Supervisor Dianne Jacobs Remarks - Alpine Library Groundbreaking

March 6, 2015

Thank you, José, and thank you all for being here.

As many of you know, this day has been a long time coming. This project has been on the community’s wish list – and mine -- for years.

What will the new Alpine Library be like? It will be bigger… Four times bigger than the current library. It will be better… With special study areas, computer labs and other features. It will be even more awesome… offering the latest in learning resources and energy technology.

It will be the first “zero net energy” building constructed by the County of San Diego. That means it will be designed to generate as much energy – through rooftop solar panels – as it uses. That’s good news for the County’s energy bill, and great news for taxpayers.

Since I joined the Board of Supervisors, the County has remodeled eight libraries in East County and built a dozen. This will be number 13.

These libraries are more than just places to learn. They are the heartbeat of the community. Special places to reflect a special region. This library will include art that highlights the spirit and culture of Alpine.

Another reason this project is special: The library will be near the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor. The wall is a great tribute to those who have served, and shows how proud and patriotic Alpine is. The Alpine Library works hard to support our veterans, and I know the library staff will build on that.

Thank you to José and County staff for all their hard work. Thank you to Christine Connell and others with the Alpine Library Friends Association. Thank you to everyone who helped make this groundbreaking possible.

And congratulations to Alpine. You’ll soon have a one-of-a-kind library for a one-of-a-kind community! Thank you.