Scripps Ranch Chronology of the 1990s
- Scripps Ranch Girls Softball branches off from Scripps Ranch Little League to become a separate organization.
- The SRCA newsletter reports that the SANDAG Board of Directors has issued a “narrow-minded” study in favor of moving commercial traffic to NAS Miramar. The SRCA seeks to oppose the commercial use of NAS Miramar, improve Lindbergh and restrict future studies.
- The City Attorney’s Office concludes that Pomerado Road must be reopened once the realignment work is completed. Originally, residents of Scripps Ranch had been promised pursuant to a City Council resolution and the provisions of the Scripps Ranch Community Plan that Pomerado Road would remain closed until Alternate 8-A could be built between Poway and the Mercy Interchange at I-15. The developers of the County Island projects repeatedly told the community that they would not rush completion of Pomerado Road ahead of construction of 8-A.At the same time that these representations were being made, the County Island developers, the City of Poway and the City Manager of San Diego entered into an agreement which stated that the developers could not hook up to Poway’s sewer system until Pomerado Road was totally complete.This had the effect of forcing the developers of the County Island Project to rush completion of Pomerado Road.
July 9, 1990
- City Council passes a redistricting plan that will severely impact the Ranch and divide Scripps Ranch into two districts. The area north of Pomerado will be in District 6 and the area south of Pomerado will be in District 7. Linda Bernhardt, the council member representing the Scripps Ranch community, votes in favor of the plan. If finalized, the Council Redistricting Map will take effect on October 1st.The SRCA urges residents to get involved and urges city council members to keep Scripps Ranch in one district.
August 13, 1990
- The City Council adopts a Redistricting Map that keeps Scripps Ranch all in one district but moves it to Council District 6.
- A petition circulates to recall District 5 City Council member Linda Bernhardt. Some residents felt she was not representing the Scripps Ranch community’s best interests in connection with the proposed redistricting of the City Council districts and the resolution of the issues involving the land use plan of the Miramar Ranch North Development Project.
- After months of discussions and negotiations with McMillin/BCED and many other entities, the SRCA, the Miramar Ranch North Community Planning Committee and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group each approve “Plan C,” as the basis for the community planning process leading to a Community Plan Amendment. Plan C calls for a proposed modification to the MRN Community Plan which adds additional open space, reduces the number of units visible from Lake Miramar, redesignates certain acreage from industrial to residential and open space, constructs Scripps Ranch Blvd behind the viewshed ridgeline, and retains certain facilities and their financing.
These same groups notify the City Council that they do not endorse any parts of the “settlement agreement” currently before the City Council that would resolve other issues involving the development of Miramar Ranch North, as they have not been made privy to the terms of the entire agreement.
- Curbside recycling by the City makes its debut in Scripps Ranch. Residents are concerned that it will replace “cub-side” recycling. A representative from the City Waste Management Team states that curbside recycling is “not competing” with existing programs and residents should not feel “pressure to recycle with the city.”At the SRCA’s October meeting, the community is urged to protect their scouts and utilize the Cub Scouts’ monthly recycling service, as the recycling money is used in the community.Curbside recycling impacts income from Cans for Cubs by more than 50 percent by December 1990. After an article is published in the Scripps Ranch Newsletter about the lack of support for Cans for Cubs, cub recycling increases by over 200 percent.
- Scripps Ranch officially becomes part of District 6, which is represented by Councilman Bruce Henderson. On November 15, the federal court issues its order approving the City Council redistricting process.
October 16, 1990
- The City Council votes in a closed session to open Pomerado Road in early November, unbeknownst to the community. Notice of the vote comes first via the city of Poway, who threatens the city of San Diego with a lawsuit if the road remains closed.
November 5, 1990
- The City Council votes to keep Pomerado Road closed pending completion of an amendment to the community plan. Studies are designed to determine the best means of protecting Scripps Ranch from the danger, and the City of San Diego from the liability, that opening the road to Poway will create.
