President’s Report

You Need the SRCA and the SRCA Needs You!

You’ve probably heard the following adage or a form of it: “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted things we have, and it is even easier to let things slip by. Please don’t let your membership to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) slip by this year. In the last few years, the SRCA has expanded its advocacy, programming, activities, and events to cover much more than any other town council in, I dare say, all of Southern California! That, in and of itself, should be a great reason to become an annual member.

We know there are numerous organizations competing for your attention, but only the Scripps Ranch Civic Association benefits the entire community and has been doing so for more than 45 years. It is our mission to advocate for Scripps Ranch in order to preserve, promote, and enhance the unique quality of life we enjoy, a quality of life we all want to continue.

A lot of what the SRCA does is behind the scenes. We don’t make a big deal out of it, but it’s about time the SRCA tells you. Just last month we received a voicemail from an elderly resident asking us to call her back. She said it was important. When we returned her call, it turned out she suffers from dementia and lives on her own. She didn’t remember calling the SRCA or why. We immediately found an SRCA member who is a neighbor who gave us her son’s contact information. Unable to reach the son, we asked the police to do a “welfare check.” (As a side note, the responding officer was SRCA webmaster Greg Minter.) While this is now a family matter, the SRCA was there to help.

We partner with other Scripps Ranch organizations like the two planning groups—Scripps Ranch Planning Group and Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee. The SRCA again fulfills its mission to not only disseminate information from those groups but share information with the planning groups as well.

When a planning group has a project like the Carroll Canyon center, the SRCA created a survey to which nearly 1,700 of you responded. Through emails, the SRCA Newsletter, SRCA website—[www.scrippsranch.org]—and Facebook, no other town council lets its residents have such access to the planning process. You can read environmental impact reports, we solicit your comments, and we submit your input to the city for response.

The SRCA helps provide Scripps Ranch residents the best place in San Diego to live, work, and play. I can’t tell you how many emails, phone calls, and Facebook posts the SRCA answers on practically every issue under the sun.

When problems arise, we strive to find doable solutions. We do it because we want to make your life here in Scripps Ranch the best it can be. The SRCA is a resource that can only continue if you become an annual member. I would hate to see what Scripps Ranch would be like without the SRCA. The SRCA needs you!

Please go to [www.scrippsranch.org] and join now as a member or business supporter. If you received a letter from us but don’t know what you did with it, we’ll mail you another one. Contact me at 243-1235 or [[email protected]].

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Thank a Favorite Volunteer

Scripps Ranch is a special community, and what makes it so special are the people who volunteer their time and talents. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s annual Recognition Night is on Thursday, Apr. 24, at the Scripps Ranch Library. At this event, we recognize the contributions of amazing volunteers in our community. The night begins at 6:30 pm with snacks, music, and socializing, with presentations starting at 7 pm. We need your input to make Recognition Night a success!

You will find a nomination form on page 7 of this Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and tell us about your favorite volunteer. You also can nominate online at [www.scrippsranch.org].

The deadline for submitting your nominations is Sunday, Mar. 23. If you have any questions, please send me an email at [[email protected]].

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Scripps Scrappers

Scrapbook with your friends and neighbors in Scripps Ranch! Join the SRCA’s Scripps Scrappers on Saturday, May 10, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center’s multipurpose room. There is space for 15 people, with a 6-foot table each. There is a $15 fee, which includes beverages and snacks. Please RSVP to Elissa Barber at [[email protected]]. Brought to you by your friends and neighbors—the SRCA!

15th Crystal Celebration

Join us on Sunday, May 18, at the SR Community Park for the SRCA Community Fair! This year you’ll find new and fun ways to connect with your neighbors. Check out some of the festivities planned:

  • New features: an opera-singing chef; TechniArt offers a three-pack of 60-watt LED bulbs for only $10—a $60 value
  • Entertainment
  • Green Street
  • Kids’ Zone: rides, face-painting, fun
  • Food Truck Court
  • Wine and Beer Garden

A special thank you to our Ruby Sponsor:

  • ASI Hastings Heating, Air & Solar

Also, thanks to our Emerald Sponsor:

  • Marrokal Design & Remodeling

Showcase your craft, product, service, community group, or talent. Sign up for a sponsorship, booth, or performance time at [www.scrippsranch.org/exhibitors].

