Speeding Dangers

It was early Monday morning, June 10, at 12:20 am. The calm of the night was shattered by the sound of speeding cars. It happened on the usually quiet street of Winding Ridge Drive just as it turns into Breckenridge Drive in the new northwest area of the Ranch. Within seconds the sound changed to a horrible skid that ended in a thump, thump, thump. This is the account given to us by Wendy Littooy, a neighbor who heard the terrible crash.

She jumped out of bed and, without even looking outside, called 911. She ran outside to find out what happened. At first, it was eerily quiet again. She walked to the beginning of her street, looked up and down the cross street, and saw nothing. As she approached the scene, she saw an overturned truck in the brush and dirt.

Wendy says that no one was inside and as the police arrived, it became evident that the driver’s friends, who were apparently following close by, removed the driver from the vehicle. San Diego police tell us that the driver is a 19-year-old Scripps Ranch resident. He was taken to a hospital, where amazingly he suffered only minor injuries.

According to the police report, the truck was drag racing with another vehicle. Sergeant Bob Rex of the San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division says the truck was going over 57 m.p.h. when the driver first lost control. Police say charges are pending.

Speeding is an ongoing issue in many Scripps Ranch neighborhoods. This accident is a sober reminder of the dangers of speeding. Police have been out in our area recently, reminding people to slow down. Most of our residential streets have 25 m.p.h. speed limits.

Luckily, no one was killed or badly hurt in this accident. As summer gets underway, and young people have more time on their hands, we hope parents will again remind their teenagers that speeding and racing on our residential streets can turn to tragedy. It is also a reminder to all of us to slow down.

Heightened Security for Miramar Lake on July 4th

The Miramar Lake dam gates will open this year for the 25th annual Scripps Ranch Old Pros’ 10K run and bike ride. Security will be extra tight and new measures will be in effect for the morning of the event.

Runners or riders will not be allowed across the dam without an official race bib attached to their shirtfront.The dam will not be open to recreational walkers or runners. It is only open for this special event. Also, no bags or backpacks will be permitted to cross the dam.

Runners and riders will be allowed to carry only a small fanny pack and a clear water bottle across the dam. For the convenience of the participants, the Old Pros will provide bag check service at the start lines for both the 10K run and the 12-mile bike ride.

The Old Pros are counting on a large Scripps Ranch turn out this year. We want to demonstrate to the water department how our community feels about this tremendous recreational facility that has, for the most part, been shut down. For information about the run and ride, go to the Old Pros website at [www.srop.org].

Kevin Clark

Maienschein’s Dam Closure Update

As you see in the previous article, all logistics have been worked out to allow the Old Pros to run the July 4th race across the dam. I want to personally thank the Old Pros for their patience and cooperation. They were great to work with. Now that this issue is resolved, we can focus on the bigger picture.

Secondly, the security assessment mentioned at the April public meeting in Scripps Ranch is funded in the $4.6 billion Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act (HR 3448). In June, the President signed the bill, and the study is set to begin this summer.

You can review information on this bill at [www.safedrinkingwater.com]. Specific pages dealing with drinking water are pages 233-247. I have not received an anticipated completion date of the assessment, but will report it as soon as it becomes available.

I have not heard back from the Governor’s office in response to my letter asking him to address security concerns in a manner that allows the dam gates to be opened. I will continue to work on this issue, and will keep you posted on any developments and progress.

Councilmember Brian Maienschein

Symphony in the Park

This month our Symphony in the Park group will be at it twice–once with Legal Tender in the 4th of July parade, and again for a Sunday concert featuring The Heroes. Both bands are "home grown," with members from Scripps Ranch.

Legal Tender, a group of musically talented attorneys, will be on board our float making music all the way down the parade route. The Heroes are known all over San Diego, and have played all over the world.

So, put your blanket down early on Sunday, July 21, because our neighbor Tom Boyd will be ready to rock your socks off at 6 pm. There will be plenty of opportunities to dance, because if a song was ever popular, then The Heroes know it. Their repertoire includes hits from the big band era, rock and roll, ballads, and contemporary hits.

Join us in Hoyt Park at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake. Blankets, low chairs, and picnics are welcome.

