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County to Open Erosion Control Center in Alpine for Valley Fire Businesses, Residents

County to Open Erosion Control Center for Valley Fire Businesses, Residents

The County will open a new erosion control center in Alpine Thursday to help businesses and homeowners in the areas burned by the Valley Fire by giving out free sandbags, fiber rolls and items to stabilize properties before winter rains arrive.

The Erosion Control Homeowners’ Assistance Center will be located at San Diego County’s Alpine Road Station at 2914 Tavern Road and is being opened specifically for unincorporated residents and businesses inside the burn areas.

Starting Thursday, the center will be open to those business and property owners from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Through this weekend, appointments will not be required. Appointments will be required starting Monday. People can make an appointment to pick up erosion control materials by calling the County’s Stormwater hotline at (888) 846-0800.

In addition to the free sandbags, fiber rolls and stakes, people can get brochures showing how to properly install the items so that rains don’t damage properties by washing people’s soil away.

County Department of Public Works staff will also be at the center to advise people about how to protect their properties, homes, garages, sheds and other structures.

Staff will also be able to go to people’s properties to visually inspect and offer information about the best practices to protect structures.

San Diego County New Update on What’s Allowed, Not Allowed in Restaurants and Stores – May 21, 2020

Restaurants and stores can now open to serve customers in person. However, they must follow specific guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Guidelines for dine-in restaurants are:

  • Temperature/symptom screening for employees daily
  • Employees with symptoms are not allowed to work
  • All tables need to be six feet apart or have barriers separating them
  • Signs need to be posted reminding customers to social distance
  • Employees must wear facial coverings
  • Customers must wear facial coverings except when seated
  • No self-service such as buffets, salad bars, soda machines, etc.
  • Encourage reservations
  • Expand outdoor seating

Before reopening, food businesses must fill and post the County Restaurant Operating Protocol. Additional guidance, posters and information for a safe reopening can be found on the page for restaurant operators website.

The County Department of Environmental Health continues conducting food safety status verifications to ensure compliance with the California Retail Food Code and provide guidance and education on the Health Officer Orders.

Retail shopping

Customers are allowed in stores, including malls, with the following requirements:

  • Post signs saying no employees or customers with COVID-19 symptoms should enter
  • Temperature/symptom screening for employees daily
  • Employees and customers must wear facial coverings
  • Limit number of customers to maintain six feet of distance

Businesses that have not done so already need to complete a Safe Reopening Plan, post it at their entrance and discuss with their employees. Retail businesses that have been providing curbside or front-door pick-up and will now be allowing customers indoors must update their plan.

The public or employees should not enter any business if they have symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell.

The plan was adopted because the County meets all the current readiness criteria and can safely move into an accelerated reopening.

As more places open to the public, it’s important for people to continue taking precautions to avoid getting and spreading COVID-19.

“Dining out and shopping must be done safely as crowded places increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” Wooten said. “People should continue wearing a face covering in public, maintain their distance from others, avoid touching their face and wash their hands frequently.”

While some San Diegans would like for more businesses to reopen and other activities to occur, the State has yet to allow the following to open:

  • Hotels, Airbnb
  • Gyms, fitness centers
  • Hair, nail salons
  • Beach parking lots
  • Sitting or lying down on the beach
  • Religious services, except funerals performed with social distancing

COVID-19 Testing, Cases and Deaths


  • 4,722 tests were reported to the County May 20, and 175 or 4% were positive.
  • 3.7% was yesterday’s 14-day, rolling average percentage of positive tests.


  • 175 new cases were reported for a San Diego County total of 6,315.
  • 1,183 or 18.7% of the total cases have required hospitalization.
  • 354 or 5.6% of all cases had to be placed in intensive care.


  • 11 more COVID-19 deaths were reported today, bringing the region’s total to 241.
  • Seven women and four men died, and their ages ranged from 51 to 100 years.
  • All but one had underlying medical conditions.

The number of active outbreaks, deaths and cases at nursing homes and other congregate living facilities are:

  • 73 active outbreaks, 50 at congregate living facilities and 23 in community settings.
  • 1,391 cases, including 119 deaths in congregate living facilities.
  • 299 cases, including five deaths in community settings.

More COVID-19 Information

The County’s COVID-19 webpage contains additional information on the disease, including a graph showing new positive cases and total cases reported by date. The data is also broken down by gender, race and ethnic/race group. An interactive dashboard with several COVID-19 indicators is being updated daily. For more information, visit

Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center Giving Away Dog Food For Back Country Owners in Need

March 27, 2020 – We know this a very tough time for everyone and especially when you have to decide to feed yourself or your dog. Since we have staff that has a rescue group they were able to partner with PAWS of San Diego and were able to purchase a pallet of dog food at a discount rate. We have over a 100 bags of dog food we will be giving to owners in need. This is to help Alpine, Descanso, Pine Valley and the back country residents.

