News

National Night Out to Fight Crime

Dear Neighbor, You are invited to participate in another great Scripps Ranch event—National Night Out 2015 on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Last year your friends and neighbors came together in a tremendous show of unity to prove to criminals that crime in Scripps Ranch does not pay. This year we hope to have even more neighbors participate by turning on their porch lights and turning out on their streets to meet, mingle, and munch. Bring snacks and drinks and enjoy the camaraderie of your neighbors while taking a stand against crime.

We ask that you register your event at www.scrippsranch.org so we can keep track of the number and location of block parties. Just click on the National Night Out logo. We look forward to you helping us make this year’s event better than ever!

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. For more about the SRCA Neighborhood Watch (NW), to sign up for a NW group, and to receive our emails about crimes in Scripps Ranch, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch. To reach us, email [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Protecting Against Embers

Landscaping—as in dead grass—roofs, vents, boxed eaves, windows, fencing, and decks. Want to find out how all of these things can interact with burning embers? Come to the Wildfire Preparedness Forum on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 am to 3 pm at Marshall Middle School, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council.

We will have vendors for the above items to help you understand the risks. Representatives from all the fire and police departments, as well as city, state, and county representatives will be on hand for panel discussions and to answer your questions. We also are working on getting a fire truck and maybe even a fire helicopter. Stay tuned as we continue to add exciting new speakers, vendors, and valuable information. We no longer consider October the beginning of fire season. It is now year-round.

Want to help the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council help you? We hold one fundraiser each year to help pay for events, such as the forum. Our 9th Annual Golf Tournament is on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8 am at the Vineyard golf course in Escondido. Check www.srfiresafecouncil.org for more information on both events.

Scripps Ranch Boulevard Part of 1,000 Mile Repaving

Earlier this year I joined Mayor Kevin Faulconer when he announced his goal to repave 1,000 miles of San Diego streets in the next five years. Well, they say a journey begins with a single step, and in July we took the first step toward that 1,000 mile goal by repaving the first mile. The first 300 miles of the plan include Scripps Ranch Boulevard just east of Carroll Canyon Road, which is scheduled to be repaved later this year. Overall, one third of city streets will see major repairs by 2020.

If you see a street issue you would like to report, contact your new Scripps Ranch community liaison, Alex Vivona, at 619-236-6655 or [email protected]

Meet Alex Vivona: I know you were all sad to see the wonderful Tiffany Vinson leave my staff. We wish her well in her exciting new role with the city’s Office of Homeland Security. I want to introduce Alex Vivona (above), my new community liaison for Scripps Ranch. Alex graduated magma cum laude from the University of California San Diego with a degree in international studies emphasizing in political science. He has been interning in my office for the past six months and has become a valuable part of the team. I hope you will reach out to Alex for all your Scripps Ranch needs. He is ready and willing to help. Again, contact him at [email protected] or 619-236-6655.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Internship Opportunity

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein is proud to extend internships to senior high school students in the 77th Assembly District. Students learn about California government, which will help improve their public speaking, writing, and research skills. The Scripps Ranch community has been an active participant in the District Office Internship Program. Our most recent Scripps Ranch interns were Andrew Erickson, who is transferring to Texas Christian University (TCU) as a sophomore in the fall. Also, Ethan Anderson will attend Arizona State University’s Honor Program as a freshman in the fall, and Brandon Mitchell will be a freshman at Washington State University.

Brian and Scripps Ranch will always have a special bond, and he is honored to provide internships for these remarkable Scripps Ranch students who all have bright futures. We are accepting resumes for the 2015 fall semester for Scripps Ranch seniors. Internship space is limited, so please call us at 675-0077.

Intern Wins Award

I have been interning with the Republican Party for more than a year, and in June at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner, I was awarded Intern of the Year. Republican Party chair Tony Krvaric made the announcement in front of 700 people, and I was given a plaque. I had no idea I would win any award of that stature!

My journey started in May 2014 when I attended a speaker series event about jobs in the fields of law enforcement and government. After the event I went up to one of the speakers who worked for the Republican Party. She gave me an application for an internship with the party as a “Junior Political Coordinator,” and within two weeks of turning in the application, I started my internship.

I do a variety of things: make calls to volunteers; create spreadsheets; take inventory of office supplies; attend monthly meetings with other Republicans; and sit at voter registration booths at places around San Diego County, such as the Del Mar Fair. It has been a great work and social experience. I’ve learned how to interact with colleagues in an office and networking environment.

I’ve met many elected officials, such as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer—that’s me with him above. I’ve also networked with business leaders from around the county, which has helped me improve my people skills and my maturation into adulthood. It is very rare for someone to start an internship such as this one during high school, but I wholeheartedly recommend it. Being younger may be a challenge at first, but as time passes, you adjust to working with more experienced people. I understand what it’s like to work your way up from a starting position to a higher level in an organization.

Alex Seda, SRHS 2015 Graduate

Only Two Summer Concerts Left—Don’t Miss Them!

We are having a wonderful season of Symphony in the Park! It’s gone by so quickly, and we only have two left for this summer. The August concert will be our ninth featuring Bill Magee with Bayou Brothers. Our host for this concert is Cymer—thank you for your support.

