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Campaign Statement: Baron T “Barry” Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board

October 2018 – Baron T “Barry” Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board 

  • I have been an Alpine resident for over a decade
  • Our family history in Alpine goes back more than 20 years

with six of our family members living in homes in the Alpine Country Village Association

  • I have an extensive financial background as an Insurance Broker and Stockbroker

which enables me to understand budgets and financial matters

  • I have been a member of the East County Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of the  Santee Chamber of Commerce actively involved in planning committees.


As your Board Member on the Alpine Fire Protection District I would:

  • Always make Firefighter Safety a top priority
  • Strive to have surpluses in the Alpine Fire Protection District Budgets
  • Work hard to constantly improve firefighter response times for our Alpine residents
  • Make fire prevention a top priority in the District by doing all we can to clear dense brush areas
  • Be very responsive as a Board Member to what you the voter have to say about any issues of concern
  • I would like to hear from you what issues are important to you:  619-985-0752
  • Reach me on Facebook at: Barry Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board

Kids! Come Have Fun at Gymtrix Flip for Friday “TALENT SHOW NIGHT” – October 19, 2018

KIDS! Come have fun at our Gymtrix Flip for Friday “Talent Show Night”! Enjoy fun activities or just hang out with friends! No membership required, kids ages 4-18 are welcome. Cost is $15. Pizza, drinks & ice cream will be available. Flip for Friday is every Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm (You can come at 5pm for just $5 more!) Gymtrix is located at 2358 Tavern Rd. (Next to Boulder Oaks Elementary School) For more info call 619-659-8772 or email Karen Smith at Visit our website at


Upcoming Gymtrix Events: (Flip for Fridays) – Oct 26: Got Glow. Other events – September 22: Team Gym Rummage Sale 8am-12pm at Bethel Church, September 29: Gymnastics Sleepover 6:30pm to 9am, New Student Special for October.

Alpine Woman’s Club Monthly Luncheon Meeting – October 16, 2018

The Alpine Woman’s Club Monthly Luncheon is October 16th at 11:30am.  The Alpine Woman’s Club is open to all East County Women. The club is located in the Historic Alpine Town Hall, 2156 Alpine Blvd. The club’s Mission is to provide opportunities for women to meet and socialize, to maintain the Town Hall and to hold fundraisers for their Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation. So far, they have given away over $134,000 in scholarships to local, college bound seniors. If you are interested in learning more about the club then please make a reservation to attend their monthly meeting/luncheon. Please contact Sharon Beale or 619-445-3306. Information about events and programs can also be found on their website at or their Facebook page.

This Months Chamber “Hot Topic’s” Breakfast Reveals New Executive Director, VFW Expansion & SBA Info

By the Alpine Chamber of Commerce – October 2018

This month’s meeting of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce , known as the “Hot Topics Breakfast,” provided interesting information about:

— The Small Business Administration which also helps home-based businesses. (There are many of them in East San Diego County.)

—-The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber has a new executive director.

—-The Alpine VFW Post is going to double in size over the next two years

Small businesses in Alpine and the Mountain Empire can often find help through the U.S. Small Business Administration. That was the message on Oct. 9 at the monthly “Hot Topics Breakfast ‘“meeting of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. “Start. Grow. Expand. Recover,” Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, economic development specialist administrative officer for the San Diego office, told Chamber members and guests at the Descanso Junction Restaurant in Descanso.  “That’s our motto.”

Every year, Solorzano said, the SBA provides billions of dollars to help businesses get started, grow, expand or recover from disasters. “Small business also includes working at home,” said Pritchett, who lives in Alpine and was raised in the area.   “We want to deliver quality service for East San Diego County.”

The SBA offers free or low-cost counseling and training to help businesses thrive and become government contractors. It also works with community development organizations and approved lenders to offer microloans and SBA-guaranteed loans.

In other business at the restaurant at 8306 Highway 79, Chamber Vice Chair Bob Ring announced that Alex Ward will be the new Chamber executive director. Ward starts on Monday, Oct. 15, said Ring, Alpine Barons Market manager. Ward is familiar with Alpine, the Mountain Empire and marketing. Most recently he has been director of operations for the Gaslamp Quarter Association in downtown San Diego.

The association creates major marketing programs for the thriving Gaslamp’s shopping, entertainment and dining district. “Alex, I think, is going to take it (Chamber) to a whole new level,” Ring said.

During self-introductions, Carl Silva, Quartermaster of VFW Bert Fuller Post 9578 in Alpine told the group that over the past five years the Post at 844 Tavern Road has grown and become a meeting place for the public as well as a popular venue for gatherings and events. “The post has voted to double in size over the next two years,” Silva announced.   It will be a very difficult project, he said, because —- among other things — the post is on top of a hill.

The Chamber will hold its annual Installation Dinner for its board members and Ambassadors at the VFW Post at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.  The $40 cost per person includes appetizers, dinner and a spectacular sunset view.

