Miramar Lake Security Public Meeting
Councilmember Brian Maienschein, working with the city’s Water Department, has organized a public meeting to discuss the issue of the fence blocking the recreation path across Miramar Dam. This meeting is designed to provide input to Metcalf and Eddy, the firm conducting security studies of all city water reservoirs. The meeting is on:
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17;
- Time: 7-9 pm; and,
- Place: Scripps Ranch Library community room.
The dam path was closed in October 2001 at the order of the California Department of Health Services. Since then Maienschein has worked with state and city officials to consider options to reopen the path. The security study has been scheduled for several months and is now funded and underway.
The study will conclude this January, and it is important that the impacts to Scripps Ranch and surrounding communities are fully evaluated. Therefore, your presence at the meeting is highly encouraged.
We all understand the need for extra security measures since September 11. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is sensitive to this issue. To better understand the security concerns, the SRCA, working with Councilmember Maienschein’s office, hopes to get the following questions answered:
- What are the exact security threats to Miramar Lake?
- How does fencing the dam mitigate those threats?
Once these questions are answered, the community will have a better idea of possible "workable solutions" that can be presented at this fact-finding meeting.
If you are unable to attend this meeting to share how the dam closure has impacted you and your family, please write to Councilmember Maienschein at 202 C St., 10th Floor, San Diego 92101 or email [[email protected]]. For more information on this issue, please check the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].
Important Schools Meeting
The SRCA Schools Committee invites all parents of school-aged children to attend a public forum to discuss options and recommendations for solving the predicted overcrowding at Marshall Middle School. At the present time Dingeman Elementary School, in a highly successful program, is retaining its 6th graders.
A solution must be secured to meet district revised demographic records. They indicate that a second elementary school needs to retain its 6th graders until the new middle school opens. The meeting information is as follows:
- Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17;
- Time: 6-7 pm; and,
- Place: Scripps Ranch Library community room.
This will be followed by the meeting about Miramar Lake security.
Design Task Force
The first Design Task Force meeting for the new middle school is Monday, Dec. 16. 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.
The meetings will be held at Marshall Middle School, 11778 Cypress Canyon Road, from 7 to 9 pm on these dates:
- Monday, Dec. 16;
- Monday, Jan. 6;
- Wednesday, Jan. 22;
- Monday, Feb. 3; and,
- Wednesday, Feb. 19.
For more information, contact Jim Geldert, project manager, at 637-3503 or [[email protected]].
More than 100 trees were planted citywide on November 16, including some right here Scripps Ranch. Mayor Dick Murphy helped plant the trees and spearheaded the effort. Dozens of people attended the Scripps Ranch event.
The event kicked-off the implementation of San Diego’s Community Forestry Initiative, which calls for planting 5,000 trees per year for 20 years–a total of 100,000 trees. The program will help accomplish three of the mayor’s ten goals: create neighborhoods we can be proud of, clean up our beaches and bays, and pursue energy independence.
To become a sponsor of San Diego’s Community Forestry Initiative, email [[email protected]] or call 619-236-TREE (8733).
Ice Cream Social
Come celebrate the season at the Information Center’s Holiday Open House and Ice Cream Social. It is on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Councilmember Brian Maienschein will attend. The Information Center is located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.
Information Center News
Please accept from your Scripps Ranch Information Center staff–Mike Young and me–our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and New Year. The Information Center has had a lot of growth this year, and we could not have done it without you.
Special thanks to our friends in the SRCA for all of their help and support. A special thank you to the SRCA’s Community Pride Chair Victoria Mazelli who changes our decorations each season.
Our Service Center Program has started a new outreach effort. Each month our 15 centers mail a welcome package to new homeowners and businesses. The package includes council district and community information, along with brochures on city services.
The Service Center Program is considering offering occasional Saturday passport services. We would like to know if you are interested. Call us at 538-8200 and let us know.
The Information Center will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, Dec. 25, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Clay Bingham, Center Director
New Mail Pickup Location
Scripps Ranch now has a new location to pick up your mail. This is for notice-left parcels, signature mail, postage-due mail, and vacation-hold mail.
The new Scripps Ranch Carrier Annex is located at 10060 Willow Creek Road. The hours of operation are:
- Monday to Friday: 9 am-4 pm; and,
- Saturday: 9 am-2 pm.
You can no longer pick up your mail at the Mira Mesa Post Office. However, there are no retail services at the new location. Questions? Call 530-9004.
The city will repair some sidewalks in Scripps Ranch early next year. The sidewalks are at the following locations:
- 10769 Frank Daniels Way;
- 12498 Grainwood Way;
- Across from 12589 Kingspine Ave.;
- 10249 Pinetree Drive;
- 10261 Pinetree Drive;
- Northwest corner of Pomerado Road and Willow Creek Road;
- 10358 Rue Chamberry;
- Across from 11810 Timberlake Drive;
- Across from 11820 Timberlake Drive;
- Across from 11830 Timberlake Drive; and,
- North side of Timberlake Drive, 100′ east of Sunset.
