President’s Report

Stay Informed

There was another lockdown—due to a bomb threat—at Scripps Ranch High School in September. Immediately, the SRCA Newsletter editor contacted sources, and we started posting updates on the SRCA Facebook page. These events are stressful to parents, students, and teachers, which is why the SRCA does all we can to keep you informed. You couldn’t find this information on any other social media site.

During these types of emergencies, there can be a lot of misinformation. Through longstanding relationships with officials, we get you accurate details quickly and only post information we verify. Please go to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Facebook page and “Like” us. We also post announcements, events, and interesting topics about Scripps Ranch.

SRCA StoneBridge Reps

Over the years the SRCA has integrated StoneBridge Estates into Scripps Ranch as that community nears build-out of nearly 1,000 homes. A few years ago StoneBridge was added to the City Council’s 5th District at the urging of the SRCA.

Recently, StoneBridge was incorporated into the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and now the area has two SRCA district representatives on the SRCA Board. We welcome Alex Szeto—StoneBridge west—and Jim Scelfo—StoneBridge east. Both reps are eager to bring issues to our attention and participate in events. To see in which SRCA district you live and find your rep, go to

Protect Your Home

Crime in Scripps Ranch is low but it occurs. If you are a victim, the crime rate is 100% and that doesn’t help you sleep better at night. Lately some burglaries have occurred that might have been prevented. How? Find out on page 15.

The SRCA resurrected its Neighborhood Watch (NW) program more than five years ago, and it is now the largest in San Diego County. We keep you informed and provide guidance to reduce the chance that you will be a victim. To get our customized crime alerts sent to your email, subscribe at

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Be Honest and Dump It!

Are you really going to turn the faded, dented, broken items in your closet or garage into a do-it-yourself projects? Is your mother-in-law coming for the holidays and you need to clean up the house? The SRCA Fall Clean-Up Day is the answer.

Get rid of all that “stuff” on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 am to noon. There are two locations: the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road; and the Business Park across from Scripps Ranch High School at Meanley Drive and Hoyt Park Drive. No electronics or batteries are accepted. Please be prepared to unload your car. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts. Please contact Elissa Barber at [email protected]

The SRCA: Get Connected

Conversations, networking, social media, online, print—making positive connections with your neighbors and within your neighborhood promotes a strong sense of community. That’s why we live in Scripps Ranch! And that’s how the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) works. Our volunteer board has established connections with residents, volunteers, community groups, businesses, and civic leaders to deliver on our mission.

While the SRCA is known for helping the community—like a town council—at times it’s individual issues that matter most. We answers these questions too:

  • Where can I learn more about water conservation?
  • How do I keep my home safe while on vacation?
  • Who can I call to help settle a property question with my neighbor?
  • I’m interested in hiking. What trails are in the area?
  • Can you help find my lost dog?

To find the answers to these questions, visit!

SRCA connections lead to solutions on a community and individual basis. You may be surprised at the topics we’ve covered. Check out what we completed so far in 2015 on our “Mission Accomplished” page at

These connections and solutions can only continue with your financial support. Join our new “Get Connected” campaign at For questions, email us at [email protected] We look forward to connecting with you!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

SRCA Movie Night: Fun Time

The SRCA held its first sponsored Movie Night at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on a beautiful warm September evening. Families came to enjoy a relaxing evening in the park sharing shaved ice, kettle corn, pizza, and glow necklaces or bracelets for the kids while watching The SpongeBob Movie: Out of the Water.

There are free Movie Nights at parks all over the city through the Park and Recreation Department. Sponsors help offset some costs for the movie, making it more economical for groups to put on the event and pick up the remaining cost. We want to thank the following sponsors:

  • First 5 San Diego
  • Live Well San Diego
  • SDG&E
  • San Diego County Parks Society
  • Think Blue San Deigo
  • Kind Healthy Snacks
  • MEA Union
  • North County Health Services
  • Coast2CoastRX
  • County of San Diego Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council
  • San Diego Park & Recreation Dept.

We look forward to more families attending this free and fun event next year.

Jany Staley, SRCA Secretary

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library
  • Topic: Medicare and Associated Health Insurance Plans

This will be an introduction to Medicare—for those just becoming eligible—and a refresher about the various Medicare parts, plans, and options for those already enrolled. The lecture is timed to coincide with the Medicare open enrollment period, which runs from Thursday, Oct. 15, through Monday, Dec. 7.

Our lecturer will be from the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). HICAP does not sell Medicare or other insurance. It provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare and offers individual counseling to help you understand your specific rights and health care options. Join us to get all of your questions about Medicare answered!

