Cambrian Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor May 30

cambrian@thetribunenews.comMay 30, 2013 

Wrong site

The Kingston Bay Senior Living project HAS divided the community, but almost 250 online and physical signatures against it gathered in only a couple weeks (with many more likely out there) testifies to what most in Cambria feel about it.

Lachlan Ian MacTavish, the Sotheby’s Realtor who represented developer Jeff King when he purchased the property, obviously has an interest in this project going through. I can fully understand his point of view (“Locals want Kingston,” May 23). It certainly SEEMS like an assisted living center is needed here, and maybe it is.

The semi-organized group that is opposed is mostly concerned about the site itself — rather small, with limited parking, a giant construction project out of character with Cambria, a water guzzler etc.
The Board of Supervisors OK’d it 5-0. Nineteen spoke against it, only two for it. Not exactly a mandate. An appeal is being filed with the California Coastal Commission, which is likely the last resort for the opposers.

I want to emphasize that there are good “nursing homes” and bad. Most of us at whatever age do not want to end up in them, however. I know children of elders who have found some good “homes” for their parents in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.

My own parents ended up in TWO of them in Southern California. My sister and I researched the options together, and chose one that seemed quite nice. Guess what? Neither my parents could fit in for various reasons — my mom wouldn't socialize or even come to breakfast — and dad, with dementia, had lost his ability to control his impulses (and was about to be sedated).

We brought them back home. But the fact that ultimately they ended up in yet another facility where their lives ended is, frankly, the source of much guilt.

I realize the marketplace is what determines what type of facilities are out there, whether large-scale assisted living, smaller board and care situations like Cherish Care, co-housing, in-home care services etc. I personally feel that Cambria is in a rather unique position to care for its elderly long term, until and IF they must leave home.

But then, I am not “elderly-elderly” and don’t really know. I do think that those who are still ambulatory and of sound mind can make a stand here generally; but in my own case my wife and I have already thought through our options OUTSIDE the community — and it certainly behooves anyone in the latter quarter of their lives to begin doing so.

William L. Seavey


Who do you serve?

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Board of Supervisors’ meeting to express my opposition to the Kingston Bay Senior Living Center project in Cambria.

I just would like to say that, after viewing the proceedings online, I was really amazed with the outcome.

I have always felt that our elected officials are there to serve those who elected them, not some outside developer.

Bob McLaughlin

San Simeon

Check the Plan

Regarding the residential care facility appeal, I haven’t heard any mention of the Cambria Design Plan — a document we were required to create by the Coastal Commission to empower the county to police itself in the design process of any project. We were required to define ourselves and we did.

A question was asked at the county supervisor’s meeting (appeal hearing) about whether there is any document or group that can clarify answers to questions raised about this project. No supervisor knew of one and so someone said there isn’t one.

I believe the Cambria Design Plan is that document and needs to be understood by any person representing this village in any way so questions can have answers based on our definition of ourselves — again, a task we were required to complete to protect ourselves and our waterways and our livestock and our wildlife (including the bar scene) so we don’t just slowly turn into something we don’t want to be and then wonder how we got there.

I believe a residential care facility is always needed in any community, but not if it’s being there reduces the property values or invades the night sky of its neighbors or invades the stillness of the early morning with the metal whine of truck doors, machinery and compressors — not to mention loud backup beeps.

I encourage every potential neighbor of the proposed facility to read the Cambria Design Plan if you haven’t already, and determine from that whether further design changes are necessary to make sure the facility is in compliance with who we say we are. That is the leg I believe we have to stand on when facing urban planners, developers and anyone else desiring to redefine our living conditions.

I hope the North Coast Advisory Council and the Cambria Community Servies District will also keep a copy on their desks when making assessments. For those of you who are new here, just imagine the fighting and bickering and outright warfare we had to go through to even come up with the Cambria Design Plan — Cambrians have a hard time agreeing about most anything and we finally settled, unhappily, with the Cambria Design Plan (2002) as you see it today.

It is a compromise that we had to accept to protect ourselves. It’s in the library.

Lauren Younger


It takes a village

First of all, please let me thank the people who have volunteered to care for individual planters on Main Street. The Garden Club has the three medians, The Rotary takes care of the large planter just uphill from Rabobank, the Catholic Church Men’s Club takes care of the one in front of the church parking lot, Cathy Brody has been weeding the section across the street from the Cookie Crock, the Native Daughters have the large section in front of the Old Grammar School, Ben and Pat Bouldin look after the part in front of Allocco’s Bakery and Bob and Cathy Unger tend to the part just west of The Bluebird.

There are still several sections that need someone to bring them back to life. I am also looking for water.

When we first started this project there was the promise of irrigation with grey water, but that is still several years in the future. I recently met with Cambria Community Services District General Manager Jerry Gruber and Coast Unified School District Superintendent Chris Adams who have both offered to help with watering the planters on Main Street.

The CCSD can provide non-potable water and the school can provide a water truck. All that is needed is to pay a driver.

If you have wondered who takes care of the planters on Main Street and noticed that some of them need attention, I hope you will contact me. We estimate the cost for a driver at $60 per watering during the dry months. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Cambria Land Conservancy, 3031 Wood Drive, Cambria CA 93428, and/or contact me at 927-7011.

Blair McCormick


Thanks for sharing

The recent U.S. Postal Service food drive collected more than 2,500 pounds of non-perishable food for distribution by the Vineyard Church Food Bank here in Cambria.

Id like to thank the Vineyard Church, my fellow employees, The Cambrian and Linda Giordano for their help in making this annual event a success.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of all those who contributed food.

Scott Colangelo

Food drive coordinator

Don’t just cut it

Reduce fuel, stop fire. We are well into fire season.

Lots cleared of grass which is left on the ground still represents a fire hazard. The fuel is merely laying down rather than standing up.

With wind, fire can move rapidly either way and, lacking removal of the fire hazard, losses may occur and responsibilities be incurred.

Further, the grass and seed remaining will contribute to a denser stand of grass next year.
Check with your insurance company regarding your liability.

Don Keene


Thanks, Lions!

Thank you, Lions Club of Cambria, for sponsoring our spring junior high girls club basketball team! Thanks to you we called ourselves the Cambria Lions! Every girl has improved remarkably during this season! Thank you for this opportunity to grow in the sport of basketball!!

Jennifer Lawson


Engaged; that’s good

I love living in Cambria. It is such beautiful village with many fine places to go and see, such as the Nitt Witt Ridge and being close to the Hearst Castle and other attractions as well.

The people in Cambria seem to care, even the people I often disagree with, who are at least engaged in life.

I have loved every minute of my life in Cambria and hopefully it will go on for many more years.

Clive Finchamp


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