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For The East County Herald LA MESA — The Lake Murray Little League (LMLL) began in 1957 and continues to thrive today. State Senator Joel Anderson provided Senate certificates of recognition, Monday, Aug. 13, to the Lake Murray Little League board members for their commitment to improving the lives of children in our community and providing resources for recreational family activities. This league allows children ages 4-12 to learn teamwork, healthy competition, and leadership habits. The LMLL is even more successful due to the volunteer work from parents by way of coaching, running the concessions, and being supportive spectators. Although the youth baseball season runs in the spring, the volunteers do not get an off-season like the athletes. The preparation and hard work of managing sponsorships and fundraising during the off-season is what continues to allow the little league to be successful during the regular season. President of the Lake Murray Little League board John Ruiz is also a parent of one of the many athletes and a coach for the league. Ruiz commented, “Being able to provide a strong foundation to a league that supports the community children has always been a priority for myself. Teaching children to respect and give effort are lessons that they could use not only in sports, but also in life.” Under Ruiz’s leadership, the league now has over 200 athletes and over 70 active volunteers. Anderson praised, “John and all the volunteers have so much love for what they do and do an incredible job offering opportunities for the youth to develop teamwork and talents, as well as a strong sense of community.” The success of Lake Murray Little League is vital because it encourages long-term relationships that form from common ground, no matter the skills or financial status of players, and encourages the young athletes to grow through their participation. For more information on the Lake Murray Little League, visit lakemurrayll.org.

On The Cover SAN DIEGO — St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center held their 41st Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Saturday, Aug. 4. The spectacular event features live and silent auctions, a pre-show boutique, flowing champagne, live music, lunch and of course, a fabulous fashion show by Leonard Simpson.

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The East County Herald strongly believes in the freedom of speech and the rights of all sides of an issue to be heard. The letters and guest opinions/commentaries published herein present differing points of view, not necessarily reflecting those of the publisher, The Herald or it’s advertisers. Note: Letters and opinion/commentary pieces may

So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

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he way environmental activists in California’s Delta region tell it, there is no part of government in this state more arrogant than the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The huge MWD, supplier of water to the majority of the state’s populace, is certainly acting the part as it pushes for a project Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to make an irreversible fait accompli before he leaves office (presumably for the last time) at the end of this year. That’s the so-called “California WaterFix” or Twin Tunnels project to bring Northern California river water to San Joaquin Valley farms and urban Southern California via gigantic culverts running around and through the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers east of San Francisco Bay. ( Another desired Brown legacy is the troubled bullet train.) No one claims the tunnels project would produce much more water than now comes from the same rivers. But Brown and other supporters assert it would make supplies steadier and more reliable. His administration and other project backers only lately renamed this the WaterFix because that sounds more positive than tunnels. But environmentalists led by the group Restore the Delta see it not as a fix, but a problem which could deprive the Delta and its fish of much fresh water they now get. After substantial lobbying by Brown, the MWD’s governing board without a public vote this summer committed millions of its customers to pay a large share of the project’s costs. About the only recourse customers might have would be voting out many of the myriad city council members and county supervisors who make up that board. This is highly unlikely, so added water charges for millions of customers are pretty much assured. It’s much the same in the San Jose-based Santa Clara Valley Water District, whose much smaller board voted narrowly also to help pay the multi-billion-dollar freight. Agricultural water districts in the San Joaquin Valley that stand to benefit most were reluctant to make similar commitments. The moves by the urban water districts were the embodiment of arrogance by public officials because they were taken with little public input and without say-so from those who will actually pay. No sooner were those votes over than the water districts and the state formed a partnership for designing and building the tunnels, a move plainly aiming to cement the project in place long before a spade is turned. Meanwhile, the only time anything like the WaterFix plan got a full public hearing came 36 years ago, after Brown and state legislators authorized building a so-called Peripheral Canal to bring water south around the Delta via a large ditch. A statewide referendum eliminated that plan by a resounding margin. It became political anathema for decades, but the idea plainly stuck in Brown’s mind. The WaterFix amounts to an updated, more expensive, version of the ditch Brown backed long ago. Then there is the move by a Southern California Republican congressman to cement the project via federal law. This comes from Rep. Ken Calvert of Corona, one of California’s more secure GOP congressmen, not even close to being a Democratic target this year. Calvert in May quietly slipped language into a proposed budget bill to ban legal challenges of the tunnels, a move that could instantly end more than two dozen current lawsuits by local governments, water districts, recreational and environmental groups and tribal governments. To Brown’s credit, his administration after months of consideration, now opposes that bill, but it is very much alive in Congress. “A proposal like (this) raises the question: what are the supporters of the tunnels trying to hide?” wrote Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of Mokelumne Hill, the former lieutenant governor who represents part of the Delta area. Added Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta, “Bypassing due process and violating states’ rights …creates a constitutional nightmare. Tunnels proponents are attempting to rewrite the rules of the game so they can’t lose.” The water district votes and the Calvert move both represent almost unprecedented arrogance. That makes it high time for some major public and consumer protests over the manner in which Brown and his allies are rushing the tunnels into reality without permission of the people who will pay for them.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


