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