President’s Report

Apartment Proposal

The San Diego Unified School Board voted to approve the joint occupancy lease agreement at the Innovations Academy (IA) site in accordance with the term sheet. The term sheet and district presentation are available for review on the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) webpage at

A term sheet is a non-binding agreement that sets out the basic terms and conditions of a project. It lays the groundwork for ensuring that the district and developer are in agreement on most major aspects.

The term sheet includes information about: the 66-year ground lease with a 10-year extension option; IA vacating the site no later than June 30, 2018; up to 264 apartments, including 22 affordable units, with preferential leasing of the affordable units to district employees; a 4,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) facility; and a community garden.

The actual number of apartment and affordable housing units will be determined by limitations, if any, in the environmental review process, city review, and state affordable housing incentives. The developer has yet to design the project in detail. There remains the issue of which city zoning and regulations the developer will request waived in accordance with state affordable housing incentives.

The next step is for the district to begin an environmental review process in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act laws. The public will have opportunities to provide the district issues for consideration for inclusion in a focused environmental impact report (EIR). The purpose of an EIR is to give the school board information about significant impacts of the project, which must be mitigated to below significant if possible.

If mitigation measures are not feasible, the board still may certify the EIR with a statement of overriding considerations. Areas typically analyzed in an EIR include traffic, air quality and greenhouse gas, noise, and lighting. The SRCA will send out emails of opportunities for residents to provide comments. If you don’t get emails from us, please subscribe to them at

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Standing Committees Never Sit Still

Activity abounds in Scripps Ranch. Each month SRCA Standing Committees provide you with opportunities to learn, participate, meet neighbors, stay safe, stay informed, give back, and have fun. Here are just a few of those committees: 4th of July Parade, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Clean-Up Day, Community Fair, Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, Garage Sale, Holiday Tree Lighting, Neighborhood Watch, Recognition Night, Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, Sustainable Scripps Ranch, and Schools Committee.

Learn more about the valuable services and events provided by the committees at These groups are directly supported by SRCA memberships to fund their advocacy, activities, and communications. Please join the SRCA by mailing in the form below with a check or go online to For questions, email us at [email protected] Get connected as an SRCA member today!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Recognition Night 2016

You are cordially invited to attend SRCA Recognition Night 2016. This popular community event is on Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. This special night is set aside to honor those who volunteer for our community and help with beneficial projects, programs, and events in Scripps Ranch.

If you have a company or would personally like to sponsor a segment of this year’s Recognition Night, please email me at [email protected] as soon as possible.

To learn more about the background, mission, volunteer honorees, and more, visit See event night pictures at We would love to have you help during Recognition Night or at any other SRCA event. If you’re interested, contact me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Celebrating Our Community of Cultures
17th Annual SRCA Community Fair
Sunday, May 15

Hola! Bienvenido! Bonjour! Guten Tag! Shalom! Namaste! Ciao! Néih Hóu! Musta! Hello! Just a few more months until the fair! It’s shaping up to become another successful event.

New this year: A silent auction with 100% of the proceeds to help fund the SRCA Dingeman Scholarships. Each year SRCA awards three scholarships to graduating Scripps Ranch High School seniors.

Special shout-out: Local businesses, crafters, nonprofits, community groups, and performers, you still have time to join the fair and showcase your products, services, and talents. Sign up at

Stay current: Don’t miss the latest happenings at the fair. Get updates at and “Like”our event on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s Facebook page. For questions, contact us at [email protected] or 397-5747. See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

*See last year’s fun at and click on “2015 Pictures.”

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Senior Stay or Go?
  • Friday, Mar. 18, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Is your first priority to age in place? Would you like to remove some of the “stuff” you have accumulated in your home of 30+ years? If the dishes, pot and pans, shower, faucets, and drawers were now accessible and easy to utilize, would you feel more relaxed in your own home?

Does your daughter call you expressing concern about your safety and those stairs? What are the home adaptations you need to consider as you age in place? Join us to learn how to live and age in a safe, sound, and healthy at-home environment.

If the decision is to move from your home where you raised your family, collected mementos, and feel most comfortable, this is a very stressful and highly charged time for you and your family. What is the “right-size” move for you? What are your living arrangement options? What is the difference between a “buy in” and a monthly rental senior living community? Will I have to move again? What will it cost? Will I be able to afford it until I am 100 years old?

Come hear a panel of experts role-play the scenarios noted above to provide you with information, education, and professional resources to make aging in place, downsizing, or moving to a senior community a time of increasing pleasure. It is all about enhancing your future needs and quality of life.

