A long way yet to go
The fact that we got 2-3 inches of rain recently is wonderful. I scampered about my property collecting every drop I could from my roof and routing the flow into the various storage containers I have.
What this rain means is:
• Most of our forest is “saved” for the foreseeable future, along with many other shade plants, shrubs and ground coverings. (Except Monterey pine. Rick Hawley says 25 percent are dying).
• The hills should green up soon!
• We no longer need to fear that our town will run out of water in three months. The aquifers should spring back somewhat from creek run-off.
• People can smile again!
What this rain DOESN’T mean is:
• That the drought is over in California or Cambria. We are still 8-10 inches behind (estimate) and the likelihood is we WON’T catch up in 2014, according to John Lindsey. (We can always pray/hope).
• That the CCSD is likely to suspend its rather draconian restrictions anytime soon, at least until winter/spring rains develop, if they do. That includes surcharges and fines for excessive use that are quite hefty, as we all know.
• That we can rest easy about NOT starting a serious conservation and water storage strategy, just because it is damp and will be for a few weeks.
For innovative ideas on water storage and conservation, pick up my free “Water Solutions” report at the Cambria Business Center, library or post office. (Or mail two stamps to P.O. Box 1681, Cambria 93428).
William L. Seavey
Once was bad enough
With reference to your story on Feb. 13, Page 3, titled “Tank Runneth over,” it is shocking to note that the CCSD has spilled a total of 433,000 gallons of water on two identical incidents (265,000 gallons in mid-October and 168,000 gallons in February), from the same water storage tank. Despite the fact that the water overflowed, apparently from failure of a switch that was supposed to turn off the pump when the tank was full, not from leakage from the tank.
Yet the CCSD manager of the system seemed to favor replacing the tank at a cost of $640,000. The water apparently gushed out of the tank for a matter of hours and the “leak” was detected by a homeowner in the area.
I sincerely hope The Cambrian’s story is not the complete picture of these two catastrophes — especially after just receiving a warning letter to all customers from CCSD about the problem and the meager allowances we received with references to a scale of penalties with fines, increasing to 500 percent for exceeding these allowances.
Hold line on sheets
I was unable to attend the Cambria Community Services District board meeting of Jan. 30, so I can only rely on what I read in The Tribune. I am very concerned about the “optional” restrictions for the many hotels in Cambria. On a recent overnight visit to Santa Cruz, the hotel policy was: less than three nights, no changing of linens.
In some areas in Europe it’s five days. I don’t know of anyone in their own home who changes linen daily, so why can’t the hotel guests do that here?
Is the CCSD too afraid of offending out-of-towners that this couldn’t be a policy? If there’s no water, that will be offensive.
All the restrictions shouldn’t be solely on the backs of the permanent residents.
‘He was my Lion’
A community is only as genuine as to the relationship and respect paid to their elders.
That’s why Sunday’s going-away party for John Tays was such a defining moment in the history of our community.
Alzheimer’s disease strikes randomly in the most capricious manner. To watch John’s demise, slow at first and rapid recently, has been heart-breaking all along. But none of us get out of here alive and the journey comes to an end for all. Choosing in the end is not an option. Even if it was, none of us would choose that.
John was a Lions Club member. The club motto is: “We serve.” And that he did. John wasn’t the best Lion, or the first Lion. Many Lions in the history of this town have done great things, put forth great efforts and strove to make our community better.
But John was a special Lion; he was my Lion. As I began to grow up and mature, John was always what I thought a true citizen should be, a shinning example. A man to be emulated.
It was the right thing to do for the Lions Club to stop and take the time and money to allow the community to recognize the efforts of John Tays. Not just for John, but for us, the healthy and cognizant. It is the right thing to do, to stop and recognize our mortality, to witness the children playing in the midst of the final remnants of that great generation.
It was a special moment, poignant and dramatic. I am grateful the Lions let me be part of it.
Thank you Lions Club for providing a defining moment in the narrative of our village. Thank you Lions Club for showing us true community. Thank you Lions Club for John Tays. May his efforts resonate forever.
