Sept. 20, 2017

Yannis Bar & Grill hosted a successful Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser Dinner on Monday, Sept. 18.

Sept. 20, 2017

Hurricane Relief Fundraiser a big success
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser Dinner, created and hosted by Yanni’s Bar & Grill, was held on Monday, Sept. 18, and it was a smashing success. Yanni’s reported that about 68 guests attended the event, donating approximately $5,400 to the hurricane relief fund.

Longtime Scripps Ranch resident Yannis Pihas, owner of Yanni’s Bar & Grill, provided a free gourmet meal with wine tasting for generous diners who wanted to contribute to the relief efforts aiding victims of the recent hurricanes that hit the southern United States in recent weeks. Most of the donations went to the Houston Food Bank. Guests could also donate funds to a different charity, or donate to victims of Hurricane Irma if they wished.

Those participating were treated to a gourmet meal and were able to sample a variety of different wines. Yanni’s Bar & Grill served the meal for free, and will send the entire amount of the donations to hurricane relief organizations. None of the money from the fundraiser went to the restaurant, and each donation was tax-deductible.

The Houston Food Bank was the main charity chosen because Yanni’s determined it makes the best use of the money — 95 percent or more of the money sent to the Houston Food Bank goes directly to the needs of the people who need it most.

Yanni’s has held three similar disaster fundraising events in the past. One was to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. The other two were to help victims of the devastating wildfires that ravaged parts of San Diego in 2003 and 2007.

Yanni’s Bar & Grill is located at 12015 Scripps Highlands Drive. Visit

The stop sign at the intersection of Treena Street and Scripps Lake Drive was standing upright once again on Tuesday, Sept. 19 after lying on the ground part of the day. (photos by John Gregory)

Stop sign resurrected
The stop sign at the intersection of Treena Street and Scripps Lake Drive near Scripps Ranch High School was on the ground Tuesday morning, Sept. 19. From the looks of things, this stop sign was lifted upward out of the ground, but it’s a possibility it was struck by a vehicle although no marks were visible on the sign post and the post was not noticeably bent.

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the sign to be planted in the earth again Tuesday, at least until the city can fix it permanently.

It appears the stop sign was simply planted back in its hole and covered with dirt.

Scripps Ranch News photographed the downed sign and posted it on its social media network shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. It didn’t take long for the office of District 5 San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey to become aware of the hazardous problem and take action. Kersey’s staff submitted a report to have the sign fixed through Get It Done San Diego, the city’s app and web page that lets citizens ask for repairs (, according to Nikki Jimenez, director of communications for Council President Pro Tem Mark Kersey’s office.

The stop sign at the intersection of Treena Street and Scripps Lake Drive near Scripps Ranch High School was on the ground Tuesday morning, Sept. 19.

This particular intersection is a three-way stop and, while many who frequent the intersection may be aware that they must stop, it is dangerous to have one of the signs down. In addition, it is a punishable crime to remove or vandalize a stop sign.

Students sell greeting cards to benefit disaster victims
Art students from Laura McDonald’s art classes at Marshall Middle School will sell their hand-made greeting cards this weekend at the Starbucks, located at 10000 Aviary Drive, to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes that struck portions of the United States.

The students will sell the cards on Friday, Sept. 22 after school from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The students will return to the same Starbucks to sell their cards on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

McDonald’s art students were discussing the recent disasters in class and, feeling that they would like to take action to help, decided to sell their creative greeting cards as a way to raise funds for the recovery efforts. The students came up with the idea, the marketing plans and took initiative to contact Starbucks all on their own, according to McDonald.

Solar Experience set for Saturday
Learn how to maneuver through rising utility costs and make informed decisions about cost-saving energy programs at the Scripps Ranch Solar Experience this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive.

Join Climate Action Campaign, Center for Sustainable Energy and Sullivan Solar Power for a seminar discussing how residents can go solar. Meet certified energy practitioners and learn:
· How solar works
· If solar will work for your home
· Battery technology and integration
· How solar storage can increase savings
· Utility changes deadline
· Financing options and available incentives

Learn more or RSVP at

A police officer investigates the scene of a car that crashed into a tree at the very east end of Mira Mesa Boulevard at Scripps Ranch Boulevard on Tuesday morning, Sept. 19. (photo by Jacqueline Gregory)

Tree receives brunt of crash
Drivers on their way to work or to drop off students at local schools on Tuesday morning, Sept. 19, viewed a car that had crashed into a tree at the very east part of Mira Mesa Boulevard where it ends at Scripps Ranch Boulevard. At first glance, it appeared that the driver missed the stoplight altogether as it headed east and smacked straight into the tree, which suffered damage to its trunk.

An officer from the San Diego Police Department was on the scene investigating the crash at 6:55 a.m. The driver of the car was not at the scene at that time and there was no indication that another vehicle was involved in the crash. A tow truck was still preparing to extract the vehicle more than an hour later.

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