President’s Report

Support Your Quality of Life

On behalf of the SRCA Board of Directors, we want to thank all of you who have become members so far in 2019! Nothing is free anymore, but where else can you get the great quality of life we enjoy in Scripps Ranch for as little as eight cents a day?

Memberships start at $30 per year. For the SRCA to continue to offer all that it does, we need your financial support. We realize that much of your membership benefits are intangible, but they are a collection of small actions we take every day to resolve problems, advocate, and do what needs to be done for you. There is no other town council in the county that is nearly as effective as the SRCA. Please go to and become a 2019 member.

Development in Scripps Ranch

Just when we thought there was a lull in new development projects in Scripps Ranch, we have two more proposals. One is the Renzulli property next to Cypress Canyon Park and the other is KB Homes at the Alliant International University site. Neither developer has provided any details or plans at this time. The Phair Company will start discussions with the community about the Renzulli site. KB Homes is in its due diligence period.

The Scripps Ranch Planning Group, Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee, and SRCA are concerned about traffic, evacuation in case of an emergency, aesthetics, density, recreation, and other development concerns. If you would like to receive email updates or have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email [email protected]

Hendrix Pond Area

The city of San Diego Park and Recreation Department is undergoing a park design process for the area around Hendrix Pond. A landscape architect was hired to collect input from the community as to what could be included in a nature park. Some ideas are trails, picnic tables, a tree nursery, nature appreciation signage, and a dog park. If you would like to get email updates or want to voice your support or opposition, please email me at [email protected]

See Something, Say Something

Unfortunately, Scripps Ranch is not immune from graffiti, but we are fortunate to have caring people who report it and we remove it. The SRCA uses membership revenue and dedicated volunteers to take care of Scripps Ranch so that the vandalism is removed very quickly.

A couple of boys saw a swastika on Scripps Lake Drive and reported it to their parents. One is Luke Zajac from Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School and the other is a student from Miramar Ranch Elementary. We salute them for seeing something that was horribly wrong and saying something about it. We thank them for being ethical, helpful individuals.

Looking Ahead…

We are starting to plan the SRCA 4th of July Parade, so please start thinking of organizing a group to be in the parade. A couple of us volunteered at the Ocean Beach Christmas Parade to see how they do it and what we can learn from them. It was quite the experience to be in OB at night and in a parade in December.

Another committee member helped out with the Poway Parade. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our event and make it even better. If you would like to help us, please email [email protected]

Community News

If you want the latest information about what’s going on in your community, please follow the SRCA on Facebook—search “Scripps Ranch Civic Association.” If there is breaking news, crime, a school lockdown, or a serious accident that affects traffic, we’ll have the latest confirmed information. We have worked hard to develop great relationships with law enforcement and other officials.

We also let you know about fun events happening around Scripps Ranch. And we share the many accomplishments of our residents. So if you are looking for a local source of news, follow us on Facebook

Also, visit our website at for other useful information. For example, we have details about the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program with tips on how to help keep your family safe.

We keep you “in the know” and make Scripps Ranch our number one priority.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Recognition Night Honors Volunteers

Do you know someone who volunteers their time to benefit Scripps Ranch, its residents, or its organizations? If so, please submit their name to be honored for their hard work. We have many wonderful community volunteers who give their time to benefit our kids, sports leagues, Scouts, and many groups throughout the year.

We rely on residents like you to let us know who is doing great work in our community. If you know of someone you think deserves to be honored for work they did in 2018, please submit their information! Volunteers can be honored for their involvement in a one-time event or work recurring over multiple occasions. Please submit their name at

We have started to compile a list of volunteers to honor, so now is the time to make sure a volunteer you know gets recognized. We want to showcase individuals who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to make our community a great place to live!

Every year the SRCA hosts a special evening to show our appreciation to our community volunteers. Recognition Night 2019 is on Monday, Apr. 1, at 6:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. The event is coming up soon, and the deadline to submit names of volunteers is Friday, Feb. 22. Submit as many people as you would like wish. It is the mission of the SRCA to promote and encourage volunteerism. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Bill Feather, Recognition Night Chair

Special Lecture for Caregivers

  • Communication Skills
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 10 am–noon
  • Scripps Ranch Library

This is part of a continuing series of presentations by Alzheimer’s San Diego targeted at caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Communicating with a person with dementia can be extremely frustrating for both parties. This class will help you learn how to communicate more effectively with a person experiencing memory loss, and how to recognize what types of behaviors may actually be their way of communicating. This program is free and open to the public. Please note: attendance at this program is not recommended for persons with dementia.

Second Friday Lecture

  • Attracting Backyard Birds
  • Friday, Feb. 8, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Join us for another in this popular set of lectures from the San Diego Audubon Society. We will cover the do’s and don’ts of attracting nearly 50 species of San Diego birds to your private paradise.

Find out about feeder placement, types of feeders, and food designed to draw particular birds at a given season. Learn which seed will draw the most melodious songbird. The most colorful. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of different bird foods and tips on how to lure rare species, the role of treats, and the allure of special plants.

Also get advice on how to make your yard a safe environment for birds, including the cleaning of feeders and dangers posed by common bird food pests, your picture windows, and family pets—gulp! Strategies will be shared on how to set up and run your birdbath so that birds come to your home that would not otherwise do so. Most of all, the presentation will rely on audience participation for what worked and what didn’t in trying to bring the song and color of the animal kingdom a little closer.

