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Steak Dinner & Live Music By the Band “Wild Rumor” at the Alpine VFW – October 5, 2019

Open to the Public! Join us for Steak Dinner ($15 Rib Eye or $20 T-bone) & Live Music by one of the hottest cover bands in San Diego “Wild Rumor”at the Alpine VFW –on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Dinner is from 5pm to 8pm and entertainment from 6pm to 10pm. The Alpine VFW Post 9578 is located at 844 Tavern Rd., Alpine Ca. 91901. 619.445-6040  For more info please contact Allisen Earls,  Jr. Vice Commander 2017-2018 USN, E-5 at  Visit our website at


Barons Backroom Beer Pairing Featuring MODERN TIMES BEER – October 16, 2019

Gourmet bites, cold beer, and a wonderful cause…join us for our next Barons Backroom Beer Pairing featuring Modern Times Beer on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. 100 percent of proceeds from this event will go to Susan G. Komen and Michelle’s Place. Our flavor experts and the talented team from Modern Times Beer have created this mouthwatering menu:

–Goat Cheese Mascarpone Crostini with Orderville IP
–Mediterranean Wrap with Fruitlands Gose
–Chile Verde Pork Tacos with Space Ways IPA
–Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with Black House Stout

*This event is 21 and up (sorry, no kids!) event is limited, Tickets will sell out, so purchase yours for $15 today here!

Barons Market is located at 1347 Tavern Rd. Alpine, Ca. 91901. (619)445-5600. Open Everyday 8 AM to 9 PM (except holidays) Visit our website at

California Highway Patrol’s FREE SENIOR DRIVING COURSE “Age Well, Drive Smart” in Alpine – September 26, 2019

Assembly member Randy Voepel invites you to attend the The California Highway Patrol’s Senior Driving Course “Age Well, Drive Smart”. This FREE course is designed for drivers age 55 and older on Thursday, September 26, 2019 From 5:30 pm To 7:30 pm at the Alpine Community Center ( 1830 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901) Receive instructions on driving safety, basic road courtesy, information on the impact of visual or hearing impairments on driving ability and tips to avoid hazardous road conditions and improving driving performance. (Some insurance companies offer discounted premiums with a certificate of course completion. Check with your insurance provider to confirm if this program is eligible for a discount.) To RSVP please click HERE or call 619-258-7737


BCLT (Back Country Land Trust) SUMMER CAMPS 2019! Explore Alpine Nature!

Join Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) for exciting summer camps in beautiful Alpine!

In partnership with Alpine Education Foundation, Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is excited to host 4 different summer camp opportunities in Summer 2019. There is a 5-day (July 22-26) Environmental Education camp where students will explore Wright’s Field and its native plant and animals. Grades 1-6 / Cost $75) We also have 3 different 1-day camps on Saturday nights (Cost: $10). July 27: Kids Only Night Hike, August 3: Late Night Star Party & August 10: Black Light Bug Night. For more information on each camp and for pricing, please click HERE.

Fundraiser at the Alpine Tavern & Grill in Memory of Ethan Hollander – June 13, 2019

All are invited to join us for a fundraiser in loving memory of Ethan Jerad Hollander on June 13, 2019 from 5pm to close at the at the Alpine Tavern & Grill (2502 Alpine Blvd., Alpine Ca. 91901) 20% of all food & drink proceeds will be donated to the Hollander Family. Ethan was 27 years old and lost his life on June 1st on Olde Hwy 80 in the Flinn Springs area. He was on his motorcycle when the driver of a car made a u-turn into his path. His family asks everyone to please take extra care to look out for motorcycles when they are driving and to not just look ONCE, but TWICE… It can mean the difference between life and death and a lifetime of heartbreak for a family. For more information on this event please contact Zack Hollander

FREE ART CLASSES! Drawing, Sculpting & Printmaking for Kids, Teens & Adults at the Library!

Rural Arts Project Classes – Thanks to a special grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, we are having a series of free art classes for all ages! All materials will be supplied, and no experience is necessary.

For Kids:

  • Drawing: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3 p.m.
  • Sculpting: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 3 p.m.
  • Printmaking: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3 p.m.

For Teens:

  • Drawing: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 3 p.m.
  • Sculpting: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 3 p.m.
  • Printmaking: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.

For Adults:

  • Drawing: Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2 p.m.
  • Sculpting: Saturday, June 15,2019 at 2 p.m.

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

May 2019 Calendar – Alpine Library




Living her passion. This is what is most important to Maggie. She pursued her degree in residential landscape design and began building her clientele in 2015.  Maggie now focuses on doing her part to bring beauty and color to the face of the earth one project at a time!  Results: Amazing, Eco-Friendly Residential Designs!

Being a native and living in San Diego her entire life gives her an edge. She has always appreciated the lush beauty of the diverse landscape from coastal to inland neighborhoods. She designs with client, climate, soil, and space in mind to produce a unique landscape tailored to the client’s lifestyle.

