SR Business Park Rezone: Next Comes City Council

With a crowd of approximately 150 Scripps Ranch residents wearing “Save Our Scripps Ranch” lapel buttons, the San Diego Planning Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to deny requests by applicant developers to rezone the majority of parcels in the Scripps Ranch business park. This denial of the rezone application was consistent with the City staff report, which recommended denial of the application, citing the need for preservation of industrial zoning to create jobs close to where people live along the I-15 corridor.

Despite a “high tech” 20-minute video and voice over presentation by one applicant, the Planning Commission sided with opposition speakers from SOS Ranch, SRPG, MRNPC, and SRCA. SOS Ranch also presented to the commission more than 3,400 signatures of residents indicating opposition to the rezone.

The San Diego Unified School District also testified to the significant over crowding of schools in Scripps Ranch and summarized the emergency measures that have been implemented to accommodate the rising student population. The district noted that the business park was the only vacant land in Scripps Ranch large enough to construct the new, much needed 1,800-student middle school. The district currently is preparing an environmental report evaluating two sites in the business park for the new school.

In rejecting the applicant’s request for a rezone, several Planning Commissioners noted the “significant” presence of dedicated Scripps Ranch residents as evidence that this rezone, which threatened the historic Meanley Wall and Evans Pond, was inappropriate in the Scripps Ranch business park. Planning Commission Chair Steele stated, “I’ve never seen such a united front from a community.”

This decision leads up to a City Council hearing where the final decision will be made on the rezone. A date for this hearing has not been set at this time, but may be either Monday, Sept. 18, or Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Because Scripps Ranch no longer is represented by a City Council person, the position of the SRCA is that the council vacancy must be filled and the new council person must have sufficient time to become educated on any Scripps Ranch issue before it comes before the council. This would include the proposed rezone, and may affect its timing.

SOS Ranch again requests the support of all residents for this final hearing. Your attendance at Planning Commission made a big difference; it will again at City Council. Please confirm your attendance at the Council hearing and arrange for carpools. We will keep you informed when we learn the specific date and time. Interested residents should contact SOS Ranch via Dorothy Mildice at 549-3621 or Anita Pryor at 549-4831, or register at the website [].

Kiwanis Auction

The public is invited to the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club’s annual auction, to be held Friday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 8 pm at Amber’s Restaurant, located on the corner of Miramar Road and I-15.

Approximately 75 items will be auctioned off to support the Kiwanis Club’s programs for children. Items include a week’s stay at a Big Bear vacation home, bottles of fine wine, restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park tickets, deep-sea fishing, sports memorabilia and tickets, golf outings, and much, much more. In addition, there will be raffle items and munchies available.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auction will go toward the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club’s programs. Recently, the club has:

  • Donated and served breakfasts and lunches for the athletes in the Special Olympics games;
  • Fingerprinted approximately 500 children in conjunction with the San Diego Police Department Child Identification program;
  • Held multiple fund raisers to aid Children’s Hospital, and provided landscaping and painting services;
  • Raised funds for area schools, and helped maintain the schools through painting and carpentry work;
  • Worked with the community in outreach services by helping at the Mira Mesa Mall Children’s Halloween party, by planting trees at Miramar Lake, and by making donations to women’s and children’s shelters; and
  • Supported high school athletes in the area by co-hosting the Kiwanis high school basketball tournament.

Why not bring your friends to our annual auction and have a great time while supporting a great cause?

Legs for Literacy–Oct. 21

The annual Legs for Literacy community walk which benefits literacy programs at Scripps Ranch High School and Marshall Middle School will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 8 am at Miramar Lake. There will be ten refreshment booths from local businesses, face painting, storytelling, and a balloon artist. For more information, contact Shannon Alatorre at 547-9566 or Tina Bagnas at 547-8427.

Young Life Update

We are excited to see the amount of interest from the community in regard to seeing Young Life starting up for Scripps Ranch High School students. We have received many calls wanting more information about this Christ-centered, adventure-oriented organization that has been in existence for more than 60 years.

We would like to invite you to an informational “Young Life get-together” on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 4 to 7 pm. Come for delicious appetizers, see the video that displays the priorities of this ministry, and meet the people who have a heart to come alongside our teens with compassion and encouragement.

Call Janelle Lorona at 578-2393 or Karen Sprague at 679-3086 for the address and directions. We look forward to meeting you!

Farmer’s Market Opens

The Farmer’s Market has finally opened in, or at least adjacent to, Scripps Ranch. Located on the campus of Miramar College just off Black Mountain Road, the Farmer’s Market is now open each Thursday afternoon from 2 to 6 pm. I think you’ll be impressed by the variety and quality of the merchandise. I was. Some of the items would be hard to obtain from other merchants. Thanks Barry for your determination to find a location and provide us this service.

