Save Scripps Ranch

[Ed Note: At press time we found out about this most important issue going before Planning Commission. Both the SRCA and Scripps Ranch Planning Group have opposed the rezone and have requested that the City complete a full environmental review. Please give the following your utmost attention, support, and action.]

Scripps Ranch needs your help by attending the Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 9 am.

A vote will be taken on the proposed rezone of the Scripps Ranch Business Park III. The developer would like to rezone the area from light industrial to high density, multi-family housing.

We feel the projects would have a huge negative impact to our environment as well as to schools, parks, and traffic. For example, Evans Pond and the natural setting of the Scripps Ranch Library may be changed forever! The proposed project would require removal of the old historic stone wall and numerous eucalyptus trees in order to make way for a 6′ high stucco and wrought iron fence on the property line in order to wall-off the 1- to 3-story apartment and assisted living housing development.

SOS Ranch wants to protect the quality of life here in Scripps Ranch. If you can take a morning out of your schedule on Thursday, Aug. 17, to attend the Planning Commission hearing, we would like you to call us. We are organizing to have a strong presence there.

The hearing will be held at City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor, San Diego. It starts promptly at 9 am, and we will be at the beginning of the agenda so you likely will be out of there by noon. You do not have to stand up and speak; we will have a team of professionals to speak on our behalf. We just want you to register your opposition to the rezone and be in the audience.

We need at least 250 people at the hearing. Please let us know that we can count on you and whether you will need transportation. There is parking in the adjacent parking garage or across the street. Cost for parking is $1.50 per half hour, up to $11 a day. We will help you out with the cost if you need it.

We can send a strong message to the developers and the City that this is our home, our neighborhood, and our community, which we will defend. We cannot sit back and let others decide for us. Please join us on August 17 and protect our quality of life!

For more detail on the project, please refer to the June 2000 Scripps Ranch Newsletter. A copy can be obtained at the Library or at [].

To register your attendance, please call Dorothy Mildice at 549-3621 or Anita Pryor at 549-4831. You also may visit our website and register at []. Please call to let us know that we can count on you!

Heroes to Rock Hoyt Park

You won’t want to miss this summer’s August concert in Hoyt Park, as The Heroes will be playing on Sunday, Aug. 13. Not only is drummer Tom Boyd our neighbor and a good friend of Scripps Ranch, but his band is a big Scripps Ranch favorite. Everyone will be dancing to their favorite rock and roll tunes, a few oldies, and tunes that may be more current. Even if you don’t dance, you’ll definitely be tapping your toes, swaying in your chairs, singing along, and wishing you were dancing.

Because The Heroes play throughout California and even internationally, we are really fortunate that they are a local band who sincerely like to play for Scripps Ranch. So don’t let the heat keep you at home. Pack your cooler, call your friends, and meet at Hoyt Park on Sunday, Aug. 13. The concert begins at 6 pm and the park is sure to be full, as “Ranchers” always roll out for this band.

For additional information, contact Symphony Chairs Cheryl Pritchard at 578-2536 or Phill Hansen at 693-1761.

Cub Scout Packs Overflowing for Fall 2000

Due to the tremendous success of Cub Scouts in Scripps Ranch, our Cub Packs are “bursting at the seams” for fall 2000. A new Cub Pack (Pack 612) has been formed to accommodate all boys in the first through fifth grade who want to be in scouting and find their neighborhood pack closed.

The new Pack is a wonderful way for you and your son to develop new friendships, or be with friends from sports or other Scripps Ranch activities. Please keep an eye out for registration notices at your school.

For fall 2000:

  • Pack 613, Jerabek Elementary, is closed to all 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade boys. There is (1) spot for a 1st year Webelo or 4th grade boy. There are openings for 1st grade boys who want to be Tiger Cubs. The Pack will accept siblings of current scouts for all levels.
  • Pack 614, Jerabek Elementary, is closed to all 2nd through 5th grade boys. There are openings for 1st grade boys who want to be Tiger Cubs. The Pack will accept siblings of current scouts for all levels.
  • Pack 616, Dingeman Elementary, is closed to all 2nd through 5th grade boys. There are openings for 1st grade boys who want to be Tiger Cubs. The Pack will accept siblings of current scouts for all levels.
  • Pack 1216, Miramar Ranch Elementary has very few openings. They are accepting two 2nd grade boys for a Wolf Den and four 3rd grade boys for a Bear Den as well as 1st grade boys who want to be Tiger Cubs. The Pack will accept siblings of current scouts for all levels.

