President’s Report

Heartbreaking Loss

When we lose a community member, we are saddened by the news. But when parents have a daughter tragically taken way at age 27, we have no words. My parents lost my sister to a drunk driver in 1986 and I witnessed first-hand what it did to them.

Dennis and Virginia Engler are going through so much pain right now over the loss of their beloved daughter, Whitney (pictured). She attended Scripps Ranch High School and was working to become a veterinarian at UC Davis. Please visit the SRCA Remembrance page at to read more and to leave messages of encouragement. Our thoughts are with Whitney’s family and friends.

Senior Living Project

Prior to The Glen at Scripps Ranch retirement living proposal, there was one other attempt to bring assisted and skilled nursing housing to our community. About 15 years ago a large apartment builder proposed assisted and skilled nursing facility on what is now the Scripps Ranch Technology Park—behind the library—only to change the plan to apartments.

The Glen at Scripps Ranch is the second time we are evaluating whether we should amend the community plan to include assisted and skilled nursing housing in Scripps Ranch. To read two sides to the proposal, please see our Dialogue section on page 21. If you didn’t get an email from the SRCA with details about the proposal, please subscribe with us at to stay informed.

Join the Parade!

The theme for the 45th annual SRCA Parade is “Anchors Aweigh.” We envision an assortment of floats and decorations that honor the theme. Now is your chance to sign up to be in the parade. The entry form is on page 7, and we would love to have many neighborhood floats, marchers, and kids join the fun!

The parade is on a Saturday this year, and it should make a great start to a long, enjoyable weekend. We simplified the festivities this year, and there will only be the parade and no activities in Hoyt Park.

The SRCA parade is one of the best in San Diego because it is the closest thing to a small town parade where you sit up close and know everyone. For those who help organize the parade—Bob Dingeman, 45 years, and me, 23 years—it is a labor of love that we hope brings joy to the community. We’ll see you there!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Picnic At The Park

  • 16th Annual Community Fair
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park
  • Sunday, May 17, Noon–7:30 pm

Join us for an entertaining and fun-filled “Picnic At The Park.” All you need to bring is a chair or blanket to watch Rob the DJ and the performers during the day, and the rockin’ Breez’n concert that evening. There will be rides and activities for the kids, plus these fair specials:

  • New Dunk Tank—Dunk one of the special guests and help support the SRCA 4th of July Parade. Sustainable SR will recycle the water! Sponsored by The Hoffman Team; 100% of revenue goes to the parade.
  • Support SRHS Football—See how far you can get the football in the Punt/Pass/Kick Competition.
  • LED lightbulbs—Purchase a 3-pack of LED lightbulbs for only $10, a $60 value subsidized by SDG&E.
  • Sustainable SR’s Green Street—with current drought and sustainability issues, we’ll have experts to help answer your questions and uncover your greener lifestyle.

For all the information about the Community Fair—including the schedule of events—check out pages 34–35. Also, visit to plan your day. For questions, email us at [email protected] We’ve got the fun and food. All we need is you!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

4th of July Parade Fun: Funded by Your Membership

The SRCA has been here since Scripps Ranch began more than 40 years ago. One of the first things community leaders established was the annual 4th of July Parade. They wanted a meaningful way to involve the entire community, either by participating in the parade or watching it. Today, this event is still all about community. It showcases youth groups, businesses, dignitaries, neighborhoods, and more.

The SRCA is pleased to continue this tradition. It’s one of the many things the SRCA supports and funds for everyone’s enjoyment. But what does it take to put on such an event each year? It takes a committee and lots of volunteers. It takes funds to pay for the permits, traffic control, barricades, awards, and more. It takes the support of our community.

As you think back over the years you’ve enjoyed the parade, we hope you’ll consider helping fund this annual tradition, especially if you have not sent in your SRCA membership this year. It’s simple to do. Just go to and join today. If you have questions, email us at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you at the 45th SRCA 4th of July Parade!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Intergenerational Earth Day Festival—First in the County!

To celebrate Intergenerational Earth Day in April, 330 K–8 students from Innovations Academy Charter School (IA) were joined by Scripps Ranch residents, teachers, parents, and local nonprofits for a shared learning adventure. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association—represented by Sustainable SR and SR 50 Plus—North County Intergenerational Council, Sunshine Care Assisted Living Homes, the city of San Diego, and county Health and Human Services Agency partnered with IA to make the day possible.

