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County Moving Ahead on Proposed Alpine Park

By Alex Ward, Alpine Chamber of Commerce – February 13, 2019

The goal of a San Diego County Park in Alpine appeared to be closer to reality at the latest Hot Topics” breakfast of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker George Barnett of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) outlined the history of the proposed park and what authorities are doing to move the project along during the Feb. 12 Chamber meeting. The county Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funding when they meet about the park acquisition on Feb. 27, Barnett told the crowd at Al Pancho’s Restaurant at 2139 Alpine Blvd. “By the end of April the county will have a good idea of how much of that (land) can be developed,” Barnett said. “The county will have a series of town hall meetings and workshops to determine what we want.”

He said the proposed park along South Grade Road is undergoing an environmental assessment for possible uses. The land abuts the Wright’s Field preserve owned by BCLT in the center of Alpine. A companion project is the development of playing fields at nearby Joan MacQueen Middle School at 2001 Tavern Road. “A benefactor in Alpine has agreed to fund a water well and irrigation infrastructure and on-going maintenance for the middle school playing fields,” Barnett said, That impressed the Chamber members and guests, who listened carefully as the speaker noted that the Alpine Education Foundation has applied for neighborhood reinvestment grants to help the middle school project.

Barnett said the $900,000 would come from the county’s parkland development account, funded by developers’ fees. Jon Green, BCLT’s program and outreach director, spoke in support of the proposed park.  Green also encouraged everyone to continue treating 230-acre Wright’s Field preserve —- which shares history with the Kumeyaay Indians, the Spaniards who came here and the homesteaders —- as precious ground. “We all value Wright’s Field,” Green said. “It is as close as we can get to having sacred ground in this county.” Noting that Wright’s Field has many kinds of animals and plants, Barnett said the park land assessment needs to be thorough “because this is a very rare environment.” “How many towns in the world are going to have 300 acres of park land right in their middle?” he added.

In other business, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward talked about new Chamber opportunities and activities.
A major new event is the free Spring Art & Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Vendors will be welcome. “We’re hoping to have a lot of artists as well as musicians,” Ward said.

*Read past posts on this subject HERE

 

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

619. 445.2722

1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. #208, Alpine Ca 91901

www.alpinechamber.com

 

Spanish Immersion Class Fundraiser at Shadow Hills Elementary School – February 9, 2019

It’s Quarter Auction Time! Bring your Quarters and have some FUN!

BriDon’t forget to come and support our JMMS Costa Rica kids!!!! These kids have been working so hard to get to Costa Rica!!! This is an AEF sponsored event you won’t want to miss!!!! There will be over 30 baskets to raffle off from local vendors, hotel stays, and many other awesome goodies as well awesome auctions!! Join us on February 9, 2019 at 7pm in the Shadow Hills Elementary School Gym (8077 Harbison Canyon Rd. Alpine Ca 91901)

Alpine Union School District Community Forums Scheduled to Guide the Future of District

Alpine Union School District Community Forums

In the spirit of continued improvement, the Alpine Union School District (AUSD) launched a Thoughtexchange in September where we asked our community to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of our District.

The response to our Thoughtexchange was tremendous. More than 500 ideas were submitted. The level of engagement demonstrated that we have an enormous opportunity to channel the passion, ideas, hopes and dreams of our students, staff, parents and community into an organized, efficient and innovative plan of action to improve our District.

After reviewing the results of our Thoughtexchange and a range of District data, a Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force comprised of parents, teachers, staff, community members and administrators have been working diligently to identify options to help guide the future of our District. The Task Force presented these options to the AUSD Board of Trustees at the January School Board Meeting. At the upcoming February School Board meeting, the Board of Trustees will discuss the options and identify which will be prioritized for future action.

