President’s Report

SRCA Resolutions for 2017

Here is what we plan to do to help improve your quality of life in Scripps Ranch.

1) Improve our communications to you as well as from you. A vitally important part of community leadership is listening to residents. We need to hear from you as to what matters. My email is [email protected]. You can always call us at 397-5747. I am willing to meet with you anytime and anywhere—in Scripps Ranch, of course!

2) Roll out an upgraded website in the next couple of months. Luis Fregoso, the SRCA vice president of digital communications, is bringing a more user-friendly website, making it easier to find content. The website is a great resource for residents to learn about Scripps Ranch.

3) Continue to post time-sensitive, Scripps Ranch-related, and interesting information to our Facebook page. It’s a great place to go to find out what’s happening right now, whether it’s a traffic accident, school lockdown, yummy fundraiser, or great achievements by Scripps Ranch residents. More than 3,100 people are on our Facebook page, and you can be too! Just search Scripps Ranch Civic Association, then “Like” us.

4) Be persistent in not only delivering the best community newsletter by volunteers door to door, but add more content by selling more ads for resident-needed services and products. Our SRCA Newsletter only covers Scripps Ranch because we don’t want to bore you with irrelevant stories from other neighborhoods.

5) Problem solving is not always screaming and yelling but doing the homework—we call it “due diligence”—and formulating a “doable solution” that can actually be accomplished. More is done when we have the relevant facts and persuasive arguments so we can overcome poor planning obstacles.

6) Recommit to developing and recognizing community volunteers. We know people have little time and special interests. The community is successful when residents contribute membership dollars and volunteer hours. There are so many great organizations, and we will help direct you to the right one. We also need help knowing who is a quiet hero. Let us know who to honor at our community Recognition Night. Names can be submitted at See the article to the right for more information.

This will be my seventh year as SRCA president and my 26th year on the SRCA Board. I am just as thrilled about this year as I have been for the past 26 years. Please help me so we can continue to make Scripps Ranch the best neighborhood to live, work, and play.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Join the SRCA—Your Neighborhood Connection!

Neighborly connections are the secret sauce between the SRCA and our wonderful Scripps Ranch community. For more than 40 years, we’ve worked together as friends, neighbors, and community leaders, all with the common goal of enhancing our unique quality of life.

That’s why we live in Scripps Ranch!

And that’s why it’s so important for members and volunteers—like you!—to support the SRCA. Our sole focus is how to best strengthen those community connections by providing the activities, communications, and advocacy you deserve.

Check out this month’s centerfold on pages 26 and 27 to see how we translate membership connections into meaningful community benefits. And as an SRCA member, your contributions ensure we continue to deliver those benefits in 2017. For more details about the SRCA’s accomplishments in 2016, visit

It’s easy to join! You can go online at or mail in the form on page 27 of this Newsletter. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] “Get Connected” with your neighbors and the SRCA today!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Recognition Night 2017

One way the SRCA connects with you is by honoring our community volunteers. We set aside one night a year to do that, but we need your help now! Please send us the names of all the amazing volunteers in your circle. The parent crossing guard who helps kids be safe, rain or shine. The helper at your synagogue or church. A coach or team manager. There are so many possibilities.

It’s easy to let us know about that special volunteer. Just go to and submit the name. Then, save the date and join us on Monday, Apr. 3, for SRCA Recognition Night 2017. It’s from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. This is a fun night that is set aside to honor those who volunteer for the good of our community by helping with beneficial projects, programs, and events hosted throughout Scripps Ranch.

To learn more about the background, mission, volunteer honorees, and more, visit You also can check out prior events at

Let’s get the ball rolling for this year’s event and submit names of deserving volunteers. For more about Recognition Night, please visit or email me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

SRCA District Reps Connect With You

Every area in Scripps Ranch has a representative. To find out in which SRCA district you live, please visit map. We are introducing these special volunteers so you know who to contact if an issue arises.

Greg Elliott—District 9

Hello, Scripps Ranch. My name is Greg Elliott and I am your SRCA District 9 representative. That’s the area around Whispering Ridge.

I am an SRCA volunteer because I think it’s important to be involved in the community. My wife, Mara, and I are raising our two children here and we want them to grow up in a safe, collegial community.

I enjoy learning more about the issues affecting Scripps Ranch, and I’m honored to be the voice for my neighborhood. Recently, I was able to help a new neighbor locate city resources, and I find it rewarding to bridge the gap between community and everyday life.

My wife and I are lifelong community volunteers. I am an adjunct community college professor who teaches chemistry at two local colleges. My wife is the San Diego City Attorney. We both volunteer for the National MS Society and are very involved in our children’s schools.

In addition to representing my neighbors on the SRCA Board, I am a member of the SRCA 4th of July Committee. If you recall, the 2016 parade included community favorites such as the golden retriever brigade, horses, a marching band, collectible cars, and other attractions. It was rewarding to be a member of this high-performing committee!

Please contact me if you think I can help you with a city or neighborhood situation. You can reach me at [email protected] Happy New Year!

