President’s Report

Do You Facebook?

Well, more than 1,500 people have “Liked” the SRCA’s Facebook page. You should check it out and connect with us. On our Facebook page you will find a wide variety of topics, issues, notices, photos, water-saving tips, alerts, and interesting stories. It is an ever-changing place for residents to post questions or find out what is going on.

For example, there was a police helicopter circling one neighborhood recently. The SRCA checked with our police contacts and posted on Facebook that it was a suspected burglary that turned out to be nothing. But we wanted you to know. The SRCA’s mission is to help residents find answers and resources to issues that affect our community. We are here to help.

MRN 20th Anniversary 5K

Miramar Ranch North (MRN) joined the Scripps Ranch family 20 years ago. To celebrate the inclusion of Miramar Ranch North, the SRCA is hosting a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 6. We obtained a San Diego County grant to get it going, and we would love to have you participate by walking, running, or volunteering. We’ll have more details as we get closer, but in the meantime mark your calendar. If you’d like more information, please email me at [[email protected]].

SR Students are Cool

“Cool” will be the latest retro phrase at school this year. This doesn’t means that someone is fashionable or well-liked but that classrooms will be cooler due to the installation of air conditioning. For more details, see page 13. It has been years in the making, and now AC will make it safer for kids who won’t have to endure 100+ temperatures in their classrooms.

You Pay for Vandalism

Vandalism in our parks seems to be cyclical, meaning that the same things happen but years apart. In August the block wall at Jerabek Park along Avenida Magnifica (pictured above) was vandalized again. The top cap of a portion of the cement block wall was needlessly torn off. We had a similar problem a few years ago.

Also, someone tried to forcibly knock off the toilet paper dispenser in the Cypress Canyon Park bathrooms. The vandalism doesn’t cost the city money because it comes out of our Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) funds. The MAD is a special assessment that each resident pays through our property tax bill specifically for our community. If costs go up, so does the assessment.

It is bad enough that water, electricity, and personnel costs go up, it is another to have costs go up to continuously fix vandalism. The MAD can only increase by a certain percentage each year, and if costs are higher we cut other services.

Picture Perfect!

Scripps Ranch is a beautiful place to live, work, and play. And we want you to show us—literally—what our community is like. The SRCA is hosting a photo contest so that we all can see the wonderful side of Scripps Ranch. If you are an amateur photographer or just happen to snap a great photo, send it to us!

Check out the next article for a few more details, then get your camera and start capturing moments of life in Scripps Ranch. We can’t wait to see what you send in. Thank you to Yanni’s Bar and Grill for sponsoring this contest. They are always so supportive of our community!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA Photo Contest

Sponsored by Yanni’s Bar and Grill

Calling all amateur Scripps Ranch photographers! The SRCA is holding a photo contest on Facebook sponsored by Yanni’s Bar and Grill. The contest is planned to take place in mid-September. To enter, “Like” the SRCA on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/ScrippsRanchCivicAssociation] and submit your best photo of something or someone in Scripps Ranch.

Three lucky winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Yanni’s Bar and Grill. For more information, including the rules, terms, and conditions, please visit the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org/photocontest]. Good luck!

SRCA vs. HOA—What’s the Difference?

A shout out to HOA residents! If you are in a homeowners association, you may have thought, “Why do I need the SRCA? I’m already a member through my HOA.” Your HOA and the SRCA are different.

The SRCA’s mission covers our entire Scripps Ranch community. Similar to a town council, we act as the hub to connect people, resources, and funding to support local community resources, improve infrastructure, provide active civic leadership, and host great events. By working together, we can advocate for the whole community, whereas your HOA works on behalf of just your neighborhood.

Drop by our website at [www.scrippsranch.org] today and see all that the SRCA has to offer you. While online, you can join the SRCA, stay connected through emails, Facebook, or Twitter, or directly contact your SRCA district representative for your neighborhood. For questions, please email me at [[email protected]]. SRCA Works for You!

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Join the SRCA at [www.scrippsranch.org/join]. We appreciate your support!

Aging Successfully Lectures

“Lederer on Language”

  • Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Join us to hear the always entertaining wisdom of Richard Lederer. He is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, The Gift of Age, A Tribute to Teachers, American Trivia, and Amazing Words. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and was founding co-host of A Way With Words on public radio.

Dr. Lederer’s observations on language appear in magazines throughout the United States, and Lederer on Language appears each Saturday in the UT San Diego. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner. He makes about a hundred appearances a year and, as a speaker, is at home in any venue.

Richard and his wife, Simone van Egeren, live in Scripps Ranch.

“Credit Report 101”

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1
  • 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Your credit reports matter. Credit reports may affect your mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests, or even your job application. Reviewing credit reports helps you catch signs of identity theft early.

In this informative workshop, California Coast Credit Union specialists will walk you through credit report basics, including how to read and understand your credit report, how your report is used, and how you can improve it.

Senior Living Tour

  • Sunshine Care, Poway
  • Saturday, Sept. 13
  • 10–11 am

This tour is on a Saturday so that both seniors and their adult children may attend. Continental breakfast will be provided. The Sunshine Care Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, an SRCA Business Supporter, is on a 32-acre campus in the mountains of Poway.

It includes several living arrangements including: gated, ranch-style homes for alert to mildly confused individuals; a 32-bed memory care facility with an outdoor garden; and Sunshine Care’s newest addition, a state-of-the-art 24-bed community that joins the existing 32-bed facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory care needs.

Beyond the “at home” living in a beautiful, natural setting, Sunshine Care has created a “green” environment that beautifies the grounds and enables them to produce their own organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers that are pesticide-free. As a commitment to their healthy way of life for their residents, they maintain a greenhouse and use much of their arable land to cultivate and plant fruit trees and vegetables for use in their daily menu.

