President’s Report

SRCA Presidential Fitness Challenge

Do you have a 2017 New Year’s resolution to lose weight that you haven’t started, or are you trying to finish the year healthier? I am issuing the “SRCA Presidential Half-Hour Fitness Challenge,” sponsored by Fitness Quest 10, to anyone in Scripps Ranch.

There are two options for the challenge:

  1. I will spend a half hour with you doing some form of exercise of your choosing. We can walk your dog at 5 am, run the lake, ride a bike, swim, do pilates, lift weights, kick around a soccer ball, or even help you coach youth sports.
  2. The other challenge is that I will do a specific 30-minute fitness test at Fitness Quest 10. If anyone beats my time, he or she will get a free professional massage from Fitness Quest 10.

Todd Durkin, Fitness Quest 10 owner and a Scripps Ranch resident, is offering two of his trainers to help you through the 30-minute test. One trainer, Kira Dosenberry, grew up in Scripps Ranch, and the other trainer is Tyler Simper.

If you are interested, please send me an email at [email protected] It is never too late to get more fit, and I’d like to help you get there.

Why Join the SRCA?

People ask why they should become SRCA members or why they should donate to the SRCA? That’s a fair question and one that is easy to answer. We love our community as much as you do and our priority is Scripps Ranch. We are the only community organization that serves the needs of all 30,000 residents who live in the 92131 zip code.

Someone summed it up nicely: the SRCA transforms memberships into community benefits. While the SRCA hosts many projects and programs, our mission is to improve the quality of life for all of you and positively impact your life. We do that every day, but those things are sometimes not easily quantifiable.

For example, we worked with SDG&E and the city to minimize the traffic impacts on the community during the electric transmission line project. We communicate issues and try to solve problems, and most of the time we are successful! No one else does that for you. We established an email address—[email protected]—for you to use to alert of us traffic problems and concerns. No other town council in San Diego County offers such innovative, solution-driven approaches.

Be Ready

Speaking of what no one else in the county does, the SRCA successfully sold 158 emergency kits. It is one thing to talk about being prepared or asking people to plan ahead. It is another thing to know that people are ready in case of a wildfire.

While it has been 14 years since the 2003 Cedar Fire, the fires in Northern California drive home the point that it can happen at any time. We encourage you to assemble an emergency kit in case of an evacuation. You cannot count on having any time when you are told to leave.

The SRCA will endeavor to raise more funds to repeat our offer to sell more emergency kits—50% off the retail price—to you in the future. This is another example of how the SRCA makes Scripps Ranch its only priority. We ask that you join the SRCA for as little as $30 per year. It’s easy to do. Just go to Thank you!

It’s What the SRCA Does

An elderly couple walks Spring Canyon Road near Riesling Drive nearly every day. Some weeds, brush, and tree limbs were partially blocking the sidewalk forcing the couple to walk in the street. We cleaned up the weeds and cleared the sidewalk.

The SRCA received a thank you letter that said the couple appreciated the “quick action and speedy response to an aggravating and dangerous problem.” This is just another example of what the SRCA does for you every day.

Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the SRCA I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am extremely grateful for my hard-working and amazing wife, Janet, without whose support I couldn’t do what I do for the community. Of course, I must add my wonderful children, Alicia and Steven.

I also am thankful for the incredible volunteers who make up the SRCA. This community would not be as special without each of them. Finally, I want you to know how blessed I feel to live in Scripps Ranch, the place we all call home.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President 

Looking for a Way to Get Involved?

Suffering from “empty nest” syndrome? Recently retired but don’t want to spend all day on the golf course? How about using just a bit of your time to work with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association? You’ll feel great about giving back to your community, and it’s close to home. That’s a win-win, wouldn’t you say?!

There’s always room on the SRCA Board for volunteers. We could always find something that’s right up your alley. If you would like to find out more, please email our executive vice president, Todd Philips, at [email protected]

Get in the Holiday Spirit

Everyone is invited to attend the Holiday Concert and Social Hour hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will start this free event with a holiday music concert from 1:30 to 3 pm, featuring the Bella Voci women’s singing group, other music groups, and sing-alongs to your favorite holiday songs!

Then from 3 to 5 pm we will have more fun during the Social Hour. We will have live music by the Scripps Ranch Blues, Folk and Rock Group, plus holiday food and libations! Don’t miss it!

