President’s Report

The SRCA Works

The SRCA works for all of us. For more than 40 years the SRCA has fought for the quality of life we enjoy and continues the fight every day. As life changes the SRCA adjusts, and it offers many benefits that affect your everyday life, whether you realize it or not.

You may see the work we do: 4th of July Parade, Community Fair, Volunteer Recognition, Sustainable SR, 50 Plus, Schools Committee, SRCA Community Center, Garage Sale, Clean-Up Days, Neighborhood Watch, Newsletter, and more. But the SRCA also works for you behind the scenes through: advocacy with elected officials; cooperation with city, county, and school district staff; coordination of planning groups; securing volunteers; and, important communications.

Our annual Membership Drive is our only fundraising effort, and it is absolutely essential—and easy!—for you to join. Check out pages 38–39 for details. Also, we will mail membership forms this month, or you can join online at []. If you think the SRCA hasn’t helped you, please call me at 243-1235, and we can discuss how we can. Your membership is greatly appreciated!

A Seat at the Table

The SRCA has sought out and now has a seat on the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizen Advisory Board! It took a decade of dedication and determination, as well as some great help from Councilmember Mark Kersey to make it happen.

The idea first came up during the entitlement process for StoneBridge Estates, where builders McMillin and Brookfield dedicated 200 acres of open space—Mission Trails North—to the city of San Diego. Jim McGinn, who has walked our canyons and trails for a long time, is our representative. We will bring you more information about Mission Trails North, which is adjacent to StoneBridge Estates, and how you can enjoy it.

Save Our SR Update

Save our Scripps Ranch (SOSR) has resurrected to oppose the rezoning of the industrial property at Carroll Canyon Road and I-15 to regional commercial. SOSR held a meeting in January, and, with only four days notice, had more than 100 people attend. SOSR is made up of Scripps Ranch residents. See the article on page 15 and visit [] to find out more.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA Membership Drive: Geared to Work for You

Did you know the SRCA board is comprised of more than 25 volunteers? Our community events are organized and executed by volunteers? We are fortunate to live in this vibrant neighborhood instilled with a real sense of community.

Yet, even with all these dedicated volunteers, it still takes your financial support to help the SRCA deliver on its mission: “Through volunteerism we advocate for Scripps Ranch to preserve, promote, and enhance the unique quality of life in our community.” The gears say it all—Service. Reliability. Community. Advocacy.

That’s what the SRCA stands for and that’s what we will deliver this year. As part of our new strategic planning process, you can expect exciting new enhancements and expanded offerings to help maintain and improve our unique Scripps Ranch quality of life. To learn more about the SRCA’s new strategic vision and goals, visit us at [].

Join the Scripps Ranch conversation on our website and sign up for email notices. Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Jan McGinn, Fundraising Chair

Join our team as we plan a special Crystal Anniversary Celebration for the 15th Annual Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. 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]].

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

We are a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Support the SRCA. See how on pages 38–39.

ElderHelp Now in SR!

ElderHelp is an integral part of the spectrum of providers focused on long-term care to seniors within the community. It is one of the only agencies solely focused on providing affordable services and programs to seniors within their own homes.

ElderHelp has been providing services to other communities for many years. Now they are providing an array of services in Scripps Ranch:

  • Care coordination
  • Grocery shopping
  • Friendly visits
  • Yard maintenance
  • Home safety inspections
  • Minor home repairs
  • Escorted transportation
  • Shared housing

For information about ElderHelp or to enroll for these services, call 619-284-9281 or go to [].

Volunteer Opportunities

ElderHelp of San Diego is looking for volunteers for services such as those mentioned on page 5, plus help with pet care, finances, and chores around the home. Volunteers must be 18 or older and will undergo background checks. For more details, please contact Carrie McClellan at 619-284-928, ext. 128, or [[email protected]].

Aging Successfully Lectures

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

Join us for part two of an interesting and entertaining talk about San Diego’s history. Attendance at part one last October is not a prerequisite to enjoy this talk. Our speaker once again will be Linda A. Canada from the San Diego History Center.

  • March: Live Well and Prosper!
  • Wednesday, Mar. 5, 10 to 11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Kathy Holmes-Hardy, outreach and education coordinator for San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) will tell us about the wide range of support available through AIS. “Live Well San Diego” is our county’s comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness. Learn about Live Well San Diego and its three components “Healthy, Safe, and Thriving.”

