President’s Report

Be Ready

It’s October and we know that means the peak of fire season. This October brings the 15th anniversary of the Cedar Fire that devastated our community.

It’s time to check your “ready go bags”—your emergency kits—to make sure they have fresh supplies. I cleaned out our kit a few years ago and found clothes for our children…who were then adults. It would have been a little funny to see them try to squeeze into shirts that were too small.

Also check the “Use By” date for the food and water. Make sure the medical supplies are still usable. We highly encourage you to go to to see the Scripps Ranch Emergency Evacuation Map. It directs you to an assigned exit route.

We worked with police and the city’s Office of Homeland Security to create this plan. Nothing is perfect but it is a guide for anticipated issues. If there is an evacuation, please comply with all directions from law enforcement. Also, the way evacuations are handled can change due to the situation.

The last things to remember are to be well insured and get out as early as possible. Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave. Nothing in your house is worth your life. Your home can be rebuilt, just like the more than 300 homes destroyed in the Cedar Fire. We recognize fire survivors went through an incredibly difficult situation but they are alive. We want you to be here, because it is not a matter of if, but when the next fire hits.

Pomerado Still Unpaved

The never-ending saga of SDG&E construction work seems to be ending, but the road is still unpaved. Many residents have reached out to the SRCA about the road conditions. Over the past 24 months, we have received and answered more than 700 emails about the transmission line construction work. From day one, the SRCA and Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) have forcibly advocated for the repaving of Pomerado Road.

We are working hard to get it done. The issue is straight forward but the path to getting the decision makers to agree has not been straight. I must give credit to Todd Voorhees, SDG&E’s public affairs manager, for making every effort to make things right when possible. We exchange emails, phone calls, and texts at all hours of the day and night. Check out page 12 for the latest on the unacceptable road conditions on Pomerado Road between Interstate 15 and Willow Creek Road.

Bob Dingeman Scholarships

The SRCA honors community leader Bob Dingeman by awarding Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) seniors with financial scholarships. Applications are due soon. We give the scholarship in time for the student(s) to list the award as an honor on college applications. The scholarship is in the spirit of Col. Bob Dingeman in that it is for academics and volunteerism. Past awardees have succeeded in college and in their professions.

Do you have a son or daughter who wants to be part of the Scripps Ranch tradition and legacy? The SRHS counseling office has the applications

Advertise with Us!

The SRCA Newsletter is the most important tangible thing that the SRCA does. It was once called the “Green Book” and is the definitive word about what is happening in Scripps Ranch. While we can’t call it the “Green Book” anymore, we will continue to bring you the latest news, events, personal stories, and information that is relevant to you, but now in color!

If you have a business, advertise in the SRCA Newsletter! Contact our business relations manager, Matt Wolforth, at [email protected] to help you with advertising ideas. We also offer first-time discounts for multiple listings.

If you have an ad ready to go, email our Newsletter’s advertising manager, Melissa Allman, at [email protected]! Our rates are very reasonable and our reach into the community is deep.

Help Clean Up Our Trails

Evelyn and Naomi from Girl Scout troop 2057 are doing a Silver Award project to clean up the trails and parks in Scripps Ranch as part of SRCA Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. The girls want to coordinate volunteers to clean up their favorite trail or park. Please email them at [email protected] to help! A website also is being prepared with more information, so check out

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Brian and Kathy Allmans: Very Special Residents

[Editor’s note: While SRCA president emeritus Bob Dingeman signed off last month on his What’s Happening column, we hoped he would still send in articles at his convenience. He wanted to thank a special Scripps Ranch family for the decades they gave to the community.]

It is with a great sense of gratitude for all their work as residents that we send another special thanks to the Allman family for all their hard work for the Ranch. Brian, as the then-financial officer for the Caterpillar company, handled all the SRCA financial business for decades. Even when he was transferred to Europe for a few years, he still did the job.

I remember once when I was the SRCA president—about 30 years ago!—I was given the task to produce the SRCA Newsletter one month without warning. I scrambled to get it done only to find that our printer was carrying the SRCA for a debt of $6,000 and had been doing so for months! It seemed that the advertising fees that were needed to pay the printer had not been collected. At the time the Newsletter was not under the purview of the treasurer.

Kathy and Brian Allman stepped up and in two months collected the past dues and paid off our debt. From there on out, Kathy handled the advertising. After decades, she “retired” and their daughter took over. Without this fabulous family’s efforts the SRCA Newsletter would not have been published. The Allmans handled the situation with the same skills they brought to the rest of their wonderful volunteer contributions to the Ranch. Thank you!

Bob Dingeman

Second Friday Lecture

  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Friday, Oct. 12, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers in the world for ocean, earth, and atmospheric science research, education, and public service. Its research includes physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans, earth, and planets. Scripps undergraduate and graduate programs provide educational and research opportunities in many fields, as well as degrees in climate science and policy and marine biodiversity and conservation. For more information, visit

Join us for another in this popular series of lectures. A Scripps researcher will discuss research, recent advances in their field, and broader activities being conducted at the facility. This event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP or reservation required.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Memory Loss 101
  • Friday, Oct. 19, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This presentation by Alzheimer’s San Diego is free and open to the public. We will have a comprehensive overview about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and other types of dementias. Learn about risk factors, signs and symptoms, and next steps if you’re concerned.

