President’s Report Our Community Tradition

What makes Scripps Ranch great is the small hometown 4th of July. There is the Scripps Ranch Old Pros Run and Ride events, followed by the SRCA 4th of July Parade. Unlike other communities that have a parade on wide streets where it is impersonal, our parade is on residential streets where you are really close to the action.

Residents tell us that enjoying our country’s founding, being with family and friends, and taking part in a wonderful tradition is a major reason why Scripps Ranch is special. Rarely can you go someplace and be entertained for free.

The cost of the parade to the SRCA is $12,000, which is our gift to the community. We don’t commercialize it or ask for donations. If you’ve never been or haven’t been in a while, we would love to see you there! See pages 30 and 31 for details.

District Reps Work For You

An army is only as good as its soldiers, and the SRCA is only as good as its district representatives. Our representatives not only work to enhance our quality of life but do the heavy lifting in the community with events, activities, presentations, advocacy, and volunteering. We are bringing you short introductions to our reps—starting on this page—so you can get to know them and feel comfortable going to them with concerns in your area.

Fixing Our Streets

As you probably know, the city is slurry coating 45 streets in Scripps Ranch. Remember, streets that are rated “fair” to “good” receive a topical slurry coat so they don’t need to be repaved as often. Streets that are in “poor” shape are on the master list for repaving. The city is trying to save as many streets as possible from more expensive repaving by applying a slurry coat every five to seven years. Unfortunately, the costs and number of streets to repave are quite extensive. It will be quite some time before every street that is in “poor” condition in the city is repaved.

Your SRCA assisted a couple of families who live on a street that was scheduled to be slurry coated. They have disabled family members who can’t walk very far. The concern was finding parking on nearby streets while the work was being done. We talked to folks in the mayor’s office and ultimately worked out a way to assure parking spaces as close as possible.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


All-Star 4th of July Parade

Show your patriotism and community support by joining us for the 46th Annual SRCA 4th of July Parade. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association is proud to host this annual tradition—our community’s biggest event. This year promises to be another fun–filled celebration with a lot to see: dignitaries, floats, vintage car clubs, and friends displaying their “All-Star 4th of July” spirit. Offering a new prospective this year, Dan Janes will video the parade with a drone. It will be exciting to get a birds-eye view of the event!

Get all the parade details and route map on the two-page centerfold in this Newsletter—that’s on pages 30 and 31. After 46 years, the Scripps Ranch July 4th tradition is still going strong! Hope to see you all there. For questions, please email Bob Ilko at [email protected]

Gary Clark, 4th of July Committee Chair

They’re Here To Help

If you have an issue in your neighborhood and don’t know where to turn, ask your Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) district representative. The SRCA has divided the Ranch into areas, each with a representative. To find your district, visit, then go to to get in touch with your rep. Let them hear from you about what’s going on in your specific neighborhood or what you would like to see from the SRCA.

We started introducing these all-star volunteers to you in the June Newsletter. We continue with Districts 6 and 7.

Elissa Barber– District 6

Originally from Rochester, NY, I have lived in Scripps Ranch since 1988. That’s when we returned to San Diego—with a little girl, Amanda—following moves with my husband Frank’s U.S. Navy medical career.

I first became involved with the SRCA as a district representative representing the area around Sunset Ridge Drive. After my son, Kevin, was born we moved to Crown Pointe and I joined the Scripps Ranch Planning Group. Subsequently, I became the district representative for that neighborhood and then the SRCA vice president for activities. I recently relinquished the vice president position to allow for more involvement with St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

I am filling the District 6 position as it was vacant and we are neighbors with common interests. District 6 is the area between Semillon Boulevard on the west and south, Pomerado Road on the east and Spring Canyon Road on the north.

I have been most involved with the 4th of July Committee and especially enjoyed my son joining me as a parade narrator. The Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, Dingeman/SRCA Scholarship, and Garage Sale are my other areas of interest.

