President’s Report

Big Box Store in SR?

Last month we featured a Special Edition SRCA Newsletter on the 10th anniversary of the Cedar Fire and emergency evacuation planning. This month we are doing a Special Report on a “big box” retail proposal for Carroll Canyon Road and Interstate 15.

No other community in San Diego covers development projects like the SRCA before the projects are ever approved. We strive to give you accurate information to make an informed decision so we can communicate appropriately with our city leaders as to what we want in our community. Turn to pages 10–11 to read more.

It’s History!

I want to congratulate boy scout Jake Todd, who spent three years compiling a 120-year history book of Scripps Ranch for his Eagle project. The amazing book has so much history of our community. We will post a PDF version on our website at [] so you can use it. The SRCA helped finance the book. Jake tells us about his project in our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 41.

Her Voice

How does Scripps Ranch High School look from a student’s perspective? On page 37 you’ll find an irreverent point of view by senior Grace Klein. Each SRHS student has his or her own impressions of the school. We hope this piece creates discussions among parents and students.

Still Paying it Forward

The 10-year Cedar Fire anniversary was celebrated not only by paying it forward—distributing fire prevention materials—but also building on all the positives that came out of a terrible disaster. The SRCA wants to thank the San Diego Burn Institute and American Red Cross for their support by providing the prevention materials.

Great appreciation goes to our county supervisor, Dave Roberts, for his financial support. A hearty thank you also goes to San Diego Police Department’s assistant chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department chief Javier Mainar for their efforts to protect our homes. We want to thank every person and organization who walked neighborhoods! Working together makes Scripps Ranch not only stronger but a better place to live, work, and play.

Sustain Our Community

If you missed the Sustainable Scripps Ranch fair, it was a terrific success. We thank the dedicated, hard-working volunteers who made it happen. Stay tuned for more great things from Sustainable SR! Check out this month’s events on page 7.

Stay Informed

Are you getting emails from the SRCA about community events, surveys, emergency announcements, or crime alerts? You can get those sent to your inbox by signing up at [].

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Would you like to help produce a fun, annual tradition in Scripps Ranch? Then join our team as we plan a special Crystal Anniversary Celebration for the 15th Annual Community Fair on Sunday, May 18, 2014. For more information on joining the committee, or if you are interested in sponsorships or exhibitor booths, please contact Jan McGinn, committee chair, at [[email protected]].

Possible New Programs and Services for SR 50 Plus

While Scripps Ranch 50 Plus offers lectures, Senior Living Tours, and other activities, we do not offer such things as hands-on assistance, transportation, or opportunities for volunteers to assist seniors.

We invite you to participate in a discussion about how Scripps Ranch 50 Plus might offer increased services through ElderHelp. We’ll discuss the kinds of services you and the community might want in the future. Organizations such as ElderHelp provide many relevant services to other San Diego communities. We value your input regarding expansion of their services to Scripps Ranch.

ElderHelp provides personalized services and information to help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes. The Concierge Club offers help with the basic necessities through personal attention, meaningful engagement, and coordinated services. Senior-A-Go-Go provides escorted, door-through-door transportation. HomeShare serves those looking for affordable housing or have a spare room in their home.

To maximize your opportunity to participate, we are conducting the same program twice: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10–11:30 am, Scripps Ranch Library; and, Monday, Nov. 11, 7 to 8:30 pm, SRCA Community Center. We hope to see you there!

Bitten by Both the Travel and Learning Bugs?

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library there will be an informational meeting with Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel. Road Scholar offers 5,500 educational tours in 50 states and 150 countries.

Alongside local and renowned experts, Road Scholar participants experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities—from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking, and more. When you participate in a Road Scholar program, you not only expand your mind, you join other people who believe that learning is one of the best parts of life. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.

Our presenter will be Jill Swim, a Road Scholar volunteer ambassador, who will enlighten us about the Road Scholar programs and inspire us to learn, discover, and travel.

Senior Living Tour

Oakmont of Escondido Hills provides independent senior living in Escondido, as well as assisted living and memory care. This retirement community is situated on a lush six-acre campus with lovely views of the Escondido Hills and within walking distance of Westfield’s North County Fair shopping mall.

If an active lifestyle is what you desire, you’ll feel at home in this community, where friends and neighbors enjoy the spa, private movie theater, swimming pool, and lovely grounds. And if you ever need additional care, they offer assisted living and memory care services within the community.

We’ll meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 10:45 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus leaves at 11 am. Expect to return at approximately 2 pm.

Reservations are mandatory for this event because only 16 people can be accommodated. To request a reservation or receive more information, please email us at [[email protected]]. If you do not have email, please call 397-5747 and leave a message.


We offer a special thanks to our sponsors for supporting our organization throughout the year: Front Porch Communities; Gateway Gardens; Heritage Senior Care, Inc.; Seacrest Village; Sunshine Care; The Vi; and, The Patrician.

Ant and Pest Management

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30–8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Speaker: Scott Parker from the University of California Cooperative Extension Healthy Garden

The Healthy Home program and the UC Master Gardener program will facilitate a workshop on managing ants and other pests in your home and garden through a method called Integrate Pest Management (IPM). IPM, a scientifically based approach for pest management, includes cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical options as part of an overall program.

The primary focus of an IPM program is to use a nontoxic or least-toxic approach. This workshop will focus on managing ants, a very common home and garden pest in San Diego County, with the proper implementation of an IPM approach. Other common landscape pests, such as snails and slugs, gophers, and honeydew producing insects—aphids, scale, whitefly, and mealybugs—also will be addressed.

SRCA Monthly Garden Share and Community-Building

  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

We continue with Saturdays from 4 to 5 pm. Share your garden excess or get creative with your sharing. In addition to garden products, we also share the following:

  1. We are making a list of tools to lend and others we want to borrow.
  2. Beth Foster would appreciate any help with the “Learning Garden” at Innovations Academy. You can help contribute to children’s learning and the community. Email [[email protected]].
  3. Propose suggestions to enrich our backyards and community.

If you have questions or comments, email Suha Chari at [[email protected]].

Tip of the Month

Our “Activate Your Water and Energy Solutions Fair” in late September was a great success. Many of you visited our 16 vendors and nonprofits. If you missed it or want to learn more, visit our website to see the vendors who can help you with:

  • Improving your home water quality and the water in our bays oceans;
  • Enjoying instant hot water and tankless water heaters;
  • Creating a beautiful, efficient, eco-friendly low-water landscape;
  • Making your house more comfortable, efficient, and safe;
  • Going solar; and,
  • Providing a low-cost energy audit.

For example:

  • CCSE has energy coaches to answer your questions, plus classes and rebate programs: [].
  • The Water Conservation Department and Think Blue can help with low-water landscaping and rebate programs. Visit [].

Also, participating vendor Suncraft Solar will contribute $500 to the SRCA if you buy or lease a solar system from them and tell them we referred you.