President’s Report

Congratulations, Volunteers!

Scripps Ranch is an amazing place to live, work, and play not only because of the great homes, open space, and parks but because of the people who care about something bigger than themselves. It is a collection of people who want to make our quality of life better.

The SRCA values volunteers and we try to shout from the rooftops about those who unselfishly give time, energy, commitment, and leadership to improve our community. Our schools would not be what they are and attract people to move here. Our tremendous Scouts and sports leagues could not successfully mentor our children without volunteers. The same is true for our service organizations and planning groups. Please help us by volunteering your time and ingenuity.

We honored some of our valuable volunteers at our annual Recognition Night in April. Check out our special seven-page section starting on page 25.

Construction Traffic

The SRCA and Scripps Ranch Planning Group are working with SDG&E to modify the city’s plan to use flag men for traffic control on Pomerado Road. This is during the 18 months of construction to install an electric transmission line from StoneBridge Estates to Miramar Road. While technically not closing Pomerado Road, the traffic impact will be an unmitigated disaster from 9 am until 3 pm, and the afternoon traffic won’t dissipate until after the evening commute.

The initial plan is to stop traffic in one direction to allow cars to pass in the other direction using flag men. There could be two construction areas at the same time on Pomerado Road! There could be cars stacked bumper to bumper for miles in both directions.

We are trying to prevent Pomerado Road traffic from diverting onto residential streets. We are attempting to convince the city of a detour plan used on Pomerado Road a few years ago that worked well and avoided using flag men. We also are asking for nighttime work leading up to the Interstate 15 bridge. We will keep the community informed as details are worked out.

Not For Residential Use

The Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District requests homeowners not take wood chips from Semillon Boulevard. It is for the city to spread throughout Scripps Ranch for weed abatement. If you want free mulch, please go to the Miramar landfill.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

You’re Invited!

Don’t miss our SRCA Community Meet and Greet! It will be at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 20. More than 30 adult-oriented nonprofit civic, service, and social organizations will meet from 2 to 3:30 pm for a “Getting Connected” activity and workshop.

All Scripps Ranch residents are invited to come from 3:30 to 5 pm to meet and greet each other and find out everything you want to know about all of the organizations. Then there will be a social hour from 5 to 6 pm. Everyone can have fun with live music, food, and door prizes! Check out pages 34–35 for all the details. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Join the Parade!

Come help us celebrate Scripps Ranch’s longest running community event—the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade sponsored by the SRCA. The theme of this year’s 47th Annual Parade is “Hip-Hip Hooray! It’s Independence Day!” Let your imagination run wild and come up with an “Hip-Hip Hooray!” theme for your group or float. Try to impress the judges and win in one of the following categories: Float, Performing Group, Car Club Group, Youth Group, Marching Group, or Decorated Vehicle. The entry form is on page 7 or enter online at

It’s a tradition for the SRCA to provide a convertible and driver for our dignitaries. If you own a convertible and can be at the event, please contact 4th of July Committee chair Gary Clark at 761-7378 or [email protected] Also contact Gary if you would like to be a parade marshal or help in any way. See you at the parade!

18th Annual SRCA Community Fair

Sunday, June 11, Noon–4:30 pm

Alliant International University

Volunteers have been hard at work setting up the SRCA Community Fair. It will be the biggest and most exciting fair yet! We have lined up favorites: Green Street, Kids’ Zone, and a Beer and Wine Garden. Please note that the concert for the fair has moved. It will be the Symphony in the Park concert at Hoyt Park beginning at 6 pm. More information is on page 6.

We are still accepting vendors, sponsors, and local talent. Please submit your application online at to participate!

For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact me at [email protected] My goal is to continue to make the SRCA Community Fair a world-class tradition for the Scripps Ranch community we love.

See you at the fair!

Emily Johnston, Community Fair Chair

Second Friday Lecture

  • Laughter Through Language
  • Friday, May 12, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Join us to hear the entertaining wisdom of Richard Lederer. He has authored more than 50 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer. He was founding co-host of A Way With Words on National Public Radio.

“Lederer on Language” appears each Saturday in The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is the proud father of professional poker players Howard Lederer and Annie Duke and poet/memoirist Katy Lederer. Richard and his wife, Simone van Egeren, live in Scripps Ranch. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Save the Date: On Friday, June 9, the Second Friday Lecture will be an introduction to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Learn about the mission, history, facilities, and extensive research activities associated with this world-renowned institution. Later in the year we will have lectures about specific research topics and will tour the Scripps Pier, Hubbs Experimental Aquarium, and tide pools and learn about beach geology.