The founder of Scouting stated that “Scouting is a game with a purpose.” Don’t let your son miss out on this exciting and fun opportunity. A key element of the program is an emphasis on caring, nurturing relationships between boys and their parents, adult leaders, and friends.

Cub Scouting has nine purposes, to:

  • Positively influence character development and encourage spiritual growth;
  • Help boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship;
  • Encourage good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body;
  • Improve understanding within the family;
  • Strengthen boys’ ability to get along with other boys and respect other people;
  • Foster a sense of personal achievement by helping boys develop new interests and skills;
  • Show how to be helpful and do one’s best;
  • Provide fun and exciting new things to do; and
  • Prepare boys to become Boy Scouts.

For more information on Pack 612, please contact Colette Taylor, Black Mountain District Executive, Boy Scout Headquarters, at 619-298-6121, extension 221. Character counts!

Writer’s Group Reforming

The Scripps-Mesa Writers’ Group is now reorganizing. All former members, as well as writers new to the area, are invited to attend. Meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month at 7 pm, at the new Barnes and Noble Bookstore at I-15 and Mira Mesa Blvd. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 7. If you have any questions, please call Dorothy Love at 547-0311.

July 4th was a Winner!

Scripps Ranch showcased our 30th year of celebrating July 4th with a full day of festivities including bike rides and runs, a parade, picnic, and concert. We had beautiful weather, many creative parade entries, and a large crowd of residents, both young and old, who joined us in the celebrations.

After riding and playing music in the parade, Legal Tender pulled their vehicle along side the park and continued to play music until the next group The Pelicans began their concert from the stage in the park. Oscars food was a very popular item with those that went to the park.

SRCA and Cabrillo Credit Union sponsored an ice cream social and gave out 3,000 ice cream cups. Thanks Cabrillo for your generosity. And as you might expect, the Karl Strauss Beer Garden was continually busy.

The winners of the various categories of entries in the parade were:

Bi/tricycle, decorated:

  • 1st–Porcelina Court Kids.

Car club:

  • 1st–San Diego Miata Club;
  • 2nd–Model “A” Restorers Club of San Diego;
  • 3rd–Corvette Owners’ Club of San Diego; and
  • 4th–International Amphicar Club.

Civic spirit:

  • 1st–SOS Ranch;
  • 2nd–Stanley Steemer;
  • 3rd–McMillin Realty; and
  • 4th–Miramar College Business Dept.

Comic entry:

  • 1st–Preservation of the Middle Class;
  • 2nd–Loire Valley;
  • 3rd–Cozy Coupes; and
  • 4th–SOS Ranch.

Float, decorated (theme):

  • 1st–My Friends & I Children’s Center;
  • 2nd–Canyon Springs Church;
  • 3rd–YMCA Indian Guides, Pomerado Station; and
  • 4th–Symphony in the Park.

Marching unit and band:

  • 1st–SRHD & MMHS Pageantry and Marching Band;
  • 2nd–Cub Scouts Packs 613, 614, 616, and 1216;
  • 3rd–Symphony in the Park; and
  • 4th–Boy Scout Troop 616.

Original idea:

  • 1st–The Really New Scrippy Minstrels;
  • 2nd–Laurie Singsaas & Friends;
  • 3rd–McMillin Realty; and
  • 4th–Harmonium and Epicentre Teen Center.


  • 1st–Cozy Coupes;
  • 2nd–Canyon Springs Church;
  • 3rd–Northstar Community Church; and
  • 4th–1964 1/2 Mustang, Steve Portouw.

Parade theme:

  • 1st–Girl Scout Brownie Troops 8033 and 8034;
  • 2nd–Fitness Quest 10.