Stay current on the fair happenings at [www.scrippsranch.org/fair] or like our event on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s Facebook page. For questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

We are a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Join the SRCA and make our community stronger! Visit [www.scrippsranch.org].

Aging Successfully Lectures

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

Kathy Holmes-Hardy will present “Live Well San Diego,” informing us about the wide range of support available through San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS). Kathy is the AIS outreach and education coordinator.

“Live Well San Diego” is our county’s comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness. This long-term strategy to help all residents become healthy, safe, and thriving is being implemented with community involvement. At this session you will learn about its three components, “Healthy, Safe, and Thriving.”

AIS provides services to older adults, as well as people with disabilities and their families, to promote healthy and vital living. 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 of focus:

  • 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, more than 40 funding sources in all. Direct services are provided through contracts with vendors and agencies and include in-home support, respite care, meals—senior dining centers and home-delivered—health promotions, legal assistance, adult day care, transportation, educational opportunities, employment, money management, and counseling programs. In general, if a San Diego resident is older or disabled, at risk of institutionalization, is low income, and needs help in arranging for appropriate services, AIS can probably help. Learn more by attending this presentation.

  • April: DayTrippers
  • Wednesday, Apr. 2, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

DayTripper Tours will describe its programs offering one-day and multiple-day deluxe motor coach excursions. They leave from San Diego to destinations throughout Southern California, Baja Mexico, the Southwest, and beyond.

One-day motor coach excursions with DayTripper Tours are a great way to stay active, make new acquaintances, and delight in new discoveries just a day trip away from home. You’ll travel in safety and comfort in the company of others who share similar interests and still be home in time to sleep in your own bed.

Senior Living Tour

Like to dance? Attend interesting lectures? Play cards or board games? Quilt or sew? Play bingo? Do crafts? Have lunch? Get free hearing and blood pressure tests? You can do all of this and much more at the Poway Senior Center. Many of your Scripps Ranch neighbors already take advantage of the variety of activities and programs that take place there.

We will meet at the Poway Senior Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive, on Friday, Mar. 21, at 11:30 am. Attendance will be limited and reservations are mandatory, since lunch will be provided. There will be a nominal donation requested for lunch—$4 for the young at heart age 60 and over; $6 for non-seniors. To RSVP or for more information or directions, email [[email protected]], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

ElderHelp Aids SR Residents

ElderHelp is an integral part of the spectrum of providers focused on giving 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 in their own homes. ElderHelp has provided services to other communities for years; now they are providing the programs in Scripps Ranch. For more information about ElderHelp, go to [www.elderhelpofsandiego.org], watch this Newsletter, and look for eblast updates to sign up for services.

PAWS Club

The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club now meets on the first Saturday of each month at Lake View Park at 4 pm. The park is on Mira Lago Terrace, just off Sunset Ridge Drive. There is water for pets, restrooms, and great views of the lake. The Saturday, Mar. 1, event is a dermatology update with Dr. Stokking.

SRCA Monthly Garden Share

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

We had a fun gathering last month, with returning and new residents! This month we’ll again offer hot tea and snacks, good company, giveaways, and produce.

What if you have nothing to share? Come anyway, enjoy the company, take whatever you want—produce, snacks, books, pots, whatever we have to offer—and contribute to our Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) collection box. Donations are optional—whatever amount feels right to you—but much appreciated. Every dollar helps strengthen the SRCA and, through it, our whole community.

