President’s Report

Community 5K Run/Walk

What are you doing Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 in the morning? Nothing? Great, you now have plans! If you have other plans, change them! The SRCA is sponsoring the 20th anniversary of Miramar Ranch North joining Scripps Ranch by having a 5K Fun Run/Walk. We plan to have a live band, DJ, expo, and beer garden—or as it may be called, a “cheer garden.” There will be prizes for the first three men and women to cross the finish line.

As this is put together by volunteers, the cost is reduced for 92131 residents and members of the military. It’s even less for children 11 to 17, and free for children under 11. The course is Spring Canyon Road. The start is at Fire Station 37 at Blue Cypress Drive, and we’ll head east toward Pomerado Road. Then we’ll turn around and run or walk downhill to Innovations Academy at Scripps Poway Parkway.

This is the fastest downhill course in San Diego. After the event wander over to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and see what they have. Enjoy a delightful and healthy morning with us on Saturday, Dec. 6! Turn to page 7 to register.

Development in Scripps Ranch

It has been an interesting 2014 for land-use planning in Scripps Ranch. We saw The Watermark project—at the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and I-15—approved by the City Council. There are now significant milestones for the Carroll Canyon project and the former Intel sites across the street from Scripps Ranch High School. We have all the details in our Special Report on page 17.

The SRCA wants to continue to not only share information from the City Council and developers with you, but to share your input with them. A perfect example of that is the Carroll Canyon commercial center “big box” proposal survey conducted by the SRCA. That survey was instrumental in decisions that were made, as nearly 1,800 respondents provided input.

Both proposals have many more milestones before either of them is approved or denied. The SRCA will be there every step of the way. If you want to connect with us, subscribe to receive emails by going to [].

Coyotes in Our Community

There have been more reports of coyotes roaming our area than I can ever recall. A neighbor of mine said she saw a bobcat walking along Chabad Driveway. Read more about the issue on page 19.

Thank You, Chabad

We are grateful to Chabad for being good neighbors to Crown Pointe residents, who opposed a 60’ tall cell tower proposal. Flip to page 16 for details.

Falcon Insider

We bring you another original contributor to the Newsletter to cover stories at Scripps Ranch High School. Please welcome James Manso, who will give us a unique look at life at our high-achieving school. His first column is on page 25.

Vacation Check

If you are leaving for Thanksgiving, please contact the Scripps-Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) and set up a vacation home check to give you greater peace of mind while you’re away. Just call them at 538-8120.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Standing Committees

Another Way the SRCA Works For You!

Ever wonder how the SRCA can accomplish so much within our community? Often it’s through volunteer-run standing committees. These groups of dedicated residents band together to deliver great events, provide relevant information, help keep our neighborhood vibrant and safe, and handle those behind-the-scenes tasks. The standing committees include:

  • 4th of July, Budget, Community Emergency Response Team, Clean-Up Day, Community Fair, Fire Safe Council, Garage Sale, Holiday Tree Lighting, Long-Term Planning, Membership, MCAS Miramar, Neighborhood Watch, Recognition Night, SRCA Community Center, Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, and Sustainable Scripps Ranch

That’s a lot of dedicated people and resources in our community! And they offer a way for you to become involved, have fun, and meet your neighbors. We could talk for hours about these groups, but this month let’s spotlight Scripps Ranch 50 Plus and Sustainable Scripps Ranch.

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus provides social and educational activities for baby boomers and seniors, encompassing a wide range of classes, lectures, outings, information, and service referrals. Check out their calendar of activities: Zumba, Tai Chi, Silver Age Yoga, Chair Exercise, Lecture Series, and Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS). In addition, they’ve partnered with ElderHelp, a nonprofit group that helps seniors stay in their homes. See page 9 for what’s going on this month and visit [].

Interested in conservation and sustainability? Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) is the committee for you. Members help create more sustainable lifestyles through partnerships, education, and advocacy. Popular events include Garden Shares, home and garden tours, and informational meetings covering a variety of topics: water conversation, solar, energy efficiency, recycling, gardening, and more. Their information is also on page 9, and you can visit [].

Neighbors helping each other. The SRCA works as a hub to connect people, resources, and funding to enhance our community. We encourage you to visit our monthly SRCA meetings on the second Tuesday at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Check us out online at [] and join the SRCA at [[email protected]].

SRCA Works for You!

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Visit our updated website at []. We now provide descriptions and links to resources that will interest you, including recreation and enrichment, safety and support, and transportation. To get to these resources, go to []. If there are things that you’d like to see on our resource pages, email us at [[email protected]].

Aging Successfully Lectures

Water in San Diego

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

We start with Linda A. Canada, on behalf of the San Diego History Center. She will focus on the history of water in San Diego and its impact on the way the area developed. Then JoEllen Jacoby of the Public Utilities Department Water Conservation Section will share water-savings tips.

Crime Prevention

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

Crime Prevention for the 50 Plus Crowd. The news is full of stories of people experiencing ID theft or losing their money through scams and fraud. Katie Wilson, from the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit, will give us tips to reduce the risk of becoming a victim. She’ll cover crime prevention topics of interest to the 50 plus community, as well as victim assistance and compensation programs.

Senior Living Tour

  • The Glen at Scripps Ranch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10

This presentation will be at the Ranch Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive As has been reported in this Newsletter, a new Continuing Life Communities—The Glen at Scripps Ranch—is in the works. The project is still subject to appropriate approvals, but we will learn more about it during a lunch presentation.

We will meet at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 12:15 pm. Lunch begins at 12:30 pm. You will spend about 90 minutes total. Reservations are mandatory and must be made no later than Monday, Dec. 1, at 4 pm. Just email [[email protected]] or leave a message at 397-5747.

Blues and Folk Music Group

This group meets the second Monday of every month from 7 to 10 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Upcoming meeting dates are Monday, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. The group exchanges information about the music they will perform at each meeting, so folks have the chance to review the songs before the meeting. Although walk-ins are welcome, we suggest you let us know about your interest in advance so we can get this information to you. Send an email to [[email protected]].


Here are the planned topics for upcoming Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) meetings: Saturday, Dec. 6, dermatology, with Dr. Laura Stokking; and Saturday, Jan. 3, behavior issues, starting the year off on the right paw! All get-togethers are at Lake View Park at 4 pm.

Other Activities

Please see the calendar above for other activities. Also check the Organizations listings in this Newsletter for details about the Pickleball Club and many other clubs and organizations in Scripps Ranch.

Monthly Garden Share, Community Building

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

Bring your bounty, and if you have nothing else, bring a snack or a drink to share. We’ll be outside if it’s warm enough.

“One Smooth Ride”: Using the New Rapid Bus System

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Judith Leitner from the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will give us the scoop on the two new express buses available for Scripps Ranch residents. We’ll learn about what has changed and why it’s better for all of us, including:

  • The new infrastructure that supports these faster rides
  • The new buses—big, smooth, and comfortable
  • The new Rapid 235: express service downtown from early morning until late at night, seven days a week
  • The new Rapid 237: express service across Mira Mesa Boulevard and to UTC and UCSD
  • How to park and catch your bus at the Miramar College Transit Station

Rapid Bus Field Trips

We’re planning three outings to downtown, UTC, and SDSU so you can ride the Rapid buses. Each outing will include a meal and a walk. We’ll choose convenient times, so email us at [[email protected]].