President’s Report

2003-The Year of the Member!

Are you one yet? If not, please consider joining the SRCA. The cost is very reasonable–$20–and most of the funds collected are used for activities that benefit Scripps Ranch. Some wonder why bother, I get the SRCA Newsletter, and I don’t attend the meetings.

Well, there are a lot of good reasons to join. Yes, everyone gets the Newsletter, but the Newsletter is just a part of the SRCA. Without a viable, active SRCA, there would be no Newsletter.

There are other things that do not get done without a strong SRCA. Think of all the areas of the community that need a strong unified voice.

  • Schools–The SRCA donates more than $6,000 annually to our schools and takes an active position in working for school improvements, such as our new middle school.
  • Open space–The SRCA takes an active role in working with the city to insure that our open spaces are maintained and that the funds collected are accounted for and spent wisely. The SRCA was the driving force in getting Evans Pond restored to its current level. Remember how bad it was a while ago?
  • City maintenance and improvements, such as street paving and sidewalk repair–The SRCA works with the city and insures that the community receives its "fair share" of these repairs. The SRCA notifies the community, well in advance, so that you know what areas are planned and helps to identify those that might have been overlooked.
  • Traffic–The SRCA has purchased traffic and speed monitoring equipment. We use them to develop accurate traffic studies in our community and to have the information to comment on developer plans that affect Scripps Ranch.
  • Development–The SRCA funds the operating budgets of both planning groups so that they have the financial resources to represent our community. The SRCA also supports both planning groups politically, helping to present a strong united community position to the city on development issues.

So take a few minutes this month to help us and your community. Make this "The Year of the Member"–JOIN THE SRCA. Just fill out and send in the membership form on page 45. The money you contribute will be used to help your community. By joining, you help strengthen the SRCA so that we can continue to serve Scripps Ranch.

SRCA Hosts Two Important Meetings In December

Schools Committee Community Meeting: The SRCA Schools Committee and the school district staff briefed the community on next year’s school options. While our new middle school is underway, the community must deal with student population growth.

In the next year, another of our elementary schools will have to revert to a K-6 to prevent Marshall Middle School from exceeding its capacity. The school district is evaluating both Miramar Ranch and Jerabek Elementary Schools.

The district recommendation is expected in early January, with the Board of Education hearing this issue in early February. It will also be discussed at the SRCA meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Watch the SRCA Newsletter and website [www.scrippsranch.org] for the latest.

Miramar Dam Meeting: Councilmember Brian Maienschein and the City Water Department held a meeting with the community to discuss the fencing off of Miramar Dam. While the fencing was ordered by the state, the city is conducting a safety study of all its water resources to determine what security actions are appropriate.

During this meeting many Scripps Ranch residents expressed their support of sensible security measures for our water supply. But, most did not see how fencing the dam added any appreciable security. In fact, it may actually decrease security by limiting access and thereby limiting surveillance of the dam.

The SRCA looks forward to reviewing the safety study when it is completed and working with our councilmember and the Water Department to find a way to reopen Miramar Dam to the community. Please watch the SRCA Newsletter and website at [www.scrippsranch.org] for further information.

San Vicente Pipeline

We all know about the large water pipeline that will be constructed under a portion of Scripps Ranch, mostly following the SDG&E easement. The SRCA and other groups worked hard to get this critical pipeline to be constructed by tunneling instead of trenching, which significantly reduces the construction effects on our community.

There will be two scoping meetings on this topic to decide the final routing and construction plan. Details and a map of the proposed route are on page 23. The SRCA Newsletter and website will bring you the latest information.

Christina Leighton

Scripps Ranch lost one of its special children recently. In memory of Christina Leighton the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council and the SRCA will have a bench installed in our Community Park in an area where Christina liked to sit and watch the children play.

The SRCA would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Christina’s family and hope that the bench will in some way help them remember Christina and her love of life. Read more about Christina on page 57.

Marc Sorensen, President

Recycle Your Trees

Remember, we have two pick up sites on the Ranch for your discarded trees. One is at Hoyt Park on Canyon Lake Drive, and the other is in the Community Park parking lot on Blue Cypress Drive.

Clear your discarded tree of all ornaments, stands, and other decorations before recycling. Please do not leave garbage or other items there. The sites will be in operation through Friday, Jan. 17.

Holiday Celebration

The 20th anniversary of the Scripps Ranch Family Holiday Celebration in Jerabek Park was a great success. Santa arrived on time with candy canes for all the children presenting unwrapped gifts to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program.

The Marshall Middle School band played their fine selection of Christmas tunes and the community Christmas Tree was lighted after a vigorous countdown. Heidi Brown, the Girl Scouts chair, also chaired this event. She arranged for cookies and hot chocolate and led the singing of all the groups. Such a wonderful sound to hear all the young voices singing traditional songs.

We thank Andy Nicholas for again providing the public address system and training the Girl Scouts to operate it. Also, thanks to Manuel and the crew from the Landscape Maintenance Assessment District who set up the tree for us each year.

We collected 39 large plastic bags of toys. Thank you to all who gave so generously. What a joy for all the children who will receive them!

Bob Dingeman