Scripps Ranch Developments of the Late 2000s

Total Scripps Ranch population: 33,107 (a 22.3 percent increase since 2000), with 12,060 households and a median household income of $92,228. Population by race: Asian: 12.4 percent, Black: 2.3 percent, Hispanic: 6.9 percent, Native American: 0.2 percent, Caucasian. 79 percent, and two or more races: 3.7 percent.

The median age of Scripps Ranch houses is 12.3 years, with a median value of $727,508, 88 percent owner-occupied. Education: population over 25 with graduate degrees: 27 percent, population over 25 with four-year college degrees: 37 percent.

January 2005

  • The City and the YMCA enter into a lease concerning the four-acre parcel located west of the Washington Mutual in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway in December 2004. Since the YMCA is required to take possession of and make use of the parcel right away but does not want to incur significant expenses during the interim phase when planning for the long-term use of the site will be determined, the site is graded and chalked for a free Walking Club. 
  • Heavy rains and high winds do a great deal of damage to Scripps Ranch trees. As many as 100 massive trees, some 80 to 90 years old, fall, blocking roads and in some instances damaging cars and fences. When the City crews are overwhelmed, the Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District crews step in and clear all the Ranch roads of downed trees. Again, another example of Scripps Ranch taking care of itself by well-organized community action. 
  • Firefighters at Station #37 choose Scripps Ranch resident Kathy Foley’s design for a logo to be on the back of the t-shirts that Fire Station #37 firefighters will wear on duty. 

February 2005

The first of 12 solar-powered traffic-calming speed monitoring devices, Scripps Ranch 2005

  • The first of twelve solar powered traffic-calming, speed monitoring devices are installed. The signs cost approximately $12,000 each and six are placed in each of the Miramar Ranch North and Scripps Ranch planning areas on streets where speeding is prevalent and increases the risk of accidents. All of the large power poles and overhead power lines on Scripps Lake Drive have been removed in connection with the undergrounding of the power lines by SDG&E.

March 5, 2005

  • The Navy Seal Leap Frogs “drop” in on the opening day ceremony of the Scripps Ranch Little League.

July 16, 2005

  • Stonefield Development, which is nearing completion of rebuilding 81 homes, hosts a “Homecoming Celebration” on Pinecastle Street.

December 4, 2005

  • A fire breaks out and destroys the Scripps Ranch medical center complex on the corner of Scripps Ranch Blvd. and Mira Mesa Blvd. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set to cover up a burglary. As a result of the fire, the postal facility located in Medco Drug and the only postal facility in Scripps Ranch is closed permanently.

February 2006

Scripps Ranch Welcome Club, early 2000s

  • The Welcome Club celebrates its 25th anniversary with a big cake at its general meeting. The club raises funds and supports a variety of local Scripps Ranch charities, while also engaging in many fun, social activities.

March 2006

  • Boy Scout Troop 616, Scripps Ranch’s first Boy Scout troop, celebrates its 35th anniversary. 
  • Sign-ups commence for the first season of Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Football and Cheer. Lisa Gorski spearheads the effort of creating the league.

June 19, 2006

  • Captain Warren Geiske retires from the San Diego Fire Department after 29 years in the department, 11 of which were at Fire Station #37. Captain Geiske started his career in Scripps Ranch when the fire station was merely a trailer near Miramar Lake and was one of the guiding forces in getting the new Fire Station #37 built. Most importantly, Captain Geiske made the station a central part of the community, a friendly, inviting place that welcomes all residents. The SRCA hosts a special celebration in honor of Captain Geiske at the fire station. 

November 2006

  • Cub Scout Pack 615 is formed. 
  • San Diego County Proposition A, which proposes obtaining 3,000 acres at MCAS Miramar to develop a commercial airport, is defeated 62 percent opposed to 38 percent in favor. The public decides that they do not want the military to leave and that the proposed joint use arrangement would increase noise levels to an intolerable level and would interfere with the needs of the military.


  • Sky Danskin’s Eagle Scout Project creates an oral history of the Scripps Ranch community. In his survey of 210 Scripps Ranch residents, only 29 percent had friends in Scripps Ranch before they moved. When asked their favorite thing about the community, 79 percent said the overall quality of life, 58 percent said the safe community, 44 percent said the schools, 35 percent said the country living, 30 percent said the proximity to freeways, and 21 percent said the predictable appreciation. When asked about their volunteering habits, 40 percent said they were active before coming to Scripps Ranch but 64 percent said they were then active. Finally, 57 percent of those surveyed said they would stay forever.

