The Cambrian

In Brief: School board to hear new code report; Commission to hear winery appeal; Museum hosts book signing Saturday

Pat Clarke
Pat Clarke

School board to hear new code report

C oast Unified School District students caught violating a new code of conduct have completed the counseling required for them to be reinstated in their sport or activity, according to Chris Adams, district superintendent.

No other students have been caught violating the code in the past couple of months, Adams said. He feels that’s proof the code is working. “I don’t want to catch kids. I want them to make the choice not to use drugs, alcohol or cigarettes.”

Those are among the statistics he’ll give the district’s Board of Trustees at their next meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Old Cambria Grammar School, 1350 Main St.

Adams said he’s gotten lots of positive feedback from families who went through the parenting “workshops.”

“Two people said they wanted more sessions than we were requiring. A couple wanted it offered on Saturdays as well,” he said.

Adams said he considers the counseling results “outstanding, so positive.”

The conduct code for athletes and participants in some competitive, extracurricular activities went into effect in October, requiring that those signing the code not drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or use illegal drugs during their competitive season.

A handful of students were caught violating it by the end of 2009. Officials said they couldn’t release the exact number because of confidentiality rules.

At some school board meetings, several parents said they felt their children had been unjustly accused, or that the conduct code was a bad idea, improperly enforced. One area of conflict has been whether the district has the authority to penalize a student caught outside of school-sponsored activities or away from customary areas of school jurisdiction. — Kathe Tanner

Commission to hear winery appeal

Members of the California Coastal Commission are to consider on Friday, March, 12, an appeal against a proposal for the tasting room and winery at 3770 Santa Rosa Creek Road. It would be the first on the road. The meeting is to start at 9 a.m. in Santa Cruz.

Appellants have protested the Stolo family’s winery plan for an existing ranch about three-quarters of a mile from Coast Union High School. Opponents have listed environmental, traffic, effluent and water-supply concerns, along with impacts on the surrounding rural agricultural area. The appellants include Commissioners Patrick Kruer and Mary Shallenberger, LandWatch San Luis Obispo County and Greenspace—The Cambria Land Trust.

In a more than 200-page report on the appeal, staff recommends that: no public tasting, tours, retail sales or special events be allowed; all new structural development be clustered on the north side of Santa Rosa Creek Road; a rural/ farm design theme be used; and development be set back a minimum of 100 feet from the upland edge of stream and riparian habitat areas and screened with landscaping, among other requirements.

The report notes that project applicants Don and Charlene Stolo agree with many proposed changes, but don’t want public tours, wine tasting and retail sales prohibited.

The commission’s meeting is to be held at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean St. For details, go to

and click on “public meetings” and then “current meeting.”

— Kathe Tanner

Bronco Boosters aid school programs

T he Coast Union Bronco Boosters is holding its 30th annual reverse drawing at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

Bronco Boosters sell 200 tickets to the event; each ticket costs $100 and comes with two dinners and a chance to win. Winning tickets receive great prizes, including wine, gift certificates, or cash.

The last 10 ticket number holders are invited on-stage for the final drawing for $5,000. They then have the chance to make a deal, or no deal; to split the remaining pot, or take a chance at winning it all.

Boosters support diverse programs at the high school, including mock trial, library, photography, technology, ASB student activities, all athletic programs, chorus, college scholarships, drama, college tour, band, academic departments, Yearbook and more.

To donate a prize or buy a ticket, call Bonnie Duston at 927-1428 or Suzanne Kennedy at 909-0917. — Suzanne Kennedy,

Bronco Boosters

Museum hosts book signing Saturday

Noted local author, editor and illustrator Sharon Lovejoy will sign her latest book, “Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma’s Bag of Tricks,” during an afternoon reception Saturday, March 6, at the Cambria Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the free, family-friendly event benefiting the museum and the Cambria Historical Society.

Introduced to the wonders of nature by her grandmother, the San Luis Obispo author has filled her new book with family garden lore, her signature watercolor illustrations and photos of her own grandchildren.

