President’s Report

Construction Traffic

We haven’t given up on reducing construction traffic impacts. We typically don’t give up until we make effective changes. This includes giving daily updates to city staff, the mayor’s office, and SDG&E.

Police are doing selective enforcement of illegal U-turns on Pomerado Road, so be careful. If you have questions or suggestions on any traffic issue, the SRCA created a special email to communicate with us: [email protected]

Residents Help Search

I want to thank Scripps Ranch residents for coming out to help find Mr. Tai Sun. We organized rapidly and the community responded quickly. Moreover, residents came out in force to help someone they didn’t even know. The Sun family is ever grateful for the support and help. Please see the article on page 15 for more.

Keep the Fun Going

I have been in 27 Scripps Ranch parades and the 4th of July is one of my favorite days. (The other is April Fools—so be warned!) It is about the community coming together to celebrate our country. The SRCA is happy to bring the parade to you without commercial sponsorships, which means we rely on annual memberships from residents to fund it. It is expensive but worth every penny to see a young person waving the red, white, and blue.

We want to thank the Boy Scouts for loading, unloading, and setting up 400 signs! Also, we send a big thank you to Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), who partnered with us to bring back the free ice cream social. SRT’s new season starts soon. See page 45 then get your tickets!

Supporting Our Schools

The SRCA is a primary advocate for our schools with our SRCA Schools Committee. When Scripps Ranch High School’s (SRHS) principal retired, the SRCA had a position on the interview panel. Due to a lack of qualified applicants, the district is bringing in two interim principals, retired administrators Beverly Greco and Walter Fairley, for at least a portion of the next school year.

While the AP testing mess is worked out, we ask that we each do what we can to make it as good a year as it can be for our students during this turbulent time.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President 

SRCA Movie Night

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

It’s a perfect way to spend a summer night with the family! Join us for a free Movie Night, with lots of activities. This event is co-sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and the city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. We are pleased to provide Movie Night so you and your family can relax and enjoy a special night together and with neighbors.

The featured film is The Incredibles. In this Pixar animated movie married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl live a boring life after all super-powers are banned. Mr. Incredible misses the adventure, but then he gets a chance to help battle an out-of-control robot.

Bring the kids, blankets, and low-profile chairs. Get there early for easy parking and to get a good spot. Pre-movie activities start at 6 pm with: arts and crafts by Brainy Actz; food and drinks with Kona Ice and SoCal Kettlecorn; and a DJ.

For more information, call the Recreation Center at 538-8085 or visit the SRCA website at If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, SRCA VP Activities

Fantastic 4th

It has been called the best 4th of July parade in Southern California. This year NBC 7 news anchor and Scripps Ranch resident Steven Luke did a Facebook Live broadcast and said the SRCA parade was the “best small town parade in America.” Whatever you call it, people in the parade—and those watching it—seemed to have a good time. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

We want to thank our 4th of July Parade Committee chair Gary Clark. We extend a huge thank you to our committee, parade marshals, and all who volunteered the day of the event (alphabetically): Art Ansert, John Borja, Mike Brown, Rene Buck, Lorayne Burley, Greg Elliott, Lori Erlenbach, Bill Feather, Jeannie Foster, Steve Foster, Luis Fregoso, Jorge Guerra, Rich Horowitz, Bob Ilko, Victoria Mazelli, Erin Mercer, Dorothy Mildice, Andy Nicholas, Susan Parme, Larry Peranich, Vince Petrucci, Helen Plutner, Judi Schecter, Mark Smolin, Alex Szeto and kids Mabel and Colin, Tiffany Vinson, Barb Waller, Jerry Yang, and a team from the Old Pros.

Certain things are out of our control but affect the parade. For example, SRHS is undergoing a modernization project. Construction safety issues closed campus, which means there was no access to band equipment and practice fields. That’s why the band was not in the parade.

People noticed that we didn’t have the Marines Color Guard. We submitted a request in May and were denied due to a lack of time to arrange. So we already sent in a request for the Color Guard for next year! We strive to put together the best small town 4th of July Parade. To help, please email [email protected]

Parade Winners

The SRCA thanks all who took part in the parade. Congrats to the winners.

