Mayor Visits Ranch

We thank Mayor Kevin Faulconer for coming to our community in April and giving us the opportunity to hear of his programs for the city. We also had the chance to say thanks for his current efforts and communicated our concerns directly to him. This is so rare in today’s political world, and we appreciate it so much. If you have concerns, you can still direct them to our council office to reach the mayor.

4th of July Parade

If you have not done so, get with your neighbors and plan your entry in the Scripps Ranch 4th of July Parade. Fill out the form on page 7 and send it in! It will be lots of fun and you can even meet new neighbors. It does not have to be fancy—maybe decorated bikes, wagons, a car or truck, anything goes. Show your love of Scripps Ranch and your patriotism.

Clean-Up Day and Garage Sale

We thank all of the residents and businesses who make possible our Clean-Up Days and Community Garage Sales. These help maintain our wonderful community appearance and serve a valuable role in enabling residents to sell items and do their part for the recycling effort and the environment. Thanks to Coldwell Banker and the Kiwanis Club for their help.

Annual Recognition Night

Certainly one of the most important, and pleasurable, evenings in Scripps Ranch is always our recognition of those fabulous volunteers who make our community tick. We have been doing this since 1978 as an annual event, and some of our recognized volunteers have been active not for a short period of time but for decades. That is what keeps our community number one in San Diego County! Thanks a heap for all those recognized. Look for complete coverage in the June SRCA Newsletter.

If we missed you and you are an active volunteer, please accept this as our public thanks and keep up the good work. It is appreciated and needed. Thanks to our committee, headed this year by Vince Petrucci, for organizing this event. It was another banner year for Scripps Ranch, which makes our community so special.

Old Scripps Mansion and Vons

With the current dialogue concerning the possible development of the Horizon Church plot on Carroll Canyon Road near Interstate 15 and the possibility of a “big box” store and surrounding retail establishments, it might be good to review some of our history of commercial development. While the old Scripps Ranch mansion site, which had unfortunately been extensively vandalized, was proposed for development into some sort of shopping center, the developer came up with the grand idea of a large multi-screen theater and parking to take up the space.

A group of residents in the early Scripps Ranch Civic Association met with the developer and suggested a change that would meet our community needs. Equally important it would also meet the developer’s plan to make money on the deal.

The idea of a theater—which would have attracted off-Ranch visitors in large numbers with its problems—was abandoned. We then worked out the idea of the Vons shopping center, and, I personally, on behalf of the SRCA, corresponded with the Vons CEO to get the company’s acceptance to build. We then worked out the smaller commercial establishments that we now have.

Not only is it low-key, but the Vons shopping center parking lot has been extensively used over the years for parking for community events like the Old Pros Run and the 4th of July Parade. As such, it has been invaluable to us. Incidentally, despite the construction of the “new” Vons on Scripps Poway Parkway, this Vons has been one of the best-producing stores in their system for sales.

I guess the lessons learned and what I have been trying to communicate is that we as a community have looked constructively at development. We have tried always to help shape it for the best interest of all residents, while ensuring the developers get their investment paid off.

A Bit of Scripps Ranch History: Pomerado Road

As we drive down Pomerado Road, we travel on the trace of an old dirt wagon trail used for many years before Scripps Ranch existed. When our community started to be developed in 1969, the road was partially paved but was still a rather narrow winding road that, unfortunately, when faster moving cars and motorcycles came on the scene, claimed a number of lives. When we wrote our award-winning Community Plan to direct our development, we included a comment that Pomerado Road should be improved to a safe road but not a “freeway” to divide our community.

To our utter consternation some city traffic engineer seized upon the words and decided that Pomerado Road should be built as a four-lane highway from Interstate 15 to Scripps Ranch Boulevard. That would leave the dangerous two-lane highway to continue to claim lives and use up all of our hard-earned community funds.

Then resident John Royer and I volunteered our time and engineering talent and worked for two years with cooperating city engineers to build Pomerado Road as you see it today. Of course, it immediately became a major thoroughfare for traffic from other communities and remains so today. We had traffic lights installed to somewhat help control the traffic, but, unfortunately, we still have tragedies on the heavily traveled road.

When constructed, Pomerado Road remained in the words of a past mayor, “A delight to drive down its tree-lined route on the way home from work.” Over the years we have added improvements and widened them for safety.

Here’s an interesting historical fact. When we started grading, we discovered the remains of an old earthen dam near the present Chabad Hebrew Academy site, which the Scripps family put up to store water for its use.

Pomerado Road is a delight to have in our community, so please drive carefully and enjoy what has been created. Remember, it was a community team that helped achieve what we have, and we used our slowly collected community funds to achieve proper results.

Bob Dingeman