President’s Report

First of all it was a great summer with one of our best Parade’s and Picnics ever. The SRCA is happy to give this wonderful event to our community but it does take a ton of work from lots of Volunteers. So if you know anyone who helped please say thank you! To all the members of the 4th of July Committee I wish to express my deepest thanks for a fantastic event.

School is opening this month and along with our normal traffic patterns we have a new elementary school opening, Ellen Browning Scripps located at the corner of Spring Canyon and Scripps-Poway Parkway. We also have construction starting on the water pipeline in an around the intersection of Scripps Lake Drive and Scripps Ranch Blvd. So this year our school traffic could be even more hectic, so please drive carefully not just near the schools and parks but throughout the Ranch. Lets give our kids the best send off to a new school year, lets let them all get there safely.

December, and our recognition night is “just around the corner” so to speak so please take some time to consider those folks who you know who have gone that extra distance to make Scripps Ranch the wonderful place it is to live. Take a minute and fill out a recognition form and send it in. Remember, the SRCA is looking for input from YOU, so we know who to recognize.

Rancho Encantada,

By now I am sure everyone has heard that this proposed development was approved by the City Council 7-2 and that one of the dissenting votes was our Councilman; yet Scripps Ranch seemed to be supporting this project. I have received numerous questions on this situation and would like to clarify as best I can what occurred.

First of all when this project was first proposed, Scripps Ranch was one of the most vocal and organized opponents of the project, even though the project is not in our planning area and is not even in our Council District. We realized that Scripps Ranch would have to deal with most, if not all the negative impacts of this project. Our community banded together and wrote a 22 page letter of concerns for inclusion in the City’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

When the City finally released the EIR it was pretty clear to most of us that the City Staff was in favor of this project and they had not really addressed many of our concerns. At this stage, the community elected to meet with the developer to see if our issues could be addressed. What was finally arrived at was a better plan, but one that still left many traffic issues, mostly unresolved, or in the hands of CALTRANS. Now the plan changes that we accomplished made for a better plan and we were able to further document the traffic issues that needed to be resolved. Our final position was one of accepting the plan with the changes that we worked out and a request to more strongly address the traffic issues.

Now why did we do this? Well, to be honest we were not sure if the plan could be stopped, it would take 5 no votes for this to occur. The plan provided some important needs for the city: low income housing and a major addition to Mission Trails Regional Park.

When it came time to go to City Council, the Scripps Ranch organizations went in with the plan that we would recommend approval, but only if we got stronger traffic mitigation’s. Our Council Office was fully supportive of our work, understood our traffic concerns, and even more important understood that since CALTRANS was involved there was no guarantee that the traffic improvements would be timely. I have not discussed his vote with him but I am sure that he was thinking of the entire I-15 corridor and our traffic problems. Brian voted the way he thought best and i thank him for that. We did our best, and I thank all the folks who worked hard for all their hard work.

The vote was 7-2, with the second no vote coming from the newly elected 6th district Councilwoman. We would have loved for Brian to have a consensus on this issue and then all our efforts would have fit together, however, that was not to be. It is the nature of City Councils that different Council members see issues and payoffs differently. As community volunteers we can only do the best we can, and that is what we did on this project. Would we have liked to do more? Absolutely! Are we thankful that we have Brian as our council member? Absolutely! Did we make a difference, yes.

What Brian’s vote did was to both support our efforts this time and even more important send a message and hopefully set the stage for a bigger win next time. His leadership was instrumental in adding in the requirements to link the traffic mitigation’s as part of the approval. Bottom line, SR and Brian were on the same page on this one, we didn’t win it all but we tried our best and we did make a difference. Hopefully next time we’ll hit one out of the park.

Newsletter Notes

The following is the list of Newsletter delivery dates and Focus articles:

Month

Delivered

Focus

Sept.

Sept. 1

SR Theater

Oct.

Sept. 29

MRE

Nov.

Nov. 3

SRWC

Dec.

Dec. 1

Looking Back

Jan.

Jan. 5

Recognition Night

Feb.

Feb. 1

March

Mar. 1

Library

April

Mar. 29

May

May 3

Jerabek

June

May 31

Concert in the Park

July

July 3?

4th of July

Aug.

Aug. 2

SR Map

Web News

Plan to check the Hot News area on the front of the SRCA home page [www.scrippsranch.org] for the latest news, including information on schools and sports. This gets updated as soon as we have reliable information.

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Haunted Chair Needed

We are looking for an especially unusual, weird even, fun-loving person who is willing to co-chair the SRCA Haunted House Halloween project. Over the next few months, we need to plan and construct the street of dreams (or perhaps nightmares). The Haunted House previously was run by WAC, and SRCA wants to make sure it remains alive and well, or perhaps more appropriately dead and demented. All comers will be considered. Call the SRCA office at 578-0430 if you are interested in either the co-chair position, or in helping on the committee.

New Phone Number for Newsletter

Please note that there is a new phone number for the Newsletter and other community calls. The new phone number is 578-0430. As always, e-mail is the most efficient way to contact me since I often work late at night. The address is [email protected]

Calls regarding advertising may still be directed to our Advertising Manager, Kathy Allman, at 695-6916.

Calls regarding Distribution should be directed to Chuck Adkison, our Distribution Manager at 271-8853.

SRCA Membership Update

Thank you again this year for your rapid and extensive response to our membership drive. Our goal this year is to top 2,500 members. With your support, we can keep Scripps Ranch as the best community in San Diego to live and work in.

Community Pillars

We thank the following additional individuals who became SRCA members at the community pillar level:

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How Can I join?

Fill out and return the form on page 7. Memberships last one calendar year, and need to be renewed each January.

Benefits of SRCA Membership

Each year we have struggled with how to say thank you in a way that you would appreciate and feel was a worthy use of your membership dollars. We focus on doing things for the whole Ranch, but we use your membership dollars to do it. This past year, we think we found two good ways to say thank you just to the SRCA members, because after all, you pay the bills.

  • Park and Trails Map. This exceptionally popular item is a gift to all members. We distributed over 2,000 of them last year to SRCA members. If you are a new member, we would like to make sure you get one. SRCA District Representatives will be delivering them to your house in late February. If you would like another map this year, that is fine too. Just drop us a note or email and we’ll make sure you get another.
  • SRCA E-Letters. Last fall we started this brand new way of communicating with our members. Give us your email address, and we will send you a briefing on late-breaking news that is vitally important to the Ranch, but missed the printing deadline of the Newsletter. We don’t use SRCA E-Letters often so as not to annoy you, but if it is important, you will hear about it right away via the Internet.

Information Center

Volunteers Needed

The Scripps Ranch Information Center is up and going, but SRCA now needs volunteers to help with important projects that have been on hold awaiting the opening of the Center. Please contact Gloria at 578-0430 if you would like to help with the following opportunities:

Historical Pictures

Want to learn more about where you live? There’s no better way than through 30 years of historical pictures. A volunteer is needed to help organize Scripps Ranch historical pictures into display albums.

Newsletter Indexing

Imagine being able to go back 30 years and find out information about your area of Scripps Ranch. That’s what we want to make available to all of you at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Volunteers are needed to help organize 30 years of SRCA newsletters.

CCRs

Have you lost your CCRs? You may need them someday. The SRCA wants to make all CCRs available at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. But, we need volunteers to help us find copies.

Newsletter Notes

The following is the list of Newsletter delivery dates and Focus articles: