President’s Report

Thank You, Jany Staley

A special thank you and heartfelt gratitude goes to volunteer extraordinaire Jany Staley for her many years of contributing her time to the SRCA. Jany is ending her multiple terms as the SRCA secretary, where she did the crucial job of taking minutes, keeping track of our 22 district representatives, and issuing agendas for meetings.

Like most volunteers, she did more than one task. Jany served on the Membership, Movie Night, Recognition Night, Easter Egg Hunt, SRCA Community Center, and Newsletter committees. She chaired the 4th of July Committee and served as a district representative for years. She also helped the executive committee run the SRCA’s day-to-day operations.

I personally want to thank Jany for always providing a voice of reason. She also asked many of the hard questions so that we, the SRCA, is much better due to her dedicated service. Jany will continue to help the SRCA by staying on the Community Center and Newsletter committees.

Here to Help

Life in general in Scripps Ranch is typically wonderful. However, there are times when things go wrong or need improvement. Where do you turn? Try reaching out to your SRCA district representative. They are here to help you problem solve. We will introduce you to these volunteers in the SRCA Newsletter, starting this month. Check out pages 30 and 31.

Lending a Hand

The SRCA received a Facebook post asking for help to try to locate the family of an elderly man who wondered away from home. He was taken in by Fred Gleason, the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club aquatic director. Beca Tomcho reached out to us, and within a couple of minutes we provided the gentleman’s name, age, and home address. We are thankful for the kindness of Fred and Beca who helped the man return home safely.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


4th of July Parade

The 4th of July falls on a Monday this year. So what better way to cap a three-day weekend than to join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the 46th Annual Scripps Ranch “All-Star 4th of July Parade.” Better yet, round up your family and friends and join the parade! The entry form is on page 11 or register online at The deadline to enter is Friday, June 24.

We need your input. What group, club, or dignitary would you like to see in the parade? Let us know and we’ll contact them to see if they can join us.

A parade route map will be in the July SRCA Newsletter. If you plan to put out chairs or blankets early, keep items behind the sidewalk, particularly on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. The route has to be accessible to pedestrians before the event.

We still need a few more parade marshals and convertibles to drive our dignitaries. If you’d like to be a marshal and help the parade flow well, or if you own a convertible and can drive a dignitary, please contact me at 761-7378 or [email protected]

If you are a business owner and would like to promote your business, the SRCA offers several ways you can sponsor segments of the parade. Email us at [email protected]

Many thanks to the SRCA, the 4th of July Committee, and all the residents who help make this yearly tradition a reality. What a great community!

Gary Clark, 4th of July Chair

We Need Just One Hour of Your Time

If you have a truck, van, or SUV that can hold 12 boxes of Newsletters and one hour each month to volunteer, we need you! A distributor is needed to help deliver boxes to areas off the western end of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. Please contact us at 549-4933 or [email protected]

SRCA Membership

Your Membership Helps Everyone

Scripps Ranch is a wonderful place to live, but what binds us together as a community? We care about, and take care of, our neighbors, schools, businesses, and parks and open space. We are engaged with our city, county, state, and federal governments. And we have community events that are fun!

Your membership supports the SRCA in maintaining our community. Emails from Neighborhood Watch or detailing breaking news in Scripps Ranch are supported. Scholarships for students are supported. Permits, rental equipment, traffic control, and other costs for our 4th of July Parade and other events are supported.

The SRCA is a volunteer organization, and your membership is needed to continue our advocacy on behalf of our community before our government. Your membership helps with upkeep of the SRCA Community Center, used as a meeting space for Scout troops, homeowners associations, and other community groups.

Your membership enables the SRCA to keep our neighborhood a strong, caring, and connected community. To join the SRCA or volunteer, please go to today. For questions, email us at [email protected] Have a great summer in Scripps Ranch!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

SRCA Community Fair

We had a great day at the SRCA Community Fair! Check out the pictures at

Each year a great group of volunteers works behind the scenes and during the event to make it all happen. Our deepest thanks to the Community Fair Committee, the “work crew,” and all of the event-day volunteers who made the fun possible.

