Undergrounding Project

As reported in the Newsletter a few months ago, the City of San Diego has designated to have the existing overhead electric wires converted to underground on Scripps Lake Drive. The project was accelerated a year to accommodate the improvements to the water treatment plant and the associated road improvements on Scripps Lake Drive. By moving the project up, the city saved approximately $500,000.

The poles have distribution and transmission wires on them. Scripps Lake Drive is currently very congested with existing underground utilities--multiple water lines, sewer, telephone, gas, and electric. Therefore, only the distribution wires could be placed in Scripps Lake Drive. An alternate route was required for the transmission facilities.

As the map below shows, the electric transmission facilities will be undergrounded beginning on Scripps Lake Drive south of Scripps Ranch Boulevard, continue past the high school, and then turn east on Scripps Ranch Boulevard to Ironwood Road.

The distribution trench route will begin on Scripps Lake Drive just east of the existing commercial park and continue to the east edge of Miramar Ranch Elementary School (MRE). There will also be some trenching down Red Cedar Drive from Scripps Lake Drive to just past Aviary Drive. This undergrounding will eliminate all the poles and wires on Scripps Lake Drive, as well as the poles that transverse behind the elementary school, through backyards and open space, down to Ironwood Road.

SDG&E contract crews worked on the trenching around MRE during the holiday break to reduce the impact to the school. The remaining trenching will begin mid-January and continue until early May. The biggest impact will be when the trenching is performed on Scripps Lake Drive. The digging there will be slower because of the existing utilities and the hardness of the ground.

Once all the trenching is complete, the cabling portion of the work is anticipated to begin mid-May and be complete by early July. The removal of overhead facilities and poles should take place from mid-July through August.

When our undergrounding project is complete, the City Water Department will be able to complete the road improvements between the new entrance and exit to the lake. Additionally, the city will repave or resurface any of the roads where trenching was performed.

The city has set up a project hotline where residents can call if they have questions. The number is 619-533-3841.

Jany Staley, Sr. Governmental Liaison, SDG&E

San Vicente Pipeline Update

The San Vicente Pipeline Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is scheduled to be completed and certified this month. The Water Authority's board of directors is scheduled to certify the SEIR and consider project approval at a board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15. The time of the meeting will be posted on the Water Authority website on Thursday, Jan. 8.

Water Authority board meetings are open to the public and provide an opportunity for members of the public to address the board. The final document will be posted on the Water Authority's website at []. Copies will also be at the Scripps Ranch Information Center and the Scripps Ranch Library.

Replacing Streetlights

If you notice a streetlight out, you can report it to the City Street Division for repair. You can report an outage by visiting [], then on the left side, click on "Request a Street Repair." You can also call 619-527-7500.

Recycle Batteries!

The holidays are now over and, undoubtedly, many gifts were received that require batteries. Rechargeable batteries are far more economical to use than single-use batteries. Many batteries contain toxins that pose a potential threat to your health and the environment when disposed of improperly.

To heighten the awareness of the negative impact rechargeable batteries can have on our environment, local Scripps Ranch boy scout Bobby James and his fellow scouts have started a recycling rechargeable batteries awareness campaign. It's all part of a conservation award program.

For more information, visit []. To find local rechargeable recycling centers, visit []. If you would like more information, contact Boy Scout Troop 663 at 566-4518.

Fall Kindergarten Playgroups

If your child enters kindergarten in the fall, two playgroups are starting so the kids can make friends before starting school. Wouldn't that ease the transition?

For kids who will attend Miramar Ranch Elementary School, call Lori Erlenbach at 566-2804. For those starting at EBS, contact Gloria Tran at [[email protected]].

Get Fit the "Y" Way!

January is the time to commit to your New Year's resolution, and the YMCA is here to help them come true. If your commitment is trying new activities or if your goal is to return to a regular exercise program, the Rancho Family YMCA offers a variety of programs for the entire family. New members who register before Saturday, Jan. 31, receive up to 75% off the one-time joining fee!

To receive a copy of the Program Guide or for more information, call 484-8788 or visit []. You can also stop by the "Y" at 9410 Fairgrove Lane in Rancho Penasquitos.

The Rancho Family YMCA is also proud to announce new Active Older Adult (AOA) programming. Led by Kristina Fedele, AOA programs will serve the needs of individuals 55+ in the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Sabre Springs, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.

Kristina will work closely with the AOA Advisory Council to address the needs of our active adult population. For more information, contact Kristina directly at 484-8788, ext. 226.

Free Music Performance

The faculty of the Scripps Performing Arts Centre will host the community at a special free performance on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7 pm. A live band will feature the talents of the new music instructors at the centre, and more than a dozen dance instructors will showcase their talents with individual performances.

Studio doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show begins promptly at 7 pm. For more information, contact the Scripps Performing Arts Centre at 586-7834. More information is also available at [].

The studio's 14th annual production of The Nutcracker Suite recently brought nearly 1,500 people to the Scripps Ranch High School theater. More than 150 children, ages 2 to 18, performed in seven shows the first weekend in December.