Scripps Scrappers, a scrapbooking event, is a new activity I started. Let me know if we should continue it! While the kids were growing up I was involved in the three “S”—schools, scouts, and sports, but my favorite activity was stage mother! Reach me at [email protected]

Dennis Engler—District 7

Hello, I’m your representative for SRCA District 7, comprising the Scripps Ranch Estates Homeowners Association—also known as Crown Pointe—and the Navy housing. Retiring from a career in chemical engineering, I was an HOA board member from 2006–2008, continuing as Finance Committee chair through last year. I joined the SRCA in 2009 principally seeking broader community involvement like Project Phoenix—the SRCA committee formed to help rebuild Scripps Ranch after the Cedar Fire.

It worked! Besides annual budget planning within the SRCA, I edited video to persuade the city’s Fire Department designation for our eucalyptus forest, became a homeowner advocate regarding changes in trash pickup, analyzed the disproportional burden of residential water rate increases, evaluated the city’s privatization of services, and urged the Infrastructure Committee chair to find funding sources beyond lease-revenue bonds to resolve the maintenance backlog. My latest focus is on establishing better connection—service to and participation from—multifamily residences in the community.

My family has lived in Scripps Ranch since 1978. My wife and I raised two children here and have adopted and fostered many cats and dogs. Please contact me at [email protected] or 578-1716.


Join the SRCA Team!

If you would like to become a district rep, we have openings! For details, please email [email protected]

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Caregiving Essentials: Skills for Communication, Behavior Management, and Self-Care
  • Friday, July 15, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Caring for a person with dementia is a journey, and it helps to know what to expect as the disease progresses. This class has been requested by many Scripps Ranch residents and provides caregivers practical techniques for communication, managing difficult behaviors, and practices for self-care. Our class leader will be Amy Abrams of Alzheimer’s San Diego. This class runs two hours and is not recommended for persons with dementia. All classes are free and open to the public

OASIS/Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

  • Detoxification for a Healthier Body and Mind
  • Saturday, July 30, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Need a detox? With all the chemicals and pollutants we encounter, it’s important to understand the body processes involved in detoxification and the practical actions you can take to reduce your toxic burden.

Learn how to reduce exposure to toxins, minimize production of toxins in your body, and help your body eliminate toxins to support your physical and mental health. Vicky Newman, MS, RD, will lead the free class. No registration is required.


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

Monthly Garden Share

Check our webpage for possible day and time.

Stargazing in StoneBridge

Join us on Friday, July 22, starting at sunset in the West Sycamore Canyon staging area at the far eastern end of Stonebridge Parkway. Rain or clouds cancel. For updates, including event times and the go or no-go status, check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website at Please park on the street and walk in.

Just a note about the summer schedule: the First Sunday Volunteer Crew and Third Sunday Guided Nature Walks are on hiatus in July and August.

Tips of the Month

Here are great ways to share with your neighbors:

“Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch”: Join this Facebook group, a “hyper-local gift economy” with nearly 500 members, to give away your excess goodies to nearby neighbors and to avoid buying more stuff by asking for what you need or want. The two goals are to build sustainability by reusing stuff, and—just as important—to build community by connecting and sharing with neighbors. The local group is only open to Scripps Ranch residents, so you’ll get to know more of your neighbors and can share your stuff without long drives.

You can enjoy special sharings such as “Wishful Wednesdays,” where members ask for what they want to own or borrow. Go to for more about this worldwide set of gifting circles, then join the local Facebook group and start sharing! Similar to Buy Nothing, Freecycle’s mission is “to build a worldwide sharing movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.” However, it’s not hyper-local. Your posts are available to members all over San Diego County. This supports a hybrid of super-local areas, such as Scripps Ranch Southwest, along with increasingly distant areas including all of San Diego County. It includes giveaways but also the sharing of ideas and goods and services for sale, not just for free. The San Diego Police Department posts crime reports and information about missing persons. Also, here in Scripps Ranch, Canyon Lake Neighborhood Watch uses a sub-group for its information sharing.

SDG&E News Worth Knowing

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Bob Ilko
SRCA President