The addresses listed are used mainly as a point of reference. Any repairs that need to be made along the length of the sidewalk will be fixed.
Tennis Courts Vandalized
The two public tennis courts in Jerabek Park are continually being vandalized. Somebody keeps cutting a hole in the southwest corner of the perimeter fence. A much easier and less expensive access to the courts can be had by calling the phone number listed on the sign above the front gate. You will be given the lock combination.
A police report has been filed regarding the vandalism. Also, the San Diego Police Department beat officers have been asked to patrol the tennis court area more frequently.
Once you gain access to the courts, please wear proper tennis shoes. Someone is using shoes with black soles, which are leaving permanent marks on the recently resurfaced courts. Please, no skateboarding, roller blading, or scooter riding on the tennis courts.
Woman’s Ring Found
A woman’s ring was found on Red Cedar Drive. Please leave a message at 635-9115, along with a description of the ring. Thank you.
A lot of fun means a lot of work. That is why 40 adult volunteers are needed to work on HodgePodge 2003. This popular event has become a Scripps Ranch tradition. Proceeds benefit the Scripps Ranch Library’s collection of new books and the ongoing children’s programs.
This is the 13th year for HodgePodge Arts and Crafts for Kids! Your kids can participate in this fundraiser by having a fun time making up to 10 "keepable crafts." HodgePodge is for kids ages 4-13. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12:30 to 4 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room.
Reservations are a must. Please sign up early, as space is limited. Reservation forms are now available in the library. The cost is $10 per child. Some of the crafts they have made in past years are: kids’ quilts, handmade kites, rainmakers, Valentine cards, My Hand Print poem, heart magnets, and Danish paper ornaments. The kids will also enjoy face painting, music, and refreshments. For more information, call the library at 538-8158 or Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679.
CUSH Legs for Literacy
The Parent Teacher Student Associations (PTSA) of Scripps Ranch High School and Marshall Middle School, along with all four elementary schools, want to thank the community and all the sponsors that made this year’s CUSH Legs for Literacy Run/Walk a huge success. With 506 participants, the event raised over $15,680 to benefit literacy programs at all Scripps Ranch schools.
Thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their contributions and commitment to helping Scripps Ranch schools:
Our Title Sponsor:
- CUSH Automotive Charitable Foundation.
Our Silver Sponsors:
- Cabrillo Credit Union;
- Karen Quarles of Coldwell Banker;
- Solar Turbines; and,
- Walter Andersen Nursery.
Our Bronze Sponsors:
- Mark E. Gold, M.D., F.A.C.S.;
- Primary Funding;
- Shea Homes;
- Fred Christiansen, ReMax United;
- John Grim, D.D.S.; and
- California Bank and Trust, Scripps Ranch and La Mesa offices.
Thanks to the vendors who set up booths:
- On the Border;
- Bruegger’s Bagels;
- Bank of America;
- The Wave;
- Pat and Oscar’s;
- Play It Again Sports;
- Planet Smoothie;
- Zany Brainy;
- The Haircut Store; and,
- Country Girl Nutrition Shoppe.
Thanks to those who donated special services:
- ADQuick Banners and Signs;
- Academic Dermatology;
- Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol;
- Kevin Lee and fellow balloon artists;
- Mail Boxes Etc;
- Scripps Ranch Farmers Market;
- Keebler; and,
A special thank you to Councilmember Brian Maienschein, Liz Salvato, all of the principals and vice principals of SRHS, Marshall Middle School, and the four Scripps Ranch elementary schools, and all the volunteers who helped make this event a success. Hope to see all of you back again next year!
Tina Bagnas, SRHS PTSA President
Audition For a Play!
Do you want to be involved in Scripps Ranch Theatre? Fatal Attraction is casting. There are roles for: 3 women in their mid-30s to 40s; and, 3 men in their mid-30s to 50s. People who wish to audition will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Auditions will be held:
- When: Monday, Dec. 9, and Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm;
- Where: Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University; and,
- Questions: Contact Raylene at 597-9021 or Tisha at 619-925-9039.
Fatal Attraction is a thriller written by Bernard Slade. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, through Saturday, Mar. 1.
Dancers Give Back to the Community
This year, Scripps Dance Centre (SDC) brings us the Jazz Nutcracker with music from Duke Ellington, along with several classic variations from Tchaikovsky. SDC’s annual Holiday Gala is on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 pm and 7 pm, and again on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5 pm at Scripps Ranch High School. For information or tickets, call 695-9989.
For the past three years, SDC dancers, under the direction of Kelley Grant, have performed their Holiday Gala for the benefit of various charities. SDC has donated more than $20,000 to Children’s Hospital, the Escondido Humane Society, Scripps Ranch High School, and scholarships for the arts.
