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LOU RUSSO Campaign Statement: Alpine Union School District 2018 School Board Candidate

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE and has reached out too ALL of the candidates for their statements so he community of Alpine can be better informed.

October 2018  – Lou Russo Campaign Statement – Alpine Union School District is a district in trouble.  It has spent $1 million on legal fees in suits against other school districts, and has lost every one.  It cannot fix its district offices for lack of money.  The district transportation department repeatedly failed inspections by the California Highway Patrol and was on the verge of being shut down when it contracted with another district to take over.  The students in the district rode on unsafe buses for two years.  Parents are taking their children out of the district for other schools, public and charter.  Administrators were illegally changing grades.  The district must borrow money to pay its commitments.  The list goes on and on.  Alpine Union needs change at the top and I am the person who can lead the district to excellence.  Our children should receive every penny of our tax dollars, to make our class size smaller, to make our classrooms safe and to provide the highest academic instruction, for all of our students.

Our children should feel welcomed, be with their friends and look forward to attending school every day.  A vote for me with ensure this is the case in Alpine Union.

 

I am also running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) …

The West Fire has taught us a lesson that I have known all along; development in Alpine must only be done with careful consideration for the fire threat in our area.  Emergency access is essential.  For years I have been the voice of reason on the Alpine Community Planning Group.  My primary concern is the safety of Alpine’s residents and protection of our homes, animals and possessions.  I have consistently stood up for intelligent, safe, development while protecting the private property rights of us all.  In addition, I am the only current planning group member to have worked with a group of residents for a park for all of Alpine, one that has shade, sports fields, picnic areas and a leash-free dog park.  Finally, I was the only current planning group member to have worked with parents to place the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the traffic slowing signs at Joan McQueen Middle School.  A vote for me guarantees that you will be represented in planning decisions in our community.  I will not place any special interests above your interests.

 

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Re-Planting Alpine Boulevard: Town Hall Meeting OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – October 10, 2018

BCLT (The Back Country Land trust) and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce are leading an effort to re-plant Alpine Boulevard with native plants! Two town hall meetings have been scheduled for October 10th – afternoon and evening – so everyone has a chance to attend. We’ll be meeting at the Alpine Library from 12:30 to 1:30pm and from 6-7pm. Business owners interested in signing up for this program and volunteers wanting to participate in re-landscaping our main street are encouraged to attend. Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more information call (619) 445-4221 or email Jon Green (BCLT)

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – October 11, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members below

ACPG – October 11th 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

 

Statement from Mary Harris, Currently Running for Open Seat on Alpine Planning Group

September 2018

Alpine: A Unique and Beautiful Community

 

Alpine is a little gem in the foothills. As a member of this community, I have become increasingly concerned about what goes on in our town. I am now running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG). My name is Mary Harris. My first residency here was back in the seventy’s. This was before any development. There were no traffic lights, shopping centers, apartment buildings, or housing developments, with the exception of Palo Verde Ranch. We were truly a rural outpost.

I raised my daughter, seeing her through her school years. I had the pleasure of witnessing her graduation from San Diego State University, where she earned her Master’s Degree. Afterwards, I entered into a new phase of my life; I began searching for ways to become more involved in my community. This led to volunteering my time for A Park 4 Alpine. My friend and I ‘parked’ ourselves in front of Ace Hardware, whose manager kindly allowed us to use their space. We engaged people in conversation, and asked them to participate in a survey for A Park 4 Alpine. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of obtaining a park for our community. I learned that after roughly twenty years of effort, by individuals on the the Parks and Trails subcommittee, to get a park built here for the entire community, a park we could be truly proud of, they were not able to accomplish their worthy goal. This was not their fault. There were many factors that impeded their progress. Then, I discovered that the ACPG board member majority had essentially given up on the park. They voted to approve the transfer of the park money fund (the PLDO) to the Alpine Union School District, all $950,000, for the renovation of athletic fields at our middle school instead. This will empty our park fund.

I have a deep sentiment for our community. My desire is to see the rural feel of Alpine preserved, which is increasingly important as more development threatens our community. But many on the board are pro development. As well, the ACPG is in need of greater diversity. In order to create balanced representation that will address the needs and desires of all of us, differing age groups, women, and ethnicities need to feel welcomed.

We choose to live in Alpine because of its peaceful, small town atmosphere. We don’t want to see Alpine become another Santee or Lakeside.

I’d like to have the opportunity to serve on the board and I am looking forward to getting to know what is on the minds and hearts of the people who live here.