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Legal and Financial Basics
  • Friday, Jan. 20, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Legal and financial planning is essential for those living with, or caring for, a person with dementia or other progressive disease. Learn from local estate planning and elder law experts about getting legal documents in place and planning ahead for the costs of future care needs. Our speaker will be attorney Scott Stewart speaking on behalf of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Aging Successfully lectures are on the third Friday of each month and are free and open to all. No registration is needed. Save the dates for the following lectures.

  • Friday, Feb. 17: End of Life Decisions, Hospice, and End of Life Options Act
  • Friday, Mar. 17: Home Safety and Fall Prevention
  • Friday, Apr. 21: The Latest In Alzheimer’s Research

Second Fridays

Starting this month, there will be new classes, discussions, and events of interest to all: history, travel, food and cooking, saving money, new technologies—you name it. This will be brought to you through the collaboration of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 50 Plus, Sustainable Scripps Ranch, Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, and the Scripps Ranch Library. Lectures will be on the third Friday of each month and are free and open to all. No registration needed.

Here are details on the first two lectures, all from 10 to 11:30 am in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room.

Friday, Jan. 13: Rebates, Discounts, and Other Energy Programs. SDG&E will describe the many rebates available and give us details about the SDG&E Marketplace, where you can shop for energy-efficient products, learn about rebates, and purchase from retailers. The Center for Sustainable Energy also has been invited to update us on the Energy Upgrade California and Property Assessed Clean Energy programs.

Friday, Feb. 10: Road Scholar. Special for Scripps Ranch travelers, come learn about Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational and intergenerational travel since 1975. Road Scholar offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. With local and renowned experts, participants experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities. Road Scholar adventures are created by Elderhostel, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.

Senior Living Tour

  • Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill
  • Wednesday, Jan. 18

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill is just a short stroll from fine dining, quaint Victorian homes, and Balboa Park. The Symphony Hall and Civic Theater also are nearby. The rooftop deck offers views of the ocean and city. Residents take advantage of the salon, fitness center, secure underground parking, and courtyard areas.

At Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill there are no large buy-in fees but there are:

  • 84 spacious living apartments—studios, one-, and two-bedrooms
  • Customized assisted living care available in every apartment
  • Anytime Dining: restaurant-style meals served on your schedule
  • Concierge services, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping, and more

We will take a tour and have lunch. We will meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 11 am. The bus will leave at 11:15 am. Reservations are required; email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Bus and Walking Tour

  • Saturday, Jan. 14.

We’ll catch the Rapid bus downtown at 10 am and do a walking tour of Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Sherman Heights, and Barrio Logan. Details are in the Sustainable Scripps Ranch article below.

Free California Phones

The California Telephone Access Program offers free specialized phones that make it easier for people with hearing, vision, and mobility or manipulation problems to hear, dial, and call. The equipment connects to your existing phone service. Your current charges still apply, but the free specialized telephone does not increase your costs.

For more information and to apply, check out or call 1-800-806-1191.

Bus and Walking Tour

  • Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 am
  • Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Sherman Heights, and Barrio Logan

We’ll catch the Rapid bus downtown and spend about three hours walking, eating, and visiting four interesting, changing, urban neighborhoods. We’ll see spiffy Victorians, craftsman cottages, urban gardens, public art, hilltop parks, city and bay views, and more.

We’ll walk two to three miles, with several stops for food, pick-me-ups, and insights. We’ll be close to public transportation throughout the route, so you can make your own way home if you like. This tour is limited to 15 participants, so sign up early. Email [email protected] for details and to sign up.

Joint SSR and 50 Plus Lecture

  • Rebates, Discounts, and Other Energy Programs.
  • Friday, Jan. 13, 10 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive

Please see the SRCA 50 Plus article on page 7 for more information.

San Diego 350

  • The Climate Crisis and How We Can Solve it Together
  • Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Climate change presents huge challenges for humanity. The presentation highlights a number of issues, causes, local and global impacts, and personal and collective solutions. The program empowers us to take action in meaningful ways.

West Sycamore Events

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Jan. 15, 8 am, rain cancels
  • 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road 92064

Join ranger Andrew Miller for his monthly 90-minute guided walk focused on the plant communities and animals commonly found at West Sycamore. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. For more information, go to


  • Friday, Jan. 27, sunset
  • East end of Stonebridge Parkway, rain or clouds cancel

For updates check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website at or our SRCA Facebook page. No white lights. Please park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

Monthly Garden Share

  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Check our webpage for more information.

Helpful Tips

  • We in Scripps Ranch are fortunate to live here and enjoy these surroundings, but we all know people who help and serve us in many ways who cannot afford much. Pass on the message for those in need about the CARE and FERA programs that could save them money. Watch the video at #espsdge
  • Whether you rent or own, the Energy Savings Assistance Program could help you save money and energy by installing efficient lighting, weather stripping, and energy- efficient appliances. To see if you qualify, go to #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund provides temporary financial help up to $200 to those in need. See #espsdge
  • Get educated about 211 San Diego that connects people with appropriate resources and organizations. Learn more at #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President