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Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots or vaccinations, can alleviate allergy symptoms. However, shots don’t work on all allergies or all people. Doctors advise against allergy shots if you take a beta blocker for high blood pressure or heart problems. If you’re considering immunotherapy, seek the advice of a good allergist. Allergy shots are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens — the substances that trigger an allergic response. The usual schedule is a shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you’ll need a shot about once a month for three to five years. Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps. But the shots are not effective for food allergies. If you have seasonal hay fever, you may be allergic to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds. If you have year-round discomfort, you may be sensitive to indoor allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or pet dander. The common symptoms of allergic rhinitis are itchy eyes, nose, or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion or wheezing. If your eyes also become red and swollen, you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. Before starting allergy shots, your doctor may use a skin test to confirm that you have allergies and determine which specific allergens cause your signs and symptoms. During the test, a small amount of the suspected allergen is scratched into your skin and the area is then observed for about 20 minutes. Swelling and redness indicate an allergy to the substance. The shots won’t give you immediate relief. You’ll probably see improvement in the first year of treatment. The most noticeable improvement often happens during the second year. By the third year, most people are desensitized to the allergens contained in the shots. For some people, successful treatment leads to a life without allergy symptoms. For others, shots must continue on a long-term basis to keep allergy symptoms at bay. An allergic reaction is a complex chain of events that involves many cells, chemicals and tissues throughout the body. While there is no cure for allergic disease, there are many medications available to lessen symptoms. About 50 million Americans suffer from an allergy. Major allergic diseases include: allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives (urticaria), and reactions to substances such as food, latex, medications, and insect stings. We don’t know why some substances trigger allergies and others do not. We also don’t understand why every person does not react to allergens. A family history of allergies is the single most important factor that predisposes a person to develop allergies.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

New research reveals how the body clock controls inflammation esearchers at RCSI and Trinity College Dublin have revealed insights into how the body clock controls the inflammatory response, which may open up new therapeutic options to treat excess inflammation in conditions such as asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. By understanding how the body clock controls the inflammatory response, we may be able to target these conditions at certain times of the day to have the most benefit. These findings may also shed light on why individuals who experience body clock disruption such as shift workers are more susceptible to these inflammatory conditions. The body clock, the timing mechanism in each cell in the body, allows the body to anticipate and respond to the 24-hour external environment. Inflammation is normally a protective process that enables the body to clear infection or damage, however if left unchecked can lead to disease. The new study, led by researchers at Dr. Annie Curtis’s Lab at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) in partnership with Prof. Luke O’Neill’s Lab at Trinity Col-

lege Dublin, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a leading international multidisciplinary scientific journal. Dr Annie Curtis, Research Lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Therapeutics at RCSI and senior author, explained that: “Macrophages are key immune cells in our bodies which produce this inflammatory response when we are injured or ill. What has become clear in recent years is that these cells react differently depending on the time of day that they face an infection or damage, or when we disrupt the body clock within these cells”. Dr. Jamie Early, first author on the study, said: “We have made a number of discoveries into the impact of the body clock in macrophages on inflammatory diseases such as asthma and Multiple Sclerosis. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms by which the body clock precisely controls the inflammatory response were still unclear. Our study shows that the central clock protein, BMAL1 regulates levels of the antioxidant response protein NRF2 to control a key inflammatory molecule called IL-1β from macrophages.”

