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The Alpine Community Church Accepting Monetary Donations & Clothing to Help Migrant Families in Mexico

January 2019

Please Help Migrant Families in Mexico

More than 40 migrant men, women and children are temporarily sheltered at the Albergue Camino de Salvacion church in Tijuana, Mexico. The church is providing them a safe refuge as well as food, water, and electricity, but the migrants need new socks and underwear and the church needs donations to pay for food and utilities.

Please make a donation to help these families. The Alpine Community Church is accepting monetary donations of and new socks and underwear for men, women and children of all sizes. These donations will be delivered to the Community Congregational Church, UCC, in Chula Vista where Tijuana pastor Jose Antonio Altamirano will pick up the donated items.

There is no arrangement for on-line giving, but you can bring money, socks and underwear to the Alpine Community Church Office, located at 2225 W. Victoria Drive, in Alpine, on Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to noon, or you can make an appointment by calling the church office 619-445-2110, or call Tom at 619-885-8063.

Checks should be made payable to “Community Congregational Church” with “Migrant Mission” on the memo line.

Cash may be donated in a sealed envelope with the words “Migrant Mission” on the face.  This program will continue until the end of May. Please help if you can.

Submitted By Tom & Judy Myers


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

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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.


Contacts:         Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108,

Anita Lightfoot, 619-531-4709,


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Western, Mining, Railroad Items & Materials Needed For NEW WESTERN TOWN / RIDE at Campo Railway Museum

January 13, 2019

Got some cool old stuff? The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum (PSRM) in Campo is preparing to add another educational ride which will include Roy Athey’s Famous Alpine Train & Railroad that was donated last year (Read about it here), that will include an old western town and we are looking for tax deductible donations of misc items to include as part of this exhibit.

Items needed are:

Old barn wood
Usable construction materials
Usable dimensional lumber
Tin roofing (preferably with rust)
Old wagon wheels – metal or wood
An old buckboard
Wooden storage sheds
Old signs
An old windmill
Blacksmith items, anvil, tongs etc…..
Western memorabilia – horse tack, old milk cans, lanterns, etc…
Old mining equipment – wood wheel barrow, narrow gauge rail road track, old oar car, etc

If it is not listed and you think it might go well with a ride that is showing old mining history give us a call!

Please contact Jim Lundquist at 619-417-7059 email  or Jim Tewksbury at 619-246-7116  email



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


Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – January 15, 2019


VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1.0 ag1_15_2019

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

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019 (Saturday). The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) would like to invite you to attend the third public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: the Planning Concepts Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s existing land uses and have the opportunity to provide input on the future land use and mobility plans for Alpine. The workshop will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901). Parking is provided on-site.

For more information on the Alpine Community Plan Update, please visit our project website: 

Or you may call/email Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Alpine Community Plan Update Project Manager at: Email:

Phone: (858) 495-5465


Free SAT Practice Test for High School Seniors at the Alpine Library – January 26, 2019

Free SAT Practice Test at the Alpine Library on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12 pm. Sign up for a practice test to see how you might perform on test day!  Afterward, Sylvan Learning will provide you with a personalized evaluation of your performance and suggestions of how you might improve your score. To register, email  Test results will be reviewed on an individual basis on Tuesday January 29, from 5 to 8 pm.

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901.  For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email us at Visit our website at or our Facebook page at

Alpine Library Calendar of Free Events – January 2019

Library events LogoHappy New Year, everyone! We hope you all had a pleasant holiday season, however you spent it, and that you are all staying warm on these cold nights. The New Year is always a good time to start a new project or learn a new skill, and the library is a great resource for all your informational needs!

Some of our special events this month include:

Understanding Credit Reports, Preventing Identity Thefts and Scams – Wednesday, January 16 at 1 pm
A representative from San Diego County Credit Union will present an informative session on credit reporting. You will also receive tools for correcting inaccuracies in your report and learn how to avoid identity theft.

Meet the Authors: Laura Engel and Marijke McCandless – Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm
Alpine residents and memoirists Laura Engel and Marijke McCandless read selections from Shaking the Tree: brazen. short. memoir. This anthology features the most compelling true stories from the annual San Diego Memoir Showcase contests. Hear Laura and Marijke’s stories and learn more about the San Diego Memoir Writers Association at this engaging event.

Free SAT Practice Test – Saturday, January 26 at 12 pm
Sign up for a practice test to see how you might perform on test day!  Afterward, Sylvan Learning will provide you with a personalized evaluation of your performance and suggestions of how you might improve your score. To register, email  Test results will be reviewed on an individual basis on Tuesday January 29, from 5 to 8 pm.

Bluegrass Concert with The Full Deck – Thursday, January 24 at 6 pm
The Full Deck bring a bluegrass sound that’s a mix of traditional and modern, with a twist that’s all their own.

View Calendar below larger by clicking HERE:
January 2019 Calendar – Alpine Library


As always, many thanks to the Alpine Library Friends Association for their continuing support of our library.
Visit the ALFA Bookstore and help support our collection and programs. Bookstore hours are Tuesdays, 10 AM – 7:30 PM and Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2019, – The Alpine Library Staff. Come often, we like to see you!

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. Our hours are: Mon & Wed: 9:30am-6pm, Tue & Thu: 9:30am-8pm, Fri & Sat: 9:30am-5pm, Sun: Closed. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email us at Visit our website at or our Facebook page at



LET’S PLAY BALL! Alpine American Little League 2019 Registration is CLOSING on January 8, 2019

LET’S PLAY BALL! Alpine American Little League 2019 Registration is CLOSING SOON!! Is your child between the ages 4 – 18 (Based on the Little League Age Chart)? SIGN UP NOW!!


Our FINAL walk in registration is THIS TUESDAY, January 8, 2019 from 5pm – 7:30pm at Boulder Oaks Elementary in the Auditorium

The cost to play is $165 which includes a full uniform and picture package. There is a $10 SIBLING DISCOUNT for families with multiple children.

*INSTRUCTIONS – Register ONLINE then bring ORIGINAL Birth Certificates and 3 forms of Proof of Residence. Proof of Residence documents must be dated between February 1, 2018 and February 1, 2019. These documents are required to register.

We are also looking for Managers and Coaches!! If you would like to impact a child’s experience and Manage or Coach please go to our website and click on “Become a Manager or Coach”

Try-outs: Saturday January 12th

Please email with any questions of comments


FOUND DOG: White Chihuahua, Alpine Village Apartments 1-5-19

1-5-19 Alpine Ca 91901: FOUND DOG: Is anyone missing a white Chihuahua? My neighbor found him at alpine village apartments by a dumpster. He is safe and being cared for at the moment. Please text Jaszmin at 619-538-5196