President’s Report

Sad Discovery

It was a call we hoped we would never get. However, right after San Diego police notified the family of Tai Sun that his remains may have been found, police called the SRCA to let us know about the sad discovery. Law enforcement believes that Tai Sun’s body was found by SDG&E employees inspecting power lines in East Miramar, on Marine Corps property.

The discovery was made about three miles south of West Sycamore Park—at the end of Stonebridge Parkway—where Mr. Sun (above) was last seen at about 8 am on June 15. You may recall there was an extensive volunteer search coordinated by the SRCA and carried out by hundreds of Scripps Ranch residents for the 85-year-old StoneBridge Estates man with Alzheimer’s disease.

As the location of the body was on military property, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the lead law enforcement agency. It should take about two weeks from when this article is published to confirm the identity using DNA or dental records.

The SRCA spoke with the family and they are terribly saddened by the news, but they say it helps to know that Mr. Sun was found. The family is grateful to the community for its support and love. If you want to send the family a message, email us at [email protected]

Construction Traffic

As SDG&E moves the electric transmission line construction down Pomerado Road, there are similar complaints from residents about noise from the metal plates covering the large underground vaults. Due to the size of the holes in the ground, the metal plates act as large empty drums.

It takes weeks to excavate and install the vaults. The vaults are delivered on four semi-truck trailers and it takes a 220-ton crane to put them in place. The vaults are installed on Saturdays and there are 10 for Pomerado Road alone.

As of press time, five vaults have been started. The top of the vault is level with the pavement, which is why the metal plates are above the pavement level and that adds to the noise problem.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein was instrumental in getting agreement over jurisdictional issues to have the California Highway Patrol enforce traffic violations on Pomerado Road, namely illegal U-turns. So far, we are aware of two collisions on Pomerado.

The SRCA created an email address for residents to voice concerns and share solutions to traffic problems. Please email us at [email protected]

Help Your Community

A key to the SRCA’s success over the past 47 years is volunteerism. As the organization—and the community—gets larger and more diverse, the number of volunteers needed is growing as well.

To that end, we are looking for someone who would like to be our volunteer coordinator. We are developing what the position will ultimately be, but it will include resident outreach for volunteer opportunities available for community events, special projects, committee needs, and board membership. We would love to have someone be involved in creating this critical position.

We also have positions open on the SRCA Board. Each area of Scripps Ranch has a district representative. Because he or she lives in your specific neighborhood, this volunteer knows the issues and concerns of your area and can advocate for you with the SRCA. Email [email protected] to get more information.

Always Here for You!

The SRCA never rests or sleeps, as we are your neighborhood connection. We even answer calls on Friday evenings from residents needing help. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for things to happen on weekends. One recent example is information we received when there were broken water lines at Jerabek Elementary School and Jerabek Park.

Within minutes of being told of the problem, we notified the best people in the city to get emergency work done. You don’t get those results from the city’s Get It Done app. Email us with issues at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Fall Clean-Up Day

The popular SRCA Fall Clean-Up Day, co-sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis, is on Saturday Oct. 21, from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full. Dumpsters will in two locations: the Business Park on Meanley Drive; and the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Please be prepared to unload your vehicle. No electronics or paint, and we will not accept items that can be recycled, such as cardboard or greenery.

The ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries. For details on this project started by a Scripps Ranch student, visit

This is our chance to make the Ranch sparkle, so get out and pick up your property. Then clean up an open space or public area near you. Scripps Ranch is our home and we take pride in its appearance.

Barbara Perkins, Clean-Up Day Chair

Second Friday Lecture

  • Women I Wish I had Known
  • Friday, Sept. 8, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

The presenter will be Linda Canada, the popular speaker from the San Diego History Center. The common thread among these women is that they each 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. Don’t miss this interesting presentation.

Date with a Cure

  • Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Clinical trials expo: 9–10 am
  • Research forum: 10 am–noon
  • University of San Diego Shiley Theatre, 5998 Alcala Park, 92110

San Diego is home to some of the best and brightest minds tackling Alzheimer’s disease across the globe. On Saturday, Sept. 9, Alzheimer’s San Diego will bring those leading scientists, geneticists, and physicians together for the annual Date with a Cure research forum. This event is free and open to the public. It will provide a rare opportunity to discuss Alzheimer’s and dementia with world-class experts working to find new treatments and a cure.

The event starts with a local clinical trial expo at 9 am. Fact: 80% of clinical trials fail because of a lack of participants. Clinical trials are a vital part of the search for a cure and treatment for Alzheimer’s. The expo will give you a chance to connect with representatives from local research facilities to find out about clinical trials in San Diego and what they entail. The research forum follows at 10 am.

