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Articles by Joe Naiman

By Joe Naiman
For The Alpine Sun
    On a national crime prevention level, August 6 was the 30th anniversary of National Night Out Against Crime.  Alpine’s Sheriff’s Substation held a National Night Out Against Crime for the first time, and both the substation’s commander and the Alpine’s crime prevention specialist deemed the event successful.
    “I was very pleased with how it turned out,” said Holly Conroy, the substation’s crime prevention specialist who organized the event.

By Joe Naiman
For The Alpine Sun
 The San Diego County Board of Supervisors endorsed two state bills which would repeal the $150 annual “State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee” while opposing a state bill which would replace the tax with a 4.8 percent surcharge on all property insurance policies in California.

By Joe Naiman
For The Alpine Sun
The Motor Transport Museum, the Pine Valley branch library, and the Alpine Women’s Club will be benefitting from grants provided by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote September 26 approved the advertisement for bid and subsequent award of a construction contract for Phase II of the Mountain Empire Community Center playground while also transferring $128,757 of general fund appropriations into the project.

"This is really good news for the community of Campo," Jacob said.  "It means we will finally complete the community center and playground."

San Diego County's 2011 crop report was released August 17.

The county's agricultural products had a total value of $1,683,745,072 in 2011, which was a 2.1 percent increase over the 2010 total of $1,648,570,832.

"Our 2011 crop report is saying that we've had an increase in value in agriculture," said Lisa Leondis, the county's Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights and Measures.  "With the pests and the droughts the agricultural producers have faced we've still seen an increase."

The increase in household and business photovoltaic systems also means an increased risk of electrical shock to firefighters who need to extinguish any blazes in structures using that technology.