President’s Report

Get an Emergency Kit

October is Fire Prevention Month. It’s time to assess your readiness for a wildfire, earthquake, or other disaster. Scripps Ranch evacuated in 2003 and 2007 due to wildfires. In 2003 the Cedar Fire devastated our community and burned more than 300 homes. We were lucky that there were no injuries or fatalities in Scripps Ranch.

We never know when we will need to evacuate again or be stranded at home without power, food, or water during an emergency situation. For years the SRCA has advocated for you to be prepared. We worked with the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council to create an evacuation map. You can find it and print it out at

To further ensure residents are truly prepared, the SRCA has purchased 72-hour emergency kits to sell. The kits are for two people and come in a durable bag. The retail price of the emergency kit is $60, and the SRCA is selling them for $30.

Here is a testimonial from resident Jan Rasmussen: “As a Cedar Fire survivor and disaster services volunteer, I can attest to the fact that disaster may strike anywhere when you least expect it. In an emergency situation you may need to survive on your own for several days. I consider having an emergency kit of food, water, and other supplies essential to personal preparedness. I keep an emergency kit in my car along with a warm coat, change of clothes, a pair of good walking shoes, and at least a half tank of gas. Because you never know. This SRCA initiative to help residents to be ready is innovative and important.”

We have 158 kits to sell and they should go quickly. We are requiring prepayment. Please email me at [email protected] for that information. The kits will be distributed on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School multipurpose room.

This is the first time any local town council has presented an initiative such as this to its community. We understand that there are not as many kits as we would like due to funding constraints. If there is a large demand, we will work with our elected officials to possibly make more kits available in the future.

Traffic Issues Continue

The electric transmission line construction continues down Pomerado Road from Marshall Middle School to Stonebridge Parkway. Seven underground vaults have been installed and SDG&E is waiting until October to begin the last three. The contractor wasn’t able to finish work near the school prior to classes starting as planned, so the first couple of weeks were challenging. However, the city ordered SDG&E to stop work at 2 pm rather than 3:30 pm to minimize the impact on the community.

We asked for clarification from SDG&E about the new pavement where they trenched to install the transmission line. The contractor will grind down the rough temporary pavement to provide a smooth finish when they have a sufficient area to do it all at one time. SDG&E is required by the city to pave their width of the trench, plus one foot on each side.

In response to concerns about missing yellow lane markers, SDG&E placed temporary yellow plastic markers to help drivers navigate windy Pomerado Road. The SRCA heard from residents about noise from the metal trench plates. Some plates are ribbed and others smooth. The smooth plates do have traction control. We have requested SDG&E replace the ribbed plates for smooth plates to reduce noise.

Residents also have experienced nails and bolts in their tires. SDG&E’s contractor does not use nails or bolts in the construction process. We believe because the metal plates make the road uneven, the nails and bolts have fallen onto Pomerado Road from other contractors’ vehicles passing through the construction zones.

New SRCA Board Members

We want to welcome two new members to the SRCA Board. Jen Marchesini is our new vice president of digital communications. You can reach her at [email protected] Bill Feather is the new district representative for SRCA District 12, which is the south part of the Scripps Highlands area. You can reach Bill at [email protected] These two residents bring good energy and passion to supporting the community.

There’s always room on the SRCA Board for volunteers. If you would like to find out more, please email Todd Philips at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President 

On behalf of the SRCA, we want to thank our dues-paying members for their fabulous financial support. We fully understand and appreciate that there are a lot of organizations vying for your donation dollars, so we value your support.

We assure you that every board member of this town council is dedicated to the pursuit of making Scripps Ranch the best place to live and work. There really isn’t another organization in San Diego that does what the SRCA does for its residents.

The SRCA has worked tirelessly for 48 years to make this a special community. While the SRCA hosts events and community meetings, that is just the part of the SRCA visible to the public. We also work diligently behind the scenes every day to resolve any issue that arises. No one fights for Scripps Ranch like the SRCA.

Thank you again for your support of the SRCA. If there is something we can help with, email [email protected] For membership information, please go to

We Need YOU!

Looking for a way to give back to your community? How about being “on call” just once a month to help distribute the SRCA Newsletter? We need a back-up area distributor in the event one of our regular staff is ill or on vacation. To help, please contact the SRCA at [email protected] or 397-5747. Thank you!

Second Friday Lecture

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Friday, Oct. 13, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Learn how to be prepared before the next wildfire. Due to heavy rains last winter, we face a particularly dangerous fire season this fall. The excessive rainstorms have produced 30% more growth than average years, and this growth is drying up and producing dangerous fire fuel.

