Fire Station Grand Opening!

Finally finished! Come and join us in celebrating the completion of the new Scripps Ranch Fire Station number 37 at 11640 Spring Canyon Road. Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1-6 pm. There will be refreshments and entertainment. If you made a tile it will be on the wall but if you didn’t, a booth will be on site. The crews have restored many antique pictures and equipment on loan from the Fire House Museum downtown that will be displayed. This is our opportunity to thank the community for its support and help to get this fire station built and furnished. The crews of the old Fire Station 37 wish to give recognition to those groups and individuals who have contributed, so please come and enjoy yourselves with us on Saturday.

Fall Clean-Up a Huge Success

This Fall’s Clean Up Day was such a success that the three dumpsters furnished by I Love A Clean San Diego were filled by noon much to the dismay of a few residents who came after the dumpsters had been hauled away. We will ask for four dumpsters for the Spring Clean Up in April. Although the advertised time was from 8 am to 1 pm, from now on, we will need to include the statement “or until the dumpsters are full.”

A special thanks to Jeffery Rosefsky of ILACSD who secured the dumpsters and permits for our use. Some of the Scouts from Troop 6l6 cleaned the sidewalk area and the area adjacent to the sidewalk between Mountain Glen Terrace and Brooktree Terrace along Scripps Lake Drive. Some Cub Scouts from Pack 614 also cleaned up as well as some students from Dingeman School and some individuals.

Thanks to the Kiwanis members Dave Andrews, Jim Farrier, Jim Felix, Arman Freeman, Mike Pollard and Herman Wong who helped direct and unload vehicles and to Blue Skies, Goodwill who filled one truck and the city chipper truck.

Holidays on the Ranch

The Holiday season is here and as we celebrate in our own ways the joy of being in a free country, we should continue to count our many blessings despite the horrendous happenings of the last few months. Here are some of the marvelous activities planned for the month. Hope to see you!

Symphony in the Park Christmas Concert–Sunday, Dec. 2

Follow the luminaries on Sunday evening, Dec. 2, as they light the pathway down to the grass in Hoyt Park for a traditional Christmas concert, scheduled to begin at 5 pm. This is our last concert of the year, and it will be one of our best opportunities to share the warmth of the Christmas spirit with family and friends. More than ever, this year, we all need this time to think about our good fortune living in such a special community, and to join together in song as we prepare for the season. The concert is scheduled early in the month, before things get too busy, so think about spending this one evening with your family and your thermos of hot chocolate beside your neighbors. The music will do us good. Your voices will add to our joy. Your presence will reinforce the good feelings we all get when we take part in simple, seasonal traditions. Let the words of time-honored Christmas carols fill your hearts with good tidings, too. See you in Hoyt Park!

December 3-15

The Scripps Ranch Information Center will host a series of holiday celebrations with a decorated Christmas tree compliments of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros. Plan to bring the children with an ornament or decoration for the tree to the Center and enjoy this wonderful new addition to our community. We will also be collecting canned goods for the needy.

December 7-8

2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Gala Fundraiser sponsored by resident Kelley Grant and her dancers from Scripps Dance Centre (SDC), will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, 7 pm, at Scripps Ranch High School. Proceeds will help rebuild the Escondido Humane Society Shelter that was destroyed in a fire late last year.

Come and enjoy a great holiday dance program and know you’re helping a great cause! For more information, call SDC at 695-9989.

December 11

Come to the Library Center at 7 pm for the Annual Scripps Ranch Recognition Night at which we honor and recognize the many volunteers who collectively work to make Scripps Ranch such a fine family community. You will enjoy a wonderful time thanking some terrific people. Dorothy Mildice our Chairwoman, always arranges for some fabulous treats for all. We will be announcing the Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year for 2001.

December 16

Annual Jerabek Park Holiday Celebration and Community Christmas Tree Lighting sponsored by our Girl Scouts under Heidi Brown starting at 4: 30 PM. Bring your unwrapped Toy for Santa to give to the Toys For Tots Program run by the US Marine Corps Reserve. Patches for all participants as well as delicious hot chocolate and cookies prepared by the Girl Scouts. We will also have, for the first time, Music provided by the Marshall Middle School Music Department a real treat as we sing carols and holiday songs. Bring your blanket and a warm jacket.

Be Safe This Holiday Season

The San Diego Police wants to remind all of us when we go shopping to place our purchases in the trunk and lock the trunk; don’t use the back seat. Always lock your car and do not place your purse or other valuables under the seat.

It’s wise to keep your garage door closed and locked to prevent spontaneous theft or access to your home.

The San Diego Fire Department asks that you check the electrical extension cords for your Christmas trees before you turn on the tree. Fires in household Christmas trees are devastating.

When you finish with your tree please take it to one of the two collection points, one in Hoyt Park and the other in the Community Park.

Your care will help make this a Happy Christmas Season. Merry Christmas to you all!

Want To Join The SRCA Board?

