The Cambria Connection Board of Directors wishes to express its deep gratitude and thanks to the Cambria Community Council for its ongoing support of the Cambria Connection, our community resource center at 870 Main Street.
This year, the Community Council, which gets its funding through local donations, partnered with Slabtown Rollers and The Salvation Army to provide grants to 29 community-based organizations. The importance of this support to charities and schools as well as youth activities and community groups cannot be overstated. We believe the quality of life in Cambria is greatly enhanced by grants from Cambria Community Council, and we thank them for their ongoing support.
The Cambria Connection is a nonprofit, all-volunteer community resource center that supports families and individuals facing the challenges of aging, economic misfortune, parenting, alcoholism and addiction.
The Connection collaborates with other nonprofit social service programs throughout San Luis Obispo County as well as with local community groups to offer an array of important community services not otherwise available in the Cambria/San Simeon area. The Connection also hosts 12-step meetings and a variety of health and wellness and maternity programs for seniors and families.
President, The Cambria Connection
We still wash our hands
I am sorry the woman from Las Vegas canceled her plans to vacation in Cambria because of our poor hygiene habits. There are just a few points I would like to make.
Of course, we still wash our hands. We just don’t let the water run down the drain while we do. We also turn the water off while brushing our teeth, and we take shorter showers.
Of course, we use shower water to flush our toilets. We’ve been doing that off and on in California since the 1980s.
Of course, we use recycled water on our drought-resistant plants.
I am proud of our neighbors who recognized the problem early on and have conserved more than any other community in California. I hope the woman from Las Vegas will decide next year, when we have not perished from some germ, to come and enjoy our beautiful town and friendly people. We’ll still be here.
No state link
I think that a few more facts will help resolve the current misunderstanding that many outside the Cambria and San Simeon area have about our water situation. The governor did not cut off our water. We are not connected to state water.
This is also the reason Cambria has the best record of saving water in the state. We must employ radical water-saving measures.
Fact: Just about every other community in our own county enjoys state water, therefore they don't feel the same pressure to conserve yet, and provide running water in their campgrounds. Cambria and San Simeon have only local wells (ranchers, the high school, etc.) for our total water resource.
So ... I have a suggestion for those who plan on future camping trips: Bring personal cleaning products like “No-Rinse Shampoo,” a product that is used by Hospitals, nursing homes and NASA. Another product is Equaline’s “adult washcloths.”
Told you so
We all need to wake up to the truth of this so-called “Emergency Water Supply” (EWS) wastewater treatment plant. During the fall election campaign, the environmental community in town were telling us that the CCSD rushed this project without proper environmental impact review. Well, they were right all along.
The EWS plant has closed two weeks early because the plant has violated water-quality permits. The nitrate level is twice as high as the permit allows. And environmental agencies are not happy with the results.
CCSD is not following proper environmental protocol. Many of the agencies also stated concerns about federally-protected species, impacts of the EWS project to the groundwater and aquifer, impacts on humans, discrepancies in mapped boundaries of the project’s site and efforts on Simeon Creek and its lagoon. Then there is a greatest concern about the brine pond itself, including limited capacity, location near the campground, noise, glare, mist that spread beyond the ponds’ boundaries, and danger to migratory birds, red-legged frogs and other species.
Now the CCSD hired a Public Relations contractor named Dean Florez, who was fined by Fair Political Practices Commission for a series of violations for misuse of campaign funds for personal use. Florez was also fined for not returning $247,000 in general campaign contributions after dropping out of the 2010 lieutenant governor’s race. Why we are paying for an unscrupulous lobbyist to try to get a permanent permit for the city? The environmentalists in town told you this was going to happen. They can now say, “Told you so.”
Stumps by the sea
Welcome to Cambria, Stumps by the Sea.
Do you remember the days when our beautiful pine forests were dotted here and there by short stumps, habitats we were told? Some were even adorned with small thrones, carved chairs, signatures of one of our more creative arborists.
I’m sorry to say those good ol’ days are long gone. We now sport forests of miscreants, ugly 20- and 30-foot poles in various stages of decay, jutting into the skyline. Some are even left with jagged limbs, pointing the way to their mutilated brethren who are playing a larger and more prominent role in the landscape of our lovely village. Whose bright idea was this?
Any money saved by leaving these eyesores is far outweighed by the message they give: Our trees are not only dying, but we celebrate their passing by leaving memorials of flaking bark and decomposing wood. To make matters worse, they are left to fall on the new life around them. If a tree must be removed, cut it down!
By the way, there is still time to volunteer for Cambria’s Stumpdorado!
The “Ridiculously Affordable Art Sale” benefiting Cambria Pickleball by the Sea was a huge success because of all the generous donations from the Allied Arts community.
Thank you donors for your incredible contributions. Thanks to the Historical Society, John Ehlers for Rotary’s popcorn machine; The Cambrian Editor Steve Provost, Consuelo Macedo, Jennifer Perryman; John FitzRandolph, KTEA radio and Lynn Lamb for PSAs; Dave Congalton, KVEC radio; Cliff and Charmaine Coimbre, editorial and hot- dog cooker; Steve Kniffen and Sons of the American Legion; Jim and Tish Rogers, Allied Arts, Chuck McMillian and Cambria Hardware for the “flats”; Anne Lawrence and Jayne Koontz for banners and signs; Al Solomon, Trish Davega, Lynn Lamb, Karen Frair and Ronnie Alexander for publicity; Charmaine and Nina for photography; Don Engle for background music; all the pickleball players and spouses for setup, breakdown and working the sale all day.
A very special “thank you” to the extraordinary contribution of art by the very generous Mike and Lynda Adelson.
Lastly, thanks to our community for purchasing the “affordable art.” Proceeds benefit building designated pickleball courts for our local communities.
Fundraiser committee: Del Mathieson, Holly McCain, Jeannette Wolff, Paula Guiney, Kathi Rippe, Claudia Solomon, Ruthanne Anderson, Becky Hampton, Ronnie Alexander, Taylor Hilden and Tori Thompson
Raising water rates
The governor has mandated that water supply agencies save 25 percent over the 2013 level and report to the state, verifying this achievement. It is predicted that more agencies will copy Oceano and propose water rate increases, claiming lack of operating funds.
This is erroneous, because overhead must be reduced, similar to private industry, upon decreased demand.
Another claim is that the system must be refurbished. Again, increasing rates is often erroneous, because excessive salaries, benefits and pensions leave nothing left in the budget for basic needs.
However, to protect current users, it is logical to increase fees and rates for future developers and users when systemic development and/or the drought necessitates increasing system capability. Least-cost solutions can be obtained using such tools as life-cycle costing, obtaining grants and consolidation of adjacent water suppliers.
Historically, fee and tax-supported agencies, that lack motivation, must be forced to lower rates by the voter.
Pathetically, one method is by application of Proposition 218.