President’s Report

Join Us to Thank Volunteers

Saying “thank you” is something we do not only do in November but every March too. It is our community’s Recognition Night where we publicly appreciate our volunteers who make Scripps Ranch special. Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School theater as we celebrate!

We Can’t Do It Without You

The SRCA is starting its third month of fundraising for 2013. We have a lot of great events planned for the year but we need the funding to make them happen. Please give to the community by being a supporter. Your contribution will help us reach our goal of $70,000. That’s not just a number. It represents school scholarships, an informative website, July 4th Parade and Festivities, effective Neighborhood Watch program, well-maintained Community Center, and much more. It allows the SRCA to continue our 40+ years of transforming community actions into results. To contribute, fill out and send in the form below or go to []. Thank you.

AC for SR Schools

Air conditioning is not a luxury when your place of business is sweltering hot. For our students and teachers, their classrooms are their place of business. Temperatures have been measured higher than 100 degrees, which means serious health and safety issues. In addition, temperatures in the 80s to 90s negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. Under the leadership of our School Board member Kevin Beiser and the SRCA Schools Committee volunteers, air conditioning relief is coming! Kevin fills us in on the details on page 15.

Would You Ride the Bus?

If the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offered a bus route through Scripps Ranch that took you downtown, to the UTC/UCSD area, and Escondido, would you use it? Please go to [] to take a survey to let us know what you think. More details are in the article on page 9.

10 Years Later

We want to reconnect with all 2003 Cedar Fire families whose homes were destroyed or damaged, as well as volunteers who helped after the fire. Email me at [[email protected]] as we start plans to mark the 10th anniversary.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Together We Are Scripps Ranch!

Initiated 14 years ago to bring residents and businesses together for a fun-filled family event, the annual SRCA Community Fair celebrates and showcases the organizations, schools, children’s groups, local businesses, and nonprofits that make up our wonderful Scripps Ranch community.

The festivities start at noon on Sunday, May 19, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. There will be lots of fun for everyone:

  • Businesses, vendors, and community groups present services, unique products and crafts, and valuable material.
  • Green Street showcases environmental, water-wise, energy-efficient activities and information.
  • Community performers appear on stage: Almost Grounded, Scripps Ranch 50 Plus drummers, Belle, Catie Ryan, and more!
  • Kids’ Zone: great fair food, rides, face painting, and activities.
  • Food Truck Court dishes out delicious food with Calbi Korean BBQ, Kaminski’s Super Q BBQ, Mangia Mangia Italian cuisine, and desserts.
  • Wine and Beer Garden offers superb red and white wine varieties and outstanding beers from 2 to 7 pm.

Plus, we are pleased to present the incredible sounds of Breezn’ for the free concert from 6 to 7:30 pm.

A special thank you to our two new Ruby Sponsors:

  • Scripps Ranch Realty Executives Advantage
  • UC San Diego Health System-Family Medicine

Also, thank you to our returning Emerald Sponsor:

  • Marrokal Design & Remodeling

Are you a local business, crafter, nonprofit, or community group? We have sponsorships and booth spaces available. For more information, please visit us at [] or email me at [[email protected]]. Don’t miss this Scripps Ranch tradition–see you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

397-5747 or [[email protected]]

About Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Be sure to become an SRCA household supporter in 2013. Visit [] for current events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors.

Aging Successfully in SR Lectures

Overview of, and update on, Elder Law: Our second lecture of the year is on Wednesday, Mar. 6, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. Medi-Cal benefit law, estate planning, and asset protection and retention all fall under the rubric of elder law. Documents that you, your spouse, and your parents may need include: Living Trusts, Pour-Over Wills, General Durable Powers of Attorney, CA Advanced Health Care Directives, and authorizations for Release of Health Care Information.

The need for these will be described by Richard Scott Stewart, Esq., of the Elder Care Law Firm. Scott, a Scripps Ranch resident, is an elder law specialist. Long-Term Care Insurance: Our third lecture is on Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library and presented by the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). HICAP provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare and insurance options.