AIS also provides services to older adults and people with disabilities and their family members. AIS is the only public or private organization in the county that combines so many services for older adults and disabled persons under one umbrella, mostly at no charge. Services provided by AIS include five areas:

  • Information services—the gateway to assistance
  • Home-based services—bringing care to the door
  • Protection and advocacy—ensuring the right to safety and dignity
  • Health independence services—promoting wellness
  • Community enrichment—enhancing quality of life

AIS has more than 30 programs, funded by the Older Americans Act, federal, state, and county funds. If a San Diego resident is older or disabled, at risk of institutionalization, low income, or needs help arranging for services, AIS can probably help. Find out by attending this presentation.

Senior Living Tour

If you are seeking senior adult living in San Diego, check out Seacrest Village in Poway. You’ll feel at home in this independent living community, with spacious accommodations, transportation, activities, fresh and delicious meals, housekeeping, maintenance services, and more.

We will meet at Seacrest Village on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 am. The address is 12730 Monte Vista Road, Poway, 92064. Take Pomerado Road north through Poway. Turn right on Monte Vista Road, which is just south of Pomerado Hospital.

Reservations are mandatory, since lunch will be provided. Email [[email protected]], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you don’t have email.

PAWS Club: New Day/Location

The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club now meets on the first Saturday of each month at 4 pm at Lake View Park on Mira Lago Terrace. On Saturday, Mar. 1, we’ll have dermatology updates with Dr. Stokking.

Sustainable Scripps Ranch’s mission is to support community and connection just as much as healthy, sustainable physical environments. We know the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is a unique treasure in Scripps Ranch. Starting this month, SSR will have an SRCA collection box at most events, making it easy for you to donate and pay your annual membership.

SRCA Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

We’ll offer hot tea and snacks, good company, and whatever produce we have. If you’ve been reluctant to visit the Garden Share empty-handed, fear no more. Starting this month, we encourage you to visit us, take whatever you want—produce, snacks, books, whatever we have to offer—and then contribute to our SRCA collection box. Donations are optional—whatever amount feels right to you—but appreciated. Every dollar strengthens the SRCA and, through it, our community. Email Suha Chari at [[email protected]] for questions.

Soil as a Living Organism

  • How to build soils holistically and healthfully
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

“At the core of great gardens is great soil care. Soils are living organisms and all of life is dependent on how we care for it. Sustaining soil health assures not only our health but the health of our crops, animals, trees, air, water, and oceans.”

Gisele Schoniger, AKA “G,” is the category manager and organic gardening educator at Kellogg Garden Products. In her 33 years in the garden industry, Gisele has accumulated a wide range of experience and knowledge, including a degree in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, work for the State Department of Agriculture, a practice as a horticultural therapist with senior citizens, and a sales career that has helped establish top-selling organic gardening products throughout California.

Gisele’s workshops are educational and entertaining. As she says, “We are all realizing we need to get back to the basics by using materials that are natural and organic. My goal is to inspire some small changes that will garner big rewards to your garden soil, your abundance of crops and beautiful landscapes, and for your overall health.”

2014 Waterwise Garden Tour: Call for Entries

  • Revised Tour Date: Sunday, Apr. 6

Criteria: attractive, 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—an interesting small area could qualify even if the other landscaping is incomplete or not low-water
  • Sloped or flat
  • Hardscaped or not
  • Edible or ornamental, with or without animals—we hope to show a household with chickens!
  • New or established
  • Shared or private, for example HOAs, public spaces, and commercial properties are eligible

It’s fine to nominate your own yard. Landscapers and contractors: we’d love to learn about your favorite projects. Go to [] for forms, or email [[email protected]].

Note: We’re also looking for low-water clusters: several interesting or informative spaces within walking distance of each other. If you’d like to be part of the selection committee, let us know. You’ll view some or all of the properties and help select the properties and route(s) for the tour.

Tip of the Month: Compost Bin Voucher Program

All San Diego residents can get discounts on any of three styles of compost bins. Go to Dixieline to get the application or download it from []. Mail or email the completed form to the city and you’ll receive a voucher.

Take the voucher and proof of residency to Dixieline on Miramar Road, Convoy, or Sports Arena, and you’ll get a $30–$50 savings on a classic compost bin, a worm bin with a voucher for a pound of red wriggler worms from a different source, or a heavy-duty tumbler. To get started with your new bin, visit [].

Bob Ilko
SRCA President