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“The findings although at a preliminary stage, offers new insights into the behaviour of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and cardiovascular disease which are known to be altered by the body clock”, added Dr Early. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the research was undertaken in collaboration between RCSI, Trinity College Dublin and the Broad Institute in Boston, USA.

Source: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 31 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/ Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series examining the reasons Jesus said what He said. In this series we will examine many statements Jesus made during His time here on earth and then look at the reason for which He made the statement. When Jesus spoke, He spoke the Word of God and the Bible tells us the purpose and function of the Word of God: 2Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.” Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Everything that Jesus spoke was for a reason; He wasted no words; did not talk merely to talk like some do today. Many times we are told very clearly the reason for which He said what He did, other times we must search deeper. In Mark 7:6-7 “He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Once again the context allows us to understand the reason Jesus said this. The verses that precede our text tells us that the religious leaders of His day had an issue with His disciples because they were not following the traditions of the elders in regards to the ceremonial washing of the their hands before they ate. This exchange between Jesus and the religious leaders is one of the most important, informative conversations recorded in the Bible to help us understand what is going on in the modern church today. Jesus reveals the problem was not the traditions but where the traditions had been derived from, it was the doctrines and commandments of men. As we will see in the verses that follow, they had replaced the Word of God with the teachings; philosophies; commandments of men. This led to worshiping God in vain, with their lips and not their hearts, because it is the Word of God that reveals how man is to worship God, as Jesus said to the woman of Samaria, “Those that worship God must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.” It was from the teachings of men that their traditions came. Many of the traditions observed in the church today cannot be found in the Bible and in order to continue practicing traditions of men, the Word of God is put aside because the one contradicts the other. Let us look at the Words of Jesus that follow our text and make note of the tragic results that follow replacing the Word of God with the words of men. Mark 7:8-13 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, whoso curses father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever you might be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do you.” Notice the digression that occurs once the teachings of men replace the Word of God, “laying aside the commandment of God”, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do you.” This is happening at an alarming rate in the “modern church” today and as a result it has lost the influence that it once had on the culture.

