Honk for cyclists
There is a group of us in town who enjoy a quiet ride up Santa Rosa Creek Road several times a week. In an hour’s time, we may encounter only one or two vehicles. Yes, we do tend to ride two abreast so we can carry on a conversation. Because of the wind rushing past our ears, it is almost impossible to hear a vehicle coming from behind us until it is right on us.
It would reduce frustration for all involved if the drivers would give a toot on the horn when they are 50 yards back. We will gladly ride to the right to give the motorist room to pass.
Learning about CCSD
My waterboarding hobby began last January when I realized I knew nothing about Cambria Community Services District meetings and have attended quite a few.
I’ve learned a lot since! So many people saying so many different things presented as “facts,” I have been overwhelmed. Being inherently lazy, I have decided to believe all of it. When people say things loudly, shaking fists, I am all ears! Here’s what I have heard along with stuff I am adding, I believe every bit, and you should, too.
Desal will cost $40 million! No! $2 million! No! $7 million! The CCSD is purposely trying to bankrupt this town! Why? We don’t know, but they are! CCSD is building desal to profit from it personally! No!
I think they are secretly Kamino aliens who, when not building clone armies for the Sith, enjoy bankrupting small towns in their spare time! Yes, I started that rumor right now. Prove me wrong! (shaking fists) There are other options besides desal! A lottery where the losers have to attend every CCSD meeting beginning to end until they decide to move to Texas! I think saying stuff is fun. Yelling, stink bombs in meetings! These things do for democracy what Jonestown did for Kool Aid.
Seriously, I want to thank the board for moving ahead. I have to lie down now. The chemical trails in the sky have made me faint.
Help the deer
We were disappointed to learn that San Luis Obispo County’s policy concerning injured deer seems to be to let them die a painful death.
Recently, we drove past a disturbing scene in Cambria — an injured deer lying in the bicycle lane as we approached Shamel Park. The scene was particularly poignant as we observed another doe nuzzling the body trying to console and coax the deer to stand up. A smaller deer wandered nearby. The irony is that prominent “deer crossing” signs were located nearby.
Nothing seems to be in place within SLO County, government-wise, to come to the aid of an injured deer. At the very least, they should determine its condition to avoid an unassisted and painful death.
By comparison, the policy in Marin County is for the SPCA to respond promptly to determine whether an injured deer can be treated or be allowed to die more humanely.
A possible solution: Have county Animal Services work with local veterinarians on an on-call contract basis, avoiding the higher costs that would occur with creating another county office. By providing assistance to distressed and injured deer, they would be performing an invaluable service.
There may not be an easy solution to this problem, but there is something we can do now — be alert and slow down in areas where deer regularly cross.
Christine and Hugh Scott
Thanks for cleanup
A big thank you to the little kids (ages about 4 to 7) who cleaned up the trash in the vacant lot at Pen Way and Jasper Avenue in San Simeon on Monday, Oct. 6. Good job! Thanks!
Tribute to a friend
I am writing in tribute to the dynamic native daughter and longtime Cambria resident who showed me her beloved California, the late Roberta Baker.
Roberta and I were Heart’s Ease Ladies in the heyday of that charming shop. I was there only in winter, a snowbird from the East Coast.
During those seasonal months, Roberta took me to Yosemite (my only visit), to the Channel Islands, to the Pinnacles and on dozens of hikes to the top of many morros and on wildflower hunts throughout San Luis Obispo County. She persuaded me to join her on the Big Sur Marathon walk. We took in the L.A. Symphony and the Santa Anita Racetrack, too. Roberta knew here territory completely.
Always impeccably dressed, Roberta was a tiny, elegant lady of the old school. A fine cook, she made a delightful small dinner party. She was a dance student in Morro Bay for years.
Moreover, Roberta Bakers was a longstanding community volunteer at the Cambria Nutrition Center, at the Piedras Blancas lighthouse garden and gift shop and constantly gave rides to aging friends who could no longer drive to appointments in San Luis Obispo.
Did I mention her exquisite knitting?
How I miss her.
Majority has spoken
The election is over and a decisive majority of Cambrians have, once again, expressed their clear support for CCSD’s Water Treatment Plant (WTP) as the preferred means to supplement and stabilize Cambria’s water supply. Let’s hope all Cambrians will now come together to support the project before the regulatory agencies that are considering CCSD’s application for a regular coastal development permit.
Cambrians for Water will continue working hard to ensure that the WTP is fully permitted, which will benefit all of us. We encourage everyone who wants to help (regardless of who you supported in the election) to join C4 H2O. Go to cambriansforwater.com and read about us. Then, if you want to become part of Cambria’s water future, you can join online.
Cambrians for Water
It was interesting to see the article on Cambria in the Los Angeles Times this week. There were a few important questions, however, that I thought the reporter neglected to ask:
To Jon Pedotti and Clyde Warren: It’s really nice of you to offer Cambrians water from your wells in this difficult time. Are you willing to sign a contract with them to permanently grant them an allocation of your water? If not, then your water is of no value to CCSD in its Water Master Plan, because they cannot rely on it.
To Tina Dickson: If you didn’t want to live in a town where more homes would be built, why did you buy in a subdivision that is full of vacant home sites?
To Rick Hawley: If you are so confident that CCSD is not going to run out of water even this far into a serious drought, why do you need a moratorium?
Why trust Obama?
Why are politicians running this war on the Islamic State? They did that for us in Vietnam. We know President Obama is inept in just about everything he has tried to do. Why trust him now? Put him on the front lines with a rifle, and let’s see what he will want to do about it. His “milque-toast” strategy is for schoolchildren. Is he in favor of America surviving? There are a lot of unanswered questions … still.
His administration has been very transparent. It is blatantly transparent that he does not know much about being an American or providing us citizens with a good government.
The Republicans have been the minority in the Senate since the last two years of President Bush. That means the Democrats have been in charge for the last eight years of our lives. I don’t like it. To me, they haven’t done their job.
To Rick Hawley
An Open Letter to Rick Hawley: Just a note to let you know how disappointed and disheartened I am that you did not make it onto the board. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Maybe you are breathing a sigh of relief! But many of us are feeling like there is just no understanding among the people here. We needed you in there; now we feel a bit lost, a bit angry.
I hope Cambria can turn itself around, water-wise, but until then we are stuck with these few who are making the wrong decisions for our precious town and our future water needs.
We will now be stuck with large water bills because we will be paying a loan back for a facility that we cannot use in this emergency. Just seems a shame and makes you want to move away (even though I have lived here more than 22 years).
Anyway, I wish you luck in your next adventure and hope you can now take a breath and relax. The rest of us are befuddled.
P.S.: I do hope someone, somewhere will take on the idea of having an Emergency Surcharge of at least 5 percent put on all vacationers’ hotel bills and vacation home rentals that will take the burden off our local residents!
It seems only fair, since they are using our water, for which we are being charged.