Long-term care (LTC) insurance primarily pays for supervision or help with everyday tasks–such as bathing or dressing–when you have a physical or cognitive impairment. LTC takes place at home, in a community program, assisted-living facility, or nursing home.

LTC insurance benefits may be part of a life insurance or annuity policy or contained in a freestanding LTC policy. Our lecture focuses on benefits contained in freestanding policies. Note: LTC benefits are not generally part of Medicare. While Medicare covers some short-term care–skilled care–it does not cover most LTC. You do not need to be on Medicare to get LTC insurance.

The lecture will cover:

  • An overview of LTC insurance;
  • Options for financing LTC;
  • Items to consider before buying LTC insurance;
  • LTC settings–options where you can receive LTC: in your home, community day care facilities, and alternative living arrangements;
  • Frequently asked questions about LTC and the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act and a detailed summary of the CLASS Act; and,
  • Resources: helpful fact sheets and information about LTC insurance.

Senior Living Tours

Our third tour for 2013 is on Friday, Mar. 22, to Belmont Village in Sabre Springs. Belmont Village is located in the community neighboring Scripps Ranch. With great views of the valleys and foothills of North County, it is a beautiful mission-style community with outdoor features, such as lush grounds and walking trails, a pool, and putting green for our senior living residents.

Belmont Village offers independent living, assisted living, and dementia care. Located near shopping centers, two large medical clinics, Pomerado Hospital, places of worship, and the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Belmont Village also offers exciting indoor activities and caring services.

Residents enjoy Belmont’s distinctive interiors and signature programs in hospitality and dining. And those with support needs benefit from one of the best trained, most responsive staffs in assisted living. Tour space is limited. To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact SR50Plus at 397-5747 or [[email protected]].

50 Plus sponsors

We offer thanks to business sponsors of our “Unique Taste of Housing” fair or those who have provided other support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Ron Greenwald and Associates
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)


Do You Want to Ride the Bus?

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) wants to know if Scripps Ranch wants to use mass transit. The goal is to have a bus route that runs through Scripps Ranch that connects to the new Rapid Bus Transit station in Mira Mesa.

The new station will connect directly to the Interstate 15 High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) lanes. The MTS will run routes south to downtown San Diego, west along Mira Mesa Boulevard to Sorrento Mesa, University Towne Center and University of California San Diego areas, and north to Escondido.

Currently in Scripps Ranch we have a bus that runs to and from Alliant International University to Mira Mesa. Please take our survey to tell us where you would like a bus stop and how often you would use it. To take the MTS survey, please go to [].

Monthly Garden Share

  • Sunday, Mar. 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, rain or shine
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road
  • Come learn, share, and meet your neighbors
  • Info: []
  • Questions: [[email protected]]

SSR and Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) Presentation

  • Rattlesnake Awareness and Safety
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13, 6:30-8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

We are honored to host herpetologist and leading authority on local reptiles and amphibians, Jeff Lemm. His dynamic presentation will cover rattlesnake awareness, natural history, and safety, as well as an overview of some of our other local reptiles and amphibians.

Besides being an expert in his field, Jeff is an avid and gifted photographer. You will surely see many of his exceptional pictures during the presentation, as well as in his book Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region. Jeff is a senior research coordinator at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and founder of the North American Field Herping Association (NAFHA). Seating is limited. For reservations, email [[email protected]]

FAN is proud to call Scripps Ranch home! Founders Ron and Janice Swaisgood live with their two boys in Wine Country. In three short years, this family nature club has grown to encourage and support some 800+ families from around the county–with kids ranging from birth to age 11–to play, learn, and grow with nature in their everyday lives.

FAN also has many “Nearby Nature Clubs” that encourage families to connect to nature close to home, including one that meets mostly in Scripps Ranch on Wednesday afternoons. There will be another one in Scripps Ranch on Thursday afternoons starting soon! For a calendar of events and to join FAN for free, please visit []. Email inquiries to [[email protected]].