This year SDC will again donate proceeds from their holiday concerts to several charities throughout San Diego; each performance will benefit a different charity. Join us as we celebrate the hard work of our young dancers.
Fire Station 37 Wins Award
We always knew our Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 was gorgeous, now it is official! The fire station won the coveted Orchid Award for its architecture. It is part of the annual nonprofit Orchids and Onions countywide design program. The San Diego Fire Department received the award. The design was done by Jeffery Katz Architecture.
Scripps Ranch Journalists Win Press Club Awards
Roger Showley, a staff writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, received a first place award for his personality profile, "Alex Spanos: Hate Losing," at the San Diego Press Club’s Annual Banquet in October. He also won a second place award for his article, "A Place of Their Own," and a third for the article, "East Village Ramblings." These were all in the daily print division.
Elinor Reiss, Sentinel reporter and columnist–About Scripps Ranch–won a first place award for her series on the early days of Scripps Ranch. The three articles were: "Moving Out to the Boondocks," "Jeraback, Jerabeck, Jerabek: Just Call Him Jerry," and "Trouble Comes to Camelot." She competed in the nondaily print category.
[Ed note: Elinor is the SRCA Newsletter’s people editor. Congratulations, Elinor!]
Market at the Ranch
As a photojournalist for KGTV Channel 10, Tim Gaughen is no stranger to live action. Still, the Scripps Ranch resident, along with wife Anna and daughter Sarah, have added even more action to their lives. They are the proud new owners and operators of Market at the Ranch in the newly renovated Scripps Trail Center near Jerabek Park.
Tim is busy remodeling and renovating the shop’s interior, while Anna uses her merchandising skills to fill the store with popular high quality goods. They have even added a fresh produce department. All three take turns at the register with no shortage of smiles for customers.
"We’re big on personal service, but that’s easy when your customers are your neighbors. I can’t believe people are actually thanking us for opening the business!" Tim exclaimed.
New Owners for the Candy Bouquet
Bob and Chris Rubin, long time Scripps Ranch residents, are the new owners of the Candy Bouquet on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. "It’s fun owning a candy store and creating fun gifts," said Chris Rubin, "My boys think it’s great."
While creating the actual Candy Bouquets will remain a priority, the Rubins will also carry high-end chocolate and truffles. "We have Sharfen Berger from San Francisco and Bissinger from St. Louis already in the store," said Chris, "and we are exploring other brands."
The Candy Bouquet specializes in bouquets for all occasions, including corporate gifts, birthdays, holidays, and weddings. Please call 689-2766.
Marine For Life Program
The Marine Corps prides itself on the fact that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine. Now, a new national Marine Corps program, Marine For Life, aims to link Marines leaving active duty with veteran Marines and Marine-friendly businesses and organizations back home. Hopefully, this will help Marines make the transition back to civilian life.
The program was officially launched this summer in 45 cities across the country. Each local Marine network is managed by a reserve Marine known as a Hometown Link. The San Diego region has three Hometown Links–Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Miramar Air Station, and Camp Pendleton.
This Marine serves as a point of contact for transitioning Marines moving to the area and coordinates the local network of veteran Marines and Marine-friendly organizations. Please contact Major David Fennell at 619-253-3360 or [[email protected]] for more information. You can also visit our website at [www.marineforlife.com].
Caring For Your Lawn During Fall and Winter
Scripps Ranch is known for its trees and greenery. But, during fall and winter, many of your plants are not growing as much or are starting to shed their leaves. This process is called dormancy. Although all plants have different schedules for dormancy,–Camellias have vibrant winter blooms when most Sycamore trees have lost their leaves–every plant needs to rest sometime.
A common mistake is to equate the brown leaves of a living plant as a sign of neglect, when in reality the plant may be dormant and may require less water. While it is important to keep the soil moist at lower depths to promote root growth, over watering may rot roots and kill plants.
Lawn grasses need different amounts of water as the seasons change. For instance, an average lawn may need to be watered 60 minutes each week in July, but only 20 minutes per week or less in January.
Some warm season grasses, such as common Bermuda grass, have their dormant period when the weather is cold. During the winter months, Bermuda grass will turn brown no matter how much water you give it. Although you want to maintain some moisture in the soil to keep the roots from drying out, you can usually turn off the sprinklers until the weather begins to warm up.
The key to caring for plants and grass through their resting phase is to consider other techniques. They include: adding mulch, which reduces evaporation and retards weed growth; clipping off diseased leaves; and, adjusting sprinkler schedules to seasonal changes.
To create a customized irrigation schedule for your plants and lawn, visit [www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation]. This website offers free access to a Landscape Watering Calculator that helps you estimate the right amount of water for your garden.
The Water Conservation Program reduces water demand through promoting or providing incentives for permanent water savings. For more information about water conservation, visit [www.sandiego.gov/water] or call 619-515-3500.
Luis Generoso, Water Resources Manager, City of San Diego
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