There are 84,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in San Diego County, and more than 250,000 people who love and care for them. Alzheimer’s San Diego ensures that no San Diegan has to face this disease alone. The group is a local and independent nonprofit organization with deep roots in the community.

It helps families impacted by dementia by providing a range of programs and services—all free! It also supports San Diego scientists who are working to find a cure through research and by connecting people with clinical trials. One hundred percent of all donations stay in San Diego County to help the community. For more information about Alzheimer’s San Diego, please visit

San Diego’s Largest Alzheimer’s Walk

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, check in: 6:30 am; walk: 8 am
  • Balboa Park at Park Boulevard and President’s Way

Every October Alzheimer’s San Diego walks to raise money to support free services for families affected by dementia and to fund research to help find a cure. Last year nearly 3,000 people joined Walk4ALZ. Let’s make 2018 Walk4ALZ even bigger and better! FOX 5’s Kathleen Bade returns as emcee.

The walk route is 2.75 miles, with shorter routes available. Please walk as much or as little as you’d like. To view the route and for more information, go to and click on Balboa Park Walk4ALZ.

Please note that Alzheimer’s San Diego has held two walks for years, one in Balboa Park and another at Oceanside Pier. This year there will be only one. Due to a major construction project, the city of Oceanside is not allowing any events near the Oceanside Pier. All Oceanside walkers are invited to join the Balboa Park event. We hope to see you there!

Dementia Patients with Guns

Family members with advancing dementia may have firearms for protection, reminders of military service or careers in law enforcement, or as a hobby. They may be reluctant to give them up.

Alzheimer’s San Diego has a new program that makes it easy for people with dementia to keep their firearms and be safe. Families with a dementia patient can request a free gun lock by calling Alzheimer’s San Diego at 858-492-4400.

The gun lock fits all types of firearms and is secured around the weapon with a padlock and key. It is bright red providing a visual cue that the gun is disabled.

Senior Living Tour

  • The Glen at Scripps Ranch
  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 pm

A new Continuing Life retirement community is coming to Scripps Ranch. The Glen will offer more than 20 floor plans for independent living, including apartment-style homes and villas—single-family homes with attached garages. The Glen’s main campus will include many amenities, including a putting green, bocce ball courts, pool and spa, a billiards room, fitness center, and card rooms.

The community also will feature a complete package of services, activities, amenities, and food options. There will be convenient access to the adjacent health center for assisted living, memory care, and long-term care in a skilled nursing center, if ever needed.

We will meet at The Glen at Scripps Ranch information center at 9903 Businesspark Avenue, Suite 104 on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5 pm. We will see scale models and get an update about the status of construction, plus information about the campus features, floor plans, pricing, and how to reserve your spot. Reservations are required. To request a reservation, please email [email protected] If you do not have email, you may call 858-397-5747, Option 1, and leave a message.

Sustainable Scripps Ranch in October

Please check our website for updates.

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Free Ride Day

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, all fixed route MTS buses and all three trolley lines will be free to ride! Get more information at

Evergreen Nursery

  • Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 am
  • 13650 Carmel Valley Road
  • San Diego, 92130

The topic will be Waterwise Landscaping with Succulents and Natives. Create a beautiful landscape with succulents and natives without it looking like a desert.

Sunshine Care

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:30 am
  • 12725 Monte Vista Road
  • Poway, 92064
  • Topic: Companion Planting

Solar for Homeowners

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 6–8 pm
  • Center for Sustainable Energy
  • 3980 Sherman Street, Suite #170
  • San Diego, 92110

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 or contract

For more information, please visit

Free Recycled Water

  • June through November
  • Tuesdays, 9 am–1 pm; Saturdays, 8 am–2 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Business Park
  • 10139 Meanley Drive

For more information, visit

West Sycamore Events

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

Volunteer Crew—1st Sundays

  • Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 am

Get your exercise and help improve your park. Bring gloves and a hat and wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For more information, please contact ranger Andrew at [email protected]

Nature Walk—3rd Sundays

  • Sunday, Oct. 21, 8 am

Join ranger Andrew Miller for a 90-minute guided nature walk, focused on the plant communities and animals found in the area. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and water. For more information and updates, visit

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch—

3rd Fridays

  • Friday, Oct. 19, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Please note the new date—it is no longer on the fourth Friday. Please park on the street and walk in. Visit for details.


  • Ensure your emergency preparedness kit is up to date. #PrepareNow #espsdge
  • Save yourself a phone call and use online options for information on planned and unplanned power outages. #espsdge
  • Stay in the know. Take steps to keep your home and family safe from fire. #PrepareNow #espsdge
  • Looking to recycle electronics, video and audio tapes, cables, floppy and zip discs, cameras, ink cartridges, and more? Check out Update Green at, located at 7887 Dunbrook Road. Find other places to recycle at
  • Project Wildlife encourages you to trim trees in the fall when they are dormant. Spring and summer pruning can devastate nesting birds and bats and create a greater chance of damage and possible diseases to trees.

Bob Ilko

SRCA President