Believe It, Scripps Ranch, We Won!

When it comes to protecting our community’s “quality of life,” no one comes through like Scripps Ranch residents! Save Our Scripps (SOS) Ranch wishes to thank each and every one of you who supported our efforts to prevent the rezone of the Scripps Ranch business park to high density apartments, and the destruction of the historic stone wall and trees near the Library.

Thanks to all of you, who so generously gave of your time, energy, and resources in support of the SOS Ranch effort. On October 16, the day before the scheduled City Council hearing, BCL and Avalon Bay withdrew their application to rezone the Scripps Ranch business park to multi-family apartments. In a few short months, the Ranch has been able to collect 3,500 petition signatures opposing the rezone and to provide funds to pay for two attorneys to represent us in saving the historic stone wall and saving the proposed middle school site.

SOS Ranch wishes to thank the City Council members and their staff, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, and local businesses for their support in protecting our community.

The Board of Directors and officers of SOS Ranch extend a special thanks to all of the countless volunteers and their families who made the “We Won” signs a reality. The true unsung heroes of this fight are those individuals who collected signatures on petitions, knocked on doors to collect financial support, and notified friends and neighbors to attend public hearings. Each of you have made personal sacrifices to make this a victory for which Scripps Ranch forever will be indebted. Each of you have stood up to overwhelming odds to say, “No, No, and No!”

SOS Ranch will be called upon, once again, to protect the historic and cultural Meanley stone wall, Evans Pond, and signature trees near our Library. On Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 pm, the City Historic Board will consider the SOS Ranch application to obtain historic designation for the wall, pond, and trees. We need your continued support, either by attending the meeting, writing letters of support, or financial contributions. For information, you may contact Kady Livesay at 271-6794 or Joan Shauger at 566-1404.

Tile a New Fire Station

The Captain, paramedics, and firefighters of Scripps Ranch’s own Fire Station #37 invite you to become a part of Scripps Ranch history by designing your own ceramic tile for the new fire station. Your tile, along with other participants (young, old, or in-between), will be installed on the inside wall right next to the big fire engine truck. The theme for the tiles will be “Fire Safety.” The cost is only $8 per tile.

The firefighters had a booth at the Miramar Ranch Elementary School Halloween Carnival. That booth really got things “smokin,” so we are offering two more tile painting dates: Saturday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 am to 5 pm. We’ll have tables set up at the Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway. Don’t miss this fun event; we’re gonna have a “blazin'” good time!

If you miss any of these three dates, we ask that you please stop by Clay `N Latte at 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive, Carmel Mountain Ranch any time before Friday, Dec. 1. Just mention Station #37 and you’ll get the same “hot deal.” All tiles will be installed in time for the grand opening of the new station. Any questions, call Becky at Cafe `N Latte at 487-9293 or our Scripps Ranch volunteer, Victoria Mazelli, at 566-8679.

Veterans Day Concert

Please come to a free concert at Scripps Ranch High School on Wednesday, Nov. 8, in honor of Veterans Day. Selected choirs from Scripps Ranch High School, Marshall Middle School, Jerabek Elementary School, and Walker Elementary School will perform patriotic music. All veterans in the community are encouraged to attend and should feel free to wear their uniforms.

Individuals and families are welcome to arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm when refreshments will be available. The program will begin at 6:30 pm outside in the quad area of the high school, located at 10410 Treena Street. You may want to bring low-back chairs and (or) blankets to sit on. Hope to see you there!

Rec Center Happenings

A lot is going on at the new Scripps Ranch Recreation Center located in the community park at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. Please stop by and check out the many free or modestly priced programs that span athletics to art. The Rec Center is run by the City of San Diego, and advised by the Scripps Ranch Rec Council which meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Rec Center.

The Rec Center currently is offering youth classes in cooking and crafts, mad science, Ken Ka Kung Fu, parents night out, ice skating, tumble time gymnastics, AFA sports classes (soccer, basketball, tee ball, and pee wee sports), tiny tots, and elements of art. We also offer an after-school program that is free. Adult classes include aerobics, creative memories, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball.

