President’s Report

Be Prepared

It is October, which is time for football, Oktoberfest, and Santa Ana winds. This is the ninth anniversary of the 2003 Cedar Fire. Please be prepared. Review your insurance so that you have enough to rebuild. Have a 72-hour emergency kit ready.

Also take a moment to pre-plan your evacuation and communications plan–where you will go and who is the point person for family, the SRCA, and friends to call. Register your email with us to get needed information if there is an event. Go to [] and follow us on Facebook, just search "Scripps Ranch Civic Association."

New Development

The long-awaited Fairbrook property is being developed into 17 single-family homes and a future three-acre neighborhood park. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group negotiated the number of homes and locked in the purchase price for the park back in 1998-1999. The school district finally sold the property to a private developer who in turn is selling the park area to the city. There are no neighborhood parks on the south side of Pomerado Road. There is a site layout plan and renderings of the four different homes on our website at []. See pages 20-21 for more details.

How to Help with Police Investigations

In September there were reports of a man exposing himself in a couple of our wonderful parks. Working with the police department, the SRCA sent out an email, or what we call an "eblast," about the incidents that described the suspect. Police detectives and officers were busy interviewing eyewitnesses.

The police purposefully did not release a photo of the suspect because not all witnesses had been shown a photo lineup yet. However, residents sent around emails that showed the suspect’s photo. The result: the ID was tainted.

If you get an alert that is not from the SRCA or police, please email the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program at [[email protected]] to verify the information before you forward it to others. We all want to catch these suspects but we also want to prosecute them!

Time to Clean Up

Saturday, Oct. 6, is the SRCA’s Fall Clean-Up Day. In addition, get rid of your unwanted electronics and shred confidential documents–both for free! Thank you to the sponsors of those events: the Scripps Ranch High School Foundation and Coldwell Banker. It should be a busy and productive day to clean out the house and garage. For more information, please go to pages 15-17.

Casino Night

This "don’t-miss" event is on Saturday, Oct. 6! There is still time for you to attend and we would love to have you! There are tremendous prizes and auction items, as well as a gourmet-style buffet dinner and gaming lessons. We have a bus to drive us to and from Harrah’s to make the trip easy. To sign up, just go to [].

Having a Ball!

Three Scripps Ranch soccer teams won the La Jolla Labor Day Classic 2012 soccer tournament! We are as happy as the players are–check out their smiling faces on page 51!

A Special Love

How wonderful are Scripps Ranch families? Two of them adopted three-legged dogs to give them a second chance at a good life! Read more about these great residents in our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 41.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Join the Newsletter Family

We are looking for a volunteer to assist in the Newsletter distribution network. You would need to have a vehicle capable of carrying 12, 40-pound boxes to Scripps Ranch at the end of some months, on an as-needed basis. It will be someone we can ask to help us hand-deliver Newsletters in neighborhoods transitioning between permanent distributors. Please call Jim Caughey, distribution manager, at 549-4933. Thank you.

Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance and 50+ Club

Service and Support for Independent Lifestyles

397-5747 []

Aging Successfully Lectures

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3–Nutrition As We Age
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7–Do you Wanna Dance?

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, practical nutrition advisor Laurel Nelson will provide nutritional information on how our bodies’ nutritional needs change as we age. The lecture is at 10 am in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room.

Laurel, a longtime Scripps Ranch resident, has provided nutritional guidance for more than 10 years and would like to share with you how understanding nutrition and small changes in your diet, especially as we age, can make a big difference in the way you look and feel! After all, we are what we eat!

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, we will have two presentations. First, Kristi Fenick, the supervising recreation specialist for the San Diego Park and Recreation Senior Activities Department, will present entertaining, educational opportunities the department offers. Senior Activities provides biweekly dances in Balboa Park, monthly out-of-town day and overnight trips, and bimonthly special events. Besides recreational and social events, Senior Activities also provides social service referral information, legal assistance, HICAP, and "you are okay" daily phone calls. The quarterly newsletter, The Scroll, promotes these and many other community activities.

Then Carolyn Collins, program manager for North County OASIS, will speak. OASIS is a unique educational program for mature adults who want to continue to learn and be productive during the best years of their lives. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Members receive a catalog of opportunities three times a year.

