Cambrian: Opinion

Letters to the Editor June 21 - 27

Thanks to staff

T o the Cambria Village Pharmacy staff:

We would like to thank you all for the great service and help you have given us for the past 20 years we have lived in Cambria.

To Mary and her staff, a special thanks for providing quick service and helping us get our medications while on vacations.

Also, to the front office staff, we appreciate the friendly and attentive service and the special orders.

Who do we give our extra trout to now?

Wishing you all the best,

James and Sandra Martin Cambria

Amazing friends

It is two weeks today (Tuesday, June 19) that I had a partial lung and cancer removed. I saw my surgeon, Dr. Howard Hayashi for my checkup and he gave me the word I’m “good to go.” It is very true that because of his expertise and care this came to pass, but he had so much help from so many of my friends — you who sent prayers, good wishes, cards, phone calls, visits, wonderful food and love.

You have made me feel so cared for, healthy again and loved. What a feeling ... to feel so loved. The best medicine available.

Thank you all for contributing to my speedy recovery, and I cherish every one of you.

Viv Goff Cambria

Rethink study grant

The Rocky Butte Association (RBA) of landowners in the upper watershed of San Simeon Creek has asked that a $250,000 grant to Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust and others be cancelled. Our request was made to Margaret Paul of the Department of Fish and Game, the agency overseeing the grant, during a recent RBA meeting.

The purpose of the grant was to study the creek and develop a management plan to protect steelhead trout.

The grant co-applicants with Greenspace were Central Coast Salmon Enhancement of Arroyo Grande and Stillwater Sciences of Berkeley. Department of Fish and Game had already awarded a similar grant to this trio of organizations for Santa Rosa Creek, much to the consternation of landowners there. After hearing complaints about their work from the Santa Rosa Creek folks awhile back, we were certainly surprised that this same group was tapped to study our creek.

While we as landowners strongly support and practice good stewardship of San Simeon Creek and its important habitat, we do not like the way this grant was developed or the choice of Greenspace as a grant recipient. We have seen time and time again that Greenspace does not respect the rights of landowners or recognize the longstanding stewardship efforts by local farmers and ranchers. But mostly we are leery of the Greenspace agenda, and rightly so.

Greenspace did not contact most of us prior to submitting the grant application, though the organization’s executive director told Margaret Paul that they had. He claimed that “multiple” landowners supported the study and agreed to participate. As it turns out, “multiple” was actually only two of the dozens of landowners along our creek. And then, even after the grant was awarded, only a handful of others were contacted to attend meetings to discuss the grant. Not a great way to start out the gate with $250,000 on the line.

But Greenspace is not the only reason we asked to have the grant cancelled. We think the study as planned is a waste of money that could be used for other more pressing projects.

Because the Cambria Community Services District primarily pumps water from wells on San Simeon Creek for the town, our creek has been

studied extensively. Biologist Don Alley monitored the steelhead population for many years and filed detailed reports about the health of the creek and the fish that inhabit it. The reports are available at the CCSD office for inspection by the public and Fish and Game.

Water rights settlements between the CCSD and landowners in the lower watershed have generated numerous other studies and reports, including the effects of district pumping on the health of the creek. The CCSD keeps its own detailed records about pumping, creek levels and other pertinent information. Again, this information is available for inspection.

Our recommendation for Margaret Paul is to cancel the current grant and start over, using reports and data that already exist and tapping into the knowledge and experience of landowners before awarding a grant such as this. At our meeting with her, we made some recommendations for creek enhancement projects, such as improving the deep pools where fish live over the summer, that could be done at much less expense, making available precious taxpayer dollars for other worthy efforts.

We await her decision. James Cady, president

Rocky Butte Association