News Release


DATE: August 3, 1999

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108



Alpine, CA - Under the leadership of County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved establishing an Alpine Community Improvement Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established with nearly $75,000 in donations from the Viejas Band of Kuymeyaay Indians that will be used to augment the construction of a new Sheriff substation in Alpine.

"This generous donation from the Viejas Band of Kuymeyaay Indians will improve law enforcement services for both the reservation and for the community of Alpine," said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. "It has also allowed for the establishment of the Alpine Community Improvement Trust Fund that may lead to many more community improvements throughout the community of Alpine."

In an April 9, 1999, letter to Supervisor Jacob, Tribal Council Advisor John Winkelman, explained the donation will allow for additional law enforcement services needed because of activities at Viejas Casino.

"As good neighbors, and with government revenues from gaming and our other enterprises, we now have money to be self-sufficient. We want to pay our way, including funding any additional level of law enforcement services we receive," said Anthony R. Pico, chairman of the Viejas Band.

Also included in today's action, the County will study the feasibility of adding the voluntary sales tax revenue generated from the Viejas Outlet Center to the Alpine Community Improvement Trust Fund.

"The revenue generated by the outlet center should benefit its surrounding community," said Jacob. Pursuant to the Tribe's request, any Trust Fund revenue will be allocated annually back into the community of Alpine.