President’s Report

Thank You, Volunteers

We are fortunate to have fantastic Scripps Ranch residents who give of their time, effort, and finances to make our neighborhood the best place in which to live, work, and play. At SRCA Recognition Night we honored more than 150 volunteers, ranging from small gestures to over-the-top work. Let us know when someone is doing good so we can honor them too. Email us at [email protected] On behalf of the community we thank you.

Also thank you to the Recognition Night Committee: chair Bill Feather, Jeff Bristol, Lorayne Burley, Victoria Mazelli, Dorothy Mildice, Matthew Nguyen, Larry Peranich, Helen Plutner, Alex Szeto, Gloria Tran, and Tiffany Vinson. Huge thanks to our sponsors: Savagewood Brewery, Pazzo’s Pizza, and Yanni’s Grill.

SRCA Changes with the Times

Every organization evolves and, hopefully, improves. The SRCA is a 48-year-old grassroots volunteer town council that has changed dramatically over the past several years. We have expanded programs, activities, and support to residents. Our district representatives Bill Feather, Wally Wulfeck, Elissa Barber, Bob Cronk, and Jane Kane were reelected at our April meeting to serve you.

I agreed to a fifth two-year term as president and joining me on the Executive Board is: Brian Allman, treasurer, 30+ years; Todd Philips, secretary; and Jen Marchesini, VP of digital communications. The board has some openings that I encourage you to help us fill. No experience needed! Please email me at [email protected]

It’s Almost Over

The SDG&E Sycamore Transmission Line construction is nearing the end! By the time this Newsletter comes out we hope to have the repaving of Pomerado Road and Stonebridge Parkway started. It appears that SDG&E will make its deadline of June 30 to energize the transmission line.

It has been a long and difficult construction project. The negative impacts on the community have been tremendous. The disruptions, noise, bumpy temporary paving, raised metal trench plates, flat tires, and traffic delays have been unbearable.

The SRCA will take some credit for injecting ourselves into the project to advocate for ways to reduce impacts that SDG&E and the city agreed to. It would have been even worse, and we have spent hundreds of hours working to resolve issues since January 2017.

No other town council puts in the effort the SRCA does to help the community. We are not sharing this information to brag, we are letting you know how we spend your membership dollars. This is an example of how we make Scripps Ranch our priority. No one else does.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President 

Join the 4th of July Parade

Scripps Ranch and the SRCA will celebrate the 48th year of the 4th of July Parade—we’re getting close to our Golden Anniversary! What an awesome community in which we live!

The theme this year is “Stars, Stripes & Dreams.” Be creative and join the fun! Come up with your own take on the theme and enter in the category of: Float, Performing Group, Car Club Group, Youth Group, Marching Group, or Decorated Vehicle. Impress the judges and you could win best in category.

The fun starts on Wednesday, July 4, at 10 am on Ironwood Road at Red Cedar Drive and continues on the traditional route, ending up on Scripps Ranch Boulevard near Vons. A parade route map will be in upcoming SRCA Newsletters.

If you plan to put out chairs or blankets early, please keep items behind the sidewalk, particularly on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. The route has to be accessible to pedestrians prior to the event.

We’ve brought back free ice cream to the parade! Be sure to stop by and get one, while supplies last, near the Chase and Wells Fargo banks on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Thank you to the Scripps Ranch Theatre and the SRCA for sponsoring the free ice cream.

We are trying something new this year and encourage you to submit your entry form online. It’s fast, easy, and makes organizing the event much simpler. Submit your entry today at! For those who prefer submitting a paper entry, you can download the form at the same web address and mail it to us. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 20.

Many local and state dignitaries—the mayor, congress member, council member, county supervisor, school principals, and others—participate in our 4th of July Parade. The SRCA sponsors the parade and provides the convertibles and drivers for the dignitaries.

Where do those cars come from? Our great residents! If you own a convertible, please consider volunteering your car and yourself—to drive—in this year’s parade. It’s a perfect way to help out the SRCA, show your community pride, and show off that great looking car you own! Please contact me at [email protected] to help. It’s a lot of fun!

Also, we need volunteers to be parade marshals. What do parade marshals do? They walk alongside the entrants to help set the pace. It’s a great way to be in the parade, help out the SRCA, and get an official SRCA Parade T-shirt! Afterward, when you’re out and about wearing your T-shirt, other residents will know you were part of the Parade Committee. If you’d like to be a parade marshal, please email [email protected] Thank you!

Gary Clark, Parade Chair

Second Friday Lecture

  • The History of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, and Poway
  • Friday, May 11, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This interesting and entertaining talk about San Diego’s history will focus on the history of Scripps Ranch and the surrounding areas. No matter how long you have lived here, you’ll learn many new things about the people and events that shaped our neighborhood! Our speaker once again will be the popular Linda A. Canada, on behalf of the San Diego History Center. This event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required. We will have snacks and drinks!

SRCA Community Meet & Greet

  • Saturday, May 19
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Don’t miss it! See the centerfold in this Newsletter for details. For information, email [email protected]

Resources: Dental Care

The websites below provide information on affordable dental care. The cost may be free or on a sliding scale based on income.


Garden Talks

Evergreen Nursery

  • Saturday, May 5, 10 am
  • 13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130
  • Gardening Seminar Just For Kids ages 6–12

Ideal for kids who love to garden. They will bring home a bowl planted with flowers. Adults must accompany children.


  • Saturday, May 19, 10 am
  • Waterwise Landscaping with Succulents and Natives

Create a beautiful landscape with succulents and natives without it looking like a desert. It can be done.


Water Conservation Garden

  • Saturday, May 5, 10 am–noon
  • Irrigation 101
  • 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, 92019

Landscape designer Jan Tubiolo discusses how to manage the water you give your plants through the set up and maintenance of your irrigation system, as well as appropriate timing for sprinklers. Free!

I Love A Clean San Diego

  • Waste 101: On the Go Workshop
  • Saturday, May 5, 10 am–noon
  • Encinitas Union School District Farm Lab, 441 Quail Gardens Road, Encinitas, 92024

Learn how to set yourself up for zero waste success while on the go at this free workshop! Visit educational booths, participate in hands-on activities, and bring in gently used items to donate and participate in the Swap ‘n’ Shop! There will be raffles for sustainable prizes.

Solar for Homeowners

  • Wednesday, May 23, 6–8:30 pm
  • 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100 Discovery Room, 92123

Topics will include:

  • Calculating your home’s energy use
  • Properly sizing a solar system to meet your unique needs
  • Researching and comparing solar contractors
  • Evaluating a contractor bid

West Sycamore Events

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


Volunteer Crew

First Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, May 6, 8 am

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


Nature Walk

Third Sundays of the Month

  • Sunday, May 20, 8 am

Join ranger Andrew for a 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and bottled water. More information is at


Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

Fourth Fridays of the month

  • Friday, May 25, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Energy Notes

Electric vehicle owners can apply for credit from $50 to $200. Applications and qualifications can be found at

Bob Ilko
SRCA President