We will be requiring a recent utility bill and photo ID at time of pick up. This is being done to limit one bag per household. If you are need of food please post in the comments on Natural Instincts page. State the breed of your dog as we have small bites and other sizes of food. We will get back with you in the next 24 hours. If you are a senior and need it delivered please state that . We are trying to help as many pets as we can but we are limited on food Sorry we did not receive any cat food. We have a few cases of wet cat food. Have a great day! Natural Instincts Healthy Pet Center is located at 2109 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901. Give us a call at 619-445-1550 or email us at

HOME DELIVERED CRAFT KITS Available to Alpine Residents

March 20, 2020
In need of entertainment for your kids of Grandkids? Home delivered craft kits are perfect for kids of ALL AGES! You can choose from a variety of crafts and have them delivered to your door! For more information on ordering please email You can also find us on Facebrook at The Crafty Kristen

Meals on Wheels Organization is in Desperate Need of Volunteers to Deliver to Elderly Clients

Call out to all teachers. Meals on Wheels organization is in desperate need of volunteers. They now have a waiting list and do not have enough volunteers to deliver to elderly clients who need the service. Teachers already have the clearances needed required for Meals On Wheels. Delivering meals requires no physical contact with our clients. 99%? just open their door and take the meal without us even entering their home. Routes typically take about an hour, picking up the coolers, put them in your car, deliver meals, & drop off coolers when finished. It is very rewarding and a critical help for individuals in our community. You decide how often you can volunteer; once a month, once a week, whatever you can spare will help greatly.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me. Heidi Cascio at If you are able to volunteer, please go to our website to fill out the volunteer form

Let’s  pull together and help everyone come out stronger on the other side.



BUSINESSES THAT ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE DURING CALIFORNIA SHUT DOWN – California Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce List

March 20, 2020  – To view this information online please follow this link


Gov. Newsom Tells All Californians to Remain at Home to Stop Coronavirus – March 20, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered all Californians to isolate themselves at home to stop the spread of coronavirus across the state.

He said public health experts are basing the order on estimates that as many as 25 million Californians will be infected by the virus within two months, making it imperative to stop the growth now.

“The overwhelming majority won’t have symptoms, and will be perfectly fine,” Newsom said, but as many as 20,000 people will be hospitalized with serious cases.

Newsom said the California’s hospital system can surge to add about 10,000 more beds, and the state is requisitioning facilities to make up the gap. He said the state is also working with industry to increase the supply of ventilators needed by critically ill patients

“Let’s bend the cure together. Let’s not regret,” he said at an early evening press conference.

The order doesn’t have an expiration, and the governor said it will likely last at least eight weeks.

“I don’t expect this will be many, many months,” he said. “We want to get that curve down. We want these numbers to be in the dustbin of history.”

The governor said he expects residents to follow the order without the threat of law enforcement. “We are confident that the people of California will abide by it,” he said.

He also called for an end to racist attacks on Californians of Asian and other foreign background amid the pandemic.

The order requires everyone to stay at home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. Anyone who leaves is expected to maintain a six-foot-distance between themselves and others.

Exceptions include visiting grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, restaurants that offer take-out, pharmacies, banks, gas stations and laundromats.

The order doesn’t mean that Californians can’t go outside, take a walk and exercise, provided they do so while keeping social distance.

Across California there have been 675 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths as of 12:19 p.m. Thursday.

The statewide order comes as 17 California counties have already ordered residents to shelter in place or shelter at home.

All Alpine Library Events, Programs, and Classes CANCELLED Through the End of March 2020

March 13, 2020 – Dear Alpine Library patrons,

San Diego County Library is closely following developments regarding the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County Public Health Office recommends the practice of social distancing—keeping people apart. Under the guidance of the CA Department of Public Health and San Diego County’s Public Health Office, we have decided to cancel all library sponsored and co-sponsored events, programs, and classes through the end of March. All 33 San Diego County Library branches will remain open for essential services during this time. San Diego County Library will continue to provide free access to computers, public wi-fi, and material checkouts.

To support increased demand, we are investing an additional $500,000 into our digital library collection, available 24/7 at Library cards offer free access to apps such as Libby for e-books and digital audiobooks, Flipster for e-magazines, as well as a wide range of online learning resources.

We are committed to keeping you safe and informed.

