The Cambrian

In Brief: Clegg, Fratto seek to retain seats; Power went out briefly Sunday; Airline pilot hero to come to San Simeon

Clegg, Fratto seek to retain seats

T hree more North Coast incumbents want to continue serving on local boards and have filed to run again.

Del Clegg will be on the Nov. 2 ballot for the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees, Frank Fratto is running to retain his seat on the Cambria Community Healthcare District Board of Trustees and Terry Lambeth is campaigning to keep his directorship on the San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors.

The deadline to file is Friday, Aug. 6, for races where all incumbents have filed, which is the case for the San Simeon district.

If an eligible incumbent doesn’t file for reelection, the deadline is Aug. 11. That’s the case for the Cambria services district, as incumbent Peter Chaldecott has declared he will not seek to retain his seat.

It’s not yet known if all healthcare and school district incumbents will file to run again.

If a race garners only as many contenders as there are seats up for election, those candidates can be appointed in lieu of election.

Other local candidates include:

• Cambria Community Services District: Incumbent Greg Sanders and challengers Jim Bahringer, Valerie Bentz and Harry Farmer.

• San Simeon Community Services District: Dee Dee Ricci.

•Coast Unified School District: Gretchen Ross of Cayucos. At press deadline, Dianne Brooke hadn’t announced if she’d run again.

• There are no other candidates yet for the healthcare district board. Seats currently held by Runo Lemming and John Headding also are up for election.

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Appeal filed to stop Main St. bridge plan

A Cambrian seeking to overturn county approval of a plan to remove a narrow, 88-year-old bridge on Main Street near Santa Rosa Creek Road and replace it with a new one in an adjacent location has filed an appeal with the California Coastal Commission.

No date has been set yet to hear the appeal by Lynne Harkins, according to Dan Carl of the commission’s Central Coast office. “The county waived its right to have the hearing right away,” he said, so it likely won’t happen soon.

Public Works has deemed the old bridge “functionally obsolete,” and designed a new one that would be built parallel to the old location. After the new bridge is complete, plans call for the old bridge to be removed. That way, staffers say, the busy thoroughfare that connects Highway 1 to Cambria’s historic East Village area would remain open throughout most of the construction period.

The cast-in-place concrete bridge, 37.5-feet wide and 150 feet long, would span the creek, allowing more space for a flood waters to flow underneath and no in-creek pillars to trap debris. Planners say the longer, wider new bridge will provide a bike lane on either side.

Among Harkins’ objections to the project are that it would, she says:

• Damage more than 5 acres of sensitive habitat areas when the work is done at the site of the new bridge;

• Dredge up old mercury tailings that floated down from upstream mines which are no longer active;

• Alter the channel’s hydrology;

•Make it harder for threatened steelhead salmon to migrate upstream to lay their eggs; and

• Proposed rock-armoring of the creek bed and other activities would further damage the waterway and its environment.

—Kathe Tanner

Power went out briefly Sunday

Cambria had a 20-minute power outage that started about 7:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 1.

About 4,100 Pacific Gas & Electric customers were affected, according to Kory Raftery, a utility spokesman.

While crews got the power back on quickly by rerouting the circuits, they were still unsure Tuesday, Aug. 3, what caused the outage.

Raftery did note, “We got reports that a turkey flew into the equipment,” on Santa Rosa Creek Road, near Coast Union High School.

Cambria has large populations of both wild turkeys and turkey vultures.

—Kathe Tanner

Pinedorado Follies to salute veterans

The show must go on.

Tickets went on sale Monday, Aug. 2, for a Pinedorado Follies show that has been completely revamped within the past couple of weeks.

Directors of popular previous Follies shows were unable to participate this year, so the Lions Club had contracted for a train-oriented show produced by some people from out of town.

That production plan fell through July 27. A group of locally well-known performers pledged that the annual fundraising tradition would continue, despite having only about 40 days to pull it off.

The new production is to exude patriotism and honor World War II and other veterans and will reflect the theme of Pinedorado 2010: “Our Hometown Heroes.”

