President’s Report

New Apartment Proposal

You’ve heard the saying: in real estate it’s location, location, location that matters. In controversial land development proposals it’s location, size, and impacts. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) met with the community in November 2014 to gather input as to what residents would like to see on the Innovations Academy site at the intersection of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. The district invited developers as well.

Since November the district selected the only developer, Monarch Group, who responded to the request for proposals. SDUSD and the developer then refined the proposal. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association shared it with you in the December SRCA Newsletter. Within 10 days of that issue being published, there were three public meetings on the proposal. At the SRCA meeting (above right), more than 100 residents showed up to express their disapproval of the project.

We did not know the district intended to ask the school board for approval of the project as early as Tuesday, Jan. 26. Unless that date changes, there are three more community meetings prior to the vote:

  • Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 7 pm, SRCA Community Center
  • Scripps Ranch Planning Group, Thursday, Jan. 7, 7 pm, SR Library
  • SRCA, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7 pm, SR Library

As of press time the city had not completed its preliminary evaluation to determine if the proposal must complete any environmental review or if the project needs approval by the City Planning Commission and City Council. For more information, go to, which has the information from the December SRCA Newsletter. Also, visit If you like the proposal or oppose it, the SRCA wants to hear from you as soon as possible. Email us at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Let’s All Connect with the SRCA…Join Today!

Connections between people are the foundation to creating successful endeavors. In Scripps Ranch our community connections add immensely to our unique quality of life. The SRCA helps strengthen these community connections by providing the activities, communications, and advocacy you expect.

Check out pages 30 and 31 to learn specifically how SRCA membership and volunteerism work together to translate these connections into individual and community solutions. As an SRCA member you become part of the solution. When you join, your contribution directly funds the many connections that impact our community.

It’s easy to join! Go to or mail in the form on page 31. Connect by becoming an SRCA member today! For questions, please email us at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

SRCA Digital Communications VP Needed

Want to join a dynamic group and be creative at the same time?! We have just the thing. The SRCA is looking for a vice president of digital communications. This person will develop an integrated digital presence to advance the mission, vision, programs, and fundraising efforts of the SRCA. A monthly stipend is included.

Here’s a description of the position:

  • Chair the Digital Communications Committee to move current and new programs forward.
  • Develop and implement a strategy and guidelines for branding the SRCA’s digital presence.
  • Assess and adopt relevant technologies and develop new programs.
  • Ensure the brand identity and messages are presented consistently and effectively across all digital platforms.
  • Responsible for analytics and reporting results to the SRCA Board.
  • The digital communications VP is a member of the Executive Committee, the SRCA steering committee.

Responsibilities: oversee the webmaster, email, search engine optimization, social media, video, mobile apps, blogs, surveys, online payments, and so forth.

Requirements: experience in digital media/marketing; technical expertise with current platforms; and creative, resourceful, flexible team player.

To find out more about this exciting position, please email SRCA president Bob Ilko at [email protected]

Recognition Night 2016

It’s a new year and SRCA Recognition Night 2016 is only a few months away, so please start submitting names of our deserving volunteers. The submission deadline is Sunday, Feb. 28. To honor that special volunteer, go to

SRCA Recognition Night is on Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. This special night recognizes those who volunteer for the good of our community by helping with beneficial projects, programs, and events.

To learn more about the mission, presentation, volunteer honorees, and more, visit You also can see the 2015 event pictures at If you would like to volunteer and help our committee, contact me at [email protected] We’ll see you at Recognition Night!

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Celebrating a Community of Cultures

17th Annual SRCA Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 15
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

Our community is rich in many cultural, social, and global traditions. This year’s fair will provide an opportunity for residents and exhibitors to showcase and celebrate their cultures, interests, activities, goods, and services.

If you’re a local business, vendor, non-profit, community group, or performer, now is the time to sign up for the fair. Enrolling early provides you with more opportunities to participate in the pre-event promotion. Exhibitor applications are at

We also have a few committee positions still available. Email me at [email protected] to become involved in this annual community tradition.

And remember, this fair’s for you! Help us celebrate our “Community of Cultures” in Scripps Ranch by letting us know how you would like to contribute, what you’d like to see, and what you’d like to do. Contact us at [email protected] or 397-5747.

Never been to the fair? Check out what you missed last year at and click on “2015 Pictures.” See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

New Year…New Volunteer Opportunity

The SRCA Newsletter distributor network is made up of more than 300 volunteers. Each one is vital to getting this publication to each Scripps Ranch resident.