Carolyn will tell us about OASIS’ variety of exciting educational classes, from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness, and travel. Pursue an old or new interest and learn how to stay healthy and active while making new friends.

Senior Living Tour

The SRECA’s tenth Senior Living Tour is on Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 am. We will visit Merrill Gardens in Bankers Hill, a close-knit neighborhood bordering Balboa Park and overlooking Mission Bay. There are 84 apartments–studio and one or two bedroom–so you can choose what fits your lifestyle. Merrill Gardens offers all the amenities of a home without the hard work of maintaining one.

Invite guests to a meal, special event, or social outing. With an onsite active living director, scheduled transportation, and exclusive Anytime Dining Program, there are opportunities to make friends or entertain old ones right outside your front door. The beautiful new community also offers assisted living services to residents who may need a little help with medication management or other tasks of daily living.

Tour space is limited. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the SRECA at 397-5747 or [[email protected]]. We would like you to make note that there are no Senior Living Tours in November or December.

SRECA Sponsors

We send special thanks to businesses that sponsored our "Unique Taste of Housing" fair or provided other support to our organization:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Casa de las Campanas
  • Fronch Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Olivenhain
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • Synergy Home Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Independa
  • Reverse Mortgage West
  • Ron Greenwald and Associates
  • Scripps Ranch Mobile Notary
  • Serendipity House
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Activity Highlight: Tai Chi

Tai chi (pictured at left) is an art that teaches balance of your mind, body, and spirit. It also has been called a Chinese longevity exercise to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and reduce stress. The SRECA Tai Chi and Qi-Gong class is taught by grandmaster Parker Linekin. Class meets every Thursday at 1:30 pm. Come enjoy a fun-filled hour.

Fun Activities

Don’t miss out on our ongoing activities. Please refer to our calendar above for when to join us for Silver Age Yoga, Drum Circle, our regular exercise class, and more. All these activities are a great way to stay active and meet wonderful new friends. We hope to see you!

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)


October: Local Food, Family Hydroponics, and Backyard Chickens

Are you a "Localvore"?

  • Farmers Markets, Community-Supported Agriculture, Farm-to-Table, and More
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Drive

Buying local is simply the concept of buying food produced, grown, or raised as close to home as possible. There are many benefits to buying local:

  • Local produce is usually fresher
  • Local food supports local farmers
  • Buying local helps protect the environment
  • Buying local preserves agricultural diversity
  • Neighbors can exchange their excess produce via the new Sustainable Scripps Ranch garden shares

More than 6,000 farmers work to make agriculture a $1.5 billion industry in San Diego County. Many of our county’s growers operate small family farms, with 65% harvesting nine acres or less. They have developed a reputation for quality, high-value specialty crops.

The San Diego County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit organization that represents San Diego agriculture through public relations, education, and public policy advocacy. It promotes economically viable agriculture balanced with natural resource management.

Eric Larson, the Farm Bureau’s executive director, will give us details about California and San Diego agriculture, local trends in sustainable agricultural practices–in the face of limited water supplies–and ways we can obtain local agricultural products.

Following the talk, if people are interested, we’ll coordinate a SSR visit to a local winery or farm.

Family Hydroponics Workshop

Our first AgPals workshop was a great success but we had to turn people away. Now the AgPals nonprofit is planning a family workshop at Innovations Academy on Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 3 pm. "Family" means children will build their own hydroponics box, with the help of their parents, to take home and grow produce in their backyards. Don’t miss out. To sign up, please email Beth Foster at [[email protected]].

Raising Chickens in Your Backyard

Recent changes in city regulations now allow chickens in appropriate backyard settings. Are you interested? City Farmers Nursery in City Heights is giving a free lecture on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 pm covering the basics of where and how to grow your own eggs and chickens. If you’d like to join us for carpooling, lunch, and lecture, please email [[email protected]].

Water Purification Plant Tour

On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 am we’re repeating our over-subscribed tour of the Advanced Water Purification Facility at the North City Water Reclamation Plant, located at 4949 Eastgate Mall. It’s a fascinating opportunity to learn about the latest technology to turn waste water into drinking water. Registration is required for the tour. Please email us at [[email protected]] or call 619-533-6638.