President’s Report

Persistence Pays Off

As you will see in mid-November SDG&E is expected to repave the remaining segment of Pomerado Road from Avenida Magnifica to Interstate 15 after its installation of the Sycamore-Peñasquitos electrical transmission line. The SRCA was instrumental in making this happen by developing a positive working relationship with SDG&E over the past two years. It was a sustained and dedicated effort to establish expectations and build trust.

In complex construction projects it takes time and diligence to accomplish what needs to be done. There are many moving parts and components on the city’s side and on SDG&E that need to come into alignment. There are permits, contracts, regulations, and a human aspect. While things don’t always happen immediately, we were patient and confident.

The SRCA did not believe that we had to resort to petitions, mass letter writing, press exposure, or banging fists on the table to get Pomerado Road repaved. We systematically worked the phones, used our personal contacts, and wrote emails throughout the past two years to see that the work was done properly.

As SRCA president I logged more than 750 emails on this project alone. Given the commitment to seeing this project done correctly has yielded positive results for the community.

Education Excellence

The SRCA established its Scripps Ranch Schools Committee (SRSC) four decades ago to bring together principals, parent organizations, and community groups on a regular basis. The SRSC’s mission is to improve the communication between everyone, share information as to what works and what doesn’t, find solutions to problems, and make our children’s lives better. We are a model for other parts of the school district to create similar committees.

The SRCA has always supported our schools, parents, students, teachers, and administration. The investment in time and effort is valuable, and it’s a large part of why Scripps Ranch is a wonderful place to live. In addition to the number one goal of giving our kids an excellent education, great schools help keep our home values strong. See pages 28 and 29 for more information about this unique group.

New Development

The Alliant International University property is under contract for sale with KB Homes, and the SRCA wants to make sure that your concerns are addressed. As we have for decades, we provide the decision makers—such as the city and developer—with any issues you may have about a new project. We also provide you information to help you make an informed decision as to whether to oppose or support a development. Check out the Scripps Ranch Planning Group article on page 17 for more details.

KB Homes is in the due diligence portion of their agreement with the property owner and has opened dialogue with the community as to what might be included in the project. The SRCA is committed to making sure your voice is heard by the developer, planning group, city staff, planning commission, and City Council. To make that happen we encourage you to sign up for a special email interest list for information and meeting dates. Email me at [email protected]

Community Changes

With the potential sale of the Alliant property, what becomes of the basketball center and the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT)? We are concerned about their future as we know the importance of these two entities to the community.

Alliant spends more than $1.5 million per year on facility maintenance and improvements, which takes away funds that could be used more productively. We hope Alliant, the basketball center, and SRT find new and improved facilities in Scripps Ranch. They have been good community partners for nearly 50 years.

The Rumors are True!

Nutmeg Cafe is opening a restaurant in Scripps Ranch at the former Pick Up Stix location on Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road, across the parking lot from the new Public House 131. We were very exited to see that gastropub open last month!

Drew Hoffos, the owner of Nutmeg Cafe, says they are in the early stages of the project. There are no construction plans yet, and the city is slow in the permitting process. It should open in 2019.

Drew is working on menu ideas and it should be wonderful! The cafe is an artisan bakery with casual food, and they work with local farmers. They likely will have a variety of offerings, including a menu with vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free foods.

Graffiti Gone

The amount of graffiti in our community has diminished over the past couple of months. The SRCA has documented, reported, and removed three occurrences recently. All of it was on the trail between Eastglen Street and Semillon Boulevard.

We get to it within an hour or so when it is reported to us. We do it rather than wait for the city because we make Scripps Ranch our priority. If you see any graffiti or damage, please report it to us at [email protected]

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Save the Date!

Everyone is invited to an event that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Join us at the Second Annual Holiday Concert and Social Hour hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library.

This free event will include holiday music featuring the Bella Voci singing group, sing-alongs to your favorite holiday songs, performances by students from the Scripps Performing Arts Academy, and music you can dance to from the Scripps Ranch Blues and Folk Group. Of course, there will be holiday food and libations.It’s a party you don’t want to miss! Look for more details in the December SRCA Newsletter.

Second Friday Lecture

  • Identity Theft
  • Friday, Nov. 9, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Is someone using your information to open accounts, make payments, or claim your income tax refunds? Are you sure? Identity theft is a potential problem for everyone—from children to seniors. This presentation will be about general identity theft. We will cover basic information, scams, its emotional impact, and tips to minimize risks.

You also will learn about the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)—visit The ITRC is a nonprofit that provides a call center at 888-400-5530, with victim assistance at no cost. It also publishes data breach reports and educates consumers, corporations, government agencies, and other organizations on best practices for fraud and identity theft detection, reduction, and mitigation.

Our speaker, Randy Lawrence, retired from law enforcement after 30 years. Specializing in identity theft Randy has published magazine articles and taught courses on the subject. He worked with the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, a national network of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies pursuing cases involving child abuse and exploitation via the internet. Prior to this he worked on the Computer and Technology Crime High Tech Response Team (CATCH) Task Force, a multi-agency effort dedicated to investigating internet crimes and advanced technology. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Identity Theft Victim’s Assistance Network and is part of the ITRC speaker’s bureau in San Diego.

