President’s Report

Thank Our Volunteers

Volunteerism is like money, once spent, it is gone. Scripps Ranch has a long, rich history of volunteerism that needs to be renewed every day. It is both visible and behind the scenes. Some of it is quick and other times it takes years to complete. Volunteerism can be taken for granted, which we can’t afford. We need those with diverse experience, as well as first-timers, to pitch in. Whether you start small or jump in with both feet, we need you to volunteer!

The SRCA likes to thank those who contribute by hosting an annual Volunteer Recognition Night. This year the event is on Monday, Mar. 2, at 6:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. To all the volunteers who work in and on behalf of Scripps Ranch, we are grateful. Our community is better because of you.

Coyotes in Scripps Ranch

It’s an increasing problem, with residents reporting not only sightings but their pets being attacked and killed by the animals. In an effort to help residents deal with the issue, the SRCA asked County Supervisor Dave Roberts to get us resources and information about reports of aggressive coyotes in our community.

Daniel Desousa, deputy director of the Department of Animal Services, came to the January SRCA meeting and shared some facts with us. He also had suggestions about how to protect ourselves and our pets from the aggressive animals. Coyotes generally are reclusive and avoid human contact. However, they are adapting to our suburban environment and are realizing there are few threats to their existence. Leaving pet food and water out is a contributing factor—and, yes, some residents actually feed coyotes.

The animals can jump six-foot fences, and they live in open spaces but cross city streets to access other open space areas. The most effective means to instill intimidation is to “haze.” Hazing makes use of deterrents to move coyotes out of an area or discourage brazen behavior.

Residents are encouraged to haze coyotes by yelling or moving your arms wildly as you approach the animal. It is acceptable to bang pots, wave sticks, and throw things at coyotes. The primary objective is to haze long enough for the coyote to leave the area—don’t stop when the animal just backs away. You need to continue hazing until the coyote is gone. See for more tips.

The SRCA is Here For You

As you can see from the coyote issue, the SRCA fields questions and concerns about all things Scripps Ranch almost every day. We use our contacts, experience, and culture of accomplishment to help residents. Another example: a large tree branch fell behind a home in open space. Rather than calling the “black hole” of city bureaucracy, an email to the SRCA got things started. We got a return call and site visit within minutes. Do you have an idea or question? Email me at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA Works—But Only With Your Help!

Help us work for you—and all of Scripps Ranch. Join the SRCA today!

  • Go to
  • Contribute online or print the mail-in form.
  • Viola! You’ve made a difference in Scripps Ranch.

Like a town council, the SRCA is the top resource for all things Scripps Ranch, and it’s a forum for identifying, discussing, and resolving community issues—large and small, as Bob described above. We’re your neighbors, often working behind the scenes to provide personalized help. As a 100% volunteer organization, your membership dollars directly support the advocacy, activities, and communications that contribute to the vitality of Scripps Ranch.

Speaking of communications, one of our goals is to deliver open, timely, and relevant information so you stay current on what’s happening on the Ranch. Often that means connecting on the go. With that in mind, we’ll soon launch a digital version of the SRCA Newsletter to join our other online resources.

You can stay connected to the Scripps Ranch conversation in person, online, or in print—the choices are yours: the SRCA Newsletter, website at, monthly board meetings, events, and committees, as well as online through email, Facebook, and Twitter. If you haven’t done so, sign up for online resources at SRCA works for you!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Mark Your Calendar!

  • 16th Annual Community Fair
  • Sunday, May 17
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

The Community Fair offers fun for everyone. Enjoy exhibitors, community groups, Green Street, delicious food, Kids’ Zone, Wine and Beer Garden, and, of course, wonderful community performers. Stay tuned as the details unfold over the next few months.

Are you a local business, crafter, nonprofit, community group, or performer? Become a part of the fair and showcase your products, services, and talents to Scripps Ranch residents. Learn more at

We’re looking for people to join our team and help produce this annual event. Interested? Contact me at [email protected] See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Community Fair Committee Chair

Aging Successfully Lectures

  • Maximizing Your Brain Health
  • Friday, Feb. 20, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

When most people think about keeping healthy, they usually focus below the neck. But the health of the brain is just as important to overall physical well-being. Learn how to keep your mind and memory in shape in order to optimize your brain health as you age. The speaker will be from the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, Feb. 27, 10–11 am
  • Poway Adult Day Health Care Center

It’s because you love that older adult in your life that you think of adult day health care (ADHC). Perhaps the care you’re providing is overwhelming on a 24-hour basis. Or maybe you want to add interesting facets to your elder loved one’s life. In most cases, you’ll find ADHC an affordable way to keep your family together at home longer and with greater happiness.

