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JMMS Sports Fields and a New Park for Alpine Update – February 6, 2019

Parkland for Alpine – Update February 6, 2019 – Submitted By George Barnett

Along with Travis Lyon, Jim Easterling, and Jon Green, I attended meetings yesterday hosted by Brian Albright, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of San Diego. Mr. Albright’s executive staff also participated. Two major parkland developments for Alpine were discussed. Following are my personal observations:

Joan MacQueen Middle School Playing Fields:
Concept plans are completed, and Alpine Union School District (AUSD) is moving ahead. The County process for directing developers’ fees to the project from the Alpine Park Land Development Ordinance account was reviewed. Ordinance compliance issues were discussed, and were integrated into the timing schedule. A key component will be the preparing of architectural designs and cost estimates. The matter of well water and irrigation infrastructure for grass fields, and the maintenance of infrastructure over time, has been addressed by the very kind offer from an Alpine resident.

Alpine Community Park:
The County has completed negotiations to buy 98 acres of Wrights Field open space not owned by the Back Country Land Trust. Next steps include the Board of Supervisors final approvals on funding and acquisition expected later this month. Once escrow is completed and the land owned by the County, and once the County concludes an environmental survey of the land, the County will begin community outreach through the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) and by County-hosted community workshops. Those efforts will include the solicitation of ideas, wants and needs from the community. The County expects to begin its outreach late April or early May. Environmental studies on the targeted land site have started. Those studies will indicate how much of the 98 acres can be used for parkland (as opposed to passive use as open space), and will give insight into the types of facilities that could be suitable under California’s environmental law. As Director & Officer of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT), I pledged BCLT’s and its Partners resources in support to the County on biological resource land management, fire fuels reduction, waterway clean-out and restoration, on environmental education via BCLT’s Living Classroom Program in association with Alpine Education Foundation, and on habitat restoration.

By implication, through the sustained efforts of many, and due to the firm commitment of Supervisor Dianne Jacob to Alpine and to our children, Alpine is destined to have unsurpassed open space preserves, a community park, and refurbished, modern sports playing fields at its middle school! 😁

For clarity, the non-County attendees at the meetings were:

George Barnett (me); elected ACPG member & secretary of its Parks Subcommittee, director/officer of BCLT.
Travis Lyon; elected ACPG member & chairperson, elected Trustee AUSD, and director of BCLT. Jim Easterling; elected ACPG member and chairperson of its Parks Subcommittee; & elected member and President of Alpine Fire Protection District. Jon Green; Program & Outreach Director of BCLT

The above comments are mine personally, and are not intended to be those of the others attending.

 

 

​Alpine Revitalization Meeting Held in January 2019 Proves Informative & Energetic

The possibility of a high school as well as a county park kept interest high at the latest Alpine Community Revitalization Meeting

By Jo Moreland – Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Alpine’s leaders, business people, organization representatives, agencies, residents and county staff also discussed the latest news about road paving, local signage and other needs.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob handed out praise as she led the Jan. 24 session in the Alpine Library at 1752 Alpine Blvd. “I think this was excellent,” Jacob said after the meeting. “It helps me and the other county people to know what the needs are and what we need to do.”
The county supervisor said the park proposal, which will be discussed at the county board’s Feb. 13 meeting, is “definitely a priority.” Final board approval is needed to buy 98 acres of land abutting the Wright’s Field preserve, which is owned and maintained by the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT).
BCLT Vice President George Barnett said it was “absolutely wonderful” to hear Jacob speak enthusiastically about the county buying the balance of Wright’s Field and intending to use it for community access. He said it was also good to hear her fully support the proposed upgrade of sports playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School, because both projects benefit Alpine.
Almost everyone leaned forward to hear Travis Lyon, an Alpine Union School District (AUSD) board member, talk about the latest effort to get a high school in Alpine.
It might be done by using Alpine Elementary School in some way, Lyon said. “We’re undergoing a process right now to identify options for the future,” AUSD Superintendent Dr. Rich Newman said in an interview. “They’ve identified nine options to date.” Newman said a Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force of parents, staff, community members and school site administrators are developing a proposal for the school board. “We’re really seeking community input,” so a number of public forums will be held, he said. “My goal is the board will hear the recommendations in February and in March the board will make a decision after the community forums.”
President Neville Connell of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council revealed that research after Alpine’s West Fire on July 6 shows that roads have an impact on fire prevention and safety. The blaze destroyed or damaged 38 homes and 36 other buildings. There was very little damage to buildings on east-west roads in the fire area, but defending structures on roads that “spread out like fingers” was more difficult and those buildings were more prone to damage, Connell said. “It provided us with some very interesting conclusions in how development should go forward in Alpine,” he said
A partnership between the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and BCLT to beautify Alpine Boulevard is trying to work with county permit and insurance requirements in order to pursue the project, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward and Jon Green, BCLT outreach and program director, told Jacob.  “You’re doing great work,” she replied after encouraging them to work with county personnel and to contact her office if that didn’t work out.
Mary Kay Borchard, a volunteer community representative with the revitalization committee, said she thought the meeting was positive for Alpine’s development. “I would invite and encourage any interested resident to attend the next Alpine revitalization meeting on June 27, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Alpine Library,” Borchard said.
Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722
Jom@AlpineChamber.com

