Miramar Dam Opens for 4th of July Run and Ride

As all Scripps Ranch walkers, runners, roller-bladers and bike riders know, the path around Miramar Lake has been closed since 2001. However, the Scripps Ranch Old Pros, working with Councilmember Brian Maienschein and the city of San Diego Water Department, have once again successfully negotiated the opening of the dam gates for this year's 4th of July Run and Ride.

While the Old Pros are proud to work with such a dedicated group of people to get the gates opened for even a short period of time, it does not come without a price. For security and safety reasons, numerous police officers must be stationed around the dam.

The agreement between the Old Pros, the Water Department, and the State Department of Health Services also provides that only run and ride participants, wearing the participant identifier, may circumnavigate the lake. In other words, you must sign up for either the 10k or the 12-mile bike ride in order to cross the dam on the 4th of July.

While the dam agreement has added significant cost to the 4th of July Run and Ride events, the Old Pros have not passed this cost along to participants. The Old Pros encourage everyone to join us on the 4th of July Run or Ride as we celebrate Independence Day. Applications were distributed with the June SRCA Newsletter, or you can print one from [].

Scott Brown

Miramar Water Treatment Plant Construction Update

Phase II of the upgrade and expansion of the Miramar Water Treatment Plant at Miramar Lake is near completion. This phase will be completed in July, six months ahead of schedule. Phase III, commonly known as Contract A, of construction started last fall and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2007.

Some of the Phase II improvements include the newly paved and landscaped parking lots. The total number of paved parking spaces increased from approximately 216 in the main lot to approximately 264 spaces over the total site, including the newly paved lot west of the entrance road. That's a 22% increase!

Building of the new restrooms at Miramar Lake is also progressing. Visitors to the lake will soon be able to use the new, "state-of-the-art," fully accessible, family-style facility. The new restrooms will provide unisex cubicles containing sinks, toilets, and enough room to change clothes.

The restrooms are scheduled to be operational by September. Please note that the current restrooms continue to be fully operational during the construction of the new facility. If you have any questions about the recent improvements or would like further information, please contact Espe Escobedo at 619-533-6607 or [[email protected]].

State Route 56 Opening

State Route 56 opens in mid-July, according to the mayor's office. As of press time, the specific date had not been announced. There will also be a community festival before the long-awaited opening. Check the SRCA website at [] for updates.

SR 56 connects Interstates 15 and 5. It is expected to help ease traffic on Mira Mesa Boulevard and Miramar Road.

Fire Station 37 Contest

The firefighters at Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 would like to invite community residents to design the logo that will be worn on the back of the firefighters on-duty T-shirts. This is the first time in the fire department's history that the fire chief has allowed this to take place.

The really great thing about this is that the firefighters are excited about this and want the residents of Scripps Ranch to be a part of history in the making.

This is how it works:

  • Submit a 12" x 12" design with the words "Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37" on it;
  • The design could depict the Cedar fire, community landmarks, trees, Miramar Lake, a fire engine, or a combination of all. Basically, use your imagination;
  • The design period starts Thursday, July 1, and ends Wednesday, Sept. 1; and,
  • The firefighters will select three designs, and a prominent community member will make the final selection on Thursday, Sept. 16.

The resident whose design is selected will be invited to the fire station, along with three guests, for dinner. Please remember to put your name, address, and phone number on the back of the design.

Submit all designs to Fire Station 37, A Division, 11640 Spring Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92131, or simply drop it off at the fire station. Once entered, all submissions belong to the firefighters at Station 37 and will be put on display at the station. If you have any questions, call Captain Warren Geiske at 538-8136.

Captain Warren Geiske, Fire Station 37

Symphony in the Park Thanks Business Sponsors

In June the Symphony in the Park volunteers hosted a "Thank You!" reception for our business sponsors. Without their support, these concerts would not be possible. Our benefactors and patrons play a major roll in financing the bands, our sound, and the publications for our concerts in the park.

In addition, more than 50 "Business Friends" provide their support along with many residents. What I find amazing is how often we see these names--not just as we drive through the Ranch, not just as we read through this Newsletter, but over and over again as we see who sponsors events for our children, our schools, our civic groups, and our neighborhood improvements.

These businesses have shown their support repeatedly for the Symphony in the Park; the fact that they support our community so generously is outstanding. We hope you'll show them your appreciation if you have the opportunity. At this time we would like to give special recognition to these businesses for their generous support:

Our Benefactors

  • Walter Andersen Nursery
  • Jim Berns, Realty Executives
  • StoneBridge Estates, a new community by Corky McMillin Companies and Brookfield Homes
  • Scripps Ranch Civic Association

Our Patrons

  • Cush Automotive Group
  • Filippi's Pizza Grotto
  • L & S Pension Services, Gary Berman
  • Neil Berkowitz, M.D., and Ruth Nelson, M.D.
  • Paulette and Frank Deniston, Prudential California Realty
  • Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club
  • Scripps Ranch Women's Club
  • Scripps Mortgage--Phil, Bob, Mark, and Jayne
  • Terra Forma Landscape Company

Please refer to your program for a complete list of all our supportive friends from the business community and the families who support us as well. We couldn't do this without all of you!