Lovejoy is the

founder and former owner of the Heart’s

Ease Herb Shop and Gardens in Cambria. She has written and illustrated the regular feature column, “Heart’s Ease,” for Country Living Gardener magazine since 1993. She is the winner of numerous national and international writers’ awards. She’s now writing a weekly blog for Lowe’s; go to

http://bit. ly/dgu66L.

The former Cambria resident now lives in San Luis Obispo.

For more information about the author, go to the Cambria Historical Society at (805) 927-2891 or go online to

— Susan McDonald, Cambria Historical Society

Talk on Seamount set for Friday

People can learn about a massive undersea mountain peak about 75 miles west of San Simeon during a workshop Friday, March 5. The informational session about the Davidson Seamount will be presented by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, starting at 6 p.m. at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

Andrew DeVogelaere oversees the sanctuary’s scientific research program and was a lead scientist on undersea investigations of the seamount in 2002. He’ll lead the meeting, describe the 7,500- foot-tall mountain peak and the significance of its habitat, and explain why it became part of the sanctuary in 2009. He’ll also discuss new research that’s to be done at the seamount.

The mountain’s peak is about 4,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. In 1938, it became the first deep-sea feature to be formally categorized as a seamount. A wide variety of species live on or around the mountain, and many of them take a long time to mature, such as large, fragile corals and sponges, some of which are quite rare.

The underwater volcano was added to the sanctuary in 2009.

For details on the seamount, go to

www.montereybay. noaa. go v and click on Davidson Seamount. For details on the meeting, call 927-2145. —Kathe Tanner

Clarke, 26-year water worker, retires

San Simeon resident Pat Clarke won’t be mending leaky pipes and valves any more. After 26 years with the Cambria Community Services District’s water department, the senior water-treatment operator retired Feb. 12.

The tall, friendly

man with a soft smile has seen a lot of changes in the department’s water facilities since February 1984.

During a proclamation presented at the district’s Board of Directors’ meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, General Manager Tammy Rudock noted that Clarke had been part of the team during the “replacement of all the water tanks in Cambria, the new Leimert and Stuart Street pump stations, the new Santa Rosa treatment plant, the replacement of all the meters in the community and many more projects that have enhanced the water system.”

During that time, the district also battled the 1995 flood, droughts, contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE in the area surrounding two of the district’s wells and installed another well near Leffingwell High School.

Clarke is considered a mentor to the team of “water guys.”

He also was a member of the North Coast Ocean Rescue team for eight years, and was a volunteer firefighter in the late 1970s. —Kathe Tanner

Forest Committee seeks new members

Local residents interested in the conservation and management of the native forest of Cambria may apply for one of seven open public positions at the Cambria Forest Committee meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

The only requirement is to attend the meeting and be nominated by a current public member director. Then the committee votes on who to seat.

The Forest Committee meets monthly. The position is unpaid. —Bert Etling

‘Festival of Faith’ continues Sunday

The public is welcome as a month-long “Festival of Faith” continues this weekend at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria.

The church’s free adult education program began last weekend with a potluck and Sunday lesson.

The March 7 lesson, led by Beverly DeLauer and Nan Allen, is on “How to Reach & Study the Bible.” The March 14 lesson, led by Chris Milbrath, is on “Making Faith Personal.” Both begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 2250 Yorkshire Drive, and are followed by a light lunch.

The program wraps up with a family pizza meal at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, followed by an evening worship with music led by Robert White of Templeton First Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m.

For details, call the church at 927-4356 or Tom Cochrun at 927-1451, or go to —Bert Etling

Water issue panel discussion planned

A panel discussion intended to explore implications of complex water issues is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

The discussion of “Water You Thinking?: Learn About Alternative Water Solutions in Cambria” was put together by “a group of concerned citizens responding to Valerie Bentz opinion (Viewpoint, “Fiscal, environmental cost too high,” Feb. 11 Cambrian),” according to Ann Cichowski, one of the organizers. “This is not a debate for desal or against,” she said. “In fact, we will not be discussing desal at this meeting.” For more information, call 927-0123. —Bert Etling