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Prescribed Fire Burns Planned at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park – May 13-31, 2019

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif.,-The California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning a prescribed burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park between May 13 and 31, 2019. This burn is part of a forest health and recovery program including vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, and other ecological benefits. This treatment will enhance the health of the forest by restoring essential nutrients to the soil and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. The prescribed burn is being planned and coordinated with the San Diego Air Pollution Control District in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burn will be rescheduled. Some public trails near the burn area may be closed the day of the burn. People traveling near the fire burn areas may see smoke from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the burn. In the unlikely event you smell smoke, County officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities. Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than a wildfire does. If you see or smell smoke in your surroundings, officials recommend avoiding strenuous outdoor activity and remaining indoors as much as possible. These precautions are especially important for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart conditions.

Please use extreme caution while driving near prescribed fire operations due to fire personnel and equipment in the area.


Sexually Violent Predator Possibly Being Placed in Alpine Neighborhood with Many Children

Submitted By Gerry Brewster- 3-25-19

Alpine community members.

The residents of Alpine Oaks Drive need your assistance.
1102 Alpine Oaks Drive has been recommended as a potential residence for a Sexually Violent Predator.

Please join the residents of Alpine Oaks Drive by writing to our elected officials voicing your concerns with the placement of any Sexually Violent Predator at 1102 Alpine Oaks Drive or anywhere else in the Community of Alpine.

Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Supervisor, District 2.

Robert Spanbauer, Policy Advisor, for County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Brian Jones, California State Senator, 38th Senate District

Lori Brown, Director of Constituent Services, for Senator Brian Jone

Randy Voepel, California State Assembly Member, 71st Assembly District.

Alec Baron, Senior Field Representative, for Assembly Member Randy Voepel

Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General,


Please feel free to use this email as a template.


I am requesting that the California Department of State Hospitals remove 1102 Alpine Oaks Drive, Alpine CA 91901 from any further consideration as a residence for any Sexually Violent Predator.

Alpine Oaks Drive is a 3/4 mile dead-end street with 17 residences and has 11 children under the age of 14 living here. 3 of these children live within 75’ of the 1102 residence!!

Families and children should not have to live with a constant fear of anyone. If any Sexually Violent Predator is approved to live at 1102 Alpine Oaks Drive parents will have to continually watch and warn their children to be cautious.

Without your support I truly believe that our voices, concerns and request will not be heard nor approved by the California Department of Hospitals.”


Coffee with the Community at Alpine Sheriff’s Station – December 19, 2018

Coffee with the Community – Alpine: The Alpine Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol are hosting a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Alpine Sheriff’s Station located at 2751 Alpine Boulevard. Please join us to meet with Sheriff’s Deputies and CHP Officers in a casual setting allowing you to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the men and women who patrol your neighborhood. We hope to see you there! Questions? Call Crime Prevention Specialist Holly Nicholson at (619) 659-2608.


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Donations Needed for the “Emergency Food Pantry” at the Alpine Community Center

The Alpine Community Center has been an “Emergency Food Pantry” for the Alpine community for the past 6 years. Recently we noticed a marked increase in requests for assistance and we depend solely on donations to stock this Pantry. Until now the major donor to this cause has been Alpine’s Christ the King Episcopal Church. We now require additional donations to keep up with the need.

The type of foods we are able to store and distribute are nonperishable items such as canned tuna, chicken, vegetables, chili, peanut butter, crackers, beans, rice, pasta, etc. We also need pet food and personal hygiene products. Please check expiration dates before donating items.

Donations can be delivered to the Alpine Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm and on Fridays between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. We also accept monetary donations which will be used to purchase food items.

Thank you,

Cindi Robertson
Operations Manager
Alpine Community Center

1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901

A Red Flag Warning Declared Today, SDG&E Warns of Possible Power Outages 10-19-18

A Red Flag Warning has been declared for Friday, October 19 from 3:00AM to 10:00PM by the National Weather Service due to forecasted strong gusty winds and low humidity. In response, SDG&E will fully staff its Emergency Operations Center to monitor weather conditions throughout the duration of the event, especially in the high fire risk areas of the county. At SDG&E, our highest priority remains the safety of our employees and the public.


If weather conditions threaten the region, we will need to turn off power for safety. Because this is more likely during windy conditions, we are encouraging customers to be prepared with flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-operated radio, and a phone that does not require electricity.

