Honored by honor
What a wonder to be the “Honored Guest” in the Cambria Lions Club’s Pinedorado Parade this year. I thank the Lions very much for selecting me. It truly has been a pleasure over the years to assist people and organizations on the North Coast to achieve the goals in the public interest that individuals and organizations set for themselves.
In my political involvement, I have been called all sorts of things — from fascist or communist in the early days of the 1980s, or a “wholly owned subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation” during the process of the conservation easement on the Hearst Ranch, to more recently being a “cat herder,” “Cambria’s den mother” and finally “Honored Guest.”
I thank all and everyone who has helped me along the way of this truly remarkable journey, because no one ever does anything alone.
Grand jury reading
As Cambria citizens participate in the current workshops regarding
local fire protection, I encourage all of them to read the actual San Luis Obispo County grand jury report on this topic. It can be found at http://slocourts.net/downloads/grand_jury/reports/2014/Making_the_Case_for_Efficiency.pdf
The report does not recommend contracting with Cal Fire, but only to explore that possibility. Rather, its focus is on several issues with local emergency services, including use of outdated equipment based on national standards, lack of plans or reserves to replace that equipment, staffing issues and the lack of a long-term overall strategy for fire services.
It encourages the community to explore all opportunities to improve service and costs by looking at potential synergies with both the Cambria Community Healthcare District and with Cal Fire. Its first recommendation is to hold exactly the kind of public workshops now underway.
Like every county grand jury report, this one was written by a team of 19 individuals from across the county who volunteer a year of their time to provide oversight of local governance. It is a process highly free of bias. As noted in the report, the grand jury’s recommendations are a result of interviewing leaders from every impacted party, as well as impartial local and national sources.
When providing input, I hope everyone keeps focus on what needs to be better managed, not just on who is doing it.