Military members and “Rosie the Riveters” who served during the second World War will reign as Pinedorado Parade marshals on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Viv Goff said Tuesday, Aug. 2, that she, Ruth Fleming and David Manion are producing the revamped Follies show with the whole-hearted participation of fellow cast members Lloyd Oksen, Marylyn Villeneuve, Roberta Lemming, George Anderson, Wayne Attoe and emcee Jerry McKinnon.

“The cast was more than cooperative about the change,” Goff said. “They were excited to join in.”

Most details about the show are being kept under wraps, but Goff confirmed that the first act is to be based on a previous show featuring the music of Johnny Mercer, a legendary lyricist, songwriter and singer from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Follies’ second act will be filled with patriotic songs, some funny, some classic, some poignant.

To buy tickets: The 2010 Pinedorado Follies will hit the boards Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 5. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15 each for first-come, first-served seating in rows 8-15 to $50 apiece for “Angel Tickets,” two seats on either side of the front row’s center aisle. Other reserved seats range from $20 to $30, depending on how close they are to the stage. Tickets are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce (767 Main St, 927-3624) or from co-producer and performer Viv Goff, 927-0443.

For details, call Goff at 927-0443.

—Kathe Tanner

Airline pilot hero to come to San Simeon

Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, hero of the “miracle on the Hudson” in January 2009, is expected to take part in the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle on Sept. 11 in San Simeon, a spokesperson for Best Buddies has confirmed.

The airline pilot, now retired, and his wife, Lorraine, of Danville will be part of “Team Maria,” led by California First Lady Maria Shriver, wife of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sullenberger successfully landed a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard after a bird strike knocked out the plane’s engines.

Shriver’s brother Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded Best Buddies International. The group has established a global volunteer movement to creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This year’s event will be the seventh annual Best Buddies event on the North Coast. Bike riders set out from Carmel, Big Sur and Ragged Point, headed for William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach in San Simeon.

Following the 5-kilometer “Carl Lewis Challenge” led by the Olympic gold medalist on a route leading to San Simeon Point, participants gather at the Hearst Ranch for an evening barbecue and concert.

Nearly 1,500 people took part last year, raising close to $4 million in total donations. To register, participants pledge to raise amounts starting at $1,650.

Participants in previous events have included model Cindy Crawford, actors David Caruso and Rob Lowe. Schwarzenegger rode with Shriver and their four children from Cambria to San Simeon in 2007.

—Bert Etling

Group camp in Big Sur reopened Friday

A pair of group camp sites at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park closed for years due to a waterline break reopened Friday, July 30, State Parks announced last week.

Only tent camping is allowed at the sites in a redwood area of the park across the highway from its main entrance. Up to 35 people are allowed at each site for a fee of $150 per night. Dogs are not allowed.

Reservations for Group Camp Site A and Group Camp Site B may be made through Reserve America by phone at (800) 444-PARK and online at

Pfeiffer Big Sur is 73 miles north of Cambria on Highway 1.

For park information, call (831) 667-2315 or go to

— Staff

Library book sale due Friday, Saturday

The Friends of the Library book sale fundraiser, held several times a year, happens again Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7 inside the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

Funds raised will help complete the interior of the new library-building-to-be across the street at 1043 Main St.

The book sale will be 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (with special $3-a-bag prices from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and specialty items will be available.

Also, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 7, across the street at the future library building, the Friends are to start accepting donations of quality items for a “Special Treasures” sale on Oct. 9 and 10, to be held in the new building.

Items being sought include antique and decorative glasswork, pottery and china, classic collectibles, original artwork or numbered prints, antique linens and quilts, fine needlework, jewelry, exotic merchandise from travels, lamps and small furniture (something one person could carry).

Organizers aren’t accepting used electronics, large furniture, everyday kitchen items, window coverings, shoes, clothing, toys, magazines, cosmetics or anything which is heavily worn, has been broken or used harshly.

Donations will be accepted until Oct. 5. Written acknowledgements of the deductible gifts will be provided to donors.

For details, call Jeri Farrell at 924-1814.

—Kathe Tanner