President’s Report

The SRCA Affects You!

Life changes over time but your membership with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) doesn’t have to. Janet and I moved to Scripps Ranch 23 years ago without children and we raised a family here. Now the kids are getting out of college. Our life has change immeasurably and we still contribute annually each year to the SRCA for all the same reasons.

Each of our 23 checks for $30, $100, and $200 couldn’t possibly repay for what we received in return. The good times, great friends, and helpful assistance the SRCA provides is priceless. Please join us in being a member of the SRCA. Just go to [].

Honor Our Volunteers

The SRCA will recognize our community’s amazing volunteers on Thursday, Apr. 24. Please join us at the Scripps Ranch Library at 6:30 pm for refreshments and fun! This is the annual celebration of volunteers. We’ll see you there!

A Devastating Statistic

Every 15 minutes there is a death by a drunk driver in this country. My sister was one of those “15 minutes” back in 1986. She was killed by a drunk driver on Highway 67. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. The emotional devastation this caused for my parents—and my entire family—is something no one should never have to go through.

People are not going to stop drinking, but we can try to stop those who drive drunk. Take a cab or call me and I will help you get home, free. Put my phone number in your cell phone: 243-1235.

Scripps Ranch High School brought the “Every 15 Minutes” program to campus. It was quite an emotional demonstration of the effects of drunk driving, including a real-life crash scene. SRHS senior Sarah Trott, the SRHS Falcon Flyer editor in chief, shares the very moving experience in this month’s Spotlight on Scripps Ranch starting on page 40.

Buy and Sell!

On your mark, get set, go on Saturday, Apr. 26, for the SRCA Community Garage Sale sponsored by Coldwell Banker. It is a great morning for emptying the house of all that extra stuff others are eager to buy.

Also, don’t forget the SRCA Clean-Up Day hosted by the Scripps Ranch Kiwanis Club on Saturday, May 3! Page 17 has all the details on both events.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Membership: SRCA Works

Our thanks to the hundreds of residents and businesses who have joined or supported the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA)! With your generosity we’ve achieved more than 40% of our goal through early March. If you have not yet joined, why are you waiting? It takes just a moment to donate online or print the mail-in form at [].

With your financial backing, the SRCA can continue to provide and enhance community support, civic actions—similar to a town council—fun events, important communications, and neighborly assistance that has helped make Scripps Ranch a vibrant and sought-after neighborhood. We are the place to go when you need an answer or need to get something done.

Special Funding Request: Our Annual 4th of July Parade and Festivities need your support! It takes money to put on our community’s traditional event enjoyed by thousands of you. This year we need to raise more funds to help offset the costs. If you’d like to contribute or if your business would like to sponsor this event, do so today at [].

We also have a Business Supporter Program that provides companies with many opportunities to gain visibility in Scripps Ranch. If you’d like to become a business supporter or event sponsor, visit [].

The SRCA has worked for more than 45 years because of our dedicated volunteers, community financial support, and, most importantly, you. Thank you for joining the SRCA. The SRCA Works for You!

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

P.S. Join the Scripps Ranch conversation at [] and sign up for email notices, “Like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

15th Crystal Celebration

The fair is next month! Join us on Sunday, May 18, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park for new and fun ways to enjoy a day with your family and friends. Festivities are from noon to 7:30 pm.

What can you do at the fair? Peruse a wide variety of exhibitors featuring crafts, goods, services, and information. Enjoy entertainment by Rob the DJ and local performers. Stop by Green Street, which showcases ways to become greener, water-wise, and energy efficient at home. Play like a kid again, or watch the kids play, in the Kids’ Zone. And enjoy the Food Truck Court and Wine and Beer Garden.

End the day dancing and singing to the music of Breez’n as they crank up the fun with hit music from 6 to 7:30 pm.

A special thanks to our Ruby Sponsors:

  • UC San Diego Health System-Family Medicine
  • ASI Hastings Heating, Air and Solar
  • Scripps Rock Dental
  • Jerome’s Furniture

These companies, along with the other sponsors and exhibitors, help make our fair possible. Sign up for a sponsorship, booth, or performance time at [].

