Neighborhood Watch: Scripps Ranch Crime Rate

While it seems we had an uptick in residential crime because of the holidays, Scripps Ranch’s crime rate is low compared to other San Diego neighborhoods. For crime stats from January to September 2015, go to www.sandiego.gov/police/services/statistics/index.shtml and select “Actual Crimes by Neighborhood.” According to this report Scripps Ranch had 13 residential burglaries in those nine months. Citywide, there were 2,657, which means we had less than one-half of one percent of the total, an extremely low percentage. Give yourselves a pat on the back for keeping your homes safe.

As for vehicle crimes—theft and vandalism—we had 70 compared with 5,055 citywide. That’s 1.38%, still very low.

Don’t invite criminals into your home. Many burglaries are crimes of opportunity, so roll up the welcome mat.

  • Don’t leave your garage remote control or valuables in your locked car unless you park it inside your locked garage. If they get your remote, they can get inside.
  • Lock your side garage door and the door from the garage to your home.
  • Lock your side gates. Burglars prefer to break into the rear of a home where they can stay out of sight.
  • When someone rings your doorbell or knocks, make it clear you’re home. Don’t open the door but shout through it. It’s possible someone is casing your house.
  • Do not let a solicitor or any stranger into your home to demonstrate a product or service. You are putting your personal safety at risk.
  • Be a good neighbor. If you see your neighbor’s garage door open when it appears the household is asleep or away, call them to let them know. You may prevent your neighbor from becoming a victim.

Call the San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) non-emergency line at 858-484-3154 immediately if you see suspicious activity. Give as many details as possible. Call 911 if you see a crime in progress or if you feel fearful. Program the SDPD non-emergency number in your cell phone.

To join SRCA Neighborhood Watch and receive our neighborhood crime updates via email, go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch and register. To reach us, please email [email protected] Have a safe, happy 2016!

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Repairing Storm Drains in Scripps Ranch

You may have seen a news story showing a damaged storm drain behind homes on Rue Chantemar in Scripps Ranch. For several years now, there have been two storm drain failures on the south side of Pomerado Road and a third was just discovered. Two of the storm drains run underneath homes. The city repairs have been held up due to budget and environmental issues. I am advocating for the replacement of these storm drains and others. The need is heightened by the anticipated El Niño storms.

This year I was successful in securing funding for the project’s preliminary design, meaning the scope of the project and the proposed schedule still are being developed. The preliminary design phase began in the fall and routinely takes around six months to complete.

The city is currently considering whether the relocation of the Rue Chantemar storm drain away from residential property is a practical and cost-effective measure. I also am working with staff to secure additional funding so construction can begin when the design and permitting phases are completed.

In order to speed up the project the City Council voted to recommend that clogged storm drains be declared States of Emergency. We are requesting regulatory relief from state and federal levels so we can take necessary actions to prepare San Diego in the event of an El Niño storm event.

On a related note, the city is coordinating with the National Weather Service to monitor forecasts. This information will be used to initiate “Storm Patrols,” crews from the Storm Water and Street divisions that are mobilized to patrol assigned areas and inspect and clean key drains and locations in advance of and during storms.

If you see any flooding that concerns you, especially in the canyons behind homes where storm drains may be located, contact the city’s Public Works Dispatch Center immediately at 619-527-7500. As always, you can contact my office for assistance on any issue at 619-236-6655.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Come to Play!

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center just expanded its hours to provide more free and low-cost youth and adult programs to Scripps Ranch. Programs for kids include basketball, arts and crafts, and Parents Night Out. Programs for adults include Fundamental Pickleball and, in the spring, a Bingo Night. The recreation center also offers open-play basketball, volleyball, and pickleball for all ages.

For more information on how to register for classes online or in person and the open-play schedule, please visit www.sandiego.gov/park-and recreation/centers/recctr/scripps.shtml and click on “Program Guide” to see our current class offerings and open-play schedule. You also may contact the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center staff at 538-8085. Please note that hours of operation and open play are subject to change without notice. Contact staff ahead of time for current hours.

St. Gregory the Great Rummage Sale

The Sister Parish Outreach Ministry will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the St. Gregory the Great parish hall at 11451 Blue Cypress Drive. Doors open at 7 am and close at noon.

Come early for the best selection on all items: children and adult clothing and shoes; household items; kitchen appliances; china; glasses; furniture; toys; bikes; games; books, CDs, and DVDs; jewelry; art; antiques and collectables; sporting goods; and tools. You will find quality items at low prices. All are welcome!

 The 5th Annual Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch is in the works! A Kick-Off Celebration will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

All community members are invited to join in the festivities as we look forward to this summer’s event and unite in our fight against cancer. For more information, contact Prima Bernabe, event chair, at [email protected], or visit www.RelayForLife.org/ScrippsRanchCA.

Scholarship Available

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship, established in memory of Sean Maloy to recognize a student with an exemplary commitment to community service. The $500 scholarship is offered each year to a senior who lives in Scripps Ranch. The deadline is Thursday, Mar. 31. For more details, contact the San Diego Foundation at www.sdfoundation.org, Karen Christian at [email protected], or your high school counseling office.

New SR Business: The Filipino School

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the good news about The Filipino School at 9845 Erma Road, Suite 200. It is a new school that was inaugurated by the ambassador of the Philippine Republic who came from Washington, D.C., to cut the ribbon. Please visit our special school.

We teach students in four different levels: elementary; middle school; high school; and college and beyond, which is a course that examines the beauty of the interwoven relationship of Filipino history, culture, and language. This special class takes students on a journey starting from their current level of knowledge and building upon that understanding of “Being Filipino.” The goal is to bridge generational and cultural gaps, thus allowing graduates to have workability for future needs of local community and country.

We have special activities scheduled every now and then for Filipino Americans and the community, as well as special cultural attractions. Please visit www.thefilipinoschool.com for information. We have graduated two groups of students in the four levels. Classes also have been offered on Saturdays. We will start new Saturday two-hour sessions on Mar. 5. Please call Carole Caparros at 864-4057 or email [email protected]

Estela C. Matriano, Executive Director/Co-founder