December 10, 1990
- The City approves the initiation of condemnation proceedings in County Island which will advance the construction of Alternative 8-A.
- The City Council holds a meeting in the hall of St. Gregory the Great in Scripps Ranch. A standing-room-only crowd of over 700 people attends the meeting. At the meeting, the City Council votes to appeal Judge Miller’s ruling to prematurely reopen Pomerado Road.
- Councilmember Henderson states in the Scripps Ranch Newsletter that he is now Scripps Ranch’s “caretaker” Councilman and ready to help. He calls himself a “caretaker” because he is taking care to see that Scripps Ranch’s interests are protected. He believes that a citizen’s lawsuit will succeed later in the year in overturning the “Gang of 5” gerrymander of Scripps Ranch and restore the traditional boundaries. He pledges to fight the “Gang of 5’s” attempt to bar Scripps Ranch residents from voting in the recall election. [The reference to the “Gang of 5” refers to certain City Council members who were considered to be a group that engaged in block voting on issues.]
- A special advisory committee is formed to work with the Planning Department to resolve problems in Phase Ill of McMillin’s Miramar Ranch North Development Project. Originally, after discussion and agreement amongst the stakeholders, the composition of the committee was set up to include certain representation of the stakeholders.
Councilmember Linda Bernhardt attends the first organizational meeting and unilaterally restructures the composition of the committee. After much further discussion, the committee composition is restructured to include two members each from the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, the Miramar Ranch North Planning Group, the Save Miramar Lake Committee, and the SRCA, with the Director of the Planning Committee as the chair of the committee.
- Grading operations proceed along the right of way through Miramar Road North for Alternative 8-A.
- The voters of San Diego vote to recall Councilmember Linda Bernhardt and elect Tom Behr as City Council member for the District.
Linda Bernhardt was the first San Diego City Council member ever recalled. It was by an 83 percent vote of her constituents for not adhering to the truth and not representing the community’s interests. One of her prime campaign statements was that she was not accepting contributions from any developers and castigating her opponent for being a tool of the developers. Bob Dingeman and others found, in a check of the register of voters, that she had instead received more than $100,000 from the wives, sons, daughters, and relatives of developers. She also voted to divide Scripps Ranch by Pomerado Road redistricting, indicating she did not know or care about the community, its organization or structure, or that south of Pomerado Road was an integral part of Scripps Ranch.
Her personal conduct and lack of respect of Scripps Ranch in the first Forum for candidates (held in October 1989) was a clue of her future actions and disdain. Community volunteers raised a modest sum of $17,000 from all of the Council districts for the campaign. Linda Bernhardt spent more than $170,000 campaigning against the recall but lost.
The community working together recalls this elected representative and elects a new one.
April 16, 1991
- The City Council amends the Miramar Ranch North Community Plan to reduce the visibility of Miramar Ranch North Development as seen from the Miramar Reservoir. The new design removes Scripps Ranch Boulevard from the viewshed and greatly reduces the number of homes there. However, some members of the community feel great regret and disappointment that the Settlement Agreement signed by the City Council to end the lawsuit brought by McMillin prevents the community from preserving all of the hills around Lake Miramar.
- In the Spirit of Scripps Ranch photo contest, Robert Shull’s photo “Boats at Lake Miramar” wins the color category and Bob Lampert’s photo of Pomerado Road wins the black and white division. Robert Shull is a graphics designer and Bob Lampert, a then nearly 20-year resident of Scripps Ranch, was a news photographer for KGTV Channel 10.
May 3, 1991
- The City Council votes to once again redraw the City Council lines, returning Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa to City Council District 5.
May 16, 1991
- Pomerado Road reopens to Poway. After the City of San Diego City Attorney’s Office sought to appeal the ruling by the District Court judge to reopen Pomerado Road and lost on appeal, the City Council in closed session on May 13 voted to reopen Pomerado Road. As a result, the SRCA and other community members seek to have the City adopt certain mitigation measures to maximize safety along Pomerado and the other roads in Scripps Ranch, which are anticipated to be more heavily traveled as commuters flee the gridlock on Pomerado.
