New Middle School Design Task Force

Mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 16. It is the date for the first Design Task Force meeting for the new middle school in Scripps Ranch. As a member of the Design Task Force, you can voice your ideas about the design of the new school. Scripps Ranch residents, civic leaders, parents, school administrators, and students are welcome to participate.

The Design Task Force meetings will be held at Marshall Middle School, 11778 Cypress Canyon Road, from 7-9 pm on the following dates. Plan to attend all five meetings if possible:

  • Monday, Dec. 16;
  • Monday, Jan. 6;
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22;
  • Monday, Feb. 3; and,
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Trittipo Architecture and Planning, a well-known California K-12 educational architecture and planning firm, will facilitate the meetings. Through the interactive "design charette" process, the architect will guide the Design Task Force. Representatives from San Diego City Schools, the city of San Diego, and members of the school district’s Education Specifications Advisory group will also attend.

The middle school will be located adjacent to Alliant International University. The concept for the community-oriented, 36-acre hillside campus includes three multi-level academic "houses" of 533 students each.

The Campus Center will include administration, exploratory learning and physical education facilities, a multi-purpose and performing arts facility, and a library. Outside space will include play fields, parking, and open space. The updated Middle School Educational Specifications will guide the design. You can review copies of these specifications and the Final Environmental Impact Report at the meetings.

If you have any questions about the Design Task Force, please contact Jim Geldert, project manager, at 637-3503 or [[email protected]].

Fixing Our Streets

Our council office has received from the city a list of Scripps Ranch streets to be slurry sealed. The list is below. The anticipated start date is May or June 2003, with the project ending in July.

  • Albury Court;
  • Alderbrook Drive–from Cross Creek Terrace to Ridgewater Lane;
  • Atwood Court;
  • Ballystock Court;
  • Caminito Dulce;
  • Caminito Festivo;
  • Cassowary Court;
  • Charbono Point;
  • Cohansey Road;
  • Cross Creek Terrace–from Alderbrook Drive to Ridgewater Lane;
  • Cypress Canyon Park Drive–from Cypress Canyon Road to the end;
  • Cypress Canyon Road–from Cypress Canyon Park Drive to the end;
  • Cypress Terrace Place;
  • Cypress Woods Court;
  • Cypress Woods Drive;
  • Doverhill Road;
  • Eastridge Court;
  • Eastridge Place;
  • Eastview Canyon Way;
  • Eastview Court;
  • Eastview Point;
  • Eglantine Court;
  • Fronsac Street;
  • Gatemoore Way;
  • Grape Fern Court;
  • Hall Meadow Road;
  • Hasbrook Road;
  • Larmier Circle;
  • Legacy Road;
  • Lindly Court;
  • Loire Avenue;
  • Loire Circle;
  • Loire Court;
  • Melton Court;
  • Montaubon Circle;
  • Montaubon Way;
  • Mulgrave Road;
  • North Brookville Drive–from Spring Canyon Road to Hall Meadow Road;
  • Petenwell Road;
  • Pickford Road;
  • Pinot Noir Circle;
  • Poche Point;
  • Poinsett Road;
  • Ramsdell Court;
  • Red Cedar Way;
  • Ridgewater Lane;
  • Riesling Court;
  • Riesling Drive–from Semillon Boulevard to Loire Avenue (North);
  • Roxboro Court;
  • Roxboro Road–from Scripps Creek Drive to Roxboro Court;
  • Sauterne Place;
  • Scripps Creek Drive–from Poinsett Road to Gatemoore Way;
  • Sherrard Way;
  • South Brookville Drive–Spring Canyon Road to Ramsdell Court;
  • South Brookville Drive–Hall Meadow Road to North Brookville Drive;
  • Sunset Ridge Drive–Scripps Lake Drive to Timberlake Drive;
  • Swan Canyon Court;
  • Swan Canyon Place;
  • Swan Canyon Road;
  • Swanson Court;
  • Tampere Court;
  • Tinsford Road;
  • Tipperary Way;
  • Twinleaf Court;
  • Twinleaf Way;
  • Waldorf Way;
  • Waterton Road;
  • Watkins Court;
  • Wills Creek Road–from Scripps Creek Drive to Walking Fern Cove; and,
  • Wincheck Road.

If your street is not on the list and you feel it should be, contact the SRCA.

Stolen Fire Radios

Two new Fire Department portable radios are believed to have been stolen from the fire engine while it was parked at our Fire Station 37. They are both Motorola model XTS5000 radios. The serial numbers are 720096 and 720099. The first was taken September 12, and the second was taken October 10.

The reason this is so important is that after the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the recent international situation, the thefts seem too coincidental to be random thievery. If anyone has any information, please contact the San Diego Police Department immediately at 619-531-2000.