Do you want to join the Executive Board of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, and participate in improving the Quality of Life on the Ranch? There are currently openings for District Reps for Districts 13 & 15, the Gateway & Spring Canyon Park districts. District 13 presents an opportunity to be the initial DR, as this new District contains the new homes on the streets emanating from Scripps Highlands Dr, Trail Crest Dr, and Winding Ridge Dr north of McBurney Ridge Lane. It extends north to Scripps Poway Parkway, including the Gateway Industrial site at the Southeast corner of Scripps Poway Pkwy. and I-15.

District 15 stretches from Scripps Creek Dr on the east, Scripps Poway Parkway on the north, and Spring Canyon Rd. on the South and East. This District includes both Dingeman and EBS Elementary Schools sites, as well as Spring Canyon Park.

District Reps act as the voting “eyes & ears” for their neighbors at the SRCA Board meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the SR Library. In addition, they get to volunteer for one of the many year-round SRCA events such as the 4th of July Parade, the May Community Park Fair, Clean-up Days, etc…. Finally, they assist fellow neighbors with general QOL issues, occasionally interfacing with City of San Diego employees to assist in solving issues and/or defining potential options/solutions.

If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the wonderful Scripps Ranch community, please call Gordon Boerner at 689-2411 to find out more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity.

Welcome New District Directors.

We welcome two new District Director s to the SRCA: District 1 Mike Gaviland and District 9 Anita Wolff. Thanks for stepping up!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

A Madrigal Dinner (holiday feast and musical entertainment) will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, presented by the Scripps Ranch High School Choral Music Department, under the direction of Nancy Shirley. This type of dinner has been a very popular holiday tradition in many areas, and we hope to start a tradition here. Seating is limited, but we still have tickets available, and you are invited! The ambience of the evening is one of warmth, laughter, and joy. As guests dine on a delicious, catered meal by the illumination of candlelight, they will be royally entertained by the singers of the Women’s Ensemble and Chorale Ensemble dressed in Renaissance attire.

The event will take place at the Hilltop Recreation Center in Rancho Penasquitos, a baronial hall for the evening. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m., with guests being announced as they arrive.

Ticket Information: $25 per person or $23 each for groups of 10 or more. Must be ordered in advance or purchased from one of our choral members in your neighborhood. Please call 653-5253 for more information, or visit the school’s website to download an order form and directions.

MAD About Miramar Ranch North

After reading the President’s Report in the November Newsletter, I set out to discover where my `MAD’ money goes. There are seven categories of assets that my MAD money maintains: 1) landscaped medians, 2) hardscape medians, 3) right of way landscape, 4) landscaped slopes, 5) gutters, 6) curbs and sidewalks and 7) pocket parks. I’ll give you a hint on the pocket parks: There are three on Spring Canyon Road, one on Cypress Canyon Road and one on Arborside Way.

As you drive through our beautifully landscaped community take a moment to discover what your money supports.

In next month’s Newsletter there will be more information on your `MAD’ money.

Thanks to this Year’s Cush Legs For Literacy Sponsors

The Scripps Ranch High School and Marshall Middle School’s PTSAs would like to thank the Scripps Ranch Community and all the sponsors who made this year’s Cush Legs For Literacy Fun Run/Walk held on Oct. 13 at Lake Miramar a huge success. This year’s event raised over $14,300 to benefit literacy programs at both schools. Thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their contributions and commitment to making Scripps Ranch schools a better place.

Our Title Sponsor

Cush Automotive Charitable Foundation

Our Gold Sponsors

The Corky McMillin Companies and Med Impact

Our Silver Sponsors

Shea Homes

Cabrillo Credit Union

California Closets

Walter Anderson Nursery

US Bank

Our Bronze Sponsors

Scott Ray of ReMax Associates

Mark E. Gold

Geico Direct

Primary Funding

Executive Community Management

Jerome’s Furniture

Fred Christiansen of ReMax United

Solar Turbines

California Bank & Trust

European Kitchen Designs

Scripps Arco

Mossberg &Associates

Thanks to all the Vendors who set up Booths at the Event

On the Border

Bruegger’s Bagels

Sephora

Bank of America

Pat & Oscar’s

Play it Again Sports

McDonald’s

Alta Dena

Starbucks

Zany Brainy

The Haircut Store

Hometown Buffet

Pat Cianflone

Wellness Massage

Ronald Mc Donald

Thanks To Those Who Donated Special Services

AdQuick Banners

The Printing Shoppe

Subway

Academic Dermatology

R.S.V.P.

Kevin Lee and his fellow Balloon Artists

Mail Boxes Etc.

Vons

Zany Brainy

Runner’s World

Coca Cola

Frito Lay

A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success!

Sing We Noel

The Scripps Ranch Madrigal Singers will present their Holiday Concert this year on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 pm at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. The church is located at 11451 Blue Cypress Dr. The program will feature new music as well as traditional favorites. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. Come support this local performing group and enrich your holiday season with cheer, song, and festivity.

