On Dec. 30 and Jan. 12, Cambria Community Services District General Manager Jerry Gruber emailed, asking me to meet with him, board President Gail Robinette, Fire Chief Mark Miller and CCI staff regarding my comments, questions and concerns to various agencies, including the CSD, on the emergency water project.
Those comments included questions pertaining to the nature of the liquid observed in the waste pit prior to the rains, how it was discharged, the CSD’s discharge permit, the purpose of the pipes buried near the top of the waste pit, and hoses and pipes not described in project documents leading to the creek areas.
In addition, I asked questions and raised concerns about construction taking place in the wet season, and regarding the lack of a hazardous-materials plan for chemicals that were delivered last fall.
Mr. Gruber wrote, “I feel it is important to have factual and accurate information properly disseminated to the public and the regulatory agencies regarding the Emergency Water Supply Project.”
Greenspace agrees that it is important to have accurate information disseminated to the public. What the CSD has been doing on this project is something we have not been able to discover by attending public meetings of the CSD.
Attending a private meeting will not solve that problem.
We invite the general manager, the district and the regulatory agencies to disseminate accurate information in a public meeting, in the form of answers to questions by the public and regulatory and permitting agencies.
We look forward to attending a public meeting where these questions are answered.
Vice president for the board of directors, Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust
Think about animals
Attitudes shown toward animals — e.g. those chefs who can’t wait to serve foie gras from tortured geese — are just the tip of the iceberg of humans callously causing terrible suffering to animals.
It has been proved that animals think and feel on a level far higher than ever thought possible. And yet, we still torture them, for food, products, entertainment, sport and research.
If many people could see and know the terrible suffering animals are put through by humans, they would fight it. Why do we need to take baby monkeys from their mothers and torture them to see how long it takes for them to go mad? Our tax dollars fund this sort of “research.”
Some years ago, a 3-year-old boy fell into a zoo gorilla pit, and while everyone waited breathlessly, a mother gorilla went to the child, carefully lifted him into her arms then carried him to the door so humans could get to him quickly.
You wonder which species is higher in care, compassion and thought.
San Luis Obispo