January 2007

  • Scripps Ranch’s newest Boy Scout unit, Troop 301, is chartered.

January 1, 2007

  • An ambulance returns to the Scripps Ranch fire station. The community had been without one for several years after the ambulance based at Station #37 had been moved to Mira Mesa. Lou Manso spearheaded the effort, collecting data documenting the negative impact on the community due to a lack of a local ambulance over the past three years.

January 13, 2007

Groundbreaking ceremony for Scripps Ranch YMCA, 2007

  • Councilmember Brian Maienschein hosts a groundbreaking ceremony at the Rancho Family YMCA Scripps Ranch site. Construction and landscaping are expected to be completed in time to start interim use programs as soon as Summer 2007.

March 4, 2007

  • The Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an all-volunteer organization, holds an earthquake disaster drill in the Scripps Legacy neighborhood to hone their skills in the event of a real emergency.

May 2007

  • The Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team places emergency lockers filled with equipment and medical supplies at locations in each of the 20 SRCA districts. Funds for the lockers were provided by a grant from the SRCA.

June 12, 2007

  • On his 85th birthday, the City Council recognizes Bob Dingeman’s efforts with “Bob Dingeman Day.”

June 16, 2007

  • YMCA’s grand opening of the first phase of programming is held at the Scripps Poway Parkway site, attended by Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Councilmember Brian Maienschein. 

June 19, 2007

  • The City designates the day as “Marc Sorensen Day” in honor of all that Marc has done for the community, including acting as SRCA President for many years and serving on the Recreation Council. 

December 2007

The Navy Blue Angels performing in the Miramar Air Show

  • The Miramar Marine Corps Air Station is awarded top honors as the “World’s Best Military Air Show” by the International Council of Air Shows. The Blue Angels have performed at Miramar Air Show every year since the 1950s, other than in 2007 when the Air Force Thunderbirds took their place. The Blue Angels will return to the Miramar Air Show in 2008.

    Explosion at Miramar Air Show, 2004The Navy Blue Angels performing in the Miramar Air Show

December 12, 2007

  • City officials, staff, and community members gather to celebrate the completion of the Contract A phase of work for the Miramar Water Treatment Plant upgrade and expansion project. Contract A includes 12 new filter basins, a rapid mix facility, and a new administration building.

December 16, 2007

  • The Silver Anniversary of the Scripps Ranch Holiday Tree Lighting is celebrated. 

September 2008

  • Scripps Ranch eucalyptus trees are facing the challenge of a re-infestation of the lerp. Approximately four years prior, the community had to remove at least 600 trees in connection with a lerp infestation.

November 2008

  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is awarded the President’s 2008 Award for Leadership and Federal Energy Management in recognition of its exceptional progress in water and energy conservation and as the most energy efficient installation in the Marine Corps.

November 18, 2008

  • The City Council proclaims Gloria Tran Day in honor of her many volunteer activities.


  • Approximately 32,000 people live in about 11,500 households in Scripps Ranch, which makes the community larger than five of the 18 cities in San Diego County. The median age is 38 and only 37 percent of residents are 45 or older. Scripps Ranch is one of the highest “online usage” communities in one of the highest “online usage” cities in the entire nation and the cell phone usage in Scripps Ranch leads the city. 
  • In late 2008, the City of San Diego decided to shutter all Community Service Centers, including the one in Scripps Ranch, due to budget issues. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association steps in and negotiates a Use Permit with the City in February 2009 to keep the center available for community meetings, turns the facility into the new SRCA headquarter locations, and renames the building “Scripps Ranch Community Center.”Scripps Ranch Community Center

    By February, the SRCA has secured funds to guarantee keeping the facility open for 24 months and begins seeking endowment funds to support keeping the Information Center open for perpetuity. An SRCA subcommittee led by Bob Cavanagh and assisted by Wes Danskin, Jany Staley, and Brian Allman is instrumental in effecting this transfer of the Information Center to a community-based operation.  |

    Scripps Ranch Information Center, 2008
    Councilmember Carl DeMaio also lends his financial support to make this process a reality. The City continues to use office space for the community Park & Recreation Supervisor and the Maintenance Assessment District Supervisor. The Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance maintains office space within the center. The Miramar North Planning Committee and a number of Scripps Ranch homeowners associations, non-profits, clubs, and community service organizations hold regular meetings in the center.

