President’s Report

Fire Threatens SR Homes

Amid the fires that broke out in the county in May, Scripps Ranch had its own on Wednesday, May 13, in the open space west of Hoyt Park, behind homes on Canyon Lake Drive. The fire burned less than an acre, and while it advanced toward homes, none were damaged. As of press time, the source of the fire is being investigated by the Metro Arson Strike Team. The city performed brush management in that area about a year ago—100 feet from the back of homes—which slowed the rate of spread and reduced the fuel. The fire was out within an hour, and those forced to evacuate returned home soon after.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Mark Kersey, and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman held a news conference at the burn area the following day. See it on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org/community/news].

With a really long fire season, practically all year now, you need to be prepared: be sure you have enough homeowners insurance; have 72 hours of emergency supplies—clothes, water, and your important documents; and have an emergency evacuation plan. See the SRCA/Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council evacuation pamphlet at [www.scrippsranch.org/evac].

Also, check out pages 8 and 9 for a preparation checklist and details on what to do if you’re told to evacuate. For updates about emergencies in Scripps Ranch, please go to our Facebook page.

Volunteers—Simply the Best!

Extraordinary volunteers make our community the best in the county. Through nominations from residents, the SRCA thanks our volunteers at a special social mixer and appreciation ceremony, held in late April this year. Without you, we couldn’t accomplish the great things that make living here so exceptional.

We dedicate this month’s SRCA Newsletter to our wonderful volunteers. Check out our eight-page special coverage, starting on page 19. Please thank these folks when you run across them. If you think someone should be recognized, let us know by emailing [[email protected]].

Making Memories

The SRCA held its first Scripps Scrappers scrapbooking event in May. Elissa Barber, the SRCA vice president of community events, and other residents spent a fun day putting together memory books. We hope to make this an annual event.

Our annual membership drive started off strong and continues all year long. If you contributed to us as a resident member or as a business supporter, thank you! If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, please do so by going to [www.scrippsranch.org/join]. We now offer automatic renewals and a rolling annual membership so you can join us anytime. Only together can we continue to work to make Scripps Ranch such a great community.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA 4th of July Parade and Festivities

The SRCA is happy to announce Wells Fargo is supporting this year’s SRCA Parade by returning with its famous stagecoach. Ronald McDonald House Charities also is returning with the wonderful entry that has delighted us in past parades. Schwan’s Foods will enter its float as well as make a substantial contribution by providing free ice cream at the Hoyt Park festivities. We look forward to an exciting day that will delight Scripps Ranch children of all ages. For all the details, continue reading and see pages 42–43.

July 4th falls on a Friday, and what better way to celebrate this holiday than by attending the 44th annual SRCA-sponsored parade and festivities. Our theme this year is “Scripps Ranch Celebrates the ’70s.” Time for our local businesses, youth and adult groups, schools, and so forth to get their parade application form filled out and submitted.

As a spectator you can cheer on your neighbors and friends in the parade. Why not dress up as well and join in the fun? Scripps Ranch residents are encouraged to dress up in parade theme costumes and walk the parade or decorate a vehicle representing their neighborhood.

The entry form is on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org/july4thform]. The deadline to enter is Saturday, June 21. Don’t wait! Talk to your neighbors, plan an entry representing your neighborhood, and get your entry form in now.

The parade begins at 10 am at Red Cedar Drive, moving along Ironwood Road, then over to Red Rock Drive, and finishing up on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. A map of the route will be in the July SRCA Newsletter. Many thanks to all our residents who put up with the “No Parking” signs and closed streets during this event. We send our heartfelt appreciation for your community contribution.

Remember it is unlawful to block sidewalks to pedestrians prior to an event. If you plan to put out your chairs or blankets early, keep them in an area behind the sidewalk, particularly on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. This way the sidewalk is still accessible to pedestrians.

The SRCA is a community volunteer-based organization. If you would like to help with the parade, please send an email to [[email protected]]. It’s a great way for high school students to earn community service hours.

If you are a business owner and would like to promote your business, the SRCA offers several ways you can sponsor segments of the parade and park festivities. Contact Jan Kane at [[email protected]].

Many of our local officials participate in the parade, and the SRCA provides a convertible and driver for them. It’s a fun way to show off your car, so be a driver in the parade! If you and your car are available, please email Brian Allman at [[email protected]].