Also note, there is a large gazebo in the community park near the tot lot. It can be reserved for your use by contacting the Rec Center at 538-8085. The other two covered tables in the community park are first-come, first-served. The gazebo in Lakeview Park also can be reserved by contacting the Rec Center.

Jewish Cub Scouting Starting at Chabad

Did you know there was such a thing as Jewish scouting? It’s true. Chabad Hebrew Academy’s PTA is sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 664. Meetings begin in November at the school located at 10785 Pomerado Road.

Jewish Cub Scouts do fun Cub activities and follow the national Cub Scout program with this difference: Jewish scouts never meet or have activities planned on Friday or Saturday, or during any of the Jewish holidays. Our pack will observe dietary laws and wear kippot.

Our fun scouting activities will be enriched with monthly program themes of a Jewish nature, as well as Jewish holiday themes. Cub Scouts will have the opportunity to earn the Jewish Cub Scout religious emblems, the Maccabee Award and Aleph Award.

If your son is interested in participating in a Jewish Cub Scout pack, please consider joining Pack 664. All Jewish boys regardless of religious affiliation, between first and fifth grade are welcome to join our pack.

The BSA fee is $7 for boys and $9 for each parent. Modest monthly dues also are collected to cover the cost of arts and crafts projects and the awards the Cubs earn. Parents are encouraged to participate in helping to lead these programs.

For more information on how to sign up for Cub Scout Pack 664, please contact Julia Carson, Chabad Hebrew Academy PTA, at 549-3070 or Ellen Marks, Chair of the San Diego Jewish Committee on Scouting, at 578-7377.

Greetings from Phil Blair

On September 18, 2000, the San Diego City Council appointed me to fill the seat vacated by Councilmember Barbara Warden. While my appointment is for a short ten weeks, until December 4, I have no intention of performing a simple caretaker role.

There are a number of out-standing issues and projects that are of great importance. I intend to give the people of the 5th District vigorous, results-oriented representation. My first month in office has been spent dealing with many of those issues, and I’m pleased to bring you news of some early victories!

Scripps Ranch has been fighting against a proposal to build over 400 residential units in the Scripps Ranch business park. This project would have exacerbated existing traffic congestion and severe school crowding problems. Save Our Scripps Ranch gathered over 3,500 signatures on a petition opposing the project, and I was proud to stand by the community. The project has been withdrawn and the business park will retain its industrial zoning, though the School District is proposing a new middle school on the site.

We fought a long-standing illegal drag racing problem by enacting an ordinance allowing the closure of Trade Place, one of the most popular racing sites, during weekend evening hours. Racers and spectators will be subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and six months in jail. This last weekend, police impounded 13 vehicles and arrested several racers. If this test case continues to be successful, we will enact closures on other popular drag racing streets.

We’ve resolved a conflict at the City’s aquatics complex, located at Miramar College. Mira Mesa contributed $3.6 million and Scripps Ranch contributed $350,000 to the construction of the pool. Unfortunately, there have been scheduling conflicts with Miramar College. We established a committee to negotiate swim times that work for everyone and give the community value for its generous investment in the pool complex.

I will bring you news of further accomplishments in the next few weeks, and I will continue to meet with community leaders and attend community group meetings. It is my hope that this term of office will be remembered for its high energy and its ambitious pursuit of your needs.

My highest priority is giving you first-class service from your City Council office. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 619-236-6655 with any issue that is of concern to you. My representative for Scripps Ranch is Tom Daglish.

Meet Your Councilman

City Councilman Phil Blair, representing Scripps Ranch, is available for individual appointments with residents in the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. Please contact Tom Daglish in the Councilman’s office to make an appointment at 619-236-7026.

SR Schools Get a Literary Leg Up from Cabrillo

The second annual Legs for Literacy 5K-run around Miramar Lake raised approximately $7,500 for Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School’s literacy programs. Cabrillo Credit Union, a local business with its headquarters in Scripps Ranch, provided key support for the run by sponsoring the only water venue on the course and by having support staff.

Cabrillo has been supporting Scripps Ranch schools and community through Partnerships in Education programs for the past three years, has participated in mentorship programs, underwrote Marshall Middle School’s first-ever talent show, and helped sponsor last year’s 4th of July ice cream social.

