The Cambrian

In Brief: West Village paving due; School district meets tonight

From left, Mike Kenny, Greg Bates, Jim Bevan and Larry Kelly install the eighth of 10 rods in the Gallery at the Old Schoolhouse on Jan. 6. The former Santa Rosa Schoolhouse has been closed since a structural inspection showed a need for reinforcement.
From left, Mike Kenny, Greg Bates, Jim Bevan and Larry Kelly install the eighth of 10 rods in the Gallery at the Old Schoolhouse on Jan. 6. The former Santa Rosa Schoolhouse has been closed since a structural inspection showed a need for reinforcement. CAMBRIAN PHOTO BY KATHE TANNER

Paving expected soon in West Village

W eather permitting, people in and driving through Cambria’s West Village will face some detours and distractions, starting as early as Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Souza Construction crews are to grind off about 2 inches of the Main Street surface and then repave from Cornwall Street to the Windsor Boulevard/Charing Lane intersection.

The job will replace rough road surfaces that were chopped up by various recent projects, especially one designed to mitigate flooding in the low-lying business district.

Project managers considered various work schedules before tentatively settling on “doing all the grinding in one really long day,” according to Resident Engineer Joe

Whalen. Crews could wind up working well into the nighttime.

That would be instead of what Whalen described as “three long, unpleasant nights of grinding.” Paving crews will follow to complete the $266,000 County Public Works project, expected by the end of February.

—Kathe Tanner

School district may choose testing firm

A handful of Coast Unified School District students have violated a code of conduct since it went into effect in October. Officials said they couldn’t release the exact number because of confidentiality rules.

The violators have been in an enforcement limbo, however, because the district hasn’t yet selected a firm to do drug testing that’s a required part of getting the students active

again in their competitive

sports or activities. At a Board of Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 14, district trustees are to consider as part of their consent agenda an agreement with the drug-testing firm CDT Inc.

Students agree to abide by the code when they sign up for certain extracurricular or sports activities. During competitive seasons, the code prohibits athletes or competitive- club participants from drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs or medications not prescribed for them or being at a gathering where those substances are provided or being used.

Those violating the code are suspended from the sport or activity for at least two weeks.

To be allowed to play or participate again, the student must pass consecutive drug tests over a six-week period and attend eight individual and/or family counseling sessions over a two-month period. The drug tests will cost the student or family from $28 to $75 a week, depending on if the test results are negative or positive.

The order of items on the board’s agenda has been rearranged, after lengthy public comments in December meant some middle-school singers had to go home before they were able to perform for trustees and the audience. Public testimony will be taken later in the meeting, rather than at the beginning.

— Kathe Tanner

Chamber’s annual dinner on Tuesday

Cambria’s business and other leaders will gather on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to honor the town’s citizen of the year and to install new and returning members of the chamber of commerce board.

Citizen of theYear Jim Rogers is known as a quiet kind of hero, who goes about his many volunteer duties with little fanfare, but who makes a huge difference in the lives of those he serves.

His causes include combating hunger in Cambria and San Simeon, raising money for the Cambria Teen Center and leading the kettle crew for the Salvation Army’s seasonal bell ringers. He also participates in a number of other community- oriented events and nonprofit organizations.

Stephen Kniffen and Joseph Dominguez are the newly elected members of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for 2010-2011. They’ll join reelected incumbents Mel McColloch and Javier Veliz, along with members who will complete their current terms at the end of this year.

They are: Jeanne Dawes, Marjorie Ott, Michael Thompson, Shane Wood and Matt VanWeerden Poleman.

The annual honors banquet will be held at the Cavalier Plaza. For details or tickets, call the chamber at 927-3624. Everyone is welcome; attendees need not belong to the chamber.

—Kathe Tanner

Santa Rosa Creek study to be unveiled

The Santa Rosa Creek Watershed Stakeholders will present a new management plan at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St., Cambria.

Guest speakers will be Dominic Roque from the Central Coast Water Quality Control Board and Chuck Pritchard from the Upper Salinas/Las Tablas Resource Conservation District.

The 47-square-mile watershed is one of two that provides drinking water for the Cambria area. The watershed includes 38 miles of so-called “blue-line streams,” which flow for most of all of each year and are marked on official topographical maps with blue lines. Santa Rosa Creek is home to the steelhead trout, which is federally listed as a threatened species.