Stay current on fair happenings at [] or “Like” our event on the SRCA Facebook page. For questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Scripps Ranch Celebrates the ’70s

Hi neighbors, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) is planning our community 4th of July Parade. Scripps Ranch neighborhoods are encouraged to start your planning to participate in the parade. Your kids will love it! Your entry can be as simple as marching in costumes related to the parade’s theme or as exciting as holding a neighborhood party to decorate a float—using a truck body—that neighborhood kids of all ages can ride. Lots of ideas and instructions for participating in a parade or for decorating floats can be Googled. The theme this year is “Scripps Ranch Celebrates the ’70s.”

What was going on in the ’70s? For one, Scripps Ranch was formed and grew in the 1970s, along with disco, flower children, bell-bottom pants, lava lamps, and much more. No streakers, please! For another, our country was founded in the 1770s. What is your idea for a float and costumes? Call your neighbors and join us on the 4th. The parade entry application is on the SRCA website at [].

Every year, funding our parade and activities is a challenge. The SRCA annual membership is $30, but if you can contribute more this year, please go to our 4th of July webpage and help support the parade and festivities. If you own a business and wish to support the parade, the SRCA is prepared to work with you to provide your business community exposure. Please call me at 774-0567. Join us in the celebration!

Ernie Burciaga, 4th of July Cmte. Chair

Aging Successfully Lectures

  • April: Bitten by the Travel Bug? Part 2
  • Wednesday, Apr. 2, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

As a follow-up to our well-attended presentation by Road Scholars and in response to several requests for more information about local travel opportunities, we invited DayTripper Tours to describe their programs. They offer one-day and multiple-day deluxe motor coach excursions leaving from San Diego to destinations throughout Southern California, Baja Mexico, the Southwest, and beyond.

DayTripper Tours are a great way to stay active and make new acquaintances while delighting in discoveries. They are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and friends. On an excursion you’ll travel in safety and comfort, in the company of others who share your interests, yet be home in time to sleep in your own bed.

  • May: “So you think that you are a San Diegan…Part 3”
  • Wednesday, May 7, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Part 3 of this entertaining talk about San Diego’s history will focus on the history of Scripps Ranch and surrounding areas. No matter how long you have lived here, you’ll learn new things about people and events. Previous attendance at Parts 1 or 2 are not a prerequisite. Our speaker again will be Linda A. Canada on behalf of the San Diego History Center.

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, Apr. 25, 11 am
  • The Patrician, La Jolla

Just a few miles from the sunny beaches, world-class shopping, and restaurants of La Jolla, The Patrician offers independent living in one- or two-bedroom apartment homes, two meals daily, housekeeping, and a calendar full of activities.

The Patrician boasts peaceful living in a gracious setting, reminiscent of a boutique hotel. Gardens and parks are central themes. The community is adjacent to Doyle Park, which offers walking paths, gardens, and leisure activities and is close to Westfield’s University Towne Centre.

We will meet at the SRCA Community Center at 11 am on Friday, Apr. 25. The bus leaves at 11:15 am. Reservations are mandatory, as lunch will be provided so we need an accurate count. To request a reservation or for more information, email [[email protected]], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Spotlight on Exercise Class

Every Tuesday at 10 am a small group of seniors attend a fantastic 30-minute exercise class by instructor volunteer Carole at the SRCA Community Center. The class is free, but unfortunately few Scripps Ranch seniors seem to know about it. The handful who attend love it. The regulars hope that you will join them to share in the fun every Tuesday!


The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at 4 pm at Lakeview Park. The PAWS meeting on Saturday, Apr. 5, will focus on alternative medicine for pets, including acupressure. On Saturday, May 3, see what’s new in pet foods.

2014 Low-Water Landscape Tour

Sunday, Apr. 6, 12:30–4:30 pm

This tour looks like it will be our best ever! For four hours on Sunday, Apr. 6, you can experience sustainable, livable, low-maintenance examples of appealing landscapes. Also, talk with homeowners, landscapers, hardscapers, water professionals, and supportive nonprofits about how you can get started too.