Booths were sponsored by 5210 Campaign, Good Neighbor Gardens Urban Sharecrop, H2OME, I Love A Clean San Diego, Master Gardeners Association, Mission Federal Credit Union, PEAK Energy, Preserve Products, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Major sponsors were Vons, Rubio’s, and Green Hat Recycling. Thank you all!

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Friday, May 15, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

You’ve seen them advertised on TV, but what are the facts regarding reverse mortgages: the different types, pros and cons, eligibility, costs and alternatives, changes in laws, property appreciation? Get unbiased answers to your questions from Eric Morales of Navicore Solutions, a nonprofit, HUD-approved Home Equity Conversions Mortgage counseling organization.

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, May 29
  • Belmont Village, Sabre Springs

Belmont Village at Sabre Springs is a beautiful mission-style community with lush grounds, walking trails, pool, putting green, and exciting indoor activities. With monthly fees and no “buy-in,” Belmont Village offers caring services and independent living for adults who want the amenities and social opportunities a unique community provides. If support needs change, residents qualify for transition to assisted living. “Person-Centered Living” at Belmont is an individually tailored, research-based program for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Belmont Village highlights five things that make it unique: 25 dining choices; nurses on staff 24/7; physical therapists on staff; four levels of memory care; and the ability for married couples to live together throughout almost all processes of aging.

We will meet at Belmont Villages on Friday, May 29, at 1:30 pm. The address is 13075 Evening Creek Drive South. There will be a tour and light refreshments. Reservations are required. Please email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Other Programs

Please check the calendar above for other meetings and presentations, as well as classes focusing on 50+ but sponsored by other groups. Check the Organizations calendar on page 50 for other clubs that might be of interest to you.

Water Restrictions

What does the 25% state-mandated water reduction mean for Scripps Ranch? At press time, we did not know much. Current low-water users may be fine, along with “purple pipe” recycled water users. High-water users may face large rate increases but long battles are likely first. We’ll share information as it becomes available.

To get a head start on lowering your water use, visit Also, come to the Community Fair and visit our Green Street partners.

Monthly Garden Share and Succulent/Planter Collection

  • Saturday, May 2, 4:30–5:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Garden Share is different this month because we need to collect succulents and little “pots” for our “Create Your Own Succulent Garden” booth at the Community Fair. Please bring small, succulent cuttings and pots or containers. These include plastic planter four or six packs, four- to eight-ounce yogurt or cottage cheese containers, and similar size “pots.”

Of course, we’d love to share your garden abundance: citrus, greens, what else? We’ll be outside if the weather is nice.

Second Wednesday Talk: Aquaponics and Hydroponics

  • Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Are you interested in growing food in your yard? Aquaponics/hydroponics is easy, fun, and productive: 6–10 times the harvest compared to traditional gardening; 95% fewer pests; and 90% less water, fertilizer, and labor. Aquaponics/hydroponics uses about one gallon of water to grow a head of lettuce in three weeks. Conventional growing takes 10–30 gallons and up to six weeks to produce the same lettuce. Alex Kallas of AgPals will explain the basics of this system.

Community Fair Green Street

Stop by our booth on Sunday, May 17, to “Create Your Own Succulent Garden” and ask how to get started on your projects. We’ll be the gateway to Green Street, where you can talk with experts regarding:

  • Nearby parks and places—Goodan Ranch, Mission Trails, Torrey Pines, San Dieguito River Park, and Birch Aquarium
  • Farms and gardens—AgPals, Urban Homesteaders, Solar Cookers, master gardeners, native plants, cactus, and succulents
  • Water—San Diego County Water Authority, City Water Conservation, and Think Blue
  • Sustainable living—, environmental educators, recycling, ASI, SDGE, and Fiat, with the 500E plug-in vehicle
  • Low-cost LED lightbulbs from TechniArt, a crowd-pleaser last year

Special thanks to Green Street sponsors:

  • ASI
  • SDG&E
  • Fiat

Tip of the Month

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Bob Ilko
SRCA President