President’s Report

New Single Family Homes

The Renzulli family is selling 40 acres above Cypress Canyon Park for residential single family homes. Many years ago, another developer started the process of entitlement but stopped. Now a different developer is attempting to rezone the property from agricultural to residential.

A couple of key points is that Cypress Canyon Road will be completed, as it is part of the city’s general plan transportation element. We have called this the “spine road” that will run through the new development. Another key issue is adding two net acres of park land to Cypress Canyon Park. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group has more details on page 19.

The SRCA will keep you updated via the Newsletter, Facebook, and email. The entitlement process should take two years to complete. For questions and concerns, email me at [email protected]

Helping Our Schools

For decades people cite a primary reason for moving to Scripps Ranch is the schools. The SRCA supports the schools by organizing and leading the SRCA Schools Committee of principals and parent and community representatives.

When Scripps Ranch High School opened, the SRCA help create the SRHS Foundation. I remember Marc Sorensen and Brian Allman asking me in 1993 to join the Foundation when my daughter was perhaps in 1st grade. The SRCA supports the Foundation by giving to its signature event, Taste of the Ranch, and Grad Night. Taste of the Ranch is in April and everyone is invited. See pages 30–31.

Safer Neighborhoods

Have you been to a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the past year? If not, please do so. It helps not only your family but those who live close to you. I recently attended a large meeting on Mira Lago Way and Mira Lago Terrace. There was great interest and people who want to be better informed as to how police operate. Also they wanted to learn about when to call police and how to protect their homes.

If you do not want to take part in a block party, you can still be included in the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program. You would then receive emails from us about crime incidents, alerts, and requests from the police for assistance. Send us an email at [email protected] for more information. We are here to help!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Membership Recharges Our Community Connections

Here’s how:

  • Your membership creates energy
  • Energy fuels our SRCA groups
  • SRCA groups provide you with fun, knowledge, and community connections

It’s that simple! SRCA groups and volunteers receive an energy boost from your membership. So like the proverbial Energizer Bunny, they can keep going, and going, and going, and going…

I know you’ve seen and appreciated them! The energetic volunteers who consistently accomplish so much for our neighborhood. Just consider, for example, the monthly activities and expert connections provided by Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)—led by Helen Plutner—and SRCA 50 Plus, that’s headed by Rob Holmes. Learn more at

If you haven’t already, recharge your SRCA membership battery at For questions, email us at [email protected]

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Getting Your Newsletter

We often get asked when the next issue of the SRCA Newsletter will be delivered and where people can get a copy. The delivery dates are always listed in the Calendar on page 4. It is delivered primarily on the first Saturday of the month, or the last Saturday of the preceding month, weather permitting. The distributors are volunteers who use their own judgement when it rains.

If you fail to get a copy, extras can usually be found at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Aviary Club or the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have distribution questions, please contact our distribution manager, Jim Caughey, at [email protected] We thank Jim and our incredible network of about 300 volunteer distributors for their time each month!

18th Annual SRCA Community Fair

Sunday, June 11

Alliant International University

With our theme—Then and Now—the SRCA Community Fair is acknowledging our history. By learning about our past, we can discover much about ourselves and how we wish to shape our future.

We are looking for local businesses, crafters, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and performers to showcase. Sign up now! Enrolling early guarantees your spot and provides valuable opportunities to participate in all event promotion. Applications are available at

For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact me at [email protected] My goal is to continue to make the fair a world-class tradition for the community we love and are proud to call home. To learn more about the fair, visit See you there!

Emily Johnston, Community Fair Chair

Second Friday Class

  • Introduction to Oasis
  • Friday, Apr. 14, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Oasis is a unique educational program for adults 50+ who want to continue to learn. Membership is free and open to anyone 50 or older. Members receive a catalog of opportunities three times a year.

Come hear Brandon Harding, Oasis program manager, describe the broad range of educational classes—from the arts and humanities to fitness and travel. Pursue an old or new interest!

All Second Friday classes are free and open to the public, with no registration required. If you can come early and help set up chairs or stay late to help put things away, email us at [email protected] We appreciate the help!

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Latest in Alzheimer’s Research
  • Friday, Apr. 21, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

As the impact of Alzheimer’s disease increases, efforts to find methods to prevent, treat, and cure are gaining momentum. Learn about the latest in research and clinical trials. This is part of the series of free classes and workshops in Scripps Ranch for those with memory loss concerns, families, caregivers, and the community. The classes are taught by the experts from Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Senior Living Tour

  • St. Paul’s Homes, Banker’s Hill
  • Friday, Apr. 28, 10:45 am

In the past 55 years St. Paul’s Senior Services, a full-service, nonprofit retirement community, has provided homes and care to seniors. With the changing needs of today’s older adults, services have expanded to bring innovative choices to those seeking resources for active retirement living, personal care, and memory support.

