President’s Report

Support Your Community

The 2018 SRCA Annual Membership Drive is in its second month, and we are pleased to say that we are more than 70% of the way to our goal. Your financial support of the SRCA is really support for your community. We are the only Scripps Ranch organization that works on the overall quality of life for the entire community. As our motto says, our priority is Scripps Ranch.

For those who have contributed, thank you! If you haven’t done so yet, please go to The SRCA Board works every day to earn your trust and support. If there is anything we can do, please ask at [email protected] Annual contribution requests are very reasonable and there are many to choose from: $30; $48 Newsletter; $60; $100; $200; or your choice. Thank you!

Apartment Proposal

We continue to proactively monitor the progress by the San Diego Unified School District toward approving or rejecting the Monarch apartment proposal at the Innovations Academy site—corner of Spring Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. The next step was the release of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) by the district and applicant. The school district will have to certify the final EIR and then vote to either approve or reject the project. Please see the article by Voice of Scripps Ranch on page 14 for more details.

Should you submit comments to the school district by the deadline of Tuesday, Mar. 6, we ask that you copy the SRCA in your email using [email protected] Let us know if you have any questions.

SRCA Turns Ideas into Actions

People ask why should I join one Facebook page instead of another? Facebook pages can be seen as “Post and Hope,” where people post something and hope they get good advice or that someone takes action. People want instant answers without knowing if they are valid. Typing behind a keyboard is really different than meeting people in person.

The SRCA’s approach is different. We say “Post and Know.” When you post something, you know there is a volunteer willing to help. “Post and Know” also means that if the SRCA posts something, you know it is confirmed. We have worked for years—and continue to work—to develop strong relationships with the police and fire departments, as well as city, state, and federal agencies to get answers to problems. There is a level of trust that does not happen overnight.

We also use financial resources through paid memberships to make things happen. It is our mission to make Scripps Ranch our number one priority, and it takes people behind the scenes to get things done.

Here’s a perfect example. Someone posted on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Facebook page that they thought it was a bad idea to feed bread to ducks, which it is. Lots of people came up with great solutions, but it takes volunteer time to turn ideas into reality. The SRCA is here to help make things happen and to coordinate volunteer efforts. Now four residents are working together to install informative signs at our two ponds.

Another recent instance was a number of graffiti incidents. Posting on Facebook is a good start, but it only works if someone takes the time to do something about it. The SRCA needs to be aware of what’s going on in order to take action.

You may not have seen the graffiti because the SRCA removed it, often within minutes. Also, we document and communicate with law enforcement. We reacted swiftly to almost 20 incidents in two weeks to discourage it from recurring.

The SRCA spent the time and money to remove the graffiti. It could take the city weeks to respond, if ever. So if you see something, say something to the SRCA. Message us on our Facebook page or email us at [email protected]

Join Neighborhood Watch

There was some confusion about the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) program that we want to clear up. The first thing is that you don’t need to have a block captain on your street to be included in the program. The other thing is that you don’t need to be an SRCA member to join Neighborhood Watch.

Our model program uses emails to communicate with each SRCANW member. When we get crime alerts, event information, prevention tips, and requests for help, we share them. And we work closely with police. The SRCANW has more than 100 block captains and 2,800 members. In fact, I am on the Northeastern Division Captain’s Advisory Board, which is one way we share our concerns. Please email us at [email protected] to be included in our wonderful program.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA Newsletter at Your Fingertips

Beginning this issue, you can take the SRCA Newsletter wherever you go. That’s right, you can now find the most recent publication—along with past issues—on the SRCA website at Click on the cover page and begin perusing the best of our community happenings and news. You can read the Newsletter from cover to cover, share your favorite articles, and look up important dates from the convenience of your phone, tablet, or computer.

If you already receive the digital SRCA Newsletter, you will be sent a monthly reminder to be one of the first to view the latest edition. A password will no longer be needed. The SRCA website has a plethora of community information, so place it on the home screen of all your devices and get ready to be “in the know” all the time!

Jen Marchesini, SRCA Vice President of Digital Communications

Second Friday Lecture

  • Be Safe in Scripps Ranch!
  • Friday, Mar. 9, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Come and:

  • Meet our new San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Community Relations Officer (CRO) Christina Santos
  • Get an update on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) program
  • Learn about the Scripps-Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)

SDPD’s Northeastern Division serves Scripps Ranch and nearby neighborhoods. CRO Santos will share with you the “Problem Solver” handout. It has all the names and numbers of who to call for practically any situation, ranging from a police emergency to graffiti to code compliance to street maintenance.

She will share tips on topics including when to call 911, how to prevent home burglaries and auto theft, how to guard yourself and your family against scams, and how to report traffic concerns. Plus, she will introduce you to tools the city uses to inform the community, such as, and for people to report non-emergency issues—Get it Done app.

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective crime prevention programs in the nation. The SRCANW program is a model for the city of San Diego. Find out what it does and how you can benefit by getting NW emails and participating in the group’s activities.

The Scripps-Mesa RSVP uses uniformed senior citizens to provide a variety of services to the community under the direction of the SDPD. Find out about all the services they perform, plus see if you might become a volunteer yourself!

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation is required. We will have some snacks and drinks.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Special Concert: “Dances with Words”
  • Friday, Mar. 16, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This event features the inimitable verbivore Richard Lederer performing with singer/songwriter Bill Shipper. Richard, The San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist, will perform a unique concert that combines his talents with folk-singing humorist Bill Shipper. These two dueling punsters will merge Richard’s educational word fun with original music by composer, instrumentalist, and singer Bill Shipper. Come prepared to be entertained and edified by learning that is “dressed up” to have fun.

