SCRIPPS RANCH CHRONOLOGY OF THE Early 2000S
- The Scripps Ranch Villages Information Pavilion moves via truck to its new location at the Butterfly Garden on Cypress Canyon Road.
- The Scripps Ranch Environmental Fund is established with a $235,000 contribution from a nearby development project through the efforts of Michael Baksh, Craig Jones, and Deborah Hawkins. The goal of the Fund is to maintain and promote community well-being in Scripps Ranch.
May 6, 2000
- Boy Scout Troop 616 ends their long-standing newspaper collection drive due to the City’s recycling program.
May 7, 2000
- The first annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair is held with over 700 residents in attendance and The Heroes helping to entertain the crowd. The event helps celebrate the SRCA’s 30th anniversary and Wendy Littooy chairs the organizing committee.
June 3, 2000
- The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center officially opens.
September 20, 2000
- The Scripps Ranch Information Center opens for business. The center provides residents with an array of City and community services. Scripps Ranch artist-in-residence, Victoria Mazelli, is instrumental in preparing the historical Scripps Ranch photos that hang in the Information Center. As you walk into the Information Center, you are greeted by a six-foot high portrait of E.W. Scripps in his favorite garb of skull cap and trousers tucked into high boots. Ms. Mazelli reproduced this image from a postcard and hung the picture over the Center’s fireplace because E.W. placed the same picture of himself above his fireplace in the Miramar Mansion.
- St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church is awarded a Grand Orchid by the San Diego Architectural Foundation for its architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.
October 7, 2000
- The last Cans for Cubs curbside pick-up is held, due to the success of the City’s recycling program. The Cub Scouts of Pack 614 conducted this recycling effort for many years.
- The Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Sycamore Estates development of about 1,000 homes just southeast of Pomerado Road is out for public review. The Scripps Ranch and Miramar Ranch North Planning groups had been evaluating the project for over a year and were concerned about the adverse impacts on traffic and public facilities that were not built with 1,000 more homes in mind.
- Tile a New Fire Station begins. Fire Company #37 invites community members to design and paint their own ceramic tiles to be installed on the inside wall of the fire station. Victoria Mazelli organized the effort that culminated in a wall decorated with more than 600 family-decorated tiles, a very special Scripps Ranch aspect of Fire Station #37 that is unique in the City.
- The San Diego Planning Commission denies Shea Homes’ request for approval of its Scripps Gateway freeway center proposal because it does not meet the community plan’s intent for a “gateway” project. The four-acre commercial recreation parcel near the Scripps Ranch Marketplace had been a source of controversy for a couple years, as Shea Home’s proposed uses for the property did not meet the goals promised the community.At least two of the commissioners agree with the Miramar Ranch North Planning Group that there is a link between this project and the disputed four-acre community recreational parcel and that the project should be denied until that issue is resolved.
January 19, 2001
- In an unprecedented effort, representatives of the Scripps Ranch Planning Group Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee SRCA, Scripps Ranch Recreation Council and Save Our Scripps Ranch work together and conduct a coordinated review of the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Rancho Encantada project, to be located east of Pomerado Road. This review of the EIR results in a 22-page list of comments and questions on the EIR, which is submitted to the City for consideration. The review team concludes that the EIR failed to adequately analyze impacts for traffic, parks, urban stormwater runoff, air quality, and schools.
- A Scripps Ranch welcoming service, the Welcome Club, returns to the Ranch after a two-year hiatus. The group provides a welcoming service for new neighbors.
- Fire Engine Co. # 37 obtains a new all-terrain fire and brush rig. Two years prior, Captain Geiske of Engine Co. #37 had recommended that this particular type of brush rig be purchased and the community initiated a formal request for the purchase of this particular rig. However, the Fire Department elected to purchase a more expensive, but less effective model. Two years later the fire department assigns the station a new brush rig of the type that the community had originally requested.
- Construction begins for the upgrade and expansion project for the Miramar Water Treatment Plant. The City Water Department had formed a special City/Scripps Ranch Planning Group that developed detailed and coordinated plans to reduce the impact of construction noise and dust. The planning group includes all community inputs in a far-reaching and cooperative effort and calls for significant efforts by the City Water Department to minimize disruptions to the community. This project is considered one of the most cooperative of projects conducted by the City and the Scripps Ranch community.
- Using $1 million from the Upton Settlement Fund and $200,000 arranged by Councilman Brian Maienschein, the City acquires the Shea parcel for $1.2 million. The community is tasked with determining the best possible plan for the parcel’s development to meet recreational needs and how best to finance and maintain whatever will be built. The Shea parcel becomes known as the “Four Acre Parcel” and ultimately transitions to a potential site for a new YMCA. Claudia Unhold is significantly involved in ensuring that the parcel is used in a manner that best suits the community.
- The City Council and the Planning Commission approve a revised plan for the Shea “Gateway Project” to be located on the north side of Scripps Poway Parkway at Mercy Interchange. The project will include two four-story hotels, a fast food area, a gasoline service station, and a Park and Ride Facility.
November 3, 2001
- Roughly 20 years after the community asked for a temporary fire station to provide fire coverage for the rapidly growing community, a dedication ceremony for Scripps Ranch’s permanent fire station, San Diego Fire Station #37 on Spring Canyon Road, is held. Mayor Dick Murphy, Councilman Maienschein and Fire Chief Osby officiate, with Scripps Ranch resident and TV reporter Steve Fionna covering the event for posterity.The Boy Scouts of Troops 616 and 663 raise the same flags that first flew over the temporary station to full staff. Troop 616 provides a replacement flag flown over the US Capital as well as a new California State Flag. The highlight of the event is the unveiling of the plaque dedicating the station to the gallant firemen of New York City who lost their lives on September 11th. It was 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.
