President’s Report

Together, We Are SR

With the New Year, the SRCA begins its annual fundraising drive. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization, the SRCA puts together events, programs, scholarships, and grant funds to the extent that our community supporters help us financially. This past year we barely got by and expenses are increasing in 2013.

We have evaluated each of our programs and events to cut costs but some things are not within our control, such as police department costs for the 4th of July and special event permit fees. Your contributions to the SRCA are spent in the community for the community. Please help us continue what we do by making a contribution. Check out pages 38-39, then please help your community.


The SRCA goes color this month and will again several times this year. As with any publication, we will make improvements to help you, the reader, get more information about Scripps Ranch. As you will find on the front cover there is a QR code. With a smart phone, just snap a picture using a scan reader application and go right to our website. Watch for other changes!

The SRCA Comes Through

Residents near Erma Road have battled abandoned shopping carts for years without help from the city, shopping centers, and shopping cart vendors. But the SRCA resolved the problem! If you see a concern around the community, contact me at [[email protected]].

Our Deepest Sympathies

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the Grodzicki family for the death of their son Jantz. He was fatally injured while in Florida riding competitive motocross. Our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 41 has more about him and his family.

Say "Thank You"

Do you know a community volunteer who you think should be thanked for his or her service? Check out the article below for more information.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Thank SR Volunteers on Recognition Night

Say "Scripps Ranch" and one of the first things that comes to mind is "volunteers." Our annual Scripps Ranch Recognition Night, where we recognize the contributions of volunteers in our community, will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 6, at the Marshall Middle School theater. The Recognition Night presentations begin at 7 pm, with snacks and socializing starting at 6:30 pm.

We need your input to make our Recognition Night a success! You will find a nomination form on page 7 of this Newsletter. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and tell us about a volunteer you would like to see recognized!

We will include your story, along with the other stories we receive, in a booklet that bears a nice testimony to the dedication of Scripps Ranch volunteers. At the event we invite the volunteers on stage to receive an award and thank them publicly for their service to our community.

Recognition Night is not only a great night to say "thanks" to our dedicated volunteers. It is also an occasion for you to meet some of the most imaginative and resourceful people in our community who have set their focus on the improvement of all of our lives.

The highlight of the evening is the recognition of the Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year. This is an individual whose collective contributions are truly remarkable and stand to benefit Scripps Ranch residents for decades to come.

Without the many volunteers in Scripps Ranch, our community would not be the wonderful place it is. The deadline for submitting your nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 6. Thank you,

Bob Cavanagh, Recognition Night Chair


Mark your calendar! On Sunday, May 19, the SRCA will host its 14th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. The fair offers fun for everyone–a variety of vendors and community groups, Green Street, delicious food, Kids Zone, Wine and Beer Garden, and, of course, great music.

Would you like to be a part of our annual community tradition? Volunteer opportunities are available. We also are seeking local businesses, crafters, nonprofits, and community groups who would like to showcase their products, services, and information to Scripps Ranch residents. Please contact me at [[email protected]].

See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Committee Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

397-5747 or [[email protected]]

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Be sure to become an SRCA supporter in 2013. Just go to [] to help your community. If you would like more information about events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors, visit [].

Aging Successfully in SR

An Overview of and Update on Elder Law: Our first lecture for 2013 is on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. Medi-Cal benefit law, estate planning, and asset protection and retention all fall under the rubric of elder law. Documents that you, your spouse, or your parents may need or want to have include: living trusts, pour-over wills, general durable powers of attorney, California advanced health care directives, and authorizations for release of health care information.

The need and use for all of these will be described by Richard Scott Stewart, Esq., of the Elder Care Law Firm. Scott, a Scripps Ranch resident, is an elder law specialist who graduated from California Western School of Law in 1995. He is a member of the California Bar and San Diego County Bar Associations, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Elder Law section, and sits on the board of directors for the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers. Please plan to join us for this important and informative lecture.

Senior Living Tours

Our first tour for 2013 is on Friday, Jan. 18, to White Sands La Jolla. When you were young, how did you imagine retiring? Under a palm tree on a beach? If yes, come see their eight-acre beachfront property with palm trees and lower-filled gardens within walking distance of the village of La Jolla.

Are you beginning to not want to drive at night but still want to go to plays and concerts? Travel with their group! Are you tired of eating alone? Join interesting people for conversation and companionship in their dining room! White Sands La Jolla is a Continuing Care Retirement Community with all levels of care. You will never have to move again. You will be comfortable and well taken care of whether you choose a one-room studio or a larger floor plan.

Tour space is limited. To RSVP or receive more information, contact Scripps Ranch 50 Plus at 397-5747 or [[email protected]]. We hope you join us!

Our second tour for 2013 is on Friday, Feb. 15, to The Remington Club in Rancho Bernardo.

50 Plus Sponsors

We thank businesses that sponsor our organization in many ways:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Ron Greenwald and Associates
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)


January: Three Ways to a Sustainable Landscape

  • Speaker: Lynlee Austell-Slayter, MBA, UCCE master gardener, sustainable landscape expert, edible landscape trainer
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Master gardener Lynlee Austell-Slayter comes from a family of prize-winning gardeners and scientists. Her life vision is to support the environment and share her joy in nature through her work as a sustainable landscaper. In this Second Wednesday Green Living talk, she will present three pathways to sustainability in our landscapes, giving joy to all who live, visit, and work in them.

According to Lynlee, creating a sustainable landscape can be rather simple, but keeping it sustainable requires sustainable maintenance practices. These techniques save time, money, and habitat while providing conscientious stewardship of our environment and all who work in our gardens.

This presentation includes compelling before-and-after examples of residential and commercial sites showcasing these three paths to sustainable landscapes:

  1. Keep everything you have and simply change your maintenance techniques and cultural practices.
  2. Make moderate changes in plant material and irrigation equipment.
  3. Perform a full landscape renovation.

In addition, Lynlee will review current University of California and county extension programs and research in sustainable landscapes and will answer questions from those in attendance.

February: Low-Carbon Diet Workshop

Are you interested in meeting your neighbors, living a little more sustainably, helping combat climate change, building a healthier and thriving community, and reducing your carbon footprint? The Low-Carbon Diet Workshop is a four-session class based on a hands-on workbook by David Gershon. Families, neighbors, and friends can learn new ideas, evaluate and share their current practices, and implement changes together. There are no requirements–just bring your interest, enthusiasm for change, and life experience.

Children 10 and above are welcome with an adult, either as a family or in a church, Scout, or home-schooling group. Workbooks will be distributed at the first class for a discounted price of $10.

If you are interested:

  • Let us know: email us at [[email protected]] or contact Lynn Owens at 566-7717 or [[email protected]]. Together we’ll decide the meeting dates and times.
  • Collect or save your 2012 utility and water bills to use in calculating current carbon outputs and our improvements. SDG&E and the city Water Department can provide this information upon request.
  • Encourage your friends, neighbors, and coworkers to join you for this useful and productive workshop that will help all of us make a more livable world for us and our children.

About Sustainable Scripps Ranch

Sustainable Scripps Ranch is a standing committee of the SRCA. Our mission is: "To create more sustainable lifestyles and community through education, advocacy, and application of sustainable practices such as energy, water, and environmental conservation."

We want future generations to enjoy Scripps Ranch as much as we currently do. We hope to bring about a culture shift to conserve those things in Scripps Ranch that we hold most dear. We will do this by cultivating a pattern of wise resource-use practices among our community’s residents.

Would you like to help? We’re always looking for volunteers! Pick your passion and help us educate and inspire your neighbors. For details, please email [[email protected]] or call Lynn Owens at 566-7717.