President’s Report

Happy Holidays!

Yes, another year has come to an end, and what an eventful year it was. The presidential elections, and the events of September 11th, not to mention the ups and downs of the economy. However, through it all Scripps Ranch has stayed a wonderful place to live, mostly because we have some wonderful neighbors and friends, a lot of whom go out of their way to make Scripps Ranch the great place that it is. This holiday season would be a great time to remember and thank all those folks. I would encourage us all to take a moment and reflect on who has done those special things that make life easier or nicer. It could be your child’s teacher, babysitter, scout leader or coach. It could be the folks who deliver your Newsletter, or those that “keep an eye on things” around the neighborhood. Take a moment and say Thanks. You could start at community recognition night Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 pm in the Library.

MAD…

Want to know more about your maintenance Assessment District? You can start with your property tax bill. They should be arriving soon, if they are not already here. On this bill you will find an item something like Scripps-Miramar Maintenance assessment or Miramar Ranch North maintenance assessment. The amount listed is how much you pay each year to maintain the public open spaces in your community. As I mentioned last month this amount may need to be increased. I would encourage everyone to find out for themselves how much they pay. This is the first step in being able to make the decision on any potential increase. The other information you need is what is currently being done with this money and more importantly what will any potential increase be used for. This information will be placed in the Newsletter over the next couple of months.

School Update

The Environmental Impact Report on the various middle school sites has been released. As with any EIR the report is long and rather difficult to read; however, everyone who is interested should read the report. By the time you read this report you will be able to read the EIR in the SR Library. This is the first step towards the solution of our elementary and middle school issues.

SRCA Membership

Our “Official” membership drive is just around the corner, but you can join now if you would like. All you have to do is send your name, address, e-mail address, and membership check to:

SRCA Treasurer

9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., Box 317

San Diego, CA 92131 the SRCA.

Basic Membership is $20. You can also join via credit card on the SRCA website www.scrippsranch.org. Click on SRCA and then click on Membership.

It would be great this year if everyone in Scripps Ranch would join the SRCA. Remember all the membership dues collected are returned to Scripps Ranch in some meaningful way.

Newsletter Notes

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

Month

Delivered

Focus

Jan.

Jan. 5

Recognition Night

Feb.

Feb. 1

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

March

Mar. 1

Library

April

Mar. 29

SRHS Foundation

May

May 3

Jerabek

June

May 31

Concert in the Park

July

July 3?

4th of July

Aug.

Aug. 2

SR Map

Sept.

Aug. 31

SR Theatre

Oct.

Oct. 4

MRE

Nov.

Nov. 1

Dec.

Dec. 6

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.

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 Kathy at 578-0430 if you would like to help with the following opportunities:

Volunteer Coordinator: Have you offered your services as a volunteer but never been contacted? We’re really sorry, but we’re in desperate need of a volunteer coordinator. Can you help?

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.

Thanks for volunteering!

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.

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.

Newsletter Notes

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

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.