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722
Jom@AlpineChamber.com

www.alpinechamber.com

 

County to Purchase 98 Acres Adjacent to Wright’s Field in Alpine for a NEW PARK – January 8, 2019

January 8, 2018 Submitted By George Barnett

Today the County Department of Parks & Recreation advised Alpine Community Planning Group members and others that the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve tomorrow a land purchase in Alpine for a town park. The proposed land is 98 acres abutting Wright’s Field along South Grade Road.

This is good news for Alpine as the purchase preserves the land from residential development, and together with the portion of Wright’s Field owned by the Back Country Land Trust, it extends preserved passive parkland right in the middle of our town to a plot nearly 330 acres in size.

This to me is also a fitting tribute to Supervisor Dianne Jacob who is finishing her long and distinguished career in 2020 as Supervisor of the 2nd District and the Backcountry. She has been Alpine’s strongest advocate for conservation, improved roads, better law enforcement, and our local schools, and for parkland.

Below is a map of the proposed land purchase (IN YELLOW) and the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) owned parts of Wright’s Field bounded in white. All together, this County acquisition and BCLT property provides Alpine with a wonderful, unsurpassed passive parkland of immense environmental value. How many towns anywhere have a 330 acre environmental preserve & parkland in their middle?

The public has always been invited to use BCLT’s private-owned portion of WF north of South Grade Road as a “passive parkland”. By definition that means open to the general public for hiking, horseback riding, dog walking, star gazing, and so on – all passive activities with the only requirements to stay on the trails, to leash dogs, to pickup after dogs and to not leave trash behind. The County is buying 98 acres of WF not owned by BCLT, but from a speculative Dallas-based investor LLC. My understanding is that the County will also plan on passive uses, that is – no active sports playing fields. Maybe there’ll be picnic places, a pavilion, a kiddie playground, or things of that nature that town’s people want. But we’ll find that out in due course when the County presents some plans to Alpiners. The County is also supporting plans to upgrade the playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School (which are deemed active parkland), and those existing facilities currently serve la cross, soccer, soft ball and limited track and field, with the softball fields possibly becoming dual use with football. The final plan is in the hands of the Alpine Union School District.

George Barnett biggeorge8888@gmail.com

 

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019 (Saturday). The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) would like to invite you to attend the third public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: the Planning Concepts Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s existing land uses and have the opportunity to provide input on the future land use and mobility plans for Alpine. The workshop will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901). Parking is provided on-site.

For more information on the Alpine Community Plan Update, please visit our project website: http://bit.ly/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate 

Or you may call/email Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Alpine Community Plan Update Project Manager at: Email: PDS.CommunityPlanUpdates@sdcounty.ca.gov

Phone: (858) 495-5465

 

Alpine DESIGN & REVIEW BOARD Meeting – January 14, 2019

Alpine Design Review Board Meeting – Final Agenda. Monday, January 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901) (619) 445-7330

AGENDA
Note: Action may be taken on any of the following items:

I. Call to Order – Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Dan Wasson, Kippy Thomas, Carol Morrison,
Curt Dean.

