President’s Report

Important Event

We are honored to have the city’s new Police-Community Relations Advisory Board come to Scripps Ranch on Monday, Apr. 23, at 6:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The board is tasked with finding ways to improve the relationship between the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and the community. To do that the board is traveling to every City Council district to hear directly from residents as to what they think are issues, problems, and solutions.

Our councilmember, Mark Kersey, nominated me to represent District 5, and Mayor Kevin Falconer appointed me to the board to represent you. Our time to address the advisory board is in April, and I highly encourage you to attend. You are welcome to share your concerns or just listen to what others have to say.

We will present to the board how our SRCA Neighborhood Watch program operates differently than others. I can’t impress upon you enough that we need a good turnout. Please join us!

What SRCA Does

An annual SRCA membership is a small price to pay for the quality of life we enjoy. We assist you with the things that attract people to Scripps Ranch and pay a premium to live here. You get high quality public education for your children, a low crime rate, and an involved community.

While you may not think that we benefit you directly, we do. We make Scripps Ranch our number one priority. Please become a member. It’s easy to do. Join online at

You may wonder what the SRCA does with your annual membership dues. Here’s just some of what we fund:

  • 4th of July Parade
  • Community Fair
  • Volunteer Recognition Night
  • Dingeman scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School seniors
  • 50 Plus aging programs
  • Sustainable Scripps Ranch activities
  • Allocations to our public schools
  • Grants to Scripps Ranch groups

The SRCA operates the largest and most efficient Neighborhood Watch program in the city. We established the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee, which is now the district’s official community organization for all public schools in Scripps Ranch.

There is so much more we do. Often we post it on our Facebook page that has 4,000+ followers. Just search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association” and “Like” us!

SRCA Gets Rid of Graffiti

It appears we won the battle with the recent serial graffiti that hit Scripps Ranch over the past three months. The SRCA was fast to respond to residents’ reports of where and when graffiti occurred.

While the city removes and repaints graffiti on city-owned property, it takes about 10 days for it to happen. The SRCA responded usually within an hour to document the vandalism and paint over it. It is likely that our quick response to each incident is why the problem has gone away. If you see something, report it to us at [email protected] Like a resident told us, it is a really good use of SRCA membership money.

Chabad Project

The Chabad property on Pomerado Road was once owned by the former United States International University (USIU), which obtained a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the city of San Diego in 1967. The permit entitles the property owner to operate university functions, while the underlying zoning is residential.

Chabad obtained a parcel of the USIU property and built a preschool and K–8 elementary school. In 2008 Chabad sought permission to build “dormitory” residential units for its lifelong learning program they call Campus of Life. Using the 1967 CUP, the city approved student and faculty housing. The city and the Housing Commission required a deed restriction to reflect the city’s approval.

The Housing Commission agreed to waive a fee for not building affordable housing and for not setting aside affordable housing units in the project. The city also reduced Chabad’s finance benefit assessment—developer fees—that remain in Scripps Ranch because the units were student/faculty housing and not apartments. These funds go toward projects such as the library parking lot expansion, Fairbrook Park construction, and a second Scripps Ranch fire station.

Residents and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group raised questions as to whether the residential units being constructed were student and faculty housing or market rate apartments. The issues remain unanswered by Chabad. We will continue to follow this story.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President


Save the Date!

Scripps Ranch residents, along with civic-, service – and social-oriented nonprofits in Scripps Ranch, are invited to attend the 2018 SRCA Community Meet and Greet. Hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the event will be at the Scripps Ranch Library on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19.

At this event, adult-focused organizations will have the chance to connect with other nonprofit groups in Scripps Ranch. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas about working together, get the word out about what you do, find volunteers, fundraise, and so much more.

Residents are welcome and have the opportunity to meet each other and the various organizations. There will be music, food, opportunity drawings, and socializing. Look for more details in the May SRCA Newsletter. Join us!

Second Friday Lecture

  • Tree Talks
  • Friday, Apr. 13, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Trees are a big part of the charm of Scripps Ranch. Did you know, however, that the tree canopy—the part of a community shaded by trees—in the San Diego region is about 60–70% below what it should be for the health of humans and the environment? The most concerning aspect is that the percentage may be decreasing, making a bad situation worse. There are many contributing factors: drought, tree disease, and human indifference and neglect. Come learn more about trees:

  • Rachele Milious, certified arborist and Tree San Diego training coordinator, will focus on the impact of drought, disease, and human actions on the urban tree canopy in San Diego
  • Mike Rasmussen, Miramar Ranch North Maintenance Assessment District manager, will talk about tree selection, tree diseases, and tree micro-climates in Scripps Ranch

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

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Home Care, Day Care, and Memory Care: What You Need to Know
  • Friday, Apr. 20, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Is it time for more help? Learn about the range of available care options at home and in the community, what they cost, and how to access them. Our lecturer will be the popular Amy Abrams from Alzheimer’s San Diego. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP are needed. We will have snacks and drinks.

