If it isn’t obvious, Cambria’s three branches of government (CCSD, Fire Department and Health Care District) seem to be imperiled as I write by either politics, lawsuits, staffing issues, money crunches or ... ?
But honestly, it’s all rather scary, don’t you think so? I have no answers short of the need for individual citizens to take action to protect themselves from a possible serious breakdown in local infrastructure.
It is sad that these agencies have been mismanaged — or have simply been faced with unresolvable problems partly engendered by our inherent small town limitations.
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So while I am partly joking, I may subscribe to such services as Global Rescue (which will evacuate you from anywhere anytime), continue to collect and store rainwater (and be prepared to use it for everything!), not expect a fireman to show up at my door and will hoard food for the inevitable earthquake, etc.
When I lived in the big city I thought I had more things to worry about.
Now I’m not so sure ...
William L. Seavey, Cambria
Use recycling center
I just returned from a trip to our local recycling center on Tamson Drive in Cambria. I was told by the worker there that not only had they been broken into and robbed, but that due to low participation from residents in Cambria, they might have to close the center.
Please, Cambrians, utilize this utility; I do not want to have to drive to Morro Bay to redeem my bottles, plastic and cans.
Sue Oberholtzer, Cambria
Questions for CCSD
The latest article in The Cambrian regarding our water situation is very distressing. Mr. Gruber and the CCSD owe Cambria ratepayers an explanation of how they got us into this mess and their plans for resolving it. A few questions come to mind:
1. If the CCSD is three days late in making a payment on the loan it obtained to help fund the desal plant, are we in danger of losing the Fiscalini Ranch as reported in the comment section of the CalCoastNews.com article on this topic?
2. Why are we just now hearing from Gruber that we have only enough money for a few more months of operation? Who in their right mind spends or commits millions of dollars they don’t have on an “anticipated receipt” of additional funds?
3. Are we still in a drought? Have the wells miraculously refilled themselves? Did I sleep through a drenching rainstorm? How, after being told months ago we must conserve water, after being restricted in the amount we can use per billing period, after being told we must use nonpotable water for landscaping because we had only several months of water remaining in our wells, can Gruber now say we can use our precious water for landscaping?
4. If Gruber is concerned about legal fees, why has he not responded to Sivas’ offer to put the Landwatch lawsuit on hold?
5. What are the water levels of our wells and how do they compare with the levels at this time last year?
6. Are we still paying the lobbyist? If so, how much and why?
7. What is the $40,000 “public outreach” project that ratepayers will have to cover?
8. Where is the CCSD’s “Water Management Plan” as prescribed by the DWR?
9. Have we been bamboozled by the current CCSD board and management by their contracting for an emergency water supply project without guaranteed funding in place to pay for it?
10. On a positive note, I am happy to read the district is “postponing pay raises for management” to minimize cash expenditures until our unfortunate cash shortage is resolved.
Sherri Bell, Cambria