M’Lu Colbourn

Dogs in the Park

The Parks and Recreation Department has installed "Mutt Mitt" containers in Community Park, Spring Canyon Park, Cypress Canyon Park, and Lakeview Park. These containers supply disposal bags to be used by dog owners to pick up after their pets. We appreciate owners who have always done this and those who are using the new bags.

We would appreciate it if all dog owners helped out with the maintenance of the parks that are used by children, adults, and animals. Besides how unsightly it is, dog mess provides a health hazard to those who use the park.

The Scripps Ranch Parks and Recreation staff is responsible for refilling the containers. However, their staff is limited and they are unable to make regular inspections of the containers. If anyone sees that a container is empty, please call the Scripps Ranch Parks and Recreation office at 538-8200 and let them know.

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council is very interested in working with other community groups that want to establish a dog park–an area where we can let our dogs run free. Scripps Ranch is severely limited on available park land that is required for the many recreation and sporting activities. Therefore, alternate areas are being reviewed that can support a dog park.

Jany Staley, Rec.Council Treasurer

Help Keep Our Park Safe

If you live near Lakeview Park, we are looking for volunteers to help keep the park clean and safe. We would like your help in locking the parking lot gate each evening at sunset.

Sign up is easy; you can do it on our website. Most volunteers sign up for one to four weeks at a time. Just do whatever fits your schedule. Please contact Linda Roth at [[email protected]] if you are interested.

Skateboarding Danger

Skateboarding on city property at the Scripps Ranch Library is prohibited. Please note the sign at the library that prohibits skateboarding on city premises.

As popular as the sport of skateboarding has become, the practice of skateboard racing and jumping over a flight of nine steps without a helmet has got to stop. The practice of videotaping such activity must also stop. Parents are asked to intervene on behalf of the safety and well-being of their children.

Nancy Corbin Assaf, Branch Mgr.

SRWAC Scholarship Winners

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) is proud to present $1000 scholarships to three very deserving winners. These students were selected based not only on their participation in athletics, but also on their outstanding academic achievement and community service.

Congratulations to Patrice Crisostomo, Lindsey Hogan, and Lauren Petry. Patrice plans to attend UC Berkeley in the fall. She has been an inspirational tennis player at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS). Her community service includes teaching faith formation to 1st graders at St. Gregory the Great.

Lindsey is also an avid tennis player who has volunteered to teach Spanish to local elementary school students each week. She is planning to attend Santa Clara University.

Lauren has her eyes set on UC Davis. She has played field hockey and basketball for SRHS. Lauren has volunteered at Mercy Hospital and has helped on house building projects in Tijuana.

SRWAC is proud of these young women and wishes them the best in the future. They were presented with their scholarships at the SRHS awards night. They will also be recognized at Symphony in the Park.

Summer Youth Theater

See the original stage version of Grease put on by local students. An irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality, and 1950s pop culture, Grease made its Broadway premiere in 1972. This "new classic" is fast and fun. All of our favorites from Rydell High are here: Danny and Sandy, Rizzo and the Pink Ladies, and Kenickie, with the funniest delinquents to ever get detention!

Created by friends Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease premiered at an experimental theater in Chicago. Now you can enjoy all the songs performed by a talented cast of 8th-12th graders from Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Penasquitos.

Summer Youth Theater presents Grease at the Little Theater at Wangenheim Middle School, 9230 Gold Coast Drive in Mira Mesa. Artistic director Loren Salter is joined by director/choreographer Marjorie Treger of SRHS. The assistant director is Melissa Parks.

Performances are scheduled for: Friday, July 19 and July 26, at 7 pm; Saturday, July 20, at 2 pm and 7 pm; and, Saturday July 27, at 2 pm. Reserved seats are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.

For ticket information, you can call 619-523-9862 or visit the website [www.angelfire.com/musical/syt/]. We hope to see you at the performances. Grease is still the word!


Thank you, Scripps Ranch

As a parent of a student at Scripps Dance Centre, I would like to say thank you to the Scripps Ranch community for supporting our children. You have helped the Centre raise $20,000 for such causes as the Escondido Humane Society, Children’s Hospital, the SRHS Musical Theatre program, and many scholarships.

Our children are growing into beautiful dancers and learning to comprehend their unique talents. This excerpted quote by Martha Graham exemplifies Director Kelley Grant’s philosophy of dance: "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is truly unique."

Thank you, Kelley, for your unique program. And, thank you Scripps Ranch for supporting this program.

Rita Danskin