Our Eucalyptus Trees

We are still experiencing the same problems as other areas of the State in which two pests, the Lerp and the Australian Borer, are attacking trees. The Borer is an older grub that burrows under the bark and kills the tree, which then has to be removed. The Lerp is a small insect that makes a gummy mess and causes leaves to fall off the tree. But note: the tree is not dead!

We have checked again, and the advice remains as we have provided in the past. Do not over-water or over-fertilize your trees. Any tree which is affected by Lerp will look bare, but it takes about two or three years of continued disease to kill the tree. Many trees will recover after one or two seasons because only the leaves are affected, not the tree itself as it would be if it were attacked by the Australian Borer.

Residents with affect trees have called and I repeat the same message. Unfortunately, many contact an “arborist” who concludes the tree is dead; therefore, you should pay him to remove it. The end result is you no longer have a tree which is the crowning glory of Scripps Ranch, and one which may have been planted several decades ago. Before you have someone cut down your tree, be sure it is really dead and ask for a second opinion.

4th of July Parade and Ice Cream Social

How I love our fantastic parade for the 4th of July. Your parade committee under chair Jany Staley has a fine parade all set. It will form on Ironwood Road as usual starting at 9 am; the parade starts promptly at l0 am.

Darrell Wright will video tape it again for us. We have the USMC color guard and a HumVee for the kids. This is a fun time for all. After the parade, come down to Hoyt Park for a short ceremony of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing God Bless America and enjoy some ice cream courtesy of your SRCA and Cabrillo Credit Union. This will then be followed at l2:30 pm by a special Symphony in the Park concert.

Of course all you athletes will be in either the l0K or Fun Run, or will ride your bikes on one of 3 events. But all of us will end up at Hoyt Park–a grand day for all of Scripps Ranch. We will have water courtesy of Culligans and porta jons in Vons parking lot as this worked out well last year. The theme “30 Years of Comics” should produce some fabulous neighborhood floats. Come out and enjoy the finest community parade in San Diego–bar none.

Let’s Make the Ranch Sparkle

We will have thousands of visitors to the finest community of San Diego for the 4th of July activities. Take a moment and sweep and clean up in front of your homes and show your pride in Scripps Ranch.

Mooney and Associates to do Middle School EIR

We are happy to report that a local firm, Brian F. Mooney and Associates, will produce the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the acquisition of parcels for our new middle school. Brian is a resident of Scripps Ranch as well as an expert in these matters and served on the MRNPC for many years.

This selection responds to our community’s request for a full blown EIR to address and prepare a report on all possible issues requiring solutions and (or) mitigation measures.

The first meeting regarding the EIR will be at the SRCA meeting on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library. The purpose of this meeting will be to list all potential concerns about siting the new middle school.

EIS for Marine Housing

In response to several questions, we have not yet received the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed housing project for MCAS Miramar. When it is received, we will summarize it in the Newsletter and place a copy in the community reference section of the Library.

Fire Season is Here

Just a reminder that we are facing a very tough fire season, and we need all of your care and vigilance to stop any fires and if seen, to report them immediately to 911. We had hoped to have our new brush rig, but it is still being manufactured so your assistance is needed.

  • Be careful with any open fires and grilling;
  • Prepare the area beyond your fence line and remove brush and debris for at least 50 feet;
  • Have a hose in your back yard which you can use if needed;
  • Conduct a fire drill with your children so they know how to call 911 and report a blaze;
  • Be prepared to first call 911, and then try to put the fire out;
  • Report any suspicious activity in the open space to the police and or the fire department

Our Engine Company 37 is prepared to respond quickly, and we have contingency plans to receive help from other stations.

Fire Station Coming Along

Framing for the new fire station is about complete, and you can see the shape that it will assume when it is dedicated, we hope in December. The station is located on the corner of Spring Canyon Road and Blue Cypress Drive.

The Boy Scouts asked me to go to Congressman Cunningham’s office and get a flag that had been flown over the Capitol for their presentation to Engine Company 37. We also are getting a California flag from Assemblywoman Zettel for presentation at the same time.

SRCA will frame the original architect’s drawing of the building and present it for display in the new station. We also are working with Captain Geiske to make sure the new station has its own traditional fire bell.

Covenants, Codes, and Restrictions (CC&Rs)

As all owners of homes in Scripps Ranch know, each development had prepared for it a set of CC&Rs that define general and specific conditions of outside appearance of lawns, landscaping, house treatment, parking, etc. This is a part of the escrow package for all homes.