With any potential change to our schools, it requires careful consideration and deep community involvement. We want to make sure that we continue to gather the feedback of our staff, parents, students, and community members. The Board of Trustees has made it clear that we need your continued thinking to deepen and enrich the conversation around any potential changes to our District. We have scheduled a series of community forums at each school site.  Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the forums. The dates for the forums are listed below:

February 25, 2019 – Alpine Elementary Library – 6 PM

February 26, 2019 – Shadow Hills Elementary Library – 6 PM

March 5, 2019 – Joan MacQueen Middle School Library – 6 PM

March 6, 2019 – Creekside Early Learning MultiPurpose Room  – 6 PM

March 7, 2019 – Boulder Oaks Auditorium – 6 PM

Thank you in advance for your continued support and willingness to engage with us in making Alpine Union the Destination District of East County.

Submitted By Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent – Alpine Union School District 619-445-3236 EMAIL: malvarez@alpineschools.net

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.

 

 

JMMS Security Fencing Installed.. “Say Something” Reporting System Info Meeting – February 4, 2019

JMMS (Joan MacQueen Middle School)SAFETY UPDATE – January 30, 2019. Security Fencing Installation is being completed this week at our school. Also we are having a “SAY SOMETHING” Parent information meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6pm. The “Say something” Anonymous reporting system allows you to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. JMMS is located at 2001 Tavern Rd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info call (619) 445-3245

Alpine Union School District – Reorganization for the Future & A High School

*Submitted By George Barnett – January 16, 2019

I attended the January 9, 2019 School Board meeting, and these are my personal thoughts…..

Based on extensive public input and surveying via the ThoughtExchange process, the Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force has formed three Subcommittees to define forward strategic proposals for improving education in Alpine; the High School Subcommittee, the District Marketing Subcommittee and the School Options Subcommittee.

The members of each Subcommittee are listed in the attachment. Members include a selection of District principals, teachers, service & instruction support staff, parents and community members. Among these are; a manufacturing business owner, a technology innovation business owner, a former school superintendent/education innovation expert, and an assistant city manager/head of a city Public Works Department.

The Board’s priorities are also attached. The first three are; improving student achievement; improving educational opportunities for students; and ensuring fiscal responsibilities. In my mind, the balance nine priorities relate to supporting the first three.  Also attached are 9 proposals being evaluated – and explained below:

The High School Subcommittee is looking at four proposals for an Alpine High School – from working with Grossmont UHSD to different charter operations.

The Marketing Subcommittee is looking at a multi-faceted program of promoting our District and its superb programs and unique partnerships; and those marketing ideas can be rolled-out right-a-way.

The School Options Subcommittee is reviewing four proposals for consolidating the AES/BOES grade schools; two proposals for keeping AES independently operated; two proposals for consolidating kindergarten into the grade schools.  These are proposals only, and the Pro’s and Con’s need to be developed.  Part of the theme of consolidation is to better align curriculum from grade to grade and from grade school to middle school.  One idea is to be able to offer an education Pathway that is unique to, and better than, other school districts.  And, a proposal to house an Alpine high school within existing infrastructure is part of this.

Each Subcommittee will be developing the Pro’s and Con’s of every proposal, and will present final thoughts and information to the School Board for review, comment and top level prioritization. Of course, each Subcommittee will also determine the Pro’s and Con’s of maintaining the status quo.  That is, doing nothing.

During the period February 13 to March 12, community engagement and feedback will be sought. At the March 13th Board meeting, final Subcommittee recommendations will be presented. The Board may select and approve specific strategies and plans to transform our District for a strong academic future.

If approved, work towards achieving that future would then begin immediately.  It is likely that a transformation might take the entire 2019-2020 school year.  That seems to imply that any high school option could include an opening for the fall of the 2020-2021 school year.

Watch for District notices on this transformation of education in Alpine.

 

Alpine Eagles LaCrosse FREE SKILLS CLINIC for ALL Interested Players – January 19, 2019

We are having a FREE SKILLS CLINIC at Joan MacQueen Middle School in Alpine On January 19, 2019 from 9am to 3pm. Come meet the coaches and learn more about the exciting sport of LaCrosse! No Previour LaCrosse experience necessary! (Loaner gear is available for the day!)

