Shore up supply first
It’s very hard to argue with logic against the illogical. The Cambria Community Services Distict’s push for new water connections based on water-savings from the current water conservation-retrofit program makes no sense, particularly at a time of drought and dropping water tables.
If you want to see how bad the current drought is, check out the water level of Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County. It’s uncomfortably visible. Closer to home, downtown, check out the water level of Santa Rosa Creek. And these indications are just on the surface.
There is no question the state is losing water and aquifers at an alarming rate. There is no question that we are headed for severe drought conditions. And there is no question that the risk of wildfire is rapidly rising.
If a fraction of the resources, attention and research spent for desalination studies and lobbying (and for using the benefits of the water conservation-retrofit program to justify unwise development) had been and were used to upgrade infrastructure and water storage we would be in a much better position. That would be responsible management.
We need increased storage capacity, a well-maintained water delivery system and reliable water pressure first, not intent-to-serve letters and pressure to issue more permits.
I write this letter realizing that this will have little impact on the Cambria Community Services District board, but feel this needs to be brought to light in any event. The board’s decision to issue new water hookups based on the amount of water we have conserved doesn’t seem very prudent to me.
There are many houses in town that are second homes for people who live elsewhere. I’m told that the number of second homes approaches 30 percent. Within a block of me on Huntington there are 35 houses and 10 of them are second homes that are occupied only a few months out of the year.
What would be the impact, if these second homes were to become occupied full time? The owners may decide to sell to a full-time occupant or move into the home full time. This would certainly put the water supply of Cambria to the test. Adding more houses would only exacerbate the above scenario.
Finding an additional water supply for the town has been fruitless so far. We have lived here since 1985 and seen every attempt to increase the water supply fail. So under “normal” circumstances, we don’t have a good additional water source.
Of course, with the above scenario, the situation would become dire and a poor choice for additional water would be mandatory. Whatever that choice would be would be extremely costly. So I ask, why are we making ourselves vulnerable to having to make poor choices mandated by a dire situation?
Decisions for the future of Cambria should be made on “worst-case” scenarios and not on the Reaganesque approach of “don’t worry, everything will be just fine.”
Steady? Or stubborn?
The letters from Bob McDonnell and Bruce Stuart (July 11) are masterpieces in highlighting the intransigent (that’s a such a better word than bull-headed) nature of the current Cambria Community Services District board.
It brings to mind a quote from Stephen Colbert: “They believe the same thing Wednesday they believed on Monday, no matter what happened on Tuesday. Events can change; their beliefs never will.”
James E. Mulroony
My sister, Beverly Wright, a fourth-generation Cambrian, needs your prayers. She was severely injured in a hit and run accident last Saturday evening, July 13, while checking on the welfare of her infant granddaughter in the back seat of the car she was riding in on Highway 101. A drunk driver slammed into her as she exited the vehicle and was arrested a short time later after a good Samaritan who witnessed the accident followed him when he fled the scene.
My sister, who is a self-employed gardener, has no major medical or loss of income insurance and the driver was not insured. She was taken to the trauma center in Fresno where she has undergone the first of several surgeries for three breaks to her pelvis, a broken thigh bone and two broken shin bones.
I would like to ask that if you have the time, please send her a message of love and well wishes via phone call to the hospital in Fresno or to my mailing address so I can deliver them. She will be in Fresno for at least a week and will then be transferred back to the Central Coast for recovery.
I will need to begin a fundraiser soon to help her with ongoing living expenses, i.e. rent, auto, etc. while we traverse the long road to seek coverage for at least some medical expenses, but if you are so inclined, I have opened an account for her and would gladly accept help in her name. Make donations to the Beverly Wright Catastrophe Fund at any Wells Fargo branch, or mail to me at P.O. Box 878, Mill Valley CA 94942, or you can reach me for information at my website: buildergirl.com.
Beverly’s current room (as of Monday, July 15) is: No. 1034A at Community Regional Medical Hospital in Fresno.
With much love,
Tina Marie Humphrey
I have included my art in the Prefix 927 Art Show yet again.
I am not a marketable artist. I lack the dexterity of a fine craftswoman, I am not able to draw things properly or put color togther well, but I love my art.
It comforts me, it entertains me, and it expresses me without words.
I am grateful for this show and a chance to share, as I believe art should be shared and I believe everyone is and can be creative.
Thank you, 927 show.
Don’t be sheepish
All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason?
The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
The United States officially became a republic in 1776, 236 years ago. The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it.
Election 2014 is coming.
A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves!
David T. Manion
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