Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, June 9, 2016

Cambria CERT representatives provide information at the Fire Safe Fair last month in the Santa Rosa Catholic Church parking lot on Main Street.
Cambria CERT representatives provide information at the Fire Safe Fair last month in the Santa Rosa Catholic Church parking lot on Main Street. Cambrian file photo

Fire Safe Focus Group thanks supporters

The Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group would like to extend sincere thanks to Lori and Del of the Cookie Crock, and the Cambria Business Center for their most gracious assistance in helping us get the word out to the community, and to visitors, that we are facing another dire fire season.

We would also like to thank the anonymous donors who have agreed to pay for three ads in upcoming editions of The Cambrian focusing on neighborhoods, and activities that neighborhoods can be involved in.

Please don’t forget to pack your Go Bags now. More information will soon be coming on items of special interest that should be included in these Go Bags, such as spare reading glasses, a few prescription medications that are especially needed, and other needed items.

We are really coming together as a wonderful and caring community.

Shirley Bianchi, Cambria

Jerry Gruber should be demoted to minor leagues

The compensation structure for the Cambria Community Services District general manager reminds me of the City of Bell fiasco, where controllers of the purse were upping salaries so they could pad their own salaries and, ultimately, their retirement compensation.

Raises should be given ultimately based on performance. Jerry Gruber’s recent performance with not hiring of a fire chief in a timely manner and wasting money on the Cal Fire’s part-time fire chief contract; lacking communication skills dealing with the Coastal Commission; and the control of district finances deserves not a raise but a demotion to the minor leagues.

The false praise given to him by some of our elected CCSD board members is really embarrassing.

John Russo, Cambria

Officials shouldn’t be blamed for keeping kids safe

Two recent stories in the news emphasize how safety must be the No. 1 consideration when children are involved.

A little boy who was unattended managed to get through fences and fell into a gorilla pit. The zoo directors had no choice but to kill the gorilla to protect the boy.

In our own local news, a gravely ill teenager does not get to attend his prom because his safety was not assured (“Arroyo Grande teen with brain tumor finally gets his prom,” May 27). A medical form signed by his doctor was needed, but it was not completed by his parents and submitted to school leaders. The school district had no choice but to follow the law.

In both instances, the officials making the decisions were acting to ensure the safety of children in their care. (In loco parentis). They fulfilled their responsibilities, and they were criticized for it.

If that little boy had been injured or killed, or if the teen had suffered a setback at the prom, who would have been held responsible?

Mary Ross, Cambria