President’s Report

Get for Fun on the 4th

I know it’s only June, but the SRCA already has spent months planning the community’s grandest event of the year—the 4th of July Parade and festivities. The Old Pros have the run and bike races with the best Beer Garden in the county. I can attest to that! The SRCA hosts the parade that is truly as American as apple pie and Mom.

The parade is family, friends, and neighbors. It is seeing young kids marching, the Scripps Ranch High School band and cheer teams, U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, classic cars, dignitaries, police and firefighter appreciation, Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class lawn mowers, and a whole bunch of great people. We love to see longtime residents return every year, and we welcome first- timers. The parade is commercial free and all about America. See you on the 4th!

I will be in the parade somehow for my 27th year. For more details on this year’s event, check out pages 28 and 29.

We Love Scripps Ranch

I want to thank everyone who has become an SRCA member in 2018. We can’t do what we do for the good of the community without your financial support. If you haven’t joined yet, please do so at! Membership is as little as $30. Your generosity is appreciated and supports your community.

We make Scripps Ranch our number one priority. If you would like to volunteer to be on the SRCA Board, we have some openings. Please email me at [email protected] for details.

Special Dedication

Jed Petty was larger than life. He understood that life is precious and should be enjoyed. He seemed to always have a smile, a joke, and a cocktail for you. So many people, including me, loved seeing him going around the Symphony in the Park events like a bee to flowers. He was so loved that the Symphony in the Park’s 2018 season is dedicated to him. Check out page 15 for more. Jed, we miss you!

Residents Ask You To…

Residents have contacted the SRCA to request a couple of things recently. One is to ask drivers to slow down on our Scripps Ranch streets. I have been guilty of not watching my speed, and we encourage you to be mindful of the speed limit and not be distracted while driving.

The other requests concerns off-leash dogs. Not everyone walking on sidewalks, in our beautiful canyons, or in our parks is comfortable with dogs approaching them off leash. Also, when you bag your dog’s waste, please throw the bag in a trash can and not in the bushes or on the trail. It is not biodegradable.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Live Well Scripps Ranch!

May 8 was declared “Scripps Ranch Civic Association Live Well San Diego Day” in San Diego County! The County Board of Supervisors commended the SRCA for its outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to the health and wellness of Scripps Ranch residents.

The proclamation, made at the SRCA Board meeting (above), was in recognition of the SRCA becoming a Live Well San Diego partner. Live Well San Diego is the county’s vision for a region that is building better health, living safely, and thriving. It aligns the efforts of individuals, organizations, and the government to help residents live well. Community leaders and residents identify and prioritize needs, plan improvements, and hold activities to improve the health, safety, and overall well-being of residents and communities.

By becoming a Live Well San Diego partner, the SRCA will have opportunities to share events, activities, best practices, and results on Live Well San Diego social media, local television, radio, online, and at various events.

More specifically, by becoming a Live Well San Diego partner, your SRCA will gain increased visibility for the SRCA throughout the county regarding the many services and activities the SRCA undertakes or sponsors. We will gain a broader perspective about recognized principles and best practices of “living well.” This perspective will help the SRCA in its work to make Scripps Ranch its number one priority.

Our thanks to the SRCA Long-Term Planning Committee and chair Larry Peranich. They realized the value of the SRCA becoming a Live Well San Diego partner and worked to achieve that goal.

Second Friday Lecture

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Friday, June 8, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Join us for another in this very popular series of lectures. A researcher from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) will discuss research, recent advances in the field, and broader activities being conducted at SIO. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Rethinking Home—Benefits to Rightsizing Your Home & Lifestyle
  • Friday, June 15, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Are you an empty nester? Is your home filled with years of memories? Are those stairs harder to navigate? What now? Explore the options that will allow you to age in your home safely while learning about the world of senior communities—from independent to assisted living.

Learn how to utilize Propositions 60 and 90—transfer of base-year value—what a “reverse mortgage” is, and the meaning of “rightsizing.” Enhance your quality of life as you navigate the aging process by being clear on the personal and financial decisions that need to be made.

Our presenters will be the Senior Stay or Go team of Ronald Greenwald and Patti Gerke. Ron Greenwald, MBA, senior real estate specialist (SRES), has a strong financial background. Besides his real estate practice, Ron works with nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations to advocate for seniors in San Diego County.

Patti Gerke, MBA, SRES, focuses her real estate practice on working with seniors, their families, and a team of professionals to maximize one’s quality of life. Patti says, “It is not just about the real estate…it is all about the quality of life.”

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

CarFit Event

  • Wednesday, June 20, 10 am–2 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

A proper fit in one’s vehicle can greatly increase the driver’s safety and the safety of others. CarFit is a free, interactive, and educational program developed by AARP that shows participants how to make their vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility. At the CarFit event you will:

  • Review 12 areas of your fit, such as adequate space from the steering wheel, proper seat belt use, and properly adjusted head restraints
  • Learn how to use and adjust your safety devices

Each checkup takes about 20 minutes—this is not a driving test or mechanical inspection. Please sign up at or call Stephanie Keith at 858-673-7331. Appointment spaces are limited.