For details, call Richard

Hawley (Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust) at 927-2866; or Steph Wald (Central Coast Salmon Enhancement) at 473-8221.

The stakeholders’ group intends to hold more meetings about the watershed.

—Kathe Tanner

Work progressing on Old Schoolhouse

L ions Club board members are to discuss on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the future of the Gallery at Old Schoolhouse. Used as an art gallery by Allied Arts Association since 1978, the old Santa Rosa Schoolhouse at 880 Main St. was closed Nov. 17 after an inspector found the walls were insufficiently braced.

Allied Arts’ gallery has relocated to the Old Grammar School at 1350 Main St., as have some English classes for those learning the language. The Unitarian Universalist Church also used the building, and is now meeting at the Cambria Teen Center at 870 Main St..

Jim Bevan has been coordinating recent repairs on the building to draw into plumb and stabilize the walls and roof.

“My sense of things is that the building will not be moved,” Bevan said. It was originally built on Santa Rosa Creek Road and moved to its current site in 1965. He added, “we will talk to Allied Arts and the church regarding their interest and use of the building. I believe both organizations have interest in using the building at least some of the time.”

Bevan said he expects the board’s discussion will be “wide-ranging, covering all possible uses and tenants.” Another prospective tenant has also expressed interest, he said, but Bevan declined to say who that is.

Bevan doesn’t expect any decisions until February at the earliest. The board also has not decided if it will ask the public for donations to help cover the expenses, in part because the club doesn’t yet know the total cost of the work.

Volunteer builders converged on the circa-1881 schoolhouse during the first two full weeks of January to shore up sagging walls and ceiling and Bean’s Roofing replaced the roofing.

Bevan said Eric Bean hopes to rent a cherry-picker bucket truck today, Jan. 14, to finish reroofing the bell tower. Then crews will have work around upcoming rain for any follow-up chores, such as cleaning, painting and maintenance currently scheduled during a Lions Club workday Saturday, Jan. 30. —Kathe Tanner

Volunteers sought to help collect food

Cambrians are invited to invited to participate in a national day of service on Saturday, Jan. 16, and again on Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

To help, people can collect donated food from neighbors for the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County. To participate, they show up at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, 1174 Main St., at 9 a.m. Saturday to help distribute empty market bags. Bags will include a note asking for a donation of non-perishable foods or cash and the filled bags be left outside their front door on Monday morning.

Then at 9 a.m. Monday, volunteers will meet again at Santa Rosa Church to begin picking up the bags of food and returning them to the church. The Food Bank will send a truck for the food on Monday.

In 1994, Congress designated a national holiday both to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and as a national day of service. This is the second year of the food drive. Last year over 12 tons of food and over $4,000 in cash were collected for the food bank. This is the first year Cambrians will have an opportunity to participate in this effort.

The event is being coordinated county wide by Central Coast United for Change, a grassroots volunteer movement bringing people and organizations together to work collectively on projects that improve people’s lives and in their communities. To learn more or volunteer for either or both days, visit,call 710-4370, call Art Chapman at 927- 9660 or send him an e-mail to — Staff

Creativity Club moves meeting day

The Creativity Club will meet the third Saturday of each month starting this month, instead of the first Saturday.

This month, that’s Jan. 16. The club meets at 11 a.m. at the Joslyn Recreation Center, 950 Main St.

The club’s goal is to “provide a safe, supportive, and FUN space in which members and guests use arts and crafts for creative expression that nurtures the soul. … Previous art or craft experience is not required to join or attend.”

Go to www.Creativity-Club.netor call club president Jennifer Star at 927- 7261 for details. — Staff

Saturday morning run may slow traffic

The Castle to Coast Fun Run will start at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and end at Shamel Park in Cambria on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The run, a benefit for the Cuesta College cross country team, begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to wrap up by 10 a.m. No roads will be closed, although monitors will be present and warning signs posted to help ensure the safety of the runners.

San Simeon Road, leading to the park at San Simeon Bay, Moonstone Beach Drive and Windsor Boulevard will all be subject to slowed traffic.

Registration for the 8.2-mile run begins at 7 a.m. in San Simeon. Transportation will be provided back to the starting line.

— Staff