Find out what steps to take before the fires come for maximum protection. We also will discuss the evacuation plan created in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and the San Diego Police and Fire-Rescue departments. Don’t miss this interesting presentation and discussion by our own community group, the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council.

2017 Brain Health Forum

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 9 am–2 pm
  • Template Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway, 92064

This free event is presented by the San Diego Dementia Consortium and is open to the public. There will be a complimentary lunch. The general topics will include:

  • Addressing dementia prevention at home
  • Medical understanding of brain plasticity
  • Ways being shown to reverse or slow symptoms of dementia
  • Legal understanding of capacity versus individual rights

For details, including how to register, go to

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Healthy Aging: Tips for Maximizing Brain Health
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Learn about the latest research on a healthy lifestyle, how it affects brain health, and how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine and potentially reduce your risk for dementia. Amy Abrams from Alzheimer’s San Diego is our speaker.

Resource: Meals on Wheels

The San Diego Meals on Wheels Program delivers meals to Scripps Ranch and most of San Diego County. Eligibility requirements are 60 years of age and older or caretakers of seniors 60+. There are no other eligibility requirements

Meals on Wheels offers the choice of one or two nutritious meals for seven days a week. Deliveries are made by caring volunteers between 10:45 am and 1:30 pm. Daily delivery also provides a safety check for homebound seniors.

The menus are prepared by a registered dietitian, and the menu changes monthly. For detailed nutritional questions, please call the nutrition hotline at 619-858-1006.

Cost: There is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $35 to begin delivery.

  • Lunch and dinner, plus beverage—$7 per day
  • Lunch only, plus beverage—$4/day
  • Dinner only with roll and beverage—$4/day
  • Extra beverage—50 cents each

They accept major credit cards as well as EBT cards (SNAP) for meal payments.

Besides food, Meals on Wheels provides many services through partnerships with community agencies: Animeals, free dog and cat food delivered for pets; Waggin’ Wheels, free, in-home visits by pet therapy dogs; smoke detector replacement for those 62 or older; and home cleanup or minor repairs.

To get more information or to sign up, please call 760-736-9900 or visit

We Need You!

Committee members and volunteers are needed. If you have an interest in sustainability and want to help, email [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Goes to the Trolley Dances

  • Sunday, Oct. 8, 8:30 am–3 pm

We’ll ride the Rapid bus and the Blue Line trolley all the way to Chula Vista. There we’ll join a guided tour of this year’s Trolley Dances. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch and return home about 3 pm.

Join us for this one-day adventure! Please email Lynn Owens at [email protected] before Friday, Oct. 6, to sign up and receive details.

Scripps Ranch Clean-Up Day

  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 am–noon, or when dumpsters are full
  • Two locations: SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road; Scripps Ranch Business Park on Meanley Drive

Battery recycling will be available. Please consider donating useable items to Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other worthy nonprofits.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 6 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive

Our speaker will be Pat Nolan, plant pathologist from the County Department of Agriculture. There will be a discussion of serious pests in the county. A disease taking a lot of her time is huanglongbing (HLB), the worst disease possible for citrus plants. She will be available to answer your questions. All are welcome.

West Sycamore Events

All events at east end of

Stonebridge Parkway

  • Work Crew—resumes Sunday, Oct. 1, 8 am
  • Ranger-led Hike—Sunday, Oct. 15, 8 am
  • Stargazing—Friday, Oct. 27, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Garden Information

Walter Andersen Nursery

  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 9:30 am
  • 12755 Danielson Ct., Poway, 92064

Learn about composting.

Evergreen Nursery

  • Saturday, Oct. 7, 9:30 am
  • 13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130

Learn about waterwise landscaping with succulents and natives. Space is limited. Please RSVP at 481-0622.

WaterSmart Landscape Design Workshop for Homeowners

  • Monday, Oct. 16, 5:30–8:30 pm
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, 92117
  • Free!

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

Cactus and Succulent Show

and Sale

  • Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 am–5 pm
  • San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, 92024

The Palomar Cactus and Succulent Society will have a plant show and sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Solar for Homeowners

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30–8 pm
  • 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92117

Topics will include: calculating your home’s energy use; properly sizing a solar system to meet your unique needs; and evaluating a contractor bid.

Energy Tips

  • SDG&E’s high-use charge starts on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Keep tabs on your energy use and costs. Get customized alerts by email, text, or both. Learn more at #espsdge
  • Schedule your free SDG&E gas appliance checkup at to ensure it’s in safe, working condition. #espsdge
  • Balance out the highs and lows of your monthly energy bills. Sign up for Level Pay Plan at #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President