Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor May 13 - 19

Tax, yes; build, no

M y friend’s name is Gary Ennis. He is 60 years old and a retired schoolteacher, not a developer. In 1990 he purchased a beautiful lot on Avon Avenue in Lodge Hill. His dream was to build a nice home there and become a part of this community.

Since 1990 his property expenses have been the following: Water deposit, $2,292; sewer deposit, $1,953; hold on water position, $640; property taxes, $9,492; fire prevention (as per fire department),

$2,000; total cost — $17,077.

Ten years ago, his water position was 514; and it is 514 today. Can anyone really believe that what we are doing to our neighbors is fair and right?

Betty Gatto Cambria

Least cost? Prove it

There is one strike against desal life cycle cost (LCC) being the least-cost solution. It is estimated at least $3 million dollars have been spent so far for desal studies, not including the continuous lobbying costs incurred by consultants and Cambria Community Services District officials. A grant may be obtained for water supply enhancement.

However, obtaining a grant does not assure least long-term operational and maintenance costs. There needs to be an independent life cycle cost (LCC) report published which proves desal to be superior compared to other alternatives, such as recycling.

As a plus, desal may be placed in the dormant mode, like Morro Bay, to save costs when facility usage is not required. This LCC technology was forwarded to the CCSD by the original “Cambrians for Fiscal Responsibility” in 2007.

Also, what will the CCSD do if desal does not pass the environmental review process? Do nothing? Sue instead of having alternatives? Maybe the environmental community should provide recommendations? Santa Monica’s solution was the Santa Monica Urban Recycling Facility (SMURF).

All Cambria property owners deserve a LCC study of competitors to assure a systematic method for selecting an economical water supply enhancement system.

Werner Koch Cambria

CAN needs drivers

For 30 years, Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors (CAN) has provided free transportation countywide to locals unable to drive to their medical appointments. Until recently, we’ve had enough volunteer drivers.

Today our resources are strained. We’re increasingly seeing patients needing daily transportation to radiation or chemotherapy treatments in Templeton or San Luis Obispo, often for several weeks. Chemo treatments can require either a long wait for the driver, or scheduling one driver each for delivery and pickup.

Many patients are widowed elderly, or have a spouse who also can’t drive, but some are much younger. A current recipient is a cancer-stricken man whose working wife is now the family’s sole support.

All CAN drivers find their efforts fulfilling, but they’re also busy people with full schedules. We need more volunteers to lend their time — and their compassion — to this important cause. Assignments are scheduled around drivers’ personal calendars, and mileage reimbursements are available. We invite interested readers to call 927-5673.

Vicki Clift, board member

Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors

CARES helps caregivers

On the first Thursday of April, I went to the Cambria Adult Resources, Education and Support (CARES) program with my angel, Addie Guidi. It is held in the hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cambria.

The program is an adult day care center to enable caregivers to have time off for themselves. Director Doris Miller, Brenda Keen and Candace Beny assist with the help of volunteers.

The center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

There are activities, as well as snacks and even a balanced lunch. Volunteers offer entertainment, and I was fortunate to attend on a day when the Cambria Singers (a Cambria Chorale group) performed. They even finished the day with a sing-along song. I am to understand that there are also several other groups that perform throughout the month.

I encourage people to take advantage of this outstanding program. The community bus is available for transportation if needed. An hourly fee is requested. For more information, please call 927- 4290.

A support group is available for all caregivers or individuals who need assistance with family or care-giving issues. They meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the library of the Parish Hall.

Betty Fiscalini Cambria

Only in Cambria

Many thanks to all the families, friends and neighbors who were such an enthusiastic, supportive audience on Sunday, May 2, for the 13 talented young musicians in recital at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Ranging in age from 8 to 18, they demonstrated the benefits of studying with professional musicians. Special thanks to those teachers who have inspired such remarkable growth, to the parents for their encouragement and to the students who are seizing the opportunity with passion and commitment.

Special thanks to the Presbyterian Church congregation for the use of their sanctuary, where young pianists can play on a magnificent grand piano. Thanks to Bert Etling for such good publicity in The Cambrian. Last but not least, thanks to the Lions Club and the Cambria Community Chorale for sponsoring the Cambria Youth Music Fund that provides music scholarships to help aspiring young musicians, a program unique to Cambria.

Ann Glaser and Arla Stevens, co-chairmen Cambria Youth Music Fund

Making a difference

We at the Cambria YMCA Teen Center would once again like to thank the youth-and service-oriented, Rotary Club of Cambria for its generous donation of three completely refurbished computers, monitors, mouse devices and printers for our teens. They have made a real difference in the teens’ lives, going into their homes, and they are truly appreciated.

We have been so fortunate the way both organizations and individuals have stepped up to make our center a success. We also wish to express our gratitude to Andy Loveless for the great window cleaning.

Tyrone Armstrong, Sr., director; and Priscilla Mikesell, assistant director CambriaYMCATeenCenter