Where are the climate change experts now that we need rain? They claim they can reverse global warming with enough power and, of course, money.
Surely they can tweak their computer models and come up with some rain for us. I’m reminded of the classic film, “The Rainmaker.” Burt Lancaster plays a con man who says he can make it rain, but it’ll cost a hundred dollars.
Today, CO2 limits are costing the state’s economy billions. The main difference between the fictional rainmaker and the climate changers is the cost of being snookered.
Joel I. Cehn
So you want a $10 an hour wage? OK. Then the company owners raise the price of their product to compensate for paying you more per hour. Then a few months later, you are right back where you started. Paying more to survive, again.
The consumers lose. The company owners don’t.
On Dec. 12, I suffered a severe fall from which I am still recovering. I was watering from behind the hedge and a number of us think I was saved only by a miracle.
My neighbor, Ramona Voge, just happened to be in her driveway when I called for help. I was bleeding severely when she heard me and called 911.
I would like to thank the rescue team for their speed in responding and timely care. I shall be forever indebted to Ramona, who heard a faint cry and, instead of ignoring it, went looking for it.
I learned several lessons from my experience. If you even think you hear a faint call for help, do not ignore, it; go looking for the source. You may be the only one who hears it.
I shall always ask myself before stepping out if the footing is safe and secure, and “is this something a person of my age (91) should be doing?”
I would also like to thank CeCe Lomeli and all those at the Cambria Community Health Center for careful ongoing care. In this remote area it is a blessing.
Help feed seniors
There is no heart like the heart of a volunteer.
Do you want to feel good about yourself and the community you live in? Then volunteer at the Senior Nutrition Program in Cambria. We need drivers and kitchen help.
Please call 927-1268.
Thank you, John
We moved to Cambria in 2004, subscribed to The Cambrian and became ardent readers of John Brannon’s column every week. Then came a time when he advised in his column that he would be moving to the south at some future date and his columns no longer appeared weekly — but when they arrived every so often, I enjoyed them ever so much.
And in the Jan. 9 Cambrian came a farewell-to-us column. John also chose to write about a new family who joined us recently, Alvin Ferrer, our new pharmacist, and his wife and daughter.
I would like to join with all the others in town who hope that this family will find here good friends and caring neighbors, that the sound of the sea and the magnificent sunsets will enhance your lives, that your pharmacy will prosper and may peace be yours in the years to come. I do believe that Cambria is a very special place.
There have been many exceptional columns from John Brannon, but there could not have been any better close to a fine career. I am so very, very grateful.
Editor’s note: As this goes to press, John Brannon expects to be headed south to his new home today, Feb. 20, after 32 years in Cambria.
OK to wash
Attention: It is OK TO HAVE YOUR WINDOWS CLEANED! After reading the articles in The Cambrian and Tribune about the new CCSD regulations, it seems the general populace thinks window cleaning is prohibited, judging from the calls I've received since publication. This is far from the truth! As long as you use nonpotable water provided by CCSD for free, or imported water from another area, rather than fresh drinking water from a household tap or hose bib, it is OK to clean windows.
The method I have used in my 31 years as a window cleaner in Cambria and other companies, utilizes a squeegee and bucket; this process cleans all the windows of an average house — inside and out — with one half-gallon to two gallons of water. For reference, that is the same amount of water as a single flush of the toilet, or less!
Some companies use a water-fed pole window cleaning method, which uses more (from my research), about a pint to a quart per exterior window. Either method is legal and OK to use as long as the window cleaner or customer provides water that is nonpotable or imported from another area.
I have started transporting CCSD provided, nonpotable water to all my jobs. I think other window cleaning companies will happily do the same, if they don't already do so. This water shortage is very serious to all of us, and we all need to do whatever we can to conserve our precious resource.
Editor’s note: Both the Tribune and Cambrian articles correctly said washing windows (as well as cars, boats, decks and sidewalks) with potable water is prohibited. It’s fine to wash with nonpotable water.
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