My Deepest Appreciation to Nathan Fletcher

I just received from our former state assemblyman, Nathan Fletcher, the most beautiful illuminated state resolution setting forth the record of some of our work together. Nathan is now a vice president at Qualcomm and college professor at University of California San Diego. I must admit, it is very flattering and felt so good at this time in my life to read, and I say “thank you.”

Whether I deserve all the nice things may be questioned, but they certainly read beautifully and inspire me to continue to do the best I can, although admittedly considerably less than in the past. Thanks, Nathan, and I send my personal appreciation. On behalf of Scripps Ranch, we send our collective thanks for all your service as our assemblyman. We look forward to seeing more of you in the education field, as your enthusiasm and skills are so needed there.

Volunteers of Scripps Ranch

In 1979 I felt we needed to thank residents for their wonderful spirit of volunteerism, which was already evident back then. We decided to have an annual Recognition Night at which we would thank them for their efforts. We started out with the planning groups, SRCA, sports, and schools. We have since expanded the roles and we expand the number of volunteers we thank each year. The interesting thing is many of them have now completed 20-30 years of service to the Ranch, and we are blessed with a new batch of volunteers each year.

Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School theater. New volunteers each year make our system the best functioning community in San Diego County. Saying “thank you” is our way of perpetuating needed actions and making Scripps Ranch special and functional.

A Volunteer in Action

In the February SRCA Newsletter I reported the distressing vandalism of our community Christmas tree lights. I already have an offer to help try to salvage them from Hans Ricker, a Timberlake resident. Thanks, Hans! Again, Scripps Ranch volunteers at work on a community project.

Speeding on Pomerado Road

I received a phone call from a resident who in the past had witnessed the carnage on Pomerado Road when he came on the scene of a motorcycle and car collision in which an individual was killed. He said that motorists were speeding and it was just a question of time before we had another fatal accident. He wanted the police to patrol more frequently and issue speeding tickets.

He also was concerned that the traffic by the entrance to Marshall Middle School was properly controlled. Well, I contacted the police department’s Northeastern Division, and you can expect to see some black and white patrol units on Pomerado Road. So be forewarned.

SRCA Neighborhood Watch

Our well-organized Neighborhood Watch (NW) program is doing its thing to assist the police. With the cooperation of everyone locking their doors and reporting prowlers, the San Diego Police Department is apprehending burglars and working to prevent illegal activity.

So continue to assist and remember to call the police non-emergency number at 484-3154 to report suspicious activity. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. It really helps our police serve us better. If you have not yet joined your NW, now is the time to do so. Just go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch].

Congressional Incentive

We need intelligent decisions and actions to come from Congress. The recent lame duck session was a complete farce with no significant actions taken. New legislation introduced, in essence, says to Congress, “You get no pay until you prepare and adopt a real viable budget for the country…no budget, no pay.” Perhaps it will work. It also might be applicable to Sacramento.

What Makes America Great?

I would like to wax a bit eloquent about our great country and some problems we seem to have and what collectively we must do to help solve them for us today and our future. We have been fighting terror with lots of means, which the 9/11 attacks generated, including our war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those who lived through the horror of the attacks will never forget the sight, which is seared into their memory. The issue is how do we counter the terrorists and at the same time preserve and enhance our cherished American traditions and values that have benefitted so many millions and enriched and improved the world.

Our all-volunteer armed forces have been strained with multiple deployments. I believe the impact of these long wars has generated a loss of attention to the threat still posed. Yet we must prepare to face change and adjust, with our elected officials at all levels, unfortunately, enjoying the lowest level of confidence from the citizens in history. Proposals reducing the armed forces will have a serious impact on San Diego residents.

We will receive many promises of action but expect only a few real changes. The political climate in Washington and Sacramento is not conducive to making the major adjustments needed.

We can expect more “economic cliffs” and, unfortunately, gutting the strength and flexibility for needed actions by our armed forces in the nation’s process. It also can, as a consequence, erode the spirit of nobility of citizen service in our armed forces. This also emphasizes what I discussed in last month’s Newsletter as the “Spirit of Scripps Ranch” as it applies to our country as well. We all need to work together to achieve results.

Bob Dingeman