- Community Facilities District No. 1 (Miramar Ranch North) of the City of San Diego issues Special Tax Bonds, 1991 Series A (Mello-Roos Bonds) in the amount of $35 million. The funds are used to help develop various public improvements and facilities in the Miramar Ranch North/Scripps Ranch Villages area.
- The concept of a town center for Miramar Ranch North is explored as part of a provision of the Miramar Ranch North Settlement Agreement of September 1990. The proposed town center or pedestrian mall would be located on Alternative 8-A in the middle of Phase I of Miramar Ranch North.McMillin hires Jerde Associates, the architects who designed Horton Plaza, to develop a concept for consideration by the City. The proposed town center would include retail, business, and residential structures, where pedestrian traffic would dominate.
October 21, 1991
- A postcard is mailed to Scripps Ranch residents by the Save the Lake Committee after the settlement is reached.
January 31, 1992
- McMillin Communities, Inc. shelves the plans for the proposed pedestrian-oriented town center for Miramar Ranch North by exercising its option to withdraw from the project. McMillin spent over $1 million investigating the concept but determined that they wished to avoid delays in completing construction of Alternative 8-A and in providing the facilities and infrastructure, such as parks and schools, now included in the Miramar Ranch North Community Plan.
- In light of a recent increase in graffiti on the ranch, volunteers are solicited to help form a team of graffiti removers. Scripps Ranch’s Graffiti Busters had five members: Lou Caspary, John Ingersoll, Bob Camacho, Kevin Haupt, and Bob Dingeman.
- Construction begins on the San Diego County Water Authority Scripps Ranch Pipeline, which involves the underground installation of nine miles of eight-foot diameter pipeline within streets and open space areas.Construction workers were not planning to replace trees on the median until photos like the one below were used to prove their existence prior to construction.
- Scripps Ranch has over 5,000 residents.
- The City Councils of San Diego and Poway adopt “Scripps Poway Parkway” as the official name of the road formerly known as Alternative 8A.
March 15, 1993
- The Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommends that NAS Miramar is transferred to the Marine Corps and that the Naval Fighter Weapons School (“Top Gun”) be relocated to NAS Fallon, Nevada. Replacing the aircraft from the Navy will mean Marine aircraft coming from the closed MCAS Tustin and El Toro, creating the formation of MCAS Miramar.
October 12, 1993
- Explosions triggered by natural gas leaking into SDG&E’s power conduit facilities cause a small fire and a series of underground explosions that lift three manhole covers on Scripps Ranch Blvd opposite the Timberlane condominiums.
October 24, 1993
- Scripps Poway Parkway is officially opened with a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony, after a scheduled biathlon event in which participants use the entire roadway without cars.
October 26, 1993
- The Scripps Miramar Ranch Community Plan is amended to reclassify i) Pomerado Road from a contingency four-lane major street to a two-lane major street and ii) Scripps Poway Parkway from a four-lane major street to a six-lane major street. Deputy Mayor Tom Behr states, “From the minute I got into office, I have worked to ensure that this beautiful and unique country road is preserved as only two lanes.”
December 18, 1993
- A large group of volunteers works to help chip and scrape paint off the Scripps Ranch Blvd. adobe wall in order to help refurbish the wall which was made from adobe bricks from the old E.W. Scripps mansion.
- Rededication of the Scripps Ranch Community’s “Country Living” sign on Pomerado Road is done by Councilwoman Barbara Warden. The sign was rebuilt and resealed by Greg Pavlicek then repainted by Rita Sandor. A group of volunteers, including Ralph McCort, Julian Parrish, Bob Dingeman and Bob Ilko, helped assemble and erect the sign on site. It had been removed because a motorist jumped the curb and hit the sign.
