The Cambrian

In Brief: Fundraiser Tuesday at the Sea Chest; Employee pensions on CCSD agenda; Salon collects hair for oil cleanup; Cell facility south of town clears hurdle

Fundraiser Tuesday at the Sea Chest

The public can dine on a plateful of calamari Tuesday, May 25, and help the wife of one of the Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant’s longtime employees battle metastatic cancer.

The meal is to be served from 5 to 9 p.m. at $20 per person.

The restaurant at 6216 Moonstone Beach Drive is donating the food and employees are working for free on behalf of their coworker Juan Bucio, who’s worked for Sea Chest for about two decades.

Organizer Steve Kniffen said all proceeds from the seafood dinner will go toward offsetting expenses from Eldamira Bucio’s third round of treatment in 10 years.

For details, call Kniffen at 927-3266.

As he said in an e-mail notifying friends and associates of the fundraiser, “We will cook all night if we have to, and do to-go orders” because that will mean more assistance for a family in need. —Kathe Tanner

Employee pensions on CCSD agenda

At the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors district’s May 27 meeting, issues are expected to be as wide ranging as the draft 2010-2011 draft operating budget, a couple of agreements requiring new and management employees to pay a portion of their own pension contributions, and endorsing a county designation of the Cambria Fire Department as a paramedic agency, giving the town two agencies with that certification.

The district directors also are to consider approving Michael Rice Landscapes to do the district’s contract weed abatement between June 20 and July 20.

The board is also expected to present a proclamation honoring Col. Thomas Magness of the Army Corps of Engineers, who has led the Corps team on Cambria’s plan for a desalination plant. Magness is set to deploy to Afghanistan in July.

For further details on the meeting, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., see PublicMeetings on Page 14 or go to — Kathe Tanner

Salon collects hair for oil cleanup

Dog trimmers, haircutters, owners of sheep — anyone with

some hair to spare — can help stem the flow of crude oil from the blown-out undersea British Petroleum oil well onto the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

Ingrid and Andrew Turrey and their Pacific Hair stylist team are collecting hair, dog fur, wool and clean, used nylon stockings to send to those making special oil-collecting booms.

They’re also encouraging other hair salons to participate.

Individuals can bring the donations to the shop at 780 Arlington St.

Apparently, the hair is packed into the nylons, which are then linked together into reusable booms that trap and contain the oil. Then the booms are washed and reused, often more than 100 times each.

Ingrid Turrey said, “I keep thinking, what if it was on our coast?” She said a pound of hair can trap one quart of oil over and over again.

For details, go to

The salon also is hosting a fundraiser Saturday, June 5, for the same cause. For updates, call 927-3301 or go to face-book.comand search for Pacific Hair.

—Kathe Tanner

Cell facility south of town clears hurdle

County planners will allow AT&T to proceed with environmental studies about expanding use of an cellular-communications tower on the former Cambria Air Force Station, even though such an expansion isn’t allowed under North Coast land-use regulations.

The county Planning Commission voted unanimously May 13 to send the AT&T project back to the staffers that had recommended against the approval. They are to determine environmental impacts of the project and bring it back to commissioners for another vote.

Actually approving the project may not be as easy as it sounds.

County counsel and division managers Matt Janssen and Warren Hoag said commissioners would then have to find a legal basis for approving a “nonconforming” project on that site.

Normally, such a project would require amending the county’s General Plan and Local Coastal Program, which can be a long, arduous process.

Commission Chairwoman Anne Wyatt of Cambria said Thursday’s decision came down to a matter of common sense versus strict interpretation of planning codes.

While she said she favored the latter, she voted with her fellow commissioners in allowing the project to go forward, in part because improved cellular service is sorely needed along the North Coast, for public service and safety reasons and for customer convenience, and all public comment on the issue had endorsed the AT&T facility.

AT&T’s new equipment would include adding six panel antennas and a microwave dish on the existing 270-foot-tall tower, plus three equipment cabinets on an existing concrete pad, adjacent to a Cellular One shelter. About 600 feet of channels would be needed for utility connections, but would be bored in horizontally rather than trenched in from the top, to lessen disturbance of the site.

The tower also houses communications facilities for a radio station, the school district, health-care district and a tow service.

The site also is quarantined, according to county planner Airlin Singewald, because of asbestos and other contamination issues.

Another tower on federal land about 1,000 feet north of the site houses Nextel and T-mobile facilities, but that legally established tower apparently has no more room for another carrier, according to AT&T consultant Tricia Knight. —Kathe Tanner

Montessori school weighs options

Cambria Montessori Learning Center and the Family Partnership Charter School are to host an informational session at 6 p.m. today, May 20, to help determine if they’ll open a school in Morro Bay next fall.

The meeting will be at will be held at the Morro Bay Community Center’s studio room, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay.

New Dawn’s Montessori pre-school, open for a quarter century, would continue in Cambria as long as enrollments, donations and fees make it fiscally feasible, according to Sonya Lanzen- Castellanos, director of the two separate programs currently operating at the same Lodge Hill location.

There are currently eight students enrolled in New Dawn’s pre-school and 20 students at the Cambria Montessori Learning Center, a separate, tuition-free alternative program of kindergarten to fifth-grade education, Lanzen-Castellanos said.

The pre-school is open through the summer; the charter school is not.

Whether the Montessori Learning Center would remain open in Cambria depends on several factors, she said, including the level of enrollment.