Senior Living Tour

  • Casa Aldea Senior Living, Santaluz
  • Wednesday, Apr. 25

This is a custom designed Assisted Living and Memory Care community located near Santaluz and Rancho Santa Fe, only 20 minutes from Scripps Ranch.

Assisted Living: Casa Aldea has 46 beautifully appointed apartments with studio, and one- and two-bedroom floor plan options. They care for you as much as they care about you! Comprehensive, licensed assisted living services are available for those who choose or require help with their daily living needs but wish to remain as independent as possible. Assisted living services are based on what you need, when you need them—as much or as little as you want.

Pursuing your favorite pastimes, social engagements, and daily routine is easy when you have the health and wellness support you need. From meal preparation to coordinating physician care, medication management, and more, you can count on them to keep you active and engaged. They promote independence, choice, and the opportunity for you to live a vibrant life with additional care at your disposal.

Memory Care: Casa Aldea has 18 signature memory care residences for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. With specially designed and dedicated Alzheimer’s and memory care accommodations, Casa Aldea ensures the comfort and security of you or your loved one. Each resident room has an emergency call switch that ensures help is at the touch of a button. Onsite resident care professionals are always there to oversee the administration of medications and other basic care needs.

Dedicated caregivers lovingly help residents feel safe, secure, and valued. They provide the best possible care with huge doses of patience, flexibility, compassion, and integrity. Caregivers receive extensive and ongoing training in the best and latest therapeutic methods and programs to match resident’s individual memory care needs. In Memory Care they also offer an enhanced staffing ratio.

Please note this is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community only. There is no independent living. We will meet at the SRCA Community Center—11885 Cypress Canyon Road—at 10:45 am and the bus will leave promptly at 11 am. To request a reservation or receive more information, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 858-397-5747, option 1, to leave a message if you do not have email.

Resources: Free Hearing Support

The California Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program provides telephone access for deaf and disabled Californians. It provides free phones for specific needs from the California Telephone Access Program. The resources include:

  • California phones—easier to hear, dial, and call; amplified, portable, big buttons, and more
  • California Relay Service—connects deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people
  • Captioned Telephone (CapTel)—word-for-word captions and amplified sound
  • Speech generating devices and speech-to-speech service

For information, visit or call 800-806-1191, Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

SSR and SRCA 50 Plus Monthly Lecture

  • Friday, Apr. 13, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library
  • Trees Talks—the effect of the drought and more

See the 50 Plus article on page 5 for more.

First Scripps Ranch Community Hack

  • Tools, Tips, and Tricks
  • Sunday, Apr. 15, 2–4 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

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 by emailing Lynn Owens at [email protected] We’ll have enough time for you to take in others’ good ideas as well as share your own.

SRCA Community Garage and Clean-Up Day

  • Garage Sale
  • Saturday, Apr. 7, 7:30 am–noon

For more information, please visit

  • Clean-Up Day
  • Saturday, Apr. 14, 8 am–noon or until dumpsters are full

Used batteries will be collected. If you need information on how to recycle an item, check out

Garden Talks

Evergreen Nursery

13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130

  • Saturday, Apr. 7, 10 am
  • Starting a Vegetable and Herb Garden


  • Saturday, Apr. 21, 10 am
  • Top 20 Easy Waterwise Plants


San Diego Seed Library and California Rare Fruit Growers

Mira Mesa Library

8405 New Salem Street, 92126

  • Saturday, Apr. 14, 2:30–5 pm, rain or shine

They provide seeds and cuttings to “check out” and plant.


San Diego Earth Works

29th Annual Earth Fair

Balboa Park

  • Sunday, Apr. 22, 10 am–5 pm

West Sycamore Events

At the West Sycamore Staging Area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway.

Volunteer Crew

First Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, Apr. 8, 8 am, note the date change this month due to Easter

Get your exercise and help improve your park. For more information, contact ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]


Nature Walk

Third Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, Apr. 15, 8 am

Join the ranger for his 90-minute guided nature walk. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, and water. More information is at


Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

Fourth Fridays of the Month

  • Friday, Apr. 27, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Please park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

City of San Diego Commuter Survey

To create a cleaner environment for future generations, the city’s Climate Action Plan calls for more people to bike, walk, or take transit. To track the progress toward these goals, the city is conducting a survey to find out how people commute. Visit

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Bob Ilko
SRCA President