President’s Report

Falcon Way Name Change—A Team Effort

Scripps Ranch High School principal Ann Menna has a group of student leaders—her Principal’s Advisory Committee— to whom she asks for ways to make school more relevant and interesting to them. One of the ideas was to rename “Treena Street” in front of the school to “Falcon Way.” The football booster club also liked the idea, but, unfortunately, the city’s response was that it would cost about $10,000 to change a street name.

The city requires engineering drawings, application fees, sign construction, and installation costs to be paid. Principal Menna approached the SRCA for help. It is one of our missions to support volunteer efforts and there are several ways the SRCA can help. We reached out to Latitude 33, a land planning civil engineering company that recently moved to Scripps Ranch, coincidently near SRHS.

Randi Coopersmith immediately said “yes” to the SRCA, and he put his people to work to complete the engineering site map, drawings, and application submittal. There were several people at Latitude 33 who worked on this including Isabel Steinhouse, Melissa Krause, Jon Arenz, and Austin Baber. In exchange for the engineering assistance, Latitude 33 is now a Platinum level SRCA Supporter.

With the engineering done, we had to tackle the $3,200 city application fees. We reached out to City Councilmember Mark Kersey, who also immediately said “yes.” The SRCA applied for a grant and the grant covered the city fees, sign construction, and installation.

When asked, Mark said that he was “thrilled to support the street name change for Scripps Ranch High School with a grant from my Community Projects, Programs and Services budget. SRHS is an integral part of our community and one of the best high schools in San Diego, so it is only right that they have a street name that honors that excellence.”

It is not as easy as it may seem to get a street name changed. The SRCA was first approached about it in April 2015. We did research and due diligence to formulate a plan by November 2015. In December we asked Latitude 33 for its help to do the engineering and city application submittal.

The application was turned into the city in January of this year. Due to city attorney concerns about funding, a grant application was needed, and we applied for it in April with Mark’s help. The city approved the application in June 2016.

The sign will be installed soon. There is an official unveiling ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 am as part of the school’s weeklong Homecoming celebrations. The sign will be at the corner of Scripps Lake Drive and Treena Street, now Falcon Way!

As there were many moving parts, the SRCA communicated more than 200 times with everyone involved to make this a success. The SRCA was instrumental in the creation of SRHS, and we have been there every step of the way for the school. We will continue into the future, as that is an important part of the SRCA mission.

We Support the SDPD

Our hearts, prayers, and gratitude go out to the San Diego Police Department as two of San Diego’s finest were shot while on patrol. Officer Jonathan De Guzman was tragically murdered and Officer Wade Irwin was seriously hurt. Since I once wore the SDPD badge, I am saddened by the loss of Officer De Guzman and impressed as to the department’s response and the community’s support.

Look for blue ribbons on trees and signs around Scripps Ranch as we show our appreciation for our police. We encourage you to join us by tying blue ribbons around your homes.

Illegal Signs

Every month the SRCA gets requests from residents about an issue or concern. One ongoing topic is illegal signs and banners. While not the biggest crime, if left unchecked, illegal signs can multiple overnight. We work on this quietly all year long. Usually it is seasonal, such as in the winter with Christmas light hanging signs or summer for swim lessons.

It is illegal to post signs in the right of way along a street—10 feet from the back the of curb—on city fixtures, such as street lights and signs, and in city owned open space. Signs are permitted on private property with permission from the owner but outside the right of way.

Recently a business installed a permanent direction sign on the corner of Pomerado Road at Semillon Boulevard in open space. Calls to the office were successful in getting the illegal sign removed.

As it is political campaign season, expect to see campaign signs populate the area. The city is evaluating the code compliance rules to make it easier to remove the signs more quickly.

Community Fair Leader Needed

We are looking for an energetic person to chair or co-chair next year’s Community Fair. You will have a committee, information and planning tips, and the former chair available to help. If you or someone you know is interested, please email [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


Meet Your SRCA Rep

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) has divided the Ranch into districts, each with a representative to help you. To find your district, visit We continue introducing these special volunteers.

Gary Clark—District 10

Hi, I’m Gary Clark, your District 10 representative serving the lake condo area. I have been part of the SRCA for three years. I am a member of the 4th of July Parade Committee and was proud to serve as parade chair this year.

I am a San Diego native and spent many of my childhood years growing up in Scripps Ranch in the 1970s. When deciding on where I wanted to live and raise a family, Scripps Ranch was the natural choice. I have been a homeowner in Scripps since 1997. My wife, Debby, and I have two children: Cameron, 11, starting 6th grade at Marshall Middle School; and Danica, 8, starting 3rd grade at Miramar Ranch Elementary.

