President’s Report

Scripps Ranch Civic Association volunteers give of their time because We Love Scripps Ranch! We know you do too. While we each have different reasons to live here, we collectively are part of a special community not found anywhere else. As SRCA president, I invite you to join us as an annual member. Your membership is important to support the numerous activities and efforts that benefit our community.

SRCA volunteers work diligently every day to improve our quality of life. Personally, I “invest” between 30 to 50 hours per week answering emails, responding to Facebook posts, speaking with people, attending meetings, and assisting our board members accomplish their goals. The way I see it, my time with the SRCA over the past 27 years is not spent, it is invested. We devote our time to yield great returns for our community.

For 48 years SRCA volunteers have made Scripps Ranch our priority. Here are a few “investments” we made for you:

  • Community leadership in crisis situations such as organizing volunteer searches to find resident Tai Sun
  • Single-handedly taking on the city and SDG&E over transmission line construction issues on Pomerado Road and Stonebridge Parkway
  • Established “[email protected]” email for residents to voice traffic concerns so we can resolve issues—the only town council with this service
  • Replaced the Jerabek holiday tree and added a large bench for seating
  • Supplied our public schools and library with bleed control kits—the first in the county to have them
  • Develop working relationships with officials to quickly solve problems
  • Provide immediate updates to you during red flag warnings, storms, school lockdowns, and other serious situations
  • Convinced the U.S. Army Reserve not to add a signal light just off the I-15 bridge on Pomerado Road
  • Created an emergency evacuation map for our area
  • Encourage and support grass-roots efforts such as opposition to the SDG&E “mega pole,” the apartment project at a school site, and the “Big Box” retail proposal
  • Helped get air conditioning, visitor stadium seating, and other updates at Scripps Ranch High School
  • Formed community design committee for Fairbrook Park; construction is expected in 2019

We also produce the monthly SRCA Newsletter—your news source! For more on that and to see how to become an SRCA member, check out pages 26 and 27.

Parking Change?

Would you like to see nearly 50% of parking on Old Grove Road, where Ballast Point is located, be eliminated? The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) is hearing a request by property owners to remove angled—diagonal—parking on the street. Tenants are concerned about not being able to see around cars when the vehicles are parked diagonally.

Three options are being considered:

  1. Keep the angled parking
  2. Remove the angled parking
  3. “Flip” the angled parking from the south side to the north side of the street; this would allow parallel parking on the south, which makes the tenants happy—there is no sidewalk on the south side—while adding diagonal parking on the north side where there is a sidewalk

There are seven driveways on the south side of the street and the potential new diagonal parking on the north side is continuous with no driveway interruptions.

We encourage you to attend the SRPG meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library and share your opinion. To read more about development in our community, see page 15. For questions or comments, email me at [email protected]

Welcome, WD-40!

We welcome WD-40 to Scripps Ranch. They moved here in December to a 40,000-square-foot office building on the corner of Businesspark Avenue and Old Grove Road. We are now home to the world headquarters of the WD-40 brand!

I attended the fun ribbon-cutting and met the nicest, most down-to-earth people. The CEO, Garry Ridge, is the embodiment of that. Wendy Kelly, their director of investor relations and corporate communications, and Dan Sullivan, a board director, both live in Scripps Ranch!

New Year Resolutions

If your New Year’s resolution includes giving back, I would like to personally invite you to share that resolution with your community by volunteering for the SRCA. If you only have a small amount of time to give, or you want to help plan a community event—see the next article—we can find a position that fits your schedule.

We also have SRCA board seats available, and the time commitment is not excessive. If you would like to explore your options, email me at [email protected] Happy New Year!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Have Fun While Planning For Fun!

The SRCA is looking for enthusiastic people to work on this year’s Community Fair. This event has something for everyone, from young to old. In the past the fair has had a beer garden, rides and games for kids, as well as booths with something interesting for everyone.

We are looking for new ideas and new volunteers. Planning begins this month. How about getting with friends and working on this fun event together?! If you’re interested, please contact me at [email protected]

Lori Erlenbach, SRCA VP-Activities

Second Friday Lecture

  • The Long Journey: Marvels and Science of Bird Migration
  • Friday, Jan. 12, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This will be a delightful overview of one of the great wonders on earth and the latest research explaining why, how, and when billions of birds take wing in their search for the endless summer. Focusing on North America and San Diego, heavy emphasis will be on the geography and biology of migration, including the challenges and obstacles birds face crossing a rapidly changing continent.

