President’s Report

SRCA Works For You

The SRCA advocates for Scripps Ranch and is usually quite successful. One example is the SDG&E transmission line project that will go right down Pomerado Road. The traffic impacts during construction would have been intolerable. So the SRCA fought City Hall and SDG&E—no easy task—and came up with a plan to help keep traffic moving. See page 31 to read what we accomplished…for you. 

Join the Parade

We are happy to admit that the SRCA 4th of July Parade is a throwback to patriotic small-town, family friendly events. It goes right through our neighborhood, and it’s a pleasure to see so many residents smiling and talking about our community. 

It’s not too late to join the parade. Make a float with your neighbors and friends and have fun! The deadline is Friday, June 23. Go to and see page 7 for more about the parade. 

This Idea Rocks!

Have you seen a beautifully painted rock in Scripps Ranch? You can help spread joy, kindness, and a sense of community through creativity by going to the “Scripps Ranch Rocks” Facebook page. The idea is to decorate rocks and hide them around the community for others to find and either keep or hide again. The SRCA is pleased to have helped this group more than double in members in two weeks!

We Want You

We are looking to fill four SRCA Board seats. We meet only once a month, on the second Tuesday. Your role is to shape and advise the SRCA as to events, advocacy, and activities that improve the quality of life in Scripps Ranch. If interested, please email Todd Philips at [email protected] for more information.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Don’t Miss the 18th Annual SRCA Community Fair

  • Sunday, June 11, noon–4:30 pm
  • Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Road

This year the SRCA Community Fair has moved to a new venue at Alliant. This change provides easier parking and a more intimate layout. Residents are expected to turn out in force to support both our community and local businesses. 

The Community Fair Committee’s goal is to raise enough funds to sponsor the beloved 4th of July Parade. So have a great time and spend lots of money knowing the proceeds go back to Scripps Ranch!

The “Then and Now” theme focuses on our community’s wonderful history over the last 40+ years and how the fair has been an integral part for the last 18. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else…the involvement of people in the community is one of the big reasons why. Thank you, SRCA, for all you do,” said one resident.

Stop by for delicious food and savor a glass of wine or beer while enjoying performances by local talent. There will be rides, games, and hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Sustainable Scripps Ranch hosts “Green Street.” Have fun and learn about gardening, energy efficiency, and water conservation! For more fair details, visit

After the fair stop by the Symphony in the Park concert at Hoyt Park—just a short drive away! For more on that, see page 15 and

Big thanks go to our Diamond sponsors. Without their generosity, this event could not happen: The Hoffman Team; The Glen; ASI Hastings Inc.; Renaissance Village Academy; and San Diego County Credit Union. For questions, email us at [email protected]

Emily Johnston, Community Fair Chair

“We are the Champions”

Queue the song from Queen! SRCA members and volunteers—you are the champions for Scripps Ranch! Your generous contributions in both time and money directly support SRCA’s advocacy, activities, and communications. 

Because of you our community stays connected to each other and to what’s happening right now, via Facebook, emails, the SRCA website, SRCA Newsletter, Neighborhood Watch, district representatives, and so much more. 

Because of you our schools and community groups can fund special items, SRHS students can apply for scholarships, and groups can host meetings at the SRCA Community Center.

Because of you our favorite community events can continue: 4th of July Parade; Community Fair; Clean-Up Days; Recognition Night; and Movie Night.

Because of you our community advocacy has a respected and welcome seat at the municipal table.

Because of you…oh, you haven’t joined or volunteered yet? No problem. You can become a community champion today at If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] Because of you, we live in this wonderful community. Thank you and enjoy the summer!

SRCA Membership Committee

Valuable Volunteers

Scripps Ranch values its volunteers! In fact, volunteers put on the annual SRCA Recognition Night to thank our residents. We want to thank our Recognition Night Committee, elected officials, their representatives, and all the honorees for making this year’s event special. 

Special thanks goes to volunteers: Jan McGinn, for sending out email notices—a big job; Lorayne Burley, for preparing the PowerPoint presentations; and Dorothy Mildice, for producing all the documentation to provide the program and certificates for the honorees. What a terrific team—thank you for a job well done!