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, Oct. 23
  • Vista del Lago, Escondido

About 18 miles north of Scripps Ranch just off Interstate 15, Vista del Lago is a memory care community that opened recently. It specializes in the needs of seniors facing Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

It is pet friendly and amenities include: newly furnished apartments; an individualized way of life with socialization choices; physical, spiritual, and social wellness; a beautiful courtyard with a winding walking path; a choice of daily life activities; and a 24-hour emergency response system. Among the services provided are: 24-hour nursing; diabetic care; hospice services; respite care; a personal concierge; local transportation; a community support group; and an effective approach to redirecting and way-finding assistance to ease a resident’s frustrations.

Plus, Vista del Lago boasts fabulous meals by Chef Marc Liautard. Classically trained in France, Chef Liautard brings 28 years of culinary experience, including roles of executive chef at prominent restaurants in La Jolla and Rancho Bernardo.

We will meet at 11:30 am at Vista del Lago—1817 Avenida Del Diablo, Escondido, 92029. Allow 25 minutes drive time. We will have a tour and lunch and be ready to depart around 1 pm. Reservations are required. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message. Let us know if you need directions or would like to carpool.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

This is the Alzheimer’s Association’s national signature event that brings together family, friends, caregivers, and concerned community members who want to make a difference. Every year thousands of San Diegans come out to support the cause at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and join a national movement to end this disease.

This year’s walks will be on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Oceanside Pier and Saturday, Oct. 17, in Balboa Park. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at, email [email protected], or call 966-3319.

Other Programs

Please check the calendar 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 calendar on page 53 in this Newsletter for other clubs and organizations in Scripps Ranch.

Sustainable Scripps Ranch in October

There’s lots of activity this month—all free—so please check it all out: a hike and a canyon cleanup, an excellent tour, a chance to learn and talk directly with the city Water Department’s customer advocate, and even a Movie Night.

Olivenhain Water District Tour

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 am–noon

This is a fascinating shuttled tour that includes the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant, and the 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility. It starts at the Olivenhain Water District headquarters, 1966 Olivenhain Road, Encinitas, 92024. Reserve your spot by noon on Monday, Oct. 5, by contacting Theresa Chase at 760-632-4641 or [email protected]

There is some walking and stair climbing required, so wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and loose clothing. You might also want a hat, light jacket, and camera. If you’re interested in carpooling, contact [email protected] no later than Monday, Oct. 5. Note: these tours repeat every three months, so plan ahead if you can’t attend this one.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Sunday, Oct. 11, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Bring your fall produce and see what others have to share. Exchange tips and meet new friends and old. We’ll be outside if the weather is nice, inside if not.

2nd Wednesday Lecture

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30–8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

The city of San Diego Public Utilities Department has recently launched a new and improved customer advocacy program. Customer advocate David F. Akin uses his 17 years of utility management experience and eight years of legal advocacy/mediation experience to represent a customer-centric perspective within the Water Department, including:

  • Focusing on the “big picture” end-to-end customer experience;
  • Helping navigate our often complex procedures and organization;
  • Acting as a cross-functional go-to person; and,
  • Engaging, facilitating, and expediting resolution of customer issues.

His presentation will include these topics:

  • How to read your residential water/sewer bill;
  • An overview of fixed and variable fees and charges;
  • Go green! Online self-service;
  • Overview of key infrastructure and services;
  • What you can do when your utility bill is higher than expected;
  • Drought response; and,
  • The Pure Water project.

He’ll also accept feedback from us and pass it along to help improve service efforts and customer satisfaction. So bring your questions, concerns, and suggestions.

West Sycamore Third Sunday Guided Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Oct. 18, 8 am

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

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 8 am
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, 8 am

Get your exercise for the day and help improve your park at the same time. Lend a hand on our West Sycamore Volunteer Crew! Crews meet at 8 am on the first Sunday of each month—weather permitting—at the West Sycamore staging area and work until noon at the latest.

Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended on sunny days. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Mission Trails ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club Movie Night

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5:30 pm
  • SR Library Community Room

Join us to watch this intriguing 104-minute movie: “Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants, and animals, we come to appreciate the…dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation, and development, and the latest scientific research on soil’s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers, Symphony of the Soil is an intriguing presentation that highlights possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.”

Tips of the Month

  • SDG&E is partnering with the SRCA to share energy-saving tips. Watch for the monthly Sustainable SR eblast from the SRCA, which gives you direct links to useful information such as: the Reduce Your Use Rewards program; how to get a free SMART thermostat, Water and Energy Saving Kit, or an in-home energy survey; and one-minute videos with tips on home cooling, weatherization, and more.
  • Here’s an inspiring video about soil and why it matters:
  • Want to spend a fascinating day or more viewing cutting-edge energy-efficient houses? This year’s Solar Decathalon is in Irvine from Thursday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 18. See for more information.

Bob Ilko

SRCA President