During this season please note the recycling bins placed around Hoyt Park. It is a project organized by several members of Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Troop 8631, who are working on their Silver Award. The project is aimed at raising awareness about our environment, and the money they generate through recycling will be donated to worthy causes.

These concerts are organized by volunteers who rely on your contributions to keep this not-for-profit organization going. So if you enjoy these great events, please show your support with a donation. Just visit www.symphonyinthepark.org.

All concerts are on Sunday at 6 pm in Hoyt Park. Here’s the schedule:

  • Aug. 9—Bill Magee with Bayou Brothers, concert host: Cymer
  • Sept. 13—The Mighty Untouchables, concert host: Associa, N.N. Jaeschke, Inc.
  • Dec. 6, 5 pm (note the earlier time)—Holiday concert and Santa, concert host: Sharp

To find out more about the Symphony in the Park, visit our website noted above. For real-time updates, become a friend on Facebook. Just search for “Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park,” and “Like” us to show your support. Also, be sure to thank our concert hosts for helping bring music to the park. Their help is invaluable to continuing this tradition.

For those new to the area or who have not heard of our concerts before, we bring live music to the community and give back to Scripps Ranch schools with donations to their music programs. The concerts are a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Spread the word this season, invite someone who hasn’t been before, and perhaps consider donating. If you haven’t contributed before, these concerts rely on your donations every year. We thank the community for its continuing support.

Kate Northcote

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

The Scripps Ranch High School football teams look forward to giving our community an exciting season. With new leadership, new uniforms, new spirit, and new faces, it’s going to be a great year! Under the direction of co-head coaches Mike Moran and Roger Engle, the SRHS football program has many players returning to the varsity and junior varsity teams. Also, there are lots of new players and freshmen eager to make a name for themselves and earn a starting position.

Starting in the spring and continuing into summer, Falcon football players have been working out in the weight room to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Coaches and players have run through drills and strategy to get a head start on the season.

There is added enthusiasm this year with a pre-season game in Livermore, CA, against Granada High School. Varsity and JV football players, as well as their families and cheerleaders, worked hard to raise funds for this Labor Day weekend trip.

On Tuesdays—Aug. 4, 11, and 18—the SRHS Football Booster Club and parent volunteers will hold grilling fundraisers at Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, 10051 Old Grove Road. You will be able to buy burgers, hot dogs, brats, and links along with locally crafted Ballast Point beverages. Please stop by and support the team!

Sponsorships and stadium banner advertising still are available. Please visit the Football Booster Club website at www.SRHSfalconfootball.org for details. Varsity game tickets are available at the gate.

2015 SRHS Home Game Schedule

Varsity

  • Friday, Aug. 21*—vs. Rancho Bernardo, 7 pm, preseason scrimmage
  • Friday, Sept. 11—vs. Serra, 6:30 pm, Pop Warner Night
  • Friday, Sept. 18—vs. Bonita Vista, 7 pm, Homecoming
  • Friday, Oct. 23*—vs. Point Loma, 6:30 pm, Faculty Appreciation
  • Friday, Oct. 30*—vs. La Jolla, 6:30 pm, Senior Night

Junior Varsity

All games are at 4 pm

  • Friday, Aug. 21*—vs. Rancho Bernardo, preseason scrimmage
  • Thursday, Sept. 10—vs. Serra
  • Friday, Sept. 18*—vs. Bonita Vista
  • Thursday, Oct. 1—vs. Hoover
  • Friday, Oct. 23*—vs. La Jolla

Freshman

  • Thursday, Aug. 27—vs. West Hills, 4 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 24—vs. Mira Mesa, 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 8—vs. Madison, 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 15—vs. Mission Bay, 4 pm

*JV and Varsity Friday double-header

Pete Staab, SRHS Football Booster Club President

Scripps Ranch Star Pitcher Honored

Congratulations to Scripps Ranch High School alum Dana Sorensen. The softball superstar has been inducted into the 2015 Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame. Dana attended Stanford from 2000–2004 and is one of the best pitchers in Stanford history. While playing at the university, she had five no-hitters and two perfect games.

She led the Cardinals to the Women’s College World Series twice during her time there. Until the 2008 season, Dana held every pitching record at the school!

She pitched in the National Pro Fastpitch League and was a member of the U.S.A. Softball Elite Team in 2005. Dana earned bachelor degrees in sociology and communications at Stanford and a master’s degree in exercise and sport science at North Carolina. She has been an assistant softball coach at UC Davis and Oregon State, and is now co-owner of a sports consulting firm in San Diego and does private pitching instruction.

Dana will be honored at a reception at Stanford in October. Congratulations!

SR Farmers Market Outdoor Shopping and Dining

We hope you are having a fantastic summer. We want to remind you that the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1:30 pm for your shopping and dining convenience. If you are looking for a place to meet friends and family for breakfast or lunch, stop by our new bistro food court, with tables and umbrellas, live music, and terrific food.

We offer certified farmers and vendors weekly, but we also try to have new vendors each Saturday. Visit us while the fresh-picked summer fruits are in season. For details, visit www.SRFM.org.