The December meeting of the SRCA is one where we honor those individuals who help keep Scripps Ranch a great place to live and raise a family. There are many of our residents who go the extra mile to help our community, and we can never hope to thank each and every one. However, we do attempt to recognize as many as we can.
Our goal is to try and find those "unsung" heroes of Scripps Ranch, while still not forgetting those whom we have already honored. Please come and join us on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Recognition Night Chair Dorothy Mildice always puts together an evening to remember.
Important Meetings in Scripps Ranch
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, there will be two important informational meetings in Scripps Ranch; both will be at the Scripps Ranch Library.
The first meeting will be an SRCA Schools Committee meeting to discuss enrollment and school issues facing Scripps Ranch in the near future. One of the major concerns is overcrowding at Marshall Middle School. Options on how to deal with that will be discussed. This meeting will be at 6 pm.
The second meeting will be to discuss the closure of the Miramar Dam. This meeting will be from 7 to 9 pm. For more information, please see the articles in the News section on page 13.
`Tis the Season
Yes, it’s that time of year again. The SCRA hosts its Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 pm in Jerabek Park. Bring an unwrapped toy for the USMC Toys for Tots program. It’s a great way to kick off the season, and Santa even makes an appearance.
The SRCA wishes everyone a peaceful and happy holiday season and urges everyone to drive carefully, especially in Scripps Ranch.
New Year’s Resolution
I would urge all Scripps Ranch residents to make joining the SRCA one of their New Year’s resolutions. The cost of membership is very reasonable, plus most of the funds collected are redistributed throughout the community.
Information on how to join can be found on the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org]. Also, there will be more information in the January issue of the SRCA Newsletter. So, please take a moment to remember Scripps Ranch and help us keep it the great place to live that it is.
Recycling Christmas Trees
We recycle Christmas trees starting on Thursday, Dec. 26, and going through Friday, Jan. 10. Our pick up points will again be Hoyt Park and the Community Park parking lot on Blue Cypress Drive. Remove the stands and ornaments so the trees can be mulched without damaging the machine or the operators.
Please stack the discarded trees carefully, and do not put any other garbage there. Last year the citywide effort was the most successful ever. Considering Scripps Ranch started this in l977, it has grown and now covers the entire city.
Check Out the SRCA Website!
Just visit [www.scrippsranch.org] for all the latest Scripps Ranch news. The SRCA website has been busy this last year, and the trend promises to continue next year. Currently, we post about 200 hits a day. This number is increasing as people become more aware of the site and get used to checking it simply to find out what is new.
Coming soon, you will see the website supplement coverage on the following upcoming meetings: the Miramar Lake Dam fence; overcrowding in our schools; design of the new middle school; and, the impact of tunneling under Scripps Ranch to lay the San Vicente pipeline. Please check for updates. We will also create opportunities for you to submit your thoughts on these issues directly to decision makers.
If you are familiar with our website, but have not checked it lately, then you will notice a number of changes when you visit the site. The new look functions the same as it always has, with easy access to an online version of Newsletter articles. For the most current news, we now have the "Latest News" section.
New features have also been added. On the front page, you will notice that every time you browse the website, a different "Scripps Ranch Question" is printed across the bottom of the page. Click on it to see the answer. These questions are drawn from a growing "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) library which can be referenced off the main menu bar.
We are now posting new agendas– and archiving old agendas–for the SRCA, the Schools Committee, and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee. With invitations out to the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and Rec Council, we expect this list to grow in the coming months.
There are also some downloads available. If you lose the Scripps Ranch map insert that comes once a year in the Newsletter, you can download it from the website. Click on "Maps" on the main menu bar, and then follow directions. A recent addition to the Maps area is a link to Mapquest aerial photographic maps of Scripps Ranch. The Mapquest link gives you the ability to pan and zoom on an aerial photographic map.
If you have ever wondered who to call for any of a thousand different things from abandoned vehicles to wooden newspaper recycling boxes, then you can download the City Contact List. To access this download, click on SRCA on the main menu bar and select "City Contact List."
The SRCA dropdown list also contains links to the Calendar, Directory, and Photo Album–all of which we use to supplement regular Newsletter features. When possible, we are trying to take advantage of the website’s format potential for expanding these features and for using hyperlinks to connect users to other websites and to email.
Many people do not realize that you can join the SRCA from our website. Just click on the "Join" entry on the main menu bar. Joining the SRCA is easy; payments can be made by credit card through the website.
The website is working because of the contributions and participation of many people in Scripps Ranch. If you have something you would like to contribute to the SRCA website, just send it to [[email protected]].
Bob Cavanagh, VP-Communications
Volunteering and You
Your response to our call for volunteers is most gratifying, but we can use more help in many of the activities and functions of the SRCA. We have just completed a compilation of the various committees, activities, and functions, and can provide you with as many potential options as you can handle.
Just call me, Bob Dingeman, at 566-6083. Try it, you will like being a contributing part of our community. It could be your New Year’s resolution–to do your part!
New District Representative
The SRCA welcomes Jack Little as the new District 4 representative. District 4 is the area around Jerabek Elementary School and Jerabek Park.
Districts 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].
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.
My name is Jay Wurtzler. I am your representative for District 18. Our district is bordered by Angelique Street, Cypress Canyon Park Drive and Candy Rose Way. This is the majority of the San Lucena and La Merida neighborhoods.
Originally from Cincinnati, I relocated to San Diego in May of 1988. I have lived in many parts of San Diego over the years. I spent time in El Cajon, La Mesa, the UTC area, Pacific Beach, and Clairemont, before settling here on the Ranch in November of 1996.
I live here with my wife of nine years, Erica, my 7-year-old son Blake who attends Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School, and my 4-year-old daughter Morgan. We are happy to call Scripps Ranch home. I could not imagine a better community in San Diego to raise our children.
I am a Certified Financial Planner and have been in the investment advisory business since 1986. I have worked with the same firm since I relocated from Cincinnati. I like to play golf, workout, and spend time with my family. It is so much fun watching my children grow up and learn the ways of the world.
I have been the District 18 representative for more than two years now. I originally volunteered for this position so I could get a better understanding of our community and its future. As I spent time with the members of the SRCA and my friends and neighbors, my interest grew to preserving our quality of life on the Ranch.
We are lucky to live in a community that nurtures our children and their futures. I am more than willing to volunteer my time to help continue our way of life. I encourage all of you to volunteer to help our community stay the best place to live in San Diego.
The primary concerns for our district remain somewhat constant. Traffic and speeding is a problem that we all deal with every day. Unfortunately, the speeding comes primarily from our own neighbors. Please be aware of your speed as you drive through our family streets.
I also hear many residents express their concern with the overcrowding and expansion of our schools–a problem our community is working on diligently. Please feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns regarding our community. I can be reached at [[email protected]]. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jay Wurtzler, District 18 Rep.
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.
Thank you to the many volunteers who deliver your SRCA Newsletter. The community appreciates your time each month. Please be aware that many of the events in the Newsletter are time sensitive. Therefore, your neighbors appreciate timely delivery of the Newsletter.
In addition, we would like to remind all distributors not to place the Newsletter in or around mailboxes. Federal law prohibits anything not sent through the U.S. Postal Service from being placed in or around mailboxes.
Again, your efforts are greatly appreciated. Please check the Directory pages, and if your neighborhood does not have a delivery person, please volunteer!
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