  • SDG&E has also proactively called customers in the affected areas to alert them of the possibility of power outages related to high winds and reminding them to be prepared to activate their personal emergency plan.
  • We are also reminding customers to always be aware of the potential for downed power lines due to the winds. Please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 to report a downed power line.
  • We encourage customers who live in the areas where the high winds are forecast to be strongest to monitor for the latest information.


The following communities that could be affected include Alpine, Boulevard, Buckman Springs, Boulder Creek, Crestwood, Descanso, Glencliff, Inaja Park, Japutal, Lake Wohlford, La Posta, Lucky Fire Ranch, Mesa Grande, Mt. Laguna, Santa Ysabel, Sill Hill, Valley Center, Viejas, and Wynola.


Here are some additional online resources:


If you have HAD ENOUGH with SDG&E and want to move towards lowering your bills and having POWER when SDG&E shuts your power off, you are invited to a special Alpine Town Hall Meeting on October 4, 2018 at 6pm at the Alpine Women’s Club (Town Hall) located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca 91901.

For more info please contact BRANDON MAYNARD OR LOUIS RUSSO at 619-300-0866 or email


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:…/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.…


DATE: August 30, 2018
PROJECT NAME: Alpine Community Plan Update
PROJECT APPLICANT: County of San Diego – Planning & Development Services
ENV. REVIEW NUMBER: PDS2018-ER-18-00-002

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.

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

(858) 505 – 6857 ▪ Fax (858) 694-2555


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

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

The final certified FCI SEIR is available online at the County’s website at

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

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.


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



Disaster Loan Outreach Center for Residents Effected By the WEST FIRE – Open at the Alpine Library August 14 – 23, 2018

Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California businesses and residents affected by the West Fire. Businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by the fire may apply.  A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Alpine Library. SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual apply online. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Library. Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will close Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
For more information, click here.

CA_15640_Fact_Sheet_Agency SBA west fire alpine


Jessica Northrup – Group Communication Officer
Land Use and Environment Group

619-531-5186  I  619-756-3486 (c)

Debris Disposal Bins on Alpine Blvd. for West Fire Victims Clean Up

Debris Removal

To help with the recovery process, the County of San Diego is placing debris disposal bins at locations near the burn area for fire survivors to dispose of debris from their properties. Beginning Saturday, July 14, 2018, community bins will be placed at the following location, and are ready to accept debris when fire survivors are ready:

  • 3508 Alpine Boulevard (MAP IT)
  • Additional locations may be added, continue to check the website for information


The County has been working to help connect the nonprofit volunteer groups with fire survivors who may be in need of their assistance.  The nonprofit groups have experienced, trained staff who possess the necessary tools and resources to perform debris removal, which they have utilized successfully on prior fire recovery events in the San Diego region.  The available nonprofit groups are initiating contact with fire survivors to determine their debris removal needs and offer assistance.

Erosion Control

To help residents living in or around the burn area, the County has opened the Erosion Control Center to advise people on how to protect their homes and provide sand, sandbags and fiber rolls for free to help stabilize burned properties before rains arrive. Protect your property now from flooding.

The Erosion Control Center is by appointment only. Call (888) 846-0800 for more information.

Volunteer Resources

Survivors with remaining unmet needs are encouraged to contact San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to learn more about additional recovery information and services from local faith based, services based, and community based organizations.

Recovery Assistance Hotline and Email

Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may call the

Recovery Assistance Hotline (858) 495-5200

or email Both will be staffed by County employees from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Callers can leave a voice mail after hours and County staff will return the call the next day.



FREE CHIPPING of Downed, Charred, Trimmed Tree Branches in the VIEW STREETS – July 16-20, 2018

July 12, 2018 – Two of us with the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council (GAFSC) toured the View streets in Alpine yesterday and it appears that some folks may be interested in chipping downed &/or charred limbs or branches. This next week, July 16-20, is our regular Zone 3 chipping event which includes the View streets. We will chip ANY of the subject materials staged by the curb or along a driveway as we pass thru, registration will not be required and materials should be staged by Sunday the 15th.

We ask that our normal rules be observed, for clarity we cannot chip any building materials, and that the crew can get in and out; for more info see:

*We intend to offer an additional stand alone Emergency Free Chipping event to the fire victims in this area at a time and date that is approved by AFPD Fire Marshal.

Thank you,

Dennis Larsen

Volunteer/Chipping Mgr