We will be led by Mike Matherly, the popular speaker from the San Diego Audubon Society Speaker Bureau. Mike is a retired professional geographer, working for more than 35 years at Grossmont College where he taught in the Earth Sciences Department, specializing in urban growth and resource issues.

Mike has been involved with the San Diego Audubon Board for nine years and heads the Speaker Bureau, presenting to groups on topics ranging from bird conservation to nature deficit disorder in children. He has been a birder and bird photographer since 1996.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No RSVP or reservation is required.

Aging Successfully in SR

  • Transportation Options for Scripps Ranch Seniors
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

What are the transportation options, other than driving your own vehicle, available to Scripps Ranch seniors? We will update you on information we provided at the popular lecture a year ago. Find out about the various free and low-cost ways to get around. We will include programs run by organizations such as Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation (FACT), Jewish Family Services, and ElderHelp of San Diego. Plus, we will cover special ride sharing programs for seniors that use Uber and Lyft.

This will be your chance to find out about the qualifications, costs, and service areas available for the transportation choices for you and your family members. We will provide a handy reference sheet summarizing all of the programs and telling you how to contact them.

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

Senior Living Tour

  • Sunrise of Sabre Springs
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20

Just opened last June and located in the Poway valley, Sunrise of Sabre Springs is one of a number of Sunrise Communities in San Diego and offers assisted living and memory care—no independent living. Experienced caregivers provide personalized support based on the individual needs of each resident in a warm and loving, yet safe and secure, environment. The dining team, featuring an in-house chef, uses local ingredients to prepare three healthy meals each day.

They offer a full slate of activities and programming designed to encourage participation and enrich each resident’s mind, body, and spirit. The outdoor spaces are designed to provide residents with the opportunity to enjoy scenic views and pleasant conversation.

We will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The bus leaves promptly at 11:15 am. We will have a presentation, tour, and lunch and return about 1:45 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. To request a reservation, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 858-397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Volunteers Needed

SRCA 50 Plus needs volunteers to assist with planning SRCA 50 Plus events and activities, as well as coordinating with other organizations. These volunteers should be able to commit two to 20 hours per month, depending on the specific tasks accepted. Areas that need volunteer support include

  • Planning and coordination of Senior Living Tours and Aging Successfully in Scripps Ranch and other lectures
  • Interactions with other organizations such as Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services, the county’s Intergenerational Programs, Alzheimer’s San Diego, and AARP
  • 50 Plus participation in major programs and partnerships such as Live Well San Diego
  • 50 Plus social activities: travel, picnics, luncheons and dinners, get-togethers, and outings to theaters and other places

For information, email [email protected] or call 858-397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Hawk Watch

Wildlife Research Institute Program

  • Saturdays in February at 10 am, rain or shine
  • 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, 92065

It is suggested you arrive by 9:30 am. There is free parking, coffee, and donuts. Bring binoculars, warm clothing, and sturdy shoes. For more details, go to

Evergreen Nursery

  • Gardening Seminar Just for Kids, 6–12
  • Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 am
  • 13650 Carmel Valley Road 92130

This seminar is ideal for kids who love to garden and get dirty. Each student will bring home a color bowl that they planted with flowers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Gloves are optional. More details are at

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

  • Green Living Tour
  • Saturday, February 2, 10–11 am
  • 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 92024

You’ll see sustainability in action as you explore worm bins, greywater systems, innovative compost projects, a tool lending library, waterwise garden, and more. Details at

San Diego Fixit Clinic

  • Saturday, Feb. 9, 1–3 pm
  • Second Chance Beer Company, 15378 Ave of Science, #222, 92128

Bring your broken, non-functioning items: electronics, appliances, computers, toys, bicycles, clothes, and more. They will assess, and possibly repair them, for free! They’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to disassemble and troubleshoot your item.

Whether they fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event and children are heartily invited!

If you have any old tools you don’t need, please bring them to the next Fixit Clinic or email [email protected] to arrange a drop off.

Solar for Homeowners

  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 6–8 pm
  • Center for Sustainable Energy, 3980 Sherman Street, Suite #170, 92110

Topics will include:

  • Calculating your home’s energy use
  • Properly sizing a solar system to meet your unique needs
  • Researching solar contractors
  • Evaluating a contractor bid

For more information, call 858-244-1177 or go to

Armstrong Nursery

  • Gardening for Beginners
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 am
  • 9939 Carmel Mountain Road

Scripps Mesa Garden Club

  • All About Seeds
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:45 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Brijette Peña of San Diego Seed Company will talk about her organic seed company and what gardeners need to know. Topics will include seed starting, the different types of seeds, and the history of the seed industry. She will sell seeds after class. Visit

West Sycamore Events

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

Volunteer Crew

First Sundays of the month

  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 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, email ranger Andrew at [email protected]

Stargazing in Scripps Ranch

Third Fridays of the month

  • Friday, Feb. 15, sunset, rain or clouds cancel

Please park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

Nature Walk

Third Sundays of the month

  • Sunday, Feb. 17, 8 am

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

You Should Know…

  • Schedule a free safety check for your gas furnace. Make your appointment at or call 800-411-7343 and select the option “Gas Appliance Order.” #espsdge
  • Free WaterSmart checkups:
  • There are new recycling rules for your bins. No plastic bags, film, or packing material—that can be donated to shipping stores. Also, no compostable products.

Bob Ilko

SRCA President