Do you have just one hour a month to spare? If so, we need a volunteer to deliver 12 boxes of Newsletters to a Scripps Ranch area north of the lake each month. The boxes will be delivered to you at the end of each month. Any large car, minivan, SUV, or truck can handle it. To help, please contact the SRCA at [email protected] or 397-5747. Thank you!

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Friday, Jan. 15, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Scripps Ranch Travel Group: We are looking at the possibility of forming a social/travel group. Join us for a discussion about the types of travel opportunities you might be interested in—local, day trips, overnight, overseas—as well as any other travel-related ideas you may have.

Healthier Living Workshops

  • Coming in February

Sponsored by the county, Scripps Ranch Library, and Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, “Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions” workshops will be offered free of charge in February at the Scripps Ranch Library. This six-week set of workshops is for people interested in learning how to manage their health challenges, ranging from diabetes to arthritis to anxiety, and everything in between.

The workshops are also for people who want to develop a healthier lifestyle and caregivers, friends, and family of those dealing with a health challenge. Check the February SRCA Newsletter for details, or send an email to [email protected] expressing an interest. We’ll send you details as they become available.

Bus Outing

We will join Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) on Saturday, Jan. 23, for a bus outing to downtown San Diego and elsewhere. See the SSR column on page 9 for details and how to RSVP.

Garden and Community Share

  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 1–3 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

In addition to garden products, we will have many baskets to share. This fun event is co-sponsored with Sustainable Scripps Ranch. See their column for details.

Zumba Gold

Please note that the Zumba Gold classes, previously on Mondays at 9:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library, have been cancelled. However, there is a regular Zumba class on Fridays at 4 pm at the library.


Join us for pickleball, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club. This fun game is played on:

  • Sundays, 12–2 pm; Mondays, 1–3 pm; Tuesdays, 12:30–3 pm, at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3 pm–dark: Cypress Canyon Park basketball court

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Jan. 3, 8 am

Get your exercise for the day and help improve your park—weather permitting—at the West Sycamore staging area, at the east end of Stonebridge Parkway. We’ll lay down mulch in appropriate areas. Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For information, contact ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]

Garden Plus Holiday Share

  • Saturday, Jan. 9, 1–2 pm, new time!
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

In addition to sharing produce, snacks, and conversation, we have a great collection of baskets and other holiday paraphernalia for all who want them. Scripps Ranch 50 Plus members will join us and you can too. Contribute your excess baskets, ornaments, and other items, and check out our giveaway goodies. We welcome your excess produce, holiday cookies, or anything you’d like to pass along to grateful homes.

California-Friendly Landscape Class

  • Friday, Jan. 15, 5–8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Registration is required for this free class. Please contact Bre Pendergraft at 619-533-4203 or [email protected] Using water efficiently is a way of life and an important responsibility that comes with the benefits of living in a beautiful climate like San Diego County. A WaterSmart lifestyle is all about rethinking the way we use our limited water resources and making smart choices to reduce water use indoors and outdoors. This class will give you the tools to be a more waterwise gardener. For more information, visit

West Sycamore Third Sunday Guided Nature Walk

  • Mission Trails/West Sycamore
  • Sunday, Jan. 17, 8 am

Join Mission Trails ranger Andrew Miller at the West Sycamore staging area for a 90-minute guided nature walk. He will focus on the plant communities and animals commonly found at West Sycamore. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. For more information, see

Fun on the Bus and Trolley

  • Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 am

Here’s your chance to learn how to ride the Bus Rapid Transit and the Trolley while having fun with your Scripps Ranch neighbors. We’ll loop through Little Italy, Seaport Village, the East Village, and the new downtown library. This outing is jointly sponsored by Scripps Ranch 50 Plus and Sustainable Scripps Ranch, both standing committees of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. For a detailed itinerary and meeting arrangement, call Lynn Owens at 566-7717 or email [email protected]

Tips of the Month

SDG&E Tips: Do you know someone who’s having a hard time paying his or her bill? Let them know about SDG&E’s energy bill discount programs and services. These tools can save them up to 35% all year long. Visit

New Free Fix-It Clinics: These new clinics are on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm at the downtown library. Here’s what they say: “Bring your broken, non-functioning item: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, etc. for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event: children are heartily invited!”

Registration is required at If you’re a fix-it expert who’d like to share what you know, learn more about volunteering by emailing [email protected]

Bob Ilko
SRCA President