SRCA Meet and Greet

Join us at the SRCA Community Meet and Greet on Saturday, May 20, at the Scripps Ranch Library. Nonprofits will meet at 2 pm for a “Getting Connected” activity and workshop.

Then at 3:30 pm everyone is invited to meet and greet representatives from Scripps Ranch organizations. See pages 34–35 for details. Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun with music, food, prizes, and socializing. For questions, email [email protected]

Senior Living Tour

  • The Remington Club, Ranch Bernardo
  • Wednesday, May 24

The Remington Club is a full-service senior living community in Rancho Bernardo. It offers independent and assisted living and skilled nursing services, as well as respite, short stays, and outpatient therapy. Their beautifully landscaped grounds include an outdoor pool and waterfall.

Located within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and golf, there is always something fun to do at The Remington Club! Designed to engage both active seniors and those needing more assistance, the facility offers a well-stocked library, a full program of exciting activities, health and fitness classes, and trips to cultural and sporting events. Exceptional meals in their formal dining room or the more casual bistro and attentive service from their well-trained staff make The Remington Club a wonderful place to live.

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

Finding Quality Care Facilities

A free online resource is available to help consumers research senior care options and the quality of specific facilities. features information on long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice, care at home, and adult day care. Also, there are tips on how to choose a health care provider, questions to ask, how to pay for care, and what to do if something goes wrong. Because is not commercial, users can be assured that:

  • The site is always free
  • Information is unbiased
  • Users are not required to register or provide contact information
  • Users will not be hounded by aggressive emails and phone calls
  • Users won’t see advertising or promotion of providers is managed by the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and the Institute for Health and Aging (SBS/IHA). UCSF-SBS/IHA and the website are not affiliated with the medical industry or any facility or agency.

SRCA Community Meet and Greet

  • Saturday, May 20, 2–6 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Sustainable Scripps Ranch will participate. See pages 34–35 for details.

Afoot and Afield in San Diego County, 5th Edition!

  • Tuesday, May 2, 6 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Yes, the hiking book of our county is back and updated! Co-writer Scott Turner will talk about trails all over San Diego.

Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Science

  • La Jolla Historical Society, now through Sunday, May 21
  • San Diego Central Library Gallery, Saturday, June 10–Sunday, Sept. 3

The exhibition explores the question of consequences, challenges, and opportunities that arise from the changing climate on our planet. It aspires to proactively stimulate public dialogue about one of the most important issues of our time.

San Diego Seed Library: 2nd Saturdays

  • Saturday, May 13, 2:30–5 pm, rain or shine
  • Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, 92126

Check out their seeds and cuttings based on the time of year. All are free.

Fixit Clinic: 2nd Saturdays

  • Saturday, May 13, noon–2 pm
  • Second Chance Brewery, 15378 Avenue of Science #222, 92128

Solar for Homeowners

  • Thursday, May 18, 11:30 am–2 pm
  • Center for Sustainable Energy, 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100, 92123

Gardening Workshops

SSR Garden Share

Check the SSR webpage for date and time.

City Farmers Nursery

3110 Euclid Avenue, 92105

  • Raising Chicken 101—Saturday, May 6, 8:30 am
  • California Native Plants—Saturday, May 13, 9 am
  • Gardening 101—Saturday, May 20, 8:30 am
  • Aquaponics, Aquaculture, Hydroponics—Saturday, May 27, 10 am

Walter Andersen Nursery

12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 92064

  • Your Own Food Forest—Saturday, May 6, 9:30 am
  • Citrus Varieties and Care—Saturday, May 27, 9:30 am

Evergreen Nursery

13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130

  • Gardening Seminar Just For Kids, 6–12—Saturday, May 6, 10 am

Ideal for kids who love to garden. Students will bring home a color bowl they’ve planted with flowers. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Citrus and Avocado Varieties and Care—Saturday, May 20, 10 am

West Sycamore Events

Location: West Sycamore Staging Area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway.

Volunteer Crew

  • First Sunday of each month
  • Sunday, May 6, 8 am

Nature Walk

  • Third Sunday of each month
  • Sunday, May 21, 8 am, 90 minutes, rain cancels

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

  • Fourth Friday of each month, rain or clouds cancel
  • Friday, May 26, sunset

Energy Tips

  • SDG&E’s Power Your Drive program is installing 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations. Learn more at #espsdge
  • Drive an all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle? You may qualify for a bill credit of at least $50. Visit #espsdge
  • Sign up for paperless billing at #espsdge
  • Get favorable financing for energy-saving projects for your home with the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program. See #espsdge
  • Lower your bills with energy-saving spring tips. Visit #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President