President’s Report

New Park South of Pomerado

After decades, we are close to getting Fairbrook Park constructed. It will be the only public park south of Pomerado. Some of you may know that Fairbrook Park was once owned by the school district, which at one point planned to build a 450-student elementary school with a three-acre joint-use park. The district sold the property and a developer built 17 homes. The city acquired the park portion from the developer.

Due to scheduling conflicts the city’s Park and Recreation Department didn’t start the community organization design committee process until March. A committee will hold meetings with interested residents and homeowners’ associations probably in May. If you would like to know more or attend the meetings, please email us at [email protected]

Enhancing Our Digital Presence

As the world becomes more and more digital, so does the SRCA! We have filled two important positions in our community organization. We are pleased to welcome Luis Fregoso as our vice president of digital communications and Kelly Mayerick, who is responsible for email communications. Luis will finish the website upgrade and work on a couple of exciting projects that we can’t tell you about yet. Kelly will be sure that our emails are more attractive and easier to read.

While we’re talking about our online presence, we want to remind you to “Like” the SRCA Facebook page—search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.” It’s the number one place to go when there is breaking news in Scripps Ranch. With our SRCA sources, we provide you immediate, accurate information.

Why Join the SRCA?

People often ask, “What do I get from being an SRCA member?” The answer is what we all collectively get from generous people paying memberships. The SRCA is instrumental in the activities you see, such as volunteer recognition, Community Fair, Neighborhood Watch, Sustainable Scripps Ranch, Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, scholarships, senior citizen issues, our own community center, and communication about development plans. And while this acclaimed Newsletter is supported by ads, the community would not have it without the SRCA.

However, there are literally hundreds of things the SRCA does each year that you don’t see. Those include problem solving, preserving property values, and finding resources for residents. It is very valuable for residents to have a high quality of life and that is achieved by dedicated SRCA volunteers. There is no other town council in San Diego County that does what the SRCA does. Your membership is a small contribution to help us continue to put Scripps Ranch first. To make it easy, just go to www.scrippsranch.org/join! Thanks!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Thank Our Volunteers

SRCA Recognition Night 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 by helping with projects, programs, and events.

We invite you to join us and thank the honorees. We are excited to add the new Mayor’s Awards, a special baby recognition, and new sponsors for our SRCA event. Complete coverage of this special evening—with pictures and honorees—will be in the May SRCA Newsletter and on the SRCA website at www.scrippsranch.org.

For more about Recognition Night, visit www.scrippsranch.org/recognition-night. To volunteer at this or any SRCA event, please email me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

 Planning Groups and the SRCA

Connecting You to the Community Planning Puzzle

Community planning issues are hot topics in Scripps Ranch. They encompass land use, mobility, public facilities, recreation, preservation, noise, and housing. Together, they form the community planning puzzle that shapes our neighborhood.

Who assembles these puzzle pieces? The planning groups. The SRCA. You.

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) are government created groups independent from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Their role is to make recommendations to the City Council and other agencies on the preparation, adoption, implementation, or amendment of the general plan or community plan. Visit www.scrippsranch.org/committees/advisory-committees.html for more information.

The SRCA is the conduit between you, the community, the planning groups, the city, and other organizations. For more than 40 years our connections have provided you with information to stay informed, as well as an opportunity to be heard. Your membership supports this open accessibility for all residents throughout the community planning process.

You stay current about land use topics by reading this SRCA Newsletter. You post real-time observations on Facebook. You respond to an email survey about speed limits. You attend one of the public discussions we host. You are actively engaged in shaping our community.

Whether we’re addressing a proposed speed limit increase on Stonebridge Parkway or a redevelopment proposal for the Innovations Academy site, the planning groups, the SRCA, and you work together to achieve the best possible outcome.

That’s how the community planning puzzle pieces get connected in Scripps Ranch. Interested in connecting as an SRCA member? Visit www.scrippsranch.org/join. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Celebrating Our Community of Cultures

17th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 15
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

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We are counting down to the fair! Soon you’ll get to enjoy what you like most about the fair—a beautiful day, meeting up with friends, watching your children have a blast in the Kids’ Zone, stopping for a break at the Wine and Beer Garden, roaming through the booths, enjoying the performers, and dancing at the night concert. New this year is a silent auction, with 100% of proceeds funding the three SRCA Dingeman Scholarships for graduating Scripps Ranch High School seniors.

