President’s Report

Thank You, Yanni’s

We want to thank the 2015 SRCA Facebook Photo Contest winners and our generous sponsor Yanni’s. If you would like to see the photos, go to our Facebook page—search Scripps Ranch Civic Association—and see them in the photo gallery.

While you’re there, please “Like” our page as you will find stories about Scripps Ranch residents, events, crime alerts, meeting notices, Scripps Ranch photos, and occasionally free giveaways. We are planning another photo contest in the fall.

Fantastic 4th!

The 4th of July in Scripps Ranch was a patriotic day filled with running, walking, biking, parades, music, face painting, and bounce houses. There were close to 500 volunteers—between the SRCA and the Scripps Ranch Old Pros—who helped put on multiple events on the same day. I want to thank everyone for participating. Thank you to the Scripps Ranch Old Pros for the activities in Hoyt Park after the parade.

Please Slow Down

I admit that I have sped through the community, coming or going someplace while thinking about what I need to do when I get there. Also, with the windows up and the music on or talking on the phone, your attention is elsewhere without realizing how fast you’re going.

To those walking across a street or in another vehicle exiting a side street, speeding is an issue. While there are those who live somewhere else driving in Scripps Ranch, most of the speeding is done by our own residents, like me. Most of our streets are residential so there are homes on these streets and that means children are present. Please take a moment when you are driving and become aware of your speed. Check out our Special Report on Speeding in Scripps Ranch on pages 14–15.

SRCA Helps You!

A resident asked the SRCA for help in March when weeds were growing in the median on Pomerado Road near Stonebridge Parkway. While it took some time and help by the Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) supervisor Eileen Rodriguez, the city eventually came out in July to clean up the median.

Special appreciation goes to Eileen. While this was not a MAD responsibility, she submitted our request to the right people. If you have neighborhood concerns, email us at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Movie Night at the Community Park

Sponsored by the SRCA

Bring the entire family and plan to join your friends and neighbors for a fun-filled evening in the park. Mark your calendars!

  • Saturday, Sept. 12
  • Starts at dusk
  • The SpongeBob Movie

See you there!

Scripps Scrappers Returns!

Sponsored by the SRCA

We have moved to the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room for our next scrapbooking event. Plan ahead: it’s on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 am to 9 pm. To reserve your place, please send a $20 check made out to the “SRCA” to Elissa Barber, 11720 Caminito Tamborrel, San Diego, CA 92131. For questions, please email [email protected]

We Couldn’t Have Done It Without Volunteers

The SRCA 4th of July Parade Committee thanks all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to put on such an important community event. The committee co-chairs were Bob Ilko and Gary Clark, with invaluable help from Mark Schecter, Lorayne Burley, Elissa Barber, Victoria Mazelli, Nils Persson, Roger Boates, Jim and Diana Snow, and Brian Allman.

In addition, there were many, many more volunteers. The SRCA extends a huge thank you to all of them.

Parade marshals: Lori Erlenbach, Jodi Anderson, Paul Lichtenstein, Sandy Wetzel-Smith, Art Ansert, Mary Drummond, John Sinclair, Gloria McKearney, Jeannie Foster, Bill Feather, Barbara Perkins, Mark Smolin, Helen Plutner, Rene Buck, Steve Smith, Alex Szeto, Jim Paterniti, Michael Harris, Susan Parme, Jorge Guerra, Terry McKearney, Andrew del Prete, Rich Horowitz, Erin Mercer, Alex Guerra, Becky del Prete, and Jenny Marshall, who was our U.S. Navy point of contact.

“No Parking” signs set up: Boy Scout Troop 664—Joe Kloberdanz, Carl Stewart, Joni Dieters, Cory Anderson, Richard Hallett, Heather Sanchez, Steven Garson, Mike Brown, Don Netzke, Barbara Waller, and Jim Waller.

Barricade set up: Joe Kloberdanz, Jim Melville, Bill Feather, Mike Brown, and Robert Cronk.

Sign and barricade removal: Boy Scout Troop 664 scouts—Timothy Boggs, Nicholas Calkins, Stephen Hunter, Brandon Lee, Jakob Rosen, Joshua Rosen, Cameron Settles, and James Wakefield. Troop 664 parents—William Boggs, Andy Calkins, Dave Settles, and Dave Wakefield.