Senior Living Tour

  • Oakmont of Pacific Beach
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15

Oakmont of Pacific Beach is a new 74-unit, three-floor luxury assisted-living and memory-care community at 955 Grand Avenue. Situated on a beautifully landscaped campus, it was developed by Oakmont Senior Living, a recognized leader in the retirement industry that has planned and developed more than 40 retirement communities in the western United States.

Oakmont offers studios and one- and two- bedroom suites with companion options available. A wellness center and 24-hour care staff assists with all of your daily living needs in the privacy of your own home. Oakmont’s Traditions Program provides caring support for residents experiencing memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. It’s comforting to know that if one spouse needs this special care, they can be accommodated in the same building.

We will have a tour and lunch. Meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, at 10:30 am on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The bus will leave promptly at 10:45 am. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Vision as We Age
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Many eye conditions that can cause visual impairment are associated with aging. We will cover topics such as:

  • Eye conditions common with aging and their treatment(s)
  • Impacts of chronic diseases—such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other dementias—on vision
  • Doing an eye exam or updating a prescription for dementia patients
  • New research
  • Resources to help in adapting with visual impairment
  • What Medicare covers regarding eye health, exams, surgery, and eyeglasses
  • Why do eyeglasses cost so much? Is there really any competition?
  • Other questions you may have

Our speaker will be Lisa Kamino, OD, FAAO, a low-vision optometrist at the San Diego Center for the Blind. Come and learn what you need to know.

Get Connected! Technology Fair 2017

  • Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 am–3 pm
  • San Diego Oasis, Grossmont Center across from Barnes & Noble in the inside courtyard

Join us for this free event! San Diego Oasis presents the largest Technology Fair for adults 50 and older. Created to address the needs of seniors who want to stay connected, the fair offers hands-on learning about everything technology.

There will be Tech Talk sessions that are 40 minutes and will include topics such as Social Networking, Cyber Fraud, Practical Tech Resources for Everyday Living, Innovative Apps, Smartphone Help, and more. In addition, there will be the popular “Ask the Expert” area for individual questions and one-on-one help.

The Technology Fair’s purpose is to:

  • Educate you about the wide range of opportunities technology offers in a Tech Talk format as well as through individual coaching
  • Demonstrate how technology can improve your quality of life
  • Create awareness of both the positive and negative aspects of advances in technology
  • Provide an educational and entertaining venue to learn about local community-based programs that teach technology on an in-depth level

The Technology Fair is free but registration is required. Register by calling 619-881-6262 or online at, Class #80.

Resource: Books-By-Mail

All qualifying San Diego County residents can receive library materials through the mail, free of charge, without having to leave home. You can receive services if you:

  • Are temporarily or permanently homebound
  • Have a disability or are ill, or you’re the caregiver for someone who is
  • Lack transportation or live in a remote area of the county that is far from a library or mobile library stop

As a Books-by-Mail customer you may request any book you want. Library staff is available to make a selection for you based on your interest. They can accommodate requests for audio books, large-print, or lightweight materials. The San Diego County Library card is free and all postage is pre-paid. Simply return books via U.S. mail in the reusable mailing bag in which they arrive.

If you are interested, call 866-279-9629 or email [email protected] for more information and to begin the application process.

SSR Latest Details

Updates and new events can be found at

Garden Talk

Evergreen Nursery

  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 am
  • Four Seasons Gardening

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy your garden throughout the year? Find out how to create a garden that looks beautiful in all four seasons. Visit

WaterSmart Classes

How to Build Three inches of

Amazing Soil in Two Months

  • Saturday, Nov. 4

Choosing, Planting, and Maintaining California Native Plants

  • Saturday, Nov. 18

Using Laundry Water for Landscapes

  • Saturday, Nov. 18

Rainwater Harvesting for

Healthy Gardens

  • Saturday, Dec. 2

Holiday Festivities

Save the date! SSR is celebrating the holidays. Everyone is invited to the Holiday Concert and Social Hour hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Scripps Ranch Library. See the article on page 5 for more.

West Sycamore

Events at east end of Stonebridge Parkway

  • Sunday, Nov. 5—Volunteer Crew, 8 am
  • Sunday, Nov. 19—Hike with a Ranger, 8 am
  • No Stargazing due to Thanksgiving

Important Tips

  • Looking to recycle household items, like batteries? Check out
  • Protect your home from a wildfire. Get CAL FIRE tips and videos at For more tips on emergency prep, go to
  • SDG&E’s high usage charge starts Wednesday, Nov. 1, Sign up for bill alerts at #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s winter rates are in effect until Apr. 30. Go to #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President