April 3, 2009

Lance Corporal Ray Calhoun, Scripps Ranch resident and co-founder of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros, is awarded the Silver Star for his heroism in the Vietnam War.

April 9, 2009

  • Lockheed Martin moves into the Scripps Ranch Business Park on Meanley Drive, bringing 500 employees. 

July 2009

  • The Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association (SRLAX), which was founded by Joe Brown, celebrates its 5th anniversary of bringing the sport of lacrosse to Scripps Ranch.

August 2009

  • The Sentinel Newspaper, serving Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Bernardo, closes its doors. 

October 2009

  • HG Fenton intends to develop the four-acre site at the intersection of Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Erma Road into a group of 95 dwelling units and 255 parking spaces. 

November 2009

  • The new center island on Scripps Ranch Boulevard is almost completed. Irrigation work and the application of a slurry coat to the road still remain to be done.

November 24, 2009

  • A loss of a Scripps Ranch icon occurs when Paul Donigan, the very first Scripps Ranch homeowner, passes away.

April 2010

  • Cheryl Shaw leads the charge to reinvigorate Scripps Ranch’s Neighborhood Watch program. The SRCA, Councilmember DeMaio’s office, and the San Diego Police Department coordinate efforts to host a forum to educate neighbors on best practice strategies to form successful Neighborhood Watch groups. 
  • The National Wildlife Federation awards the Scripps Ranch Estates (Crown Pointe) homeowners’ association the prestigious Community Wildlife Habitat Award.

August 2010

  • Councilmember DeMaio’s office announces that Spring Canyon Road will remain a four-lane street and that its current striping pattern and speed limits will remain in effect after the street is repaved. The city will install a traffic signal at the Spruce Run intersection and paint 45 mph in the center lanes. This announcement comes after many months of community meetings, debate, and controversy over the proposal to restripe a portion of Spring Canyon Road from four lanes to two in an effort to curb speeding. 

October 2010

  • Scripps Ranch resident, Major Chris Collins, flies overhead at the Miramar Air Show as the #4 slot pilot of the Blue Angels in one of his last air shows before returning home to Scripps Ranch after two years as a Blue Angel.

October 28, 2010

  • Chris Wilson, a Scripps Ranch resident, San Diego police officer, retired U.S. Navy lieutenant and father was killed in the line of duty during a gun battle with a suspect in an apartment in southeast San Diego.

November 2010

  • The population of Scripps Ranch is approximately 30,000. 
  • Scripps Ranch resident and Troop 301 Life scout Craig “CJ” Bosworth, Jr. is awarded the Medal of Heroism by the Boy Scout National Court of Honor for using his Boy Scout training and performing the Heimlich maneuver to save his little brother from choking on a pea pod in March 2010.

November 14, 2010

  • The Scripps Ranch Sustainability Forum is held. 

December 12, 2010

Scripps Ranch 40th anniversary logo

  • 650 people participate in the 40th Anniversary Run/Walk on Pomerado Road. The road is closed from Scripps Ranch Blvd. to Semillon Blvd. to make a four-mile loop course.Todd Durkin and his Fitness Quest Boot Camp warriors, Scripps Ranch 2010On a beautiful, sunny morning, the event starts with an energetic warm-up by Todd Durkin and his Fitness Quest 10 Boot Camp warriors and remarks from State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, City Councilmember Carl DeMaio and San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief Shelly Zimmerman, a Scripps Ranch resident.


    Scripps Ranch Pomerado Road 40th Anniversary Run/Walk
    A rarity, seeing Pomerado Road void of cars.

    Scripps Ranch 40th Anniversary Run/Walk

    Will Faber and Cathouse Thursday perform throughout the event.

    Will Faber and Cathouse Thursday play in Scripps RanchBirthday cake is provided to all participants.

    Scripps Ranch 40th anniversary run/walk birthday cake, 2010
    Paul Vaughan chairs this event with the able assistance of Bob Ilko, SRCA President, Elizabeth Mayercin, event volunteer coordinator, and the rest of the 40th Anniversary Committee. This event would not have been possible without a huge number of dedicated Scripps Ranch volunteers. 

    Scripps Ranch 40th anniversary run/walk