Season of Hope

Important news for fire-affected residents: Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi is coming back to Scripps Ranch, just as he said he would during his first visit. He will meet with the community on Friday, Apr. 23, at 6 pm in the Marshall Middle School Auditorium. Please see page 15 for information on what displaced residents should bring to the meeting. That evening from 4:30 to 6 pm, we will have a barbecue outside the auditorium, and the commissioner has been invited to join us.

As many people are aware, insurance is an obstacle to rebuilding for many folks. We thank Commissioner Garamendi and his staff for their responsiveness to our community concerns.

While a majority of fire-affected residents are going through the lengthy process to start rebuilding, one fire-affected family is in their new home. The Karvounis family moved in just in time to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversay. Congratulations! I think this is a sign of hope for our community.

We welcome an important person to our community--Detective Dana Ellis, the new full-time police presence at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS). She was assigned to SRHS amid concerns by parents, students, administration, and the community about violence on campus.

Our Special Report this month focuses on SRHS. We talk with Principal Bobbi Forcier about the students' achievements and the challenges that face the school. Thank you, Bobbi, for your time and candidness. This important report starts on page 30.

If you're over 50, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) desperately needs you. The RSVP serves an essential role and helps augment the police. Please consider it. Page 25 has details. This is one thing I would love to do in 25 years or so when I meet the age requirement. And if you believe that one...

Another way to help your community is to volunteer for the SRCA Board. SRCA District 5 needs a representative. Check out page 5 to see if you live in that area, and if so, please consider volunteering your time.

If you ever wondered why you should join the SRCA, I urge you to read the letter we received along with a Gold Level Corporate Sponsorship. It brought hope to me that more folks will feel this way and help the SRCA help the community. Read it on page 5, and then I hope you take action and join the SRCA.

This year the SRCA has so many Community Pillars, who contribute at least $50, and Corporate Sponsors. We wanted to thank them, so take a look at the list that starts on page 7. If you run into anyone on the list, please let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing for your community.

No one likes to think about domestic abuse, but it happens. This month's Spotlight on Scripps Ranch may be a bit disturbing, but it highlights the need for our community to support the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary. The good news is that with your help, victims have hope for a good future. See page 49.

Is your child safety seat installed properly? Even if you think it is, it would be worthwhile to visit the Child Safety Seat Check at the Information Center on Saturday, Apr. 10. Page 25 has details.

As you may know by now, children's causes are near and dear to my heart. Now there's a way to help kids and have a great time doing it. Don't miss the Children's Hospital Auxiliary's Viva Las Vegas event. Details are on page 25.

Another "don't miss" event is Dingeman Elementary School's Spring Carnival. What better way to spend a few hours and help a Scripps Ranch school at the same time. See pages 44 and 45.

Spring is my favorite time of the year. I think it's a season of hope and new beginnings, filled with beauty as the flowers start to bloom. Enjoy it!

Gloria Tran, Editor