We also thank the rest of the hard-working committee: Vince Petrucci, chair; Mary Drummond; Jim Paterniti; Lori Erlenbach; Larry Peranich; Helen Plutner; Luis Fregoso; and Bob Ilko. 

Complete coverage of this year’s event can be found at 

Second Friday Lecture

  • Introduction to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Friday, June 9, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most important centers for ocean, earth, and atmospheric science research, education, and public service. Research encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans, Earth, and planets. Undergraduate and graduate programs provide transformative educational opportunities in ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences, as well as degrees in climate science and policy, and marine biodiversity and conservation.

Come 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 exciting research topics and will coordinate tours to the Scripps Pier, Hubbs Experimental Aquarium, and tide pools, and learn about beach geology. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Fiduciaries: All Your Questions Answered
  • Friday, June 16, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

The statutory definition of a fiduciary is: someone who acts as a conservator of a person, estate, or the person and the estate; or a person who acts as a trustee, agent under a durable power of attorney for finances, or an agent under an advanced health care directive. But what are the real-life areas where others make financial, health care, and quality of life decisions to protect the wishes and best interests of the people they serve? What are their duties and responsibilities? When might you want to use a professional fiduciary rather than a friend or relative as a trustee? What licenses must professional fiduciaries have? When does a court get involved? 

Learn what you need to know about fiduciaries and get your questions answered. Our speaker will be Thomas L. Behr, attorney and member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California. The lecture is free.

Senior Living Tour

  • Friday, June 23
  • The Patrician, University City

Pursue an active, independent lifestyle at The Patrician and take advantage of the comforts and conveniences of a thriving community. The Patrician offers an enriched lifestyle for seniors, with luxurious Mediterranean styling and the opportunity for a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The thoughtfully arranged campus is intimately centered around two tranquil courtyards with trees, flowers, and cafe tables. The ideal location is close to La Jolla and Scripps Ranch.

The Patrician offers: 136 renovated, one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments; month-to-month rental with no buy-in; and housekeeping, laundry, and linen service. There are concierge services, transportation, and 24-hour staffing. 

Enjoy restaurant-style convenience with the Anytime Dining program, serving fresh meals from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. The poolside garden is perfect for growing vegetables and herbs, and spa services complete the experience.

We will meet on Friday, June 23, 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 and return about 2:15 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. To request a reservation, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 and leave a message. 

18th Annual SRCA Community Fair

  • Saturday, June 11, noon–4:30 pm
  • Alliant International University, 10455 Pomerado Road

See page 5 and visit Be sure to check out Green Street!

2nd Annual Zero Waste Fair

  • Saturday, June 17, 10 am–1 pm 
  • Ocean Knoll Farm

Continue your journey toward zero waste. A family-friendly event addressing topics such as bulk shopping, renewable energy, zero waste habits, and more!

Garden Talks

SSR Garden Share

Check our webpage for information.

Armstrong Nursery

9939 Carmel Mountain Road, 92129

  • Growing Succulents and Cacti
  • Saturday, June 24, 9–10 am

Learn how to grow these low maintenance beauties.

City Farmers Nursery

3110 Euclid Avenue, 92105

  • Fertilizing and Fertilizers 101
  • Sunday, June 25, 8:30–10 am 

Learn the basics of plant food and how to evaluate what plants eat to thrive, all in a fun way.

Art of Climate Change Science 

  • San Diego Central Library Gallery
  • Saturday, June 10–Sunday, Sept. 3

San Diego Seed Library

  • Saturday, June 10, 2:30–5 pm
  • Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, 92126

Fixit Clinic: 2nd Saturdays

  • Saturday, June 10, noon–2 pm 

There is a new location in June. Visit

Solar for Homeowners

  • Center for Sustainable Energy, 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100, 92123
  • Wednesday, June 7, 5:30–8 pm

West Sycamore Events

East end of Stonebridge Parkway

Volunteer Crew

None in the summer; resume in October.

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, June 18, 8 am


  • Friday, June 23, sunset, rain or clouds cancel,

Energy Update

Electricity rates switched on May 1 for summer pricing. Learn more at #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President