II. Approval of Minutes – Correspondence

III. Public Comment – At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to
3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board
has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD
DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public
notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board
on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each
presentation will be limited to 3 minutes.

IV. Review – Tavern Road Shell gas station expansion signage review.1140 Tavern Road.
Applicant Tom Sheehan (Discussion and Vote).

V. Next Meeting – February 4, 2019. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

VI. Adjournment

Submitted By: Curt Dean cdean@benderdean.com

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) SPECIAL MEETING to VOTE on Draft Community Plan Goals – January 10, 2019

The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) has re-scheduled their vote on the draft Community Plan goals and policies to a special meeting held on January 10th, 2019. The meeting will start at 6pm and be held at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. Materials from the prior Community Planning Group meeting (including two staff presentations, the historic and new draft goals and policies matrices as well as the strike through underline version of the Community Plan) can be found on the project website. www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html

Please feel free to contact Sandi Sawa Hazlewood at 858.495.5465 or sandi.hazlewood@sdcounty.ca.gov or Robert Efird at (858) 495-5463 or robert.efird@sdcounty.ca.gov for additional information.

Post 2018 Alpine Election Thoughts – By Mary Harris

Food For Thought: Alpine Elections 2018

Running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group taught me a lot. It was like a crash course on local politics.  I’ve been attending the group for over three years and I can tell you this:  if you have views that are not a carbon copy of the group majority, don’t expect to be warmly welcomed.  When I was campaigning, lies sprouted up like weeds from long term group members, and their friends, on Alpine’s social media sites. Some made little sense. One individual said that I had called Cal Trans and asked them to remove a church banner. This had nothing to do with the election. It was coming from a person grasping at straws, looking to put me in a bad light.

One Alpine woman, who works for Channel 10 News, posted a three year old video (edited) that she made of me and my puppy, walking on Christmas Eve. She was angry that my puppy was off leash in an area where he should have been leashed. I was startled by her abrasiveness. She came at me like a bully, demanding that I tell her my name and where I was from. I was ready to get home after a nice, long walk. I was alone, and, frankly, afraid. Not knowing how to respond to her aggressive demands, I gave her a false name, hoping she would go on her way. Before they left, she gave me this sarcastic greeting, “Merry ****ing Christmas! In all fairness, if one intends to publicize moments like this one, they should either notify the public that it has been edited or publish it in its entirety, which she did neither. She claimed that I gave her permission to do this. While I did tell her, “Go ahead”, it was without understanding her intent. As it turns out, she is friends with planning group members who had their own reasons to discredit me. When she found out I was running for the ACPG, she used the video to make me look bad, saying I was irresponsible, and a liar. Really? Many people were allowing their dogs off leash in that area, and it just emphasized to me how much Alpine needed a dog park. And who has not given a fake name to throw a bully off their trail? None of the good things that I have accomplished were taken into account, and indeed, not many are known by that group. When they want what they want, this is how they go about getting it.

Ironically, it was this meeting along with my discovery of Back Country Land Trust authorizing the use of Roundup at Wrights Field, on the very kind of plants that dogs like to eat, Wild Oats, that brought me to the ACPG in the first place, which was to advocate for a dog park in Alpine. I found out that the planning group had not been able to get a community park here, even after trying for twenty plus years. My efforts then went towards advocating for a community park, with the intent of having a dog park located within the park once it was established.

No one who attacked my character actually knows me. All of this nonsense was just to try to alter the outcome of the election. If someone like me, who is minimal competition, is gone after in such a fashion, imagine what lengths would be gone to in order to affect the chances of one who is significantly greater competition. The only thing I can say is: shame on these manipulators, whose intent is to destroy the names of good people, attempting to discredit them. I hope that the people of Alpine will ‘consider the source’.  As I’ve said, I have learned a lot.

