President’s Report

What Does SRCA Do For You?

The SRCA always tries to be proactive and do its due diligence. This takes hundreds of phone calls, emails, social media posts and meetings that you may not be aware of to achieve success on a community issue. Here are some items the SRCA is working on behind the scenes.

Apartment Proposal Update

At the request of Monarch Development, representatives from the SRCA, the community’s two planning groups, and the school district met to plan the environmental impact report scoping meeting and discuss how the project can change.

Sara Kruer from Monarch informed the ad hoc committee that there have been no changes to the project since January 2016. However, she agreed to consider reducing the stories of the apartment complex from four to three, and adding a Senior Center and more parking to Spring Canyon Park. The SRCA will bring you any updates. For more on this project, see page 13.

Possible Traffic Delays

The SRCA arranged technical meetings with SDG&E to discuss possible ways to reduce traffic impacts when the electrical transmission lines are trenched down Stonebridge Parkway to Pomerado Road and continuing to Miramar Road. It is our understanding that 10 large underground vaults—every 1,800 feet—will be installed first, which will cause traffic delays. Then SDG&E will begin trenching to lay the concrete-encased transmission line from vault to vault. It is possible for anyone using Pomerado Road to see two construction traffic delays in one trip.

We have presented a reduced traffic impact plan that needs to be vetted by SDG&E and, we are told, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission. Construction was expected to begin this month and continue for 18 months. If you want to receive email updates from the SRCA about this project, please email me at [email protected]

New Project Concerns

Another SDG&E project in the “pipeline” is the installation of a 36-inch gas pipeline that may come down Pomerado Road from Poway to Marshall Middle School (MMS), then turn south through MCAS Miramar. Obviously, the SRCA is concerned about traffic impacts but, more importantly, any possibility of a pipeline eruption blast.

As currently presented, the gas pipeline will be within 100 feet of homes and 500 feet of MMS. The SRCA has reached out to the school district, Alliant International University, UCSD, and Poway to try to partner with them to evaluate the significant impacts to the community. The draft environmental impact report may be out in April. To get updates on this important issue, email me at [email protected] to join our information email list.

Fairbrook Park

The Fairbrook Park design is proceeding, but there is a delay due to new storm water pollution regulations that went into effect recently and the cost for planned amenities. The SRCA partnered with the SR Recreation Council and SR Planning Group to form an ad hoc design committee. Lots of time is put into keeping the process moving and residents informed.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Make a Volunteer Connection Today!

Every day, in every way, Scripps Ranch volunteers make a huge impact on our community. As neighbors, they contribute their time, skills, leadership, and friendship to benefit Scripps Ranch. You, too, can foster a volunteer connection!

  • Become a volunteer for the SRCA or another community group,
  • Join the SRCA to help fund the advocacy, activities, and communications provided by our volunteers,

By selecting one—or both—of the above, you can make a huge impact on our community. To reach us, email [email protected] We hope you’ll make a volunteer connection today!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Recognition Night 2017

Submit Your Honorees Today!

The deadline to submit the names of volunteers to be honored at SRCA Recognition Night is only weeks away—Tuesday, Feb. 28. Please send us the names of those special Scripps Ranch volunteers at

Our community has so many wonderful volunteers who give their time to benefit our kids, schools, Scouts, sports, community groups, events, planning groups, SRCA, and more! Each year the SRCA hosts a special event to show our appreciation for these volunteers. SRCA Recognition Night is on Monday, Apr. 3, at 6:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. But we need your nominations to make it happen.

To learn more about Recognition Night, visit If you have a company or know someone who would like to sponsor a segment of this year’s event, please contact me at [email protected] or 395-6467 as soon as you can. Also, I invite you to join our fun committee!

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

SRCA Community Fair

Sunday, June 4

Let me welcome the new Community Fair co-chairs! I’m pleased to pass the reins over to these two dynamos.

Jan McGinn, Past Community Fair Chair

Hello Scripps Ranch,

We are pleased to continue hosting this annual community tradition, and we’d like to hear from you about what you’d like to see at the fair. Please email us at [email protected]

Local businesses, crafters, nonprofits, community groups, and performers, the fair is an excellent opportunity to showcase your products and services. To be part of the fair, let us know. For more information, visit

If you’re that special someone who wants to get involved in the community—join our team! We meet monthly and have a variety of positions available. We can’t wait to hear from you at the email above.

Emily and Natasha, SRCA Community Fair Co-chairs

We Represent You

SRCA district representatives are your voice in the community, and each Scripps Ranch area has a rep. To see in which area you live, go to We are introducing you to your neighborhood volunteer in the Newsletter.

Larry Peranich—District 5

Hello, my name is Larry Peranich and I am the representative for District 5, the Avenida Magnifica area. I’ve been on the SRCA board since June 2016, joining after our previous representative joined the SRCA Executive Committee.

I’ve lived in the same Scripps Ranch house since 1988. It is the first, and only, home I’ve ever owned, and I hope to stay here through retirement. My wife, Helen Plutner, is the chair of Sustainable Scripps Ranch, a standing committee of the SRCA.

I love the people and the sense of community we have here. The canyons and other open space in Scripps Ranch are what drew me to this area, and I appreciate the efforts of people in our community to keep these green spaces maintained.

I have been the chair of the SRCA Long-Term Planning Committee for nearly two years. Long-Term Planning works to make sure the SRCA will continue to meet the needs of the community in the years to come. Please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions for how the SRCA can serve you better.

I am also on the SRCA Membership Committee because I strongly believe that the SRCA helps make Scripps Ranch a great place to live. The SRCA needs financial support from all residents to continue our work. Please consider joining.

Please contact me at [email protected] if there are issues in which the SRCA may be able to help you.