Wait, you haven’t been to the fair? What’s stopping you from joining in the fun this year? Drop by to see what the excitement is all about.

We need event day volunteers to help with set-up and tear-down, parking, and the Welcome Booth. If interested—or have a scout or teen who needs community service hours—contact me at [email protected] or 397-5747.

The fair could not happen without the financial support of exhibitors. A special “Thank You” to these sponsors:

Ruby Sponsors

  • ASI
  • The Hoffman Team

Emerald Sponsors

  • Marrokal
  • Mathnasium

Check out www.scrippsranch.org/fair for a current list of exhibitors.

Attention businesses, vendors, community groups, and performers: sponsorships, booths, and performance times are available. Sign up at www.scrippsranch.org/exhibitors. Stay current at www.scrippsranch.org/fair or like us on the SRCA Facebook page. See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Aging Successfully in SR

Please plan to attend these special events for the community.

Be an Ancestor Detective: OASIS Class 359, Beginning Computer Genealogy

  • Saturday Apr. 23, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

How much do you really know about your family? What information is available on the internet? Now is the time to find the answers to questions about your ancestors: where they lived, how they lived, how they came to the U.S., and lots more.

Knowing your ancestors is knowing yourself. This class covers how and where to begin your research. One warning: This is a very addictive hobby! Instructor: Randy Seaver, San Diego Genealogical Society. Sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, this class is free and no advance registration is needed in.

Speak Out: Becoming an Age-Friendly Community

  • Wednesday, Apr. 27, 6:30–8 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Scripps Ranch has been selected by the county’s Aging and Independence Services to be one of only a handful of communities to host a Speak Out session so you can tell us what would improve your quality of life now and in the future. Join your neighbors and share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Imagine aligning our surroundings with our physical and mental needs as we age. Imagine enabling all people to actively participate in our community regardless of age. What would it take to ensure seniors can thrive in Scripps Ranch? Don’t miss this chance to have your views heard and to learn what your neighbors are thinking.

Senior Living Tour

  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Casa De Las Companas
  • Ranch Bernardo

Just minutes north of Scripps Ranch off Interstate 15, Casa’s beautiful campus is adjacent to the 170-acre Rancho Bernardo Community Park and Ed Brown Senior Center. Plus, there are 10 golf courses within a 15-minute drive.

Casa is a Type “A” Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Individuals or couples pay an entrance fee and ongoing monthly fees in exchange for living accommodations and an extensive range of services and amenities. In addition to independent living, residents can take advantage of unlimited access to quality on-site health services at no increase in the monthly fee. Health services including in-apartment care, assisted living, memory care, and long-term skilled nursing care are available.

We will meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:45 am. The bus leaves promptly at 11 am. We will tour Casa and have lunch. Space is limited and reservations are mandatory. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

ElderHelp of San Diego

Just a reminder that ElderHelp services are available to Scripps Ranch seniors.

  • Concierge Club—provides services such as: care coordination and management, grocery shopping, transportation, friendly visits, minor home repairs, home safety inspections, daily check-in calls, budget assistance, gardening, and more.
  • Seniors-A-Go-Go—escorted, door-through-door transportation.
  • HomeShare—serves those looking for affordable housing or have a spare room in their home and would like someone to move in.
  • Preferred Provider Network—provides a “one-stop shop” for the needs of seniors.

For more information, visit www.elderhelpofsandiego.org, call 619-284-9281, or email [email protected] Also, they need more Scripps Ranch residents willing to join their neighbors in being an ElderHelp volunteer. Contact them for details about volunteer opportunities and training. Senior-A-Go-Go drivers are particularly needed.

Pet Advice for Wise Seniors

We will meet on Wednesday, Apr. 6, at 4:30 pm at the Poway Dog Park at 13094 Civic Center Drive in Poway. The dog park has three fenced-in areas, picnic benches, and space for dogs to have fun.

