It has become clear to me that unless some serious action is taken, we will lose the Cambria of today, this treasured small-town life, its peace, charm and its caring neighbors. In its place will be fast food chains and traffic, the very afflictions we are grateful every day to live without.
Perhaps you too are concerned about the changes brought to our front door by those individuals more interested in economic development and profit than protection of nature and neighborhoods.
These same forces pose an imminent threat to the Cambria we love.
Cambria needs water, but unless reasonable planning without the hidden agenda of uncontrolled growth is on the table, then it will be profit, not preservation of this community that drives our water plan.
If those of us whose values supersede greed will commit ourselves to joining together, combining our voices and taking a stand, we have the ability to preserve Cambria as it is today.
Individuals currently holding seats on boards and commissions that have the power to open Cambria to developers will surely do so if they and their agendas are not stopped. We must unite and use our time and energy to elect officials who are trustworthy and honest, and who genuinely share our values.
Can’t fight nature
One can change an ordinance but cannot change a law of nature. The CSD is asking to violate its water permit at Santa Rosa Creek in order to lower the monitoring well below 3 feet.
The wells must be kept 5 feet above sea level to hold the sea out. Nothing can change that. As the wells drop to 2 feet above sea level, seawater intrusion will result during high tides and winter storms.
High tides can be 6 feet above sea level. This is one reason a 5-foot buffer is necessary.
As wells are drawn below 3 feet, subsidence in Cambria could occur, as was the case in 1976. Sidewalks and storefronts will crack, foundations will shift, and pore space in the aquifer will close up, making the aquifer smaller. Water from wells will be salty. Rain will not change that.
Predicting further out, expensive water will drive people of moderate means out; house prices will plummet. Speculators and private water providers will have a field day. There will be fights among residents, speculators and businesses.
Finger-pointing will get worse, and letters to The Cambrian will be even more rude and salty, if possible.
This could have all been avoided. My worst fears were that the District and the Chamber of Commerce didn’t know what they were doing. My present fear is that they did.
Geophysicist, Cambria resident since 1987
VBS great success
The Vacation Bible School at the Presbyterian Church the week of Aug. 4-8 was once again a great success!
The Friday barbecue was made possible through the contributions of the Sow’s Ear restaurant and the Cookie Crock Market.
These generous folks are so helpful and gracious to the kids of our community.
When you visit their businesses, please remember to thank them.
John R. Angel
for the Community Presbyterian Church
Thanks to CCSD
Mankind has accomplished, and will accomplish many things that impact our environment. One thing mankind has not learned is how to create a consistent, reliable rainfall.
But mankind has learned how to treat the water we have so we can use it. For some reason, we in Cambria have not yet done so.
I have been a property owner and Cambrian subscriber since 1977, and a full-time resident since 2005. During those 37 years, I’ve read or observed the millions of dollars spent on dozens of studies to solve our water shortage during drought years. We would get close to a solution, then that solution would be stymied or discarded. I never fully understood why.
Then it hit me. I’m partially to blame. This is the first time in 37 years I’ve done anything to support the CCSD board in their efforts to bring us additional water during drought years.
I’m sorry it took me so long, but to Jim Bahringer, Gail Robinette, Michael Thompson, Muril Clift, Amanda Rice and Jerry Gruber: Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you are doing bring us water during severe droughts.
This magical place
My daily walks both on the East West ranch and along Moonstone Drive fill me with joy and allow me to meet with many Cambrians under the glow of a moon that is creeping out of sight.
They give me a new day and another day to live in this magical Cambria and hope for many days like this one.
Cambrians are the most fortunate people in the world.
Bless us all.