The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) met in October for its regular monthly meeting. The MRNPC regularly meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Information Center.
All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please contact Peggy Shirey at 530-3833 if you would like to be added to the distribution list for the agendas for upcoming MRNPC meetings. We hope you join us.
The MRNPC is pleased to welcome our newest member, Luella Greco, who lives in Prominence. Luella was unanimously elected to a four-year term. Luella is our first second-generation planning member, as she is the daughter of a former MRNPC member.
The MRNPC currently has openings for three new members. Members must be at least 18 years of age and either reside in or represent a property owner or a business within the Miramar Ranch North planning area. That includes most of the Scripps Ranch neighborhoods north of Miramar Lake.
In addition, you must have attended at least one meeting within the past 12 months. If you are interested in getting more involved with your community and helping to shape future development, please contact Bill Bernard at 549-0979. We will hold elections at our next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Dorothy Mildice, chair of the SRCA’s Recognition Night, passed out nomination forms and encouraged us to think outside the room to nominate community members who had not previously been recognized. As a group, however, we chose to nominate several individuals who have supported our work as a planning committee.
The following individuals were unanimously nominated to be recognized at the SRCA’s Recognition Night: Kevin Guy, Clint Carney, Peggy Shirey, Jan Kane, Pam Montanile, Pat Wright, Kathy Anderson, Bill Bernard, Gary and Anita Pryor, and David Prewett.
Don Denis, a resident of Autumn Ridge, attended our meeting to request our assistance with the intersection of Mandrake Point and Blue Cypress Drive. Mr. Denis presented a packet of photographs, diagrams, a petition from residents, testimonials, a summary of accidents, and an analysis of the intersection.
There is a blind curve just north of the intersection, resulting in a dangerous situation caused by cars traveling in excess of the speed limit up the hill–southbound–approaching the cars turning from Mandrake Point onto Blue Cypress Drive. There were several Mandrake Point residents present at the meeting, and they spoke about the problem and possible solutions.
The main solution requested by the residents was the installation of a single stop sign for southbound–uphill–Blue Cypress Drive traffic. This would require special action by the City Council and a variance for a single directional stop sign. The MRNPC had numerous unanswered questions about a single directional stop sign, or even dual directional stop signs, and the unforeseen problems those may cause. In the meantime, the MRNPC took an action to:
- Request that the Scripps Ranch speed monitoring device be placed at that location for a period up to nine times over nine weeks to alert drivers of excessive speed;
- Send a letter to the San Diego Police Department requesting intensive speed law enforcement at that intersection over a period of several weeks between the hours of 6:30-8 am and 2-4 pm, when traffic is heavier in the area;
- Request Councilmember Maienschein and the City Council approve immediate installation by City Traffic engineers of warning bumps–Bot Dots–on Blue Cypress Drive and a mirror to assist Mandrake Point traffic to see vehicles coming around the blind corner; and,
- Request that City Traffic engineers conduct a study as to the feasibility of the installation of a single directional stop sign southbound to calm traffic and reduce excessive speeds at that intersection.
Work continues on the three interpretive signboards at Miramar Overlook Park overlooking the lake. One sign will have the history of the Miramar Reservoir, and the second sign will list the wildlife at the reservoir.
The third sign will have an overlay map and site/view elevation identifying points of interest within the view area of the overlook. If you are interested in helping with the information on any of these signboards, please contact Claudia Unhold at 549-8386.
Construction of the Miramar Overlook Park itself has been delayed, but is expected to begin by the end of this year. The completion date is sometime in 2003. This park will be located along the south side of Scripps Ranch Boulevard overlooking the lake, between the Waterford and Miro/Ravel neighborhoods.