The school’s board — the Family Partnership Charter School —recently asked the Cambria school to consider opening a Montessori program in the currently vacant Morro Bay Elementary School to serve students whose parents want to enroll them but who don’t want to make regular weekday drives to Cambria.

There are more potential students in Morro Bay and outlying areas than in Cambria, Lanzen- Castellanos said, so the move might make fiscal and logistical sense.

If enough Cambria students want to continue in the Montessori grammar-school program here, Lanzen-Castellanos said, “We may not close it here.” But that would be up to the charter-school board, which is scheduled to have a regular meeting at the end of the May.

The New Dawn preschool “has no sponsorship for funding,” she said, and holds several annual fundraisers to be able to “offer tuition rates at less-than-cost levels.”

The federally funded Head Start preschool and the faith-based Small Wonders program sponsored by the Presbyterian Church also provide preschool services in Cambria..

—Kathe Tanner

Memorial Day rites planned for May 31

Boy Scouts, 4-Hers and members of American Legion Post No. 432 will gather at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, to tidy up the Post’s flag stand and Merchant

Mariner’s Memorial for the upcoming Memorial Day ceremonies in the Veterans Memorial Building’s parking lot, 1000 Main St.

The ceremonies will start at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31. Keynote speaker Tim Haley is a co-founder of the “Faces of Freedom” memorial in Atascadero. He also reportedly convinced Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee to introduce a bill designating as a “Purple Heart Trail” a section of Highway 101 between Los Alamos and San Ardo.

That portion of the highway has been designated as such, and there are 10 large signs along the way announcing the busy byway’s additional title.

The Legion Post also will unveil Jay Burbank’s new “Ghost of the MIA” (Missing in Action) memorial.

The service will include other brief speeches, dedications, honor guard and patriotic songs by the Cambria Chorale. A barbecue sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Auxiliary will be offered following the ceremony.

—Kathe Tanner

Otter Trolley to start charging $1

Cambria’s Otter Trolley will launch a new, shorter route on Saturday, May 29, and will start charging $1 a trip. Trolley service will run seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:58 p.m. during the peak usage season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

On the new loop route, the trolley is to show up every half hour at each stop between Moonstone Beach, East and West Villages and the Cambria Pines Lodge.

However, for a half hour period, four times a day, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., there won’t be local service. Instead the trolley will leave the north end of Moonstone Beach Drive and head for San Simeon and Hearst Castle.

The shorter route also means the trolley won’t stop any more at Burton and Ardath drives, Ardath and Green Street, Shamel Park, Windsor Boulevard and Murray Place on Park Hill and the Community Health Center office on Main Street in East Village.

Season passes and $3 day passes will be available. Youngsters under 5 years old and 46 inches tall ride for free.

For details, Visit www.SloRta.orgor contact Regional Transit Authority at 781-4833 or info@slo

—Kathe Tanner

Chamber to host business showcase

The Cambria Chamber of Commerce will host Cambria businesses at the free “Summer Solstice” business show. “Let the Sun Shine on Your Business” is the theme of the free event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 18.

The public is invited to “drop in and learn about Cambria businesses,” according to the Chamber. Door prizes and free gifts will be given away.

Businesses still have time to reserve space for the opportunity to share their business message with hundreds of people. For details, call 927-3624 or to to

—Bert Etling

Cambrian organizes ‘green’ product fair

A Cambrian is organizing the first-ever “EcoProducts Day” in San Luis Obispo. The free event is intended to bring together consumers, material providers, contractors and others together to present and learn about green building materials.

The organizer, Claudia Harmon, a 24-year-plus Cambria resident, operates EcoPlanners, the event’s primary sponsor.

Also participating will be Robin’s Restaurant of Cambria, which, along with sister restaurants Novo and Chow of San Luis Obispo, will be donating French-Vietnamese sandwiches, rice noodle salads and more.

Other participants include Pacific Coast Kitchen & Bath, American Eco Services, Light Green Inc., and Native Sons Wholesale Nursery.

The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Matt Clark Tile&Stone at 181 Tank Farm Road, San Luis Obispo. For details, call 927-1934.

—Bert Etling

Santa Lucia names top students

Santa Lucia Middle School students who attained the third quarter Honor Roll are:

Eighth grade: Angel Avina, Ariel Bruce, Alison Brunschwiler, Bianca Chavez, Alejandro De Alba, Emmanuel Godinez,

Michel Gonzalez, Alan Hernandez, Thomas Howard, Grant Magnuson, Cameron McGurrin, Rocio Mendoza, Sergio Mendoza, Jesus Mercado, Jesus Nunez and Marcus Wilkins.

Seventh grade: Samir Boutros, Callie Cashdan, Courtney Castle, Dominic Clark, Remy Corbet, Vicente Cueva, Maria Figueroa, Daniel Forrest, Hunter Graham, Nahum Hernandez, Renee Johnson, Gehrig Kniffen, Pedro Leonardo, Cameron Mac-Tavish, J.B. McManus, Cesar Mora, Crystal Nunez, Sage Radecki, Chance Ronemus and Alexander Stoothoff.

Sixth grade: Max Basile, Janelle Bohey, Connor Chisler, Diana Cisneros, Xue DiMaggio, Gerardo Garcia, Miguel Garcia, Camila Hernandez, Reagan Kniffen, Elizabeth Magnuson, Alan Mendez, Priscilla Mendoza, Leticia Mercado, Max Mireles, Kulia Neves, Max Rodrigues, Lane Sutherland, Rebeca Tavera, Alex Taylor, Alejandro Valencia, Octavio Villalvazo, James Welch and Emily White.

— Staff