Lessons from Bell
News coverage of the city of Bell is usually negative, typically focusing on new developments in the scandal that made national news since 2010. Sometimes, however, the lessons learned from positive stories are as important as the lessons learned from the negative ones. The story of Bell’s reform is one such example. The Tribune’s coverage of Bell’s progress is refreshing and appreciated.
The small role played by myself and other volunteers in Bell’s reform is really only a footnote to the much larger and inspiring story. The bigger story is that Bell residents and elected leaders are showing us what is possible when citizens join together, elect smart and honest representatives who, in turn, employ and support quality professional staff.
The Bell residents, City Council and staff deserve all the credit for the success they are having in their heroic journey to reclaim their government and community.
San Luis Obispo
Recent statements by opponents of the proposed pipeline from Santa Maria to Nipomo are contradicted by reports issued by the technical group experts monitoring the aquifer for the court.
Those reports indicate that net usage from the aquifer has been exceeding the “dependable yield” of the aquifer by more than 2,500 acre-feet per year. The most recent report states “direct measurements indicate that outflow exceeds the ability of the supply to replace the water pumped from the aquifers.” It would seem prudent to address this supply-and-demand imbalance now before the situation deteriorates and restrictions on water use are mandated.
The water from Santa Maria will be “new” water not currently available on the mesa. At least 50 percent of the water will be from the state water project. The balance will be from wells in south Santa Maria. Water contour maps indicate that the groundwater in that area flows west toward the ocean, not north to replenish the Nipomo aquifer.
If you haven’t done so, please review the various reports that document the water situation on the mesa — don’t rely on unsubstantiated generalities and statements.
CCFC grant for choir
The Central Coast Children’s Choir would like to thank the Central Coast Funds for Children for the $2,000 grant we received recently to help fund financial need scholarships for children who want to sing. Our names share a familiar ring because we both work hard for the benefit of Central Coast children.
Both organizations began in the early ’90s. The CCCC teaches children of ages 6 to 18 to sing beautiful music in choir groups. The CCFC has donated more than a million dollars since its inception for the sole benefit of children in our county. Its dedicated members work year-round to raise money to fund organizations that help children.
We are proud to be recipients of a CCFC grant. We wish to express our sincerest appreciation and deepest gratitude to the members of Central Coast Funds for Children.
Board secretary, Central Coast Children’s Choir
Joe Tarica’s Feb. 4 column had a great message that I could not have said better myself! The next person who calls our recent weather so gorgeous is going to make me scream.
See Sunday’s Tribune in the local section in which Mr. John Lindsey calls Sunday’s offshore wind event another gorgeous day. Well, like Joe said, it’s not such a blessing having more warm, dry conditions in our current winter season. I know we cannot control the climate, but we’d better start praying for lots of that beautiful precipitation that we and so many parts of our state rely on to get us through long, hot summers.
I can just imagine brushfires starting in April. Won’t be so gorgeous then, will it? If I never saw another Santa Ana wind again, I’d breathe a lot better. Just give us our green hills, running creeks and a Sierra snowpack for our farmers, dairies and cattle ranchers. Looking for that “March miracle.” Very well put, Joe!