Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, June 23, 2016

Ticket-buyers line up to reserve seats for the Follies in 2007. With fewer seats available this time, organizers are urging those wishing to see the Follies to buy their tickets early.
Ticket-buyers line up to reserve seats for the Follies in 2007. With fewer seats available this time, organizers are urging those wishing to see the Follies to buy their tickets early.

‘Gathering in the Garden’ thanks

Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated gifts to our raffle, silent auction and live auction at our “Gathering in the Garden” fundraising event June 11. We would like to thank all of our fantastic volunteers because, as you know, it just couldn’t happen without them. A great big “thank you” to Cambria Nursery for allowing us to use the nursery’s beautiful garden for the event. And we would like to include all those who attended, participated in the raffle, silent and live auction. Cambria is rich in fundraising events and also rich in supporters — thank you.

The event was a tremendous success due in part to donations from the local artists, businesses and other individuals listed here: Richard Lee; Shirley Paulson Lee; Hearst Castle and National Geographic Theater; A Matter of Taste; Friends of Piedras Blancas Light Station; Cambria Hardware; Joyce Renshaw; Loree Parral; Madeline’s; Lucille Bosco; Lucia Apothacary; Frank Fratto, DDS; Gary Gall; Brenda Gale; Earthsea Pottery; Chamber’s Gallery; Foxlo Pottery; Jo Ellen Butler; Diane’s Hairport; Gerber’s Auto Services; Moonstone Cellars; GROW; Patricia Griffin Ceramics; Sweet Offerings; Suzy Siegler; The Cambrian; Robin’s Restaurant; Harmony Cellars; Animal Expressions; Becky Kincaid; Bluebird Inn; Cambria Animal Medical Center; Pickleball by the Sea; Sow’s Ear; Cutruzzola Vineyards; Susan Loganbill; Suzy and Ted Siegler; Ephraim Pottery; Gil and Valerie Eastman; Mojo’s; The Joslyn Center and Tablas Creek Vineyard. Their generosity will help keep the Ranch protected and open to all for generations to come.

All donations and purchases help us to fulfill our mission of protecting the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve forever.

Jo Ellen Butler, for the Committee for The Gathering in the Garden

Follies return to Cambria Labor Day

Rumor has it the Follies will return this Labor Day weekend. It’s true! However, this year’s Follies will be very different from any that preceded it. Follies 2016 will turn the Veterans Memorial Building into a dinner theater. Not only will ticketholders see a live show, they will also be served a catered three course sit-down dinner.

In years past, we sold more than 1,200 tickets. This year, there will be only 380 tickets total for the entire four nights of the show.

Consequently, we expect to sell out very quickly. Regular tickets, at $50 each, will go on sale at the Chamber of Commerce Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. Performances will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1-4 (Thursday through Sunday).

However, if you want to be a Follies Angel, you can reserve your tickets now at $100 each. Angels get to guarantee their tickets, get the best seats, skip the line, arrange to share a table with their friends and contribute to the organizations that the Cambria Lions Club supports.

Contact Peggy Christianson at 805-927-7131 to reserve your Angel tickets.

Consider being an Angel, but if not, be sure to line up early August 1 at the Chamber. See you at the Follies!

Peggy Christianson, Cambria

CCHD: More questions than answers

On June 14, 2015 a proposal to relocate the ambulance service staff quarters and equipment storage was presented by the Property and Facilities Committee for the Cambria Community Healthcare District. While the committee members should be congratulated for the time and energy directed toward this issue, the presentation created more questions than answers.

The committee’s recommendation to sell the CCHD facility at 2535 Main St. in order to purchase a new property to house the EMS staff and equipment lacked sufficient justification and detail.

The presentation omitted the following:

1) Solid evidence of a need to replace the current EMS facility.

2) Cost-comparison analyses for options offered by the committee.

3) Demonstrated ability to meet all associated costs of the committee-recommended option to purchase and renovate a new property through the sale of the existing facility.

4) Recognition of the additional financial burden to the CCHD budget from loss of rental income as well as moving-related costs.

In addition, several issues were voiced by community members at the meeting, including the placement of an ambulance service (8 to 10 staff cars and several ambulances) in a residential neighborhood, and questions regarding condition, maintenance needs and the appraised versus real value of the current property.

A majority of CCHD trustees would like to vote to move forward on this proposal at the next meeting (1 p.m., June 28, Old Grammar School). However, more transparency from the CCHD about projected costs, financing and the potential need for increased property taxes to fund this relocation is needed so residents can offer input before a decision is made.

Laurie J Mileur, PhD, RD, Cambria