The Cambrian

In Brief: Donations sought for Pinedorado marching band; Pembrook Drive repairs may begin in May; Police want to return stolen property

Donations sought for Pinedorado band

P inedorado is more than five months away, but Lions Club organizers already have established the event’s theme: “Hometown Heroes—Pinedorado Salutes Those Who Protect Us.”

Grand marshals of the parade on Saturday, Sept. 4 will be local World War II veterans.

American Legion Post No. 432 also is planning ahead for the event, and has announced the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division Band is to march in the parade on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Although the band performs at no charge, the community must provide the 40-member band with funding for transportation, food and lodging for the weekend.

The Lions and the Legion have committed more than $3,000 to a special donation account into which community members and visitors can contribute funds. Donation checks should be payable to the American Legion or Pinedorado Lions Foundation, with the word “Military Band” in the memo line.

Those with donations or ideas for the Pinedorado weekend can send them to Pinedorado Lions Foundation, P.O. Box 717, Cambria CA 93428 or call 927- 9903.

—Kathe Tanner

Repairs to road could begin in May

R epairs to landslide-damaged Pembrook Drive could begin in May and be done by mid-summer, according to county Public Works officials.

The concave slide on Feb. 27 took a 50-foot bite out of the road’s pavement, taking with it a 6-inch Cambria Community Services District water main, an 8- inch district sewer main and utility poles. Services were quickly restored, even though the pipes and poles have not been.

It’s not yet known if the slide was caused by heavy storm rains, a broken pipe, both or another trigger.

A county survey crew has mapped the site, Dave Flynn, deputy director of Public Works, said in an e-mail interview recently, and Earth Systems of San Luis Obispo will complete a geotechnical investigation of the slide event.

He anticipates repairs will cost between $65,000 and $90,000, with funding coming from savings within the county’s road-maintenance account.

“Due to the uncertainty of the state in providing gas-tax revenues to the county, we have had county crews working on other road and flood-control work funded from other accounts. We anticipate a savings of a few hundred thousand dollars this year,” Flynn said.

“The state will be providing gas-tax revenue to the county this spring, so we’ll have funding to proceed” on Pembrook, plus repairs on Cypress Mountain Road and a segment of Santa Rosa Creek Road near the Highway 46 intersection, he indicated.

—Kathe Tanner

No changes planned in new school code

School-board trustees made no changes March 11 in the Coast Unified School District’s code of conduct for athletes and students who participate in some competitive extra-curricular activities.

Superintendent Chris Adams said March 15 he plans to reword the code somewhat in the future, perhaps over the summer, to make it “easier to read and understand,” and make the document “less clunky.” But “we won’t change the intent or the content.”

At the March meeting, Adams and Karl Dearie, principal of Coast Union High School, explained how the “Coast Union High School Extracurricular Activity Code of Conduct for 2009- 2010” is supposed to work, what the process is and how the code is enforced.

Students signing the code agree not to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or use illegal drugs during their competitive season. Violators are banned from their sport or activity for two weeks and must attend a five-week counseling program or drug-diversion program and take a weekly drug tests for six weeks, with all negative results.

The drug-testing program hasn’t begun yet, so students previously caught in code violations were excused from that requirement, Adams said.

At the meeting, three people said the district is overstepping its bounds with the code’s policy that allows administrators to punish students who attend a party where drugs and alcohol are being served to minors, even if those students are not partaking of the substances. —Kathe Tanner

Police want to return stolen property

Three North County men were arrested March 25 in connection with a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles along Studio Drive and Ocean Boulevard in Cayucos.

County sheriff’s deputies and Morro Bay police said they want to hear from people in Cayucos who may be missing items stolen recently from their vehicles.

Morro Bay police arrested Kevin Porter, 20, Creston, who was charged with theft with prior conviction, possession of stolen property and receiving stolen property; and Katrina Neil, 21, and Cayetano Contreras, also 21, both of Paso Robles, who were each charged with receiving stolen property, according to sheriff's Cmdr. Ben Hall

Hall said Morro Bay police did the investigation and now want to return stolen items to their owners.