Goodan Ranch Hike

  • Tentative date/time: Sunday, Mar. 16, 11 am
  • Beeler Canyon trailhead on Beeler Canyon Road

To celebrate the SRCA’s recent inclusion on the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Citizens Advisory Board, SSR will go on a group hike. It will be on the Beeler Canyon Trail in the Goodan Ranch portion of Sycamore Canyon Open Preserve, which is now associated with Mission Trails Regional Park North.

Our guide will be Jim McGinn, the SRCA’s newly appointed representative to the board. We will leave from the trailhead beyond the Discovery Isle Child Development Center off Creek Road just before Pomerado Road’s intersection with Scripps Poway Parkway. Because weather may change our plans, RSVP to Lynn Owens at [[email protected]] or 619-592-1818 for the latest information.

Plan Ahead: 2014 Low-Water Landscape Tour

  • Sunday, Apr. 6, 12:30–4:30 pm

How do you maintain appealing, useful outdoor spaces when you live in a semi-desert, at the end of the water pipeline, during an era of rising water rates, and what may be the beginning of a multi-year drought? That’s the challenge facing Scripps Ranch homeowners and homeowners associations (HOAs). Come see more than a dozen great examples of what your neighbors have done, in many styles and cost levels, on Sunday, Apr. 6.

Four years ago, the fledgling Sustainable Scripps Ranch hosted its first Low-Water Landscape Tour. Lovely low-water yards existed in Scripps Ranch but were widely scattered. Also, many were still growing in. This year, for our third tour, we have a wealth of diverse examples, and, at press time, we’re choosing from among the many excellent nominations. For greater walkability, we’re assembling three compact clusters for you to visit.

South of Pomerado Cluster

  • Mostly larger yards with professional landscaping.
  • Widely different plant materials, including natives, succulents, mediterraneans, and low-water grasses.
  • Front yards, backyards, courtyards, and even a coop with chickens!
  • Homes with new landscapes in past tours, to see how plantings fill in.
  • Varied examples of hardscapes, rocks, and non-plant features.

North of Pomerado Cluster

  • Mostly smaller yards.
  • Australian plants, mediterraneans, succulents, and an edible front yard to whet your appetite.
  • Beautiful professional hardscapes.
  • Extensive do-it-yourself work featuring city and county rebates, high-tech controllers, and free advice from the homeowner.

Multi-unit Cluster

  • Scripps Townhomes condo complex, with extensive low-water renovation throughout a difficult public area. It features a turf-replacement putting green and horseshoe pit, attractive low-water plantings, seating and shade areas, and an off-leash dog run. See this month’s Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 39 for more about the condo’s renovation.
  • San Diego’s greenest apartment complex, Solterra, here in Scripps Ranch. It has a low-maintenance yet pleasant modernistic landscape, salt-water pool and Jacuzzi, green building materials, and a solar monitoring system in the lobby to show the rooftop solar collection.

What Will You See?

  • First and foremost, these homes are attractive and comfortable, gaining curb appeal, livability, and sales value from their landscaping.
  • Many of them feature extensive soil work, smart irrigation systems, and landscapes contoured to direct and hold water for maximum availability, in both flat and sloped yards. You can see for yourself what works well in our area.
  • All three clusters will have homeowners and/or landscapers available to talk with you, explain what they’ve done and why, and answer questions. Additional resources, such as the city water department and other resource specialists, also will be on hand to help you understand your options and the rebates and resources available.

You can view the full tour list, including any last-minute changes, at the Sustainable Scripps Ranch website at [www.scrippsranch.org/ssr]. This year we’re working hard to clarify what’s available at each tour stop—such as size, purpose, plant styles, hardscape features, and technology—so you can plan a custom route that includes the most useful and interesting landscapes for you. If you have questions or want more information, email us at [[email protected]].

Tip of the Month

California Center for Sustainable Energy will host three energy efficiency home tours in Scripps Ranch at 9928 Tudor Street, the home of Eliot and Ashley Metzger. Check them out and get your energy efficiency questions answered: Saturday, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, and May 17, all from 10 am to 1 pm.