Scripps Ranch Civic Association President’s Report

Holiday Events

For 36 years Scripps Ranch has celebrated the holidays with the Girl Scouts, SRCA, and Symphony in the Park. The SRCA-Girl Scout Tree Lighting Ceremony and Symphony in the Park concert are on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Jerabek Park. The Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 3 pm, and the concert starts at 5 pm. For more details, check out page 13.

Reach Out For Help

We recognize that the holidays can be difficult for people for many different reasons. You are not alone and we urge you to reach out for help from a friend, neighbor, colleague, or the San Diego County 24-Hour Crisis Line at 888-724-7240. It is also incumbent on each of us to watch out for others. If you see someone who needs help, please reach out to them.

Amazing Adventure

I am a proud member of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros. Each year a group of us travel to Charger away games. This year we went to the Chargers-Seahawks game in Seattle and had a blast. For more on our amazing adventure, check out page 34.

Potential New Development

The latest development project in Scripps Ranch is the likely move of Alliant International University from its current location at Avenue of Nations and Pomerado Road to another location. We hope it stays in our community.

The property owner—Alliant is a tenant—has signed a letter of intent to sell the remaining 53 acres to residential developer KB Homes. As of press time, KB Homes is doing its due diligence to determine if it can rezone the property to build 300–350 residential units, which would include town homes, attached single family homes, and detached single family homes. The developer is considering adding affordable housing units. A two- to three-acre park will be required.

If the developer chooses to move forward, it will need to amend the City General Plan and the Scripps Ranch Community Plan, as well as get a site development permit. A full Environmental Impact Report will have to be completed before any approval by the City Planning Commission and City Council.

Scripps Ranch residents have voiced concerns about such issues as traffic, aesthetics, school overcrowding, pedestrian safety, and loss of trees. If you want to be included in special SRCA emails about the project, send me an email at [email protected] and I will add you to the distribution list.

Prior to KB Homes, the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and SRCA have held discussions with other potential buyers. Those included a boarding school, business incubator, and professional sports facility that could operate under the existing educational conditional use permit. The retirement community, The Glen at Scripps Ranch, may be interested in buying property to expand as well.

We are keeping a close eye on potential projects and will keep you updated on anything new we learn.

Make Scripps Ranch a Priority

The SRCA has worked hard in the past year on many different issues for the benefit of the community. Whether it is helping a single resident or all 30,000+ of us, the SRCA puts in thousands of volunteer hours working to make Scripps Ranch our priority.

We are starting our 2019 Annual Membership Drive. We hope that when you get a letter, an email, or see something in the SRCA Newsletter about becoming a member or renewing your membership, you join the SRCA.

Memberships are as low as $30, but you can give more! This SRCA Newsletter that you get for free has a value of $48, and we have a $48 membership level. Please become a member at www.scrippsranch.org/support/join.

Holiday Concert

You are invited to the SRCA Holiday Concert at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 1:30 pm. This free, fun, family event features Bella Voci women’s singing group, holiday sing-alongs, and, especially for the kids, the Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) Ballet and Musical Theater divisions.

It will be a treat to see SPAA students as the characters Marie, Fritz, Drosselmeyer’s magical dolls and several others from The Nutcracker Act II, including the Sugar Plum Fairy! This part of the performance is just 30 minutes, which is perfect to hold the attention of young children.

Please consider bringing unwrapped new books or toys for Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit. These items will be used for the young patients and also to stock playrooms in the hospital. For reasons relating to infection control, everything must be new and they cannot accept stuffed animals or fabric items. Other restrictions include no toy guns and no toys or games with violent themes. Here is a list of some top items they would like to collect:

  • Board and card games, including popular ones such as UNO, Headbanz, Apples to Apples
  • Jenga, Don’t Break the Ice
  • Crayola crayons, paints, or art supplies
  • LEGO, all ages, for boys and girls
  • Cars, Matchbox are a favorite
  • Play-Doh

Thanks to our sponsor, The Glen at Scripps Ranch! See page 7 for more details.

Bob Ilko

SRCA President