Is a “Big Box” Coming to Scripps Ranch?

We have been exposed to lots of information and some so-called “facts” on the proposed development in the Horizon Church site on Carroll Canyon Road. We also have heard and read conflicting information and data in several community meetings. Keep an open mind and listen, then look at our guide for development—our award-winning community plan. It has served us well for 36 years and is still valid. Also, the information by the Scripps Ranch Planning Group in the SRCA Newsletter provides the best information. Do not get panicked as this all goes to the city Planning Commission and the City Council, so we have many avenues of relief from pressures.

As I represented Scripps Ranch in no less than 189 successful appearances before the Planning Commission and then the City Council in the last 32 years, I can and will come out of my retirement and fight the good fight again as needed.

We won all of the battles over the years. We always make a strong united approach and presented “doable” and defensible solutions that are needed and benefit the entire Ranch. When I read all of the items published so far in the SRCA Newsletter, I am convinced that the construction by unknown parties trying to keep it secret so we will not organize opposition to the proposal is, I believe, self-defeating.

Facts are always better with open discussions and clarity as to the advantages that will accrue for the Ranch. Remember when the district was set to purchase the land opposite the high school for a new middle school—prior to building Marshall Middle School at its current site? Ten days before we were to announce the purchase, the city called a meeting and announced that the other owners had secured the company Intel to purchase the property.

This made all of our work for naught. We eventually had to go south of Pomerado Road to build the school and pay an additional $3.5 million and contend with a dangerous crossing for our children.

The projected Intel “campus,” which we were told would bring high paid and skilled workers, has not yet manifested itself but is still owned by Intel. One large corner lot is owned by the LDS church. Other lots have been sold and successfully developed, such as Lockheed Martin. Hitachi recently moved out and Core Logic moved in. The city wants to preserve large “industrial” land to preserve acreage exclusively for expansion. I cite this as history and lessons learned. Do not panic at claims and counterclaims; learn the facts.

The page in the December Newsletter titled “Facts” was an advertisement from the proposed project’s developer. So try to get unbiased facts, such as provided in the editorial portion of the Newsletter. Providing pros and cons is our style to get information to residents. For example, to say there is no potential traffic problems when we already have one that will be exacerbated is wrong.

Be Sure to Vote for Mayor

We all hope for the best for our city and country in 2014. We are going to elect a new mayor on Tuesday, Feb. 11. So be sure to do your research about the candidates and then vote! The new mayor will face many challenges, all of which may become part of our individual lives. So I guess I need to say “brace yourself” and plan to be flexible but strong. Some tough decisions will be needed, for sure, to get our funding to the proper level.

This means here in Scripps Ranch that your individual opportunity to do your share as a volunteer will never be better. Remember, doing our homework and working together, Scripps Ranch residents have accomplished wonders for our community despite any city problems.

Reminder of Long Ago Event: Washington at Trenton

History provides a vivid reminder of how strong Americans can be. On December 26, 1776, George Washington’s ragged and torn Continental Army crossed the ice-filled Delaware River into Trenton, New Jersey. It attacked and defeated the hired Prussian regiment of Colonel Johann Rall. There are reports that some of our soldiers marched in the snow with only rags on their feet and still prevailed, leaving bloody footprints. It’s a history lesson that Americans should never forget. These were our first citizen soldiers fighting for our freedom against fantastic odds.

You may recall the painting of Washington standing up as he crossed the dangerous river. Not seen are the artillery men under Colonel Henry Knox, who crossed with their weapons and even their caisson horses—a real feat. The artillery helped defeat the Hessians and beat back two strong counterattacks by them, with tremendous casualties on the attacking Prussians and success for Washington. It was Washington’s first major U.S. victory.

An interesting sidelight from this event was that many of the Hessians deserted the British army and fled and helped settle the American frontier in Pennsylvania. There they are called “Deutch,” for Germans, to this day.

Friendly Waves!

One of the joys of this old soldier’s life now that I am so housebound is when I take my daily walk on the sidewalk on Red Cedar Drive. Many people wave to me from their cars or stop and talk to me. It makes my day bright and shining!

Of course, I also have been known to remind some that there is clearly a stop sign and, therefore, they should stop. About five out of ten cars simply drive through the stop sign or give it a slight “California roll.” I, of course, do not try to cross the street with my “wheels” for obvious reasons. Thanks a heap for waving!

Thank You!

During the holidays our wonderful friends the Taylors drove Gaye and me around Scripps Ranch and then to Rancho Penasquitos to see all the wonderful lights and decorations. We were amazed and delighted to see entire blocks all decorated with individual lights and displays.

Also, it was so nice to see all the Scripps Ranch homes decorated. I should mention Jany and Bill Staley’s decorations in their newly transformed front yard. Their home on Sunset Ridge Drive is definitely a sight to see. Simply a delight!

Bob Dingeman