President’s Report

Happy Thanksgiving! We in America and Scripps Ranch have a lot to be thankful for. So, I hope we all take a little time to reflect on what is really important and enjoy the holiday with our families and friends.

Did You Vote?

There is no more important right than that of electing our representatives. Remember, these are the people who will be making decisions that can and do affect our community, our city, our state, and our country. So, take the time to cast your ballot–it does make a difference!

Recognition Night

Do you know someone who has helped make Scripps Ranch a great place to live? If so, please submit their name to the SRCA for our Recognition Night in December. The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 7. You can go to the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org] and send in your nomination. Recognition Night is Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room.

Planning Our New School

The Design Task Force for the new middle school starts meeting in December of this year. All are welcome to participate and have a voice in our new school. Please look in the News section of the Newsletter for more details.

Farmers Market

Happy birthday to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market! I can’t believe it’s been here for a whole year already, and it’s getting better and better. The "official" birthday is Saturday, Nov. 23, and there will be lots of special things to see and do. If you have some time, stop by and enjoy the market and say "hi" to your neighbors and friends.

Slurry Sealing Our Streets

Is your street on the city’s list for maintenance? Well, we are publishing the list in this month’s Newsletter, so check out the News section. If your street is not on the list but you feel it should be, please contact the SRCA and we will do a follow up. But, please remember, the city does not have the budget to do every street every year.

SRCA Website

Want to stay tuned into what’s happening in Scripps Ranch during the month? Just check in at our website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

Marc Sorensen, President

SRCA Candidates Forum

Who supports the School Board’s current programs and who does not among the candidates? What does Dan McAllister want to do about your property tax if elected? Would you know Connie Witt or George Plescia if they came to your door?

If you were at the SRCA Candidates Forum, you know the answers and probably have a good idea how you will vote before you hit that election booth on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Here is a sample of the questions that were asked and answered at the October Candidates Forum:

  • U.S. Representative: In what specific way do you feel we can determine the true level of threat in Iraq?
  • District Attorney: How should we publicize the presence of sex offenders without violating their rights as citizens?
  • San Diego School Board: How would you reconcile competing interests for limited funds needed for basic school operations, library, and supplies, among other things, versus consulting and other outside costs for the Blueprint?

The SRCA holds the Candidates Forum as a community service, and does not endorse any candidate. Do not forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Mike Gallivan, Chair

Membership Thank You

Last year was a banner year for the Ranch: new housing, expansion of the lake, planning for the new middle school, and a record year for SRCA membership.

On behalf of all of the organizations and people who benefit from your membership dollars, I would like to extend a sincere thank you. Your membership supports many people and activities around the Ranch: the Community Fair, the 4th of July celebrations, scholarships for students, and so much more.

All of these add to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy and make us the envy of other communities in and around San Diego. None of this would be possible without your generosity.

Please keep an eye out in January when your SRCA membership drive kicks off. If you are new to the Ranch, please consider joining the SRCA. If you are currently a member, please do not forget to renew your membership. At $20 a year, it’s without a doubt the best value in town.

Bob Gravina, VP-Membership

Haunted House, 2003?

Beginning in the 1980s, or maybe it was the 1970s, the Women’s Athletic Club (WAC) put on a Haunted House open to all Scripps Ranch residents. This mammoth gift to their friends and neighbors eventually became too tasking. SRCA offered to continue the tradition and acquired and stored the haunted house paraphernalia–coffins, electric chair, body parts, and other decorations.

We had intended to host a new haunted house–or haunted cul de sac, scary street, or Halloween park–as one of the several community activities sponsored by SRCA throughout the year. Unfortunately, our finances this past year did not permit us to add this event to our plate. We do intend to continue the tradition in 2003, however, with your SRCA membership support.

In the meantime, if you have haunted house materials–gravestones, operating tables, jails, costumes, lights, music, or things along those lines–that you would like to donate to our effort, please call the SRCA at 578-0430. Thanks for your support. See you next year!

Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day

We want to send our collective thanks to the Prudential real estate office for sponsoring and managing our Fall Garage Sale in October. This is a wonderful service to all residents. Items not sold were given to the Goodwill truck on Clean-Up Day held one week later.

