President’s Report

No April Fool’s Joke!

The SRCA needs a contribution from you to keep communitywide programming active for 2013! You may or may not come out to the SRCA Community Fair or 4th of July Parade or one of the many other events the SRCA sponsors. Whether or not you are part of one of our dozens of committees, the SRCA’s engagement in quality-of-life issues is invaluable. You would notice if the SRCA is not able to advocate for our community.

We provide scholarships, grants, and cover costs for a wide range of activities such as the SRCA Neighborhood Watch, which has grown to more than 2,100 members in just three years. The SRCA provides all the support services to NW like printing, copying, emails, insurance, banners, and website costs. We have sent out more than 125 eblasts, which translates to about 187,000 individual emails letting the community know about crime. Please help us keep funding a very effective program. Just visit the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org]. Thank you!

Celebrating Our Volunteers

We had a record turnout for the community’s Recognition Night for volunteers. It is amazing to read about each volunteer and to learn about his or her dedication to improving life in Scripps Ranch. On pages 11–19, check out highlights of our wonderful volunteers’ contributions. Then, go to [www.scrippsranch.org] to read more about them. Do you know someone not mentioned? Send us an email at [[email protected]] and we will include them in next year’s event.

Community Developments

Sudberry Properties has two development projects going through the city’s entitlement process. One of them is The Watermark—a mixed-use shopping center at the corner of Interstate 15 and Scripps Poway Parkway. The Draft EIR has been released and is available to read online at [www.scrippsranch.org]. Comments are due by Sunday, Apr. 14. The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee has kept the community informed on this project, so check out its report on page 29.

The other project is a large-box retail commercial project with small retail/restaurants in the front. It is located at Carroll Canyon Road and Interstate 15. More information on this project should be available in the near future and we’ll share it with you as soon as possible.

From the Heart

Read our Kids Korner where a class at Miramar Ranch Elementary School sent treats and other items to our troops serving overseas. One of the children’s dad was in Afghanistan. When he returned home to Scripps Ranch, he brought the class two very special items. This heartwarming story is on page 47.

Bus Service to Scripps Ranch?

If bus service was offered in Scripps Ranch, would you use it? Where would you like to travel? We need to hear from you by taking an SRCA-Metropolitan Transit (MTS) survey at [www.scrippsranch.org]. An MTS representative will present bus options at one of our Sustainable Scripps Ranch seminars. Flip to page 9 for more information.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Community Fair

The SRCA Community Fair is right around the corner. Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 19! This event will be at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive. Festivities start at noon, so be sure to drop by and spend a fun day with family and friends!

Enjoy the performances! Rob the DJ will take center stage for a fun and interactive fair. You may recall his enthusiastic performance as emcee for last year’s July of 4th Festivities. Talented community artists will perform on our stage throughout the day, including the Marshall Middle School Jazz Band, Almost Grounded, Scripps Ranch 50 Plus drummers, Belle, and Catie Ryan. Don’t miss the concert early that evening. We usually have perfect weather so everyone can dance to the music of Breez’n.

Green Street returns to the fair! Learn about greener living, gardening, sustainability, water conservation, solar and energy efficiency, and outdoor activities. Expect to see representatives from the Birch Aquarium, AgPals, Family Adventures in Nature, Sustainable Living, Edible Garden, and much more.

Play like a kid again. Or watch your kids play in the Kids’ Zone, which will include fair food, kettle corn, rides, inflatables, face painting, and hands-on activities.

Enjoy delicious food and beverages at the Food Truck Court and the open-air Wine and Beer Garden by BarWorks. Check out Calbi, Kaminski’s Super Q, Mangia Mangia, Green Truck, and Sweet Treats. Yum!

Wander through the fair. Visit with the businesses, vendors, and nonprofits showcasing their services, unique products and crafts, and community involvement.

A special thank you goes out to our sponsors:

Ruby Level

  • Scripps Ranch Realty Executives Advantage
  • UC San Diego Health System-Family Medicine
  • ASI Hastings Heating, Air and Solar

Emerald Level

  • American Heritage Properties
  • DenHerder and Associates
  • Marrokal Design and Remodeling

These companies and the other participating sponsors and vendors help make our fair possible.

To learn more about the fair, view the event schedule and list of participants, or reserve a booth—we still have spots available—please visit us online at [www.scrippsranch.org/fair]. If you have any questions, please drop me an email at [[email protected]].

Together we are Scripps Ranch!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

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 [www.scrippsranch50plus.org] for current events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors.

Aging Successfully Lecture: Long-Term Care Insurance

Our third lecture for 2013 is on Wednesday, Apr. 3, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. It is presented by the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), which provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare and other related insurance options.

Long-term care (LTC) insurance primarily pays for supervision or assistance with everyday tasks when you have a physical impairment or when you have a cognitive impairment. LTC potentially takes place at home, in a community program, in an assisted-living facility or in a nursing home. Our lecture focuses on LTC insurance benefits contained in freestanding LTC policies. LTC benefits are not generally part of Medicare. While Medicare covers certain short-term care when skilled care is provided, it does not cover most LTC. You do not need to be on Medicare to get LTC insurance.

