President’s Report

Solar Power

Scripps Ranch is the solar capital of California! Twenty-six percent of our homes use solar energy and, according to the Center for Sustainable Energy, that makes us the most solar-saturated zip code in the state. More than 1,832 Scripps Ranch homes have solar. 4S Ranch is in third place with 25%, and Poway is in ninth place with 23%.

Reuters news service heard about Scripps Ranch and was here in October to interview me and homeowners with solar systems. The real credit for Scripps Ranch being the solar capital of the state most likely goes to the SRCA Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) Committee. SSR has done a great job of bringing information and resources to residents to help them become informed solar energy users.

SRCA Community Center

Without the forward thinking of the SRCA, our community center may never have been possible. The history of this building is remarkable. Now, you can use it for your events! See pages 28–29.

SRCA=Quality of Life

We think saving the community center is just one shining example of SRCA leadership that improves the quality of life for Scripps Ranch residents, and it deserves recognition. The SRCA undertook the financial risk of loss as we pay for rent, an alarm system, pest control, janitorial services, utilities, Wi-Fi, the phone system, maintenance, and insurance to operate the center. We get no city funds. Please support the SRCA by becoming a member. Just go to

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


Transform Your Membership into Community Benefits

As a volunteer organization the SRCA needs your membership dollars to be successful! Without you, we can’t provide the beneficial communitywide advocacy, activities, and communications you enjoy.

Did you know:

  • While this free SRCA Newsletter’s budget is $248,000, it is supported by advertisers and would not exist without the SRCA
  • It costs $16,000 to operate the SRCA Community Center, providing a meeting place for groups

Plus, these annual operating expenses:

  • $18,000 to keep you informed: emails, social media, SRCA website
  • $13,000 to host the community’s 4th of July Parade flagship event and support groups and events you value: Neighborhood Watch, Clean-Up Days, 50 Plus, SSR, and more
  • $6,500 to schools and scholarships
  • $6,000 to support local groups
  • $5,000 for insurance
  • $2,300 for admin costs—only 5%!

When you renew your SRCA membership—or join!—in November, you’re providing us with a jump-start on having sufficient funds to meet expenses. It’s easy to contribute online at or mail in the membership form on page 5. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

SRCA Representatives

We continue to introduce you to members of the SRCA Board who represent specific areas of the Ranch.

Claude Braunstein—District 12

I am your SRCA representative for District 12, called Oceanview—the southern end of Scripps Highlands. I am an SRCA volunteer because being involved is important to our community. As a district representative and member of the SRCA Board I love to meet residents, answer questions, and work to resolve issues.

I live in District 12 along with my wife, Rochelle, and our dog, Charlie. I grew up in New York City and attended Brooklyn College. I worked for the Navy as a psychologist in Washington, D.C., and transferred to San Diego in 1973. I obtained my Real Estate Broker license in 1977 and continue to assist families find and sell their homes.

I serve on the SRCA Membership Committee so I can help grow the SRCA. I engage in fundraising activities that enable the SRCA to continue to support our wonderful Scripps Ranch community.

The SRCA monitors and informs you about issues such as vandalism, the installation of stop signs and traffic lights, and proposed developments likely to impact our area. The SRCA is a valuable community resource. Please consider becoming a member if you have not done so. Email me at [email protected] if you have concerns or would like more information about the SRCA.

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • ElderHelp of San Diego
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Can you use help at home? How about someone to drive you to the store or doctors’ appointments? The mission of ElderHelp is to provide personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their homes. ElderHelp of San Diego is a nonprofit that provides much-needed services to Scripps Ranch residents, including:

  • The Concierge Club: help with the basic necessities of life through personal attention and coordinated programs and services
  • Seniors A Go Go: escorted, door-through-door transportation
  • Home Share: serves those who are looking for affordable housing or have a spare room in their home and would like someone to move in
  • Volunteers: assist seniors in Scripps Ranch or nearby

The event is free, with no registration required. Interested but can’t make this event? Call Elderhelp at 619-284-9281.

Spotlight on Tai Chi

50 Plus and Master Parker invite you to enjoy a fun-filled class and reap the many benefits of Tai Chi (pictured below) every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Tai Chi improves physical balance and mental focus and has been found to be helpful in recovering from injuries and operations.

Master Parker Linekin has been a Scripps Ranch resident since 1992. His Academy of the Martial Arts has been in operation since 1997. He recently completed a certified instructors course given by the Integrative Medicine Program group of UCSD. It’s a research-based way to help older adults improve their balance and is an evidence-based fall prevention program. This, along with his 50 years of training, go into his instruction. He teaches students how to integrate tai chi moves into their everyday activities. Join us!

Garden Share

Visit our webpage at for date and time.

West Sycamore Canyon Events

Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 8 am
  • East end of Stonebridge Parkway

Please wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For details, email us at [email protected]

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 8 am, 90 minutes
  • New location: 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road, 92064

Join ranger Andrew at the Goodan Ranch staging area in Poway for a guided nature walk. The focus will be on the plant communities found there. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat and bring water.

2016 Green Homes Tour

  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 am–3 pm

Just $15 for a self-guided tour featuring a wide variety of green homes throughout San Diego County. Register at

Solar for Homeowners

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 11:30 am–2 pm
  • 9325 Sky Park Court Suite 100, in the Discovery Room, 92123

The lecture will include sizing a solar PV system, researching and comparing contractors, evaluating a bid, and more. Register at Please note: There will be an evening seminar in December.

Scripps Ranch Expo Update

We hope you learned something from our event. If you have feedback or questions, please email us at [email protected] If you want to see several of the presentations and pictures, go to

Energy Tips

Before winter hits, be sure your power usage keeps you safe and comfortable.

  • Get a free in-home gas safety check at #espsdge
  • Learn how to plan for an emergency at #espsdge
  • Customers with qualifying medical needs can save money on their energy bill. Check out the Medical Baseline program at #espsdge
  • If most of your electricity use can be before 11 am and after 6 pm, check out the Whenergy plan. See more at #espsdge

Bob Ilko

SRCA President