To learn more about the Small Business Administration, visit

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722

Padre Dam Board FREEZES WATER RATES for Fiscal Year 2019

A previously approved water rate increase will not be implemented

October 10, 2018 – Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved to freeze water rates for Fiscal Year 2019. The decision to freeze rates was based on an increase in water sales the previous year compared to the District’s Budget and the strong financial position of the water operation funds.


“We have a unique opportunity this year to provide some rate relief to our customers while still achieving all of the District’s goals,” commented Board President Bill Pommering. “Our water operation fund balances are strong due to higher than budgeted water sales last year, making the choice to forego a previously approved water rate increase for this year the best decision for our customers.”

Water rates for Fiscal Year 2019 were previously approved as part of the District’s Five-Year Business Plan and Budget (FY 2018-2022 Plan). The FY 2018-2022 Plan identified rates and anticipated water sales to support the Plan and ensure financial stability for the elements of the Plan.  The rates in the FY 2018-2022 Plan were developed as part of a comprehensive Cost of Service Study in 2017. This Study used a conservative projection for water sales when setting rates. Actual water sales have rebounded from the most recent drought more than the Study’s projection and new housing developments along with a recent sales agreement with Sycuan will increase water demands further.


Taking all of this into consideration, an extensive financial analysis was performed to determine the impact of not having a water rate increase in FY 2019. This analysis showed that the increase in water sales volume offsets any loss of revenue from no increase. Therefore, the approved five year operating budget is unchanged and goals and planned projects will continue as planned in the FY 2018-2022 Five Year Business Plan and Budget.

About Padre Dam

Padre Dam provides water, sewer, recycled water and recreation services to approximately 100,000 residents in East San Diego County including Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District is a public agency with policies and procedures directed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The District imports 100% of our treated water supply and treats two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at our Water Recycling Facility. Please visit for more information.


Melissa McChesney

Communications Manager

Padre Dam Municipal Water District

619-258-4680  |  619.572.1490 cell  |

Harbison Canyon Lions Club Seek More Members to Help Community

By the Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Lutz shopped for free items for her grandchildren on Oct. 6, 2018 in a rural parking lot on the eastern edge of El Cajon. Lutz was among dozens of people needing new or gently used clothing and other useful things donated to the Harbison Canyon Lions club’s Community Swap N Shop.

Held at Old Ironsides Park at 326 Harbison Canyon Road, mounds of items were available. Carefully holding children’s winter pajamas and a toy for her grandchildren, Lutz methodically searched every large pile of donations. “I’m glad they do it,” Lutz said about the Harbison Canyon Lions Club. “It’s a beautiful thing to help the community.”

Formed after the 2003 Cedar Fire that destroyed 287 out of 388 homes at the time in Harbison Canyon, the organization helped the small canyon community recover and rebuild. Over the years the club began providing the Swap N Shops and Santa’s Lions for families in need at Christmas.

The club, a member of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce, also holds an annual student speakers’ contest with scholarships for winners, community Easter egg hunts, Christmas parties and dinner events.

In addition, the Harbison Canyon Lions have provided medical shower handles, a wheelchair lift, eyeglasses and vision screenings, said Past President Mary Manning and current President Dorothy Stewart. The club needs more members to continue providing help for the community, the women said.   “We have 10 volunteers, including two high school students who are doing community service, to help today,” Stewart said. “Any items left over today will have to be packed up to go to the Crisis House in El Cajon for abused, battered or pregnant women, and other charities.”

Holding out a welcoming hand toward the latest Swap N Shop,  Manning cheerfully said club members call it “Nordstrom East.” Every Swap N Shop has a unique item and club members look for anything unusual as they screen the donations.  “One of the funny things we got was a chair with no legs,” Manning said. “Gosh darn it —- somebody took it!”

Anyone interested in being a Harbison Canyon Lion can call (619) 445-5044 or e-mail for information.


Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722

LOU RUSSO Campaign Statement: Alpine Union School District 2018 School Board Candidate

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE and has reached out too ALL of the candidates for their statements so he community of Alpine can be better informed.

October 2018  – Lou Russo Campaign Statement – Alpine Union School District is a district in trouble.  It has spent $1 million on legal fees in suits against other school districts, and has lost every one.  It cannot fix its district offices for lack of money.  The district transportation department repeatedly failed inspections by the California Highway Patrol and was on the verge of being shut down when it contracted with another district to take over.  The students in the district rode on unsafe buses for two years.  Parents are taking their children out of the district for other schools, public and charter.  Administrators were illegally changing grades.  The district must borrow money to pay its commitments.  The list goes on and on.  Alpine Union needs change at the top and I am the person who can lead the district to excellence.  Our children should receive every penny of our tax dollars, to make our class size smaller, to make our classrooms safe and to provide the highest academic instruction, for all of our students.

Our children should feel welcomed, be with their friends and look forward to attending school every day.  A vote for me with ensure this is the case in Alpine Union.