Stroller, decorated:

  • 1st–Las Madres.

Vehicle, decorated:

  • 1st–Dingeman Elementary;
  • 2nd–Cabrillo Credit Union;
  • 3rd–RSVP; and
  • 4th–Del West E-Commerce Services.

Youth group:

  • 1st–My Friends & I Children’s Center;
  • 2nd–YMCA Indian Guides, Pomerado Nation;
  • 3rd–Boy Scout Troop 663; and
  • 4th–Cub Scout Packs 613, 614, 616, and 1216.

I especially want to thank Dick Kelly for again being the Parade Coordinator. He does a lot of work and does it well. I also thank the other members of the 4th of July Committee: Bob Gravina, Elissa Barber, and Bob Dingeman.

As usual the Old Pros and WAC did an excellent job in coordinating the two runs and the three bicycle rides, and in coordinating the activities of the vendors in the park, including setup and removal. We could not do it without all of you.

We already are working on ideas for next year’s festivities. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let me know at 695-3211.

Rudiger Scholarship Awarded

Sarah Curnow was awarded the 11th scholarship from the “Jeffrey Rudiger Memorial Scholarship” fund at Mira Mesa High School (MMHS). Ms. Curnow applied for this $500 scholarship by submitting a photo and describing the significance of the photograph in an essay. All applicants also must have maintained a 3.0 GPA as well as citizenship grades.

“Sarah wrote a moving, inspirational essay about a family photo that reached out and touched our hearts. She is a student who worked hard throughout her high school career and one who we felt represented the essence of the contest–how a personal picture has played a role in their lives, as it played in my brother Jeffrey’s life,” stated Scripps Ranch resident Kelly Rudiger Bingham.

This fund was established in 1988 after the murder of Jeffrey Rudiger, who also was a resident of Scripps Ranch and a junior attending MMHS. Over the past 12 years, this scholarship has been administered by the family of Rudiger and has allotted over $6,000 in scholarships to students. It is at this time that the family has decided to end this scholarship and next fall donate the remaining funds to MMHS’s yearbook department.

“Jeffrey was a page editor on the yearbook staff and rarely left home without his camera. We are very proud to have assisted 11 students with monetary donations to help them defray the costs of college in Jeffrey’s name, and we know that the yearbook department can benefit from this donation,” Bingham said.

We would like to recognize all the recipients of this scholarship: Denni Bowen (1989), Kiersten West (1990), Bric Santiago (1991), Nicole Potkonjak (1992), David Hayes (1993), Kellie Korhonen (1994), Drina Bedoya (1995), Johna Jimenez (1996), Catherina Jankovich (1997), Jeffrey Perillo (1998), Brandi Aflleje (1999), and Sarah Curnow (2000).

If you would like to visit a website for more information about the scholarship, please use [].

Flying Leatherneck Museum Now Open

If you have driven down Miramar Road lately, then you will have noticed the several aircraft on display on MCAS Miramar. These are part of the recently opened Flying Leatherneck Museum. Also included in the museum, which is open to the public, are uniform displays, equipment exhibits, scale models, a research library, and a special area dedicated to female service members.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross and Starbucks are working together this summer to ensure that we have a healthy blood supply. Starbucks Coffee is sponsoring Blood Drives all across San Diego County during the summer and will be at the Scripps Poway Parkway location on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 am to 2 pm. Then on Saturday, Aug. 26, the blood drive will be at the Creekside Plaza in Poway.

This will be a fun summertime event with all participants receiving a Hawaiian lei greeting and a fun Red Cross beach ball to take with them after their donation. Starbucks also will be providing a free blended beverage or coffee beverage of choice to all participants. We are in the process of seeing if any of the other merchants want to participate and add to the fun of the day; so there could be more!

The blood supply is very predictable, especially going into the summer. But, we are anticipating that just after the 4th of July weekend we will be hovering at critically low levels.

Scripps Ranch Baseball in Tijuana — An Update

You may recall articles in past issues of the Newsletter regarding the baseball club in Lomas de Porvenir, Tijuana, that the Scripps Ranch community has adopted. In these articles, we described the efforts of the Scripps Ranch community to donate baseball equipment to this under-privileged community.