Don’t miss this special event that is part of the library’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Check the group’s article in the Organizations section of this Newsletter for information about other events in March.

Senior Living Tour

  • Poway Senior Center
  • Wednesday, Mar. 21, 11 am

Like to dance? Enjoy interesting lectures? Play cards or board games? Quilt or sew? Play Bingo? Do crafts? Have lunch? Get free hearing and blood pressure tests? You can do all of this and much more at the Poway Senior Center. Come and find out all the details. Many of your Scripps Ranch neighbors already take advantage of its variety of activities and programs.

We will meet at the Poway Senior Center on Wednesday, Mar. 21, at 11 am. The address is 13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway, 92064. Reservations are mandatory, since lunch will be included and we need an accurate head count. There will be a nominal donation requested for lunch—$4 for age 60 and over; $6 for non-seniors. Come for lunch and a brief tour and stay for activities! To request a reservation or receive more information or directions, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 858-397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Resources: Free Tax Preparation

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older. To find a location, go to or call 888-227-7669. There are seven locations listed within a 10-mile radius of 92131, including:

  • Mira Mesa Senior Center, 8460 Mira Mesa Boulevard, 92126
  • Poway Senior Center, 13094 Civic Center Drive, 92064
  • Rancho Bernardo Senior Services, 16769 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite K14, 92128

Helpful Hint

New SDG&E pricing plans factor in “time of use” now. Learn about new electricity pricing based on when you use energy. These time of use plans give you two ways to save: by shifting your energy use to lower-priced times; or by reducing your overall use.

On-peak hours are 4 to 9 pm, so use energy before 4 pm or after 9 pm, Monday through Sunday. To learn more, visit #espsdge

Garden Talks

There are lots of fun garden lectures, events, and more coming up. Below are a few. Check for the latest details.

SSR Garden Share in March

Check our webpage for date and time.

Plan Ahead! Community Sustainability Hacks: Tools, Tips, and Tricks

  • Sunday, Apr. 15, 2–4 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Scripps Ranch residents are creative and smart. We are always amazed at the great new ideas our friends come up with, and we want to learn from you! Plan to show or share your best tools, tips, and tricks in any of four categories:

  • Water and gardens
  • Energy and transportation
  • Better living through simplicity: reduce, reuse, recycle, save
  • Delicious, healthy snacks—new, unknown surprises to delight us

Let us know what you want to show or share—email Lynn Owens at [email protected] You can take in others’ good ideas and share your own.

Master Gardener Seminars and Market Place

  • San Diego County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Ave., 92123
  • Saturday, Mar. 17, 8 am–3:30 pm

City Farmers Nursery

  • 3110 Euclid Avenue, 92105
  • Saturday, Mar. 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Solar Cooking 101 with Jim LaJoie


  • Saturday, Mar. 24, 9–10:30 am
  • Making Bird Feeding Simple with Ben Zlotnick 

Armstrong Nursery

  • 9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
  • Saturday, Mar. 10, 10 am
  • Strawberries


Walter Andersen Nursery

  • 12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 92064
  • Saturday, Mar. 10, 9:30 am
  • Tomatoes with Roy Wilburn


  • Saturday, Mar. 17, 9:30 am
  • Vegetables with Richard Wright


  • Saturday, Mar. 24, 9:30 am
  • Organic Pest Control


Evergreen Nursery

  • 13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130
  • Saturday, Mar. 3, 10 am
  • Choosing and Caring for Fruit Trees


I Love A Clean San Diego

Zero Waste

  • Saturday, Mar. 10, 11 am–1 pm
  • Exploring Energy Efficiency: Household Climate Solutions Workshop
  • Marshall Middle School Multipurpose Room, 9700 Avenue of Nations

This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Learn how our daily actions affect our world, including a look at ocean acidification. We will give you the tools to implement green practices in your home, as well as tips to reduce energy waste and how to capitalize on solar power. We’ll also have interactive stations, a kids’ craft station, and more! Registration is free, and a light lunch will be provided. Email [email protected] and visit for details.


Capturing Rainwater—The Barrel and Beyond in Landscape Design

  • The Water Conservation Garden, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, 92019
  • Sunday, Mar. 18, 2–4 pm

Topics will include retrofitting landscapes to include attractive swales and other features, improving drainage, incorporating the latest in collection and storage devices, and distributing saved water to plantings. Light refreshments will be served and a tour of the rainwater collection features in the garden will follow. Cost: $10, nonmembers; $5, members; students are free. Visit


Waterwise Botanical

  • 32151 Old Highway 395, Bonsall, 92003
  • Friday and Saturday, Mar. 23 and 24, 8 am–4 pm
  • Super Succulent Celebration 2018

This event will be packed with activities for succulent lovers! There will be speakers, demonstrations, workshops, unique vendors, authors, and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit for details.

West Sycamore Events

Events are at the West Sycamore Staging Area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway.

Volunteer Crew

First Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, Mar. 4, 8 am

For more information, contact the ranger at [email protected]


Nature Walk

Third Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, Mar. 18, 8 am

More details are at


Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

Fourth Fridays of the Month

  • Friday, Mar. 23, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Energy Tips

  • Water heating is the second largest expense in your home, accounting for about 18% of your energy use. Choosing an efficient water heater can save money. Find out more on how to reduce your hot water use and increase energy savings on and at #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s high-use charge is now in effect. Keep tabs on your energy use and costs. Get customized SDG&E alerts by email, text, or both. Learn more at #espsdge
  • You can shop, compare prices, and purchase energy-efficient products, all at the SDG&E Marketplace at #espsdge
  • Learn about electricity pricing plans based on when you use energy. Peak hours are 4–9 pm. Visit #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President