President’s Report

Big Box Survey

The SRCA wants to thank all those who have taken the Carroll Canyon commercial development —“Big Box” retail—survey. This has been our most successful survey to date. You can still share your opinion, so please go to [] to read the background material and take the survey.

There is a lively debate among the proponents and opponents about the proposal. The SRCA is bringing you information to help you become an informed resident. Please read the letters in the Dialogue section starting on page 11.

Be an SRCA Member in 2014!

As president of the SRCA I want to encourage you to renew your SRCA membership or become a new member in 2014. The SRCA board has undertaken a strategic and vision plan that we will introduce to you in February.

We have examined not only our mission but are setting out new goals for the next five years to help Scripps Ranch not only maintain our quality of life but also improve it. The SRCA offers programming for all ages, and there are new programs in the plans. But it takes financial assistance from you by way of annual memberships.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we, as our civic association, are not doing something to help Scripps Ranch. If you would like to know more, please contact me at [[email protected]] or 243-1235. There are a lot of charitable choices out there but only one, the SRCA, works for the Scripps Ranch community.

SRHS Mystery

We have another installment of “The Voice” as SRHS student Grace Klein addresses an area at SRHS that kids avoid. Why? Well, flip to page 39 to find out!

SR Crime Rate

Crimes in Scripps Ranch have been in the news recently. But does that mean Scripps Ranch has a high residential burglary crime rate? Would you think the burglary rate is proportional to the number of homes in San Diego? The answer is “no.”

Cheryl Shaw, our hard-working SRCA Neighborhood Watch chair has more information on the real crime rate. She also has some tips to avoid being the next victim. See page 17 for details.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Newsletter Volunteer Distributors Needed

Would you like to help your community, yet have limited time to offer? You could help deliver the SRCA Newsletter! We could use a standby area distributor who would get a route with a van, minivan, truck, or SUV, to drop off various amounts of newsletters to about 10–15 primary distributors. This takes about an hour, and usually is done the last Friday of the month. This person would help on an “as-needed” basis. The volunteer needs to be able to lift 40-pound boxes. If you can help, please contact us at [[email protected]] or 397-5747.

15th Annual Crystal Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendar! On Sunday, May 18, the SRCA will host its 15th Annual Community Fair at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. The fair offers fun for everyone—a variety of exhibitors and community groups, Green Street, delicious food, Kids’ Zone, Wine and Beer Garden, and, of course, wonderful community performers.

In celebration of our 15th crystal anniversary we will have new attractions, activities, and exhibitors. Stay tuned as the details unfold over the next few months.

Are you a local business, crafter, nonprofit, community group, or performer? You can be part of our community’s annual fair and showcase your products, services, and talents to Scripps Ranch residents. Learn more at [] or contact Jan McGinn, committee chair, at [[email protected]]. See you at the fair!

Be an SRCA Member

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). It is only through financial support from families and businesses in the community that the SRCA can bring programs and activities, such as those by Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, to you. Please become an SRCA member in 2014. Go to [] for details.

Volunteer Opportunities

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, in anticipated coordination with Elderhelp of San Diego, needs volunteers to provide Scripps Ranch seniors with various services. Volunteers must be 18 or older. For more information, email [[email protected]], which is the preferred method, or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Innovations Academy, a K–8 public charter school in Scripps Ranch, needs volunteers to join them in their Learning Garden. Contact Beth Foster at [[email protected]] or 619-804-2233.

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library
  • “So you think that you are a San Diegan…Part 2”

Join us for part two of an entertaining talk about San Diego’s history. No matter how long you have lived in the area, you’ll learn new things! Attendance at part one last October is not needed. Our speaker again will be Linda A. Canada, on behalf of the San Diego History Center.

Senior Living Tour

More than just a place to live, Casa de las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo offers a senior lifestyle focused on the things that matter most: personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and well-being. For 25 years they have proven their ability to provide area seniors stability, financial security, and peace of mind for the future.

We will meet on Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus leaves at 11:15 am. We expect to return about 2 pm. Reservations are mandatory, as lunch will be provided. To request a reservation or receive more information, email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

SSR in January

Happy New Year! Scripps Ranch is a special neighborhood, with an exceptional sense of community. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association, or SRCA, provides much of the glue that holds us together. The SRCA puts on the 4th of July Parade and the Community Fair and supports Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, the Fire Safe Council, Neighborhood Watch, and all sorts of other great programs.

The SRCA has nurtured and supported Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) from our earliest beginnings four years ago, and we are now an SRCA standing committee. The SRCA’s 2014 Membership Drive is about to start. All of us at SSR trust and expect that every one of you will become an SRCA member. Go to [] for details. Thank you!

All About Recycling

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

Julie Sands Tyne is an environmental specialist with the city of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department (ESD). She manages the education outreach contract with the San Diego County Office of Education and oversees commercial sector recycling programs and special events. She will discuss the recycling ordinance, as well as: what is recyclable; construction/demolition recycling; and, ESD projects for 2014. Finally, she will do a Q&A.

2014 Waterwise Garden Tour: Call for Entries

  • 2014 Tour date: Sunday, Apr. 27

We’ve had many requests for another Scripps Ranch Waterwise Garden Tour to showcase the quality and variety of our low-water yards, so here it comes. Criteria: attractive, pleasing low-water spaces in the 92131 zip code that showcase a variety of low-water landscaping solutions.

  • Front, side, or back yard or an interior courtyard
  • Sloped or flat
  • Hardscaped or not
  • Edible or ornamental
  • New or established
  • Shared or private, for example HOAs, public spaces, and commercial properties are eligible

Don’t be shy—it’s fine to nominate your own yard. Landscapers and contractors: we’d love to learn about your projects. Go to [] for entry forms or email [[email protected]]. If you’d like to be part of the selection committee, let us know.

SRCA Monthly Garden Share

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

We’re continuing with Saturday Garden Shares but starting at 3:30 pm in the dark winter months. We’ll share our best new knowledge, ideas, and ah-ha’s. You may not have much produce in January—no worries, bring a snack to share instead, or a book, magazine, or clothing item to pass along. We’ll continue to build our list of tools available for sharing and our wish list. Contact Suha Chari at [[email protected]] if you have questions.

If you’d like to come but still feel you need to offer more—which you don’t!— you can sign up to help Beth Foster finish creating the Learning Garden at Innovations Academy. This project offers a satisfying community contribution along with new knowledge and experience gained from working with Beth. You can contact her at [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Workshop: Be a Waterwise Gardener!

  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 am—noon
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

The city is sponsoring this free, three-hour class. RSVP now to 619-533-7548 to save your spot, as the workshop is nearly full.

You will learn to think about your garden from the soil up. We live in a unique climate, but often try to recreate a landscape that is neither sustainable nor healthy for us. Learn how to use our limited rainfall wisely, irrigate efficiently, and hydrozone our plants. Topics include:

  • Site analysis
  • Capturing rainfall
  • Soil type and improvement
  • Irrigation systems
  • Hydrozones
  • Plant choices, but this class will not go into detail on plant types

Bob Ilko

SRCA President