Thanks to a generous response from Scripps Ranch, we collected enough baseball gear to outfit over four teams. Scripps Ranch donated: 41 helmets, 32 pair of cleats, 40 uniform shirts, 36 socks, 20 belts, 51 gloves, 2 sets of umpire gear, 150 hats, 50 balls, 32 bats, 2 sets of catcher gear, plus 2 complete sets of team gear from SRLL. And the Padres stepped in to donate over 75 sports/gear bags, 100 watches, and 100 baseball cards and card portfolios. Thanks everyone, there are now a whole bunch of happy kids in Tijuana sporting baseball gear bearing “SR”!

Our efforts have been sponsored so far by Scripps Ranch Little League, the Falcons Youth Baseball Club, Califormula Radio Stations, the Old Pros, Hob Nob Restaurant, SAIC, Law Offices of Diachenko & Nasoff, the Girl Scouts of America, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the San Diego Padres, and our many friends in Scripps Ranch.

On June 25, the Falcons youth baseball club travelled south of the border to deliver the donated baseball equipment and to hold a baseball “clinic” for 7, 8, and 9 year olds. A total of 14 ballplayers, 11 parents, 2 coaches, and one batboy from Scripps Ranch volunteered for this event. The 12 year olds, coached by Steve Garcia of Scripps Ranch, had a great time playing a rematch of the first Scripps Ranch-Lomas de Porvenir baseball game played in March.

The young ball players of this community enjoyed a great game, and got a glimpse of their future. The community put on a small fiesta to show their appreciation for our new friendships. KUSI 51 TV and the Union Tribune were on hand to cover the event.

Scripps Ranch has generously supported this effort! This will build a stronger baseball community in the region, and our young ball players are learning how to make a difference through baseball. Our next projects: a game here in Scripps Ranch, and baseball field renovation in Tijuana in the fall. Please give us a call at 578-5258 if you would like to make a donation or get involved.

Children’s Walk for Peace

Wouldn’t you love to participate in an international historic event? On Saturday, Oct. 14, the San Diego International Sister Cities Corporation in partnership with Balboa Park√≠s EXPO 2000 will host a Children’s Walk for Peace. As the kick-off event for Balboa Park’s International Family Day, the walk will benefit the Sister Schools Program. Our own Scripps Ranch High School has been a part of this program, which is dedicated to cultivating literacy, cultural understanding, world peace, and bridging the Digital Divide.

] or call Liz Hinkle at 619-685-1485 or email [[email protected]]. Help us create a peaceful planet for our children.

Attention All Girl Scouts!

The Scripps Ranch Unit of Girl Scouts is planning a fun event, the “She and Me, Girl Scout Safari,” at the San Diego Zoo for all returning and new Girl Scouts. It will be a wonderful time to meet old friends and new.

All Girl Scouts can bring any and all significant females in their lives to a fun-filled event that includes: zoo admission, picture and frame, patch, deli-style buffet, a visit from zoo animals, a fashion show, and a raffle with great prizes! The prizes are baskets donated by each troop filled with lots of fun stuff for the girls and adults. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm, but you can start enjoying the zoo as soon as it opens!

The cost for Cadettes, Seniors, and Adults is $23. The cost for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors is $20. Don’t delay; we need all registrations no later than Tuesday, Sept. 12! Seating is based upon the post-marked date. Tables for up to 10 people are available.

Make checks payable to Scripps Ranch Service Unit, and mail registrations to Chris Eshelman 10162 Rookwood Dr. San Diego, CA 92131. When mailing your payment, please include the registration flyer, if you have one. Otherwise indicate the adult name; child/children’s name; troop number; phone number; number of Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors; number of Adults, Cadettes, and Seniors; total amount enclosed; and whom you would like to sit with. Please include all table information and preferred seating with the registration.

No refunds will be made after Friday, Sept. 15. If you have any questions, please call Chris at 271-5935. We looked forward to seeing all the new faces and all the familiar faces for a fun day at the zoo!