Thank you,

Mary Harris EMAIL ME HERE

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – September 27, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members below

ACPG – September 27th 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

 

Alpine DESIGN & REVIEW BOARD Meeting – September 10, 2018

Alpine Design Review Board Meeting – Final Agenda
September 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-7330

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 – Union 76 Gas Station, 1666 Alpine Boulevard. Signage and canopy review.
Applicant Domingo Rocha. (Discussion and Vote).

V. Next Meeting – October 1, 2018. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

VI. Adjournment

Submitted By: Curt Dean cdean@benderdean.com

 

 

COMMUNITY INPUT NEEDED at the PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING for the ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE – September 18, 2018

Alpine Residents have the opportunity to let the County know what we want, and don’t want. This is part of the County’s process to update our community plan and your input is highly desired. This meeting will be run by the San Diego County Planning and Development Services Department and is the subject of the letter many are getting. It will be held at the library.

Community Input Encouraged at the PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING held by the County of San Diego for the ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE on September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

For further information, visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/…/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.…

 

NOTICE OF PREPARATION DOCUMENTATION
DATE: August 30, 2018
PROJECT NAME: Alpine Community Plan Update
PROJECT NUMBER(S): PDS2016-GPA-16-011
PROJECT APPLICANT: County of San Diego – Planning & Development Services
ENV. REVIEW NUMBER: PDS2018-ER-18-00-002

Summary
The project comprises a comprehensive update to the Alpine Community Plan proposed by the County of San Diego (County). A Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) will be prepared in order to analyze and disclose the environmental impacts of the project. The SEIR will tier from the General Plan Update (GPU) Program EIR (PEIR), the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) SEIR, and include updated baseline conditions, as discussed further below. The SEIR will also be programmatic in nature in that it will analyze the reasonably foreseeable impacts of the changes to the plan. For example, changes to land use densities could result in an increase or decrease in impacts that were previously analyzed in the GPU EIR. It should be noted that the project itself does not propose any specific development project that would result in physical impacts on the environment. However, it is reasonably foreseeable that future individual projects that are implemented under the Alpine Community Plan Update (ACPU) could result
in physical impacts on the environment.

The purpose of this Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to provide interested stakeholders with sufficient information describing the project and the potential environmental effects in order to make a meaningful response as to which environmental issue areas and alternatives to the project should be analyzed within the SEIR.

Comments on the NOP will be accepted for 30 days following issuance of this notice and must be received no later than October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Comments on the notice of preparation document can be emailed or sent via mail to Greg Kazmer, Environmental Coordinator.

E-mail: gregory.kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov
Address: Planning & Development Services
Attn: Greg Kazmer
5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123

MARK WARDLAW
DIRECTOR
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
5510 OVERLAND AVENUE, SUITE 310, SAN DIEGO, CA 92123
(858) 505 – 6857 ▪ Fax (858) 694-2555
www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds

KATHLEEN A. FLANNERY
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – 2 –

Public Scoping Meeting
Consistent with Section 21083.9 of the CEQA Statute, a public scoping meeting will be held to solicit comments regarding the scope and analysis of the supplement to the 2011 General Plan Update Program EIR.

 

This meeting will be held on September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library, 1752 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

Purpose of NOP and Scoping Meeting
The purpose of this NOP and scoping meeting is to provide responsible agencies and the public with information about the CEQA process and to provide further opportunities to identify environmental issues and alternatives for consideration in the SEIR. Public comments received during the NOP scoping process will be included as part of the SEIR.

 

Project Background
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, Sections 15162 through 15164, set forththe criteria for determining the appropriate additional environmental documentation, if any, to be completed when there is a previously certified EIR covering the project for which a subsequent discretionary action is required. The SEIR for the proposed project will tier from both the GPU PEIR and the FCI SEIR.

General Plan Update
A Program EIR for the County’s General Plan Update (GPU), Environmental Review Number 02-ZA-001, State Clearinghouse Number 2002111067, was certified by the Board of Supervisors on August 3, 2011.

 

The certified PEIR evaluated potentially significant effects associated with the following environmental areas of potential concern:

1) aesthetics
2) agricultural resource
3) air quality
4) biological resources
5) cultural and paleontological resources
6) geology and soils
7) hazards and hazardous materials
8) hydrology and water quality
9) land use and planning
10) mineral resources
11) noise
12) population and housing
13) public services
14) recreation
15) transportation and traffic
16) utilities and service systems
17) climate change.

