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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.

 

 

New County Initiative Encourages ‘GRANNY FLATS’ & Waives Fees for Next 5 Years

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­NEWS RELEASE 1/9/19

 

NEW COUNTY INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES ‘GRANNY FLATS’

 

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday launched a program to encourage the development of granny flats and other small dwellings as part of a broader county effort to address the region’s housing shortage.

The board voted to waive county permit and development impact fees over the next five years for property owners wishing to build granny flats on lots with existing homes. The units can be used for family members or rented out as a source of income for the homeowner.

The program could result in thousands of additional homes within the county’s unincorporated areas, a region largely represented by District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob and District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond.

“This is a critical step in our on-going efforts to address the region’s housing crisis, especially the serious need for affordable housing,” said Jacob, the board chairwoman. “This new program is the quickest and easiest way for us to expedite the development of housing.”

To cover the loss of fees, the county will subsidize the program to the tune of $11 million over the 5-year period.

“There is no single solution to the regional housing shortage, but an average savings of $14,000 for an accessory home will raise property values and offer more affordable places to live,” said Supervisor Desmond. “We will continue to be creative and challenge the status quo to solve the region’s housing crisis.”

The additional homes are allowed under the county’s General Plan, which guides development in Alpine, Julian, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Valley Center and all other unincorporated communities.

CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB / SUPERVISOR JIM DESMOND San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts:         Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108, steve.schmidt@sdcounty.ca.gov

Anita Lightfoot, 619-531-4709, anita.lightfoot@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

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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

 

Dianne’s Corner – News & Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – October 2018

Our awesome outdoors: Construction recently started on the Santa Ysabel Nature Center, the first attraction of its type in San Diego County to showcase the region’s beautiful backcountry. Due to open next fall, the 6,000-square foot, county-funded project is rising on the rolling hills of Santa Ysabel Preserve, near the intersection of state Routes 78 and 79 and northwest of Julian. Our backcountry is a real treasure, on a par with San Diego’s beaches and bays, and this new center will serve as a starting point to educate locals, visitors, school groups and others about all our rural area has to offer. It will include exhibits, an amphitheater and a staging area for hikers. A big thank you to all those in the community who worked with me and county parks staff to make this project happen!

Other improvements brewing: I continue to work closely with District 2 residents on a wide range of projects that will make East County an even better place. For example, the county expects to break ground next year on separate projects in Lakeside — a new library and an equestrian center. And I’m working with community leaders in Casa de Oro to nail down a location for a new library. Stay tuned. Those are just some of the improvements in the works.

Are you ready?: Some of our worst wildfires have come this time of year. Please check out readysandiego.org, a hub of disaster preparedness information, and also sign up for the county’s AlertSanDiego notification system. These measures and others can help protect property and save lives. For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne

County’s First Backcountry Nature Center Taking Root in Julian

VICE-CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB – San Diego County Board of Supervisors

­­­­­­­­­­­­­NEWS RELEASE – 10/17/18

Construction has started on the Santa Ysabel Nature Center, the first attraction of its type in San Diego County to showcase the region’s beautiful backcountry.

The 6,000-square-foot, county-funded project is rising on the rolling hills of the Santa Ysabel Preserve, near the intersection of state Routes 78 and 79 and northwest of Julian.

“Our backcountry is a real treasure, on a par with San Diego’s beaches and bays,” said District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob, a longtime rural resident. “The nature center will serve as a starting point to educate locals, visitors, school groups and others about all our rural area has to offer.”

The $8.6 million attraction is scheduled to open next fall and will include exhibits, an amphitheater and a staging area for hikers. Volunteer docents will help lead tours and other events.

The building will feature an environmentally-friendly design that grew out of extensive consultations with the community and energy experts. (Renderings of the project are attached.)

It will be close to many popular outdoor attractions, including the Volcan Mountain Preserve, William Heise County Park and the Cleveland National Forest.

In 2010, the Nature Conservancy donated 84 acres to the county with the agreement that it would preserve more Santa Ysabel grassland and develop a nature center. Santa Ysabel Preserve spans 6,000 acres.

The center will be operated by the county Department of Parks and Recreation, which oversees 19 regional parks, 36 day-use parks, hundreds of miles of trail and other attractions.

Contact: Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108, steve.schmidt@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

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
Jessica.Northrup@sdcounty.ca.gov

619-531-5186  I  619-756-3486 (c)

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob Welcomes State Rejection of SDG&E Proposal to Bill Taxpayers for 2007 Fires

CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB San Diego County Board of Supervisors

STATEMENT – 11/30/17
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob reacts to the state’s rejection today of a SDG&E bid to bill ratepayers for $379 million in costs tied to the region’s 2007 firestorms: “State regulators did the right thing by holding SDG&E financially accountable for some of the worst fires in California history. SDG&E’s bid to stick ratepayers with the bill was outrageous and an insult to all those affected by the 2007 disaster. Folks died in these fires and many lost their homes. Today’s decision does not change that, but brings some justice against a utility that cares more about shareholder profits than public safety.”

Supervisor Jacob represents District 2, the largest of San Diego County’s five supervisorial districts. It covers most of the eastern two-thirds of the county and includes El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, Poway, Spring Valley and many rural communities.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Dianne’s Corner – News & Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 2017

Dianne’s Corner – News & Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for September 2017

Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks. The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa. Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents. To register call 844-899-1597 or go to surveymonkey.com/r/dontgethooked .

Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian. Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley.

Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season? Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emergency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone. For more on all these, and for additional help, go to readysandiego.org . The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne Jacob

 

“Coffee with Constituents”: Chat with Country Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 19, 2017

Coffee with Constituents – Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Alpine Library.
Do you have questions, concerns or ideas about your county government or community? Join Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a conversation about what’s going on in our district.The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. If you have any questions, comments or other suggestions, please email albranch1752@gmail.com or call us at (619) 445-4221, and be sure to “Like” the Alpine Library on Facebook for the latest library news and program photos: www.facebook.com/AlpineLibrary.

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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – March 2017

Dianne Jacob_Photo_optTake a hike, nature lovers: I was so happy to join community leaders at a recent ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the Flume Trail in Lakeside. The nearly mile-long path, which skirts Lake Jennings, builds on efforts by the county and others to create a network of trails within easy reach of the San Diego River, from Julian to the ocean. Thank you to the County Park and Recreation Department, Helix Water District and San Diego River Conservancy for their hard work on the project. For more information on the county park system, go to www.sdparks.org.
Take a hike, SDG&E: I’ve always believed that families and business owners deserve better than SDG&E. We need to break up the utility’s monopoly on our region and provide ratepayers with energy options. That’s why I continue to believe we need to explore the concept of community choice aggregation, which would open up the energy market to genuine competition. Many California counties are already weighing the idea or have launched community choice programs. In a recent Board of Supervisors vote, county staff was asked to report back on community choice studies that are currently taking place. I will keep fighting for it as long as I’m on the board. Ratepayers deserve the freedom of choice!
Thank you: I was deeply honored recently to again be named Best Elected Official in the annual East County Californian reader poll — for the 8th consecutive year. I am so humbled by your support over the years. I promise to continue to do all I can to live up to your faith and trust in me.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov
Have a great East County day!

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