President’s Report

Labor of Love!

We want to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the SRCA 4th of July Parade. The weather was as good as it gets and so was the parade. There were new entries and old beloved standards.

To pull this off it takes dozens of people working behind the scenes for the sound equipment, truck rentals, convertibles, banners, street signs, staging, dignitary coordination, insurance, permits, electrical power, and traffic control. The Old Pros helped, as well as Scripps Ranch Boy Scouts.

Under the direction of Mark Schecter, boy scouts put out 325 “No Parking signs”—no easy feat with 975 pieces of equipment and signs—then picked them all up again, in addition to 110 barricades (above). This work happens three days before the 4th and immediately after the parade. A great number of people gave up their time to help us celebrate. A special thank you to our corporate parade sponsor, San Diego County Credit Union, for its generosity and support of the parade.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers! Scouts, parents, scout staff: Bill Boggs, Conrad Buck, Eric Buck, Andy Calkins, Nick Calkins, Blan Cox, Daniel Cox, Joshua Cox, Dr. Ed Fields, Duane Maxwell, Robert Maxwell, Scoutmaster Art Nagano, Kieran Nagano, Nicholas Pierce, Patrick Pierce, David Wakefield, Edward Wakefield, James Wakefield, Michelle Wakefield, and Sophia Wakefield.

Volunteers and parade marshals: Gary Clark—committee chair, Mark Schecter, Victoria Mazelli, Barb Waller, Elissa Barber, Luis Fergoso, Greg Elliot, Andy Nicholas, Loren Achenbach, Bob Guarjardo, Marc Sorensen, Jim Caughey, Larry Peranich, Lori Erlenbach, Helen Plutner, Art Ansert, Judith Chapman, Keshav Gopinath, Barb Waller, Tim Hurley, Dorothy Mildice, Terry McKearney, Richard Kelly, Mark Smolin, Tamara Hurley, Gloria McKearney, Rene Buck, Steve Foster, Martha Castiglia, Joe Kloberdanz, Erin Mercer, Jeannie Foster, Rich Horowitz, and Debbie Honeycutt.

We could not have done this without all of you! Thank you!

Your Source for News

On July 6 around 3:45 pm the SRCA was called about a brush fire in East Miramar, which is south of Mission Preserve Place in StoneBridge Estates. The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Fire Department first noticed smoke at 3 pm when they were doing fire training—no flames and not a controlled burn.

The SRCA immediately went into action to marshal our sources to verify the information with city and state agencies. We had a team of four working the phones and social media to inform the community for several stressful hours. The 25-acre fire grew to 100 acres in a couple of hours but was stopped due to an aggressive attack with helicopter water drops.

Thousands of residents joined the conversation on the SRCA Facebook page. Some asked for information; others shared what they saw, heard, and smelled. We heard from Caroline, who lives off Creek Road: “You guys were absolutely the best info I could find. Was waiting for news [whether] it was time to haul out and I kept coming back to see what info you had. Was better than anywhere else!!!!”

Please follow the SRCA Facebook page—search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association”—for community news, alerts, events, accomplishments, photos, stories, and all things Scripps Ranch.

Development Update

The Renzulli property—40 square acres adjacent to Cypress Canyon Park—was under contract with the Phair Company, but the developer withdrew from the deal. That means the property again is for sale for $20 million.

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) oversees this area and will hear from anyone who purchases it. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association is assisting the SRPG to assemble a list of interested residents who want to know more about the potential projects on this property. If you would like to be included, please email me at [email protected]

Lend Your Support

The SRCA brought on a business relationship manager to help us with SRCA Newsletter advertising, event sponsorships, and corporate support. If you have a business that wants to advertise with the us—and reach 11,400 homes every month—or want to sponsor an event, please email me at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Fabulous 4th

I hope everyone had a “blast” at the 48th Annual SRCA “Stars, Stripes, & Dreams” 4th of July Parade. This year’s event was one of the longest in recent memory. In typical Scripps Ranch fashion, residents cheered more than 50 entrants. Parade-goers enjoyed free ice cream, courtesy of the Scripps Ranch Theatre and SRCA.

Each year the parade committee works hard to make the event better than previous years. We took to heart all the comments we received about last year’s parade, making sure we had the Marine Corps Color Guard, SRHS Band, Colorguard, and cheerleaders, and other entrants.

We welcome your feedback on this year’s event. Please email your suggestions to [email protected] The participation and enthusiasm we get from residents is truly what makes our parade “one of the best small town 4th of July parades in San Diego!” The parade winners for best in category can be found in the next article.

Finally, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the people who make the SRCA 4th of July Parade possible: the residents who volunteer their time as marshals; dignitary drivers; judges; boy scouts who help with the traffic barricades; 4th of July Parade Committee; and, most importantly, the SRCA. Our sense of community is what makes Scripps Ranch truly remarkable!

