President’s Report

Police and Fire Hold Mock Drill

Every October we in Scripps Ranch wonder if the wildfires will return and, if so, will our first responders be ready? The San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) Northeastern Division command staff is aware of the importance of training and emergency preparedness. So they organized a “Unified Command” mock fire event in and around our community.

There were personnel from the police, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Miramar Fire Department, MCAS Miramar Provost Marshal, and SDPD Critical Incident Management Unit. Role players acted as dispatchers giving information over the radio as if it was a real incident. First responders had to anticipate and react.

Fire personnel responded and requested police assistance. Patrol officers began to get information as it came in, conducting evacuations and traffic control. When the scenario affected a portion of the military base, Miramar Fire and the MCAS Provost lent their resources.

This training was extremely beneficial to see how each agency responds to incidents, their priorities, and the resources available. The response and cooperation issues experienced years ago are significantly better. We as a community benefit from their training, and we thank them for holding this mock drill.

Fire Season

While fire season is really all year long, as I mentioned above October is the height of it for Scripps Ranch. Please do what you can to thin brush around your home and get a 72-hour emergency survival kit.

We ask that you review your planned emergency evacuation route by going to We need to stay vigilant and be prepared for the worst.

Fairbrook Park Plans

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Council’s Design Committee for Fairbro k Park will meet for the second time on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. The public is welcome to attend. The city’s landsca e architect, Schmid Design, took the committee’s voted priorities to devel p three potential alternatives.

The ad hoc Design Committee will attempt to either agree to one of the alternatives or a variation of the alternatives to present to the Recreation Council for final approval. Fairbrook Park will be located south of Pomerado Road off Fairbrook Road. The park will be about 2.5 acres in size, similar to Lakeview Park.

Your SRCA Resolves Issues

The SRCA helped the Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) by asking a real estate agent to remove an illegally posted sign in open space on Spring Canyon Road at Larimer Circle. The real estate agent was cooperative and apologetic and removed the sign.

We also received an email from a homeowner about illegal dumping of landscaping behind her wall along Semillon Boulevard near Pomerado Road. This is not the first time it has happened, and the SRCA provided the homeowner some possible solutions. If you see anyone dumping anything in open space areas, please get a description and a photo if possible. Email the details to [email protected].

Your SRCA Representatives

As you can see by the stories above, one of our missions is to help residents address concerns around their homes. The SRCA has specific representatives for each area of the Ranch—people you can contact who wi l work with you to resolve issues.

We want to welcome John Borja to the SRCA Board. He now represents the area around Hendrix Pond. Thank you, John, for volunteering your time to help your fellow residents.

We have openings on the board. Check out the Directory on page 57 to see if your area needs a volunteer. Then contact me at [email protected] and we’ll help you join the best “town council �� in San Diego—the SRCA!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


Thank You, Scripps Ranch!

To each of our thousands of members and business supporters, thank you for your 2016 contributions—September 2015–August 2016. Your genero ity funded SRCA activities, advocacy, and communications that benefited Scripps Ranch.

Look at what we accomplished together in 2016: Producing and distributing this critically acclaimed SRCA Newsletter; creating safer communities through Neighborhood Watch and email alerts; awarding scholarships; promoting community groups; presenting valuable information; recognizing volunteers; and advocating for Scripps Ranch planning issues.

We hope you’ve enjoyed connecting at these SRCA-sponsored events: 4 h of July Parade; Movie at the Park; Community Fair; Holiday Tree Lighting; Garage Sale; Clean-Up Days; Stargazing; Recognition Night; and Neighborhood Watch National Night Out. You also may have attended activities hosted by Sustainable Scripps Ranch or Scripps Ranch 50 Plus.

We’d like to give a “shout-out” to our recent SRCA bu iness supporters: Home Helpers Health Care; Jim Robeson “The Medicare Answ r Guy”; San Diego Drums and Totes; and August European Motors, Inc. e appreciate your support! Check out these and other business supporters at

It’s time to start our exciting 2017 fiscal year: Your n w contributions—September 2016–August 2017—allow the SRCA to conti ue to offer the same high level of benefits, along with new features, such as a website refresh and more great activities. We’ve outlined the SRCA ��s 2017 plans at

When we connect together we fulfill the SRCA’s mission to “prese ve, promote, and enhance the unique quality of life in Scripps Ranch.” e look forward to connecting with you as a 2017 member at For questions, email [email protected]. See you around the Ranch!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Valuable Volunteers

Scripps Ranch is lucky to have so many valuable volunteers. It’s pa t of what makes this community so special. In the SRCA Newsletter we are introducing you to one group of volunteers—the Scripps Ranch Civ c Association (SRCA) district representatives. They make up the SRCA Board and oversee specific areas. To find your district, visit, then contact your rep and see how you can help Scripps Ranch!

Rene Buck—District 11

I grew up in Scripps Ranch, having lived here since 1972. I still can remember when the Scripps mansion could be seen from the Little Bear Country Store, which is where 7-Eleven used to be and Fitness Quest 10 is now on Scripps Ranch Boulevard.