Residents of Morro Bay should call the police at 772-6225; others should call the Sheriff’s Department at 781-4550. —Kathe Tanner

Speakers to weave ‘tall tales’ in Cambria

Cambria Toast Masters will host the San Luis Obispo County Toast Masters “All Tales-International Speech Contest” Saturday, March 27, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St., Cambria.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with speeches to begin at 10 a.m.

Six Toastmasters groups from around the county are expected. The public is invited to take part in what’s billed as “two hours of listening pleasure.”

Admission is $5. Refreshments will be served. Call 927-4990 for details. — Staff

Kindergarten signups set for April 2

Registration for kindergarten 2010-2011 will be held at Cambria Grammar School on Friday, April 2. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Dec. 2 are eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall.

Registration times are assigned according to the first letter of the last name. Those with last names beginning with the letters A-F will be registered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; with names beginning with G-M from 9: 30 to 10:30 a.m.; and with names beginning with N-Z from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Parents should bring their child’s legal birth certificate and current immunization records. Prospective kindergarten students do not need to accompany their parents to school on registration day.

For further information, call Cambria Grammar School at 927-4400. The school is at 3223 Main St., near the intersection of Main Street and Eton Road. — Staff

County clerk to speak at meeting

Julie Rodewald, county clerk and recorder and registrar of voters for San Luis Obispo County, will talk about the local voting process and ballot security at a meeting of the Democratic Club of Cambria beginning at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

All are welcome. — Staff

Annual Easter egg hunt plans laid

Cambria’s annual springtime kids’ free-for-all egg hunt for children 8 and younger begins at 8 a.m. sharp Easter Sunday, April 4. The event, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 432, is held on the lawn at Park Hill’s Shamel Park, between Windsor Boulevard and the shoreline.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, April 3, children and adults can help dye and color eggs at the American Legion Hall at the back of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.

Early on Easter morning, adults help the Easter Bunny blow up balloons (given away free) and hide eggs and surprises. The Easter Bunny and Winnie the Pooh are expected to be there to greet the young egg-hunters.

A special search area is set aside for toddlers age 2 and younger.

Stations of the Cross

Good Friday Stations of the Cross will be prayed at historic Santa Rosa Chapel and Cemetery in Cambria for the first time in almost 50 years, at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Everyone is invited to walk the Way of the Cross, beginning at the base of the hill of Santa Rosa Chapel at 2353 Main Street. Participants will walk up the steep hill, stopping along the way to recall the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. The prayer service will conclude at the cemetery, commemorating all who have died.

Sunday church celebration

Cambria Vineyard Church will hold an Easter Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4, at the Cambria Grammar School, 3223 Main St.

Vocal artists “The Sanders 3” will sing. There will be programs for children of all ages. For more information, call 927-5550. — Staff

April 1 is the official day for census count

Census Day 2010 is April 1. The Census Bureau is charged with counting everyone in America as of that date, though some forms are returned earlier and some later. Census official Priscilla Handley said 72 percent of people who lived in the 93428 zip code in 2000 participated in the census, even though the law requires everybody to respond.

The Census Bureau will mail a second form to people who don’t respond, and Handley said if they don’t return that questionnaire either, a census enumerator will make a “non-response follow-up” visit in person. Each visit costs the bureau about $25, as opposed to the $1.42 it cost to mail a form.

Bureau officials must keep confidential all personal data. In fact, enumerator Amanda Rice said she was told if she released any information she’d learned in the resident interviews, she’d be fined $250,000 for each breach.

In-person help sites will be open until April 19 in San Luis Obispo (City-County library, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and Cal Poly), Paso Robles (library and Live Oak Christian Church) and Atascadero (Independent Living Resource Center). There are toll-free national Q&A lines in English, Spanish, other languages and a TDD line for the hearing-impaired.

For details, go to —Kathe Tanner