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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he San Diego State football team will play host to its annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 18 at SDCCU Stadium. Admission to the event is free. Fan Fest kicks off at 4:30 p.m., when Gate E opens to the concourse. Attendees can interact with other San Diego State athletic programs, enjoy inflatable games and partake in concessions. The Aztecs will begin warming up on the field at 5 p.m. prior to the scrimmage, which is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. Following the scrimmage, the team’s seniors will be available for autographs on the field. San Diego State finished 2017 with a 10-3 record, its school-record third consecutive season with at least 10 victories. The Aztecs are one of just seven schools in the nation to win at least 10 games in three straight seasons (also Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin). SDSU is scheduled to return seven starters on offense and seven on defense, along with its kicker and punter. The Aztecs kick off their season at Stanford on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m., before beginning a three-game homestand with Sacramento State on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE PRESEASON PREP FOOTBALL POLL 1. Helix (14); 12-1;262; 2. Torrey Pines (3) ; 7-5; 236 3. Cathedral Catholic (8) ;5-7 208; 4. Mission Hills (3);12-1; 198 5. Madison (1); 8-3; 189; 6. La Costa Canyon ;7-4*;130 7. San Marcos;9-3; 106; 8. Ramona ; 12-1; 96 9. Eastlake ; 10-3; 51; 10. Steele Canyon; 10-4;34;6;State championship last year. * Includes forfeit loss Others receiving votes: Lincoln (9-2, 1 first-place vote, 26 points), Carlsbad (6-6, 23 points), Oceanside (6-7, 21 points), Valley Center (9-2, 16 points), El Camino (8-6, 13 points), St. Augustine (7-4, 12 points), Granite Hills (10-3, 3 points), Otay Ranch (8-4, 3 points), Rancho Bernardo (6-6, 2 points), Southwest-El Centro (13-0, 2 points), University City (10-2, 2 points), Bishop’s (9-1, 1 point), Monte Vista (8-6, 1 point). Voters:30 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials from throughout the county - John Maffei (San Diego Union-Tribune); Terry Monahan, Don Norcross, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff and Jim Lindgren (freelance writers); Paul Rudy and Brandon Stone (KUSI-TV); Adam Paul (ECPreps. com); Ramon Scott (EastCountySports.com),;Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com); Ted Mendenhall and Taylor Quellman (The Mighty 1090); Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions); Troy Hirsch (Fox 5 San Diego); Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com); Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta. Ron Marquez and Carlton Hoggard (CIF San Diego Section office); Joe Heinz (Coordinator of Athletics, Sweetwater Schools); Raymond Brown (sdfootball.net); Montell Allen (MBASports-SDFNL Magazine); Bob Petinak (1360 Radio); John Kentera and Braden Surprenant (97.3-FM The Fan); Steve Dolan (East County Herald News); Jim Arnaiz, Mike Dolan and John Carroll (CIF Football Tournament Directors).

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Alarms in the night

ou know how those hotel alarm clocks wake you in the middle of the night because someone left it set at three a.m. and the housekeeper never reset it and suddenly in the middle of your peaceful vacationing sleep a strange voice shouts loudly from the nightstand or worse—a deafening buzz keeps repeating and you can’t for the life of you find the turn-offthe-alarm button? This was something like that except I wasn’t on vacation and I wasn’t in a hotel. I was safe and sound, sleeping in my own bed, blissfully unaware of any strange noises in the night. Prob’ly because there weren’t any. Yet. I fell asleep around eleven-thirty. I was sleeping soundly, like you do the first few hours of your sleep before the dreams come to play havoc with your mind. The best time. . . Bip Bip Bip BEEEP! Bip Bip Bip! BEEEP! Staccato beeps were bouncing out of… out of where? It was coming from my nightstand. I looked at the clock: one a.m. I grabbed my phone. Was it one of those emergency alert signals? A fire alert? An earthquake? Had I set a notification sound I didn’t

know about? Not for 1 a.m., I didn’t—not unless I hit a.m. instead of p.m. Now that’s a possibility. . . But there were no notifications showing and no emergency alerts flashing on the screen. In the dark I groped around the phone trying to find what set off the sharp Bip Bip Bip BEEP-ing so I could turn the blasted thing off and—hopefully—go back to sleep. Nothing stopped the bipping and beeping. I turned the phone off and back on again to cancel out whatever setting was setting it off, but it kept beeping, even when it was off. By now I’m afraid I’m waking the whole household. I turned the phone off again and on again. Five minutes later the beeping stopped. I had no idea why. Yes, I went back to sleep— after getting my Kindle and reading for a half hour and turning on a mellow CD to lull me back to dreamland— but I feared for my life. Well, not for my life but for a peaceful night’s sleep for the rest of my life because I had no idea what set off that beeping and was it going to happen every night at one a.m.? I could always just stay up ’til one but if I didn’t know how to turn it off, what good would that do? The next night around ten-thirty, I approached my bed with much trepidation. Did I want to be woken with loud Bip Bip Bip BEEPing after I’d snuggled under the

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4smbrks@gmail.com covers and gone blissfully to sleep? No! But. . . As I turned the small clock on my nightstand to make room for my phone, the light came on! Not the lamp on the nightstand, the light in my head. Could it be? I picked up the clock. I looked closely at the settings, particularly the settings for time and alarm. The time was fine. I pressed the button for setting the alarm. It was already set. For exactly one a.m. And. . . .it was in the “on” position. I never use the alarm on that clock! Never! Could this be? I reset the alarm to nine p.m. to see what it sounded like. Bip Bip Bip BEEEP! I turned the alarm setting to “off ” and settled in for a good night’s sleep. It isn’t always the phones loaded with apps that wreck our sanity. . . Must’ve been ghosts that set that alarm, because I sure didn’t.