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!

Rockola to Play for Last Summer Symphony

The summer is almost over and our last summer concert will begin in just a few days on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 6 pm. Our last band, Rockola, is one of the best in San Diego, and will bring a close to this exceptionally fine concert season in grand style. You’ll hear some of your favorite Beatles, Doobie Brothers, and lots of favorites from the 60’s and 70’s. Hoyt Park provides plenty of room for dancing, spacious grass for your picnic and your friends, lots of shade for those who want to get out of the sun, and a beautiful setting for this last summer fling.

Follow the sound to the southwest corner of Aviary and Canyonlake Drives with your low-back chairs and join us for another great concert. We’ll bring this summer to an end together enjoying this special Scripps Ranch tradition.

These concerts were possible because of the donations of families like yourselves and the support of our business friends. Each donation, from the $25 Family Friends to the $1,000 Patrons, is very important. The volunteers who plan and coordinate each detail of the concert series deserve a big hand for their gift of time and service to the Ranch:

  • Co-chair Phill Hansen;
  • Co-chair Cheryl and Scott Pritchard;
  • Lane and Phoebe Carroll;
  • Bob and M’Lu Colbourn;
  • Donna Demko;
  • Dennis Downs;
  • Steve Fiorina;
  • Cathy Flanders;
  • Sandy Heckman;
  • Barbara Hunter;
  • John and Renie Martin;
  • Dave and Robin Muck;
  • Andy and Linda Nicholas;
  • Dan and Bev Ornelas;
  • Rick Parke;
  • John and Nancy Petit;
  • Kathy Smith;
  • Jim and Paula Smoogen;
  • Lucy Werneke;
  • Joyce Wulkowicz; and
  • Adrienne Wurster.

Our thanks to all who have participated this season through volunteering, supporting, and coming to Hoyt Park for our eight concerts. It’s been a great season. Be sure to mark your December calendar now for our special Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 pm.

Moms in Touch

The school year is upon us once again, and the busyness has begun. We all have to be careful to prioritize our schedules so that we do not become overwhelmed and exhausted in “doing.” If you want to do the very best thing you can possibly do for your high school student, we invite you to set aside one hour a week to come and pray with other concerned and loving moms at our Moms-In-Touch meeting.

We will begin Monday, Sept. 11. You will be amazed at the peace and comfort you feel as you dedicate this time just for your child, and you’ll be deeply touched by the genuine concern other moms have in praying for your child too. Call Merrill Nanigian at 566-2519 or Janelle Lorona at 578-2393 for the exact time and directions.

For those moms interested in learning more about Moms-In-Touch International (MITI), there is going to be a one-day informational conference at Maranatha Chapel in Rancho Bernardo on Friday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. This will be for moms of all-age children. Fern Nichols, the founder of MITI will be the guest speaker. This is a day you will not want to miss. Feel free to call either one of us for more details.

Final Quilt Workshop

My final quilt workshop for my Girl Scout Gold award is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 am to 2 pm at Amidon Quiltworks located at 12625 Danielson Ct. in Poway. My goal, through these workshops, is to construct 30 baby quilts to be donated to the Neonatal Unit at Children’s Hospital, and I am nearly there! If you would like to attend my workshop, or help me in another way, please call me at 578-0686. Thank you!

Dogwash, A Huge Success

Many thanks to all the participants from Scripps Ranch and surrounding communities in helping make the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) 2nd annual free dogwash a huge success! Volunteers for CCI washed over 120 dogs ranging from very small petite dogs to a very large and happy St. Bernard! It was a turn-out that wasn’t anticipated, yet the volunteers rose to the challenge.

Patience on everyone’s part was appreciated and all the dogs seemed to shake off their wetness with indifference as they received their well-earned biscuits, scarves, and tennis balls.

Big paws on the back go to the donators and contributors who also helped make our event so successful. Petco, Iams, HydroSurge, Mission Linens, Starbucks, Bruegger’s, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, and CB Richard Ellis deserve a lot of credit for coming through for us, and it is our hope you will frequent their businesses.

To the Scripps Ranch youngsters who helped us that day–I am always impressed by their hard work on a Saturday! My personal thanks for giving up your Saturday to help make a difference!

Water Heater Settlement

A class action lawsuit has been settled regarding alledgedly defective dip tubes relating to water-heater problems. The problem heaters were installed between 1993 and 1996 in many areas of the United States, including the Kensington neighborhood of Scripps Ranch. Signs of a defective dip tube is loss of hot water pressure and volume, and the appearance of tiny white or gray particles in the hot water. More information can be obtained at [].

