The Cambrian

Who's running for seats on North Coast boards so far

Two incumbent Cambria Community Services District directors, Jim Bahringer and Michael Thompson, have filed papers to run for re-election. As of Tuesday, two challengers had also signed up.

Also seeking seats on the Cambria CSD board are Richard Hawley, a 40-year Cambria resident who has for decades been the executive director of Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust, and Jeff Hellman, a retired business owner who’s lived in Cambria for nearly a decade. Hellman said recently he spent 17 years in the card-key-access control system business, and he also dealt with surveillance cameras.

Both men have strongly criticized various district actions and plans, including how the CSD is implementing its current emergency water-supply project, which is under construction despite various complications.

The general election’s nomination period ends Friday. If an incumbent doesn’t run again for office (except for being termed out or redistricted), that deadline for other candidates is extended to Wednesday, Aug. 13.

The election will be Nov. 4.

If no candidates seek an open seat, an agency board can appoint a member later.

Coast Unified School District

Del Clegg, president of the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees, has filed for re-election. Board clerk Dianne Brooke had not filed by press deadline. Clegg has served since 2007, and Brooke has served three terms.

The district’s new superintendent, Vicki Schumacher, started work July 1, as did the new high school principal, Jonathan Sison. New business/finance officer Annie Lachance started her job at Coast Unified soon thereafter.

The board and staff are wrestling with deficit spending, declining enrollment, and finding an amicable solution for Cayucos high school students who want to enroll at Morro Bay High School. They’re also adapting to new state regulations and how California is funding schools.

The board’s next meeting is Thursday, Aug. 14, at the district’s board room in the Old Grammar School, 1350 Main St.

Cambria Community Healthcare District

Michael McLaughlin, an appointed member of the Cambria Community Healthcare District Board of Trustees, has filed papers to run for election. Board President Bob Putney told The Cambrian July 16 that he intends to run. Trustee Frank Fratto’s seat also is up for election; neither he nor Putney had filed by press deadline.

The board’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

The health care district and new administrator Robert Sayers are dealing with declining Medicare reimbursement, how rising costs impact services, an ongoing debate about wages and benefits for paramedics and other employees, the problems of an aging building, and an ongoing process to co-locate or otherwise commingle with the Cambria services district.

San Simeon CSD

Nobody has filed yet for two seats on the San Simeon Community Services District’s board. Ken Patel has said he will run again, but board Chairman Ralph McAdams has said he won’t.

That district board also faces a shortage of water. Ultura currently manages district operations.

The board’s next meeting starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday,.

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