Cambrian Letters to the Editor May 9

cambrian@thetribunenews.comMay 9, 2013 

Get involved

I am writing regarding the proposed senior residental facilty near the corner of Highway 1 and Ardath. There has been an appeal submitted to the Board of Supervisors which will be addressed at a hearing on Tuesday, May 14.

I know many here share my objections and some disagree; that is good.

This proposed project has acted as catalyst which has prompted me and others to get involved.
There is one thing I am sure of: Almost everyone who lives up here on the North Coast feels very fortunate to be here in our lovely little spot on this earth. We want to keep Cambria the way it is.
There is a special spirit that I have come to cherish since we moved here 15 years ago. That is the spirit of reaching out to each other and getting involved in our community.

Bob McLaughlin

San Simeon

Help save birds

Baby birds need your help!

Pacific Wildlife Care is experiencing high numbers of baby birds at the Rehab Center in Morro Bay. Most of the babies have been orphaned due to ill-advised spring-time tree/bush trimming and many have been cat-caught.

Over the next few months, if you have two to four hours a week to volunteer to help baby birds survive, please call 543-WILD (9453). At the recording, hit the # key to leave a message with your name, phone and availability.

You don’t have to be experienced: you will be trained!

Baby-bird rehabilitation provides you with immediate reward: as they grow up in just a few weeks and don’t need our fostering for long.

(P.S. Remind friends and neighbors to always check for nests before doing any spring trimming!)

Marcelle Bakula

Pacific Wildlife Care

Don’t miss ‘Love, Loss’
Regarding University Women and “Love, Loss and What I Wore”:

We laughed, were moved, entertained and our memories were stirred during our matinee performance of the Allied Arts current presentation of “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

The Nora and Delia Ephron play, skillfully directed by Nancy Green and whose characters are masterfully performed by Roxane Brodnick, Jan Caller, Mary-Ann Maloof, Janice Peters and Joyce Renshaw, is a refreshing, poignant production.

Five women artfully tell stories of how their lives were both affected and effected by the actions of love, loss and what I wore. Attend the production — I can assure you will enjoy it and leave remembering your own loves, losses … and were you wearing “that little black dress”?  

Kristi Jenkins

University Women of Cambria

Drivers needed

The Central Coast Volunteer Veterans Shuttle needs drivers. DAV Transportation Network has provided the Veterans Administration (VA) with four seven-passenger vans.

These vans are used to pick up veterans and take them to the San Luis Obispo or Santa Maria VA clinics for appointments and then back home. All communities in San Luis Obispo County are served.
Right now the service is limited due to a lack of volunteers to drive the vans. You can drive the vans with a regular Class C drivers license and no special endorsements. This is a free service for the veterans.

You do not have to be a veteran to be a volunteer driver. Cambria American Legion Post No. 432 supports this program. Please feel free to share this information with your church, service organization or club. If you are interested in participating or if you want more information, contact:

Larry Foster, voluntary services specialist

Santa Maria Outpatient Clinic (354-6004)

Brian Griffin (924-1085)


Keep kids news coming

It’s great to see accomplishments of Cambria’s kids written about in The Cambrian.
Recently, I’ve enjoyed reading stories about the middle-school honor roll students, exploits of the Cambria 4-H club, the filmmaking Plummer brothers, and youth music recital, to name a few.

Linda Poppenheimer


Jessie wins medals

Our daughter Jessie competed at the San Luis Obispo County Special Olympics track meet for her 15th year!

Our special thanks go to Ms. Rhoades and the Santa Lucia Middle School leadership class, Mark Kniffen, American Legion Post No. 432, and the Rotary Club of Cambria for their outstanding support.

PS: She won gold and silver at the event.

Rick and Amy Auricchio


Computer recycling

In conjunction with Interact Club, the computer classes of Coast Union High School are having a computer recycle day at the office parking lot on the high school campus from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 25.

Our computer classes are looking to help the community remove old computers and find parts for our classes.

We have the ability to recycle computers properly, without throwing them in the trash.
1. If you have older working computers that students can use to practice computer repairs, we would be grateful for them.

2. If you are willing to have a computer refurbished and placed in a classroom setting, we would greatly appreciate them.

3. If you have broken computers that we can disassemble for parts, we have need for them also.
We have a special need for computer mice, and LCD monitors(the flat ones).

If you have any questions please contact:

Sean Spradley,, 927-3889

Coast Union High School teacher

It’s all relative

At one of our North Coast Advisory Council meetings, someone shouted that President Obama was ruining our nation, but quite the opposite is true.

His heathcare system is not to my liking because it does not have a single-payer feature, which makes him a conservative of sorts as I believe that he is more conservative than liberal.
All of this comes from someone who has voted for him twice.

Clive Finchamp


Emergency options

I appreciated the May 2 Viewpoint written by Marvin Josephson, but it raised a peripheral issue for me.

In his paragraph about emergency evacuations, Mr. Josephson stated that there are only two exits from Marine Terrace/Lodge Hill to Highway 1.

This, of course, was true for years and years, just a there was only one exit from  Seaclift/Park Hill. However, now that we have the emergency access road which connects Marine Terrace and Seaclift, I suggest that the Cambrian consider including that road (perhaps as a dotted line) on the Cambria street map. This map is extremely helpful to visitors to our town, and I believe it’s the same map included in our local phone book.

In the case of an emergency, it would be nice for residents (both full- and part-time) and visitors to be aware of the extra option in case of emergency.

Thank you,

Pat Burbank

SeaClift, Cambria

Glossing over problem

Caltrans District 5 director Tim Gubbins’ viewpoint (May 2) is disingenuous rationalizing for a $2 million Caltrans error in selecting the most cost-efficient means to extend pavement life.

Ignoring damage to autos from the larger-than-normal rocks used to chip seal, he admits to only “a number of bicyclists very dissatisfied with the rougher pavement surface.”

Can he really claim there are any bicyclists who are not very dissatisfied? 

 Gubbins’ positive spin by promising extensive “testing” of how to best correct this situation conveniently ignores what local bicycle clubs and probably the UC Davis Pavement Research Center could have told him before the work was done: Using larger rocks significantly adds to the challenge of bike riders with their narrow tires riding near the edge of pavement. It comes as no surprise that he includes “smaller rock” as one possible alternative to be tested!

 Gubbins should accept responsibility for the costly failure to resurface the road in a way “well thought out, that serves the taxpayers who rightfully expect us to be prudent and satisfies all the travelers on this popular, scenic coastal highway.”

Promising such a future resolution begs the question why it wasn’t done right in the first place, and glosses over the danger and disincentive to cyclists and motorists in the meantime.

James Hedges

Paso Robles

Chip seal a mistake

I recently had the opportunity to see the chip seal that has caused more than a bit of conflicting opinion. I would not want to walk the shoulders as they are today, and riding a bike would require a compelling need for self-torture to be attractive.

I believe I have adequate qualifications, and I am prepared to offer some suggestions that would solve the problem at a minimal cost and rather quickly.

I am registered to practice engineering in California.

I was employed by Caltrans for a number of years, now retired, serving in virtually every department at varying levels of responsibility.

Step 1: Identifying the problem. A chip seal has never been a correct maintenance application for shoulders. Traffic on these areas is almost zero. Traffic is essential to finish embedding the rock.

Correction starts with complete removal of all rock from the shoulders. This can be accomplished by the local maintenance station using current manpower and equipment. Caltrans should admit an engineering decision was faulty, and no time conducting an expensive study is needed.

I estimate the entire project could be done in four to five days. At the time I was with maintenance, this would be considered routine expenditure.

Melvin R. Nester


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