Ceiling Asbestos

Last month, Michael Gall called SRCA asking whether his recently purchased home might contain asbestos in the ceiling. As many new homeowners, Michael had identified several projects to beautify his new home including removal of the acoustic ceiling material. Because his new home on Bourbon Court, which is just off Ironwood Road, was built in 1972, he thought perhaps the acoustic material might contain asbestos.

Michael called the other day to say that he did in fact find out that his house and probably other similar-aged homes do contain asbestos in the ceiling. SRCA encourages you to be careful if you are planning a similar renovation project. We appreciate the constant renewal of our community like Michael is doing, but urge you to do some research first.

Last Cans for Cubs :(

We regret to report that on Saturday, Oct. 7, will be our last Cans for Cubs curbside pick-up. Due to the success of the City recycling program, there have been few cans to pick up, and homeowners find the city-provided blue bins more convenient.

We thank you all for your support and participation in the many years that we have been conducting this program. We will continue our recycling efforts by placing collection containers in areas that do not provide curbside pick-up.

{Ed note: Thank you and all the participating residents for your years of work on this now popular action. You and the Boy Scouts with recycling of newspapers were ahead of your time.]

SR Theater Holds It’s Own in Theater Awards

Our own Scripps Ranch Theater (SRT) has evolved a lot over the years. It now has a stable home at USIU and is able to put on a routinely outstanding season of 4 or 5 plays, which appeal to a variety of interests.

And, as you will see below in the summary of the 36th annual Aubrey Awards hosted by the Associated Community Theatres, SRT’s actors and performances are appreciated not just by the increasing number of attendees, but also by the other community theater professionals in San Diego.

The awards ceremony included almost 300 attendees who came to celebrate the 46 plays produced last year in San Diego community theater. Aubrey winners included 8 theaters and 17 shows, which gave the audiences a broad spectrum of quality entertainment.

Part of the night’s entertainment was a medley from SRT’s production of A Chorus Line performed by Kris Bauer, Lotte Crayton, Dawn Marie Himlin, Marianne Nevitt, and Aaron Pomeroy.

SRT awards included:

  • Sound design, musical: John Simonds for A Chorus Line;
  • Actor, major support, musical: Michael Madrid for A Chorus Line;
  • Actress, major support, musical: Desiree McMullen for A Chorus Line;
  • Choreography: Claudia Dyson Hightower for A Chorus Line;
  • Actor, lead, comedy: Joe Tramontana for Never Get Smart With an Angel;
  • Musical direction: Gabriella Nanci for A Chorus Line;
  • Direction, comedy: Connie DiGrazia for Last of the Red Hot Lovers;
  • Production, musical: Sharon Hays for A Chorus Line; and
  • Production, comedy: Jill Drexler and Marcy Harris for Last of the Red Hot Lovers.

Now, if my math is right, here are the theatre totals: SRT (10); PowPAC (9); Lamplighters (5); Youth Summerstock (5); OnStage (5); Coronado (2); Patio (2); and CAT (1). You can see that SRT’s efforts are well appreciated and that there are many places to see great performances in San Diego. Our thanks to the several hundred people that make community theatre possible.

SRT’s starts the next season on Friday, Sept. 8, with Bermuda Avenue Triangle, which runs through Sept. 30. All performances are at Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of USIU.

Junior Cotillion Starts

Junior Cotillion classes will begin shortly for students who will be in the sixth grade this fall. Now in its 47th year in San Diego, Cotillion teaches social amenities and ballroom dancing to young people who at this age are often very shy in social situations. The program stresses kindness and graciousness, attributes which seem to be disappearing in our society.

Classes will be held on two Monday evenings each month, beginning Monday, Oct. 2, and ending Monday, Mar. 19, 2001. Please call Peter Benjamin at 619-222-3769 for questions or to reserve a space for your child. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

Entertainment Books

The new Entertainment books are in! Good for a full 14 months! Let me know how many you need and I’ll be happy to provide free delivery. New this year: we can now get books for anywhere in the country–sent with free shipping. Thanks for supporting Dor Hadash and (or) the San Diego Lions Club! Just call me at 566-7351

Honor Choir Auditions

Auditions for boys and girls approximately 6 thru 13 years old will continue thru September for Honor Choir Kids. The choir has 10 area groups that rehearse in their various locations in San Diego County.

The groups provide a multi-level program matching youths with their ability, from those just starting out in music, to those who already have experience in other music or theater groups and want even more advanced levels of training and performance.

There are three main types of music in the organization: preparatory, concert chorus, and soloist. In addition to the music, the kids learn concentration, perseverance, setting high goals and working to achieve them, working with others, and becoming comfortable getting up in front of groups. Interested parents should call 619-226-6360, and leave their name and telephone number.