The courts have generally not taken CC&Rs into litigation so we have resolved most of our problems through calm discussions. We have more than 50 different sets of CC&Rs which apply to separate neighborhoods on the Ranch. We hope to assemble them or as many as we can get and place them for reference in the new Community Information Center.

When you see a violation, you may call me at 566-6083, and I will check on it and call you back. As the City Code Enforcement Officer in Scripps Ranch, I also rely on City codes and can request an inspection by a City employee. The name of the game is to conform and cooperate, and the Ranch will look better and we keep everyone reasonably happy.

If you are interested in keeping up appearances on the Ranch, we would sure like a volunteer or two to take on this advisement and enforcement role. It is very needed for the Ranch to maintain its appearance and our home values. Give me a call at 566-6083, and we can bring you up to speed.

Fall and Spring Clean Up Days

The new chairman of the annual cleanup days is SRCA District Representative John LaBar. He has scheduled Saturday, Oct. 2l, for the fall cleanup. SRCA will again work with the Kiwanis Club under Tom Hankins. As usual, the fall cleanup will be preceded by the fall garage sale.

More detailed information will be forthcoming; this is just an alert so that you can plan to participate, especially if you have an organization or youth group. Our goal is to secure wider community actions and support from organizations and youth groups as we had in years past.

Street Resurfacing

The City actions to resurface and slurry coat our streets will continue through the summer. Sorry I cannot provide a firm schedule for when this is done as they shift from job to job. We do warn all residents of a street in advance when the work will be done.

Reconditioning of Fields

The scheduled work on renovating all our playing fields is continuing on the schedule published last month. Thanks for your cooperation in staying off the fields as we work to get them in the best possible shape. When the work is completed, we will immediately remove the signs indicating field closure.

Give the Kids a Brake

Remember that school is out and the children are welcoming their new-found freedom and might not be as careful as they should be in crossing the street and playing in the street. Slow down! Be careful! We will have police surveillance throughout the summer so you are asked to be vigilant and obey the laws.

June–What a Range of Heartfelt Activities!

The month of June has been filled with wonderful events and happenings. A time to stop and remember and honor our veterans and others, and enjoy our family times.

  • June l: Award and recognition night for Scripps Ranch High School and the graduates of 2000. I presented scholarships from the SRCA to three splendid young students;
  • June 5: Remembering D-day and the heroism of the men who went ashore on Normandy beaches. Also, celebrations with all my old friends on the 55th anniversary of my graduation from West Point;
  • June 6: Gaye’s and my 55th wedding anniversary;
  • June 12: My 39th birthday times 2. For those who called and remembered, my deepest thanks;
  • June l4: Flag Day when we honored our flag;
  • June 14: First San Diego Planning Department recognition of volunteers;
  • June l8: Fathers Day;
  • June 24: Mira Mesa Recognition Day for volunteer of the year Keith Flitner; and
  • June 25: Remembering the forgotten war, Korea.

What a blast it has been. I loved it!

The Forgotten War–Korea

Fifty years ago, poorly trained and poorly equipped American soldiers from the occupation forces in Japan were flown, and I guess thrown, against a massive well-planned invasion by the North Korea army. It was well trained and equipped by Russian advisors. Many of our men had not even had a chance to fire their weapons, and many were captured and suffered horribly at the hands of the North Koreans; few survived. This war dragged on for at least seven years and our casualties exceeded those from Vietnam: 54,000 died; l03,000 wounded; and 8,177 missing in action. Each paid the ultimate sacrifice.

As a veteran of the war through seven campaigns, it was a bitter, a humbling experience to get pushed around as a nation. To have it end in a stalemate was even more frustrating. The American soldier performed with singular valor in the face of tremendous odds.

I am proud to say I was there, and I remember our citizen soldiers and their sacrifices. The war started on June 25, and we are now just remembering it. In my visit to Washington, I went to the Vietnam Wall and wept unashamedly along with all those others present.

I went to the Korean War Memorial of GIs wrapped in ponchos marching open column. Scant protection from the driving rain, plodding along with the ineffably sad, tired look of the combat soldier. It tore this old soldier’s heart again as it brought back many memories of miles of marching in driving rain and then fighting a tenacious foe.

I marched with heroes called “American GIs.”

Bob Dingeman