President’s Report

Showtime on Oct. 17!

After our resounding victory at Planning Commission, you would think that the developers would have gotten the message. However, they have appealed the decision to the City Council and it will be heard on Tuesday, Oct. 17. We need to send the message even stronger that this project is not in the best interests of Scripps Ranch or the City of San Diego.

What can you do? Please attend the hearing if at all possible. If you cannot make it, please write to the nine City Council offices. See this Newsletter or our website [www.scrippsranch.org] for details. Also you can call 619-236-6655 and express your views to Phil Blair.

Phil Blair Appointed

It took 5 ballots but in the end Scripps Ranch resident Phil Blair was appointed to our vacant council district seat by the City Council. There were 7 candidates, but after the first ballot it was down to three: Phil; Scripps Ranch resident and former councilman Tom Behr, and current Council District 5 staff rep Tom Daglish. After the fourth round of voting with the vote 4 for Blair, 3 for Behr, and 1 for Daglish the Mayor eliminated Tom Daglish. On the 5th ballot, Phil was elected 5-3.

Phil is a long-time resident of Scripps Ranch and a devoted volunteer. We know that he will excel in handling the several critical issues before the City Council between now and Dec. 4, when the newly elected representative will be seated.

Meet Phil Blair in SR

You can meet Phil Blair at the recently opened Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road, on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7 pm.

Candidates Forum–Oct. 10!

The SRCA’s candidates forum will on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will have candidates for important local offices, including major and city council. Please plan to attend. You’ll find it remarkably helpful in deciding who you should vote for in November.

Then, please vote! High voter turnout is the most effective way to ensure that Scripps Ranch will be in a position to help shape our own future; your voting record is one thing that all elected representatives are interested in.

Recognition Night

Believe it or not December is right around the corner. That’s when the SRCA holds its annual recognition night to thank all those folks that go out of their way to make Scripps Ranch the great place to live that it is. However, we can’t do this without you. You have to tell us who you would like us to say “thank you to.”

Please take some time to fill out the Recognition Night form on page 9 and submit it to us. The many volunteers in Scripps Ranch will thank you!

Info Center Volunteers

Thank you for the several of you who have called to volunteer for working in the new Scripps Ranch Information Center. The building is formally called a “city service center” but we know that most of its service will be in answering local issues on the Ranch. The City will be hard pressed to answer these issues on their own, so we definitely appreciate our local residents stepping forward with their enthusiasum and expertise.

Speaking of enthusiasm and expertise, check out the Info Center historical photos when you stop by. Victoria Mazelli, Scripps Ranch artist in residence, has created another magical place for us–just like she did at the library, the Rec Center, and Marshall Middle School.

SRCA and the City donated the funds for the photos, but Victoria did the hard work: finding photos, picking the best ones, researching who was in them, designing the frames, and having it all ready to go for the grand opening on September 20. Thanks Victoria! We notice and really appreciate your way, way above the bar efforts on behalf of our community. The photos are museum quality, designed to last for decades. As one visitor observed, “When you walk into the Center, you know you’re in Scripps Ranch.”

We also thank Fast Frames, a local business in the new Vons shopping center, for providing SRCA with excellent prices and Victoria with outstanding materials and service.

School Issues

The SRCA is still working with the Scripps Ranch Schools Committee to identify and solve as many school issues as possible. Input is always welcome and should be directed to our schools committee. More information is on page 27.

Remember at the end of this month, we go off daylight savings time. As the days get shorter and the children are in school, the potential for traffic accidents goes up. Please drive carefully in our community and especially around our schools and parks.

Web News

First Emailing to Members

We sent out our first bulk email to SRCA members on September 8 to alert them to the BCL letter which we feel misstates issues regarding the proposed rezone of the Scripps Ranch business park. The text of the email is provided on page 5.

Job #1 for the SRCA is to provide information to the community, so we are pleased that we are able to take this next step in effectively communicating with you. Special thanks go to each of the 947 of you who shared your email address with us as part of your membership application.

You can trust that we won’t clutter up your inbox, and we definitely will not share your email address with others. But with this new capablity, we haved raised the bar in communicating with and unifying our community. Thanks for your help.

Online Calendar

An online calendar has been added to the SRCA website. It is displayed as a monthly calendar of events, and can be expanded to a single day with much more detailed information. Check it out at [www.scrippsranch.org]!

One of our goals in providing the online calendar is to minimize the number of conflicts between major events on the Ranch. Please send event information of interest to the overall community to [[email protected]] and we will make sure it gets in the online calendar.

New Trails Map

The new Scripps Ranch Parks and Trails pamphlet is in final proofing and will be distributed to SRCA members in early fall. This activity was supported by your $15 membership contribution.

SRCA Actions

Bylaws Changes

The SRCA Executive Board will consider at their October meeting the proposal to modify the bylaws to add the position of Assistant District Representative. This position would allow us to actively involve additional people from each of the 20 SRCA districts on the Ranch.