Gary Clark, 4th of July Committee Chair

Parade Winners

The SRCA thanks all who took part in the parade. Congrats to the winners.


  • 1st—Loire Valley, see page 29
  • 2nd—Cub Scout Pack 616

Car Club Group

  • 1st—Corvette Club
  • 2nd—Model A Club
  • 3rd—Bombshell Betty Jeeps

Decorated Vehicle

  • 1st—Ural Sidecar Motorcycle
  • 2nd—Scripps Mesa RSVP
  • 3rd—Mira Mesa Fireworks Stars and Stripes

Marching Group

  • 1st—SRHS Band
  • 2nd—Golden Retrievers, owners

Performing Group

  • 1st—SRHS Falcon Corps, Colorguard, and cheerleaders
  • 2nd—Fitness Quest 10 Star Spangled Training
  • 3rd—Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class

Youth Group

  • 1st—Scripps Ranch Softball
  • 2nd—Girl Scouts
  • 3rd—Dingeman Students

Thank you to our parade judges: Victoria Mazelli, chair; Roger Boates; Claude Braunstein; and Paul Lichenstein. For more parade winner pictures, please go to We’ll see you next year!

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • JFS Programs for Aging Successfully
  • Friday, Aug. 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Come learn about the Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Aging and Wellness Division. It is an integrated and comprehensive support network of programs that maximize the independence, dignity, and quality of life for older adults and their families. The programs include JFS Fix-It, Foodmobile, and Care Management. In addition, JFS operates four Social and Wellness Centers throughout the San Diego region.

The JFS Aging and Wellness Division addresses the age-friendly community areas of transportation, social participation, community support, and health services. JFS is unique because it utilizes existing networks to increase access to social participation and community support and health services, improve health outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

Our speaker will be Meredith Morgenroth, JFS’ director of Social and Wellness Services. She oversees two older adult Social and Wellness Centers, the JFS Alzheimer’s disease initiative, and the award-winning transportation program, On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults. She is a native San Diegan, with an in depth knowledge of the community and resources for older adults.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the programs and services available to all of us in Scripps Ranch. The lecture is free and open to all. RSVPs or reservations are not needed.

Senior Living Tour

  • Casa de Mañana, La Jolla
  • Monday, Aug. 20, 11 am
  • Meet at SRCA Community Center

Imagine being at home in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. Welcome to Casa de Mañana, an award-winning retirement resort community in La Jolla, the jewel of the Southern California coastline. Bask in breathtaking scenery, wander through the village, and socialize with friends. Enjoy upscale retirement resort living, with a world of culture, recreation, and learning right next door. No wonder Casa de Mañana has been voted “Best Retirement Community” in San Diego! Ocean view accommodations and retirement villas are available in both independent living and assisted living apartments and villas.

Unlike other communities that offer similar services, Casa de Mañana requires no large, up-front entrance fees. Monthly fees include dining, weekly housekeeping, recreation, scheduled transportation, and other services. Monthly fees range from $3,440 for a studio to $10,400 for a two-bedroom villa.

We will meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Monday, Aug. 20, at 11 am. The bus departs promptly at 11:15 am. We will have a tour and lunch. Space is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, please contact SRCA 50 Plus at [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 858-397-5747 if you do not have email.

Resources: Free eBooks

Project Gutenberg offers more than 57,000 free eBooks. They include the world’s greatest literature with a focus on older works for which copyright has expired. No fee or registration is required and no custom apps are needed, just regular web browsers or eBook readers. For more information, visit

50 Plus Volunteers Needed

Want to get involved in the exciting programs and activities organized by SRCA 50 Plus? Go to and click on “SRCA 50 Plus Volunteers” to see the ways you can help. Or email us at [email protected] for more information. Thank you!

Weed Cloth

While there are lots of great garden products on the market, some are questionable. Weed cloth is one of the questionable items. Is it good or bad? Mulch alone accomplishes the same thing. For more, go to

Free Recycled Water

Get free recycled water for landscape irrigation, non-drinking purposes, and power washing. It’s available at the recycled water fill station in the Scripps Ranch Business Park, 10139 Meanley Drive, from June through November.

  • Tuesdays, 9 am–1 pm
  • Saturdays, 8 am–2 pm

For more information, visit

Walter Andersen Nursery

12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 92064

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 9:30–10:30 am
  • Composting and Compost Tea
  • Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30–10:30 am
  • Success Begins in the Soil with Brian Robert


  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 9:30–10:30 am
  • Summer Lawn Care with Richard Wright


  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 9:30–10:30 am
  • Vegetable and Fruit Lore with George Allmon

Evergreen Nursery

13650 Carmel Valley Road, 92130

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 am
  • Prescription Landscaping

This is an interesting look at unsuspecting ways your landscape can improve the health of you, your family, and the planet with different plant choices and placement.

West Sycamore Events

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

  • Friday, Aug. 24, sunset, rain or clouds cancel


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Bob Ilko
SRCA President