President’s Report

Time for School!

Parents and students, we welcome you back to another school year and wish you all the best in following your academic pursuits. For everyone else, welcome to more traffic on the roads as summer is over! Please drive carefully, especially near our schools.

Street Issues

Last month the SRCA Newsletter had a Special Report, Speeding in Scripps Ranch. In the past 30 days three residents asked for assistance. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group appointed an ad hoc Traffic Subcommittee to evaluate crosswalks on Avenida Magnifica and Mesa Madera, radar speed enforcement of Handrich Drive, and illegal parking on corners and in front of fire hydrants on Weatherwood Terrace. We will work with the city traffic operations and police to find the most effective ways to address the issues.

SRCA is Here to Help

Also in the past month the SRCA was asked by residents to help with three notable issues: a potential homeless encampment in open space off Alderhill Terrace; a water value “pothole” on Pinetree Drive, which is part of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 4th of July Run; and removing a flammable teepee constructed on dead grass in open space on the south side of Pomerado. There were combustible rugs and incense-burning stands inside the teepee. All the issues were successfully resolved.

Honoring Our Volunteers

People—especially elected officials—always seem to ask: why is Scripps Ranch so special? One reason is our incredible community-focused volunteers. Volunteers from all Scripps Ranch organizations work tirelessly to make things better. In early 2016 the SRCA will host its annual Recognition Night to honor our amazing volunteers. But we need your help to know who they are. We have an easy way for you to tell us so we can pay tribute to them. Visit

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Movie Night at the Community Park

Sponsored by the SRCA

School just started and you and your family want to unwind and celebrate the weekend. We have the perfect event! Your entire family can join friends and neighbors for a fun-filled “Movie Night” in the park. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a fun movie in the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive.

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

See you there!

Scripps Scrappers!

Sponsored by the SRCA

Attention, scrapbooking enthusiasts! We have a “don’t miss” event for you! Our next scrapbooking day is on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 am to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. To reserve your place, please send a $20 check made out to the “SRCA” to Elissa Barber, 11720 Caminito Tamborrel, San Diego, CA 92131. Questions? Email [email protected]

Rent a Room in the SRCA Community Center

If you’re looking for the ideal place to hold a meeting or event in Scripps Ranch, we have just the venue. The SRCA Community Center—11885 Cypress Canyon Road—is available to rent. There are two areas: the lobby with a capacity of 49; and a conference room with space for 14.

The cost is $25 per hour including set up and tear down time. For date and time availability, visit To inquire about booking an event or to view the center, please contact us at [email protected]

New Membership Year

Our deepest thanks go to all of you who joined the SRCA during our last fiscal year: September 2014–August 2015. Your generous contributions helped us meet our goal to fund the advocacy, activities, and communications that benefit all of Scripps Ranch. With your continued support, we look forward to providing even more services during the next fiscal year: September 2015–August 2016. You can learn how contributions to the SRCA are reinvested back into Scripps Ranch by visiting

Why has the fiscal year become more relevant? Our traditional calendar year membership campaign starting in January has not corresponded with our fiscal year accounting. Community groups need a flow of contributions that match the outflow of expenses in the same fiscal year.

What does this mean to you? The membership year will transition from calendar to fiscal: from starting in January 2016 to starting in September 2015. As a member you’ll receive a request to rejoin the SRCA this fall. For questions, email [email protected] Your contributions help the SRCA remain financially stable so we can continue to fulfill our mission to “preserve, promote, and enhance the unique quality of life in Scripps Ranch.”

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

P.S. Stay tuned to Scripps Ranch happenings through SRCA emails, Facebook, Twitter, and the digital SRCA Newsletter at

Aging Successfully in SR

  • San Diego OASIS
  • Friday, Sept. 18, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

OASIS is a unique educational program for adults 50+ who want to continue to learn during the best years of their lives. OASIS offers a broad range of stimulating educational classes, from the arts and humanities to wellness, fitness, and travel—ranging from local adventures to daytrips to extended tours. Pursue an old or new interest, learn how you can stay healthy and active, and make new friends.

Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Come and learn about OASIS from Sarah Cushman, director of Lifelong Learning for San Diego OASIS.

Also, you will have the opportunity to talk to us about the types of classes, activities, and travel programs you may be interested in having in Scripps Ranch. SRCA 50 Plus needs your input! What activities are you passionate about? All ideas are welcome! Send your feedback to [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Senior Living Tour

  • Thursday, Sept. 17
  • La Costa Glen, Carlsbad

A new Continuing Life retirement community is being planned for Scripps Ranch—The Glen at Scripps Ranch. A similar project, La Costa Glen Carlsbad, is similar to what is envisioned for The Glen except that The Glen will be about 40% smaller. Join us for a tour to La Costa Glen to learn about it and to get a taste of what is planned for Scripps Ranch.

We will meet on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 am at the sales office for The Glen at Scripps Ranch at 9903 Businesspark Avenue #104. We will look at the site model for the planned Scripps Ranch community, then board a bus for Carlsbad. Lunch will be provided and we expect to return by 2 pm. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

New Webpage

We have a new updated webpage. It’s still at, but now it is easier to navigate.

September Garden Share

Please check our webpage for the date.

Turf Removal Rebate

As of July the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s SoCal Water$mart Turf Removal Program stopped taking rebate applications because funding had been exhausted. A waitlist has been created if funds become available in the fall. To join the waitlist, submit a completed application to SoCal Water$mart.

Applications will be processed from the waitlist on a first-come-first-served basis. If approved for a rebate reservation, you will receive an email in November. In order to be considered for a rebate, applicants must not start projects until after receiving a confirmation email. Submittal of an application does not guarantee approval or payment. For questions, contact SoCal Water$mart’s at 888-376-3314.

West Sycamore Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Sept. 20, 8 am

Join ranger Andrew Miller at the West Sycamore staging area—very east end of Stonebridge Parkway—for a free 90-minute guided walk. He will focus on the plants and animals found in the area. Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat and bring water. Visit the for changes and future walks.

Chaparral Walk

  • Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 am

Join Lee Gordon, California Native Plant Society member, for a tour of native plants that grow in our neighborhood. Many are good candidates for low-water landscapes, including toyon, lemonade berry, hollyleaf cherries—tasty!—Ramona lilac, mission manzanita, honeysuckle, and redberry. The summer rain has them looking good, so you can see how they might look with little irrigation in your garden.

Meet at Fairbrook Road, a few hundred feet from Pomerado Road. We mostly will walk a trail but also go through weeds and chaparral. Wear long pants, a hat, and hiking shoes, and bring water. Lee studies native plant propagation from seed and is interested in habitat restoration. He will bring cherry and lemonade berry seeds for anyone who wants to try growing natives from seed.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President