Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, Sept. 14, 2017

Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of England, as seen in 2012.
Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of England, as seen in 2012.

Fiscalini Ranch plans need update

The district’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission recommended to the CCSD directors on Sept. 1, 2009, to approve a revised park plan and incorporate into the Preserve’s Master Plan. The changes for the park on the eastern part of the Fiscalini Ranch ending at the Rodeo Grounds Road (18 acres) were made to lessen impacts on the land and neighbors.

Recommended changes included creating a more natural, rustic atmosphere; reducing turf areas by 49 percent; eliminating a community center, hard courts, night lighting, bleachers; reducing parking spaces from 147 to 97; reducing play areas by 40 percent; and placing active noise areas far as possible from the southern boundary neighbors. Active soccer fields are included.

The Cambria majority will resist continuing CCSD efforts for an active park, a nebulous EIR and increased taxes when recreational opportunities exist at the local parks, in the West Village, at the closed grammar school and at existing schools. Self-supporting tennis is an example.

Water/sewer fees should not be used for active recreational development. The encroachment of active recreation (such as soccer) is considered a degradation of the wetlands, wildlife habitat, migration and increased congestion and noise for boundary neighbors. Resource use, erosion control and scenic quality should be enhanced for “public access.” This eastern 18 acres should remain as open space, consistent with the western portion.

The eastern portion should evolve in accordance with recorded Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) and the Memorandum of Understanding as executed by the Community Services District. Only the western portion use is compatible with CCRs 2001-048679, 2000-067846 and MOU 2000-067847.

Werner Koch, Cambria

Thanks for adding more medical care

When I meet visitors and newcomers, they seemed to be so surprised about this area’s lack of access to medical care, especially for this more elder-dense population. They were right.

I am so pleased to know that is changing, with the recent announcement of our very own dedicated primary care facility, coming early 2018. This is great news and so welcome.

These days, such a feat does not come easily. Thankfully, there are still people who volunteer their time, efforts and expertise to accomplish good things for their community. We would not be celebrating without the diligence and persistence of the core group behind this effort. We should all thank Dr. Laurie Mileur, Barbara Bronson-Gray, Shirley Bianchi, the Linns, the Cambria Community Healthcare District health professionals committee (now called the healthcare advocacy committee) and, in spirit, Mike McLaughlin. You each had a different role at times, but came together to first prove the need, and then overcame all the logistical obstacles, naysayers and political roadblocks. You did not give up, and we all benefit from your altruistic efforts.

Simply put, thank you all for making it happen!

Diane Kubat, Cambria

Ocean floor can’t handle wind farm

A wind farm may be on Cambria’s horizon; though Morro Bay is projected to be the focus, we would be profoundly affected. Consider the marine sanctuary close by.

Statoil is a Norwegian multinational energy company competing with Trident Winds for the project off the coast of Morro Bay. Our ocean floor is not conducive to stabilizing a gigantic wind farm compared to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The marine animals’ environment must be respected and not be violated because of human demands.

The Sierra Club has an extensive article on this subject. Just Google it. Access www.boem.gov/California for more information.

Sylvia A. Hanna, Cambria

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