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • End of Life Decisions
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Diagnosis of an advanced or terminal illness can lead to soul searching by patients and their loved ones regarding the nature and extent of treatments to be pursued. In this lecture we will investigate two areas where many people have questions: Hospice and the End of Life Option Act.

Hospice: This is specialized care designed to provide support to patients and their loved ones during an advanced illness. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life rather than cures. The goal is to enable you to have an alert, pain-free life—to live each day as fully as possible.

However, there are many questions people may have: Is the decision for hospice care giving up hope or waiting to die? What does hospice really do? Who pays for it? How do I know when it’s time for end of life care? Where is hospice care provided? Can a hospice patient choose to return to curative treatment? Does hospice do anything to bring death sooner?

Come learn the facts about hospice care. Our discussion leader will be Ashley Rose, Silverado San Diego Supportive Care and Hospice community educator. She sits on the San Diego Coalition for Improving End of Life Care, is dementia certified, and a certified administrator for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly.

End of Life Option Act: Since June 2016 under the “End of Life Option Act” terminally-ill California residents may legally take medicine to end their lives. Advocates say people should have the right to decide whether they want “death with dignity,” while opponents argue patients could feel pressure to take their own lives.

Learn the facts. Who does the law apply to? Must the patient be mentally competent? How do we know the patient—and not someone else—wants to die this way?

Our discussion leader will be Mitsuo Tomita, M.D. Dr. Tomita did full-time family practice until he retired in 2008. He is an assistant clinical professor on the faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine, as well as a member of Compassion and Choices and the Hemlock Society of San Diego. Both are nonprofit organizations that advocate for expanded choice around end of life care. All Aging Successfully lectures are free and open to the public.

Second Fridays

  • Road Scholar
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

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. Alongside local and renowned experts, Road Scholar participants experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking, and more.

Our speaker will be Jill Swaim, Road Scholar ambassador. Jill has presented delightful programs to us in the past. There will be a drawing for a discount on a future Road Scholar trip. All Second Friday meetings are free and open to the public.

Senior Living Tour

  • Rancho Family YMCA
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 am

The Rancho Family YMCA serves more than 15,000 youth and families in Scripps Ranch and nearby communities. The YMCA offers a variety of programs for adults of all ages, including swim lessons, gymnastics, sports, and much more!

The main facility in Rancho Peñasquitos includes: a 25-yard, six-lane, heated, covered swimming pool; a heated, outdoor activity pool; a Wellness Center, featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment; group exercise classes for all fitness levels; locker rooms; and a Child Watch program. At the Scripps Poway Parkway site—near CVS and Chase bank—there are camps, youth sports, sports birthday parties, and a family fitness walking club.

The YMCA address is 9410 Fairgrove Lane, 92129. However, we will meet at 11 am in the parking lot at the top of the hill. Directions: take Scripps Poway Parkway west to Black Mountain Road. Take Black Mountain north until it passes under Route 56/Ted Williams Parkway. Turn right on Twin Trails Drive, then right on Fairgrove Lane. Go past the YMCA to the parking lot at the top of the hill, at the corner of Fairgrove Lane and Salmon River Road.

We will tour the YMCA, eat lunch, and participate in a discussion of the YMCA for Active Adult programs as they are now, as well as plans for the future. It’s your chance to tell them what you’d like.

There will be a drawing for a one-month free YMCA membership. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 and leave a message if you do not have email.

Free Smoke Alarms for Seniors

Having a working smoke alarm in your home decreases your chances of dying in a fire by 50%. Yet thousands of seniors in San Diego County live in homes without a working smoke alarm. Throughout the year the Burn Institute, community volunteers, and fire departments take part in a collaborative effort to install free smoke alarms for qualified seniors.

To qualify for the Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program you must be 62 years or older, own your home, and live in San Diego County. For details and to schedule the installation of your alarm, contact Austin Duran at 541-2277, ext. 13, or [email protected]

SSR Group Hike

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 am

  • West Sycamore Staging Area—east end of Stonebridge Parkway

Join us for a fun hike and get to know some of your neighbors. Dogs on a leash are permitted. Bring a lunch. It’s a moderate hike—about five miles—with some ups and downs. More information is at Rain cancels.

Bike with a Park Ranger

  • Saturday, Feb. 4, 9–11 am
  • West Sycamore Staging Area

Join ranger Araceli Dominguez and San Diego Mountain Bike member Maggie Holloway for this progressive beginner series of rides. If you are new to riding, this is for you! Come early and volunteers will help adjust your bike. Bring a mountain bike, safety gear, hydration pack, sunscreen, and food. Wet trails cancel.

Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, Feb. 5, 8 am
  • West Sycamore Staging Area

Get your exercise and improve your park. Bring gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Water and snacks are provided! Email ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected] for details.

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Feb. 19, 8 am, 90 minutes, rain cancels
  • 16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd. 92064

Join ranger Andrew Miller for a guided walk focused on the plant communities and animals found at West Sycamore. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. More information can be found at

Stargazing in StoneBridge

  • Friday, Feb. 24, 7 pm,
  • West Sycamore Staging Area

For updates check the San Diego Astronomy Association website at Park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome. Rain or clouds cancel.

Garden Events

There are many garden events around San Diego. Here are some close to home:

San Diego Seed Library and CA Rare Fruit Grower

  • Saturday, Feb. 11, any time between 2:30–5:30 pm
  • Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, 92126

They will provide seeds and cuttings to “check out” and plant in your garden. After you have grown your vegetables or fruits, you “return” them by bringing seeds or cuttings to share. This month will be figs and cool season vegetable seeds.


Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:45 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Marcia Van Loy, master gardener, will present “Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden.”

SSR Garden Share

Check out We also are looking for those interested in community food composting. To help or if you know a possible site, contact us.

For more events, check out our webpage or sign up for our eblasts.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President