I am a University of California San Diego graduate and have worked in the electronics industry since 1990. Currently, I am an electrical engineer at Qualcomm.

I volunteer my time to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association because I love the strong sense of community and family in Scripps Ranch. Since my family and I benefit from the quality of life in our wonderful community, I believe it’s my civic responsibility to help maintain the great neighborhood in which we live.

If there is something you think I can help you with, please contact me at [email protected]

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • Options for Independent Living
  • Friday, Sept. 16, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Many of us will age successfully in our homes. Others may wish—or need—to take advantage of senior living communities. This presentation will give you a broad overview of the types of places that offer independent living for seniors.

A panel of experts will cover topics such as: the differences between places that do and don’t require “buy-ins” and typical payback options if buy-ins are required; typical amenities offered—meal plans, housekeeping, paid utilities, and so forth; activities offered; types of rooms/apartments; additional options that may be available in the same place if needed— assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing; and the range of monthly pricing and services that have additional costs.

Senior Living Tour

  • Silverado of Escondido
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11:15 am

Many memory care communities offer support only for “mild to moderate” Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related conditions. What happens when care is needed for severe or late-stage dementia? Silverado of Escondido has the expertise to care for people from the early stages of dementia through end of life. Not all memory care residences have caregivers trained to handle the full range of stages.

Silverado has led the way in memory care for 20 years. Located near where Interstate 15 and State Route 78 meet, it is 20 minutes north of Scripps Ranch. Amenities such as gourmet food, activities, and pets are augmented by programs unique to Silverado: Nexus, a research-based program for early stage residents combining science and social engagement; staff trained in the challenges of various types of dementia; a new dementia care certification program for caregivers; and a physician medical director, masters level social worker, and 24-hour licensed nurses.

A bus will pick us up on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Arrive at 11:15 am, as the bus leaves promptly at 11:30 am. The visit will include lunch. You also will have the chance to experience a virtual dementia tour—with special glasses, gloves, and footwear to get a sense of the problems and frustrations people with dementia may face.

Reservations are mandatory. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

OASIS: “Brain Fit Now!”

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This fun class teaches heart healthy skills that create a brain healthy lifestyle. The free class is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. No registration is required.

Pet Advice for Wise Seniors

These monthly events are suspended until we find a volunteer to lead the group.

Scripps Ranch Expo:

Creating a Smarter

and Safer Community

  • Saturday, Sept. 24, Noon–5 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Details are on pages 28 and 29 and visit

Gardening Events and Tips

Monthly SSR Garden Share

Check our webpage for day and time.

WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshops

  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
  • 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Oct. 11
  • 5:30–8:30 pm

You must pre-register, as classes fill fast. Email [email protected], call 800-644-6133, or visit

Backyard Orchard Planning

  • Walter Andersen Nursery
  • 12755 Danielson Court, Poway
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 pm

If you want to grow your own fruit, don’t miss this great class with Tom Spellman of Dave Wilson Nursery, a supplier of many fruits trees to our local nurseries.

New Incentives Coming for

Sustainable Landscapes

We want you to know about grant-funded financial incentives to encourage the installation of sustainable landscapes. An interest list is starting for people who want to be notified when the rebates become available. Go to Other water incentives can be found at

West Sycamore Canyon Events

These take place at the east end of Stonebridge Parkway. For more information, visit

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Sept. 18, 5–6:30 pm

Join ranger Andrew Miller and learn about the plant communities commonly found there. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat and bring bottled water.


  • Friday, Sept. 23, sunset
  • West Sycamore Canyon staging area

Kids are welcome. Rain or clouds cancel. Park on the street and walk in. No white flashlight; red lens flashlights are fine. For more details, visit

Volunteer Crew

This resumes on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8 am.

Electric Vehicle Day

  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 am–3 pm
  • Qualcomm Station, 9449 Friars Road
  • More information:

Energy Tips

  • Help conserve energy during summer, earn bill credits, and find out about alerts by enrolling in Reduce Your Use Days! #espsdge
  • Manage your energy use, schedule appointments, and more at SDG&E’s My Account. #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s energy management tools provide details about your home and energy use to build an energy-saving action plan that is suitable for you and your home. #espsdge

We Need You!

We are looking for motivated volunteers to work on our committee, help with events, and more. Please consider joining our fun group. Contact us at [email protected] or 397-5747 if you are interested.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President