Jacob’s ‘Coffee’ draws attention to local concerns
By Jo Moreland
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
For The Alpine Sun
Area residents brought a wide range of issues to San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob at her March 30 meeting in Alpine.
Jacob included several matters she’s working on as well during her informal “Coffee with Constituents” at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd.
The East County Supervisor encouraged net metering to reduce electrical costs and she wasn’t happy with the California Public Utilities Commission’s response to a call for an investigation into possible electromagnetic effects from the Sunrise Powerlink.
“We need to know when it’s (investigation) going to happen, when it’s going to be done,” Jacob said.
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce directors Al Haven of KnewSpace and Alpine Union School District board member Joseph Perricone of Canvas Makers reminded everyone about the trial scheduled to start April 11. The trial will determine funding for a high school for Alpine.
Last year a judge ordered the Grossmont Union High School District to designate $42 million for an Alpine high school from nearly $700 million in bonds passed by voters.
“Keep up the fight,” Jacob urged. “You’ve actually won some pretty good battles in court.”
Barbara Murray of Alpine wanted to know why the road work has stopped on Arnold Way, which is now “a mess there and people (drivers) don’t slow down.”
Apologizing, Jacob said a contractor failed to meet county contract expectations but the work will be done and “done right.”
Several people were concerned about the effects on their property and neighborhoods because of a Covert Canyon shooting range. They said the business cuts off a wildfire escape route and impacts local waterways and health. Government agencies weren’t helpful, they said.
Because of a pending lawsuit, Jacob said, “I have been advised by a county attorney not to discuss this.”
Efforts to revitalize membership in the Alpine Community Center had audience support.
Many people also were looking forward to the May 21 grand opening of the County’s new Alpine Library next to the ACC. Jacob said she hopes the new library will generate support for the Alpine Community Center.