How to Optimize Your Tour

There’s so much to see, we encourage you to plan ahead. Visit the SSR Garden Tour webpage at []. Here you can read more details and link to two planning tools to help you figure out where you want to go:

Google Map: This shows our three geographic clusters:

  • South of Pomerado
  • North of Pomerado
  • Multiunit cluster near Highway 15 just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard

Each tour address is pinpointed with summary information available.

Features Grid: The downloadable PDF identifies what features are at each site:

  • Types of plantings: natives, Mediterraneans, Australians, succulents, cactus, low-water grasses
  • Hardscapes: walls, paths, rocks, shade, seating, outdoor living spaces, permeable hardscapes, artificial turf
  • Water options: rainwater capture, irrigation options, smart controllers
  • Food features: an edible front yard, a home with chickens
  • Challenges such as slopes, large or small lots
  • Where to find the experts

For Homeowners: Talk to experienced homeowners, professionals, and nonprofit experts. At each tour stop the site homeowners will answer your questions. Several will have their landscapers onsite as well. A cluster of educational experts also will be ready to help you get started or advance to the next level:

  • City of San Diego Water Conservation Department: plant lists, free residential surveys, turf and rainwater rebate program information
  • Irrigation and rainwater capture experts
  • San Diego master gardeners for your gardening and pest questions
  • California Native Plant Society to answer questions and discuss native plant options
  • Think Blue: managing storm water for your property
  • Green Gardens Group will cover upcoming free landscaping classes for homeowners, HOA information
  • Worm composting demonstration

You might enjoy a quick visit to the multiunit cluster, where you can see a lovely, functional low-water open-space and tour an ultra-cool “eco-luxury” apartment complex with the latest solar technology.

Multiunit Complex, Especially for HOAs: See a working example, talk to experts and those who’ve been through it.

  • Scripps Townhomes condo complex off Affinity Court, with extensive low-water renovation throughout a difficult public area. It features a turf-replacement putting green and horseshoe pit, attractive soft low-water plantings, seating and shade areas, and an off-leash dog run. The HOA president and landscaper will be there to explain how they did it, along with the Green Gardens Group that offers special training and consultation services for HOAs, as well as California Friendly Landscape Training classes for individuals and ocean-friendly garden information from the Surfrider Foundation.
  • San Diego’s greenest apartment complex, Solterra, on Erma Road, will offer guided tours at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, showing its modernistic landscape, salt-water pool and Jacuzzi, green building materials, and their NEST solar monitoring system in the lobby to show off their rooftop solar collection.

If you have questions or for more details, email us at [[email protected]]. We want to thank our sponsor Sunshine Care in Poway, providing organic food to residents and those in need, gardening lectures to the community, and intergenerational gardening experiences for special needs kids.

SRCA Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, Apr. 12, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

We had a delicious sharing in February, including citrus, lemongrass, avocados, kale, eggplants, and herbs. In March we were told to expect tomatoes and eggplants. In April, who knows, but we’ll once again offer tea and snacks, good company, giveaways, and whatever produce we have.

What if you have nothing to share? Come anyway, enjoy the company, take whatever you want—produce, snacks, books, pots, clothing, whatever we have to offer—and then contribute to our Scripps Ranch Civic Association 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.

California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)

CCSE will host two more energy efficiency home tours in Scripps Ranch at 9928 Tudor Street, the home of Eliot and Ashley Metzger. Check them out and get your questions answered:

  • Saturday, Apr. 12, 10 am–1 pm
  • Saturday, May 17, 10 am–1 pm

Tip of the Month

How do you keep useless clothing and bedding out of the landfill? Do you have old clothes that are too torn for Goodwill? Old bedding that no one else will take? Outside of Jerabek Elementary School on Avenida Magnifica is a collection unit for all kinds of textiles, including the stuff that no one else will take.