The Cambrian

InBrief: Controlled burn, grief support, chorus sings, fundraising golf, San Simeon motel

Smoke spurs calls to fire department

A controlled burn on a Ferrasci Road farm on Nov. 19 produced so much stinky smoke from smoldering pea silage that local fire departments were called out to help deal with it.

Apparently, after the controlled burn began off Santa Rosa Creek Road, weather conditions changed, the direction of the breeze switched and the area was covered by an inversion layer and fog. Those changes packed smoke into downtown Cambria and some residential areas.

Personnel from County/Cal Fire and the Cambria Fire Department responded to the call, as they had earlier in the day when they were called out to check smoky conditions.

— Kathe Tanner

Grief support group meets for first time

A new support group for those coping with grief meets for the first time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the library at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Etlon Road. Anyone experiencing loss is welcome to attend the meetings, set to continue on the first Tuesday of each month.

The first meeting will focus on survival during the holidays, which can be an especially difficult time for those who are grieving. For details, call Don Dallmann at 927-5807.

Combined choruses to sing at luncheon

To raise scholarship funds for Coast Union and Leffingwell high school seniors, the University Women of Cambria (UWC) have set their annual holiday auction and luncheon for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Cambria Pines Lodge.

The Coast Union High School and Santa Lucia Middle School choruses, under the direction of Kit Hansen, will perform a holiday program.

UWC members create art, crafts and delicacies for the auction, and local merchants have donated special items and gift certificates for the raffle.

Guests are welcome. For details, call Diann Depasquale at 927-2885 or Kristi Jenkins at 927-8307.

Fundraising golf, fish fry on Dec. 5

The 21st annual “It Shouldn’t Hurt To Be A Kid” fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5. The fundraiser for abused children includes a gold tournament at The Links Golf Course in Paso Robles starting at 9 a.m., a fish fry dinner at the Veterans Memorial Building in Cambria featuring Alaskan cod with shrimp, and the sale of raffle tickets.

The entry fee of $100 includes the golf tournament, fish dinner and raffle tickets. Dinner tickets are available separately for $12.50. Raffle tickets are $1 each, $5 for six, $10 for 15 and $20 for 30. For details, call 927-3449 or 927-1421.

San Simeon motel back before supes

County supervisors are to consider again Keshav “Chris” Gupta’s appeal of restrictions on his plans to modify a San Simeon motel during a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. It will be the third time they have considered the Oceanside Inn project at 9430 Avonne Av.

The conversion has been in the works for nearly a decade. It required a zoning change in 2007 within the county’s updated regulations for San Simeon.

Gupta wants 40 of his 54 units to be considered efficiency apartments; some will need stoves and sinks. Gupta’s attorney John Belsher said Oct. 27 that 14 other rooms would be converted into boarding-house units that would share a common dining/kitchen facility.

— Kathe Tanner