What A Great Country
On November 5 we were all privileged to exercise our right to vote for the candidates of our choice. I hope you all voted. Despite the results, in which our personal choice did not always prevail, the most important thing is that Americans voted freely and independently in our democratic society.
We did not see riots or threats of violence, just lots of rhetoric, admittedly sometimes not very nice. Now is the time to say "God bless America and our system" and get on with the task before us.
Here in Scripps Ranch, we will embark on the design of our new middle school, and other projects are on the horizon. All of these require–yes, demand–our intelligent and full participation, so plan to do your part.
It is especially important that we continue, as a community, to invest the time and informed effort to maintain our fine schools and support the principals, faculty, and parents as they strive for the best for our children.
I hope all of you took a moment on November 11 to stop and say to all veterans, "Thank you for all you did." I attended the annual Veterans Day Recognition held at the Grant Hotel. If you have never attended this event, it is so inspiring to hear what the veterans have done–and are doing–after leaving the service.
They constitute an incredible body of volunteers as to results and hours spent making our city better. Councilmember Brian Maienschein’s 5th District Veteran of the Year was announced as Alexander Sirpis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), from Rancho Bernardo. Our congratulations. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and always a good citizen.
As a part of Mayor Murphy’s tree planting effort with the People For Trees, we planted seven flowering eucalyptus trees on a scenic location on Scripps Ranch Boulevard in November. We also planted four replacement jacaranda in the center islands. All will be of long term benefit to our homes.
Those attending helped plant the trees and received T-shirts. The SRCA provided refreshments catered by Tim Gaughen, Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee member and new owner of Market at the Ranch in the Scripps Trail Center. Thanks to Tim and his wife Anna for all their help. Community service credit is awarded to all the scouts who helped with the project.
We were delighted to see, hear, and feel the rain. You can just see the trees, grass, and vegetation responding, and soon all will be green again. Unfortunately, we are experiencing a problem that has been brewing for a number of years–the deterioration of the brow ditches that channel water away from homes on slopes into the storm drains.
We have no less than 13 miles of these open, concrete-lined ditches, which in many places have been cracked by trees and age. They were done when the initial construction started in l969. We have asked the council office for assistance in having a survey by city crews to determine maintenance needs.
Although in open space, these have not been the responsibility of the Landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts (MAD), and no funds were allocated for their maintenance. We have, however, inspected and cleaned out these ditches annually as a part of your MAD services. We now need city assistance to repair, not replace, them.
New RSVP Administrator
Dale Iwig, Scripps Ranch resident and veteran Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) member, has been appointed as the administrator of the Scripps/Mesa RSVP. Dale replaces Larry Brady, one of our original members, who stepped down due to illness.
Larry is a retired 1st Sergeant from the U.S. Army and Volunteer of the Year in Mira Mesa. He provided excellent leadership and management skill to the RSVP, and he will be sorely missed. We wish Larry the best, and continued success for Dale as he takes over the reins. The RSVP has established a remarkable record of support of police actions and is a service to our communities.
Mark this special date on your calendar for chair Dorothy Mildice’s wonderful evening where we recognize the work of our community volunteers. The date is Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Please use the parking at the lower level in the Business Park.
This event was organized initially to honor the members of the SRCA and the planning groups. It has expanded to all volunteer activity on the Ranch. It is our way of saying, "Thanks for your efforts."
Just a reminder of the wonderful Girl Scout/SRCA celebration in Jerabek Park on Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at 4:30 pm. Come early! The Marshall Middle School Band will play holiday music.
Bring a toy for the USMC Reserve Toys For Tots and meet Santa Claus. Bring a warm jacket, a blanket, and, of course, a flashlight. Enjoy the singing, delicious refreshments, and participation patches. Lighting the community Christmas tree is always a big event. Heidi Brown is chairing this event once again.
Happy Holidays to All
My wife Gaye and I, and all the Dingemans, extend our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. May your holiday season be a delight. We are expecting our children and two grandchildren, so this will be a happy time for all. May the blessings of God and the season be with you all.
The list of streets to be slurry coated and repaired in last month’s SRCA Newsletter is in response to our continuing efforts to secure what funds are available to repair and renew our streets. Some of the requests go back seven years and with your help we generate an up-to-date list for consideration by the city.
If your street is not on the list and you feel it should be, contact me. It is best to send a note as to the location, and a picture helps. As all streets can probably be slurry coated for cosmetic and maintenance reasons, the city makes the final determination after their examination of what they can and will do with the funds available. We thank the council office for helping to facilitate getting this list. Now, we await action, but probably not until June if history holds true.
Please call me if you see fresh graffiti so we can get rid of it quickly. I am starting again to try to get the city to do something about the "official" graffiti that is sprayed on our streets and sidewalks to prevent hitting buried utility lines. This is a blight on streets and sidewalks as they leave it in place and it can remain there for years. It is long overdue to be removed, after the work is done.
Volunteering and You
Your response to our call for volunteers is most gratifying, but we can use more help in many of the activities and functions of the SRCA. We have just completed a compilation of the various committees, activities, and functions, and I can provide you with as many potential options as you can handle.
Just call me at 566-6083. Try it, you will like being a contributing part of our fine community. Also, you can say "I helped do that and it is good!" It could be your New Year’s resolution–to do your part!
Recycling Christmas Trees
We recycle Christmas trees starting on Thursday, Dec. 26, and extending through Friday, Jan. 10. Our pick up points will again be Hoyt Park and the Community Park parking lot. Remove the stands and ornaments so the trees can be mulched without damaging the machine or the operators.
Please stack the discarded trees carefully, and do not put any other garbage there. Last year the citywide effort was the most successful ever. Considering Scripps Ranch started this in l977, it has grown and now covers the entire city.
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