- The second trailer added to Fire Station 37 in 1982 has to be demolished due to its dilapidated condition. It is replaced with a four-bedroom, two-bathroom trailer. Conditions are crowded but fairly comfortable for the four-person crew.
January 13, 1994
- The first sale of homes by McMillin UDC and D.R. Horton in Scripps Ranch Villages are initiated with the opening of the Scripps Ranch Villages Information Pavilion and sales office.The first neighborhoods for sale are: Windchime with 1,236 to 1,873 square feet and prices ranging from $150,000 to $180,000; Heatherwood with 1,490 to 1,928 square feet and prices ranging from $192,900 to $229,900; Larkspur with 1,635 to 2,253 square feet and prices ranging from $204,900 to $245,900; Prominence with 2,190 to 3,025 square feet and prices ranging from $249,990 to $299,990; and Lakepoint with 3,500 to 5,000 square feet and prices ranging from $800,000 to $950,000.Three of the four neighborhoods at Scripps Ranch Villages experience campout lines of homebuyers. Many are looking to buy their first homes. Over opening weekend, 11 of 12 homes are sold at Heatherwood and nine of 12 Larkspur homes are snapped up.
February 6, 1994
- The sales of the first two homes in Scripps Ranch Villages, both in the Larkspur development, close on February 6, 1994. Carol and Dave Murray move into their new home on June 11, 1994, while it is unknown when Cathy Burkett and Jerry Hughs move into their new home.
- ROAR (Residents and Organized Allies for Realignment), led by a Navy Wife living in Scripps Ranch, becomes active in the planning process for the regional airport and the fight against turning NAS Miramar into a commercial airport.
- The first meeting of the Scripps Ranch Village Quilters is held, with more than 30 members.
- Efforts are started to establish the Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Marvin Miles, Bruce Brown, and Bob Dingeman meet in Mira Mesa and form the Scripps Ranch RSVP with Eldon Jacobs as the RSVP Administrator. They recruit and train 54 seniors as members for patrol activities. Eldon Jacobs, Neighborhood Watch Beat Coordinator, and Ralph McCort act as coordinators for the RSVP program. This organization helps augment a limited police presence and handles the vacation house checks, the “You Are Not Alone” program, the shut-in check, and traffic controls.
- Jack Wadlington is the first Miramar Ranch North resident to be elected to the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee.
- The Scripps Ranch Little League celebrates its 20th season with 47 teams and approximately 550 players.
June 7, 1994
- Proposition A, the ballot measure designed to gauge support of an international airport at NAS Miramar in the event that the federal government decided to make the site available for civilian use, is defeated.
- Huntington At Scripps Ranch homes are offered by Fieldstone at prices from $190,000 and up. These homes are single-family, two-story homes up to 1,914 square feet, located off of Caminito Alto.
July 4, 1994
- Over the holiday weekend, a fire runs through the brush along the I-15 and destroys 200 acres near USIU.
July 30, 1994 – August 28, 1994
- The Tour d’ Elegance Luxury Home Tour is held, with six homes showcasing interior design trends, home-furnishing ideas, and landscaping.
- Scripps Teasers Toastmasters is established to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment for members to develop communications and leadership skills.
- A fifth crew member and an ambulance are added to Fire Station 37, as well as a tent cover to protect the brush rig and ambulance.
- 21-year old Chris Richard is named the New Jersey Cardinals’ Most Valuable Player of the Year. The New Jersey Cardinals are an American minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. Chris’s baseball career started in T-ball with the Scripps Ranch Little League.
June 6, 1995
- The City Council amends the Miramar Ranch North Community Plan to 1) change 68 of the 145 acres of industrial acres land in Miramar Ranch North to other uses: 52 acres to residential and 16 acres to commercial and 2) increase the number of dwelling units in the community from 4,402 to 4,589 units, a gain of 187 units.
