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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.

FIRES

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

STEPHEN H. PROVOST [email protected]­bune­news.com

A bal­lot mea­sure to in­crease fund­ing for the Cam­bria Fire De­part­ment was de­feated.

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