President’s Report

A Great 4th of July

Well, here it is, August already. My how the summertime can fly! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers, Scripps Ranch had another of our famous 4th of Julys. It’s really nice that we have been able to maintain the small-town atmosphere for our community even in the face of the recent growth. This is primarily due to the watchful and careful way in which we strive to “control” our growth.

Business Park Rezone

In this respect, I would like to take this time to bring you up to date on our current “growth” issues. The request to rezone our business park into a multi-family residential development is being scheduled to go before the Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 17.

This rezone plan is going forward with a request by the developers that they not be required to do a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR)–something that has been requested by all the community groups. A strong showing of community support for a full EIR would really help send the message to the Planning Commission that Scripps Ranch demands that all planning steps and reviews be conducted so that the community may voice its opinion regarding changes to our community plan.

Please read page 13 in News for more information about the Planning Commission hearing and how you can make a difference. Much of why we are still a cohesive community is because of the actions of residents like yourselves who show up when it counts. Well, now is the time; it counts.

After the Planning Commission hearing, this proposed rezone likely will be heard at the City Council where final decisions are made. This next step can occur whether the Planning Commission approves or denies the application. Everyone in Scripps Ranch can help us maintain our voice in this process by getting informed and then letting all nine of the City Council representatives know how you feel, either in person or by mail.

November is a Must Month!

One of the strongest messages of support for Scripps Ranch you can send is by voting! Yes, voter turnout can and does influence elected officials. They don’t know who you voted for, but they sure track which communities are voting.

So this November make sure you vote! Your presence at the polls will have affects well beyond November and will influence how future issues are handled by City officials and staff.

Thanks Cabrillo

Cabrillo Credit Union helped SRCA put on an even bigger ice cream social this 4th of July than we did last year. Thanks Cabrillo! You made a big difference in the day, and for the many youth who enjoyed your donation.

SRCA Actions

Support for Rec Center

The SRCA Executive Board voted unanimously to approve the expenditure of $4140 to maintain the Rec Center gym floor at a higher level than what would be available from the City. It is expected that the Scripps Ranch Rec Council will continue this maintenance contract in subsequent years using revenue generated from the Rec Center.

New Trails Map

The SRCA Executive Board voted unanimously to allocate $1500 to produce a revised version of the “Parks and Trails of Scripps Ranch.” The first edition of this popular brochure was sold out a few years ago. The recent version has been a collective effort by Al Hoffstatter, Damian Moos, Kathy Loeber, and the Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance District.

Maps are expected to be distributed to SRCA members in late August or early fall.

Vacancies for SRCA District Representatives

We have filled nearly all the vacancies for District Representatives, but we still have vacancies in the following areas:

  • Wine Country — Named after the streets with names of wine such as Riesling and Charbono, this area is bounded by Pomerado Road, Spring Canyon Road, and Semillon Blvd. Improvement of the Semillon tot lot might be a goal of a future district representative.
  • Marketplace — Named for the area near the new Vons, this area includes the Windchime and Heatherwood neighborhoods. Issues include expansion of the shopping center, design of the new elementary school, and provision for a recreational club.

If you are interested in helping your neighborhood as well as the rest of the Ranch, please contact SRCA Executive Vice President Gordon Boerner at 689-2411.

SRCA Website Redesigned

If you haven’t gotten around to checking out the SRCA website lately, you should. Our new webmaster Greg Minter is doing a great job putting the pieces together for what will become a major resource for our community. For example, we have added:

  • Search engine–So you can find information in old issues of the Newsletter, which are now being loaded onto the site. If you have a question about an old issue or classified ad, just search our website.
  • Hot topics–On the front page, so you can quickly go to information you just heard about at the park or at a meeting in the library.
  • Forms page–So that you (and we) will have all the forms that seem to disappear just when you need to sign up for a league, for the parade, for the 10K run, etc.

We definitely are open to suggestions for how the website can be made more useful to you. Please send your suggestions to the webmaster address on the website, or to [[email protected]].

Our goal is not to try to do everything since there are many complementary sites out there, but we should be able to provide you with even more information about our community to augment what you find in monthly issues of the Newsletter.

New Environmental Fund

A few months ago, we announced the creation of a wonderful new fund for the Ranch. We repeat the information here so that everyone has a chance to learn about the fund, and make it grow.

The Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund was established recently with a $235,000 contribution from a nearby development project through the efforts of Michael Baksh, Craig Jones, and Deborah Hawkins, and the support of numerous other community members. The goal of the Fund is to maintain and promote community well-being in Scripps Ranch.

The Fund will be used to support efforts that preserve or enhance the physical setting and other desirable environmental qualities of Scripps Ranch including educational, recreational, and social activities and services. It is expected that the Fund will focus on providing full or matching funds for projects that ordinarily would not be funded through other means.

The Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund is established as an Advised Non-Endowment with the San Diego Foundation, San Diego’s largest not-for-profit, public charity foundation. The San Diego Foundation will make all decisions regarding the distribution of funds, based upon recommendations from a community Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee, consisting of Michael Baksh, Craig Jones, Anita Pryor, Rodney Solenberger, and Charles Pederson, plans to review funding requests four times each year beginning in May.

Proposals to the Advisory Committee must describe the manner in which funded projects would be of community-wide benefit, and indicate why other sources of funding are not available. Additional information regarding proposals can be obtained via email by writing to [[email protected]].

A long-term goal is to enhance the Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund’s assets and ultimately further promote community well-being. Contributions to the Fund are welcome and tax deductible within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Information regarding contributions to the Fund can be obtained from David Burks of the San Diego Foundation at 756-8263. We are proud to create this fund for our community. We look forward to your ideas on how best to use the fund, and to your contributions to help it grow!

Newsletter Notes

New Advertising Policy

A new advertising policy is now in place as of June 1. Thank you for your collective patience in both awaiting and accepting the new policy. It already has made a big difference.

Old Newsletters Needed

Do you have copies of the SRCA Newsletter prior to 1980? If so, could we have or borrow them for our archives? Please contact Wes at 695-6835 or send email to [email protected] Thanks much. Our goal is to provide all monthly issues of the Newsletter back to 1972 on a CD and eventually on our website.

Consider Using Autoreply for Email Submissions

If you submit articles to the Newsletter via email, as most of you do, it may be handy for you to add an auto-response option to your email. That way you will know that it was received. This is much easier than requesting a reply from us in the text, which may not be read for several days after receiving and filing the email.

Delivery Schedule

The deliver schedule of the SRCA Newsletter for 2000-01 is as follows. Also, if your group wants to be featured in the Newsletter, perhaps in the Focus section, please contact us.





July 29

SR Map


Sept. 2

SRHS Foundation


Sept. 30

MRE Halloween


Nov. 4

SR Theater


Dec. 2

Looking Back


Jan. 6

SRCA membership


Feb. 3


Mar. 3


Mar. 31

Children’s Hosp.


Apr. 28



June 2

Symphony … Park


June 30

4th of July


July 28

SR Map


Sept. 1

SR Theater


Sept. 29



Nov. 3



Dec. 1

Looking Back