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Cuyamaca College enlists car repair shops County Supervisors waive rebuilding, for new program records fees

Construction is scheduled to begin next month on redeveloping the Little Flower Haven convent site in La Mesa to 130 apartments. The 4.1-acre site at 8585 La Mesa Blvd. was recently purchased for $6 million from the Carmelite Sisters, a Roman Catholic order. The convent and an assisted living facility for the elderly closed in 2014. Developers Silvergate Development LLC and Pathfinder Partners LLC are planning the preserve the historic part of the 1930’sera, mission-style structure, including a chapel and two-story church bell tower. Amenities will include a recreation room with a kitchen and a fitness center overlooking exterior decks and a pool. The new complex is expected to have 68 one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments, 55 two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, and seven studio apartments. The apartments will average about 777 square feet in size. Each apartment will have solid surface counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new flooring, in-unit washer-dryers and central heat and air conditioning. Many units will have a private patio or balcony. Community amenities will include a fitness center, swimming pool and spa, barbecue grills, electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle lockers, storage areas, covered parking and a ball park. Construction is expected to take about 20 months to complete.

Cuyamaca College’s Automotive Technology program and a coalition of independent repair shops have announced the launch of a new associate degree program that will enhance paid hands-on training opportunities and lead to more jobs for graduates. The Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA) associate degree program will become the state’s first associate degree program that combines classroom and online teaching with on-the-job training at independent repair shops. An informational meeting is planned for 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at Cuyamaca College’s Student Center in Room I-207. High school and college auto tech instructors and shop owners are encouraged to attend the free event, part of a threeday conference of ASCCA, the largest independent automotive repair council in the state whose members represent all areas of the auto repair industry. Cuyamaca officials said the new degree program will offer a good resource for students interested in eventually opening their own repair shops because of the numerous small-business owners who are members of the independent service council. ASCCA President Rocky Khamenian said the program is needed to address the critical technician shortage facing independent repair shops and added that Cuyamaca can serve as a model for other California community colleges.

Residents who lost their homes in the July 2018 Wildfires will not need to pay for rebuilding permits or for vital records replacement, after the County Board of Supervisors recently voted to waive those fees. The wildfires broke out in extreme weather conditions on July 6 in Alpine and Dulzura and quickly burned out of control. More than 500 acres burned including 55 homes and 34 accessory buildings. The board recently passed a resolution to identify the geographic areas of the July 2018 Wildfires disaster and make affected residents eligible for plan check review and rebuilding permit fee waivers for legal structures destroyed or damaged in the fire. The fee waivers would only apply for those homes in the unincorporated area or areas that require permitting. The resolution also authorizes the County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk to issue free replacement of marriage, birth, and death certificates as well as some real estate documents that were destroyed in the fire. Affected residents may also be eligible for property tax relief. Applications are available for reduced assessment for those whose property sustained damage of $10,000 or more due to the fire damage. Qualified taxpayers may also be able to defer their next installment of property taxes if they have filed a claim for property tax reduction. The application must be filed within 12 months of disaster damage. For more information on property tax relief, visit the Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk, https://arcc. sdcounty.ca.gov.


