San Diego firefighters responded to a commercial fire at a shopping center on Friday, Oct. 9. (photo by John Gregory)


Fire inside business
The San Diego Fire Department was called to a commercial fire at a business in the Eucalyptus Square shopping center, 9821 Carroll Canyon Road at 11:32 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The fire was extinguished and no external damage was visible. Four firefighting vehicles and two San Diego Police cars remained on the scene as of 12:20 p.m.

Scripps Ranch COVID-19 cases surpass 200 mark
Total cases of coronavirus reported in the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area reached the 200-case milestone on Oct. 7. There are now 201 total cases reported in Scripps Ranch as of Oct. 8. That’s an increase of eight cases in the past week.

The County of San Diego reported 587 total cases recorded in Mira Mesa and 332 total cases in Poway. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by community residence listed for each patient.

These are the total tabulated cases in each ZIP Code area since the County began tracking cases in March. It does not reflect those who recovered, nor does it account for those who died from COVID-19. The County of San Diego does not provide those statistics at this point.

Proposal selected to develop local lot
The City of San Diego announced the selection of proposals to develop vacant City-owned properties into permanent housing with on-site supportive services to house veterans, seniors, youth and young adults who’ve experienced homelessness. One of the properties is in northwest Scripps Ranch.

Community Housing Works and San Diego Community Housing Corporation (SDCHC), known for their experience creating this type of housing in communities across the region and state, have been conditionally awarded the development bids after a competitive Request for Proposals was issued in February. The City Council may consider the two ground leases and their respective development plans in the coming months.

SDCHC proposed developing the 1.42-acre Scripps Ranch Park and Ride and constructing 60 units for veterans and seniors. Targeted to open in January 2024, it will provide on-site case management through the San Diego Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Permanent supportive housing is community-based housing for persons who have experienced homelessness. It helps individuals by removing limits on the length of time they can live at the facility, provides on-site or off-site supportive services and health care to assist residents in retaining long-term housing and maximizing their ability to live and, when possible, work in the community.

An employee practices drop, cover and hold on under her desk. (courtesy of County of San Diego)

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
The pandemic has many working or studying from home, so an earthquake preparedness drill could look very different this year.

If you have a plan, disaster supplies and you practice an earthquake drill with your family, your chances of surviving will greatly improve. Register to participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m. It takes as little as 90 seconds and can be customized to fit your schedule. You can practice the drill before or in the days after at any time, just so long as you take the time to learn and practice what to do during major shaking.

Earthquake preparedness is important because in a significant earthquake, people are more likely to be injured from falling debris than the shaking itself.

Prepare for where you are: If indoors, the safest thing to do is to Drop to the ground in a safe area and seek protection under a sturdy table or desk, if one is available. Once under the table, tuck your legs into your chest. Cover your head with one arm and use your other arm to Hold on to the furniture leg in case the shaking causes the furniture to move.

If you are in a room without a table or desk, find an interior wall away from windows or mirrors and that is not under light fixtures or near heavy furniture that could topple over. Slide down with your back to the wall, tuck your legs into your chest and cover your head with both arms.

During strong shaking, stay in place. Moving can lead to falls or injuries from falling debris. Large items can topple over onto you such as tall bookcases, heavy items on shelves, or glass. After strong earthquakes, expect aftershocks. You’re safest if you stay put for several minutes to make sure the strongest shaking has passed.

If outdoors, try to move to an open area where nothing can fall on you. Then sit, pull your legs into your chest and protect your head using your hands. Outdoor hazards include tree branches, stone masonry on buildings and overhead electrical lines.

For more specific information for other scenarios, visit the ShakeOut website:

Learn what to do before an earthquake and try to prevent hazards. Secure furniture, large electronics and wall hangings around your home or workplace. You can also learn what to do afterward, including checking for a ruptured gas line, knowing how to turn it off if it has and knowing how to reunite with family if you are separated.

Free personal disaster plan templates are also available on in multiple languages. The templates include a list of important items to assemble in your disaster emergency kit.

– Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Wolff performs two sessions this weekend
Scripps Ranch rock musician Steve Wolff will perform two livestream sessions this weekend:

This will be a blend of covers and originals. StreetJelly sessions can be replayed for 24-hours afterward.

Here is a little about the upcoming week; Oct. 11-17, 2020:
Sunday, Oct. 11 is National Sausage Pizza Day and Clergy Appreciation Day.
Monday, Oct. 12 is National Savings Day, National Farmer’s Day, National Gumbo Day, National Online Bank Day, National Kick Butt Day, Native American Day and Columbus Day.
Tuesday, Oct. 13 is National Train Your Brain Day, National Yorkshire Pudding Day, Navy Birthday and National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Wednesday, Oct. 14 is National Dessert Day, Be Bald and Be Free Day, National Curves Day, National Emergency Nurse’s Day, National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day, National Stop Bullying Day, National Fossil Day and National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day.
Thursday, Oct. 15 is National Aesthetician Day, National Cheese Curd Day, National I Love Lucy Day, National Grouch Day, National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, National White Cane Safety Day, National Get Smart About Credit Day and Get to Know Your Customers Day.
Friday, Oct. 16 is National Sports Day, National Liqueur Day, National Dictionary Day, Global Cat Day, Department Store Day and Boss’s Day.
Saturday, Oct. 17 is National Mulligan Day, National Pasta Day, Black Poetry Day and National Sweetest Day.

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