Senior Living Tour

  • Sunshine Care, Poway
  • Tuesday, June 26

Sunshine Care is a memory care community specializing in dementia and Alzheimer’s. They have 27 years experience caring for people like your spouse, mom, or dad. They say they are the only community in the state that provides four levels of progressive care designed to support residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s through every phase of the disease in separate locations.

The 32-acre campus is filled with beautiful walking paths and lush gardens. It includes seven luxury homes—where residents live in small groups under the care of highly trained live-in staff—plus two additional buildings for residents with advanced stages of the disease.

They have some of the most innovative cognitive therapy programs in the dementia care industry. Those include the extremely popular horticulture program, nationally acclaimed intergenerational program, and their cutting-edge Older Wiser Learners Society program, which offers ongoing classes taught by a certified cognitive stimulation instructor.

We will have a tour and lunch. We will meet at the facility on Tuesday, June 26, promptly at 11:30 am. We will drive ourselves to Sunshine Care on Monte Vista Road, Poway, 92064. Take Pomerado Road north through Poway and look for Monte Vista Road just before Pomerado Hospital. Turn right onto Monte Vista Road, go up the hill to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road and park. A shuttle will take as to the various buildings.

Reservations are required. Please note that this is a memory care community only, and there is no independent living. To make a reservation or for more details, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 858-397-5747, option 1, to leave a message.

Thank You 50 Plus Partners

Recently SRCA 50 Plus chair, Rob Holmes, and vice chair, Lenore Evenson, visited the headquarters for ElderHelp of San Diego and Alzheimer’s San Diego. Each organization was presented a Certificate of Appreciation from SRCA 50 Plus recognizing their outstanding support of the Scripps Ranch community, as well as a donation from SRCA 50 Plus.

Several years ago ElderHelp, in partnership with the SRCA, expanded the region in which they provide services to include Scripps Ranch. Since then, they have provided individualized services, assistance, information, and referrals to help seniors age with dignity, all through donations only—there are no fees.

Alzheimer’s San Diego partners with SRCA 50 Plus to regularly provide speakers at our monthly Aging Successfully in Scripps Ranch lectures. Their speakers cover everything from the basics about dementia, estate planning, how to get caregiver support, how to deal with the many personality and behavior issues that may arise with dementia patients, and many more.

They also keep Scripps Ranch residents informed about expert assistance, social activities, and support groups that are available through Alzheimer’s San Diego. To quote the Certificates of Appreciation: “We couldn’t do it without you!” 

SSR and 50 Plus Event


  • Wednesday, June 20, 10 am–2 pm

See the 50 Plus article on page 7.

Armstrong Nursery

  • 9939 Carmel Mountain Rd., 92129
  • Saturday, June 2, 10 am

Provide a garden habitat for pollinators. Find out what works best for California. Bring your backyard to life, as butterflies add beauty and usefulness to your garden.

I Love A Clean San Diego

  • 3rd Annual Zero Waste Fair
  • Saturday, June 2, 10 am–1 pm
  • EUSD Farm Lab, 441 Quail Gardens Road, Encinitas, 92024

Join ILACSD as they team up with the city of Encinitas to bring you their free Zero Waste Fair! Check out for more information.

San Diego Bike Coalition: Smart Cycling Program

  • Tuesday, June 5, 6–9 pm
  • 10185 McKellar Court, Qualcomm, Building R, 92121

This is a great chance to learn how to ride safely! League of American Bicyclists certified instructors will share their knowledge and make sure you are comfortable riding on the road and in traffic. All experience levels will benefit.

This classroom session is part one of the Smart Cycling program. You will register for a Road Session II to complete the full Smart Cycling program.

  • Session II
  • Saturday, June 9, 9 am–3 pm
  • Mira Mesa Recreation Center Bike map:

Solar for Homeowners

  • Thursday, June 21, 6–8:30 pm
  • 9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 100 Discovery Room, 92123

Design for Homeowners Workshop

  • Saturday, June 23, 10 am–1 pm
  • Free, space is limited, sign up early
  • Rancho Peñasquitos Library, 13330 Salmon River Road, 92129

Taught by a local landscape expert, this workshop will teach you:

  • How to convert your turf area to a water-efficient landscape
  • How to analyze your yard, identify soil, remove turf, irrigate efficiently
  • How to create a professional landscape, planting and irrigation designs ready for installation!

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

  • Tuesday, June 26, 5:45 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Several master gardeners will discuss earth-friendly gardens and a hands-on microgreen class. Please RSVP to [email protected]

Sustainable Tips

  • The National Park Service says Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day, which rarely get recycled and often end up in the ocean. Will you reduce your use?
  • Purchase a qualifying smart thermostat and get an in-store $75 rebate from SDG&E. Learn more at #espsdge
  • Increase the performance of your heating and cooling system. The AC Quality Care Program provides trained contractors. Sign up and get a $250 rebate with the option to receive a system assessment. Cost is $50. Visit

Bob Ilko
SRCA President