Join us on Sunday, July 18, at 6 pm in Hoyt Park for a fun evening. Jungle Boogie will present an array of `70s popular hits. Following them on our stage will be `80s All Stars with a full lineup of the most popular hits from that time.

Questions? Contact one of our chairs: Joyce Wulkowicz at 566-4206 or Scott Pritchard at 578-2436.

M'Lu Colbourn, Volunteer

New Post Office in

Scripps Ranch

This has been a year of endings and new beginnings for Scripps Ranch residents Robert and Camille Smith and their four children, Robert III, Jasmine, Solomon, and Isaiah. Robert and Camille are a unique couple; both are retired United States Marine Corps officers, Camille ending a 21-year career in May. They have served our country, while making an impact in our community.

The Smith's, business owners in Scripps Ranch since early 2000, are opening a United States Post Office at their Mail-N-More located in "The Ranch at Scripps Trail." Robert and Camille have sought to bring this post office to our community for more than a year. The Smith's are grateful for the help and support of Councilmember Brian Maienschein and Bob Dingeman.

The new post office is located at 10299 Scripps Trail and is open Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm and Saturday, 9 am-1 pm. Mail-N-More provides post office services at post office prices, and offers notary public, copying, and more. Mail-N-More opens in July.

Host a Student

Homestay International Educational Foundation offers Scripps Ranch families the opportunity to host Japanese students for an 18-day summer stay beginning Saturday, July 31. The middle- to high school-aged students study English at the "English Academy" in Japan. To host a student, please contact Vicki Hargis at 271-6880.

Thank You, Sammy's!

It was my pleasure to again facilitate the contribution of Sammy's Woodfired Pizza's recognition to all teachers in our Scripps Ranch schools for California Day of the Teacher in May. For the third year, Sammy's presented a $20 gift certificate to every teacher. Please thank Sammy's for their continued support of our young students and our community.

Bob Camacho, San Diego City Schools and Scripps Ranch Old Pros


An Act of Kindness

I am a Little League manager on the Ranch and was in the process of warming up the boys prior to the start of our game on a Monday evening. I was assisting with the "soft toss" phase of our warm-ups when a ball that had been hit caromed off a post on the chain link fence and struck me just above my right eye. The wound created a lot of bleeding and potentially needed stitches.

Dr. Shawn Bissonnette, the majors division representative, happened to be near our field. He quickly assessed my situation and felt that treatment could wait until after the conclusion of our game. Shawn then said he would make a "house call" and treated my injury in the comfort of my home.

This act of kindness saved me much time and expense that would have been spent in the emergency room. Also, Dr. Bissonnette has three children at home who needed his attention with homework and preparing for the next day.

Given our busy lives, this was an incredible gesture of goodwill and friendship that I will always remember. In this age of "production line medicine" it's wonderful to experience personalized treatment. Thank you once again, Shawn, for all your help. This is another example of the outstanding community in which we live.

Bruce Breslau

Resident Honored

Scripps Ranch resident, Dr. Annette R. Smith, was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the San Diego chapters of the National Association of Social Workers and the California Society for Clinical Social Work at their annual awards dinner in March.

Annette received her masters degree in social work at UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in sociology at UCSD. She retired in 2003 after 43 years of clinical practice, program development, administration, and teaching.

Annette's most notable accomplishments were in the areas of mental health and addictions prevention and treatment. For 10 years prior to her retirement, she served on the faculty at SDSU.

She remains active as a volunteer with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-San Diego affiliate. Annette also served as a volunteer for SRCA's Project Phoenix after the fire.




Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

Summer is here and we at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School want to thank all of our regular shoppers for your continued support of our Farmers Market and Art Festival. There are many of you on the south side of the Ranch that haven't experienced our wonderful family festival.

Summer is the perfect time to bring the whole family for breakfast or lunch, produce, arts and crafts, music, inflatable slides and jumps, cotton candy and shaved ice, a clown balloon artist, a caricature artist from SeaWorld, and so much more. We even encourage you to bring your dogs and try our doggie treats booth featuring doggie ice cream.

We give free booth space for any children's schools, programs, and events. If you are a preschool, boy or girl scout troop, or other such organization, please contact us so we can help you fundraise. We are also looking for artists and crafters and children's performing groups.

For more information, contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]]. Also, visit our website at [].