President’s Report

SRCA Given Grant

The San Diego County Supervisors, led by Supervisor Dave Roberts, approved a $9,500 grant for the SRCA to help pay for the 4th of July Parade and Cedar Fire Anniversary events. Thank you!

The 4th of July Parade and park festivities were enjoyed by nearly 15,000 spectators and participants this year. The events are a boost to the local economy and a show of community pride. Thank you to all the volunteers and financial contributors who help make the parade run so well!

History in the Making

Do you know that Scripps Ranch has historic olive trees? The SRCA, Scripps Ranch Planning Group, and Scripps Ranch Historic Society successfully petitioned the city to designate 61 trees not only historic but also a preservation grove. Page 15 has more information!

His Work “Merits” Praise

135. What does than number represent? 135 merit badges is the recognition of years of hard work and diligence to complete every single merit badge challenge. Scripps Ranch resident Patrick Barnsley is one of only 202 boy scouts in the nation to earn all the merit badges. Our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch shines on Patrick this month. See page 41 to see how he did it.

Fighting Crime

The SRCA Neighborhood Watch program is hosting its third annual National Night Out. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, beginning at dusk you are encouraged to hold block parties to take a stand against crime and get to know your neighbors so we can all prevent crime from occurring. Last year we had more than 25 block parties and this year we would love to see 40 or more! It is fun and easy to do. Flip to page 15 to find out how to participate.

StoneBridge Meeting

The SRCA is hosting a first-ever StoneBridge Estates community meeting on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The SRCA is interested in adding two district representatives to the board and encouraging residents to join in community activities such as Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Team, Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, Community Fair, and 4th of July. We also are looking for volunteer Newsletter distributors for 2014. For more information, email me at [[email protected]].

Our Community’s Resilience

In October we are planning events for the 10th anniversary of the Cedar Fire. There will be a day of community service on Saturday, Oct. 19, where volunteers will go door to door to deliver fire prevention materials. Also we will have a reunion dinner on Sunday, Oct. 27, for all Scripps Ranch residents to celebrate our community’s recovery. To help, please email me at [[email protected]].

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Annual 4th of July Parade and Festivities

It’s hard to believe we just finished our 43rd year of the SRCA sponsoring our annual 4th of July Parade. It started out with a new tradition of having scouts—Donald Leung and Cameron Tran—carry the SRCA banner at the start of the parade. The Marine Color Guard returned, with four young men from Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Another item that was resurrected was a grand marshal. We were happy to be represented by Colonel Bob Dingeman and his wife, Gaye.

Also, most of our local elected officials, school principals and school trustee, police and fire attended and rode in convertibles driven by their owners. The drivers were: Brent Steinhause, Brian Suggett, Meridith Keene, Carl Steward, Gary Grantham, Jon Christ, Jeff Nelson, Roy Burchill, Sharon Morrow, Norman Vadnais, Rosemary Keane, and Ron Phillips.

Only with the help of our parade marshals can our event move along smoothly. Thanks to those marshals: Claude Braunstein, Robert Cavanagh, Bill Staley, Kathy Sinclair, Mary Drummond, Julia Brown, Steve Foster, Jeannie Foster, Ferdie Capacia, Bill Feather, Andrew and Becky Del Prete, Lori and Judd Erlenbach, Susan Kennedy, Mark Smolin, Rene Buck, Rob Holmes, Art Ansert, Jim Paterniti, Susan Parme, and Steve Smith.

This year we had the dynamic duo of Elissa Barber and her son, Kevin, take on the narration. It was very informative and lively. Jon Fernau and his helpers always come through setting up the speakers and audio system for our narrators. Our judges this year again were Niles and Margie Perrson, Donna and Dave LeMay, and Roger Boates hosted in the yard of owners Suzanne and Emery Gerhardt. Check out the parade winners on page 7.

After the parade were the festivities in Hoyt Park. At the ice cream booth, Brent Lam, Brynne Williams, and Sky and Laurel Carpenter handed out ice cream, with Cathy Burciaga selling tickets.

At our checkers table, the popular activity was overseen by Bailey Volle, Ryan Coates, and Mitchel Stephan. Our always favorite face painting was chaired by Christie Hansen with her volunteers Claire Caputo, Sarah Steiger, Kyra Kent, Bridget Kelleher, Mini Le, Keely and Kacey Roche, Cassidy Ceriani, and Grace Kulischak. The food court was very busy with a variety of offerings. The DJ always keeps the crowd involved and the clowns could not make enough balloon animals.

Last but not least, a big thank you goes to the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club for again loaning us its flatbed truck, Wells Fargo for providing electricity for our audio, and Vons for water for our dignitaries and drivers. As you can see it takes many volunteers for this event, and residents are always good at volunteering.