Thanks Cabrillo for your continuingly steadfast support of our community through your many contributions of time and financial resources. We notice, and your efforts make a difference in our community. Thanks for choosing Scripps Ranch to locate your headquarters.

Dance Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

Scripps Dance Center (SDC) will be performing a fundraising gala on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 and 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch High School theatre. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital Convalescent Home. We will be transporting children from the Convalescent Home to attend our dance performance.

If you would like to make a donation in any amount to Children’s Hospital Convalescent Home, please make your check payable to Scripps Dance Center with a notation that it is a donation to the Children’s Hospital Convalescent Home. Checks can be mailed to the Scripps Dance Center, 12265 Scripps Poway Parkway, San Diego, 92064. If you have any questions, please call the Center at 695-9989.

Pomerado Community Band Presents Holiday Concert

The 65-piece Pomerado Community Concert Band will present its 10th annual Christmas program, Celebration of Holiday Music, in the Poway Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm. The theater is located at 15498 Espola Road in Poway.

A program of traditional and contemporary holiday music, which is sure to please everyone, has been chosen by Director Dean Hickman. Ticket prices are: adults, $10; seniors, $7; and children 12 and under, $7; and families, $25. See you there for the holiday spirit.

SR Theater Reviewed

What do Legends, Invitation to a March, and Bermuda Avenue Triangle have in common? In each, the two female leads are in that wonderful age known as middle, that is between 35 and 65. Legends and Bermuda Avenue Triangle have one other factor in common. That factor is Jane Harris. In each of the three plays, there is an interesting, occasionally feisty, relationship between the leading roles.

Jane Harris is Tess, an Irish Catholic, strong in her beliefs, rigid in her interpretations. Tess’s condo-mate is Fannie, portrayed by Phyllis Cohen. Fannie and Tess have lost their husbands a few years before moving to the Bermuda Avenue Retirement Condos. Their daughters Angela (Scripps Ranch resident Karen Robinson) and Rita (Lynne Goodman) have brought them to this tropical paradise in Las Vegas. Ms. Robinson and Goodman give fine performances in their short roles. Their characters prove that the younger generation just doesn’t understand the older generation.

Both of the older women are complainers. Oy, are they complainers! The condo, with set designed by Ted Calkins with painting by Rosemary King, appears to be a Miami reject replete with green palm tree and pink flamingo walls as well as a kitchen that looks like a cabana.

The representative of the condo association, Rabbi Levine (amusingly portrayed by Andy Andrews), is a bit aghast at the ladies and their ways. Andrews can say so much with a simple look and the roll of his eyes as well as his broader silent reactions.

Fannie and Tess’s lives get severely jolted when Johnny, David Rethoret, enters their lives. Johnny is a delightful con man. In a short period he ingratiates himself into their existence. Not only does he borrow money from them, he becomes each’s lover. Rethoret’s portrayal is strong, balancing his con side with his more serious side. What Johnny does efficiently is bring out the youth that has been hiding within both widows.

Of course the plot thickens in this adult comedy. Ms. Harris and Cohen are a delight giving very convincing performances. Their transitions from dowdy widows to flamboyant lovers was aided by Kate Kelly’s outrageous costumes. Lighting design by Karen A. T. Horn and Michael Shapiro’s sound design added to the quality of the production.

Husband and wife playwrights, Joseph Bologna and Rene Taylor, created a crisp script balancing the humor of the various situations with moments of pathos. They captured the inherent conflict between the generations in the mother/daughter scenes. SRT, however, gets a D- for leaving the playwrights names out of the program–for in the beginning there is only the “word.” For information about SRT, call 578-7728.

Chin Helps Raise Funds for Burn Institute

Family Karate students were able to give back to the community by participating in the Annual Breakathon in September. Karate students raised money for the Burn Institute by securing sponsors for their board breaks. Family and friends of Alexander Chin, 4th grader at Miramar Ranch Elementary School, donated over $230 to the Burn Institute. Alexander fulfilled his commitment to his sponsors and broke boards at the breakathon with exceptionally strong side kicks. Alexander has been studying taekwondo for the past 2 1/2 years and is a serious recreational paintball player, as a member of the local Team Vengeance.