President’s Award

  • Loire Valley “Moana Searching for Loire Valley,” most creative

Youth Group

  • 1st—Dingeman Elementary, most creative and fun!
  • 2nd—Girl Scout Troop 3152, great and a lot of participants
  • 3rd—EBS Elementary, see page 29

Decorated Vehicle

  • 1st—SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman, most fun
  • 2nd—“Hip-Hip Hooray!” Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), great participation
  • 3rd—San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division

Marching Group

  • 1st—SR Stroller Strides, best routine
  • 2nd—SR Girls All-Star Softball, good cheer
  • 3rd—Golden Retrievers Club, great participation

Performing Groups

  • 1st—SRHS Cheer Team, best cheer and performance
  • 2nd—Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class, great precision performance
  • 3rd—Fitness Quest 10, great participation

Car Clubs

  • 1st—Model A Club, best looking
  • 2nd—DeLorean Car Club, great decorations
  • 3rd—San Diego Miata Club, good participation

Thank you to our parade judges: Roger Boates, Claude Braunstein, Paul Lichtenstein, and Victoria Mazelli. They were seated in front of Jim and Donna Snow’s home at the corner of Ironwood Road and Tribuna Avenue. For more parade winner pictures, please go to We’ll see you next year!

Second Friday Lecture

There is no lecture in August. Plan to attend on Friday, Sept. 8, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library for “Women I wish I had Known.” Linda Canada, a popular speaker from the San Diego History Center, will be the presenter.

The common thread among these women is that they each, in some way, impacted the development and success of Balboa Park and the institutions within it. Some of the five names will be familiar; others may be new to you. Each woman’s story reflects the era in which she lived, and each tale illustrates how one woman made a difference in San Diego.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Healthy Habits for Adults—Fiber: Something to Chew On
  • Friday, Aug. 18, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Come learn more about how foods rich in fiber boost health and keep our digestive system functioning healthily. Participants will enjoy a healthy snack and experience low-impact exercises to increase physical activity, an important component of weight management and health.

Attendees will receive a free health guide with recipes and tips for healthy living. Note: This is an Oasis introductory class with presenter Becky Hofseth. It is free, with no prior registration required.

Senior Living Tour

There is no tour in August. See you in September. Want to help plan and coordinate Senior Living Tours? Contact us at [email protected] or call 397-5747, Option 1, and leave a message.

Senior Food Program

The Senior Food Program—go to—is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income-eligible seniors ages 60 and older. The San Diego Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 37 distribution sites throughout San Diego County. To sign up for the program:

  • Check your eligibility. Call the Food Bank at 1-866-350-FOOD (3663) to see if you qualify. You, or anyone in the home, must be at least 60 years old and meet the household income limits above.
  • If you qualify, the Food Bank representative will give you the location and hours of your nearest distribution site. The Mira Mesa Senior Center is the closest site for Scripps Ranch residents.
  • Visit the food distribution site with the required documentation and sign up for the program. You must bring these documents when you sign up: photo ID; proof of address, such as a utility, water, or phone bill.
  • After signing up you will receive a food box and you will be entitled to pick up a food package from your distribution site every month. You will receive a variety of food including: reduced fat milk, instant nonfat milk, canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, cheese, rice, pasta, fruit juice, and cereal.


Zumba classes are no longer being held at the Scripps Ranch Library.

New Recycling Measure

Did you know you that as of July 1 San Diego residents can recycle Styrofoam food and drink containers? Check out the link below to learn more. Since 2014 the city has allowed residents to recycle polystyrene packaging material used in shipping.

Pressure Reducing Valve Rebates Available Now

San Diego water customers may be eligible to receive up to $100 if you replace a static pressure regulator equal or greater than 80 psi. Learn more at

Whale Migration Talk

  • Friday, Aug. 4, 6:30 pm
  • Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont Street, 92103

Winter is the season at Cabrillo National Monument for gray whales to migrate off the shores of Point Loma. From their winter feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the birthing grounds off the coast of Baja, gray whales boast the longest migration of any animal on earth. Come hear a few whale tales about these majestic creatures and their testament to the power of conservation. Presented by Alex Warneke, MSc., National Park Service science communicator.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Tour

  • Saturday, Aug. 12, 10–11 am

This is a free event! Come learn more about this jewel of the University of California system. They invite you to join a public tour. Registration is required. A map and tour details will be sent with confirmation of registration.

Desalination Plant Tours

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5, 10–11:30 am
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 10–11:30 am
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30–10 am
  • 4600 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, 92008

Tours fill quickly. There are other dates available through December.

You will have the opportunity to observe the state-of-the-art process of turning water from the Pacific Ocean into high quality drinking water. For more details and reservations, please visit

Partial Solar Eclipse

  • Monday, Aug. 21

Please find out how to observe this event safely. Do not look directly at the sun.

More information is at and

West Sycamore Events

  • West Sycamore staging area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway

No work crew or ranger-led hike in August. Stargazing takes place on Friday, Aug. 25, at sunset.

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Bob Ilko
SRCA President