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Board Approves Plan to Boost Wildfire Resilience – June 4, 2019

The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to implement a pre-fire strategy in its highest-risk areas to reduce wildfire loss.

The Board unanimously approved the plan presented by public safety staff with one modification: to develop a grant program to help residents in the high fire risk communities pay for fire-resistant building improvements to their homes. San Diego County CAL FIRE Division Chief and Fire Authority Chief Tony Mecham told the Board the plan consists of four steps:

  1. Fire Authority will ramp up community education so that more homeowners understand how wildland fires start and behave and how to prevent them. This will be accomplished with community courses and workshops coordinated with Fire Safe Councils and Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT.
  2. Fire personnel will double annual inspections on homes in fire-prone areas and recommend improvements to reduce the fire risk on their homes. Mecham told the board there are 102,000 structures in the unincorporated areas of the County and that County Fire plans to increase annual inspection of homes to 20,000 a year.

Mecham added that while San Diego County’s new construction building and fire codes are already progressive, Fire Authority staff plans to include more ember-resistant vents and eaves, landscaping guidelines and other ways to make exteriors more fire resistant. Fire Authority is also launching a new pilot program to provide ember-resistant vents to homeowners. A Knox Box grant program will also allow County Fire to purchase and install locked boxes with a copy of the house key, allowing them to gain access to homes of at-risk residents without having to resort to breaking doors.

3. Firefighters will do more to safeguard communities by reducing fire fuels such as grasses and brush. The goal is to treat 5,000 acres a year using prescribed burns, chipping and fire crews cutting back brush by hand.

4. Firefighters will help clear overhanging trees and brush over roadways that are primary and alternative evacuation corridors. The initial goal is to treat 40 additional miles of County roads and maintain 40 miles of fire roads and truck trails a year.

Mecham told the Board that County Fire will be focusing its risk reduction efforts on four communities a year. This year they will focus on the communities of Guatay and Crest, followed by Palomar Mountain and Jamul’s Lawson Valley.

To implement the plan, the County requested funding for five additional staff positions and additional contracted services through CAL FIRE to provide fire code enforcement, vegetation management, geographic information systems mapping, defensible space inspections and other support.

County of San Diego Ramping Up FIRE SAFETY in Highest-Risk Areas

NEWS ADVISORY – June 3, 2019

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Jim Desmond – San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Heavier-than-usual backcountry brush and other fuels this year could spark disaster. San Diego County leaders, joined by Cal Fire officials and others, will announce several initiatives to better protect people and property in the most wildfire-prone parts of the county. The improvements will include thousands of additional property inspections and the creation of fire breaks, with a special focus on Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain and other communities in the crosshairs of a potential firestorm. The Board of Supervisors is expected to formally sign off on the initiatives at a meeting prior to the media gathering. While the county has invested over $500 million since 2003 on fire protection improvements, there’s broad agreement that more needs to be done to protect the most high-risk communities. Officials also say the thick vegetation this spring, fed by months of rainstorms, has heightened the risk of wildfire.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: County Emergency Operations Center, 5580 Overland Ave., Suite 100, San Diego. Park in the designated “media” spaces outside the entry gate, near the Medical Examiner’s Office.

WHO: Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, Supervisor Jim Desmond, Chief Tony Mecham, Cal Fire/County Fire Authority, Chief Don Butz, President, Fire Safe Council of San Diego County Kandhy Franklin, Crest Fire Safe Council.

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

Donna Cleary, 858-805-1395, donna.cleary@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – May 23, 2019

Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

 

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. March 28, 2019
      2. April 25, 2019
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The owner of the property located at 2928 N. Victoria Drive, Alpine, CA (APN: 402-292-68) has applied for a Tentative Map Time Extension (PDS2019-TPM-21214TE). The project was previously approved by the Director of Planning and Development Services on March 23, 2016.  The approved TM authorizes a 3-lot residential subdivision on a 3.72-acre parcel.  The proposed lots would be a minimum 1.00 net acres in size. Access to the property is from North Victoria Road, a publicly maintained road. The project will be served by on-site septic systems and imported water from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District.  Fire service will be provided by the Alpine Fire Protection District.  The site is subject to the Semi-Rural Residential (SR-1) Land Use Designation, and Limited Agricultural (A70) zoning regulations.  There are no proposed changes to the approved TM design or conditions as part of this TM TE request.  The group may make a recommendation to the county regarding the proposed project.  Presentation, Discussion & Action.
    2. The owner of a business located on Alpine Blvd. has made a request for the County of San Diego to establish a “time-limited” parking zone at 2530 Alpine Blvd. The planning group may make a recommendation to the county regarding this request. Presentation, Discussion & Action
  8. Group Business:
    1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  9. Consent Calendar
  10. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  11. Officer Reports
  12. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  13. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  14. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  15. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – June 27th, 2019
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – May 31st & June 21st, 2019
    4. Board of Supervisors – June 4th, 5th, 25th & 26th, 2019
  16. Adjournment of Meeting
  1. Disclaimer LanguagePublic Disclosure: We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

