Cambria voters like pro-desalination candidates

Voters in two Cambria districts endorsed candidates who support testing for a desalination plant but then split the ticket on combining fire and ambulance staffs and equipment in the same facility, according to early election results.

Early results from absentee ballots showed voters electing Jim Bahringer and Mike Thompson as new directors on the Cambria Community Services District board.

The two business owners say they endorse their predecessors’ policy of investigating desalination as the community’s supplemental water supply.

Bahringer and Thompson were ahead of candidates apparently opposed to desalination, professor/author Valerie Bentz and Harry Farmer, an astrologer, gardener and 24-year Cambria resident.

Board president Greg Sanders and longtime incumbent Peter Chaldecott did not run for re-election.

The services district provides water service, sewage treatment and fire protection and administers open spaces, such as the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

Voters also may have added a well-known newcomer to the Cambria Community Healthcare District Board of Trustees, which provides ambulance service to North Coast patients.

Former fire chief Bob Putney seems likely to join current board members John Headding and Frank Fratto, defeating incumbent Runo Lemming and challenger Jeff Miller.

Putney wants to investigate further the concept of sharing quarters and more with the Cambria Fire Department.