The fun continues after the parade at Hoyt Park with a food court. There will be food trucks, along with Finest City Kettle Corn. And as mentioned above, Schwan’s Foods will provide free ice cream cups.

Events in the park are from 11 am to 1 pm. Rob the DJ will play music and have lots of fun interactive games. The air jumpers for the kids this year will be provided by SD Bouncer. There also will be free face painting, clowns with balloons, fun “Photo Op” characters—bring your camera!—and checker games. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our nation’s and Scripps Ranch’s beginnings.

Ernie Burciaga, 4th of July Committee

It was Fair-tastic!

We had a great time at the 15th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair in May. What a wonderful day celebrating the opportunities, activities, resources, groups, and businesses that make our community such a vibrant neighborhood. You can view this year’s pictures at [www.scrippsranch.org/fair].

I’d like to thank our Community Fair Committee members for their passion and dedication in the months leading up to the fair and the hours spent at the event: Valerie Barr, Mary Drummond, Victoria Mazelli, Erin Mercer, Vince Petrucci, and Helen Plutner. Special thanks goes to Paul Lichtenstein, our fearless parking coordinator. For many years he has coordinated the exhibitors’ arrivals and departures.

We also appreciate all the other volunteers who helped that day, from parking to the Welcome Booth to coordinating performers to handling the many other jobs it takes to make this annual event a success.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at [[email protected]]. See you next year!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Volunteer Now!

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), is looking for volunteers to bring fresh ideas and leadership to the group and to assist with or lead activities. Contact us at [[email protected]] or 397-5747 and leave a message. We’d love to speak with you!

Aging Successfully Lectures

  • June: “Intergenerational Programs–Opportunities for Scripps Ranch”
  • Wednesday, June 4, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Intergenerational programs seek to bring 50+ adults and youth together in meaningful activities and services to the delight and benefit of both age groups. Our speaker will be Lisa Lipsey, BA, director of community relations and IG programs at Sunshine Care. If you would like to help organize or participate in IG activities, email us at [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Support to Stay Independent

Did you know that a ride to the doctor or to have someone deliver groceries can cost as much as $45 from a home care agency? ElderHelp responded to these costs by creating the affordable Concierge Club, and it’s now in Scripps Ranch! It offers help with the basic necessities. Since ElderHelp is a nonprofit, the Concierge Club provides caring services at home for less than you’ll find anywhere else!

It just takes a call or email to ElderHelp to start the process to confirm eligibility. Email [[email protected]] or call 619-284-9281. ElderHelp will respond within two business days.

Aging Summit

Aging and Independence Services (AIS) is holding an Aging Summit on Thursday, June 12. This year the theme is “Creating a Safe and Caring Community.” The event will be held at the Town and Country Convention Center. Speakers will be live there and webcast to the Escondido California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Boulevard, Escondido 92025. For details and to register, go to [http://aarp.cvent.com/AgingSummit2014].

Second Wednesday Talk: Backyard Birding

  • Wednesday, June 11, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Want to bring a variety of songbirds and hummingbirds to your backyard? Want to learn how to discourage squirrels and rodents from raiding your bird feeders? Join us on Wednesday, June 11, for Jerry Martin of Wild Birds Unlimited to learn the secrets of successful backyard birding! Arlene and Jerry are passionate about birds and nature. That’s why they opened Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace, next to CVS.

Their mission is “Returning nature to San Diego, one backyard at a time.” Let’s join them to bring wildness back to Scripps Ranch, one backyard at a time.

Monthly Garden Share and Community-Building

  • Saturday, June 14, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Come to the outdoor picnic tables northwest of the SRCA Community Center. Bring produce from the garden if you have any, or share seeds, plants, books, tools, whatever. Our group is getting bigger each month, and summer should bring new fruits and vegetables to our gathering.

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

Tips of the Month

For a great website full of water-saving ideas, visit [www.watersmartsd.org]. It includes a 140-page e-book for homeowners, as well as information specifically for HOAs and businesses.

Years of Living Dangerously is a nine-part Showtime docu-series about the human effects of climate change, such as from the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast to political upheaval caused by droughts in the Middle East. It has been called “An expertly approached, lavish, and compelling documentary that presents its evidence through an inclusive and conversational tone, creating the right delivery for its urgently conveyed message.” It provides lots of food for thought. Episode one is available free at [http://ow.ly/vvLZU].

Bob Ilko
SRCA President