The panel will include: Sandi Menderson, owner of Bella Reflections, serving seniors in transition; Patti Gerke, MBA, senior real estate specialist (SRES); Ronald Greenwald, MBA, SRES, an advocate for seniors in San Diego; and Beppie Mostert, LEED accredited professional, CAPS, Allied, an expert on adaptations for adults who wish to age in place safely.

Estate Planning

Here’s a class sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library:

  • OASIS Class 133.1 Ten Estate Planning Goofs that Could Cost You a Fortune
  • Saturday, Mar. 26, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

If you have ever dealt with another person’s estate plan, then you know what a tremendous burden it can be, even if everything is in order. While we cannot change our friends’ and loved ones’ estate plans after the fact, we can learn enough to be certain of our own. It may not be too late to offer guidance to your capable loved ones using this information.

You will leave this class with your action plan in writing and good resources to make things right. Instructor: Sharon Ann Hamilton, MBA, CFP, MSFS, NCG. The class is free, but you must sign up as soon as possible at the library’s front desk.


Sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club, pickleball is played at the:

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center 11454 Blue Cypress Drive

  • Sundays, 12–2 pm
  • Mondays, 1–3 pm
  • Tuesdays, 12:30–3 pm
  • Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm

Cypress Canyon Pk basketball court:

  • Wednesdays, 3 pm–dark

You do not need to know how to play pickleball to join us, so come on out!

New Special Event: Free Star Gazing

  • West Sycamore staging area at the far east end of Stonebridge Parkway
  • Friday, Mar. 4, 6:30–about 9:30 pm

George Varga of the San Diego Astronomy Association, along with our own Scripps Ranch amateur astronomers, will help us view many of the amazing objects visible in our night sky—individual stars, clusters, nebula, and possibly galaxies. Please, no white flashlights as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. Rain or clouds cancel.

If you plan to bring a telescope and have not contacted us, please email [email protected] and you’ll receive final setup details.

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Mar. 6, 8 am

Weather permitting, meet at the West Sycamore staging area at the far east end of Stonebridge Parkway. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layers, and bring work gloves, hat, sunglasses, and so forth. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided. For more information, contact Ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]

New Guided Tour of Waterwise Botanicals

  • Saturday, Mar. 12, 10:30 am
  • 32151 Old Hwy 395, Bonsall 92003

Waterwise Botanicals gets rave reviews for its knowledgeable staff, its huge selection of succulents and cactus, and its beautiful and creative examples of succulent gardens. We’ll carpool from Scripps Ranch at 9:30 am, or you can meet us in Bonsall at 10:30 am. Bring a sack lunch to eat at the nursery after our tour. RSVP to our leader, Alex Szeto, at [email protected] to receive final information about where we’re starting our carpool. For more details about what we’ll learn and see, visit or call them at 760-728-2641.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, Mar. 19, 3–4 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

We should see a nice mix of produce this month: lots of winter greens, citrus, and more, along with—we hope!—people’s extra starter plants and seeds to help get our spring gardens going. We’ll provide drinks and snacks and we welcome your company, conversation, and household and garden giveaways. If you have questions, please contact our coordinator, Suha Chari, at [email protected]

West Sycamore Third Sunday Guided Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Mar. 20, 8 am

Join Mission Trails ranger Andrew Miller at the West Sycamore staging area—very east end of Stonebridge Parkway—for his monthly 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals commonly found at West Sycamore. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. See for more information.

Tips of the Month

1. Twenty-five Scripps Ranch residents from SRCA 50+ and Sustainable Scripps Ranch travelled to and through Little Italy and downtown on MTS buses and trolleys. You can download instructions and tips for planning, paying, and riding public transit from our website at

2. New Watershed Wise Landscaping classes and handbooks are available and free. For details and downloads, go to

3. Scripps Ranch resident Erin Mercer shared an excellent mosquito prevention facility checklist assembled by a professional facilities maintenance organization. See the whole list at www.scrippsranch/ssr but here are a few ideas to start:

  • Replace plant saucers with “pot feet” or fill saucers with pea gravel.
  • Clean or replace clogged roof gutters and downspouts.
  • Dispose of or cover cans, jars, buckets, pails, and watering cans.
  • Inspect window and door screens for rips or openings.

4. Here are the latest energy-saving tips from SDG&E Energy Solutions:

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Bob Ilko
SRCA President