We will meet at the Sunshine Care greenhouse on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10 am. To get there take Pomerado Road through Poway and turn right onto Monte Vista Road. If you pass the entrance to Pomerado Hospital, you’ve gone too far. Proceed to the circle at the end of the road near the mailbox for 12735 Monte Vista Road, Poway, 92064. Park and take the shuttle to the greenhouse.

RSVPs are requested. To RSVP for the event or receive more information, send an email to [[email protected]], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Free Smoke Detectors!

National statistics show that adults age 65 and older are two times more likely to die in a home fire than any other segment of the population, and for those over age 75 that risk nearly quadruples. Yet thousands of seniors throughout San Diego and Imperial counties live in homes without a working smoke alarm. One way seniors can improve the chances of escaping a home fire is by making sure their home is equipped with a working smoke alarm.

The Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with free smoke alarms and installation. There are no monitoring fees or other hidden costs. Fire personnel from various fire departments throughout the county and other volunteer groups assist the Burn Institute year-round to install the smoke alarms.

To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older, own your own home, and not have a working smoke alarm. To sign up for this program, call the Burn Institute at 541-2277, ext. 18.

Other Activities

Please check the calendar above for Chair Exercise, Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club, Tai Chi, Silver Age Yoga, and Zumba Gold times and locations. We encourage you to join us at our events to have fun and meet new people!

SSR in September

Our speaker series starts again next month, so this month we have information about surviving our drought.

Free Workshop: WaterSmart Landscape Makeovers

  • Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5:30 pm
  • SDG&E Innovations Center
  • 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
  • San Diego, CA 92117

This free series provides homeowners with the basic skills needed to successfully convert a traditional turf yard into a WaterSmart Landscape. Scripps Ranch residents who have attended these workshops report they are very useful.

How to Thrive in a Drought

You know we live in a semi-desert, at the end of the water line. Seventy percent of our water comes from Northern California or the Colorado River, and we’re three years into a possible 10-year drought. Water is scarce and expensive. Here are some tips to keep Scripps Ranch ahead of the curve on water usage while saving time, money, and our quality of life.

Look for Hidden Inefficiencies

  • Are you running partial loads in your clothes washer or dishwasher? Try to wait for full loads.
  • Is water running out of your yard when you water? Try shorter water cycles to let the water soak in.
  • Are you watering in the heat of the day? To avoid excess evaporation, water early or late in the day.

Be Smart

  • Don’t overwater.
  • Request a free Residential Water Survey. A water professional will evaluate your current setup, teach you how to find leaks, recommend improvements, and provide low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, and other free items. Call the city of San Diego Water Conservation hotline at 619-570-1999 or email [[email protected]].
  • Download the “eGuide to a Water Smart Lifestyle” at [www.watersmartsd.org/content/eguide-water-smart-lifestyle].

Improve Your Infrastructure

  • Fix leaks, inside and out. This saves you money and water. A Scripps Ranch neighbor had a $900 water bill one month, due to an unknown break near the main line.
  • Over time, replace grass and other plants with attractive drought-tolerant choices or hardscapes.
  • Mulch heavily, especially in sunny areas, but keep a three-inch clear zone around tree trunks.
  • Build up healthy, loamy soil that holds water and nurtures plant life.
  • Install efficient watering tools and smart controllers.
  • Include features that keep water out of the sewer system and on your plants. Examples: porous hardscapes, contoured collection areas that hold water for nearby plants, and rainwater and graywater collection systems. Note: homes with those systems collected 300 gallons or more during the one day of rain in August, giving them water for their landscaping for weeks.
  • Take advantage of rebates for turf removal, efficient watering systems, smart controllers, and low-flow washers and toilets: [http://socalwatersmart.com/index.php/rebateinfo].

Learn More

Check these resources for more tips:

  • [www.WasteNoWater.org]
  • [www.watersmartsd.org]
  • [www.bewaterwise.com]
  • Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape: [www.sdcwa.org/landscape-guide-flipbook]
  • Web-based tool for San Diego County-Friendly Gardening: [www.sd.watersavingplants.com]

Attend our Water Talk in October

We’ll host a WaterSmart talk in October in the SRCA Community Center. The expected date of Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 pm had not been confirmed as of press time. Watch for an email with the date or visit [www.scrippsranch.org/ssr].

Try Something New

  • Play with water awareness. Imagine yourself in an off-the-grid environment where every gallon must be hand-carried from far away. What habits would you change?
  • Notice whenever water is running without your actively using it. Do you really need the water running while you brush your teeth, groom, shampoo, or scrub the dishes? At a water fountain, fill your water bottle instead of wasting water while you drink straight from the fountain?
  • Notice other people wasting water and avoid the same mistakes.

Enter Our Contest!

Send us your clever, unusual ways to save water. Email [[email protected]] and include photos if you have them.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, Sept. 13, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

If you have a garden, you may be in the “overflow season”: too many tomatoes, herbs, or fruits. Share your abundance on Saturday, Sept. 13, and if there’s too much for us, we’ll pass it along to those in need. If you want help picking your fruits or vegetables, email [[email protected]] and we’ll bring a team to your garden. You’re also welcome to bring whatever non-garden bounty—from your kitchen, closets, or bookshelves. If you have nothing to share, just make a contribution to our SRCA collection box.

Tip of the Month

You can ride a modern, comfortable bus from Mira Mesa to the Bay Area seven days a week for just $60–$65 each way. Start at 7 am at Lucky Seafood at 9236 Mira Mesa Boulevard and arrive in San Jose at 4:15 pm, Oakland at 5:45 pm, or San Francisco at 6 pm. Book online at [www.gotobus.com]. Thanks to Ranch resident Suha Chari for this tip.