Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

Traffic Issues

The SDG&E construction along Pomerado Road and the Water Department construction along Scripps Lake Drive continue to cause substantial disruption. Construction near Marshall Middle School was not quite complete before school opened. In addition, it will continue along Pomerado Road for many months.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s office worked with the California Highway Patrol for enforcement against illegal U-turns on Pomerado Road. The SRPG raised issues with the noise and accident potential of the steel grates that cover open trenches and the rough pavement where the trenches were supposedly patched. SDG&E is addressing these issues.

Pure Water

The draft environmental impact report (DEIR) on the proposed pipeline from the Eastgate Water Treatment plant to Lake Miramar was released on Sept. 7. It is available at www.sandiego.gov/water/purewater/purewatersd/reports.

The original route that proposed going through the Technology Park has serious impacts on businesses there. Alternatives are identified in the DEIR but are more expensive. We continue to work with the Water Department to try to reach a favorable route compromise. Meanwhile we are preparing comments on the DEIR for a vote at our Thursday, Nov. 2, meeting. The comment period closes on Nov. 7.

Soccer City

At our August meeting the SRPG heard a presentation on the GoalSD plan for a soccer stadium and mixed development at the Qualcomm Stadium site. An opposing view was presented at our September meeting by “Public Land, Public Vote.” (See www.publiclandpublicvote.com).

GoalSD plans to use a ballot initiative for voters to decide the issue. The opposing group claims that ballot initiatives bypass many of the environmental and public review processes. The SRPG has not yet taken a position on the proposal, which will be on the ballot in 2018.

Technology Park Subdivision

Our group received a proposed subdivision of Lot 4 of the Technology Park to divide the existing parcel into three separate parcels each with one building. We are requesting more information from the city before voting at our October meeting.

SRPG Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our next meetings are on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, and are open to the public. Visit www.scrippsranch.org/SRPG for notices and agendas. If you have questions, email me at [email protected]

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Projects in Our Area

As of press time, there were no updates on the school district’s Scripps Mesa Joint Occupancy proposal’s environmental impact report’s (EIR) public comment responses. That’s the four-story apartment complex proposed for the Innovations Academy site at Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway.

The Watermark project on Scripps Poway Parkway near Interstate 15 is still undergoing the review approval process with the city’s Development Services Department to finalize the permits.

We expect to vote on the new Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) proposed budget in the next months. MAD maintains certain areas of our public rights of way landscaping through the city’s Park and Recreation Department.

Busy Time for Fire Department

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s (SDFD) Urban Search and Rescue has been assisting the devastated areas in Houston and Florida. Our crews not only helped during the catastrophic hurricanes but in the recovery efforts as well.

Since August the SDFD increased the number of on-duty firefighting crews, staff, and fire apparatus in our city because of the hot weather and low humidity. Years of drought coupled with heavy rains this past winter created significant fuel for potentially dangerous wildfires. If any brush needs to be cleared in the city’s open spaces, please contact Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office at 619-236-6655.

Thank You, Alex!

We would like to send out a special note of appreciation to Alex Vivona, the councilmember’s Scripps Ranch representative. Alex is pursuing other opportunities, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will miss his dedication and utmost professionalism.

MRNPC Meetings

The next MRNPC meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The next Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) subcommittee meeting is on the same day and location at 6 pm. We have board member openings on the MRNPC. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please attend our next meeting.

If you have any questions, email me at [email protected] Also, visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair