Thanks from Lions
The Lions Club of Cambria wishes to thank the Cambria Drug and Gift Pharmacy, Heritage Oaks Bank, Rabobank, Cookie Crock Market, the U.S. Post Office and Farmers Market for letting us set up for White Cane Day on Oct. 10. We also wish to thank all 45 people who worked on behalf of the Lions; some worked double shifts. A heartfelt thanks to all the Cambrians and visitors who gave to help this worthy cause.
All money donated is spent locally for eye care. Vision screening is done yearly at our Cambria schools. We also work with other groups by collecting eyeglasses from several optometrists around the county. The glasses are then packed and shipped to other countries to help their people.
Vision care is the priority of all Lions Clubs, and Cambria does its part, thanks to all of you. The total collected this year was $1,570.65.
White Cane chairman
Response from CHC
Below is our response to the opinion letter by Anke van der Schaft, published in the Oct. 2 edition of The Cambrian.
At Community Health Centers of the Central Coast (CHC), we never stop caring for our patients. We strive to improve the health and well being of everyone who comes to us for health care. To maintain the health and safety of our patients and our staff, both groups must operate within the federal guidelines for patient rights and responsibilities.
After every attempt has been made to implement a treatment plan, it’s possible that a patient may require a level of specialized care that we simply aren’t equipped to provide. In these rare cases, federal guidelines obligate us to discontinue health services. Out of CHC’s 85,000 current patients, one tenth of one percent (0.01 percent) have met the criteria that required being discharged from care. This criteria includes; physical violence, brandishing a weapon, verbal or implied threats (bomb threat, stalking, lurking), destruction of clinic property, stealing prescription pads, or forging/altering prescriptions.
Even following discharge, we endeavor to maintain the patient’s continuity of care, and ensure they don’t feel abandoned. Patients also have the right to appeal a decision, and can request further review by submitting a letter to our Quality Improvement Committee. In every instance we exhaust the means and tools at our disposal to provide the best health care possible for our patients. Please contact our Patient Advocate at 931-2668. We welcome your feedback.
Communications, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, Inc. (CHC)
There is a rumor going around Cambria that the CCSD board only wants the Emergency Water Project and concurrent desal to enable it to issue building permits and turn Cambria into Orange County. According to California Land Use Planning Law, services districts are prohibited from issuing building permits, since this is a land use function, and districts are prohibited from land-use functions. The district can issue intent to serve letters, but this intent to serve can become reality if, and only if, the county issues a permit. The potential of the county issuing building permits in the midst of a statewide drought, with the worst drought areas being the Central Coast and Cambria as its bull’s- eye, are pretty low.
All sorts of alternatives to this Emergency Water Project and desal have been mentioned, with reservoirs at the top of the list. The only difficulty with this, of course, is that it must rain in order to have enough water runoff to fill the reservoir.
With climate change in progress, we can’t rely on past experience. We can only use our current reality, be proactive and expect it not to change in the foreseeable future, and, if it doesn’t change, the community will be protected with these projects. If it does change and we have a series of wet winters, Cambria can have a giant block party and dance in the rain!
Watch for dogs
Cambria has many exceptional attractions, none more so than the Fiscalini Dog Ranch with its beauty-and-the-beast adrenaline rushes.
A walk through the forested trail is often interrupted by a curt “on your right,” followed by a leap into the mostly poison oak forest floor and a look up to the whoosh and pumping legs of what must be the finish of the “Tour de Ranch.”
A cloud of dust, sunlit from a low sun is beautiful on the open dog trails until it reveals two to three large dogs galloping toward you. Stop in your tracks, play dead, but brace yourself. Anxious screams of, “Come, Fido, Fefe and Brutus,” are not going to work. The dust cloud passes, followed by huffing owners: “They always come; they never bite or jump; they love people.”
The side trails with their little gray or white bags with tidy knots, positioned intermittently along the way must be waiting for garbage day, once a week like the rest of the neighborhood.
I think my next walk will be with my GoPro, so I can make a YouTube video to show the full array of excitement an hour on the Fiscalini Dog Ranch can provide. The Chamber of Commerce could hire me to update each month.
A walk in Lodge Hill will reveal where all the native animals of the ranch have escaped to. Fenced yards, leashed dogs and free food have created a safari walk with sightings of deer, wild turkeys, fox, bobcats and mountain lions.
Bitten on the ranch
I wrote some months ago a response to Dianne Brooke, who described her unpleasant ranch encounter with a biting dog. I responded because I also was attacked and bloodied. I went to Templeton Hospital.
I changed bandages on my hand for two weeks. I had tetanus shots. I fretted while the dog was impounded, awaiting news as to whether or not I should undergo the dreaded rabies treatment.
Now let’s talk about FIDO — or the “Friends of Irresponsible Dog Owners.” This group is no friend to the ranch’s native animals, which are being chased to extinction.
People from miles around bring their dogs to this huge boutique dog park so their animals can live free.
Many people fear the upper ranch. They walk on the Harmony trail, where dogs are not allowed, or San Simeon, where dogs must be leashed.
Litigation, the Lingua Franca of today: I expect FIDO may soon encounter this beast.
FIDO is an appropriate acronym for a group guilty of irresponsible management. When a child is mauled on the ranch,
FIDO will cease to exist.
Good luck, FIDO.
P.S.: According the SLO animal control, voice command for dogs exists only in a dream.