Newsletter Notes

What’s it Worth?

What do you suppose a copy of the Newsletter is worth? As it turns out, each copy costs about $1.50, a pretty penny, as my grandmother would say.

So, when you run into one of our advestisers, please say thank you. They are the ones who pay that $1.50 for each of us. And while you are at it, please thank the person who delivers your issue each month for free. Their volunteer effort keeps the Newsletter affordable.

This month we were pleased to be able to say thank you to our many Newsletter distributors by inviting them to a special performance of the Scripps Ranch Theater. It was SRCA’s way of saying thank you to all the folk who make us look good.

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Month

Delivered

Focus

Oct.

Sept. 30

MRE Halloween

Nov.

Nov. 4

SR Theater

Dec.

Dec. 2

Looking Back

Jan.

Jan. 6

SRCA membership

Feb.

Feb. 3

SRHS Foundation

Mar.

Mar. 3

SRFOL

Apr.

Mar. 31

Children’s Hosp.

Extra Material

New Email Addresses

As part of building a more robust SRCA, we have identified new email addresses directly linked to our web site. Note that these will replace the previous email accounts that we had been using (e.g. [email protected]) Please begin using the following immediately as the old email addresses are no longer active.

Use of the various email addresses was designed to be self explanatory.

  • [srca] is for general communications to SRCA.
  • [help] is for any question that needs answering about Scripps Ranch.
  • [webmaster] is for all questions related to the SRCA website.
  • [newsletter] is for all communications and submissions of text and photos to the SRCA Newsletter.
  • [ads] is for all communications and submissions of ads to the SRCA Newsletter.

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 Greg Minter our webmaster, at our website [[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.

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.

Vacancies for SRCA District Representatives

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

  • 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.

Newsletter Sections

Sections used each month:

  • Editorial
  • Calendar
  • SRCA
  • What’s Happening
  • News
  • Planning
  • Schools
  • Focus
  • Scouts
  • Sports
  • Organizations
  • Religious Services
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Classifieds
  • Directory

Sections used occasionally, when information is submitted:

  • Committees
  • Dialogue
  • Government
  • Looking Back
  • Obituary
  • People
  • Recognition
  • Special Report
  • Writer’s Corner

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.

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.

Newsletter Volunteers

As a result of our membership drive, SRCA is likely to have a fairly large number of residents who volunteer to help deliver the Newsletter. If you are having trouble getting the Newsletter out to your neighbors on time, or if you would like to have someone do part of your route, or if you would like to have someone cover you occasionally, please call Chuck at 271-8853. We’d be happy to help you out. And thanks for all of your help; it makes a world of difference.

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.

Subscription Rate

We now offers a subscription rate of $72 per calendar year as a courtesy to those who may wish to routinely have a copy of the Newsletter, but live outside of Scripps Ranch. Newsletters will be mailed via U.S. mail to subscribers. Please contact the SRCA as described on the front page if you are interested. Please note that the SRCA newsletter sans advertising is available on the SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org].

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 of the Newsletters back to 1972 on a CD and eventually on our web site.

Timeliness is Necessary

As much as we appreciate the volunteer effort by the many people who distribute the Newsletter, we need to remind you that the system doesn’t work if the Newsletter isn’t distributed in a timely fashion! Late delivery means events are missed and advertisers are miffed. If you cannot deliver on time, please call Chuck at 271-8853. Also, please call me if you would like to have help or be replaced, or if you would like to help deliver the Newsletter in your neighborhood. Thanks!

Newsletter Distributor Policy

The Newsletter distributors provide one of the most important ingredients to making Scripps Ranch a smaller community than its 25,000 residents would suggest it could be. People know people. Residents move from one house to another staying within Scripps Ranch. Children of residents leave for school and come back to live here as adults.

Small steps can make a big difference. This is true of the Newsletter distributors. We thank you; your efforts are the glue that binds us together. This is one reason that the SRCA Executive Board consistently has rejected the idea of contracting with a delivery service or mailing each Newsletter via U.S. mail. Cost is certainly an issue; but more important, we don’t want to erode the glue that helps hold us together.

With that in mind, we strive to find distributors who live in the neighborhood that they distribute to. We appreciate the many residents who have gotten us through a transition period when no such resident could be identified. But ultimately, we want to find that a person living in each of our small neighborhoods to deliver community news to that neighborhood. Then that person can find additional neighbors to help distribute the load and fill in during emergencies or vacations. This process helps create the network that ties the neighborhoods and the Ranch together.

Delivery Schedule

The deliver schedule of the SRCA Newsletter for 2000-01 is as follows. All Focus sections are taken for 2001, but call us if you have a major event that you would like to make sure is noticed in the Newsletter. We can usually work something out if we know a month or so ahead of time