President’s Report

Middle School Update

Well by now everyone should know that the Board of Education has selected the land on the western end of Alliant International University as the site for the new middle school. The school district staff recommendation was for a site in the business park. However, with all the organizations in Scripps Ranch recommending the Alliant site, the staff concurred that this site would work.

This is the next crucial step towards having a new middle school. But there are still serious concerns and planning issues that must be dealt with so please "stay tuned" and stay involved. For more information on the middle school site, please turn to pages 17 and 27.

I’m MAD About SR, Are You?

Shortly, you will receive a ballot from the city dealing with desperately needed budget increases in our two Landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts (MADs). These MADs allow the City to maintain all of Scripps Ranch’s publicly owned lands to the level we have come to expect.

Over the last several years, the cost of maintenance and the addition of more land to maintain has caused a serious budget shortfall in both MADs. The older Scripps Ranch MAD needs to be increased by $32 per year, and the new Miramar Ranch North MAD needs to be increased by $102 per year. The total cost per residence will still be under $10 per month for the older SR, and under $20 per month for the new MRN. It’s a great investment in our community.

So what happens if we don’t vote to increase the fee? Well, the City will be forced to reduce its maintenance of these areas. As this maintenance is primarily the care of plants, trees, and grass, we all know what the effect of this reduced maintenance will be. Most of us have had to landscape a home and know how expensive it is to replace it. Not maintaining our landscaping is being "penny-wise, but pound-foolish."

The SRCA urges you to stay MAD about Scripps Ranch! Please, when your ballot arrives, read it, vote "Yes," and return it. Remember this is an election and only returned ballots count. Please vote for Scripps Ranch, and vote "Yes" on your MAD ballot.

Marc Sorensen, President

3rd Annual Community Fair

Put on your dancing shoes, gather up your beach and lawn chairs, bring the kids, and join us for a good old community "day at the park." The SRCA’s 3rd annual Community Faire is an absolute must on your schedule of things to do for the month of May.

On Sunday, May 19, from 11 am to 4 pm, you can learn all there is to know about Scripps Ranch, relax, and enjoy the sun, fun, and good ole’ rock `n roll music. The Bayou Brothers, San Diego’s finest rock and zydeco band, will perform. All the fun takes place at the Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive.

We have enlarged our children’s fun zone to include a huge inflatable jump, a slide, and an obstacle course. We will also have pony rides, clown face painting and balloons, and a sand art booth. T.J’s famous Magic and Comedy Show will perform at the stage area at 12 pm.

There will be many food and drink booths. We will feature specialty Kettle Corn, hot dogs and hamburgers, cotton candy and sno-cones, a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory booth, tamales, Krispy Kreme donuts, and much, much more.

Our Councilmember Brian Maienschein will be at the Faire. He invites all constituents to stop by his booth to say hello and discuss issues affecting the Ranch and San Diego.

You also can visit all the other booths SRCA has provided to non-profit organizations on the Ranch. At the SRCA booth, you can find out about issues that directly affect you and your family.

Mark your calendars! Bring your friends. We expect huge crowds, so come early. We hope to see you all there!

For more information, contact Bev Cassity at [[email protected]] or call 586-7933.

Bev Cassity, Community Faire Chair

4th of July

We are looking forward to having another great day of fun this year. The theme for this year’s parade is "United through Our Cultural Heritage." The rich diversity of cultures, all working together, is a large part of what makes our nation unique and strong. Join us in the celebration of our independence. The parade application form is on page 8 of this issue of the Newsletter. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 21.

Immediately following the 4th of July parade, there will be a variety of activities and food available in Hoyt Park. SRCA and Cabrillo Credit Union will again sponsor the ice cream social. SRCA also will sponsor the music of the band Players, along with several activities for the children. The Old Pros and the SR WAC will have food booths and a beer garden.

Like any big event, it takes volunteers to make it work. We need volunteers to distribute the ice cream, set up no parking signs and barricades, be parade marshals, coordinate the face painting, and many other things. Anyone interested in joining the committee or helping out on the day of the event, please contact the 4th of July Chair Jany Staley at 695-3211 or [[email protected]].

Many of our local elected officials and other invited dignitaries participate in our parade. We provide convertibles for them. If you have a convertible you would be willing to drive in the parade, please contact Bob Gravina at 536-1959 or [[email protected]].

Jany Staley, 4th of July Chair

SRCA Annual Meeting

The 32nd annual meeting of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association was held on Tuesday, April 9. At the meeting, we elected officers for the coming years, reviewed activities from the past year, and looked ahead to the exciting events of the coming year.