Admission and parking are free, but registration is required. Please go to Free respite care will be available onsite, provided by Home Instead Senior Care. To request care, please call Alzheimer’s San Diego at 492-4400.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Aging Into Medicare
  • Friday, Sept. 15, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This is a must if you or a family member are turning 65 in the next year—or are over 65 and retiring soon. It’s time to start thinking about Medicare and your coverage options. Join us for a free educational meeting to learn how Medicare works in clear, easy-to-understand language.

You’ll learn about Medicare Parts A and B, special enrollment requirements if you start using Medicare after age 65, and the difference between Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans. You will be able to ask personal questions, and we will address options for changing plans during open enrollment periods. Our presenter will be Ellen Edwards from Sharp Rees-Steely Medical. Get the facts with no pressure to enroll in a plan.

Senior Living Tour

  • Vi at La Jolla Village
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19

Located in San Diego’s Golden Triangle, Vi has spectacular views and access to high-end shopping, dining, and parks. It is a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, and care for a monthly fee and an entrance fee. Vi also offers assisted living, Alzheimer’s and memory support care, and skilled nursing so residents may stay as their needs change.

We will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10:15 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus leaves at 10:30 am. We will have a presentation, tour, and lunch and return about 1:30 pm. Bus space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation, email [email protected], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 to leave a message. You can drive—8515 Costa Verde Boulevard, 92122—but you still need a reservation.

SR Goes to Trolley Dances

  • Sunday, Oct. 8, 8:30 am–3 pm

Lynn Owens will guide us on a tour of this year’s Trolley Dances—clever, site-specific dances at multiple trolley stops. See more details in the Sustainable Scripps Ranch column on page 9. Email Lynn at [email protected] to sign up.

Caregiver Resource Center

The Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC) offers a full range of services and programs to family caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases. To be eligible, a client must be assisting or caring for an adult with a cognitive impairing condition that occurred after the age of 18—such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease—or someone age 60 years and older in need of assistance with daily living activities.

All services come at no cost to the caregiver. Both home and office visits are available by appointment. Among the services available are: family consultation; case management services; respite care; short-term counseling; legal/financial consultation; education and training; Operation Family Caregiver; employer resources; and support groups. For information about any SCRC service, visit, email [email protected], or call 800-827-1008.

Electric Vehicle Day—San Diego

  • Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 am–3 pm
  • Qualcomm Stadium

Experience the largest electric vehicle (EV) test drive event in San Diego! Go to for details.

  • Test drives on two courses.
  • More than 30 vehicle models including electric bikes.
  • EV Tailgate: If you own an EV, display your car, tailgate, and talk to attendees about why you love driving electric. Kids can drive a mini-electric car, presented by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Foundation. Face painting will be available.

Scripps Goes to Trolley Dances

  • Sunday, Oct. 8, 8:30 am–3 pm

We’ll ride the Rapid bus and the Blue Line Trolley to Chula Vista. There we’ll join a guided tour of this year’s Trolley Dances, specific dances at multiple trolley stops ending up at the Central Library. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch in the East Village and return home about 3 pm.

Join us for a fun adventure! Your group ticket is $25 or less and includes a one-day pass for all your bus and trolley rides. Please email Lynn Owens at [email protected] before Friday, Oct. 6, to sign up. Go to for more details.

Garden Information

WaterSmart Landscape Design

Workshop for Homeowners—Free!

  • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:30–8:30 pm
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92117

Transform your yard into a beautiful, water-saving landscape. Go to

Walter Andersen Nursery

All classes on Saturdays

from 9:30–10:30 am

  • Pest Management—Sept. 9
  • Fall Orchard Care, Pruning, and Spraying—Sept. 16
  • Habitats for Birds, Butterflies, and Pollinators—Sept. 23
  • Fall Veggies and Seeds—Sept. 30

Armstrong Nursery

  • Garden Basics—Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 am

They’ll show you how to determine your soil type and give information on mulching, planting, watering, and more.

West Sycamore Events

East end of Stonebridge Parkway

  • No Work Crew until October.
  • Ranger Led Hike—Sunday, Sept. 17, 8 am
  • Stargazing—Friday, Sept. 22, at sunset, rain or clouds cancel


  • SDG&E has switched to new pricing based on when you use energy. Use less during peak hours and save. #epsdge
  • Save up to $125 when you purchase and install a new eligible smart thermostat. Also, sign up for Reduce Your Use rewards. Learn more at #epsdge
  • Get favorable financing for energy-saving projects with SDG&E’s Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program. #espsdge

Want to Use Weed Cloth?

While there are many great garden products on the market, some are questionable. Weed cloth is one of them. Is there any reason to use it? Mulch alone accomplishes the same thing. To learn more, read the following article and decide if you should spend the money:

Bob Ilko
SRCA President