- The SRCA holds community meetings regarding the proposed 20,000-seat amphitheater that the City of Poway is considering building at the eastern end of Scripps Poway Parkway. Sound tests indicate that sounds are audible in several parts of Scripps Ranch. Residents are concerned about traffic, negative behaviors of concertgoers, and the potential negative impacts on quality of life in Scripps Ranch.
- Presales begin for homes at Lakepoint, located above Miramar Lake on the former site of the 1994 Tour d’Elegance Luxury Home Tour. Continental Homes offers a semi-custom program with six different floor plans ranging in size from 3,100 to 4,000 square feet. Prices begin in the high $300,000s.
July 4, 1995
- 25th anniversary of the Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade.
- Southwest Cable redoes many of its cable lines, which were vandalized in construction.
- A new weather radar is installed at the intersection of Pomerado Road and Spring Canyon Road.
December 21, 1995
- The community airs concerns at a meeting held regarding Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the migration of Marine aviation units to the Miramar Air Base. The comment period is extended.
March 16, 1996
- Cub Scout Pack 616 celebrates its anniversary at the Miramar Officers Club. The City proclaims that day to be Boy Scout Troop 616 Day in San Diego.
- The Scripps Ranch Chapter of National Junior Basketball is formed.
- The City Fire Department becomes partners with Rural Metro and jointly wins the paramedic contract. New locations for paramedic ambulances are created, and Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 gains an ambulance.
- A sixth person is added to the fire station crew. The ambulance, which had responded everywhere with the pump engine, now became a full time separate operating unit. A third small trailer is brought in to store the station’s exercise equipment. The compound now resembles a gypsy camp.After years of use, there is a problem with mice, rats, ants, and squirrels. The squirrels have eaten holes in the floor from underneath and the floor sags where the refrigerators are located. There is no insulation left in the wall, and when it rains, it floods the lockers and the bathroom floors. The noise of rain or hail hitting the metal roof keep everyone awake.
October 1, 1997
- The Marines take over NAS Miramar and Colonel Thomas A. Caughlan becomes the first Marine commanding officer of MCAS Miramar since World War II. Caughlan is also the last commanding officer of MCAS Tustin.
October 12, 1997
- The parish of St. Gregory the Great breaks ground on its permanent church home.
- Construction passes the 50 percent mark at the 23-acre Scripps Ranch Villages Center. Some stores, such as Cathy’s Hallmark, have already opened.
February 8, 1998
- An early morning electrical fire caused by outdated electrical wiring consumes the Scripps-Davis Ranch, burning down the ranch house built in 1910 and killing both elderly residents, Ellen Browning Scripps Davis and her husband, Everett Davis.Mrs. Davis was the eldest surviving member of the E.W. Scripps family still living in Scripps Ranch, and her husband raised and exhibited American Saddlebred horses.The ranch house, the last major property of the E.W. Scripps family located in Scripps Ranch, was located at the entrance to Scripps Ranch at Pomerado Road.
April 18, 1998
- A festive grand opening of the new Scripps Ranch Villages Center is held, complete with rides, games, and entertainment.
- Plans to build a Wet and Wild water park on Scripps Poway Parkway about two miles east of Pomerado Road are canceled due to financing issues. The proposed park had been a topic of much community interest, excitement among the kids and traffic concerns among the adults.
- Scripps Ranch Blvd. is opened to through traffic.
- The design phase of the upgrade and expansion project for Miramar Water Treatment Plant begins.
September 29, 1998
- The City Council amends the Miramar Ranch North Community Plan to modify the Scripps Gateway portion of Miramar Ranch North. The modifications affect the amount of residential, commercial, industrial, and open space acreage. Shea Homes gains the right to construct 444 homes on two sites, an industrial park, and a freeway commercial center. It also results in the loss of 40 acres of open space for the community.In exchange, Shea agrees to provide a four-acre parcel located just west of Scripps Ranch Marketplace for use as a private recreational facility for the families in the community.