A special thanks must go to this year’s 4th of July Committee who tirelessly spent many hours planning, setting up before the event, and working during and after the event. Our chair was Ruben Suzara with committee members Ernie Burciaga, Mark Schecter, Brian Allman, Bob Ilko, Bob Dingeman, Elissa Barber, Brent Lam, Bill Feathers, and Victoria Mazelli. See you all at next year’s event!

Jany Staley, 4th of July Committee

4th of July Parade Winners!

There were lots of great entries this year. Thank you to all who particpated and congratulations to the winners!


  • 1st—St. Gregory the Great (right)
  • 2nd—Loire Valley
  • 3rd—Cub Scouts 616

Performing Group

  • 1st—SR Pop Warner and Cheer
  • 2nd—Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class (below)
  • 3rd—SRHS Band

Car Club Group

  • 1st—Model As
  • 2nd—DeLoreans
  • 3rd—Corvette Club

Youth Group

  • 1st—Boy Scouts
  • 2nd—Cub Scouts Pack 614
  • 3rd—Girls Scouts (right)

Marching Group

  • 1st—SR Zen Meditation
  • 2nd—Sustainable Scripps Ranch
  • 3rd—USA Curling

Decorated Vehicle

  • 1st—Fitness Quest
  • 2nd—Canberra Park
  • 3rd—Geico

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Visit [] to see presentations from recent lectures and other activities for baby boomers and seniors.

Aging Successfully Lectures

Our next lecture is an introduction to “The Conversation Project” on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 10 to 11:30 am in the Scripps Ranch Library. Eighty percent of us say it is extremely important that our family not be burdened by difficult late-in-life decisions. Yet more than 90% of us have not communicated our desires. Even fewer have put such wishes in writing. This means that when the time comes, we may be unprepared to make important decisions based on our loved ones’ wishes.

“The Conversation Project” is a national campaign pioneered by Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman. Join us for an introduction to this program that empowers families to have honest, meaningful discussions with their loved ones about their wishes.

Endorsed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Cambia Health Foundation, ABC News, leading health care professionals and clergy, The Conversation Project facilitates action plans that provide peace of mind during a stressful time.

We will schedule follow-up workshops to help facilitate the documenting of our own and loved ones’ desires. Our presentation and workshop leader will be Dory Beatrice, LCSW, a Scripps Ranch resident with more than 30 years experience in private counseling practice.

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, Aug. 23
  • The Gateway and Gateway Gardens, Poway

The Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) is a nonprofit organization of 157 communities in 24 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. RHF’s “The Gateway” is located only minutes from Scripps Ranch, on a beautiful nine-acre campus in Poway, and provides a full-service independent-living program. A nonprofit community, The Gateway has served seniors since 1988.

A sister community, Gateway Gardens, is next door and offers an assisted-living program. If your health needs change, you can remain among your friends. This continuum of care is important to couples who desire to remain together as they age.

This tour will include both The Gateway and Gateway Gardens, as well as lunch. We will meet on Friday, Aug. 23, at 11 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus will leave for the tour at precisely 11:15 am. We should return to the Community Center no later than 2 pm.

Reservations are mandatory in order to ensure we can accommodate everyone. To request a reservation or for more information, email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message if you do not have email.

Drum Circle

Nita Smith has enthusiastically led our Drum Circle for many years. We sincerely thank her for her services. Due to low attendance, however, we are no longer holding Drum Circle sessions.

50 Plus Sponsors

We offer a special thank you to those businesses that sponsor our group or provide other support:

  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician

Educational Presentation on Home Energy Upgrades

  • Monday, Aug. 5
  • 6–7:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Home energy upgrades go beyond saving you energy and money on your utility bills—they provide a much higher level of comfort, safety, and healthfulness for your family while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The independent, nonprofit California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will host a community educational event on the benefits of home energy upgrades and incentives for Scripps Ranch residents. One special feature is that through Energy Upgrade California, homeowners can tap into rebates between $1,000 and $4,500 to offset the cost of upgrades. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact CCSE at 244-1177 or visit [].

Energy Upgrade California is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, California counties, cities, nonprofit organizations, and the state’s investor-owned utilities. Funding comes from the utilities’ ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission in addition to incremental funding from the Department of Energy.

Signs Gone Missing

Several reusable signs, approved for posting, for CCSE’s Energy Efficiency Open House on Saturday, June 29, have disappeared. We appreciate the community’s help in recovering these expensive signs. They can be dropped off at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road or call 397-5747.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Sunday, Aug. 11
  • 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Email [[email protected]] to RSVP or for more information.

Are You “Sustainable”?

We are looking for people who would like to join SSR or have a sustainable project to bring to our community. Please contact us at [[email protected]].