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P.O. Box 1419, Alpine, CA 91901-1419

Notice of Regular Meeting • Preliminary Agenda Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Alpine Community Center | 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901 Archived Agendas & Minutes – http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/gpupdate/comm/alpine.html Group Member Email List–Serve *membership in this email list– serve is optional for group members acpg-members@googlegroups.com

Travis Lyon – Chairman travislyonacpg@gmail.com Jim Easterling Vice Chairman alpjim@cox.net Sharmin Self Secretary sharminselfacpg@aol.com Glenda Archer archeracpg@gmail.com George Barnett bigG88882@cox.net Roger Garay rogertax@ix.netcom.com Charles Jerney cajerney@protonmail.com Jim Lundquist jimlundquist@gmail.com Jennifer Martinez jmartinez.acpg@gmail.com Mike Milligan michaelmilligan314@yahoo.com Lou Russo louis.russo.acpg@gmail.com Leslie Perricone leslieperriconeacpg@gmail.com Richard Saldano rsaldano@contelproject.com Kippy Thomas kippyt@hydroscape.com Larry Watt larrywattacpg@gmail.com

A. Call to Order B. Invocation / Pledge of Allegiance C. Roll Call of Members D. Approval of Minutes / Correspondence / Announcements 1. Approval of Minutes i. July 26, 2018 2. ACPG Statement: The Alpine Community Planning Group was formed for the purpose of advising and assisting the Director of Planning, the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in the preparation, amendment and implementation of community and sub-regional plans. The Alpine Community Planning Group is an advisory body only. E. Open Discussion: Opportunity for members of the public to speak to the ACPG on any subject matter within the ACPG’s jurisdiction that is not on the posted agenda. F. Prioritization of this Meeting’s Agenda Items G. Organized / Special Presentations 1. The Alpine Community Planning Group will discuss resources and support available to community members seeking to lower their utility bills. Contacts and instructions on what steps ratepayers may take will be provided. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 2. The applicant for the Marshall Road Townhomes TM-5621 submitted a Design Exception Request to waive the requirement for undergrounding utility poles (policy I-92). The county has asked the group to review the request and make a recommendation to the county. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 3. The owner of the Alpine Springs RV Park located at 5635 Willows Road has applied for a modification to their Major Use Permit (PDS2018-MUP-79-044W1) for an exemption under California Health and Safety Code 18865.2 to the time limitations in Condition J & K of the permit. Condition J of the MUP states “’For vehicles with total hook-up capacity, including sewer, water, and electricity, a maximum length of occupancy in any 12-month period will be 90 days.” Condition K of the MUP states “Persons occupying tents or vehicles with less than total hook-up capacity shall not occupy any campground space in a recreational vehicle park for a period exceeding 30 days in any 12-month period, nor shall the cumulative occupancy by such persons of different campground spaces anywhere in the facility exceed a total of 30 days in any 12-month period.” The owners are requesting an exemption to the time limitations outlined in Conditions J & K. Presentation, Discussion & Action. 4. The Alpine Union School District will present an update to the proposal for the Joan MacQueen Middle School Community & Recreation Facility Project. The group may make a recommendation to the county regarding the use of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funds to support the project. Presentation, Discussion & Action. H. Group Business: 1. Members of the public interested in serving on the Alpine Community Planning Group can make a statement to the group about their credentials and desire to serve. Group may make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy for Seat #7. Discussion & Action 2. Subcommittee Chairs to submit list of subcommittee members for approval. Discussion & Action I. Consent Calendar J. Subcommittee Reports (including Alpine Design Review Board) K. Officer Reports L. Open Discussion 2 (if necessary) M. Request for Agenda Items for Upcoming Agendas N. Approval of Expenses / Expenditures O. Announcement of Meetings: 1. Alpine Community Planning Group – September 27th, 2018 2. ACPG Subcommittees – TBD 3. Planning Commission – September 14th & 21st 2018 4. Board of Supervisors – September 11th, 12th, 25th, & 26th 2018 P. Adjournment of Meeting Disclaimer Language: Public Disclosure – We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information that may be collected becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and any County ordinance or other law governing the County’s disclosure of records, the County ordinance or other applicable law will control. Access and Correction of Personal Information – You can review any personal information collected about you. You may recommend changes to your personal information you believe is in error by submitting a written request that credibly shows the error. If you believe that your personal information is being used for a purpose other than what was intended when submitted, you may contact us. In all cases, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.


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