     

    Access and Correction of Personal Information: You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

     

    Submitted By:

    Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607
    travislyonacpg@gmail.com

     

    Planning Group Members:

    Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com

    Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net

    Sharmin Self – Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com

    Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com

    George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net

    Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com

    Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com

    Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com

    Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com

    Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com

    Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com

    Kippy Thomas kippyt123@gmail.com

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Preliminary Agenda) – April 25, 2019

Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda
Thursday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. March 28, 2019
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. The Alpine Community Planning Group previously recommended approval of a Site Plan for development of 17 residential units on the property located at 3087 Honey Hill Ranch Road, Alpine, CA 91901 (STP-15-013). The county has notified the owner of the property that improvements included in the proposed project will require the county to vacate 8 feet of right of way along 335 linear feet Suncrest Vista Lane to the project.  The county has requested a recommendation from the planning group regarding the vacation of the county right of way.  Presentation, Discussion & Action
  8. Group Business:
    1. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  9. Consent Calendar
  10. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  11. Officer Reports
  12. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  13. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  14. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  15. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – May 23rd, 2019
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – May 10th & 31st, 2019
    4. Board of Supervisors – April 30th, May 1st, 21st & 22nd 2019

 

  1. Adjournment of Meeting
  2. Disclaimer Language

    Public Disclosure: We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

     

    Access and Correction of Personal Information: You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

     

    Submitted By:

    Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607
    travislyonacpg@gmail.com

     

    Planning Group Members:

    Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com

    Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net

    Sharmin Self – Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com

    Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com

    George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net

    Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com

    Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com

    Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com

    Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com

    Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com

    Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com

    Kippy Thomas kippyt123@gmail.com

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.
Dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Robert Spanbauer, Policy Advisor, for County Supervisor Dianne Jacob
Robert.spanbauer@sdcounty.ca.gov
619-531-5522

Brian Jones, California State Senator, 38th Senate District
Brian.jones@sen.ca.go

Lori Brown, Director of Constituent Services, for Senator Brian Jone
Lori.brown@sen.ca.gov
619-596-3136

Randy Voepel, California State Assembly Member, 71st Assembly District.
Randy.voepel@asm.ca.gov

Alec Baron, Senior Field Representative, for Assembly Member Randy Voepel
Alec.baron@asm.ca.gov
619-258-7737

Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General,
Meganslaw@doj.ca.gov

 

Please feel free to use this email as a template.

“Honorable…..

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.”

Respectfully

Dianne’s Corner: News and notes from County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob – March 2019

Dianne’s Corner
News and notes from County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob

Keeping communities safe: The Board of Supervisors recently gave the green-light to prepare for the next wave of rural fire prevention and protection improvements. Supervisor Jim Desmond and I got board approval to ask county staff to flesh out several proposals, including the development of a grant program to encourage homeowners in highrisk areas to install fire-resistant materials. We’re also looking at ways to strengthen the fire code for construction and create a regional plan for controlled burns and other preventative measures. The county continues to work overtime with Cal Fire and others to address the on-going threat of catastrophic wildfire. Since the 2003, the county has invested more than a half-billion dollars on fire prevention and emergency medical service improvements across our backcountry.

Housing: The county’s growing efforts to encourage the development of granny flats and other accessory homes are generating a lot of interest. In my recent State of the County speech, I talked a lot about the need for such housing to help address the region’s affordable housing crisis. For more information, call 858-495-5382.

Parks and rec: A recent Board of Supervisors vote cleared the way for a much-deserved, long-awaited park in Alpine. The board agreed to buy 98 acres near South Grade and Tavern roads and to work closely with the community to turn it into a park and public open space. A big win for the region!

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!