“No Parking” flyer distribution: Boy Scout Troop 663 scouts—Kit Williams, Michael Rendon, John Kwiatkowski, Jason Buckley, and Corbin Si. Girl scout Coral Muckerman.

Volunteers: Matt, Jodie, and Tyler Muckerman, Jacob Crider, Jerry Frasier, Joan Si, Dave Williams, and Stephanie Kwiatkowski.

Scripps Ranch Old Pros: Andy Nicholas, Jeff Jackson, Bob Guajardo, Loren Achenbach, Mike Andrade, and Travis Northcote.

The SRCA extends a big thank you to everyone who took part in the parade. Congratulations to the winners:

Car Club

  • 1st—Model A (at left)
  • 2nd—SR Stroller Strides

Decorated Vehicle

  • 1st—Scripps Mesa Fireworks
  • 2nd—RSVP
  • 3rd—Northeastern Communities Pageant

Marching Group

  • 1st—SRHS Band (below)
  • 2nd—SR Zen Meditation Group
  • 3rd—Relay For Life

Performing Group

  • 1st—SRHS Spirit Squad and

Fitness Quest

  • 2nd—SR Pop Warner Football and Cheer
  • 3rd—Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class
  • 4th—Quilts for Wounded Warriors

Youth Group

  • 1st—Jerabek Elementary (top left)
  • 2nd—Ellen Browning Scripps

Elementary (picture on page 33)

  • 3rd—Girl Scouts

We thank Kevin Baird for many of the parade photos you see in the Newsletter.

Help! We Need Your Input!

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center is expanding its hours and wants to include activities for the Scripps Ranch 50 Plus group. This is a golden opportunity to add new, fun, and exciting activities and programs for us.

What activities are you passionate about and what would you love to see in Scripps Ranch? This might include art classes, bridge lessons, wine tasting, bingo, more Pickleball, travel, knitting, more yoga or tai chi classes, mah-jong lessons, line dancing, a creative writing class, silver sneaker program, photography, Adobe light room/photo shop classes, book club, meet-up groups on various topics, Koffee Klatsch, tutoring kids, computer lessons, ukulele or guitar lessons, a community garden, more lectures and senior living tours…the list is endless.

Please take this opportunity to give us your suggestions! All ideas are welcome! Send your ideas to us at [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.


The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) meeting on Saturday, Aug. 8, will be a social gathering only—no presentation by a veterinarian. Note: we need a student, adult, or couple to help us coordinate PAWS speakers and activities. Can you help? Send an email to [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Other Programs

Please check the calendar (right) for other Scripps Ranch 50 Plus meetings and classes as well as classes focusing on the 50+ set and sponsored by other groups. Also, check the Organizations section on page 53 for many other clubs and organizations in Scripps Ranch that may be of interest to you.

Garden Share

  • Saturday, Aug. 8, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Share your garden and kitchen bounty and bring a bag to take home your finds! Let us know if you have any ideas to add to our future garden meetings.

Garden Makeovers

Are you planning to do a garden makeover in order to conserve water? Make sure you don’t let water run off your property. As an added benefit to you it will help decrease your water use and lower pollution to our storm sewers.

For those not familiar with drought-tolerant plants, be sure you are not introducing an invasive species, such as Mexican feather grass. It can overcome native plants and animal species once it is established. Master gardeners has a hotline you can call with questions: 822-6910.

Free Residential Water Survey

Get a free residential water survey by a water-conservation professional to look for leaks, evaluate irrigation, check toilets and faucets, and suggest water-saving opportunities. Call 619-570-1999 or visit And get a free water-saving kit that includes a low-flow showerhead and faucet aerators by going to Want to report water waste? Call 619-533-5271 or visit [email protected]

Energy Tips

Here are some tips to help you get through a hot summer. Fans are a great way to save energy and money. They average only 2–4 cents per hour. As the summer heats up make sure your air conditioner is in good working order. The AC Quality Care Program through SDG&E provides residents with specially trained contractors to help ensure a reliable and energy-efficient operation. Learn more on their website, as well as how to qualify for a $250 rebate for this service.

Don’t want to turn on your AC? Head over to one of two Scripps Ranch designated Cool Zones: our Scripps Ranch Library or the Recreation Center. And by replacing your old pool pump with newer pumps and robotic pool cleaners, you can save even more. For more information, go to SDG&E’s Splash Rebate program.

We’re Here to Help

Have more questions? Contact us at [email protected] and we will help you get answers.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President