Welcome to Alpine Eagles Lacrosse serving players from all of rhe East County of San Diego. We are a team that competes in the SDYLA (San Diego Youth Lacrosse Association). We provide a fun and competitive environment where kids 1st–8th grade can learn about and compete in the fast-growing sport of Lacrosse.

If this will be your child’s first experience in Lacrosse, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail with questions. We can help you understand the rules of the game, the necessary equipment needed to play and make sure that your child has a great first year. (If you’re new to lacrosse, we have some info and videos about the sport here.)

We are a registered non-profit, community-based organization that believes in teaching the kids skills as well as learning to play with integrity, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship.

Visit our website at www.alpineeagleslax.com to register NOW or to learn more If you have questions email alpineeagleslax@gmail.com.

 

Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! OPEN TO ALL KIDS! – January 26, 2019

Annual Alpine Kiwanis Youth Olympics! Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Alpine Elementary School. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!!

8:30am – Registration, Receive Bib # & Olympian Pin
8:40am – Zumba Warm-Up
8:55am – Color Guard – Pledge of Allegiance
9:00am – Competition Begins
10:30am – Competition Concludes
10:30-11:30pm – The Amazing Dana – Magician
11:30 – 12:30pm – Medal Presentation, Conclusion of Games

There will be 12 events.  Boys and girls will compete separately in 4 different age categories: Group #1: Ages 4, 5 & 6  /  Group #2: Ages 7 & 8  /  Group #3: ages 9 & 10  /  Group #4: ages 11, 12 & 13.

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each event in each division for boys and girls.

Hurdles, Obstacle Course, Soccer ball Dribble, Over/Under Course, Bicycle Gymkhana, Basketball Free Throw, 20 Meter Races, 40 Meter Races, 60 Meter Races, Sit Ups, Softball Throw, and Rope Skipping

Call Corinne Lewis at Alpine Elementary for more information (619) 445-2625.

Barons Backroom Beer Pairing Featuring REFUGE BREWERY Benefits Alpine Schools – January 30, 2019

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6-8pm, let’s help turn-out Alpine to help our schools. Barons Market will donate 100 percent of proceeds to local schools/PTA’s. The tickets cost just $15 per person for four different craft beers from Refuge Brewery along with great goodies.  100% of the revenue will be donated onward by Barons.

Barons’ Backroom Beer Pairings transform loading docks and stock rooms into food and local brew speakeasies. Friends will gather at their neighborhood store to sample beers from Refuge Brewery with gourmet bites made from the market’s selection of all-natural ingredients.

A select team of Barons taste experts and Refuge Brewery beer makers carefully curated an experience that is full of unparalleled flavor – and easy to replicate at home.

The mouthwatering menu for the January 30 event includes:

  • Baja Crush paired w/ Chicken Taco + Asian Slaw + Spicy Mayo
  • Blonde Ale paired w/ Pizza + Prosciutto + Arugula
  • Grapefruit IPA paired w/ Buffalo Wings + Blue Cheese
  • Blood Orange Wit paired w/ Ice Cream + Dulce de Leche + Barons Pound Cake

This savory selection tastes good, and does good. Barons Market will donate 100 percent of proceeds from each location will go directly to local schools/PTA’s. Our donations will help these schools to keep doing amazing things.

Space for this 21 and up (sorry, no kids!) event is limited, so purchase your $15 ticket today!

To learn more about Refuge Brewery, please click here.

To learn more about Barons Market and view a list of all Barons locations, please click here.

Free SAT Practice Test for High School Seniors at the Alpine Library – January 26, 2019

Free SAT Practice Test at the Alpine Library on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12 pm. Sign up for a practice test to see how you might perform on test day!  Afterward, Sylvan Learning will provide you with a personalized evaluation of your performance and suggestions of how you might improve your score. To register, email SAT-Test@alpinelibraryfriends.org.  Test results will be reviewed on an individual basis on Tuesday January 29, from 5 to 8 pm.

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901.  For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email us at AlpineLibrary@sdcounty.ca.gov. Visit our website at www.sdcl.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alpinelibrary