our concert on Sunday, June 9.

Who could forget those great acts from the past when our friends performed "My Thighs," "Men in Tights," or "Dead Man’s Curve?" We’re longing for the Beach Boys and to see Berke and the Boys dressed in drag at least one more time.

If you would like to be part of our show, contact Steve Fiorina at 619-237-1010 or [[email protected]]. He’ll make arrangements to include you in our show.

Shake out your blanket and dust off your picnic basket. It’s almost time for our first concert. We have a fun time planned for Sunday, May 19. We begin with a reception for all our business benefactors, patrons, and friends at 4:30 pm. Then at 5 pm, Free Spirit the Clown and her friends will be ready to paint your child’s face. At 6 pm, Rockola takes the stage.

So, be ready to clap, dance, and sing along during this favorite classic rock musical tour. Always a big favorite in Scripps Ranch, we can’t wait to welcome them back.

Mark your calendars for the full concert series, always held on Sundays at 6 pm: May 19, June 9, July 21, August 11, September 8, and December 1.

Even though our programs are printed, it’s never too late to support this community event. Our fundraising fell short of our goal, so contributions are always welcome. We’re pretty sure there’s no other place where you can get so much entertainment for such a small contribution as our $25 Family Friends. Please direct your inquiries to chairs Cheryl Pritchard at 578-2536, or Phill Hansen at 693-1761.

See you in Hoyt Park, where Aviary and Canyon Lake Drive intersect–and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

M’Lu Colbourn

Information Center

Passport Services

You can now apply for or renew your U.S. passport at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Center staff have been working for sometime to obtain this service for Scripps Ranch, believing it will be a popular service. Passport applications will be available at the Information Center or may be downloaded from [http//travel.state.gov/passportservices.html].

Once you have your application, fill it out, leaving the signature block unsigned. Bring the completed unsigned application to the Information Center along with the following:

  • Proof of citizenship: previous passport or certified original birth certificate if you were born in the U.S. Original naturalization certificate if you’re a naturalized citizen, or consular report of birth abroad;
  • Proof of identity: current driver’s license, U.S. passport, certificate of naturalization, or official military, state, or government employee ID card; and,
  • Two passport photos.

The cost of the service is $45 for the passport fee for people 16 years and older, plus a $15 execution fee. Payment can be made by personal checks or money orders only. Cash and credit cards are not accepted.

You will need two separate checks or money orders. One should be made payable to Passport Services for $45; the other to the City Treasurer for $15. For children 15 years and younger, the passport fee is $25, while the execution fee remains $15. Children under 14 years old require additional authorization. Call us at 538-8200 or drop by for details.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

GIS Training

The Information Center has a special computer connected to the City of San Diego’s Geographical Information System (GIS). It’s set up to provide you with extremely detailed mapping applications. 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. Come learn more about it and how it can help you. You may be surprised by the many ways you can use the system. There are three GIS training classes at the center for the month of May. They are on a reservation-only basis. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Monday, May 6, 6-7 pm;
  • Wednesday, May 15, 5-6 pm; and,
  • Wednesday, May 22, 4-5 pm.

If you’re interested, call Deloris Allen-Beltran at 538-8200.

2002 City Holidays

The remaining 2002 city holidays are:

  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27;
  • Independence Day, Thursday, July 4;
  • Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2;
  • Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11;
  • Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28; and Friday, Nov. 29
  • Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Make note of these days. All city offices, including the Information Center, are closed on these holidays. Your trash pick-up day is affected as well.

Old Pros Trophy Case

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros, Karen McElliott, the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club, and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association joined to dedicate a new trophy case in March at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. The trophy case was provided by the Scripps Ranch Old Pros with special thanks for the efforts of the Scripps Ranch Soccer Club.

We also thank Sammy’s Pizza of Scripps Ranch for their generous help in raising funds when the Rec Center opened a couple years ago. At the time, we weren’t exactly sure what the Rec Center would need, but we knew we wanted to help make it an outstanding facility. With Sammy’s efforts, the Old Pros raised over $3,500 to fund extra items like the trophy case for the Center.

