Hale and Farewell

We say goodbye to the Cavanagh family, as they move to New York. They will retain their present home for a possible return to Scripps Ranch.

Bob has been the SRCA vice president of communications for years, and his computer expertise helped us with the SRCA website. He is a longtime, hardworking volunteer who gave back to the community for years. We wish Bob and his wife, Madelynn, much happiness as they transition from “country living” to New York City!

“Three Bobs” Team Broken

The “Three Bobs” are Bob Ilko, Bob Cavanagh, and me (pictured). Now the team is broken, with Bob C. leaving. We were all SRCA officers and at times when someone calls “Bob” in a meeting, they get a “big” response—from all three of us!

Fire Danger Remains High

Just a reminder that the potential for a firestorm remains high this time of the year. This means we all must be careful and vigilant. Keep your back fences clear of trash and debris, and, if you see a fire or smoke, report it immediately.

School Starts—Drive Carefully

The children are coming off summer break and are out of the habit of being safe while crossing streets. So please watch for them around our schools. Parents must remember to always drop off their children in the safety zones and not to block residents’ driveways near the schools.

Miramar Community College

I was invited to tour the new facilities at Miramar Community College by Sandi Trevisan, public affairs officer, and was overwhelmed at the new construction. It’s a far cry from the campus where I started in 1978. Then, the facilities were portable wooden buildings and we shared classrooms in the evening with Mira Mesa High School and Wangenheim Middle School, yet we taught the students well.

The master plan, which I helped write and worked to implement, is virtually complete. If you have not visited the campus, by all means go and see where your state funds have gone. The excellent facilities include innovative and needed classes for aviation mechanics, diesel mechanics, and new technology for today’s hybrid and electric sedans. The Police Academy still operates on campus and the Fire-Rescue Department is moving back there from the Naval Training Center location.

Of importance to parents is the fine faculty assembled and available at a reasonable price. Also, student class attendance is transferrable to four-year colleges.

Hoyt Park Improvements

Please be careful going to and from Hoyt Park, as we are having extensive rehab work and tree removal for safety done, particularly near the entrance ramp. This is a well-used and cherished facility.

Streets and Sidewalks

We are getting some much-needed work done on some of our streets. We try to keep the city ahead of the problem, but we must rely on you to advise the council office of specific locations that should be repaired or at least put on the list for action. Send the information to me as well at [[email protected]], and I will see it gets on the list for consideration at least. Yes, SDG&E has promised to repair the Red Cedar Drive sidewalk at last.

National Night Out

As I sat in my driveway, I was impressed with the number of people who came by and said howdy in the Scripps Ranch tradition. We were in essence indicating to criminals that we are a united community working for the best interests of all. We stand ready to report to the San Diego Police Department any crimes through our Neighborhood Watch program.

Thanks, Northeastern Division

We want to extend our thanks to the officers of the San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern Division, which covers Scripps Ranch. They respond so quickly to requests for information from our Neighborhood Watch, so we could share it with the community. We must continue to help by using alarms, locking windows, and reporting strangers in our area.

RSVP Administrator Retires

John Sunde, who has served so ably for years as the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) administrator, has resigned. However, he remains on the board.

John is a retired U.S. Navy veteran and docent on the Midway. He did a truly fantastic job managing all aspects of the RSVP, scheduling patrol activities, successfully recruiting members, and ensuring that the patrol mission was accomplished in a superior manner. Thank you, John, for all your work.

Bob Dingeman