Mary Harris

 

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Special Meeting (Agenda) – December 6, 2018

Alpine Community Planning Group – Notice of Special Meeting | Final Agenda
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. October 25, 2018
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The owner of a 0.75-acre lot located at 2115 Arnold Way and Olivewood Lane in Alpine has applied for a discretionary permit for a site plan exemption to develop a 13-unit townhome project (PDS2018-STP-18-030). The lot is zoned Village Core Mixed Use.  Water service shall be provided by Padre Dam and the project will connect to sewer.  NOTICE – The county of San Diego has noticed the group that this project does not require a recommendation from the ACPG.  All public feedback will be directed to Alpine Design Review Board and the County of San Diego PDS.   Information Item Only.
    2. The owner of a 25.66-acre parcel located at 7177 Horsethief Canyon Road, Alpine, CA 91901 has applied for a discretionary permit for agricultural clearing (PDS2018-AD-18-023). The application requests to clear existing vegetation in order to allow for agricultural planting.  The group may make a recommendation to the County of San Diego on this application.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    3. At the October 11th & 25th, 2018 meetings of the ACPG the County of San Diego presented for discussion the Draft Goals and Policies for the Alpine Community Plan Update. The planning group will continue the review the recommendations from the county and may make a recommendation on:
      1. Consensus Goals and Policies
      2. Goals and Policies that were requested for further discussion
  • New Goals and Policies
  1. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
  1. Group Business:
    1. Oath of office for Seat #3 – Colby Ross.
    2. Members of the public interested in serving on the Alpine Community Planning Group can make a statement to the group about their credentials and desire to serve. Group may make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy for Seat #7.   Discussion & Action
    3. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  2. Consent Calendar
  3. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  4. Officer Reports
  5. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  6. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  7. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  8. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – January 24th, 2019
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – December 7th & 14th, 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – December 11th & 12th, 2018
  9. Adjournment of Meeting

 

Submitted By:

Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

Planning Group Members:

Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com

Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net

Sharmin Self – Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com

Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com

George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net

Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com

Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com

Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com

Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com

Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com

Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com

Kippy Thomas kippyt123@gmail.com

 

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You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Special Meeting (Agenda) – November 8, 2018

Alpine Community Planning Group – Notice of Special Meeting | Final Agenda
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. At the October 11th & 25th, 2018 meetings of the ACPG the County of San Diego presented for discussion the Draft Goals and Policies for the Alpine Community Plan Update. The planning group will continue the review the recommendations from the county and may make a recommendation on:
      1. Consensus Goals and Policies
      2. Goals and Policies that were requested for further discussion
  • New Goals and Policies
  1. Presentation, Discussion & Action.
  1. Group Business:
    1. Oath of office for Seat #3 – Colby Ross.
  2. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – TBD
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – November 16th, 2018
    4. Board of Supervisors – November 13th & 14th, 2018
  3. Adjournment of Meeting

Disclaimer Language

Public Disclosure: We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

 

Access and Correction of Personal Information: You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

 

Submitted By:

Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

Planning Group Members:

Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com

Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net

Sharmin Self – Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com

Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com

George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net

Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com

Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com

Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com

Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com

Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com

Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com

Kippy Thomas kippyt123@gmail.com

Statement from Al Haven, Running for Open Seat on Alpine Planning Group 2018-2019

My name is Albert Haven and I am a candidate for the ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP.

As an ‘Alpiner’ for over 40 years, I have experienced many changes to our community. I arrived here when I was selected to be Superintendent of Schools for Alpine. I came to love this community and determined to stay. Over the years, I have served in Alpine Kiwanis; on the Alpine Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; on the Alpine Community Center Board during the building program; as a founding and continuing member of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee; and, for many years, on the Alpine Community Planning Group’s Circulation Committee.

Obviously, having lived here for so many years, I love Alpine. It is human to resist change in what you are comfortable with. But, I believe in a balance of land uses. I believe in moderate growth that enables the community and the business community to thrive. I support private property rights, but I oppose the thoughtless over-building that has led to a lowering of property values in other east county communities.

If elected to serve, I will be an advocate for a safer community – through planning for better circulation through an improved roadway system, and proactively working with the local fire department and CAL FIRE to make our community an example to others in terms of state-of-the-art response to wild fire. My wife and I saw our home destroyed on July 6th as the West Fire ravaged our area, and as we rebuild we intend to work toward the implementation of “best practices” to protect all of us in the future.

I hope I have your vote to represent your interests in planning the future of Alpine.