The annual budgets for our two Landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts (MADs) for fiscal year 2004 have just been completed, in consultation with the Park and Recreation Department. As you recall, both MADs were reapproved in a ballot measure this past year.
These budgets will be submitted to the city for inclusion in the annual budget. With concern about cuts in city services, it is essential that we receive the full measure of services from our MADs and the city. Over the years we have pioneered innovative ways to help the city and, of course, Scripps Ranch.
Every effort is made to ensure that all residents get "their money’s worth" from the assessment dollar in terms of appearance, services, and maintenance. Volunteers to assist in this vital community function are always needed! The city has required each MAD to accumulate five months operating reserve to anticipate possible delays in funding, yet continue operations. Hopefully, this accumulation of funds will be accomplished in fiscal year 2004.
The table below summarizes each MAD budget, which is shown separately because they operate under different charters. Notes are included below for additional clarification.
Scripps Miramar Ranch MAD
- The assessment rate includes the Consumer Price Index increase of 3.95%, and this is reflected in mandated city expense increases;
- The cost of water, electricity, and sewer increases are shown;
- City contributions from the general fund to maintain our playing fields remain the same as last year. We supervise the actual maintenance of Jerabek, Lakeview, and Cypress Canyon parks;
- The city charges for "management costs," or "our share of paying salaries for city officials providing management services," increased from $68,200; and,
- Special council office monetary contribution for LERP-infested tree removal is not included.
Miramar Ranch North MAD
- The two zones for assessment are shown;
- This budget reflects only the MAD activities and does not include Mello Roos payments or Homeowners Association payments, which are separate;
- Total acreages included in the MAD are now reflected in the budget;
- No city general funds are included in this budget, but remain in the Park and Recreation Department budget for the Community Park maintenance;
- Billing for water reflects the amount of acres now included in the open space district and the maintenance of center islands, etc.; and,
- City management cost increased from $49,044.
Senior Housing Project
A proposal for a senior housing project and senior center next to Alliant International University (AIU) is moving forward in the city’s development review process. The initiation of a land use plan amendment to allow this use was unanimously approved by the City Planning Commission on March 28.
The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) supported the initiation. The senior housing project on the 64-acre parcel east of AIU is being proposed by Western Pacific Housing, Inc. (WPH).
This action only begins a lengthy and detailed planning and review process in which the SRPG will be very involved. The SRPG will keep the community up-to-date on the progress of this project, and any issues that arise, through the SRCA Newsletter and the website at [www.scrippsranch.org].
The SRCA is proud to present the 4th annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair and Art Festival on Sunday, May 18, from 11 am to 4 pm. It will be at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. The Scripps Ranch Community Fair and Art Festival is bigger and better than ever this year.
In addition to the huge Kid’s Fun Zone with inflatable jumps, slides, bungee run, pony rides, and face painting, we will also feature for the first time a fantastic Art Festival. Local artists will sell hand blown glass, woodworking, crystal jewelry designs, ceramics, paintings, photographic artwork, and more.
Community and nonprofit organizations from Scripps Ranch will have information about their groups. You will be able to purchase Scripps Ranch license plate holders and T-shirts. There will also be plenty of food and drinks.
The fabulous Bayou Brothers return to play your favorite "oldies" and Zydeco music. Local dance and karate groups will also perform. So, mark Sunday, May 18, on your calendars and enjoy a great day in the park. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs.
For more information or if you are a local artist who would like to participate, please contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]].
Bev Cassity, Community Fair Chair
The theme for the 33rd annual Scripps Ranch 4th of July parade will be "Youthful Spirit." We hope this inspires the young and youthful at heart to use their imagination for their entry. If you have an entry, send in the form on page 8 by Friday, June 21.
We anticipate many local dignitaries will participate in the parade, and we supply the convertibles they ride in. If you have a convertible you could drive, please call Bob Gravina at 536-1959.
Right after the parade we will have our festivities in Hoyt Park. The Players will perform, and we will have activities for the children, including face painting and air jumps. Once again, the SRCA will sponsor the annual ice cream social.
The Old Pros are working on having food booths this year where you can purchase lunch at a reasonable price. They will also have their annual beer garden for folks over 21 years of age.
Anyone interested in volunteering on the day of the event, please contact me at 695-3211 or [[email protected]].
Jany Staley, 4th of July Chair
First Symphony in the Park
Symphony in the Park has something grand in store for you on Sunday, May 18. Tim Flannery and Friends will perform in Hoyt Park at 6 pm. Who are his "friends"? Dennis Caplinger, one of the finest pickers on the planet; Jeff Berkley, a world class Jembe player; Tom Flannery, Tim’s songwriting/singing brother who just sang for the Pope; Sharon Whyte, an in-demand accordion player; and, Randi Driscoll, a singer/songwriter who plays all over the country in support of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
If you have children, come early! Free Spirit and her clown friends will paint faces from 5:30 to 7 pm.
We like to thank our business sponsors at our first concert. There will be a special reception under the trees at the west end of Hoyt Park for our business friends, patrons, and benefactors. Please read through the names of all our loyal business supporters in the concert program. We are also thankful for the support of many families who give to make these concerts possible.
Also, mark your calendar now for our concert on Sunday, June 8, when our local celebs The Heroes perform at 6 pm.
Questions? Please call our chairs Joyce Wulkowitz at 566-4206 or Scott Pritchard at 578-2536. See you there!