Santorini Grill Opens

We are pleased to welcome a new Greek restaurant to Scripps Ranch, Santorini Greek Island Grill. Santorini, Home of the Lost Atlantis, is a beautiful island in southern Greece. Santorini Grill is a new restaurant in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. In addition to a lovely, simple restaurant, Santorini’s also offers full service catering and dinner delivery service. The menu includes Mediterranean fare including salads, pita sandwiches, a variety of platters, and inviting desserts. For more information, call the owners, Takis, Charlie, and Katina Vartelas at 693-8300.

New Novel Published by Ranch Resident

Frances H. Bachelder, Scripps Ranch resident of 20 years, has published a new novel, The Iron Gate, through Minerva Press in London. The story is a mystery structured around Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The author blends reality with fantasy in a truly enthralling manner.

The time is the 1920s. William Crampton returns to his New England hometown to pursue his dream of establishing his close-knit community’s first library. Many unforeseen problems arise, including the 1929 stock market crash, followed by the Great Depression. A love story emerges between William and his closest friend and housekeeper, Jessie.

Minerva, the publisher, says, “The book vividly re-creates the small-town ambience of a now mostly disappeared way of life, when each necessarily vital member of the community knew and cared about the other’s business.” Sounds like a great story! Don’t miss it!

Mrs. Bachelder, who attended the University of Massachusetts and Purdue University, lives in Scripps Ranch with her husband, Dr. Stanley Salwak.

Highest CPA in SR

Congratulations to Stacy Elledge who scored first in the nation on the Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA) examination. Ms. Elledge received a gold medal award from CIRA for her proficiency–only the 7th such award since 1992. Congrats Stacy!

Scripps Ranch Info Center Now Open for Business

The Scripps Ranch Information Center is now open to serve the needs of Scripps Ranch residents who have questions about the City or the Ranch, or who would like to avoid traveling downtown to do some of their City business.

Located on Cypress Canyon Road, just north of Marshall Middle School, the Center is open daily (M-F) with City staff who can answer questions and accept payment for many of the standard City permit services.

Current hours of operation are 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday; and 1 to 5 pm on Friday. The Center is closed for lunch on Monday through Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm.

The Info Center had served as the sales pavilion since 1993 for the McMillin and Brookfield development of Scripps Ranch Villages. As they neared buildout, they graciously offered to donate the building to the City and community. Built at an original cost of over $1 million, the building quickly became a landmark in the community.

The late architect Robert Baitch designed the 2400-square-foot building in the Adam style of buildings constructed in the early 1800s in Alexandria, Virginia. Sandra Perlatti, Vice President of Marketing at McMillin, noted that the building has won many design awards over the years, and is destined to become a community gathering place, much as courthouses, city halls, and cathedrals are throughout the country.

In dedicating the Center, Mayor Susan Golding said, “When I first took office, I said I wanted to see a network of community service centers so people wouldn’t have to travel all the way downtown to take care of their city business.” This is the 13th one of its kind throughout the City, though because of its donation to the City, it is the only rent-free facility.

Other speakers at the opening included newly appointed City Councilman Phil Blair and City Manager Michael Uberaga, both Scripps Ranch residents. Phil was presented with his certificate of appointment by Mayor Golding, and Mike commented about living in Scripps Ranch that, “the quality of life here is like no other.”

The challenge of getting the Center up and going fell to Director Clay Bingham who has done an outstanding job of working with McMillin, the City, and the community. If anything, the building looks better now than it did prior to being cut in thirds and transported a mile east of its original location. Past SRCA President Wes Danskin echoed the feelings of many residents in saying that, “McMillin and the City deserve huge kudos for accomplishing what many of us over the past 7 years dreamed of happening.”

SRCA already has begun staffing the building with volunteers to help answer the myriad of community questions that residents ask. If you would like to help, please call SRCA Info Center Coordinator Gloria Tran at 547-3955. And take a moment to stop by; we think you’ll be impressed. Thanks Clay and Victoria!