President’s Report

December in Scripps Ranch

What a wonderful time! The sun is out and not a snowflake can be found, while relatives on the East Coast trudge through the frozen slush. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. Cheers and here’s looking forward to a new year!

Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting

Nothing says Christmas like our Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 4 pm in Jerabek Park. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be there! Please bring an unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.

In addition, there will be music by Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High. Our Scripps Ranch Girls Scouts again will co-host the event with the SRCA. Please join us for this wonderful community tradition.

Holiday Concert

Don’t miss the Symphony in the Park’s Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5 pm–please note the earlier time. The Scripps Ranch Old Pros are the sponsors and the concert is in Hoyt Park.

There will be luminaries lit throughout the park, and you could enjoy a festive spirit with family, friends, and neighbors. Hope to see you there!

Trip of a Lifetime

A Scripps Ranch a cappella group, made up of 12 students from MMS and SRHS, were specifically invited to sing in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! Wow, what a huge honor! The members of this same group were part of a larger choir that already performed at Carnegie Hall.

Unfortunately, some of the group can’t afford to go, so they are asking the community for help. The a cappella group is led by the MMS choir director, Katherine Girvin, who is donating her time to rehearse with the group. Everyone who has heard them sing say only the best things about their performances. Will you help out? Flip to page 43 for more on this great story.

New High School Program

Scripps Ranch High School’s Sustainable Technologies building was officially dedicated in November. The program will provide college, career, and technical education in the environmental resources and environmental engineering pathway to various industry sectors.

The new 10,550-square-foot facility was built to house the program. The new facility is an education lab, teaching students about renewable technologies–including solar energy, renewable and recycled building products, and energy efficiency–while providing a stimulating learning environment.

Students who successfully complete courses in the program earn industry-validated certifications and benefit from entrance agreements to the San Diego State University College of Engineering.

Welcome, Mark Kersey

Our new City Council member, Mark Kersey, submitted an article to us. Read page 13 to find out what he plans to focus on for our community.

Thank You, Carl

Our outgoing City Council member, Carl DeMaio, says goodbye to our community. You also will find that on page 13. He led us well for the past four years.

We also will miss his chief of staff, Felipe Monroig, and Scripps Ranch representative, Tiffany Vinson. We wish them all the best in the future.

Parking Changes

You will find changes to Old Grove Road between Willow Creek Road and Business Park Avenue. The SRPG recommended approval of removing parallel parking and adding angled parking. Details are on page 21.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Represent Your Neighborhood

Did you know that the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) has representatives in each community neighborhood? That’s right, the SRCA has divided Scripps Ranch into 20 “districts.” Each one has a resident who represents that neighborhood. They meet once a month at the SRCA meetings.

There are four districts that need representatives. They are:

  • District 2–Hoyt Park area
  • District 13–Gateway
  • District 14–Marketplace
  • District 17–St. Gregory

To find out in which district you live, please visit the SRCA website at []. If you live in one of the districts above and are interested in finding out more information, please contact SRCA co-executive vice president Mary Drummond at 880-2699 or [[email protected]].

The SRCA meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. All meetings are open to the public. Come find out what your SRCA does for you!

Newsletter Notes

We Need You!

The SRCA Newsletter has an amazing distribution network. Volunteers deliver the Newsletter each month to every Scripps Ranch home. We are looking for a volunteer to help with our distribution.

You would need to have a vehicle capable of carrying 12, 40-pound boxes to Scripps Ranch at the end of some months, on an as-needed basis. It will be someone we can ask to help us hand-deliver Newsletters in neighborhoods transitioning between permanent distributors. Please call Jim Caughey, distribution manager, at 549-4933. Thank you.

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

[] or 397-5747

New Website

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, has launched a new website. Visit [] for events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors. Check the site often for the latest information.

Thank You, Sponsors

We offer a special thanks to those businesses that sponsored our “Unique Taste of Housing” fair or have provided other support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Casa de las Campanas
  • Fronch Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Olivenhain
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • Synergy Home Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Independa
  • Reverse Mortgage West
  • Ron Greenwald & Associates
  • Scripps Ranch Mobile Notary
  • Serendipity House
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Again, we thank our sponsors for their continuing support of our organization and our community!

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)


Holiday Potluck and Recycled Gift Exchange

Please join us on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 pm for our Holiday Potluck and Recycled Gift Exchange at the home of Russ and Lynn Owens, 10761 Brookview Lane. Bring a main dish, side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share. Also, bring a recycled gift–something you want to pass along or something homemade or clever. Recycled wrapping is a plus!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time contributor to Sustainable SR or if you’ve never participated–this is a fun time to start! RSVP to Lynn Owens at [[email protected]] or 566-7717, and let us know what you’re bringing.

Water Purification Tour

In November SSR members (at right) toured the city’s Advanced Water Purification (AWP) facility. It is a small-scale facility that purifies one million gallons of recycled water every day to a level similar to distilled water quality. The facility is one part of the city’s Water Purification Demonstration Project that examines the safety and cost of purifying recycled water. If the project is approved to go full-scale, the purified water would blend with the city’s imported supply of raw or untreated water stored in the San Vicente Reservoir. After being treated again at the Alvarado Water Treatment Plant, water from the San Vicente Reservoir would become part of the city’s drinking water supply.

Opened in June 2011, more than 3,000 people have toured the facility. Guests see for themselves the purity of the water produced at the facility. To register for a tour, visit the project’s website at [].