M’Lu Colbourn, Volunteer
Child Safety Seat Check
In April the Information Center hosted the second annual Child Safety Seat Check. The event, co-sponsored by the SRCA, the city of San Diego, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), was a great success–a total of 54 safety seats were checked. It might surprise you that not one seat fully passed inspection.
Only eight to ten of these events are held each year throughout Southern California. Some officers traveled from Orange County and Temecula to help. I have asked them to return next year, and they have tentatively agreed.
Helping us this year from the CHP were coordinating Officer Rey Martinez, Sgt. Aaron Martinez, and Officers Ron Thatcher, Rick Baeza, Lorenzo Ruano, Jorge Colin, Albert Ravelo, Kevin Prouty, and Louis Montoya. Thanks to all of them who spent the day with us.
We also had two great event sponsors:
- Vons, Scripps Poway Parkway, Manager Larry Easter; and,
- Starbucks Store #5457 on Scripps Poway Parkway, Manager Darren Cooper.
They donated food and coffee for our inspectors. A big thank you to both!
Clay Bingham, Center Manager
Maienschein Forms Youth Commission
Last May I put forth a proposal to form a Youth Commission where our young people can participate in city government. The Youth Commission has grown in strength and character and now is involved in the City Council’s review of an underage drinking ordinance.
The article below was written by Elizabeth Dindial, the Scripps Ranch High School senior who is now the Youth Commission chair. Please read her descriptions of the commission and its work. I think this group of volunteers will have a positive impact on our city.
Councilmember Brian Maienschein
Most people associate the word "teenager" with the notorious stereotype teens are often associated with. Generally, people are aware of the crimes committed by teenagers, but how often do you hear of the positive accomplishments of the youth in your community? More youth are involved in volunteering their time for a constructive purpose every day than those who behave destructively.
These bright individuals are not typically on the front page of the paper and do not always receive recognition. However, they are future community leaders.
There are many different commissions in San Diego that represent everything from public safety to trees. But until recently, there was not one to represent a large portion of San Diego–the youth. Councilmember Maienschein recognized this problem and took action.
The Youth Commission serves as a voice for the young people of San Diego. Commissioners contribute their time and ideas to improve different aspects of the city. Currently, the commission is participating in local governmental issues such as reviewing an underage drinking ordinance, improving nightlife for youth, and preventing accidents caused by drinking and driving.
The commissioners are all students involved in their schools and neighborhoods. This commission holds a promising future for being an essential contributor in the already wonderful city of San Diego.
Elizabeth Dindial, Chair
Scripps Ranch Artists Featured on Tour
Scripps Ranch artists will take part in the annual Mother’s Day Artist Studio and Garden Tour hosted by the San Dieguito Art Guild. Scripps Ranch resident Jo Ann Ginepra opens her beautiful home and garden to the public.
Ginepra’s award winning photography will be featured. She has been published in national and local magazines. Ginepra is hosting additional artists, Kim Treffinger and Shirley Hawley. Artwork will be available for purchase.
The tour will be held over two days–Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10 am to 4 pm. Ginepra’s home is located on 11305 Ravensthorpe Avenue. Tickets are available at the door. They are $15 per adult and include eight other locations. For details, call 527-0400.
Host a Student
Homestay International Educational Foundation offers Scripps Ranch families the opportunity to host Japanese students for a 17-day summer stay, beginning Friday, Aug. 1. The middle- to high school-aged students study English at the "English Academy" in Gunma, Japan, and wish to experience American family life during their summer vacation.
Each weekday of their stay, hosts drop off the students at Miramar Ranch Elementary School where a bus takes them to activities in San Diego. Host families are invited to join in the activities for the same low group rates! Students spend evenings and weekends as part of your family, experiencing daily family life.
The foundation compensates families $12.50 per night to help offset the cost of meals. To be a host, please contact Vicki or Chuck Hargis at 271-6880.
Recycle Rechargeable Batteries!
Many batteries contain toxins that pose a potential threat to your health and the environment when improperly disposed. To heighten awareness of the negative impact rechargeable batteries can have on our environment, Eagle Scout Bobby James started a recycling rechargeable batteries campaign. It’s part of a conservation award program he and his fellow scouts have embarked on.
To learn more, visit [http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/recycle/battery.pdf]. For local recycling centers, visit [http://california.earth911.org/master.asp]. For more information, contact Boy Scout Troop 663 at 566-4518.
Bobby James, Eagle Scout
"Light in the Darkness"
We are a new organization centered in Scripps Ranch and born out of the international wave of candlelight vigils that swept around the world on the eve of war. We share part of our vision:
A world where disagreement and conflict, large or small, is settled foremost by negotiation, second by peaceful persuasion, and absolutely last by force, realizing that resort to armed force is a failure, not a triumph, of policy.
Join us at 7 pm Sunday evenings in Jerabek Park "to light a candle in the darkness." For updates or more details, contact us at [[email protected]].
Scripps Ranch Resident Stars in The Storyteller
The Scripps Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) has announced the lead role for its debut production of The Storyteller in June. Local dancer Hannah Batt has been selected for the Storyteller role in the new musical production.
Batt is a 7th grader at Marshall Middle School and has been dancing and acting since the age of 3. She has performed in many productions at the San Diego Junior Theatre and at SPAC.
The Storyteller will be performed on Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22, at the Scripps Ranch High School theater. For ticket information, call 586-7834. Also, visit [www.superkidslive.com] for details.
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