resigned as leader of the Cambria FireSafe Focus Group she helped to start.
The district Board of Directors (relabeled from “trustees” when the board approved a new set of bylaws) is continuing to research its options and search for a new administrative leader, although whether or not they’ll hire a fulltime top exec was still open for discussion, Fedoroff said earlier this month.
The board was to have met in a special closed session at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., to discuss possible appointment of an administrator.
NEW MEDICAL CLINIC
The First California Physicians Partnership clinic in the Linnvest- ments medical building, 2150 Main St., is now open.
The main floor of the two-story structure had undergone lengthy, extensive, expensive renovations prior to the clinic’s opening on Dec. 3.
It’s taken years of negotiating and work to get the clinic here, starting with a community health survey (organized by Mileur and others) to determine what services area residents wanted.
Building owner John Linn also was very involved in getting FCPP in Cambria.
For now, internal medicine physician Alison Lewis is taking appointments Mondays through Thursdays, according to Christina Lyken, market operations manager.
Lyken said same-day appointments are available, adding that “in the future, we’re considering bringing in specialists,” and that FCPP is still “looking at bringing in xray” facilities. She said FCPP accepts most major insurances, including CenCal.
Patients who call 805395-3277 for an appointment will be talking to someone at a care-coordination center elsewhere, not at the Cambria office.
Fedoroff said he was the clinic’s second patient, and he found the the appointment to be “a great experience.” He said, “Now, not only do we have a great young dentist in Dr. (Ramandeep) Badhan but a great young internist in Dr. Lewis along with veteran physician Dr. (Robert) Gong all in one building on Main Street.”
The Sierra Vista blooddraw lab has reopened in the building, and provides those services Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for now. However, according to Sierra Vista lab staff in San Luis Obispo, they expect to add Thursdays back into the schedule soon.
BALLOT MEASURES DEFEATED
Voters gave thumbs down to two ballot measures that would have added fees to their property-tax bills if the measures had received the twothirds majority vote needed to pass.
In June, the Cambria Fire Department sought $62.15 per parcel per year for local Measure A-18, which would have provided funding for three firefighters to meet some safety requirements for them and the public in case of fire.
More than 53 percent of voters who cast ballots approved the measure, but that wasn’t enough.
The three firefighter/ paramedics, whose salaries had been initially paid by grant funds, no longer work full-time for the department.
In November, the healthcare district asked property owner/voters to approve a tax of $35.04 per parcel for six years to help pay for ambulance and capital expenses (not salaries or benefits. Nearly 42 percent of those who cast ballots voted no.
Will the agencies try again? Time will tell.
A morning-commutetime fire near Cambria’s Shamel Park on Feb. 26 forced the evacuation of a three-unit apartment complex and sent one man to the hospital with burns.
About nine people were displaced, according to Fire Chief William Hollingsworth.
Then on May 29, a fire destroyed a house on Pinewood Drive in the PineKnolls neighborhood and burned the occupant so badly, she was taken by ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles.
Dana VanBell, a friend of the burn victim Sherry Hilber, wrote on a gofundme page that although the center was a long distance away, “this decision likely saved Sherry’s life. As soon as they reached the Burn Center, Sherry was operated on. Thereafter, she underwent painful repetitive skin debriding procedures to allow her skin to heal. Skin grafts were required and Sherry remained in the ICU over a long period.”
VanBell said that eventually, Hilber “was transferred to a long-term rehabilitation center, far from home, alone, and away from family … Sherry has no home to return to and no worldly possessions other than her iPad.”
Hilber is facing more surgery, and “will definitely require financial help to rebuild her life, continue her long recovery, and eventually return to her charity work” with her RxLaughter nonprofit.
RxLaughter researches and educates about the therapeutic value of comedy care, especially for children and those struggling with serious emotional and physical challenges. She was a veteran primetime programming executive for the ABC and CBS networks, and also is a writer and script analyst.
Hilber has told friends that she would love to
A ballot measure to increase funding for the Cambria Fire Department was defeated.