Fun, honest, caring, easy to work with, excellent listener. She executes her designs on budget and on schedule. It is important to her to bring colorful waterwise plant selections for every client’s distinct design with intentional attention to detail.

Her creative and thoughtful designs range from low maintenance landscape selections, small and large, to complex indoor/outdoor living accommodating lush, luxurious lifestyle landscape selections.









  • Inquiry & Conversation
  • Initial Site Meeting
  • Discovery of Client, Home, Life-Style, Wants & Needs
  • Proceed to Contract
  • Site Meeting & Measure, Resume Discovery
  • Complete Questionnaire
  • Extensive Research & Costing Begins
  • Plant Presentation Board with Project Specific Planting Options
  • Design Drawing Begins with Progress Meeting
  • Conceptual Landscape Plan Presentation Meeting
  • Value Engineering & Revisions
  • Landscape Design Complete, Ready for Production Installation


Maggie Rivera

Principle Landscape Designer







LOVE FOR LUKE Fundraiser: FREE STREET TACOS at San Diego Estates Realty – March 29, 2019

FREE TACOS! Street Taco Fest!

Join us on Friday March 29, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm for a Fundraiser for Luke at San Diego Estates Realty located at 1935 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Taco Shop will be serving up FREE Street Tacos! Luke is an 8 year old Alpine resident who attends Boulder Oaks Elementary School. He was diagnosed with High Risk Leukemia on December 26, 2018. He is currently going through Chemotherapy. To help his family with finances, the community of Alpine is banding together to help him fight this terrible disease. For more info contact Chuck Walker at 619-922-0841.

Marieta’s Mexican Restaurant Opens in Alpine – Resident Mary Davis Gives a Review

Valentine’s Day came early to Alpine with the opening of Marieta’s Restaurant on Monday, February 11, 2019. Located at the old Alpine Inn Restaurant, the popular chain of restaurants now proudly adds an Alpine destination to its string of successful restaurants. Wanting to check the new place out, my husband and I popped in for a late lunch on February 14th, and were greeted by the friendly staff member who held the door for us during the torrential downpour that day.

Entering through the back of the restaurant (where parking is closest), we immediately noticed the previously dark hallway was now light and airy. The whole restaurant has been redone with festive and thoughtful décor. Featuring paintings depicting Mexican heritage and themed vignettes, the ambience exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere that beckons patrons to sit and savor the culinary delights that are in store for them.

Our server, Herman, gave us a quick tour of the revamped restaurant, including the new cantina, as well as a back room that seems perfect for groups and banquets. My husband and I settled into a booth that was large and comfortable. Adorned with pink and red Mylar heart balloons, the restaurant looked ready for Cupid’s arrows to fly during the busy night ahead.

We started out with libations – margaritas, of course – as we looked through the menu, while our busboy Isaac brought us salsa, chips, and Mexican carrots. Featuring classics such as a variety of fajitas, Enchiladas Suizas, and Camarones Tequila, there was something to please every palate (and even a Hamburguesa California for those craving a more mainstream option.)

My husband opted for the two-burrito combination meal, while I went with a “Special Burrito” featuring steak fajitas. The meat was tender, juicy, and savory, with a true fajita flavor. The onions and green peppers were cooked to perfection – tender, but with just enough crispness to give a palatable texture and crunch. The combination-plate burritos were full of flavorful beef covered in a delicious sauce and accompanied by rice and beans. My burrito plate came with pinto beans in a liquid soup-type sauce that was hearty and delicious (and would be an ample meal itself for a light eater.)

With no room for dessert, we passed on the temptations offered us, and instead reminisced on how the restaurant had changed over the years. From the dark interior and deep-red vinyl booths of the original Alpine Inn, the restaurant now features not only lightened colors, but also details such as stenciling, colorful textiles, and rainbow-hued paper flowers to add color and vibrancy to what was previously a pretty dark and drab interior.

One thing we were pleased to see was that the new owners kept many of the old elements, like the stained glass panels, the casks and cask-themed wall art, as well as the old fireplace and beamed interior. Instead of removing or replacing them, they instead reinvented them in a way that gives freshness and vibrancy while still maintaining an Old-World feel (one of a historic hacienda however, and no longer a drab Tudor-inspired castle.)

Marieta’s Alpine location is definitely worth a visit (or two!), both to check out the renovation of an Alpine landmark, as well as to enjoy a quality meal that is sure to please. Having eaten at various Marieta’s locations in East County, we were very happy that our experience in Alpine lived up to the quality and value we have come to expect from this family-favorite chain of restaurants. The food is fantastic and the service attentive. What was old is now new again, with the latest addition to our local food scene, Marieta’s in Alpine.

Marieta’s is located at 2225 Alpine Blvd. and offers a full bar and cantina. The menu features its standard items offered at its other three locations. Hours are:  Mon-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 9am-10pm, and the phone number is (619)-722-4232.