Maienschein’s Freeway Committee to Focus on I-15

When I first came into office in December 2000, I made it known that working to resolve traffic problems needed a new and innovative approach. That is why I formed the Freeway Congestion Strike Team, which I co-chair with Mayor Dick Murphy. The Strike Team is the first governmental body in San Diego devoted solely to addressing and resolving traffic problems that plague our freeways and roads.

Ensuring the completion of State Route 56 (SR56) was the first priority for the Strike Team. All required parcels are now owned by the city, the project is fully funded, and the contractor for the middle segment of the freeway began construction nearly a month ago. SR56 is on schedule to open in July 2004.

With SR56 on schedule, I have directed the Strike Team to turn its focus toward improvements planned for Interstate 15. Three segments of improvements are scheduled, with the first one to receive funding and approval for construction extending from Ted Williams Parkway to Centre City Parkway.

This project will include the operational improvements of added lanes and auxiliary lanes by 2005. It will also include the installation of managed lanes in the middle of the freeway where changeable lanes–like on the Coronado Bridge–will provide extra capacity to the south during morning peak commute times, and to the north during rush hour in the evenings. Relieving congestion to the north of Scripps Ranch should make commutes easier for everyone entering and exiting I-15 from Pomerado Road to Scripps Poway Parkway.

This project is scheduled for completion in 2008, but I will do everything possible to advance the schedule. I am constantly monitoring specific deadlines. I am also in constant contact with CalTrans officials and project managers to assist with any issue that may prevent even the most minor delay.

The Strike Team committee meets every other month on the third Thursday at 9 am on the 12th floor of City Hall, 202 C Street in downtown San Diego. The next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 21. The public is always invited. For more information, please call my office at 619-236-6655.

Attention Dog Owners

A great many of us are conscientious dog lovers, who not only adore our pets, but also clean up after them in public places. We keep others safe and comfortable by keeping our dogs on their leashes. Unfortunately, there are a few who unwittingly stray from the norm.

The following are two problems in which we need your help at Spring Canyon Park/Dingeman Elementary School fields. First, there have been a few dog owners who have neglected to "pick up" after their dogs on the Dingeman playground, which is also Spring Canyon Park. This problem could result from losing track of off-leash dogs and the piles they leave. This creates a real problem, especially during recess because of both odor and messy shoes.

Secondly, the Dingeman administration says that for those who do conscientiously pick up their dog’s waste at the Dingeman fields, thank you very much! Not to sound ungrateful, however, please do not deposit it in the garbage cans at the entrance to the school near the office.

This creates a very unpleasant odor problem for the staff, administration, students, and parents. Everyone is working to be environmentally conscious. Garbage cans should not be emptied until full, and it helps if they do not contain doggie waste from the park.

Thanks so much for all your efforts!

December Symphony in the Park

This will be your only reminder for our final Concert in the Park for 2002. Our Holiday Concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Hoyt Park at 5 pm. For those of us who have made the December concert part of our holiday tradition, the luminaries lighting the paths in Hoyt Park are a blissful reminder of previous gatherings with friends and neighbors to celebrate this joyous time of year.

You can bring your chairs, your lap blankets, and a thermos of hot chocolate to make the evening even brighter. The Christmas carols and traditional holiday songs will be sure to get you in a holiday mood. Isn’t it great that we have such a special way to begin December in Scripps Ranch?

See you at Hoyt Park–at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake Drive–on Sunday, Dec. 1. Additional questions may be addressed to our chairs, Cheryl at 578-2536 or Phill at 693-1761. Hope to see you at our last concert of the year!

This is the 13th year for HodgePodge Arts and Crafts for Kids! Your kids participate in this fundraiser by having fun making up to 10 "keepable crafts." Among the crafts made in past years are kids’ quilts, bubble stationary, handmade kites, Valentine cards, "My Hand Print" poem, heart magnets, and Danish paper ornaments. The kids also enjoy face painting, music, and refreshments.

HodgePodge is for kids ages 4-13. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12:30-4 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library community room. Reservations are a must, so please sign up early as space is limited. Reservation forms are now available in the library. The cost is $10 per child.

A lot of fun means a lot of work. That is why 40 adult volunteers are needed to work on this popular event, which has become a Scripps Ranch tradition. Proceeds benefit the library’s collection of new books and the ongoing children’s programs. Please volunteer; it’s fun! For more information, call the library at 538-8158 or Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679.

Scripps Ranch Madrigal Dinner

Our first Madrigal Dinner, held last December, was very successful. We would like to make it a Scripps Ranch tradition, and this year’s event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

We will again have a beautiful catered meal and superb entertainment provided by Scripps Ranch High School’s Women’s Ensemble–as ladies-in-waiting and servers–and the Choral Ensemble–as members of the Royal Court. There will also be assorted troubadours, monks, knights, jesters, and a few fine instrumentalists.

Our award winning singers, directed by the talented Nancy Shirley, will usher you into the holiday season with their special songs and medieval festivities. If you have never been to a Madrigal Dinner, do not miss this chance!

