As we are approaching the Holiday Season it is very appropriate to include some of the events and activities which show that all is still alive and well in our favorite Community, Scripps Ranch. This despite the tensions and incidents which seem to monopolize our TV and Press. Hope you agree.

A New Resident Of Scripps Ranch Welcomed.

Gloria and Thinh Tran are the proud parents of their second son, Dylan Joseph Tran, born on Oct. 11. He was born at 8:02 am and weighed a spanking 8 pounds 5 oz. and was 19-3/4 inches long. Mother and son are doing fine. Gloria is our SRCA Administrative Assistant and has ably manned the SRCA office at the Information Center. Gloria will be taking a short sabbatical from her duties and Kathy Allman has volunteered to step in and assist. Delores, from the City staff, is available at the Information Center to answer your questions. We welcome our newest resident to Scripps Ranch, the best neighborhood in the City.

Ranch Clean Up Day

I hope you all participated in the Oct. 27 Annual Fall Ranch Clean Up Day organized by chairman John La Bar. The fall and Spring-Clean up days are scheduled after the garage sale so we can collect any items not sold for the Goodwill. We thank the Kiwis Club and I Love A Clean San Diego for helping to sponsor and conduct the event, which includes so many residents. We also thank the members of our LMD and our contractor Blue Skies who come out on the weekend and go through the Ranch picking up items from the Curb. We also had a wood chipper to mulch the material from your homes to be placed in our open space returning nutrients to the earth and holding down excess growth which could lead to fires. For all of you who helped to make the Ranch Sparkle — Thanks.

Holiday Celebration, Dec. 16

A delightful family event is our Annual Holiday Celebration starting at 4: 30 pm in Jerabek Park. This event is co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts and the SRCA and includes a visit from Santa Claus to collect unwrapped toys to be donated to needy children through the US Marine Corps Reserve, “Toys For Tots” Program. Over the years we have averaged five trucks or van loads of toys, which is fantastic. The Girl Scouts prepare delicious cookies and hot chocolate to take some of the expected chill off and all join in the singing. We will have for the first time some musicians from the Marshall Middle School Band to play as we sing the various Holiday songs and then with Councilman Maienschein leading the countdown, to the lighting of the community Holiday Tree.

See all of you there, Sunday Dec. l6, Jerabek Neighborhood Park 4:30 pm. Please bring an unwrapped toy for the children and of course a blanket and a warm jacket. Santa will have candy canes for the children and colorful participation patches for all the Scouts attending

New Fire Station Dedication Saturday Nov. 3

We dedicate our fabulous new Fire Station for Engine Company #37 Saturday Nov. 3, at 2 pm. Mayor Dick Murphy, Councilman Maienschein and Fire Chief Osby will officiate. McMillin and Brookfield will proudly host the Dedication and Steve Fiorina, Ranch Resident and TV reporter will cover the event for posterity. The members of our oldest Boy Scout Troop and who participated in the dedication of our temporary fire station 19 years ago will present their California State flag and a flag flown over the US Capitol to the firefighters. It is planned to also dedicate the station to the brave firefighters of New York City who gave their lives in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11th. A plaque will be prepared and mounted in the station honoring them The Firefighters of Engine Company #37 are planning to host a community wide Open House of their new home on Dec. 1, from 1-6 pm. For more information turn to the News.

Useful Roster Of City Points Of Contact Completed

I have served as the Scripps Ranch San Diego City Resident Code Enforcement Officer for many years and I asked that they prepare and have available for residents a listing of the various City agencies responsible for Code Enforcement and from who specific assistance and guidance could be secured. After two years I am delighted to say that each of the Distract Directors as well as the Information Center will now have an up to date list of telephone numbers and agencies to help you. Be advised however that in many of the numbers you will get a recording and are asked to punch a series of number or wait on the line for a human being. I hope this will be helpful and we will reproduce and have copies in the Library. The list ranges from abandoned vehicles and barking dogs and bees to Trash recycling etc. just about anything asked of me over the past 20 years and the City Agency now responsible for same.

City Recylcing Now Covers All Of The Ranch

We have been advised that the entire Ranch is now included in the City Recycling Program with the special containers as well as the blue containers. If you are not being covered please call me at 566-6083. Just a reminder that it is unlawful to place any solid waste or container on the public streets before 6 pm of the day prior to your scheduled pickup. containers should be removed prior to 6 pm of the day of the pickup and properly stowed and not left on the sidewalk, in your yard etc. In Scripps Ranch this normally means placing them behind your residence fence. Thanks for helping us recycle and still keeping up the appearance of the Ranch. For greenery pickup please place in a garbage can of your own and not place in plastic sacks, which cannot be picked up.

Christmas Tree Recycling Set

As you all read last year Scripps Ranch pioneered the collecting and recycling of Christmas trees for mulch starting in l977. This is now a citywide effort with tremendous results. This year we will again have two collection points, one at Hoyt Park and the other in the first two sections of the Community Park parking lot. The same rules apply remove ornaments, stands, and plastic before depositing in the collection site and keep it stacked and clean and no trash or garbage. Please no flocked trees, you may wash the flock off prior to recycling, but flocked trees are not allowed, as they do not recycle. The City will collect and mulch the trees for the Miramar Landfill. Did you know you could get free mulch year round at the Landfill? All you need to do is go and get it. Last year was the largest collection ever and we with your cooperation will continue to recycle the trees. The program will start on Dec. 27 and last for three weeks giving all the chance to do their part.

School Information

By the time you read this the School District will have presented its Preliminary Report of the Additional environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the two alternative sites for the proposed Middle School. If you missed this meeting go to the SRCA website where you will find the information presented by the district.

On Wednesday, Nov. l4, at 7 pm a School Committee meeting for all residents will be held in the Library Auditorium. For more details, turn to the Committees section of this Newsletter.

Your Help Is Needed To Curb Traffic Abuses

The incidents of speeding past our schools during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up has resumed after a good first start. Please remember not to accelerate and depart rapidly once you have dropped off your child. The SDPD will have traffic enforcement present to monitor this and issue traffic citations to provide for the safety of the Children here are the most commonly reported infractions near our schools.

a. Parking across and blocking the driveways of resident’s homes near the schools.

b. Illegal parking and leaving vehicle unattended

c. Dropping off children on the wrong side of the street and having them run across the street either to drop off or pick up

d. Ignoring the Safety Patrol directions when in a hurry

e. Speeding in School Zone when departing

Have a very safe and Thanksgiving. We truly do have a lot to be thankful for.