Starting in May PAWS will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm at Lakeview Park in Scripps Ranch, 10794 Mira Lago Terrace.

Pickleball

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 don’t need to know how to play!

Monthly Garden Share

Saturday, Apr. 9

  • Garden Share, 12:30–1 pm
  • Garden Workshop, “Growing Food in a Drought,” 1–4 pm
  • Suha and Jay Jayakumar’s Scripps Ranch backyard

We’re moving our monthly Garden Share to Suha and Jay Jayakumar’s backyard this month. Attendees are welcome to stay for a talk by Alden Hough at 1 pm, discussing successful methods for increasing edible abundance in our gardens despite drought conditions in our semi-desert.

After the talk we’ll do a hands-on workshop analyzing the progress Suha and Jay have made and learning more about sustainable, ecologically harmonious gardening techniques. The suggested donation for workshop attendees is $25, but no one will be turned away. To register and for details, email [email protected]

Stargazing in Stonebridge

  • Friday, Apr. 22
  • West Sycamore Canyon staging area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway

Our inaugural March stargazing was cancelled due to cloud cover, so we have another one coming up. 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, including individual stars, clusters, nebula, and possibly even galaxies.

Please, no white flashlights as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. If you plan to bring a telescope, email [email protected] and you’ll receive final set-up details. Rain or clouds cancel. The event is open to viewers starting at 7:30 pm. Telescope owners should show up at 6:30 pm.

For updates, including event times and the go/no-go status, check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website at www.sdaa.org/calendar.htm or sign up for the Sustainable Scripps Ranch email list from our webpage at www.scrippsranch.org/ssr.

Events in Sycamore Canyon

These monthly events start at the West Sycamore staging area at the very east end of Stonebridge Parkway.

  • First Sunday Volunteer Crew—Sunday, Apr. 3, 8 am; contact ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]
  • Third Sunday Guided Nature Walk—Sunday Apr. 17, 8 am; see www.mtrp.org/events

Tips of the Month

  • Recycling is fun at the Scripps Ranch Community Garage Sale on Saturday, Apr. 16, starting at 7:30 am. See page 16 for details.
  • EarthFair—Sunday, Apr. 17, 10 am–5 pm, Balboa Park. 400 exhibitors, five stages, a kids’ area, eARTh Gallery, food pavilion, Children’s Earth Parade, Cleaner Car Concourse, and more! www.earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html.
  • Join your neighbors to envision an age-friendly community in Scripps Ranch and San Diego County: Wednesday, Apr. 27, 6:30–8 pm, Scripps Ranch Library. For details, see the 50 Plus article on page 7.
  • From Suha Chari, here’s an interesting article about possible mental health benefits from the microbes in your garden: The Curious Case of the Antidepressant, Anti-Anxiety Backyard Garden. Go to www.yesmagazine.org/issues/good-health/the-curious-case-of-the-antidepressant-anti-anxiety-backyard-garden-20151112.
  • Attend a free three-hour landscape design class in Kearny Mesa on Tuesday, May 3, from 5:30–8:30 pm. Pre-registration is required at www.watersmartsd.org/events/california-friendly-landscape-training-kearny-mesa-2.
  • For other free county-supported landscape classes, go to http://landscapemakeover.watersmartsd.org.
  • Check out this article with more ideas to keep your rain barrels mosquito-proof: www.countynewscenter.com/news/make-sure-your-rain-barrel-mosquito-proof.
  • Here’s a great three-minute video on how to create an ocean-friendly garden after removing your grass: https://vimeo.com/116217797.

SDG&E Energy-Saving Ideas

 

  • SDG&E’s rates changed on Apr. 1. There is a new two-tier electric rate structure. Go to sdge.com/RateReform/ for details. #espsdge
  • This spring, go green by getting rid of paper bills. Sign up at sdge.com/residential/MyAccount. #espsdge
  • For more residential savings tips, go to www.sdge.com/save-money/solutions-your-home/your-home-can-save-you-money. #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President