Poway ADHC provides a structured, individualized program of therapeutic group activities to enhance mental and physical functioning. The program also increases social opportunities. Poway ADHC focuses on providing restorative and maintenance care. Services available include: nursing and personal care; social services; physical, occupational, speech, and pet therapy; nutritional counseling; psychiatric and psychological referrals; meals; and transportation to and from the program.

Reservations are required to tour the center and have a Q&A session. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 397-5747, press option 1, and leave a message. We will meet at the Poway ADHC Center at 12250 Crosthwaite Circle, Poway, 92064.

Adult Participants Wanted for Intergenerational Earth Day

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, Sustainable Scripps Ranch, and Innovations Academy Charter School are partnering with the North County Intergenerational Council to hold an Earth Day Festival on Thursday, Apr. 9, at Innovations Academy. Kindergarten through 8th grade students and adults will participate in “Earth Day,” sustainable, and healthy activities. To help at this event, register as a participant, or for more information, send an email to [email protected] or call 397-5747, press option 1, and leave a message.

Other Activities

Check the calendar for Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS), Blues and Folk Music Group, Chair Exercise, Tai Chi, Silver Age Yoga, and Zumba Gold times and locations. Also, check the Organizations section on page 47 of this Newsletter for details about the Pickle Ball Club and other Scripps Ranch clubs and organizations that may be of interest to you.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Sunday, Feb. 8, 3–4 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Share what you have, enjoy what others may bring. We’ll be outside if it’s warm or inside if needed. Either way, we’ll have tea and snacks, so stop by and say hello.

Landscaping SR, Zero Waste

  • Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Our February meeting will give us perspective on what the city of San Diego is doing to help Scripps Ranch go green. We’ll get lots of ideas to help us live an enjoyable, economical lifestyle that is sustainable locally and beyond. Michael Rasmusson, the Miramar Ranch North Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) grounds manager, will describe changes that are transitioning our public landscaping from full-maintenance to low-water, sustainable areas. These changes include:

  • The new, true Butterfly Park at the SRCA Community Center
  • A dry creek, fire-resistant demonstration garden
  • The Oak Glen Native Garden

Also, Rebecca Hays, an environmental specialist with the city, will explain the principles and practice of “zero waste,” which calls for handling discarded materials as resources rather than waste. Zero waste programs aim to conserve these resources through waste prevention, recycling, composting, and other technologies.

They focus on “cradle to grave” conservation from product design, collection, and processing to marketing new products made from recycled materials. Progress toward zero waste requires an enhanced emphasis on education, legislation, technology, and sustainable markets.

San Diego’s Environmental Services Department is making great strides toward a zero waste objective of 75% diversion of waste from landfills by 2020 and zero waste by 2040. We’ll hear about the city’s work with stakeholders to create a plan to meet these objectives, including financing that promote sustainability. We’ll also learn how we can contribute.

Miramar Landfill Tour

  • Thursday, Feb. 19, 9–11 am

Join us on a tour to learn about the many facets of the Miramar Landfill. To sign up, you must email Rebecca Hays at [email protected] Specify that you want the Feb. 19 tour, and include your name, email address, and phone number.

Tours are available on a first-come-first-served basis and only to San Diego residents. For safety concerns, children under 10 cannot participate. Please copy Sustainable Scripps Ranch if you want to carpool: [email protected]

Backyard Birding by Wild Birds Unlimited of Scripps Ranch

  • Scripps-Mesa Garden Club meeting
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5:45 pm
  • SR Library Community Room

Members and guests are welcome to join the Garden Club’s monthly meeting to learn how to encourage and support birds in your backyard. Wild Birds Unlimited presented a similar talk to Sustainable Scripps Ranch last year, and we found it to be very helpful and informative.

For questions about these events, email us at [email protected]

Tips of the Month

A few recycling rules changed for 2015:

  1. You can now recycle styrofoam packing blocks in your blue recycling bin. These are the big foam pieces from new purchases such as electronics, toys, and appliances. Note: other styrofoam packing still goes in the black trash bin, for example, styrofoam food containers, packing peanuts, and cups. Plastic packing materials can be recycled at the Postal Annex, FedEx office, UPS store, and similar locations.
  2. You can recycle plastic buckets, pots, toys, and more in the blue bin.
  3. On the downside, here’s a note you may not have noticed in your 2015 recycling flyer:

“Stop using compostable products! Compostable products such as containers, utensils, plates, and bowls are made out of corn, potatoes, sugarcane, and so forth. You may think you’re doing a good thing for the environment…however, in the city’s Greenery Program they do not biodegrade into compost and end up creating methane gas in the Miramar Landfill.

“Also, if they are mixed with other recyclables in the blue bin, they can contaminate the quality of plastics when they are made into new products.” Note: We’ll ask Rebecca Hays for more details about compostables during her zero waste talk on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President