It also takes funding and community support to deliver this community event. We’d like to extend a special “thank you” to these top sponsors, who with the other exhibitors, make the fair possible:


  • MAXFM 105.7


  • ASI
  • C2 Education
  • The Hoffman Team


  • Ballast Point
  • Courtesy Chevrolet
  • Koko FitClub
  • Marrokal
  • Mathnasium
  • Pukka Pilates
  • SDG&E

We also want to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the other sponsors and vendors, as well as the support from nonprofits. Please visit We’d love to hear your feedback. Please email your comments to me at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Social Security
  • Friday, June 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Our speaker will be Bob Prath, AARP chair and Livable Communities Advisory Team. Come get a review of the revised Social Security laws.

  • Key features
  • Who needs it
  • How are benefits determined
  • What’s the story about being broke
  • How can I get the best deal for me

SR Theatre Open House

  • SR 50 Plus Special Event
  • Sunday, June 12, 2 pm

Enjoy a matinee performance of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. The play will be followed by a tour of the theatre and talk-back session with the actors and director! Described as “magnificently zany,” Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is a funny suspense comedy about a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn.

Mention “SR 50 Plus” and receive $5 off the ticket price of $31 for adults and $28 for seniors/military. After the performance enjoy light refreshments as you hear from cast members about life as an actor in San Diego. Seating is limited, so call 578-7728 to reserve your seats. Can’t make the matinee but still want to attend the talk-back session? We would love to have you—RSVP to the number above!

Aging Summit 2016:

Age Well San Diego

  • Wednesday, June 15, 9 am–3 pm
  • Check in from 8 to 9 am

At this free event we will explore livable communities and healthy aging with our keynote speaker and actor Dick Van Dyke. He will be joined by other interesting speakers. The event will feature breakout sessions, resources, and opportunities for participants to meet local exhibitors.

Attendees could view a livable home and community exhibit, then provide input on priorities for the Age Friendly Communities Initiative. We will include valuable information for family caregivers, particularly those dealing with the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

This year’s Aging Summit is at the Town and Country Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. Parking is $3. There will be a companion site at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, with free parking. Keynote speakers will be webcast. To register, call AARP at 877-926-8300 or visit


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; and Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Cypress Canyon Park basketball court: Wednesdays, 3 pm–dark

Newbies are welcome to join us!

SSR Update

We will take a break over the summer. Keep an eye out for our Scripps Ranch Expo in September at the Scripps Ranch Library when we partner with the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council. The topics will include water, energy, and wildfire preparedness. To volunteer with us or if you have any questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected] or 397-5747.

Garden Shares

If you are interested in attending, please check our webpage at for the latest information.

West Sycamore Canyon Events

The staging area is located at the very east end of Stonebridge Parkway: Volunteer Crew—Sunday, June 5, 8 am; Hike with a Ranger—Sunday, June 19, 8 am; and Stargazing—Friday, June 24, at sunset, rain or clouds cancel. More details are on our webpage and at

Sustainable Tips

  • If you are thinking about removing your grass, check out an overview at A Growing Passion on KPBS. Visit
  • E-learning tutorials are available at
  • Hands-on classes are offered by the city and county water departments:
  • WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
  • 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 5:30–8:30 pm Pre-registration required
  • For information: [email protected] or 800-644-6133.
  • The SDG&E electric rate reform continues. One change is from a four-tier to a two-tier system. There will be a 25% differential between the two tiers. Time of use rates take effect in 2019. For a look of the proposed changes, go to #espsdge
  • Summer rates—about two to three cents higher—took effect on May 1. Paying attention to usage is one way to be prepared. For help with savings, go to #espsdge
  • The Reduce Your Use Program is a great way to be more sustainable, reduce costs, and possibly earn credit on your SDG&E bill! Check out the videos at #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President