The good news is we are financially solvent and have been able to support the community activities and organizations that have requested monetary assistance. All of the SRCA membership dues are used to assist and support the many organizations and activities which combine to make living in Scripps Ranch such a wonderful experience.

The following officers were elected to serve for the coming years. All have volunteered their time, and we thank them. We asked for and received nominations of additional names for officers. The officers elected are:

  • President, Marc Sorensen;
  • Executive Vice President, Gordon Boerner;
  • VP – Membership, Bob Gravina;
  • VP – Communications, Bob Cavanagh;
  • VP – Operations, Jan Kane;
  • Treasurer, Brian Allman; and,
  • Secretary, Bob Dingeman.

In addition, the even-numbered district representatives were elected. There are vacancies for district representative positions. If you would like to serve, call Gordon Boerner at 689-2411.

Here’s a review of the SRCA-sponsored activities for the past year, and a look ahead to this next year.

Membership

The membership drive is working well. Chair Bob Gravina and the membership committee expect more members than ever. Members will receive an SRCA decal as a "thank you" for joining or renewing their membership. Dues, along with additional contributions, have increased, providing more funds for distribution. If you haven’t joined, it’s never too late.

Communications

The SRCA website continues to expand and offer more services. Chair Bob Cavanagh says it provides residents a way to stay informed of the latest details of rapidly changing events and activities. The goal is to augment the Newsletter with the website by providing additional, timely information for all Ranch residents.

SRCA Newsletter

A number of changes will be proposed in formatting and presentation of the Newsletter as the voice of the SRCA. Wes Danskin reports a new staff is now working on changes, which will preserve the ambiance of the Newsletter and still provide as much Ranch activity information as possible.

The Newsletter functions with volunteer contributors, a small paid staff, and a wonderful group of volunteers who distribute no fewer than 10,800 newsletters to homes and businesses each month. It is still called "the finest community newsletter in California."

CC&R, Code Enforcement

Close liaison is maintained with city agencies to receive, advise, and enforce actions from a limited city staff. Plans for construction are reviewed. Chair Bob Dingeman reports of a continuing effort to seek and receive voluntary cooperation from all residents to comply with existing CC&Rs.

Community Pride

The SRCA and Chair Victoria Mazelli organized art shows and other activities in the Information Center, including a child safety seat inspection. She also organized the outstanding grand opening of Fire Station 37. Victoria provides charts, maps, and banners for community events. She also stimulates pride in living in Scripps Ranch.

Information Center

The GIS system is being completed. The Newsletter has moved into the SRCA office and expanded operations. The Newsletter staff was able to do this because the Council District 5 staff graciously gave us their space. Chair Bob Cavanagh reports the SRCA is purchasing new furniture and other equipment for better use of the Information Center by all citizens.

Community Leaders Forum

The Community Leaders Forum was held in March. Chair Elissa Barber reports more meetings of community and business leaders will be held for exchange of ideas and coordinating activities.

Candidates’ Forum

A full house attended the very successful Candidates’ Forum held before the March primary election. Chair Mike Gallivan reports the next Candidates’ Forum will be held at the SRCA meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, prior to the November election.

Recognition Night

The December Recognition Night was very successful. Chair Dorothy Mildice reports the 2002 Recognition Night is set for Tuesday, Dec. 10. Volunteers are recognized in a time-honored Scripps Ranch celebration

Christmas Holiday Celebration

The Girl Scouts again put on a very successful tree lighting and Toys For Tots collection in December. Chair Bob Dingeman reports the 2002 event is set for Sunday, Dec. 8. This event has become both a cherished Ranch tradition and the single largest toy collection for the USMC.

Civic Affairs

Chair Bob Dingeman continues to be a liaison with a multitude of city and county agencies that provide services to the Ranch. He also participates in nine committees. He represents the views and desires of the Ranch, appearing before elected officials and agencies.

Traffic

Major traffic coordination efforts will be required when the Rancho Encantada project begins. Chair Steve Hudson reports traffic coordination also will be important when work starts on the new middle school. There will need to be close coordination with CalTrans and city and district staffs.

Aloha Friend!

We say good-bye to one of our SRCA district representatives. William Staton represented District 10 for three years. He has moved to Maui to live near his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson.

During his tenure as a district representative, he focused on traffic, hazardous conditions in his district, and the traffic problems on the southbound 15 onramp. He tried to meet as many people in his district as possible. William says he will miss Scripps Ranch and all his friends here, but looks forward to being near his family and living in beautiful Maui.

Thank you William for all the time you put in to helping make Scripps Ranch a great place to live. You will be missed.

If you live in District 10 and would like to be the SRCA representative, please contact Gordon Boerner at 689-2411. For the district boundaries, check our website at [www.scrippsranch.org].