The lecture is free and open to all. We will have pictures, sounds, and audience participation. Mike Matherly, a popular speaker from the San Diego Audubon Society Speaker Series, will lead the discussion. He is a retired geographer, working for Grossmont College for more than 35 years, where he taught in the Earth Sciences Department specializing in urban growth and resource issues.

Mike has been involved with the San Diego Audubon board for nine years. He currently heads the Speaker Series, 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

  • Communication Skills
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Communicating with a person with dementia can be extremely frustrating for both people. This class will help you learn how to communicate more effectively with a person experiencing memory loss, and how to recognize what types of behaviors may actually be their way of communicating. Please note that attendance is not recommended for persons with dementia. This event is free and open to all. It is part of a continuing series of classes led by Amy Abrams and others from Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Senior Living Tour

  • Wesley Palms
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24

With breathtaking views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Wesley Palms on Mount Soledad is undergoing a complete revitalization to enhance its original, mid-century modern sensibilities. The entire effort is being done with a healthy regard for sustainability, green building, and environmentally responsible practices.

They are adding new patio homes to the accommodations, while retaining the mature ornamental trees, generous open spaces, covered meandering paths, clustering of homes and gathering places, and views to the San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean, and beyond. The result is a uniquely connected community of retirement neighborhoods and a carefree atmosphere with a strong sense of vitality—all in the heart of San Diego.

Wesley Palms offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care with no large upfront fees:

  • Patio homes—one- and two- bedroom, private, single-story homes in small, sociable neighborhoods
  • Apartments—completely renovated studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments feature new large windows to take full advantage of the Mt. Soledad location and the expansive views
  • Enhanced assisted living—in private homes with the convenience and peace of mind of catered living services in The Courtyard
  • Summer House memory care neighborhood—secure enclave of 22 specially designed cottages

We will take a tour and have lunch. We meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 10:15 am. The bus will leave promptly at 10:30 am. Spaces are very limited and reservations are required. To RSVP, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message. Also, see the advertisement on the page to your left.

Free Memory Screening

Are you concerned about memory loss? Alzheimer’s San Diego is proud to offer free memory screenings to individuals who are worried about memory loss or would like to establish a baseline so future changes can be detected. It only takes 15 minutes. Make an appointment for you or a loved one and take control of your future.

Starting in 2018 free memory screenings will be done on the third Thursday of every month—starting Jan. 18—between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm at Alzheimer’s San Diego, 6632 Convoy Court, 92111. Call 492-4400 to make an appointment.

Resource for 55+

The San Diego County Senior Services Directory and Resources Guide provides a wide variety of information for people 55+. It has listings of agencies, nonprofit services, disabled services, and companies offering care and products. The topics include adult day care, assisted living, in-home care, meal deliveries, transportation, retirement housing, Alzheimer’s, end-of-life services, elder abuse, and many more. View the directory at

Hawk Watch

This event in Ramona is free and fun for kids and adults of all ages! It takes place every Saturday in January and February at 10 am. Visit for details.

Solar Experience

  • Saturday, Jan. 20
  • Seminar—11 am–noon
  • Electric Vehicle Showcase—noon– 1 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Topics will include: how solar works; battery storage and integration; policy changes; available incentives; financing; how to choose a solar provider; and more.

Pure Water Facility

  • North City Water Reclamation Plant, 4949 Eastgate Mall, 92121
  • For dates, go to

Since June 2011 the city’s demonstration one-million-gallon-per-day Pure Water Facility has been open for free public tours. It’s a great way to learn about the water purification process and get a close look at the cutting-edge technology used to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water.

West Sycamore Events

All events are at the West Sycamore Staging Area, at the far east end of Stonebridge Parkway. 

Volunteer Crew

First Sunday of the Month

  • Sunday, Jan. 7, 8 am

Get your exercise and help improve your park by lending a hand. Please bring gloves and wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For more information, contact Ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected] 

Nature Walk

Third Sunday of the Month

  • Sunday, Jan. 21, 8 am

Join Ranger Andrew Miller for this monthly 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals commonly found. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. More details are at

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

Fourth Friday of the Month

  • Friday, Jan. 26, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

No white flashlights please, as they ruin night vision. Park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

Energy-Saving Tips

  • SDG&E’s high-use charge started Nov. 1. Keep tabs on your energy use and costs. Get customized SDG&E alerts. Learn more at #espsdge
  • It’s time to start thinking about energy differently. Peak “time of use” will shift from 11 am to 6 pm to 4 to 9 pm. To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, new time of use pricing plans will be introduced over the next few years. These plans are based on how much, and when, you use energy. For details, visit #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President