54 counties oppose bill for homeless
There is currently a bill going through the California State Legislature, AB1250, that is being sponsored by Assemblyman Reggie Byron Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, a past vice president of a local chapter of the SEIU. A cosponsor is Rob Bonta, D-Alameda. This bill is going to establish a council to determine whether county government can fulfill the needs of homeless and other disadvantaged people better than private agencies such as our Cambria Connection folks.
While it sounds like a noble idea, it is rife with problems. Fifty-four of California’s 58 counties object to this bill, including Bonta’s own Alameda County. One reason is that the cost analysis to be used is skewed in favor of county over private agencies. By doing this, funding that would go to private agencies, will be redirected to the counties’budgets so they can hire more people, adding yet another layer of bureaucracy, to accommodate the homeless population. And the new county employees will have to join the SEIU, increasing the union’s dues base. With California’s unfunded liabilities due to government pensions pushing $1 trillion, you would think that letting private agencies handle the disadvantaged people would be the financially prudent thing to do.
Jim Major, Cambria
Community Council sending out letters for its fund drive
The Cambria Community Council will be sending out its yearly fund-drive letters this week (Sept. 20).
The generosity of our community has allowed the council to continue the Community Bus service, which is free to the seniors and disabled individuals who need transportation.
This generosity has also allowed the council to award grants to needy nonprofits in our community.
Last year the council awarded more than $66,000 to needy organizations such as CERT (Cambria Emergency Response Team), Cambria Youth Athletic Association (CYAA), Cambria Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts, Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), Cambria Historical Society, Cambria Pickleball, Cambria Senior Nutrition, YMCA Camp and Afterschool Program in Cambria, and many other needy nonprofit organizations.
Cynthia Bitto, Cambria
Harvest Fest slated for Oct. 7 at the Historical Museum
As we wound up our summer we had our fourth event of our Family Life Series at the Cambria Historical Museum. The food preparation and daily chores activities were enjoyed by all.
We are now preparing for our Harvest Festival on Oct. 7 at the museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We will present a variety of activities that were featured at our four summer events. We will offer some wood working, games, weaving friendship bracelets, rope making, and seed propagation.
This series has been made possible by a grant we received from the Cambria Community Council.
We are making plans for connecting with the schools to provide activities that showcase Family Life in the late 19th century.
Look for our next set of events to be offered in the fall and spring of the upcoming year.
Deborah Carolan, Cambria
Won’t miss two CCSD directors
I see that two gentlemen from the Cambria Community Services District board are quitting, after meritorious service aiding and abetting the remarkable mismanagement of the Emergency ... er ... Sustainable toilet-to-tap water plant. Where’s the permit for this, guys?
Then, for the coup de gras, the same two provided two-thirds of the majority for their amazing plan to buy the old library, for new offices for CCSD. Announced price $1 million plus, with renovations. A bargain!
Gee, we’ll miss those two. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out of town, fellows.
Peter D. Tillman, Cambria