COUNTY TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY PROGRAM

Supervisors Jacob, Fletcher secure board backing to look at ratepayer alternative to SDG&E

 

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to develop a community choice energy program, opening the door to a more sustainable environment and competition in the local utility market.

At the urging of Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, the board unanimously agreed to craft an energy initiative that could offer an alternative to SDG&E. It could also cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote solar and other types of renewable power.

Studies show that SDG&E ratepayers have been saddled with some of highest electricity rates in the nation.

“Residents, business owners and others are tired of getting ripped off by SDG&E and are saying enough is enough,” said Supervisor Jacob. “Today’s action opens the door to bring real competition to the energy market and aims to provide ratepayers with the freedom of choice.”

The board agreed to launch discussions with other local governments on a possible joint community choice energy program. Eight local cities are looking at developing choice initiatives.

“San Diego County today took a significant step toward a more sustainable future. This forward-leaning decision by the board delivers on our responsibility to leave the county and our environment in better shape than we found it,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Community choice energy provides greater local control, leverages renewable energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I am looking forward to working with staff over the next few months to demonstrate why implementation of a community choice energy program and collaborating with other cities in the region is good for the county.”

Also known as community choice aggregation, choice programs allow municipalities to band together to buy and sell electricity at competitive, if not lower, rates compared to the large investor-owned utilities.

County supervisors will be briefed on the development of a choice plan over the next few months, with a detailed proposal expected to reach them in October.

Unlike San Diego residents and businesses, the county is already allowed to shop the energy market, an option that saved taxpayers $3.4 million last year.

There are now 19 choice programs in California, serving eight million people.

 

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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Alpine Parkland Meeting About Types of Facilities and Services Residents Want at New Park – March 5, 2019

Alpine Parkland Meeting NOTICE

Good evening Alpine. The Planing Group’s “Parks, Trails & Conservation Subcommittee” is planning a community parkland meeting on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm at the Alpine Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to receive input on the types of facilities and services Alpiners may want on a County-owned Alpine Community Park to be built on Wright’s Field. Jim Easterling, chairperson, George Barnett, secretary.

Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) Meeting (Agenda) – February 28, 2019

Alpine Community Planning Group
P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting | Preliminary Agenda
Thursday, February 28th, 2018 at 6:00pm
Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call of Members
  4. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements
    1. Approval of Minutes
      1. October 25, 2018
      2. January 10th, 2019
    2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans.  The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only.
  5. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda.
  6. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items
  7. Organized / Special Presentations
    1. None
  8. Group Business:
    1. Oath of office for new group members.
    2. Election of Officers
      1. Chair
      2. Vice-Chair
  • Secretary
  1. Appointment of Subcommittee Chairs. Discussion & Action.
  2. Appointment of Parliamentarian. Discussion & Action.
  3. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action
  4. Group to review ACPG Standing Rules. Discussion & Action.
  1. Consent Calendar
  2. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board)
  3. Officer Reports
  4. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary)
  5. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas
  6. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures
  7. Announcement of Meetings:
    1. Alpine Community Planning Group – March 28th, 2019
    2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD
    3. Planning Commission – March 8th and 22nd, 2019
    4. Board of Supervisors – March 12th, 13th and 26th, 27th 2019
  8. Adjournment of Meeting

Disclaimer Language

Public Disclosure: We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control.

 

Access and Correction of Personal Information: You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

 

Submitted By:

Travis Lyon | Chairman – Alpine Community Planning Group. P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91903-1419. 619.952.8607
travislyonacpg@gmail.com

 

Planning Group Members:

Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com

Jim Easterling – Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net

Sharmin Self – Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com

Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com

George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net

Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com

Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com

Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com

Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com

Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com

Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com

Kippy Thomas kippyt123@gmail.com

Alpine Community Plan Update: Zoning and Design Guidelines Workshop – March 2, 2019

The County of San Diego’s Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) invites you to attend a public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: Zoning and Design Guidelines Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s existing zoning and design review process, hear about the update of the County’s Land Development Code and provide input on future zones and design related policies for the Alpine community.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901). Parking is provided on-site.

Visit the Alpine Community Plan Update website for more information and to sign up for our e-mail list:

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/CommunityGroups/AlpineCommunityPlanUpdate.html

For more information, please e-mail or call Sandi Sawa Hazlewood at:
Email: PDS.CommunityPlanUpdates@sdcounty.ca.gov
Phone: (858) 495-5465