Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor Jan. 21-27

Work together

T his is an open letter to all the residents of Cambria. I was in an adjoining town for lunch when l overheard a group of ladies discussing where they wanted to go next. One lady said, “Oh! Let’s go to Cambria. It’s been so long since I have been there and it’s such a nice little town and has such unique shops!”

To my shock, the other ladies all chorused, “What? We don’t want to waste the rest of our day going to Cambria! Most of the small shops have gone out of business or are going out of business. It’s just a bunch of overpriced restaurants. You would be very disappointed.”

So off they went to find something else to fill their day.

I am a newcomer to Cambria, having lived here a little more than a year, and that conversation really upset me.

On the drive home through downtown Cambria, I did see a lot of empty storefronts, and when I turned on Cornwall Street and saw the “Going out of Business Sale” banner at the Someplace New shop.

I couldn’t help but say, “Aaaa wwww, no!”

Fellow citizens of Cambria, you are going to see more and more of this in this economy if we don’t all work together to try to slow this down.

If you are a business owner and lease your building, I would appeal to all landlords to meet with you, their tenant, and perhaps discuss the option of reducing your monthly rent for a short time. It’s better than an empty building and no rental income.

And perhaps the business owners could maybe cut back on their pricing to try to encourage buying and having the customer leaving with a feeling of having found a “really good deal.”

And all we residents of Cambria could do our shopping locally as much as we can afford to, and try not to think first of Wal-Mart or Target or the dollar store.

There is going to be less tourism and less “lunch bunch” ladies if businesses continue to close.

If the chamber and the landlords and business owners and we local citizens don’t work together to try to restore this town to its reputation, then its very existence is going to be threatened. Thank you for lending me your ear.

JoAnn Strambi Cambria

CFD OK, don’t ‘fix’ it

I think it was Yogi Berra who said “It’s déjà vu all over again.” And it certainly is, with regard to this proposal for the Cambria Fire Department to be taken over by the state!

Several years ago, when Pat Child, Reg Perkins and I were on the CCSD board, this came up, and the idea was resoundingly defeated.

Why? Because (1) Cambria has its own fire department, runs its own affairs, and does a good job of it; and (2) if the state (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or CDF, or Cal Fire, as it’s now called) were to take it over, who knows how many firefighters would be based here, or moved around to suit the state’s need?; and (3) we know that government tends to constantly grow, and of course, the bigger the department, the bigger the salary for the manager. That’s the way government works!

It would appear that the state (Cal Fire) wants to take over as many small departments as it can get. The salary or wage issue is touted as being of major importance. That shouldn’t be the criterion; we can deal with that locally, with our own people.

Richard Stacy wrote an excellent Viewpoint article on this issue in the Jan. 7 Cambrian. If you haven’t read it, you should ( ml).

We’ve created a fine fire department here in Cambria; let’s keep what we have!

John Angel Cambria

Keep park open space

Cambria Community Services’ District Parks,

Recreation and Open Space commission recommended to CCSD directors on Sept. 1 that they approve a revised park plan and incorporate it into the preserve’s master plan. Those revised park plans need changing.

The changes for the proposed park on the eastern part of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ending at the Rodeo Grounds Road were made to lessen impacts on the land and neighbors.

Recommended changes include: Creating a more natural, rustic feeling; reduction of turf areas by 49 percent; elimination of plans for a community center, hard courts and bleachers; reduction of parking to 97 spaces from 146; reduction of playground area by 40 percent; and moving active-use noise-producing areas as far from the southern park boundary and neighbors as possible. Active soccer fields are included.

The populace majority will resist continuing CCSD efforts for an active park, a nebulous Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and increased property taxes when recreational opportunities exist at the local parks, closed grammar school, and existing schools. Tennis is an example.

This encroachment of active recreation is considered a degradation of the wetlands, wildlife habitat, migration and increased congestion and noise for neighbors. The resource usage, erosion control and scenic quality should be enhanced for “public access.”

The county should rezone the 18 acres “Open Space” consistent with the West Ranch.

The East Ranch should evolve in accordance with the recorded Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR’s) and the Memorandum of Understanding as executed by the Cambria Community Services District. The West Ranch use with ocean view trails is compatible with CCR’s 2001- 048679, 2000-067846 and “Memorandum of Understanding” 2000-067847.

Werner Koch Cambria

Prodigal books

I read the Jan. 7 Cambrian, and learned of the amazing travels of the Cambria Library CDs and books ... and patrons. Wow — what an experience!

The most important thing is that all had a lovely time and returned home safe and sound. Travel is most definitely an enriching experience, and sometimes things happen for reasons we cannot fathom. Have you, perhaps, read Geraldine Brooks’ “People of the Book”?

On occasion, we discover that our library materials have been on other extended excursions — to the sandiest of beaches, for example; or to places with lots of rain (perhaps rushing rivers(?)); or to places with great coffeehouses; some, we’re pretty sure, have been to See’s Candy stores for their free samples.

We’ve even had them return via U.S. Mail and U.P.S. from locales on the East Coast. One book, vacationing in Hawaii, was mistaken for a potentially-dangerous- package (e. g. a explosive device) when left with the hotel

concierge for mailing, and so was held under quarantine in a post office on the islands.

Ah, the stories our books could tell ... if only they could speak for themselves ... more than the texts do already.

Fines are simply extended- use fees. I, too, pay them.

Joen Kommer, librarian Cambria