It was great again! Yes, we again had a fantastic 4th of July Parade and Celebration. This is the flagship event of the SRCA, and we could not do it without lots of help. First of all to the SRCA 4th of July Committee and especially its chair, Jany Staley, congratulations and thank you! To all those who participated in the parade, you were great as always. You can see a list of the parade award winners on page 7.
To all our distinguished guests, thank you for sharing the 4th with us. To the Marine Color Guard, who thought enough of our parade to voluntarily wear their famous dress blues when they were authorized to wear a more comfortable uniform, we really appreciate you. To our master of ceremonies and his lovely assistant, Bob and Gaye Dingeman, you both were great as usual.
Lastly, thanks to some "unsung heroes": the Vons center for sharing their parking lot; to Scripps Ranch Storage for letting us stage road signs; and, to our oldest corporate member, the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, for the use of their truck.
As we are all aware our state and city are in a budget "crunch." While the state has yet to resolve its budget, the city has adopted theirs. There will be cutbacks; the first two that will immediately affect Scripps Ranch are reduced library and recreation center hours. See page 17 in the Newsletter for an article from Councilmember Brian Maienschein.
The community is working with the city to determine what flexibility we will have in determining how these cuts will be implemented. Right now, the recreation center will be authorized to open only 48 hours a week. The first recommendation is to reduce hours on Friday evenings and Sundays.
Traveling into Poway, it’s easy to see that development in the city continues. The Newsletter is reporting on what is being considered for our surrounding areas. I encourage all to read the Special Report starting on page 40 and to attend either the Scripps Ranch Planning Group or the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee meetings.
Some of the major development decisions we are reviewing are: the south Pomerado Road area; the new Marshall Middle School; Western Pacific Housing’s project; and, the expansion at Alliant International University and Chabad Hebrew Academy.
Yes, as with all representative bodies, the San Diego Unified School District must balance its districts by population. Their plan is rather far along, but the SRCA has asked that the citizens be better notified about these actions.
For those who do not know, each school board member has a district they run in for the primary election, but all school board members are elected across the whole district in the general election. The plan on the table could move Scripps Ranch from its current district to an adjacent district. The article and maps starting on page 24 have details.
Currently, the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council is considering several changes to our parks. Due to the continued problem with vehicles driving on both Jerabek and Community Park turf areas, the city and the Recreation Council are perusing options to fence these parks to control vehicular access.
Residents who live near the Community Park have asked the Recreation Council to support locking up the parking lot when the park is closed. Unauthorized, late night usage of the park is very disruptive to the surrounding homes. Currently, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department is developing a plan on the costs of securing this park and will report back to the Recreation Council soon.
While not against this idea, the Recreation Council needs to make sure that the park will be opened and closed at the appropriate times each day. This is not the only park that has this concern. Volunteers have locked Lake View Park in the evenings for years; however, the volunteers are now asking the city to take on this task.
- Bank of America, Scripps Poway Parkway
- Patrick’s Irish Pub, Poway
- Coalition of Clinical Consultants
- The Protocol School of San Diego
- Gunnar and Colleen Mossberg
- Postal Annex
- USA Federal Credit Union
- Mark and Gabrielle Munger
- Realty Executives–Jim Berns
- RE/MAX–Fred Christiansen
- European Kitchen Designs
- Douglas and Vilma Lathrem
This year everyone experienced a hotter than usual 4th of July. This, however, did not deter us from having one of our larger crowds enjoy and cheer on the various entrants in the parade. We had several of our elected officials ride in our parade: Mayor Dick Murphy, Councilmember Brian Maienschein, State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, Congressman Duncan Hunter, Assembly members George Plescia and Jay LaSuer, and School Trustee Katherine Nakamura. Our school principals were there, along with Fire Chief Jeff Bowman, Battalion Chief Melinda Hathaway, Clay Bingham and Tammy Rimes for the Information Center, and Brigadier General Jon Gallinetti of MCAS.
Entries also included our schools, Scripps Ranch High School Band and cheerleaders, local businesses, girl and boy scouts, churches, library, car clubs, neighborhood floats, and the ever-popular Scripps Ranch Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class.
Following the parade we had our popular festivities in Hoyt Park. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association sponsored music by The Players, and children’s activities–face painting, air jumps, and pin making. The SRCA and Cabrillo Credit Union again cosponsored the Ice Cream Social, which was especially welcome on a hot day. The Old Pros sponsored their annual beer garden, water and soda booths, and several food booths, as well as tumbling for the children.
All these activities could not take place and be successful without the time and effort of many volunteers. On behalf of the SRCA I want to thank those individuals who worked on the portion of the events sponsored by the SRCA. At the top of the list has to be the members of my 4th of July Committee–Dick Kelly, Bob Dingeman, Victoria Mazelli, Bob Gravina, Elissa Barber, and Bob Ilko.
Parade judges were Nils, Margie, and James Persson, Victor and Barbara Miranda, and Roger Boates. Parade marshals were Aurie Kryzuda, Mary and Larry Reider, Tom Castiglia, Jonathan and Dianne Bramwell, John Gwynne, Gordon Boerner, Bev Kelly, Bill Staley, and Shaheen and Bib Shahzad. The children’s face painting was organized by Amanda Barber, with helpers from Marshall Middle School–Stephanie Moore and two other students–as well as Mikhaela Beudet-Debus of Scripps Ranch High School. Pin making was organized by Tania Alatorre with helpers Tamara Stevens, Brandy and Becky Admendares, and Tiffany Yu.
For many other activities the following folks helped out: Wendy Littooy, Damon Couch, Marcia Pearson, Cathy Ripka, Shannon Alatorre, Jennifer and Martin Quinn, Marc Sorensen, Tim Clarke, Andy Neshat, Andy Nichols, the old Vons, Wells Fargo Bank, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), and the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club.
As you can see it takes a lot of volunteers and groups to put on this event. We look forward to having another great event next year. If you have suggestions, ideas, or would like to join the committee, please let us know. There are SRCA contact names and phone numbers in the Directory section of the Newsletter.