Clean-Up Day saw increased participation from many youth groups. The SRCA was able to secure dumpsters from the haulers without cost. We thank the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis for again providing all the support for this civic activity and for all who helped make Scripps Ranch so clean.

Our next Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day will be in the spring. We will let you know the dates when they are finalized.

Get to Know Your SRCA District Representative

Do you know which SRCA district you live in and who your district representative is? You can contact them with concerns about your area of the Ranch. To help you become familiar with each SRCA district representative, we are introducing them in the Newsletter.

Districts 4, 13, 14, and 15 currently do not have a representative. If you would like to get involved and make a difference in your community, please contact Gordon Boerner at 689-2411. For district boundaries, check the Scripps Ranch map which is on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].

District 5

Nature abhors a vacuum–even in Scripps Ranch. So, when long-time representative John LaBar moved out of the area recently, enter Larry Nuffer.

District 5 is bordered by Pomerado Road, Avenida Magnifica/Scripps Trail Drive, and Semillon Boulevard. It includes the Scripps Trail Center– home to convenient establishments such as Pazzo’s, Chili Peppers, and Market at the Ranch–which is in the hands of new, enthusiastic ownership.

My wife Kathy, 11-year-old son Cory, and I have called Scripps Ranch home for 10 years. As most of you know, it’s very easy to fall in love with this family-oriented, caring community.

The fact that we enjoy such a great quality of life here is due in large part to the folks who volunteer their time to preserve it–for all of us. I have been enjoying the fruits of SCRA’s labors for a long time and now want to contribute to maintaining and further improving the Scripps Ranch lifestyle.

I have been informally conducting a survey among friends and acquaintances to identify the top concerns for District 5 families, but I have a long way to go. Traffic, vandalism, and safety have been mentioned. Although Jerabek Park is officially in the SRCA’s District 4, preserving and protecting this great community asset from vandals is one of my personal interests. We live a stone’s throw away.

Any District 5 residents who would like to share their thoughts and concerns, I’m all (e-mail) ears. You can reach me at [[email protected]]. I look forward to hearing from you.

Larry Nuffer, District 5 Rep.

District 10

My name is Tiffany Sherer, your newly elected representative for District 10. District 10 is made up of the neighborhoods west of Miramar Lake, including Nob Hill, Miro, Ravel, Affinity, and Westview.

I am a native San Diegan, but relatively new to Scripps Ranch. My husband, Tyler, and I have lived in Scripps since early 2001 with our 6-year-old cat "Kitty." As newlyweds we enjoy traveling and exploring all that our new neighborhood has to offer.

In my free time I enjoy running–at the lake!–scrapbooking, rowing, and traveling. My fascination with politics at an early age has led to a career in politics. Currently, I am a project manager for Public Solutions, a government relations firm located in downtown San Diego. Prior to joining Public Solutions, I worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and City Councilmembers Barbara Warden and Phil Blair.

In addition to my new role as district representative to the SRCA, I serve as the president of the San Diego County Chi Omega Alumnae Group and as an advisor to the local Chi Omega chapter at UCSD. As your new representative, I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns about District 10!

I am your voice to get things done, but I need your input on what you think are issues facing our area of Scripps Ranch. I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me at [[email protected]].

Tiffany Sherer, District 10 Rep.

Newsletter Notes

Delivery Dates for 2003

Below are the delivery dates for the SRCA Newsletter for 2003.

  • January–January 4;
  • February–February 1;
  • March–March 1;
  • April–April 5;
  • May–May 3;
  • June–May 31;
  • July–June 28;
  • August–August 2;
  • September–August 30;
  • October–October 4;
  • November–November 1; and
  • December–December 6.

Newsletter Delivery

Thank you to the many volunteers who deliver your SRCA Newsletter. Please check the Directory pages and if your neighborhood does not have a delivery person, please volunteer!

Newsletter Archive

The Newsletter archive project had a bit of a hiatus, but is now back on track and progressing. The goal is to have each of the past 360 issues of the Newsletter bound and placed on compact disc. Bound copies will be provided for use at the library and Information Center. We expect to have all copies bound from 1990 to present by Christmas.