The Cambrian

Cambrian letters to the editor, March 1, 2018

Ice forms in Los Osos in January 2007, which saw some of the coldest weather in recent years.
Ice forms in Los Osos in January 2007, which saw some of the coldest weather in recent years.

CCHD savings real and achievable

In the Feb. 21 meeting of the Cambria Community Healthcare District, certain trustees were not entirely accurate in their characterizations of savings proposed by Bill Rice, Dr. Laurie Mileur and me on Sept. 5, 2017. The proposed cost reductions are permanent, not short-term as trustees Bob Putney and Mary Anne Meyer characterized them. Per CCHD Administrator Bob Sayers, having the Operations Director in the role of full-time paramedic has saved $50,000 in a little over two months (through straight time and overtime savings, I presume). This change has also improved the response times of the paramedic/EMT crews.

Thus, having made the most significant change we recommended, the CCHD has saved money and improved operations.

The other proposed cost-saving measures are also long-term. These include, among others, using in-house software for billing instead of paying an outside firm 5 percent of all billable charges resulting in an avoidable cost of about $35,000 a year. If moving the operations director saved $50,000 in the past two and a half months, then annual savings should be substantial while moving billing in house could save another chunk of money.

These two changes should enable the district to operate in the black for the foreseeable future and prevent an unnecessary parcel tax increase. While the district spent an average of $60,000 a year more than it took in for five years straight, these two changes alone will take care of that annual deficit spending and contribute some to capital improvements.

Iggy Fedoroff, Cambria

Story about trial was irresponsible

I believe it was irresponsible and poor judgment on the part of The Cambrian to put a sensational headline and story, ‘Cambria man accused in hatchet attack to face trial,’ on the front page accompanied with a photograph of the local young man.

The paper essentially repeated the detailed grizzly story it had already covered along with the same quotes from questionable witnesses.

This type of shocking coverage basically etches into community minds associations and conclusions about a young man who could be innocent or an inaccurate account of what actually happened.

We are all innocent until proven guilty but front page stories like this irrevocably brand an individual with a crime before he is even tried in court.

Donald Archer, Cambria

Cold weather not as cold as 2007

Kathe Tanner’s article in last week’s Cambrian (Cambria gets cold: How low did it go?) is spot on. Low temperatures last week ranged between 31 and 39 degrees, as registered at the CCSD Quality Control Plant on Park Hill. What made it feel even colder for us was the fact this cold weather was preceded by some unseasonably warm temperatures in January along with low temps averaging a relatively mild 45 degrees.

Over the past 20 years, our coldest weather took place in January 2007, when Cambria recorded six straight days of low temperatures below 30 degrees. From Jan. 12-17, low temperatures ranged from 25 to 29. In 2007, the average low was 35 degrees, 10 degrees colder than we experienced this past January.

Shifting to rain, Cambria has recorded 4.2 inches of rain through last week. During our recent five drought years (2012-2016), Cambria recorded over 10 inches of rain in four of those five years. Even with meteorologists projecting 1 to 3 inches of rain this weekend into early March, Cambria could wind up the year with less than 10 inches of rain and could test the record low during the past 20 years of 8.3 inches of rain, recorded in 2014.

Mark Kramer, Cambria

Value of homes at fire risk is high

I came across an article in the Professional Insurance Agents Western Alliance, of which I am a member. The article was titled “Wildfire-Risk — Staggering Cost — Insurance Implications.”

The real estate website of RedFin put together some scary data on the value of homes at risk in the west from wildfires. The value of homes threatened is a staggering $1.5 trillion.

The article listed the counties that were most at risk as Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Clara, San Diego, Riverside County, San Bernardino and Ventura. I was happy to see that San Luis Obispo was not on that list. This is good for our real estate values in Cambria. The support that the community gives in supporting all measures to prevent wildfire losses is good for us all.

Ed Herrera, Cambria

Vaginas but no CCSD news?

So an entire page devoted to vaginas! I thought this was a family newspaper, plus what does this have to do with the issue(s) of the day/week/month, CCSD incompetence?

Bill Seavey, Cambria