After graduating from the California Maritime Academy in 1985, I pursued a career at sea. I started volunteering as an SRCA Board member in 2008 representing District 11, which is the Lakeview Park area from Semillon Boulevard to Sunset Ridge Drive. I enjoy working with the SRCA to advocate for Scripps Ranch and the neighbors in this Sunset Ridge district to preserve, promote, and enhance the unique quality of life in our community.

In 2012 I accepted a shoreside posting as the marine purchasing specialist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I now am able to volunteer more for community events, such as the 4th of July Parade and the Community Fair. I am also a member of the SRCA Budget Committee.

If you want to learn how the SRCA is geared to work for you and our community or if you have a question, please reach out to me at [email protected].

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • Care and Support Options for Caregivers
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

What options do you have when you need relief from your role as a caregiver for a loved one? Whether you are a new caregiver or experienced and ready to consider additional help, this class is for you!

Join us for an overview of all of the options available for dementia care including in-home assistance, community services, and residential care. Our speaker will be Amy Abrams of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

All Aging Successfully Lectures are free and open to the public. This is one of the classes requested by those who attended our July lecture, Caregiving Essentials—Skills for Communication, Behavior Management, a d Self-Care.

Senior Living Tour

  • Poway Senior Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11 am

Like to dance? Want to attend interesting lectures? Play cards or board games? Quilt or sew? Play Bingo? Do crafts? Have lunch? Get free hearing and blood pressure tests? You can do all of this and much more at the Poway Senior Center. Come and find out the details. Many of your Scripps Ranch neighbors already take advantage of the variety of activities and programs that take place here.

We will meet at the Poway Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11 am. The address is 13094 Civic Center Drive. Reservations are mandatory, since lunch will be included and we need an accurate head count. There will be a nominal donation requested for lunch—$4, age 60 and older; $6 f r non-seniors.

Come for lunch and a brief tour and stay for line dancing! To request a reservation or for more information or directions, email us at [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-574 to leave a message.

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Receive a live call between 8 and 11 am each day to see how you are doing. ElderHelp of San Diego makes R.U.O.K. calls that include checking in with seniors and asking, “aRe yoU OK?” If you don’t answer, they will ollow up to make sure you are doing well. For more information about this and other programs and services available to Scripps Ranch residents through ElderHelp, call 619-284-9281.

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This is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club. Please see the schedule on the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center website at

New Water Fill Station

You may have heard that the city’s very first “Residential Recy led Water Filling Station Pilot Project” is here in Scripps Ranch on Meanl y Drive. Visit for more information.

Maybe you need assistance in learning how to take advantage of this free, recycled landscape water, or you don’t know where to find container . We can help! Contact us at [email protected].

West Sycamore Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Oct. 2, 8 am

Meet at the West Sycamore staging area at the far east end of Stonebridge Parkway and work until noon at the latest. Please bring work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended on sunny days. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided!

West Sycamore Nature Walk

  • New location: Goodan Ranch Staging Area, 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road, Poway, 92064
  • Sunday, Oct. 16, 8 am

Join ranger Andrew Miller for a 90-minute guided nature walk. He will focus on the plant communities commonly found at West Sycamore. Please wear comfortable shoes and a hat and bring drinking water.

Pure Water Day Open House

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 am–3 pm
  • North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, 92121

Learn how the city’s Pure Water Program will use proven technology o clean recycled water and produce one-third of San Diego’s water supp y locally. Tour the facility and taste the purified water.

Enjoy refreshments and a Kids’ Zone with fun, educational activitie . Reserve your spot by Saturday, Oct. 15 at

Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, Oct. 22, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Bring your excess produce, seeds, tools, books, clothes, whatever. Or bring a drink or snack to share. Bring your questions, your clever garden tricks or life hacks, your passions, enthusiasms, and stories—we lo e hanging out. You don’t even need gardening as an excuse. Are you new o Scripps Ranch or just want to meet some different people? Good—we do to !

Stargazing in StoneBridge

Fourth Friday Stargazing takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, starting at sunset in the West Sycamore Canyon staging area at the far eastern end of Stonebridge Parkway. Rain or cloud cover cancels. For updates, including event times and the go/no-go status based on cloud cover, check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website at We al o will also try to update our SRCA Facebook/Twitter if the event is cancelled.

Tips of the Month

Where do our elected officials and candidates stand on supporting sustainable businesses in San Diego County? The San Diego Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free community event to foster a positive, constructive dialogue between elected officials and community members on San Diego’s sustainable business economy.

  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30–8:30 pm
  • Center for Sustainable Energy, 9325 Sky Park Court, #100, 92123

Free Local Workshops

Landscape Design Basics

Solar for Homeowners

2016 Green Homes Tour

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 am–3 pm. This is always a fu , interesting event. It’s just $15 for a self-guided tour featuring a wi e variety of green homes throughout San Diego County. Register at

Managing Energy Costs Tips

Bob Ilko

SRCA President