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

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Assisted Living 101
  • Friday, Nov. 16, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Do you know what Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) are? You should, since RCFE is the proper name for any “assisted living” or “board and care” facility—a non-medical place that provides a level of care that includes assistance with activities of daily living.

This presentation will be by the California Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR). Learn more at The name of the organization should make it clear that there might be some things about RCFEs that you should know before you or a loved one enters such a facility. The presentation will cover:

  • What is CARR, what do advocates do, and why and how do they do it?
  • Assisted Living 101: What is an RCFE? Who licenses the care model? What are the regulatory gaps CARR sees and investigates? How do CARR legislative reform proposals try to improve resident health and safety in assisted living facilities throughout the state?
  • Tools for learning about assisted living and their reliability

Our speaker, Christine Murphy, has a Master of Science degree in gerontology from San Diego State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from Cal State Long Beach, and a Master of Science degree in acquisition management from West Coast University. In 2001 she placed her mother in a local assisted-living facility. Her experiences, and those of her mother, were the genesis of her passion for residential care advocacy and accountability.

Her master’s thesis, An Exposition of Irregularities in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties, (Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2010), results from original research conducted on the public files of 354 RCFEs in San Diego and Imperial counties.

In 2009 she, along with Christina Selder, founded CARR. Among other achievements CARR was responsible for Assembly Bill 1523, which was enacted into law in 2014 and incorporated into the state’s Health and Safety Code Section 1569.605. It requires assisted-living facilities in California to maintain liability insurance as stipulated in the statute. She is an experienced speaker, annually making presentations to more than 30 civic, service, and professional organizations a year.

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

2018 Technology Fair for 50+

  • Monday, Nov. 12, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
  • San Diego Oasis, Grossmont Learning Center
  • 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, Suite 269, La Mesa, 91942

Want to stay connected to the world? This fair is the largest of its kind in San Diego and offers hands-on learning about technology. Forty-minute Tech Talk sessions will include topics such as Social Networking, Cyber Fraud, Practical Tech Resources for Everyday Living, Smartphone help, and more. The Ask the Expert area will answer your questions and provide one-on-one help with devices.

By attending the fair you will:

  • Learn about the wide range of opportunities technology offers
  • See how technology can improve your quality of life
  • Become aware of the positive and negative aspects of advances in technology
  • Learn about local community-based programs that teach technology on an in-depth level

The Technology Fair is free and includes lunch, but registration is required. Register for Class #80 by going to

Travel Help

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad. With STEP you register your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and:

  • Receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency

Learn more about STEP at and find out how to protect yourself and your family abroad.

Miramar Landfill

The Miramar Landfill now closes on Sundays. When it is open, you can get free mulch and compost. For more information, please visit

If you’re not sure what goes into the blue recycle bins, go to to find out.

Free Recycled Water

November is the last month for 2018 that you can get free recycled water. It is available on Tuesdays from 9 am to 1 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm in the Scripps Ranch Business Park located at 10139 Meanley Drive. Please go to for more information.

Walter Andersen Nursery

  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 am
  • 12755 Danielson Court, Poway, 92064
  • Topic: Vermiculture

Soil Shindig

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 1–6 pm
  • Wild Willow Farm and Education Center, 2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, 92154

Celebrate one of the world’s most amazing precious natural resources—soil! You’re invited to a day of learning, discovering, creating, connecting, and experiencing the key role soils play in our daily lives. This is a collaboration between Wild Willow Farm and Education Center and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County. You can get tickets at

Smart Cycling

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6–9 pm
  • Qualcomm, Building R, 10185 McKellar Court, 92121
  • Qualcomm/Mira Mesa Smart Cycling Classroom Session I—Free

This is a great opportunity to learn how to ride your bike safely! League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors will share their wealth of knowledge and make sure you leave feeling comfortable riding on the road and in traffic. All levels of experience will benefit from this program. To register, please go to

  • Qualcomm/Mira Mesa Smart Cycling Road Session II—Free
  • Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 am–3 pm
  • Mira Mesa Recreation Center, 8575 New Salem Street, 92126

The Smart Cycling Road Session is for students who have completed the classroom session. It includes: parking lot drills, where you will increase your bike handling skills and learn emergency maneuvers to avoid vehicle collisions; and riding on streets and bike paths while practicing proper lane positioning and performing safe and legal turns.

League-certified instructors have extensive commuting, touring, and club riding experience. 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 of the month

  • Sunday, Nov. 4, 8 am, weather permitting

This month meet at Goodan Ranch Staging Area at 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road in Poway. For more information, contact ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected] For updates, go to

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

3rd Fridays of the month

  • Friday, Nov. 16, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Kids welcome!

Nature Walk—3rd Sundays

  • Sunday, Nov. 18, 8 am

Join ranger Andrew for his guided nature walk, which focuses on the plant communities and animals in the area. Go to for details.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:45 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This is the last meeting of the year. Please email [email protected] for details.

Save Energy…and Money

Are you looking for a new way to save on your energy bill? You have choices with SDG&E’s new Time-of-Use (TOU) pricing plans. Make the most of TOU pricing by using large appliances before 4 pm or after 9 pm. Sign up for a new plan at #espsdge

Bob Ilko

SRCA President