St. Paul’s provides affordable and comprehensive programs in a non-denominational environment with great value placed on optimal independence at all stages of life. We will focus on St. Paul’s Manor, a premier independent living community. Pricing starts at about $1,400 per month for single occupancy. Compare the rates to similar communities and you’ll see why many residents say the Manor is a great fit for their budget.

We will meet at 10:45 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus will leave promptly at 11 am. We will have a presentation, tour, and lunch. Reservations are required. To request a reservation, send an email to [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Save the Date

  • SRCA Community Meet and Greet
  • Saturday afternoon, May 20
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Plan to attend this exciting new event. Meet the nonprofits in Scripps Ranch and have fun with live music, food, and socializing. Look for information in the May SRCA Newsletter. For more details, email [email protected]

Family Caregiver Support

San Diego County Aging and Independence Services helps family members and others who provide care for a loved one. If you help an older relative maintain his or her quality of life, you are a caregiver and the Family Caregiver Support Program can help you. The caregiver is the client.

Who is served: adult family caregivers of people 60 and older in San Diego County; and grandparent caregivers of minors, if the minor is a relative and lives with the caregiver.

There are no charges for most services, which include: assistance to caregivers through contracted providers; comprehensive assessment and care management; support groups and counseling; caregiver skills training and respite care; legal services; minor home modifications—grab bars, safety checks, more; and grandparent caregiver support. For more details or to apply for services, call 800-510-2020.

SSR Garden Share

Check our website for details.

FLOW—Water Harvesting Walking Tour

  • Saturday, Apr. 8, 9:30 am–noon
  • Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond Street, 92109

Visit three homes that exemplify simple, cost-effective solutions to create big water savings. Strategies range from passive rainwater earthworks to more than 2,800 gallons of rainwater storage to laundry greywater and more!

You’ll see a range of landscapes, including edible and native landscapes,as well as artificial turf. This is a great way to see how easy it is to be part of the water solution and the variety of ways that water can be harvested. They will have experts on hand to guide you. Cost: $5, which includes a raffle ticket.

Solar Cooking 101

  • Saturday, Apr. 8, 9 am–noon
  • City Farmers Nursery, 3110 Euclid Avenue, 92105

This is a fun class where participants learn about solar cooking.

  • How solar cooking works
  • The different types of solar cookers
  • The many types of pots in which to cook wonderful meals
  • Effective solar cooking techniques

San Diego Seed Library: 2nd Saturdays

  • Saturday, Apr. 8, 2:30–5 pm, rain or shine
  • Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, 92126

They provide seeds and cuttings to “check out” and plant in your garden. After you have grown and harvested your vegetables or fruits, “return” them by bringing seeds or cuttings to share with others.

Fixit Clinic: 3rd Saturdays

Saturday, Apr. 15, 12–2 pm

  • Second Chance Brewery, 15378 Avenue of Science #222, 92128

Bring your non-working items for possible repair. Workspace, tools, and guidance provided. Whether we fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it worked. This is a family-friendly event! Questions? Email [email protected]

SRCA Clean-Up Day

  • Saturday, Apr. 29, 8 am–noon or until dumpsters are full
  • Business Park on Meanley Drive and SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

More details are on page 15. Batteries also will be accepted.

People’s Climate March

  • Saturday, Apr. 29, 10 am

Find details at

West Sycamore Canyon Events

  • West Sycamore Staging Area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway

Volunteer Crew

  • 1st Sundays of the month
  • Sunday, Apr. 2, 8 am–noon

Help improve your park. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Water and snacks are provided! For more details, email [email protected]

Nature Walk

  • 3rd Sundays of the month
  • Sunday, Apr. 16, 8 am, 90 minutes, rain cancels

Join ranger Andrew for a guided walk focused on the plant communities and animals in the area. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and water. More information is at

Stargazing in Stonebridge

  • 4th Fridays of the month
  • Friday, Apr. 28, 7–10 pm, rain or clouds cancel

Please park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

Recycled Water Filling Station

This is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, Apr. 1, pending weather conditions.

SDG&E Ecochoice Program

As more of us choose clean energy, companies will make provisions to produce more of it. If you can afford to pay a little more to make our world safer and tackle climate change, choose Ecochoice.

Bob Ilko
SRCA President