President’s Report

Report Construction Traffic Problems

In the June SRCA Newsletter we reported on an agreement in concept between SDG&E, the community, and the city about construction traffic on Pomerado Road for the installation of an electric transmission line. Unfortunately, the agreement was not agreeable to SDG&E’s contractor over safety issues.

As you have likely experienced by now—construction started on June 19—the impacts to residents is unacceptable. As of press time, SDG&E and its contractor ARB agreed to invite me, as the SRCA president, to attend meetings with them and the city’s resident engineer responsible for the construction oversight.

As we understand it the city is evaluating construction traffic impacts every week and is giving permission to ARB for one- to three-week workloads at a time. That way changes can be made, if possible, to reduce impacts to the community.

The SRCA created an email address for you to send us issues and concerns about traffic: [email protected] It is important that we hear from you so we can provide the city and SDG&E real-time feedback as to what is not working. Your ideas to improve traffic are welcome.

More SDG&E Construction?

The other SDG&E project that is undergoing environmental review is the Pipeline Safety and Reliability Project. This will install a high-pressure 36-inch diameter natural gas pipeline that also may be buried under Pomerado Road. A proposed route takes the gas pipeline and wraps around Marshall Middle School, within 500 feet of campus.

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group and SRCA have submitted concerns for the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to analyze in the environmental impact report. In summary, the SRCA asked for details about the potential explosion blast radius. Specifically, we asked that the report identify every property along Pomerado Road, including the middle school, on maps that redline the properties likely to be affected.

We raised construction traffic impacts through our lessons learned about the electric transmission line installation. Given the damage to Pomerado Road with that, and possibly the gas pipeline, construction, we asked that SDG&E be required to repave Pomerado Road rather than patch their trenched areas.

Due to the construction the city is forced to delay slurry coating and repaving Pomerado Road for perhaps the next six years. Check out a Facebook page about the gas pipeline: SDGE Gas Pipeline=Bad Idea. If you have any questions or for more information, please send me an email at [email protected]

It’s Independence Day!

A parade on the 4th of July is timeless. It is a great way to remember our past and look to our future. There are symbols of our great history brought to life by young people honoring our country.

No one does a 4th of July Parade like Scripps Ranch! It has been called the best Independence Day celebration in Southern California, and it’s in your backyard.

Please come out and find a place along the parade route. We promise you a good time. Life is too short not to sometimes take a step back and enjoy the special moments. All the information you need is on pages 30 and 31, including a map of the parade route.

You “Like” Us…You Really “Like” Us

If you’re one of the nearly 3,300 people who “Like” the SRCA Facebook page, then you are getting all the latest news from Scripps Ranch. If not, we invite you to follow us. Just search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association,” then “Like” our page.

We are now the third most followed page among town councils and neighborhoods in San Diego, behind La Jolla and Ocean Beach. With your help, we will be number one, providing you with the latest breaking Scripps Ranch news.

Strange Happenings

Residents in a Miramar Ranch North neighborhood asked the SRCA to help them with unusual occurrences at a single family home. We were able to get police and the city code compliance department to investigate a possible professional pornography studio operating out of a rental home. After a few months, the tenants vacated the property and a nice family has moved in. A mysterious story with a happy ending.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

It was a wonderful day at the 18th Annual SRCA Community Fair on June 11 at Alliant International University! Check out the pictures at The turnout was terrific!

An amazing group of volunteers worked tirelessly before and during the event to make it all come together. We offer our sincerest appreciation to the Community Fair Committee members, our “work crew,” and all of the other volunteers who made the day possible.

It also requires considerable funding and community support to deliver this annual event. We want to thank the incredibly generous top sponsors, who with the other exhibitors, made the fair possible.

We especially want to acknowledge our host sponsor, The Hoffman Real Estate Team, led by Bryan Hoffman. Bryan said he wanted the community to enjoy the SRCA’s annual fair tradition, so he and his team jumped in to host the event.

We also send huge thanks to our other major sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors

  • The Hoffman Team
  • The Glen Retirement Community
  • Renaissance Village Academy
  • ASI Hastings Heating & Air
  • San Diego County Federal Credit Union
  • Epstein and White Retirement Income Solutions
  • Mercedes-Benz of San Diego
  • MAXFM 105.7

Emerald Sponsors

  • Mathnasium, Mira Mesa
  • San Diego Gas and Electric

We also gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the other sponsors and vendors, as well as the community support from our local nonprofits.

We’d love to hear your feedback. What did you enjoy? What would you like to see added? Please email your suggestions to [email protected] and consider being a part of the committee to make 2018 another great success.

Community Fair Committee

SRCA’s Free Movie Night

  • Saturday, Aug. 12
  • Festivities, 6 pm
  • Movie at dusk, about 7:30 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive

Looking for a fun, free family event? Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 12, for a movie under the stars featuring The Incredibles. In this Pixar film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl lead a boring life after all super-powered activities are banned by the government. Then Mr. Incredible gets a chance to return to a life of adventure when he is asked to help with an out-of-control robot.

This event is co-sponsored by the SRCA and the city’s Park and Recreation Department. We are pleased to provide this event so you and your family can enjoy a special night together.

Pre-movie activities start at 6 pm and include arts and crafts, a jumpie, and DJ. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 538-8085 or visit For a list of free summer movies around the city, go to If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] We’ll see you in the park!

Vince Petrucci, SRCA VP Activities

Second Friday Lecture

  • Nature’s Ambassadors: The Birds of the San Diego Garden
  • Friday, July 14, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This program illustrates the most common birds in a typical Southern California garden and how to keep them there to add song, color, and animation to your flowered slice of heaven. We will learn the birds’ names and how to identify them.

