President’s Report

Rattlesnake Warning

Every spring, as the weather gets warmer, rattlesnakes come out of hibernation. We usually get reports of snakes in areas surrounding fields where kids tend to play while older siblings take part in games.

The SRCA has invited San Diego County Animal Services to attend our April meeting to address what do if you find a rattlesnake. Join us on Tuesday, Apr. 14, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. If someone is bitten, call 911 immediately! You can find helpful information on the SRCA website at

Park Vandalism

A picnic bench at the east end of Hoyt Park was vandalized again and burned. Residents who live nearby found surgical gloves, matches, and empty cough medicine packets. The fire and vandalism damage—repair cost: $600—is occurring in the mid-afternoons. In a nearby location where we had a fire last May, we found discarded medical marijuana packages.

The community is concerned not only about the costs to repair the vandalism but the human costs associated with drug abuse. In the event that you observe vandalism or drug abuse in any of our parks or open spaces, please call the police non-emergency number at 484-3154 and send an email to [email protected]

Keeping You Informed

Do you use Facebook? The Scripps Ranch Civic Association has one of the most popular Facebook pages for a community town council in the county. With more than 2,100 “likes,” it’s growing every day! It is a great source for information about what is happening right now, as well as what’s coming up in the future. Volunteers update the page constantly, and in times of crisis it’s one of the best sources of verified information.

During the recent lockdowns at Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School, thousands of residents turned to the SRCA Facebook page—which is linked to our Twitter account—to find out what was going on. Here’s one comment: “Thank you SRCA for having your FB and Twitter feed to keep the community informed. Your info was more up to date than any of the news stations and I know the school’s primary responsibility was to make sure the students were safe.”

Support Your Community

If you were one of the residents who stayed updated on the schools’ situations on our Facebook page, we’d like to ask a favor. Could you join or renew your SRCA membership? We would be so grateful. If you already joined, we thank you! Your contribution goes a long way toward making Scripps Ranch an incredible place to live, work, and play. Should you have any issues about why you don’t want to join, please email me at [email protected] so we can chat.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

The Value of Staying Connected

Helping you stay connected to the Scripps Ranch conversation is one of the SRCA’s primary goals. That often means connecting in real-time and on the go.

It takes funding to keep our lines of communication open, timely, and relevant so you stay current on what’s happening in Scripps Ranch. You may recall that 29% of the SRCA budget is for communications. That’s about $14,000 this year to maintain and upgrade our online communications—website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and the digital SRCA Newsletter.

What’s the value of staying connected? “Priceless.” But we can only deliver this high value with your support. How?

  • Join the online conversation at to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or sign up for an email list.
  • Become a member to help fund SRCA communications at

For questions, please email us at [email protected] Thank you for being part of the Scripps Ranch conversation!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

16th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 17, noon–7:30 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

The fair has it all for a wonderful family “picnic at the park”! All we need is you! Come enjoy the scents and flavors of new food booths—no food trucks this year. Enjoy a glass at the Wine and Beer Garden, featuring Ballast Point, while you watch the performers. Speaking of performers, our lineup so far includes: Rob the DJ, JING Institute, Chamber Bravura, Almost Grounded, and the free Breez’n concert.

Kids can roam in the Kids’ Zone while enjoying hands-on activities, food, and rides. We are partnering with the SR High School football boosters to help them raise money for a special trip this fall. Come support them at their food booth, Punt/Pass/Kick competition, and raffle.

A special thanks to our top sponsors:

  • 105.7FM—Diamond
  • ASI—Ruby
  • Marrokal—Emerald

A shout-out to local businesses, vendors, nonprofits, groups, and performers: booths and performance times are available! Reserve your spot at For questions, email [email protected] Get the latest at See you there!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Elder Law
  • Friday, Apr. 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Medi-Cal benefit law, estate planning, and asset protection and retention all fall under the rubric of elder law. Documents that you, your spouse, and your parents may need or want to have may include: living trusts, general durable powers of attorney, and advanced health care directives.

The need for these will be described by Richard Scott Stewart, Esq., of the California Estate and Elder Law, LLP. Scott, a Scripps Ranch resident, is an elder law specialist and co-chair of the SD County Bar Association Elder Law section.

Senior Living Tour

  • Wednesday, Apr. 22, 11 am
  • The Patrician, La Jolla

Pursue an active, independent lifestyle at The Patrician and take advantage of the comforts and conveniences of a thriving community. The Patrician offers an active lifestyle for seniors with luxurious Mediterranean styling and the opportunity for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

The Patrician offers one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments, month-to-month rental—no buy-in— housekeeping, laundry service, transportation, and much more. The poolside garden is perfect for growing vegetables and herbs while the walking paths, wellness center, and spa complete the experience.

We will meet on Wednesday, Apr. 22, at 11 am at the SCRA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road and board a bus to go to The Patrician. Lunch will be provided, and we expect to return by 1:30 pm. Reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Intergenerational Earth Day

  • Thursday, Apr. 9, 9:15 am–1:30 pm
  • Innovations Academy Charter School, 10380 Spring Canyon Road

Engage in a variety of fun, interactive activities aimed at increasing students’ knowledge of the environment, public health, and sustainability! This free event includes a light breakfast, lunch, and appreciation gift! Register to join the fun: Questions? Call Rob Holmes at 689-2179 or email [email protected]


Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) will meet on Saturday, Apr. 4, and May 2, at 4 pm at Lakeview Park on Mira Lago Terrace. The topics: Apr. 4, Dr. Kurowski on heartworm disease; and May 2, Dr. Stokking on dermatology updates.

Other Programs

See the calendar above for other activities. Also, check the Organizations calendar on page 53 for details about the Pickle Ball Club and other groups.

Second Wednesday Talk: Clean Vehicles

  • Wednesday, Apr. 8, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

More than 200 Scripps Ranch residents already drive plug-in electric vehicles. Join us for an informative discussion on the latest clean vehicle trends and how you can join in. Kevin Wood, Clean Transportation project manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will talk about the models now on the market, incentives available, and how to charge at home or in public. Kevin also will talk about steps the region is taking to encourage the deployment of other clean vehicle technologies, such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

Current plug-in electric drivers are invited to bring their vehicles and share their experience with their neighbors. One of CSE’s electric vehicles will be present.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Sunday, Apr. 12, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

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

Green Street at Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 17

We’ll be there, along with plenty of knowledgeable green vendors, nonprofits, park rangers, and more. See next month’s Newsletter for more details.

Tip of the Month

Here’s an interesting but concerning video, “Heat and Harvest,” regarding crops and climate. Check out

Bob Ilko
SRCA President