Submitted By: Mary Davis, Alpine Resident



Lessons Learned From the West Fire & Paradise Fire: Roads Have an Impact on Fire Prevention and Safety

By George Barnett

February 2019 – As someone that has been evacuated four times in 20 years due to fire threat, that experience caused me to jot down “my thoughts” on fire preparedness in Alpine, and to try to draw some comparisons between what has been learned from the West Fire and what has been apparently learned so far from the Paradise Fire.

This is an important matter, and I hope the attached is informative….

Learning from the West Fire & the Paradise Fire

There seems to be no formal reports yet on both fires. But observations are being made by the media. What are the differences between these two fires according to the media?

Wiki records that residential development in wildland-urban interface areas such as Paradise and its vicinity are often located in state responsibility areas, where the State of California provides primary fire prevention and suppression. Paradise was served by a mix of its local fire department and the State’s CalFire.

Alpine is accountable for its fire prevention and firefighting through the Alpine Fire Protection District. Being an unincorporated township, Alpine has fallback support from the San Diego County Fire Authority. By agreement with all its neighboring sister agencies, Alpine Fire is in the process of annexing east Alpine so as to improve service in that rural area of the town.

The Paradise Fire Department webpage records, “By contracting with CAL FIRE the Town of Paradise (sic – double the population of Alpine) is able to staff two fire stations with three-person engine companies, and one station with a two-person engine company.

Alpine Fire Protection District strives to maintain four-person engine companies. The National Fire Protection Association suggests five-person engine companies in critically dangerous areas when weather conditions are severe. Alpine is also served by the County Fire Authority fire station in Harbison Canyon, the US Forest Service fire station on east Alpine Boulevard, Viejas Fire Department, and by the Sycuan Fire Department. And the eight-station Heartland Fire & Rescue Service serving El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove is an important back-up.

The Union Tribune reports, “A Los Angeles Times investigation found that Paradise ignored repeated warnings of the risk its residents faced, crafted no plan to evacuate the area all at once, entrusted public alerts to a system vulnerable to fire, and did not sound citywide orders to flee even as a hail of fire rained down… But interviews and records released by the city and county show the emergency warning system failed on many levels…. Most residents said they relied on word of mouth, emergency vehicles driving down their streets with loudspeakers, or the sight of flames.”

Among other systems, Alpine is served by the County’s “AlertSanDiego” for disaster notification. Based on 9-1-1 data, it has Voice over IP, cellular, and email connectivity. And more recently has as associated App allowing families and friends to network. As with the County Fire Agency, this notification system evolved after Supervisor Diane Jacob observed critical inter-agency communications difficulties during the 2003 Cedar Fire. Alpine Fire also participates in the Heartland Communications Agency which provides sophisticated dispatching of multiple response agencies for firefighting and medical emergency on an East County regional basis.

The Union-Tribune also reports of citizens in Paradise blocked into dead-end roads unable to escape in their vehicles due to traffic congestion on the main connecting roads. This observation applies to Alpine, a linear town flowing west and east with few lateral roadway connections.

The Alpine Sun reported, “President Neville Connell of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council revealed that research after Alpine’s West Fire on July 6 shows that roads have an impact on fire prevention and safety. The blaze destroyed or damaged 38 homes and 36 other buildings. There was very little damage to buildings on east-west roads in the fire area, but defending structures on roads that “spread out like fingers” was more difficult and those buildings were more prone to damage, Connell said. “It provided us with some very interesting conclusions in how (sic- residential) development should go forward in Alpine,” he said.

How has Alpine responded to that traffic circulation threat? After vigorous discussion at town hall meetings and workshops, this language was approved as a core Policy & Goal for the Alpine Community Plan. “Support the establishment of alternative means of ingress/egress to/from Pal o Verde Ranch and/or other existing neighborhoods.” Further at the last Community Plan workshop, Alpiners reviewed and commented on several proposed lateral roadways, especially across east Alpine. (see below chart)

Despite the Herculean efforts of dedicated, heroic people trying to save Paradise, a town twice the size of Alpine was destroyed. Paradise’s population h ad been basically flat the past quarter century. It would seem that available firefighting resources were limited compare d to those available to Alpine. It would seem that

Emergency alert systems were deficient. It would seem that road and traffic circulation limited emergency egress and ingress.

Alpine is half the size of Paradise, and is growing in population. Firefighting resources available to Alpine are greater, and expansion to the east of Al pine is under way. County emergency communications and East County joint agency dispatch systems are modern and becoming state of the art through wireless smart phone Apps. Still, Alpine took a big hit from the West Fire, and that seems attributable in part to the town’s limited roadway networks. But Alpine recognizes that, and its residents have approved Goals & Policies to improve that limitation a cross the town, and especially in the more rural eastern areas; and they are making plans to improve traffic networks and emergency ingress/egress.

Does that guarantee there will never be another wild fire? Of course not! But the town, its people and its firefighting and emergency service Agencies are planning to improve fire protection and firefighting as the town inevitably grows.