The dinner will be in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Guests will be announced as they arrive, beginning at 6:30 pm, with entertainment and dinner starting at 7 pm. We request that drivers park in the lot at the end of Meanley Drive, dropping off passengers as necessary at the library first.

Tickets are $25 per person, or $23 each for groups of 6 or more. They must be ordered in advance or purchased from one of our choral members. Please call Cathy McGuire at 653-5253 for information, or visit the school’s website at [] to download an order form and directions. Any proceeds will benefit the SRHS Choral Music Department.

Fantasy On Ice

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and SENTRE Partners invite you to experience Fantasy On Ice. It is a wonderful way for you and your family to glide through the holiday season.

Fantasy On Ice is more than a chance to ice skate in a festive outdoor ice rink. It is your opportunity to help the Cancer Care Center at Children’s Hospital.

  • Dates: Thursday, Nov. 2-Sunday, Jan. 26;
  • Times: Open daily from 10 am-10 pm, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas; and,
  • Skating: $6, with $2 skate rental.

The ice rink is located at 225 Broadway, Horton Square, adjacent to Horton Plaza. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 pm, there will be a Tree Lighting and live television program featuring all the San Diego-style holiday festivities. For more information, please call 966-5887

Scripps Ranch Girls to Star in The Nutcracker

Local ballerinas Tara McDonald and Marissa Petit will share the lead role in the Scripps Ranch Performing Arts Centre 13th annual production of The Nutcracker. The girls will play the part of Clara, a young girl who falls in love with a mythical prince. Each girl will perform two of the season’s four performances.

Ten-year-old Tara McDonald, a Scripps Ranch resident and 5th grade student at Jerabek Elementary School, has been dancing since age three. Performing in The Nutcracker for six years, she played the role of Soldier Doll in last year’s production.

Marissa Petit, a 5th grader at Mission Bay Montessori Academy, is also a Scripps Ranch resident and has been dancing since she was three years old. This will be Petit’s eighth performance in The Nutcracker. Starting out as a snowflake in her first production, Petit has advanced to more significant roles.

Performances are set for Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 7, and 8, at the Scripps Ranch High School auditorium. Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Ticket prices are $16 per person. The cost is $10 for scouts and other service groups of 12 or more. Call 586-7834 for information or visit []. Proceeds go toward a new college scholarship for a Scripps Ranch High School student.

Candidates Forum

The SRCA held its annual Candidates Forum in October to help residents learn about candidates running for local office.

We are printing the candidate’s statement of Jay La Seur, which arrived too late for inclusion in the October Newsletter. Jay is running for State Assembly in the 77th District, in which the Scripps Ranch residences south of Pomerado Road will be located after the census redistricting takes effect in December.

Jay La Suer–State Assembly, 77th District

Since his election in November 2000, as well as throughout his law enforcement career and as a member of the La Mesa City Council, Jay has been an advocate for strong public safety programs, local government control, and no new taxes and fees.

As vice chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Jay has been successful in authoring, and getting signed into law, legislation that protects families and children from sexual predators and other violent criminals.

Born in Kansas, Jay grew up in San Diego and El Cajon, attending Grossmont High School and graduating from El Cajon High School. He served in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

Then, he joined the San Diego Police Department. After receiving a B.A. in Public Administration, he joined the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in 1970. He retired in 1995 as undersheriff, second in command to the sheriff.

Jay entered politics in 1990 because of his frustration with the constant increases in taxes and fees. He successfully ran for the La Mesa City Council, where he served for 10 years until his election to the State Assembly.

Among the awards he has received, he was recently presented with the "Legislator of the Year" award from the California Independent Grocers and Convenience Store Association. He plans to continue his fight against high taxes, rates, and fees. Additionally, he will continue to author legislation designed to keep our families and children safe.

Jay has been married to his wife Lynn since 1963. They have two daughters and three grandchildren, who reside in East County.



Family Justice Center

In a first for the nation and with an innovative approach to the problem, City Attorney Casey Gwinn and Police Chief Dave Bejarano are working closely with the San Diego Domestic Violence Council to launch a new initiative called the Family Justice Center. Working with city and county elected officials, state and federal government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and corporate and community leaders, the Family Justice Center will bring together approximately 100 domestic violence professionals.

The Family Justice Center will house under one roof the Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, the City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit, and other medical and domestic violence professionals to work as a single team.

The advantages are many. No longer will victims be traumatized by telling their story over as they move from one agency to another. No longer will the sophisticated offender slip through the cracks because of caseload volume, lack of resources, or lack of communication.

As you can imagine, coordinating an effort this large across so many agencies and jurisdictions is a very daunting task. This Family Justice Center promises to be a large step forward in the effort to stop domestic violence. If you would like to learn more or contribute to the effort, please call us at the Scripps Ranch Information Center at 538-8200 or 538-8210.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager