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Be­cause of those leaks and the pro­longed drought, the pool had been empty most of the time since mid-2013, Then work­ers from T.B. Penick & Sons of San Diego be­gan com­pletely re­pair­ing, ren­o­vat­ing, re­vamp­ing, re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing, retil­ing and wa­ter­proof­ing the pool. Con­ser­va­tors also worked on stat­ues sur­round­ing the pool.

The pool pro­ject’s plan­ning process in Sacra­mento and San Simeon had been un­der­way for about a decade; work on the job it­self be­gan in earnest in mid-2016.


When Cam­bri­ans get their wa­ter-sewer bills in Jan­uary, the rates will be higher. A state-man­dated process in which those cus­tomers could protest the in­creases failed to gen­er­ate enough protests, and the higher rates took ef­fect Nov. 1.

The re­vised no­tice of pro­posed rate in­creases sent Aug.17 es­ti­mated that, un­der the new rates, bi-monthly bills for the “av­er­age” sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­dence that uses 6 units of wa­ter ev­ery two months (or about 75 gal­lons a day) would in­crease to $211.30, from the cur­rent bill of $180.65. Use more wa­ter in a billing pe­riod, and rates per unit go up.

Nev­er­the­less, some who felt the in­creases were too high, too soon, have es­ti­mated that the in­creases would be much higher.

A Propo­si­tion 218 move­ment ob­ject­ing to those in­creases fell short by about 700 protest let­ters of stop­ping the new rates (1,268 protests had been sub­mit­ted).

Get­ting from rate-in­crease con­cept to ap­proval had been a bit messy.

There were prob­lems with the orig­i­nal process and no­tices mailed out in July, so the district re­drafted them and did an­other mail­ing.

In the re­vised no­tices of “Pub­lic Hear­ing on Pro­posed In­creases to Wa­ter, Sus­tain­able Wa­ter Fa­cil­ity and Sewer Rates,” the district also post­poned that hear­ing and protest count to Oct. 4 from Aug. 30, in or­der to pro­vide the district’s cus­tomers with the re­quired amount of time to con­sider the pro­posal.


Shake­ups and re­tire­ments in re­cent months have meant dra­matic shifts in lead­er­ship at three key North Coast gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies and a pop­u­lar camp.

While Camp Ocean Pines had suc­ces­sion plans and its new ex­ec­u­tive — An­drew Boyd-Goodrich, who takes the reins Dec. 31 from 17-year camp vet­eran leader Chris Cameron and CFO Rose­may Cameron — the three agen­cies are still seek­ing their next lead­ers.

After months of closed­ses­sion dis­cus­sions and pub­lic out­cries, the

Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Ser­vices District

parted ways with its gen­eral man­ager, Jerry Gru­ber, who had been with the district since 2010 and be­came gen­eral man­ager in mid-2011. His fi­nal day was Sept. 27.

District Clerk Monique Madrid, who also was act­ing GM when Gru­ber was away, is the in­terim gen­eral man­ager un­til the board se­lects a new leader. How­ever, the board on Dec. 13 hired Paavo Ogren, GM of the Oceano ser­vices district, to be a part time “strate­gic and or­ga­ni­za­tional ad­vi­sor” for six months to as­sist and men­tor Madrid in man­age­ment is­sues.

At that same meet­ing, David Pier­son was elected board pres­i­dent and Harry Farmer, vice pres­i­dent.

Meet­ings of the

Coast Uni­fied School District

Board of Trustees had for months been roiled by com­plaints by par­ents and teach­ers about the work, lead­er­ship and de­meanor of Su­per­in­ten­dent Vic­to­ria Schu­macher. Those sim­mer­ing ob­jec­tions in­creased in vol­ume and fre­quency after belt-tight­en­ing, school-year-end bud­get cuts meant the loss or early re­tire­ment of some teach­ers and dras­tic re­as­sign­ments of oth­ers.

Ul­ti­mately, the board and Schu­macher ham­mered out an agree­ment Oct. 2 un­der which she would re­tire from ac­tive duty for the district on Jan. 3, but would be on med­i­cal leave (get­ting sick-leave pay) through June and a lump sum sev­er­ance equal to three months of her cur­rent gross monthly salary, which re­places an 18month buy­out clause in her cur­rent con­tract, which had been set to run through June 30, 2021.

Schu­macher was hired in May 2014.

Then at the board’s Dec. 13 meet­ing, Board Pres­i­dent Sa­muel Shal­houb (who was re­elected to that post by his peers) read a state­ment an­nounc­ing that mid­dleschool prin­ci­pal Kyle Martin would add to his du­ties the job of in­terim as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent, from Jan. 1 through June 30. In ad­di­tion to his reg­u­lar pay and ben­e­fits, Martin will re­ceive an ex­tra $2,500 a month, for a to­tal of $15,000.

Shal­houb said later in a re­port on so­cial me­dia that the board is “still ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of fill­ing the ac­tual in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent po­si­tion later in Jan­uary.”

Cam­bria Com­mu­nity Health­care District

ad­min­is­tra­tor Bob Say­ers re­tired in Sep­tem­ber. A month later, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor/field para­medic Ja­son Me­lendy took on tem­po­rary, ad­di­tional ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties as in­terim ad­min­is­tra­tor. But two months later, he opted out of that as­sign­ment, say­ing that he was, in ef­fect, do­ing three full­time jobs, which was sim­ply too much.

For now, the district’s only ad­min­is­tra­tive em­ployee is Heidi Holmes-Nagy, ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices man­ager, who works full­time.

At the board’s Dec.12 meet­ing, Bar­bara Bron­son Gray was elected board pres­i­dent, Mileur as vice pres­i­dent and Fe­do­roff as sec­re­tary.

The board ap­pointed re­tired physi­cian Miguel Her­nan­dez of Cam­bria to fill the board va­cancy cre­ated by the re­cent re­tire­ment of Shirley Bianchi, a long­time pub­lic ser­vant and for­mer county su­per­vi­sor. Be­cause of her hus­band Bill Bianchi’s health is­sues, she also

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The Aqua­batix syn­chro­nized swim­mers prac­ticed their rou­tine at Hearst Cas­tle in San Simeon be­fore the re­open­ing of the Nep­tune Pool.

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