Of these seventeen environmental subject areas, it was determined that only geology and soils and population and housing would not involve potentially significant impacts. The remaining environmental issues evaluated included impacts that would be significant and unavoidable, with the exception of impacts associated with the following four subject areas, which would be mitigated to a level below significant: cultural and paleontological resources, land use and planning, recreation, and climate change.

The final certified GPU PEIR is available online at the County’s website at
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/gpupdate/environmental.html.

Forest Conservation Initiative
On December 14, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved the FCI project. The FCI lands entail approximately 72,000 acres within 13 communities within the unincorporated County. Of those, 1,354 parcels containing 13,747 acres are located within the Alpine community. The FCI was a voterapproved initiative which required that private lands within the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County have a minimum lot size of 40 acres. The FCI was originally approved in 1993 and expired on December 31, 2010.

The land use map changes adopted as part of the GPU did not include FCI lands. When the FCI expired,
the areas affected by the FCI reverted to the land use designations in effect before the FCI was enacted.
As a result of the Board’s approval of the FCI project in 2016, the GPU land use designations, Guiding
Principles, and Policies were applied to the former FCI lands.

The FCI SEIR identified significant and unavoidable impacts to:

1) aesthetics
2) agricultural and forestry resources
3) air quality
4) biological resources
5) hazards and hazardous material
6) hydrology and water quality
7) mineral resources
8) noise
9) public services
10) transportation and traffic
11) Utilities and service systems. It also identified significant and unavoidable impacts to global climate
change.

The final certified FCI SEIR is available online at the County’s website at
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/advance/FCI/fcifinalseir.html

Community Plans
All community plans supplement the County General Plan. Community plans contain information and policies concerning land use, housing, circulation, conservation/open space, public facilities and services, recreation, and community character. However, other issues can be addressed, depending on community circumstances. The policies and programs contained in a community plan, which must be consistent with the County General Plan, are intended to provide long-term guidance and stability with respect to implementing County General Plan policies and programs.

The Alpine Community Plan was adopted on December 31, 1979; it was last amended in December 2016. The proposed project is a comprehensive update to the Alpine Community Plan. Because all community plans are components of the County General Plan, this action requires a General Plan Amendment (GPA).

Project Description
The proposed project would update and refine the current plan’s goals and policies to reflect the character of Alpine and guide growth and development. The ACPU includes an infrastructure study and market analysis, which are intended to provide additional information to guide decision-making. It will also provide an opportunity to consolidate regulations, such as zoning and design guidelines. The ACPU will provide strategies and specific implementing actions to ensure that the land use vision will be accomplished. The implementation plan organizes and prioritizes actions, which are intended to parallel existing County efforts.

The ACPU may set forth changes in land use designations based on a constraints analysis and community input. In large part, existing zoning will be applied to land uses, although new designations that better support the goal of mixed-use development as well as transit-oriented development may also be developed. The project will further refine the land use patterns established as a part of the 2011 GPU and 2016 FCI projects. The structure of the ACPU will mirror the County General Plan where possible, including the land use, mobility, conservation/open space, housing, safety, and noise elements, although some elements may be omitted from the community plan where unique goals/policies/analyses are not applicable.

A special development feasibility study is being prepared to analyze several Areas of Consideration (as defined in the FCI SEIR) for future development. The feasibility study will include an assessment of infrastructure needs associated with roads, water, sewers, electricity, and fire protection and be used to determine appropriate land use densities and zoning designations. The feasibility study will consider Areas of Consideration AL-3, -4, -5, -6, -7, and -11B.

More information on the project and community outreach efforts is available on the project web page at
https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html.

As previously described, the project will require an SEIR that will tier from the GPU PEIR and FCI SEIR. This SEIR will use information from both of these EIRs and provide more specific analysis and details for the Alpine Community Plan Area (CPA). The components of the ACPU are still being developed. However, development of the ACPU will be guided by and must remain consistent with the goals, policies, and planning concepts identified in the County General Plan and other relevant County plans and programs.

CEQA Guidelines Section 15183 allows a streamlined environmental review process for projects that are consistent with the densities established by existing zoning, community plan or general plan policies for which an EIR was certified. The ACPU would update and refine the use of streamlining under CEQA

Guidelines 15183 specific to the Alpine CPA.

