Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, Sept. 28, 2017

Pedestrians walk their dogs on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Bluff Trail in 2007
Pedestrians walk their dogs on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Bluff Trail in 2007 The Tribune

Pick up after your dog on Ranch

I am writing to address a health issue on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve that has a very simple solution: pick up after your dog!

Your beloved pets’ waste carries bacterial ailments that are very dangerous to humans as well as other animals. It is important to pick up after your animals and dispose of their waste in the correct garbage bins. A short list of diseases carried by pet waste includes giardiasis, hook worm, ring worm, E. coli, Salmonella, and roundworm, all contracted by humans as well as pets and wild animals.

If pet feces get rained on, it enters the rest of environment and gets washed into rivulets and streams and contaminates our drinking water. Fecal matter attracts ticks, fleas and flies as well as other insects and parasites. It can end up in coastal water where E. coli contaminates our water and sea life. Fish and shellfish can become toxic as a result.

Please keep the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve a pleasant, enjoyable, safe place for everyone.

Suzy Siegler, Cambria

Farmer, Rice lauded for roles at special meeting

Director Harry Farmer took civic responsibility and public service seriously at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors.

He had read all the applications and asked each candidate careful questions. Thank you, Director Farmer.

Thank you, President Amanda Rice, for keeping calm in the face of the slings and arrows of outrageous sexism at that meeting.

You also repeatedly urged directors to return to the task at hand and, as I saw it, away from bombastic froth.

Thank you both.

Elizabeth Bettenhausen, Cambria

Wharton a good fit for CCSD seat

I was one of the unfortunate souls who committed three-and-a-half hours to attending the special CCSD meeting to fill the seat vacated by Michael Thompson. It wasn’t a complete waste of time; there were sandwiches and cookies, as well as drama.

Several qualified candidates were in the mix. The directors could not reach agreement on any of them. If they do not decide on a replacement on Oct. 3, the SLO Board of Supervisors will decide for them. Isn’t it more appropriate to make the decision locally?

The voters elected Thompson, who has been a supporter of the SWF. It is important to be true to the voters’ intentions when selecting a replacement for the remainder of his term.

After much consideration, I urge the directors to select Aaron Wharton to serve as Thompson’s replacement. Aaron started his own business here from scratch. Those of us who have started our own businesses know how difficult that is — it takes courage, tenacity, intelligence, financial acumen and good judgment to start, maintain, and grow a business. Aaron understands the issues and is for modest (not reckless) growth. He is a family man with deep Cambrian roots. He is young enough to understand the needs of the younger demographic and old enough to have acquired the wisdom he will use as a CCSD director.

If you feel the same way about this as I do, please make your thoughts known to the directors on Oct. 3.

Thank you.

Clive Mettrick, Cambria

Divisions inflamed at special meeting

I was sorry to see the Cambria Community Services District board unable to find a compromise candidate to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Michael Thompson. Proposing the same candidate twice, and then making a joke of nominating him a third time, effectively inflamed the divisions on the board, and among Cambrians.

One director’s insistence that candidates agree to issue intent-to-serve letters to those on the Water Wait List commits the CSD board to promises that remain doubtful. Cambria cannot add new water connections until an adequate water supply is assured. Despite the optimistic claims made by board members and candidates, the Coastal Commission finds that, based on the most recent data, in its comments on the FSEIR: “There does not appear to be sufficient water to the CCSD to operate the project as proposed.”

The commission noted in its staff report on the Orellana permit application that “the substantial issue on appeal is not just that Cambria does not have an adequate supply for human consumption and development; it is also that Cambria does not have an adequate supply for coastal resource needs either.”

Any letters of intent to serve will be conditioned on a new water supply, which supporters expect the Emergency Water Project to provide. With that under a Cease and Desist order, its waste disposal issues unresolved, and the lack of a Coastal Development Permit, it’s questionable whether the plant will ever operate as planned. It’s irresponsible to require candidates for the vacant board seat to commit to perfect resolution of this tangled set of regulatory and technical issues.

Christine Heinrichs, Cambria

Thanks for a great 90th birthday

A heartfelt thank you to dear friends Barbara and Alfred Fiscalini and other friends that made my 90th a great day I’ll never forget.

Sid Marques, Isie and the family, San Luis Obispo

Benefit concert a great success

I’d like to thank everyone who attended the 3 Sopranos/Lyra benefit for the PLF Youth Music Scholarship Fund that was held at the Painted Sky on Sept. 16 and 17.

The audiences were enthusiastic and generous, and they made it possible to donate a significant amount to the scholarship fund. As a performer, I had a wonderful time, and as a member of the Scholarship Committee, I am thrilled with the support shown by our community. Thanks to you all!

Barbara MacDonough, co-chair, PLF Youth Scholarship Fund, Lyra member