The purpose of the trophy case is to both encourage participation and recognize accomplishments in the following Scripps Ranch-based sports:

  • Not-for-profit youth sports;
  • Not-for-profit adult sports; and,
  • For-profit youth sports.

During the ceremony, two primary items were placed in the trophy case. One was the Ron McElliott trophy, which is presented by the Old Pros as the 4th of July perpetual trophy. Each year since 1982, the name of the fastest male and female participant in the 4th of July 10K has been engraved on the trophy.

Allen Flanders, Old Pros 4th of July Chair, says they have been looking for a proper home for the trophy for 20 years. They finally found one. Karen McElliott says it’s appropriate to put Ron’s trophy in the Rec Center because it will be surrounded by youth sports trophies.

Also placed in the trophy case was the Soccer Club’s San Diego Pegasus Cup Silver Trophy for boys under 10. Any organization meeting the above criteria and wishing to display an item in the trophy case is invited to submit a written request to the Old Pros for consideration. Located inside the trophy case is a description of the procedures to follow to submit such a request.

Representing the Old Pros were board members Steve Allen, Skip Brindle, Allen Flanders, Sam Iacovera, Chris Johnson, Steve Popeney, and 2002 President Joe Wulkowicz.

Karen McElliott was joined by her daughter’s family: Jenn, Sean, Tanner, and Skylar Wulkowicz. The Scripps Ranch Soccer Club was represented by Lisa Roth, David Niemiec, and three soccer players: Dennis Roth, Eric Leon, and Nicolas Schauffele. The SRCA was represented by Bob Dingeman and Wes Danskin.

Young Life Comes to Middle School

For the last 60 years, the ministry of Young Life has focused on kids in high school: on building relationships with them, giving them adventure and fun, and earning the right to tell them about Jesus Christ. However, there are tremendous numbers of kids in 6th through 8th grades who need guidance, direction, and love.

Over the past five to ten years, Young Life has put a great deal of energy and resources into expanding the ministry into the middle schools. Area Director Rob Sprague says their first middle-school ministry focus has begun at Marshall Middle School. It’s called WyldLife and takes the principles that make Young Life work with high-school kids and adapts them to fit middle-school students.

The leadership is in place at Marshall. Now, WyldLife is looking for parents, teachers, grandparents, neighbors, or anyone with enough interest in this idea to make it a reality for more than a handful of kids at Marshall. If you are interested or know someone who is, please call the Young Life office at 243-1881. Rob Sprague is happy to set up a meeting with you. For more information, check out [www.younglife.org].

Celebrate Mom!

In a special salute to mom, the Scripps Ranch Marketplace will hold a special Mother’s Day event on Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 3 pm. It will feature fun for the entire family.

Shoppers who bring a new paperback book to the gazebo area of the shopping center (between Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins) will receive a free photo with mom. Those without books can pay just $5 and the proceeds go directly to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.

Other events will include free train rides, a free craft activity with flowerpots and sponge paints, face painting, food, and product samples. The Scripps Ranch Marketplace is located at Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road, across from EB Scripps Elementary.

Kids Helping Kids

Katie McNulty, a 2nd grader at Dingeman Elementary, is helping raise money for kids in foster care. She’s participating in a two-day event called "KidsMarch." On Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, Katie will walk about 12 miles, from La Canada to Pasadena.

Her mother and grandmother will accompany her on the walk, with her great-grandmother providing transportation. At the end of the first day, Katie will spend the night in a tent next to the Rose Bowl with nearly 3,000 people.

This first-of-its-kind event is a way for kids to help kids. The goal is to raise at least $5 million. Each child will try to raise at least $500. Parents who accompany their children must raise $1000.

There are 500,000 children in America who do not have a safe, permanent home. The fundraiser benefits the Vista Del Mar foster care and adoption agency and Hollygrove, a housing facility in Los Angeles.

To support Katie and help kids, make your tax deductible check to "KidsMarch" and send to: The Mortgage Co., 9988 Hibert Street #104, San Diego, CA 92131, Attn: David McNulty.