The group will also be performing at Christmas On The Prado on Dec. 8 with concerts at the Aerospace Museum at 6:15 and at the Historical Society on the Prado at 7:30. The group is always interested in adding new members, so anyone interested in singing a cappella music is invited to come to a rehearsal and meet us. We rehearse and socialize on Monday nights at member’s homes. Call Dawn Yocom at 566-6164 for more info.

Shane Fitch Takes First

Scripps Ranch resident Shane Fitch, 15, won first place in the “male 17 and under division” of the “America United We Stand” run/walk held Nov. 11 at Qualcomm Stadium. More than 800 participants crossed the finish line of the race/fundraiser. Shane is a sophomore member of The Bishop’s School cross country team. Bravo, Shane!

Scripps Ranch Resident Appointed To County Panel

County Supervisor Pam Slater today announced that she has appointed Scripps Ranch resident Matthew Sparks to serve on a county advisory board.

Sparks was chosen to serve on the county’s Committee for Persons withDisabilities. Slater’s recommendation for the appointment was approved unanimously earlier this week by the Board of Supervisors.

“I’m very pleased that the County is able to have someone of Matthew’s quality on this committee,” Slater said. “I know that he will work hard and will give this committee his best effort. The County depends a great deal on the public service given by many volunteers, and I want to thank Matthew for stepping forward to serve on this committee.” He has a political science degree from UCLA, and is currently employed by Sharp Healthcare. Slater selected him for the appointment because of his interest in providing representation for the disabled community.

Miramar Water Treatment Plant Upgrade & Expansion Project Update

Construction on Phase I of the Miramar Water Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion Project is proceeding well, and is approximately 30% complete. We have started working on the 84-inch pipeline using a tunneling method instead of open trench construction to lessen impacts to traffic on Scripps Lake Drive.

Geological samples taken in the area being tunneled revealed some rather hard rock samples, which means we need to use controlled blasting to fracture the rock and continue digging. The blasts are small, and nearby residents have not communicated any significant impacts. The tunnel operation is being conducted 24 hours a day, and began in mid-October. A warning horn sounds whenever a blast occurs, and in most cases the horns themselves are louder than the blast.

You may recall from previous Newsletters that Phase I is the pipeline work in the street on Scripps Lake Dr. and Scripps Ranch Blvd. Much of the work in the street is finished and we will be resurfacing the street soon. In Phase II, we will see construction at the lake, and a temporary parking area will be put in while new pipelines are constructed under the existing parking area. The last phase of construction will be at the water treatment plant, and will begin when most of Phase II is complete.

If you are bothered in any way by the noise of the construction or tunneling operation, please contact the Water Department’s Capital Program Public Information Line at (619) 533-4679. More information is available online at www.sandiego.gov/water.

Megan’s Law

Did you know that there are twelve “serious” sex offenders registered within the 92131 zip code as of Oct. 26? Sobering information, but more importantly, information that is available and accessible to us through the establishment of Megan’s Law. Briefly, California enacted Megan’s Law in 1996, which provides the public with photographs and descriptive information on serious sex offenders residing in California, who have been convicted of committing sex crimes and are required to register their whereabouts with local law enforcement. The information can be viewed at Sheriff or police stations, on a designated computer screen, with staff monitoring access.

Two locations for viewing Megan’s Law CD-ROM include: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department License Division, 9621 Ridgehaven Rd. 974-2020 available Monday through Friday, 9 am-3pm; no appointment necessary, served on walk-in basis.

Poway Sheriff’s Dept. 13100 Bowron Rd., 513-2800 available Tuesday, 9 am-3:30 pm; appointment necessary.

The allotted viewing time is 15 minutes, with one individual at a time on the computer, although exceptions can be made at the discretion of each office.

Due to the nature of accessing the information, some requirements exist in order to view the CD-ROM. You must be 18 years of age or older (It is advised not to be accompanied by small children); provide a California driver’s license or identification card; sign a statement that you are not a registered sex offender; acknowledge that you understand the purpose of the release of information is for the public to protect themselves and their children from sex offenders; and understand that it is illegal to use the information to harass, discriminate or commit a crime against any registrant; and you must state a distinct purpose for viewing the CD-ROM

Law enforcement officers who specialize in sex crimes believe that the recidivism rate (repeat offense level) for these high risk offenders is greater than 98%.

Hit and Run Accident

On Friday Nov. 9, just before midnight, we had the unfortunate experience of being in an accident with a hit-and-run driver at the intersection of Spring Canyon Rd. and Semillon. My family and I were returning home from a trip to Disneyland when a dark colored sedan ran the stop sign at Semillon and collided with my Volvo wagon. My two kids were asleep in the back and my wife was next to me up front… we’re all O.K, but I think my car is totalled. I hit the left rear of the sedan with the left front end of my car. The vehicle spun around and sped off back down Semillon. We believe the driver was a dark haired teenage male, but we were unable to get the license plate number off the car or make a positive ID. We’d really appreciate any information or help that you may have regarding this crime. Thank you!

Mark Bonney, 530-2222