I am also running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) …

The West Fire has taught us a lesson that I have known all along; development in Alpine must only be done with careful consideration for the fire threat in our area.  Emergency access is essential.  For years I have been the voice of reason on the Alpine Community Planning Group.  My primary concern is the safety of Alpine’s residents and protection of our homes, animals and possessions.  I have consistently stood up for intelligent, safe, development while protecting the private property rights of us all.  In addition, I am the only current planning group member to have worked with a group of residents for a park for all of Alpine, one that has shade, sports fields, picnic areas and a leash-free dog park.  Finally, I was the only current planning group member to have worked with parents to place the lighted crosswalk at Alpine Elementary and the traffic slowing signs at Joan McQueen Middle School.  A vote for me guarantees that you will be represented in planning decisions in our community.  I will not place any special interests above your interests.


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GLENN DICKIE Campaign Statement: Alpine Union School District 2018 School Board Candidate (Incumbent)

*Please note that the Alpine Community network does not endorse ANY CANDIDATE and has reached out too ALL of the candidates for their statements so the community of Alpine can be better informed.

October 2018 – I am Glenn Dickie, President of the Alpine Union School District, and I am running for re-election and seeking your vote. Having served on the Alpine Union District Board for the past eight years, I know the issues and challenges facing our District and am actively involved in identifying and working towards realistic, long-term solutions.  I have taken the time to visit and observe classrooms at all Alpine schools and have worked hard to make our District a destination.

Some of our major accomplishments to date include:

  • Hiring the best Superintendent in California
  • Successful partnership with Alpine Education Foundation
  • Dual Immersion Program – including JMMS
  • Addition of innovative curriculum
  • Wheel of Experts
  • Ready Break Camps
  • Engineering and Coding program – National champions
  • Middle school sports leagues
  • Training for all staff – Profession Growth (Pro Grow) days
  • Math coaches this year
  • Google training
  • New educational technology
  • IXL for all students
  • New computers for teachers
  • New chrome books for the students
  • Increased visibility and enhanced community engagement
  • Security fencing and restricted access on all campuses
  • Raises for staff each of the last two years – 3.8% last year


The District is not without challenges, and one of the greatest challenges is technology in the classrooms. The one place that has escaped the productivity miracle of technology for the last 30 plus years is education.  We need to keep up the pace of implementing technology in our schools so we can continue to provide our kids the best educational opportunities available.

Another challenge is declining enrollment, a problem that plagues all East county schools for the past 20 years.  By continuing to add innovative curriculum, we expect to reverse the trend.


School safety is an ongoing challenge and of utmost importance. I feel it is important for of us in Alpine to continue collaborating with our parents, community and local law enforcement, and to follow law enforcement’s recommendations. I also feel it is important that many of the intricate details of our safety plans are not publicized. I oppose armed guards on our school campuses, and do not equate the presence of guards with school safety, as some have proposed.


I see myself as a consensus builder.  I may not agree with my peers on every issue but believe there is usually a workable solution, and it is my nature to find an agreeable resolution.  I also believe it is ok to disagree and dissent on a vote.  I value each individual’s ideas and contributions and together our different viewpoints make a stronger community.


I would like to respond to some previous comments on this site.  In 2014, the Board was struggling with its finances due to years of cuts by the State. The Board decided it could not continue its deficit spending and keep the District solvent and made some difficult decisions.  At the same time, the teachers voted to go on strike. As was reported at the time, we came together and negotiated an agreement that the teachers approved having felt the Board listened to them.


Another comment was made about the Alpine Transportation Department being defunct. Again, this was a Board decision made after careful analysis of the facts at the time. It was determined that Grossmont, being a bigger district, has cost advantages due to their scale of operations that Alpine can never achieve. Both Alpine and Grossmont were winners in this decision by the Board.


I am a faithful advocate of quality education for our children and a fiscal conservative.   I will continue to fight to keep our schools solvent while ensuring our teachers and staff are treated fairly and with respect.  Allow me to continue to be your representative on the Alpine School Board.


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Share Your Thoughts About the Future of Alpine Union School District!

October 2018 – AUSD is excited to share that today we launched an online tool called Thoughtexchange that gives you the ability to provide input and ideas.  We will be using this site as part of our process to improve our schools and identify the priorities of our community. The site will provide us the ability to capture the thoughts and ideas about what our community believes are the most important things we need to consider as we plan for the future of AUSD. All comments on Thoughtexchange are anonymous. Please take a moment to share your thoughts. Click on the link below:


Submitted By: Mary Ann Alvarez – Alpine Union School District 619-445-3236



FOUND CAT: Calico Female, Summit Apartments on Arnold Way, Alpine 10-6-18

October 6, 2018 FOUND CAT ALPINE CA 91901: found pretty Calico cat in alpine in summit at alpine apartments, still looks like a kitten, very hungry!! please spread the word to see if we can find this kittens home. Please call Sara at 619-631-9317