To limit the spread of infection, you should:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to help protect you from germs.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands. For information and community resources, please call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit or

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

Social Distancing, Visiting Restrictions Established; Mass Gatherings Banned; 5 More Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported in SD

graphic showing people 6 feet apart
Shared from Country News Center

The County of San Diego today announced that social distancing and visiting restrictions have now been established countywide, and mass gatherings are being banned to slow the regional spread of novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

The new measures start at midnight and will last at least through the end of March. See the Health Officer order.

“Protecting the public’s health is our number one priority and we’re using every tool at our disposal to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “The swift action to ban mass gatherings is one of several social distancing strategies that can be used to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

What are Social Distancing and Mass Gatherings?

Social distancing is an infection control action that public health officials take to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. The goal is for people to avoid close contact with each other and stay six feet apart.

Therefore, starting today, all gatherings of more than 250 people are directed to be postponed or canceled across the county. Those gatherings include concerts, conferences, and professional, college and school sporting events.

Smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of six feet between participants.

Gatherings of people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines. This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes and support groups for people with health conditions.

Visitor Restrictions and Sick Leave Policy Due to COVID-19

The County has also issued a directive for health care settings serving people with high risk of complications from COVID-19. These facilities should implement aggressive visitor restrictions and enforce their sick leave policies, and include:

  • Hospitals providing acute, in-patient care
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Skilled-nursing facilities
  • Other residential facilities

5 Presumptive COVID-19 Cases Reported Locally

Five more San Diegans have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, the Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

They are:

  • A woman in her 70s who travelled in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and is at home under isolation.
  • A woman in her 70s who is an evacuee from the Grand Princess cruise ship and is in a local hospital in isolation.
  • A man in his 40s who is under isolation at home and traveled to Colorado.
  • A man in his 50s who is in isolation at a local hospital and also traveled to Colorado (no connection).
  • A man in his 60s who is in a local hospital in isolation.

People who have tested positive and are in isolation at home are being monitored by County public health nurses. To date, there have been six presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County.

Given what’s happening across the world, nation and state, the County is now preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of COVID-19 in the region.

That’s why it’s important for the public to be informed and prepared.

“Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with people who are sick,” Wooten said. “Also, practice good hand washing hygiene and stay away from large crowds.”

COVID-19 Testing

In addition to the County Public Health Lab, local hospital and private labs now have the capability to test for COVID-19.

Presumptive positive tests from hospital and private labs must still be confirmed by the County’s Public Health Lab, which in turn will send specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation.

The County has the capability to test 60 patients per day and results are typically known in 24 to 48 hours. The County is awaiting two additional instruments to be able to test more patients daily if necessary.

The County has two kits on hand, with each kit having the capability to test up to 600 patients.

What to Do if You Get Sick

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported symptoms ranging from mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms generally include fever, cough and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.

If you may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread and start to experience symptoms, call your medical provider so that they can take appropriate precautions.

What Residents Can Do to Prepare for COVID-19

It’s important for the public to be prepared should a COVID-19 outbreak occur in San Diego County. To limit the spread of infection, you should:

  • Wash your hands often to help protect you from germs.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available. It should contain at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Residents should also follow these important tips to help prepare to respond to this public health threat.

  • Store a two-week supply of food, beverages and water, including food for family pets.
  • Ensure an adequate supply of prescribed and routine medications are on hand.
  • Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members.
  • If you have family members with increased risk of getting seriously sick, check with your medical providers about symptoms and treatment.
  • Create an emergency contact list of family and friends, teachers and employers.
  • Have a plan in case your school, childcare, or employer closes temporarily.
  • Talk with your children, family, and friends about what to do if an outbreak occurs and what each person would need.

Planning now helps you act more effectively to protect you and your family if COVID-19 reaches you.

If you have individual questions, please talk to your healthcare provider. For community resources, please call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit or

FREE Curbside Palm Frond and Arundo ONLY Chipping Available March 23-27, 2020

Mornin’ All Zones chipping fans,

On-line registration opens for ALL Zones on 3/02/20 for Palm & Arundo chipping ONLY.  This event will take place March 23-27, 2020.  No other materials are eligible for chipping during this event. Click here to sign up

This service will be available twice this year to customers in all our zones.  This is the first Palm/Arundo chipping event this year.

Event Specific Rules

Please follow the regular Curbside Chipping Rules but in addition, because of the special nature of Palm Fronds and Arundo, we ask that fresh cut materials dry for at least 2 weeks before the event.  When stacking your piles, we have found that having the stems, or big ends, face away from the chipper works best and they should be located where the chips may be piled since the chipper we use for these events cannot broadcast chips over a great distance!

Thanks for your interest in keeping our community safer from wildfire and watch for rattlesnakes!

Dennis Larsen
Volunteer/Chipping Mgr