Some of the best bird photography in Southern California is the highlight of the show, along with natural history explanations of why each bird is special and why it was drawn to your home. Like an old friend, who is the most faithful bird to visit your garden each day? Which birds only visit seasonally, from as far away as the Arctic and Central America? Who’s the most fearless? Which relentless hunter uses your greenery to maximize stealth and chances for an easy meal? It is an informative and entertaining glimpse at a world we often can’t see because of the trees, flowers, and shrubs!

The lecture is free and open to the public. As a special treat, the presentation will include birds and information not always included by the speaker, Mike Matherly from the San Diego Audubon Society Speakers Bureau. Mike is a retired professional geographer, working for more than 35 years at Grossmont College where he taught in the Earth Sciences Department.

Mike has been involved with the San Diego Audubon Board for nine years and presently heads the Speakers Bureau, presenting to groups on topics ranging from bird conservation to nature deficit disorder in children. He has been a birder and bird photographer since 1996.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Memory Loss 101
  • Friday, July 21, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This is part of our continuing series of lectures and workshops presented by Alzheimer’s San Diego. These topics are of vital interest to everyone in San Diego. Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in the county. All programs are free and open to the public.

This will be an overview for anyone who wants to know about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other types of dementia. Learn information about risk factors, signs and symptoms, how to get a diagnosis, and what to expect if you do. Can’t make this lecture but have an interest or concern? Visit or call them at 492-4400.

Senior Living Tour

  • Wednesday, July 26, 10:45 am
  • Sunrise, Sabre Springs

Just opened in June and located in the beautiful Poway Valley, Sunrise of Sabre Springs is one of a number of Sunrise Communities in San Diego and offers assisted living and memory care. There is no independent living. Their team of experienced caregivers provides personalized support based on the needs of each resident in a warm and loving, yet safe and secure, environment. Their dining team, featuring an in-house chef, uses local, seasonal ingredients to prepare three delicious, healthy meals each day.

Also, they offer a full slate of activities and programming designed to encourage participation and enrich each resident’s mind, body, and spirit. Their outdoor spaces are designed with the beauty of California in mind and provide residents with the opportunity to enjoy scenic views and pleasant conversation.

We will meet on Wednesday, July 26, 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, send an email to [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

You can drive yourself if you want. The address is 12515 Springhurst Drive, but you still need a reservation.

Volunteers Needed

SRCA 50 Plus needs volunteers to regularly help set up and take down things at our lectures, which are typically the second and third Friday mornings at the Scripps Ranch Library. Volunteers also are needed to assist with planning and coordinating SRCA 50 Plus events and activities and to coordinate with other organizations. Volunteers should be able to a commit two to 20 hours per month, depending on the specific task.

Areas where we need volunteer support include: planning and coordination of Senior Living Tours and Aging Successfully in Scripps Ranch and other lectures; interaction with other groups such as the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, San Diego County Aging and Independence Services, Alzheimer’s San Diego, and AARP; 50 Plus participation in major programs and partnerships such as Live Well San Diego; and 50 Plus social activities, such as travel, picnics, luncheons/dinners, get-togethers, and outings to theaters and other places. For more information, please email us at [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Save a Pet’s Life

Do you or someone you know have a pet that needs care but the pet owner cannot afford it? The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2006 that provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to afford the cost of their cherished pet’s emergency or critical care.

Each year many animals are brought to their veterinarian with life-threatening conditions. Sadly, many owners cannot afford the critical care their beloved pets need to survive. They are left with one choice—euthanasia.

FACE’s Save A Life Program was created to address the tragedy of economic euthanasia and is a supportive center where families in crisis can get a helping hand to save their pets’ lives. FACE grantees are typically senior citizens, veterans, military families, students, disabled individuals, or hard-working families and individuals who struggle to survive paycheck to paycheck. For information on who qualifies for FACE funding, how to apply, and other resources, visit

Be sure to check out our webpage at for updates and more events.

We hope you enjoyed our Green Street at the Community Fair! And don’t forget to come to the 4th of July Parade.

Birds of the San Diego Garden

  • Friday, July 14, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

The program includes the common birds in Southern California gardens and how to keep them there. You will learn the birds’ names, how to identify them, which birds only visit seasonally, who’s the most fearless, which hunter uses your greenery to maximize stealth and chances for an easy meal, and more. It’s an entertaining glimpse at a world we often can’t see.

Gardening and Nature

If you have an interest in gardening and nature, visit a Growing Passion at Learn about urban forests, growing hops, aquaponics, and more with our local expert Nan Sterman.

Then check out the wonderful array of talks at local nurseries. Here are examples.

Armstrong Nursery

9939 Carmel Mountain Road, 92129

Healthy Plants: Watering

and Fertilizing

  • Saturday, July 15, 9 am

Learn simple techniques to ensure healthy and beautiful blooms and foliage.

Colorful, Flowering, Waterwise Plants

  • Saturday, July 29, 9 am

Waterwise gardens can be full of colorful flowers. Learn about perennials and shrubs that provide beauty all year long.


Walter Andersen Nursery

12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 92064

Organic Insect Controls

  • Saturday, July 8, 9:30 am

Summer Fruit and Pruning with

Richard Wright

  • Saturday, July 15, 9:30 am

Soil: Getting the Most from Yours

with Brian Robert

  • Saturday, July 22, 9:30 am


Sunshine Care

12695 Monte Vista Road, Poway, 92064

Wonderful Plants of the Desert Southwest


West Sycamore Canyon staging area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway

  • Friday, July 28, sunset, rain or clouds cancel


Bob Ilko
SRCA President