Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG)

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group held its regular meeting on Aug. 2.

No Further Repaving of Pomerado Road

The SRPG was surprised when SDG&E unexpectedly revealed that there is no further plan to restore Pomerado Road between Avenida Magnifica and Interstate 15 after installation of the Sycamore-Peñasquitos electrical transmission line. Their spokesperson said they might consider some additional work if funding is available.

While the repaving from Avenida Magnifica east to Spring Canyon Road was completed acceptably, the section west of Avenida Magnifica to Interstate 15 is in much worse condition. The pipeline wanders randomly to and fro across the road and the trench patches are not level with the existing road. The splice vault areas are very uneven, and the rest of the paving, already in poor condition, was further damaged by SDG&E’s construction activities. It is absolutely stunning that SDG&E and the city would consider this project complete and leave us with a terribly deficient roadway.

As of press time, we had contacted the city to determine what can be done to fix this situation. Every concerned citizen should contact Mayor Kevin Faulconer at [email protected] or 619-236-6330, and City Councilmember Mark Kersey at [email protected] or 619-236-6655. We need to insist that the remaining section of Pomerado Road be repaved.

Accessible Transit in Scripps Ranch

Both the SRPG and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) are asking the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council to provide accessible transportation options. Beata Piehl, a Miramar Ranch North resident and MRNPC member has spearheaded the effort to call attention to our community’s needs.

SANDAG allocates millions of dollars each year in local, state, and federal funds for the San Diego region’s transportation network. However, almost no funds are allocated to Scripps Ranch. We have no transportation services except for Bus Route 964 that runs in the far western part of the Ranch from Alliant International University to Mira Mesa Boulevard into Mira Mesa. It runs about every half-hour from 5:45 am to 7:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday only, mostly in business areas. Most Scripps Ranch residents live more than a mile from that route. We expect service to be reduced as Alliant reduces operations.

The SRPG voted to file a petition to request disabled and senior accessible transit services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Transportation Development Act. The MRNPC is expected to vote on the issue at its September meeting. Thanks again to Beata for taking the lead on this effort.

Caltrans Update

Cory Binns, Caltrans regional director for District 11—San Diego and Imperial counties—and a Scripps Ranch resident, gave us an update on projects in the county. He addressed questions about ongoing and upcoming projects, problems, and issues concerning cars and bike access to our roads, ramps and signal lights, and public transportation connections and access. He noted that about one-third of his maintenance budget goes to litter cleanup.

Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, became law in April 2017. It provides $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California and puts more funding for transit and safety. Cory noted that if SB-1 is repealed in November, most of the planned projects will not be completed.

Next Meetings

The SRPG meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. The meetings dates for the rest of 2018 are Thursday, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. Please see www.scrippsranch.org/SRPG for notices and agendas. Email me at [email protected] for questions.

Wally Wulfeck, SRPG Chair

Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC)

Unless otherwise noted, the next Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) meeting is on the first Tuesday of the month, which is Sept. 4, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Accessible Transit

As mentioned in the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) article above, the MRNPC, SRPG, and Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) will submit four petition letters to the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council. This will start the process of assessment and planning to bring accessible public transportation for people with disabilities and the elderly to Scripps Ranch. Thanks to our very own Beata Piehl for championing this effort. She is the current MRNPC secretary and a valued board member.

Fixing Our Roads

The road resurfacing throughout our community continues through May 2019, with road striping that meets current street design standards. I continue to receive inquiries about this effort. For questions and the schedule about the city’s contract, please contact Councilmember Mark Kersey’s office at 619-236-6655 or [email protected]

MRNPC Meetings

Our first Tuesday of the month meetings are open to the public. We meet at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. Your participation and input is encouraged. If you or someone you know is interested in joining, please come to our next meeting. The time commitment is minimal. For more information, please contact me at [email protected] and visit www.scrippsranch.org/mrnpc.

Michelle Abella-Shon, MRNPC Chair