CEQA Requirements
CEQA requires that public agencies consider the potentially significant adverse environmental effects of projects over which they have discretionary approval authority before taking action on those projects (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et. seq.). According to California Code of Regulations Section 15064(f)(1), preparation of an EIR is required whenever a project may result in a significant adverse environmental effect. An EIR is an informational document that is used to inform public agency decisionmakers and the general public about the significant environmental effects of a project, identify possible ways to mitigate or avoid the significant effects, and describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the project that could feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the project while substantially lessening or avoiding any of the significant environmental impacts. Public agencies are required to consider the information presented in the EIR when determining whether to approve a project.

CEQA Guidelines Section 15163 states that a lead agency may choose to prepare a supplement to the EIR rather than a subsequent EIR if the changes proposed meet the conditions described in Section 15162 and only minor additions and changes are necessary to make the previous EIR adequate. The Alpine Community Plan would be updated to incorporate goals and polices from the General Plan Update and reflect the character of Alpine. It would refine the current plan’s goals and policies to guide growth and development within the Alpine community. As such, the County is proceeding with preparation of a supplement to the GPU PEIR and FCI SEIR.

Project Location
Alpine is an unincorporated community in the eastern portion of San Diego County, approximately 25 miles east of downtown San Diego (Figure 1). The Alpine CPA covers approximately 68,100 acres of land that is characterized by diverse geography, residential land use patterns, and an established town center area. The most distinguished geographic features are the rugged peaks of the Viejas and El Cajon Mountains near El Capitan Reservoir in the northern portion of the community as well as the hills and valleys around Loveland Reservoir in the southern portion. The Alpine CPA is bisected by Interstate 8, with the majority of the population concentrated in and around the Alpine town center, which is adjacent to the freeway. Cleveland National Forest comprises most of the land in the eastern and northern portions of the CPA.

The Alpine CPA is bordered by the Central Mountain Community Plan area to the north and east, the Jamul Dulzura Community Plan area to the south, and the Lakeside and Crest-Dehesa-Harbison Canyon-Granite Hills Community Plan areas to the west (Figure 2). The Alpine CPA includes the suburban Glen Oaks neighborhood in the western portion and the Viejas Mountains, El Cajon Mountains, and Cleveland National Forest in the east. The elevation of the terrain ranges from approximately 1,500 feet at the vegetated drainages to more than 4,100 feet in the semi-arid hilly terrain of the Viejas and El Cajon Mountains. The town of Alpine, which is in the north-central portion of the CPA, is the most densely populated community within the planning area. Local development on both sides of Interstate 8 consists primarily of residential/rural-residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed uses. The planning area also includes the communities of Peutz Valley, Japatul Valley, Hidden Glen, Dunbar Lane, and Galloway Valley. Development within these communities consists of rural-residential and light agricultural uses. The Viejas Indian Reservation and Capitan Grande Reservation are also within the boundaries of the Alpine CPA; however, they are not within the County’s jurisdiction.

Probable Environmental Effects
The following is a list of the subject areas to be analyzed in the ACPU Supplemental EIR.

Aesthetics Land Use and Planning
Agriculture and Forestry Resources Mineral Resources
Air Quality Noise
Biological Resources Population and Housing
Cultural and Historical Resources Public Services
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Recreation
Energy Use Tribal Cultural Resources
Hazards and Hazardous Materials Transportation and Traffic
Hydrology and Water Quality   Utilities and Service Systems

 

As previously mentioned, comments on the NOP will be accepted for 30 days following issuance of this notice and must be received no later than October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Comments on the notice of preparation document can be emailed or sent via mail to Greg Kazmer, Environmental Coordinator.

E-mail: gregory.kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov

Address: Planning & Development Services Attn: Greg Kazmer 5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92123

 

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – August 23, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members below

ACPG – August 23rd 2018 Preliminary Meeting Agenda

Alpine DESIGN & REVIEW BOARD Meeting – August 6, 2018

Alpine Design Review Board Meeting – Final Agenda
August 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-7330

 

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 – Alpine Commercial Building, 2128 Arnold Way. Exterior building revisions.
Applicant Jason Meram. (Discussion and Vote).

V. Review – Union 76 Gas Station, 1666 Alpine Boulevard. Signage and canopy review.
Applicant Domingo Rocha. (Discussion and Vote).

VI. Review – Alpine Springs RV Resort, 5635 Willows Road. Permit modification review.
Applicant Peter Cortese. (Discussion and Vote).

VII. Next Meeting – September 10, 2018. 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

VIII. Adjournment

Submitted By: Curt Dean cdean@benderdean.com

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – July 26, 2018

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00pm

Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

*View Agenda and list of Planning Group Members below

ACPG – July 26th 2018 Regular Meeting Agenda UPDATED