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Alpine Resident Asks ACPG to Communicate More Effectively and Urges More Residents to Attend Meetings

June 2017 – Just my opinion                        

 

I am an Alpine resident who attended the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) meetings in September 2016 and again in May 2017. What follows are some of my thoughts about both meetings.

The September meeting primarily focused on the expiration of the Forestry Conservation Initiative and the resulting re-zoning of parcels in the Japatul Valley area which will pave the way for development and increase density.

The focus of the May meeting was: the Alpine Fire Department applying to the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to annex land into its boundary.

These two issues are related, though at first look, they may not appear to be. Because of the complexity of these and other issues affecting those of us that live in Alpine, I’d like to see a greater effort made by those on both the boards of the ACPG and the AFD to more effectively communicate the facts surrounding these issues in laymen’s terms so that the general population may gain a clear understanding of both sides.

The members representing us seem to forget that many of us are not accustomed to attending these kinds of meetings and in addition are beleaguered with the affairs of daily living. This is one reason we elect them to represent us.

We expect their conduct to exemplify fairness, to be courteous, and that they, at all times should exhibit self-control. What I am seeing worries me. One long-standing member whose conduct I observed is frankly lacking in these areas. He wrote in an online magazine that a representative of The Forestry during the September meeting was “tarred and feathered.” This leads readers to believe that all present at that meeting were of the same opinion. Indeed, many were as shocked as I was to read this. His choice of words was poor and speaks volumes about his character.

In the May meeting, it was his unruly behavior that concerned me. He exhibited blatant lack of self-control when he jumped out of his chair to challenge another member that he disagreed with and to threaten to prematurely close the meeting down. I didn’t like how the other members allowed him to rant in this bullying manner. His behavior was incited when the member he directed his rage at simply stated that the AFD chief was not telling the truth and that he had written a letter explaining the matter.

Meanwhile, another topic on the agenda was put on the back burner: a subcommittee report from The Alpine Design Review Board regarding plans to develop the east end of Alpine.

The majority of ACPG members are men. The presence of more women, as well as the addition of younger citizens, would help to balance the chemistry of the board. Consider coming to some meetings and offer your input; we need to hear from everyone.

 

M.H.

 

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Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – June 20, 2017

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901. VIEW AGENDA HERE: ag_6_20_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
jjames@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

 

 

FIREHOUSE COOKOFF! Viejas vs. Alpine vs. Sycuan at the Alpine Library – June 15, 2017

Alpine Library’s 6th Annual FIREHOUSE COOKOFF! Viejas vs. Alpine vs. Sycuan – Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm! Meet your local firefighters, sample their cooking, and cast your vote for which department has the best culinary skills! This year’s theme is PEPPERS— each department will create a dish using the theme, and compete to see whose interpretation is best. Show up hungry! The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. For more info call (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – May 16, 2017

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901. VIEW AGENDA HERE: ag_5_16_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
jjames@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

 

CAL FIRE Vegetation Management Program Burn in Pine Valley – March 15-20, 2017

Cal Fire LogoCAL FIRE will be continuing the Vegetation Management Program (VMP) burn south of Pine Valley which began on Wednesday March 15, 2017. The burn will be conducted in order to clear an additional 85 acres in the area of the Corte Madera Ranch. The Monday March 20, 2017 burn is scheduled to begin at approximately 8:00 A.M. and is expected to continue into the afternoon. Smoke is expected to be visible in the immediate area as well as along the Interstate 8 corridor. CAL FIRE will be assisted on Monday’s burn by members from the Border Agency Fire Council (BAFC), an organization made up of 29 American and Mexican governmental agencies and organizations that represent fire protection and law enforcement officials, emergency responders, natural resource managers, elected officials and consular representatives from the binational area.

 

 

  • The BAFC’s stated goals are to:
    Establish and maintain relationships with U.S. and Mexican government agencies.
    Strengthen awareness and cooperation on preserving biodiversity.
    Continue effective fire prevention, suppression and emergency response.

CAL FIRE remains a committed member of the Border Agency Fire Council and embraces cross border training and mutual aid response in assistance to our cooperators on both sides of the border. For more info please contact Issac Sanchez Fire Captain/PIO (619) 922-4528

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Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – March 21, 2017

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901. VIEW AGENDA HERE ag3_21_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – February 21, 2017

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901. VIEW AGENDA HERE ag2_21_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

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SPECIAL MEETING: Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors – January 23, 2017 (AGENDA)

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

SPECIAL MEETING of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Monday, January 23, 2017 – 10am at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901. VIEW AGENDA HERE ag1_23_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – January 17, 2017 (AGENDA)

Alpine Fire Protection Dist

Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – 5:00 P.M at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901

*VIEW AGENDA HERE: ag1_17_2017

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Alpine Fire Protection District Swears in Two Board Members – December 2016

Alpine Fire Swears in two Board Members

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ALPINE –December 27, 2016 – The Alpine Fire Protection District swore-in two Board members at the December 20, 2016 Board meeting. Incumbent Thomas “Jim” Mann took the oath for his second 4-year term on the Fire Board. New Board member Steve Taylor was sworn in for a 4-year term as well. Both Board members were the top two vote getters in a 5 person race for two seats on the Fire Board. Both Board members were sworn in by District Legal counsel Steve Fitch. Outgoing Board member Mary Fritz did not seek re-election. Board member Fritz was thanked by staff, the firefighters and her fellow Board members for her many years serving on the Fire Board.

Thomas “Jim” Mann is a retired High School coach. He is an active Alpine Kiwanis member giving much time and effort to the betterment of the community. Along with his wife Joyce, the two have made Alpine their home for many years. Mr. Mann has served as Vice President of the Alpine Fire Board for the last two years and was re-elected to that position for 2017 at the December meeting. He was also selected to serve on the Labor Negotiations Committee, the Legislative Committee and as an alternate representative to the Heartland Fire Training Authority Commission.

Steve Taylor is a generation and supply manager for SDGE. He too is an active Alpine Kiwanis member, giving of his time to the community. His wife Ruth and him have made their home in Alpine for many years. Mr. Taylor was selected to serve on the Financial Oversight Committee and as the alternate representative to the Heartland Communications Authority Commission. Board member Jim Easterling was selected to serve as Board President for 2017 and former Board President Pat Price was selected for the Secretary position.

Submitted By:

Bill F. Paskle, Fire Chief
Alpine Fire Protection District
1364 Tavern Road
Alpine, CA 91901
619-445-2635

bpaskle@alpinefire.org