- Controversy in the community is ongoing, regarding the proposed US Marine Corps housing on East Miramar and impact on Scripps Ranch community, including the potential overcrowding of schools.
- Two new upscale neighborhoods are being constructed just north of Miramar Lake. Crown Collection will have homes ranging from 2,507 to 3,557 square feet with prices starting in the mid-$300,000s. Waterford will have homes ranging from 3,200 to 3,900 square feet with prices in the mid to high $400,000s.
December 3, 1998
- A gala opening is held for Epicentre, the San Diego Regional Teen Center in Mira Mesa, serving Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa teens.
December 6, 1998
- Canyon Springs Church holds its first church service at the Scripps Ranch library. 103 people show up.
- The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing returns to Miramar when it officially becomes Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
- The McMillin Information Pavilion closes at the end of January as McMillin was unsuccessful in finding a buyer for the building on the site. McMillin and Brookfield Homes propose relocating the building at their expense and details need to be worked out by the Miramar Ranch North Planning Group, the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council and the City. Ultimately, McMillin donates the Information Pavilion to the City and donates $300,000 to cut the Information Pavilion in three and transport it down Scripps Poway Parkway.
- The Welcome Wagon Club is reformed as the Welcome Club when its parent organization, Welcome Wagon, Inc., decides to pull out of the San Diego area and stop making home visits to new residents. The organization plans to continue with its purpose to welcome and help new neighbors to become a part of the community
- A concerned group of volunteers from Scripps Ranch forms the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary to support the Hidden Valley Shelter in Escondido, the only 24-hour emergency shelter in North County, dedicated to supporting the needs of battered and/or homeless women and their children.
February 7, 1999
- The first permanent cross is raised and placed on the first permanent church in Scripps Ranch, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.
March 29, 1999
- The newly-formed Boy Scout Troop 663 holds its first meeting.
- Construction is underway in “The Arbors” development south of Pomerado and with access from Semillon. This parcel of land, originally called the “Doctor’s Parcel,” is the last remaining property earmarked for homes in the original Scripps Ranch development.
- The 25th anniversary of Scripps Ranch Little League is celebrated. The league contains 62 teams and 815 players. The Little League Board has over 30 volunteers administering all aspects of Scripps Ranch Little League and over 130 managers and coaches.
- Avalon Bay proposes the rezoning of five industrial lots located in the Scripps Ranch Business Park to high-density residential. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group opposes the rezoning due to many concerns, including overcrowded schools, increased traffic flows leaving the Ranch in the morning, the regional need for industrial-zoned land, and the existing balance of mixed-use zoning within Scripps Ranch. The Planning Commission votes to approve the initiation of the proposed amendment, which opens the way for further consideration of the proposed zoning amendment.
- The area code for Scripps Ranch is changed from 619 to 858.
- Scripps Ranch resident Alexandra Madigan opens an equestrian center on Creek Road off Pomerado Road at the bottom of the hill near Legacy. The training facility offers hunters, jumpers, dressage, and equitation horses.
- The City approves plans for the new Scripps Ranch fire station to be built on Spring Canyon Rd.
October 2, 1999
- St. Gregory the Great parish holds its first Mass in the new church with 1,100 parishioners in attendance.
November 6, 1999
- A formal dedication of the St. Gregory the Great church complex by San Diego Bishop Robert Brom occurs. The six-acre complex consists of the 16,000 square foot Church with a seating capacity of 850, a 3,400 square foot Pastoral Center consisting of offices and meeting rooms and the 5,400 square foot Social and Catechetical Center. Throughout the complex, the design goals of incorporating the basic elements of earth, air, fire (light) and water are evident. The 55-foot copper dome capping the Baptistry entry becomes a Scripps Ranch landmark.
November 13, 1999
- The official groundbreaking for the new Scripps Ranch fire station takes place.