Fire Station #37 is the product of the combined efforts of the community and the firefighters assigned to the station. The City had presented a layout for the fire station, which was considered “pedestrian.” The community formed a planning group and asked the local firefighters to work with the community to develop what they felt would be not only a proper and functional station but also one that would be a real asset to the City and the Ranch. The community committee consisted of Chairman Steve Goyette, Wes Danskin, Bob Ilko, Pat Bonaguidi, Claudia Unhold, and Bob Dingeman, all participating in the planning of the fire station design. Activist Bob Ilko stepped forward as one of the prime architects in the location and layout of the fire station. The community used its accumulated community development funds and other monies to create a better-equipped, well-designed fire station.Laura Wilson, a McMillin Company employee and the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee secretary for years, was instrumental in the efforts to complete the construction of Fire Station 37 when the original contractor defaulted and the community had to call in the construction bond to continue the building of the fire station. The McMillin Company contracted with Lusardi to take over the construction of the fire station.
- Craig Jones reaches a settlement in his suit against McMillin Homes regarding its Rancho Encantada development. As a result of the settlement, Rancho Encantada will be built, but the community receives the opportunity to reduce community traffic impacts to the same degree as if the project had been scaled back in scope and size. In addition, as a result of the settlement, the City makes structural changes to the way it considered and analyzed development city-wide. Mr. Jones does not personally profit from his lawsuit.
- The San Diego Police Department cracks down on migrant workers who gathered around the 7/11 store and were littering while trying to secure employment.
- While tunneling for a new water pipeline along the north side of Scripps Lake Drive, paleontologists discover several 45-million-year-old fossils. The most significant discovery is a specimen consisting of a left lower jaw, right jaw, and a right upper jaw fragment of an unidentified species within the genus Ourayia, which is a primate group. Based on the jaw specimens that are found, the paleontologists determine that the species is related to the modern tarsiers, also a form of primate. According to the San Diego Natural History Museum, modern tarsiers live today only in southeast Asian rainforests. The discovery of this primate in San Diego means that the climate 45 million years ago was tropical.
- Jack Bryant, a long time Scripps Ranch resident who volunteered his vintage car collection for many years for use in the Fourth of July parades, passes away and is buried with full honors at Fort Rosecrans.
- For the first time in 12 years, the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball 12-U team qualifies to be in the state championship tournament.
- Western Pacific Housing starts to plan for an age-restricted housing project to be constructed east of Alliant International University. Both the Scripps Ranch Planning Group and the City Planning Commission vote to support the project.
October 26, 2003
- The Cedar Fire enters Scripps Ranch.
- The City commences construction and trenching on Scripps Lake Drive in connection with the undergrounding of the existing overhead electric wires. Once the trenching is completed, the cabling portion of the work will commence and ultimately the overhead facilities and poles along the street will be removed.
- The Scripps Ranch Old Pros are 260 members strong. Besides still having a good time, they continue to be dedicated to providing funds to Scripps Ranch kids sports and generate money through their baseball, soccer and basketball leagues, events and the 4th of July 10K and Bike Ride.
- The proposed revised signage for the Water Plant’s new entrance is presented to both planning groups and the SRCA for approval. The signage was extensively modified and made smaller and more consistent with the entrance from the previous design. The entry signs had been commissioned as “public art” by the Water Department and the original design incorporated large shining metallic letters that have since been removed.
- The “Builders Working In Cooperation” (pronounced “brick”) program holds its first meeting. This program brings together a working group of building professionals, utility providers, local government, political leaders and the community for the purpose of allowing builders to discuss what they need from the city and what they expect in managing their own projects, as well as ways to minimize delays, impacts, conflicts and improve efficiencies.
- As a result of tough economic conditions, the city manager proposes numerous budget cuts, including cutting the Community Service Center program, which locally is at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. Recent statistics show that the Information Center serves nearly 1,500 people per month and collects about $75,000. Councilmember Maienschein and the community were in favor of keeping the Community Service Center program alive and urged people to let the city know how important the Information Center was to the community.
July 19, 2004
- State Route 56 opens to vehicular traffic. The project cost $220 million and was designed to facilitate regional movement of traffic and, in part, alleviate traffic on Mira Mesa Blvd. and Pomerado Road.
- The Governor signs three of the five Homeowners Bill of Rights into law.
September 16, 2004
- The RSVP celebrates its 10th anniversary.
- The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) holds a community-wide informational meeting to discuss the impact of the SDCWA’s Pomerado Pipeline 4 Relining Project on the community. The most significant impacts will be to Miramar Ranch Elementary School, six homeowners on Waldgrove Place, and other homes located near the access and portal sites. Pipeline 4 requires repairs because of signs of deterioration and relining the pipes with steel is a quicker, more cost-effective alternative to replacing the pipeline. One of the access portals is located on Miramar Ranch Elementary and requires fencing off a portion of the playground for a large part of the school year. Construction is to continue through May 2005.
- The City and the YMCA enter into a 10-year lease (renewable for 25 years with $1 annual rent) relating to the four-acre parcel west of the Vons Center on Scripps Poway Parkway. The community commences designing and fundraising for a recreational facility that meets the needs of the community.
- The City reduces the speed limit on Scripps Poway Parkway from Spring Canyon Road to the Poway city limits to 45 mph in both directions as a result of a request from a group of concerned residents to reduce the speed limit. The request prompts the City to perform a speed survey, the results of which justify lowering the speed limit.