Transportation Options

Our fourth lecture for 2013 is on Wednesday, May 1, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will provide information about bus service and on-call transportation options for Scripps Ranch residents. Lynn Owens, an experienced Scripps Ranch bus rider, will tell us about the bus service available in Scripps Ranch and provide information and tips regarding how to use the bus to get around San Diego. We also will have an overview of the plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the Interstate 15 corridor.

Finding reasonably priced, on-demand transportation services can be a challenge. Meagan Schmidt, transportation planner for RideFACT, will provide an overview of the services provided by this new organization and answer your questions. The new service will provide general purpose trips for seniors (60+) seven days a week from 7 am to 8 pm. FACT acts as a single source of information about transportation. No need to call multiple agencies.

It maintains a comprehensive database of transportation services operated by public transportation agencies, social services agencies, faith-based organizations, and specialized transportation services in the county. The service operates as a brokerage that refers callers to existing transportation services. If the services are inappropriate or unavailable, FACT will provide the ride. The referrals can be accessed online or by calling FACT. Trip costs range from $2.50 for under 5 miles to $10 for more than 20 miles. Come learn the details about this valuable service.

Senior Living Tour

Our fourth tour for 2013 is on Friday, Apr. 19, to St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services on Bankers Hill in San Diego. St. Paul’s is a full-service, nonprofit retirement community with independent, assisted-living and skilled-nursing communities, as well as an intergenerational day care program and Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Located on 2nd Avenue near Balboa Park, St. Paul’s Manor provides affordable and comprehensive programs in a non-denominational environment with great value placed on independence at all stages of life. Prices for studios with views begin at $1,500 a month and include utilities and one meal per day.

Tour space is limited. To RSVP for the event or for more information, please contact Scripps Ranch 50 Plus at 397-5747 or [[email protected]].

50 Plus Sponsors

We offer special thanks to business sponsors of our “Unique Taste of Housing” Fair or those who provide support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician

Painting the Town Green

Look at all the free “greenery” in Scripps Ranch in April. All of these events are free and open to the public, thanks to the hard work and great organization of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. For the most up-to-date information, check our website at [www.scrippsranch.org/ssr].

Second Wednesday Talk: Bus Rapid Transit for Scripps Ranch

  • Wednesday, Apr. 10, 6:30–8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Drive

“Bus Rapid Transit,” a major upgrade and revamp, is coming to the I-15 corridor in 2014. It includes a new transit center at Miramar College, improved service to the north, south, and west, and possible future feeder service to and from Scripps Ranch. This presentation and Q&A by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is your best chance to learn and influence what’s coming. We need your presence and support!

Scripps Ranch MTS Bus Survey

Whether or not you can attend the MTS meeting, please take five minutes to complete the Scripps Ranch MTS bus survey at [www.scrippsranch.org/community/news/2748-mts-survey.html].

Free E-Waste Collection

  • Saturday Apr. 27, 9 am–1 pm
  • Scripps Ranch High School
  • 10410 Treena Street

Recycle your large electronic devices— computers, monitors, TVs, printers, and so forth—and help raise money for SRHS. The event benefits the SRHS Foundation, Senior Class Safe and Sober Grad Night, and is co-hosted by the SRCA. If you have any questions, please email Lori at [[email protected]].

SSR Garden Share

  • Sunday, Apr. 14, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Share your kitchen and garden bounty: produce, plants, pots, cuttings, eggs, honey, flowers, seeds, seedlings, gardening books and tools, prepared foods—whatever you have.

Meet your Scripps Ranch neighbors and take home their extras, fresh and local! Bring a bag or box.

If your fruit trees are producing more than you can handle, bring your extras or contact us for more information. We can now donate any excess to a local charity!

CCSE Presents: Home Energy Upgrades

  • Thursday, Apr. 18, 6–7:30 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Recreation Center

Through Energy Upgrade California, homeowners can tap into rebates between $1,000 and $4,500 to offset the cost of upgrades. Learn more at this free talk by the California Center for Sustainable Energy. For more information, contact one of CCSE’s home energy coaches at 244-1177 or visit [www.energycenter.org/homeupgrade].

Green Living Tour 2013, Part 1: A Super Energy-Efficient Home

  • Saturday, Apr. 20, 10 am–2 pm
  • 11415 Scripps Lake Drive

After you finish buying and selling at the Scripps Ranch Garage Sale, you can see Energy Upgrade California in action, right in Scripps Ranch. The homeowner, CCSE, and a local provider will be on hand to explain the program’s energy audits and rebates, answer your questions, and show you the results. Features that make this home healthier—purer, less polluted air—safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient include:

  • solar pool heating and electrical generation
  • house sealing and dual-paned windows
  • added attic insulation, solar attic fans, and extra venting for proper equalization
  • solar tube, CFL, and LED lighting
  • insulated hot water pipes
  • Chevy Volt with a level-2 car charger fed by the solar electric system

Sneak Preview for May: Green Street at the Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 19
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

Already more than 20 local nonprofits and vendors are committed to showing and sharing their green knowledge, products, and services. Save the date for family fun, satisfying sustainability, and community connections. See you at the fair!