Agenda for Cambria CSD meeting on April 25, 2013

I know recent updates to the site have been few and far between. I’d like to have the time to write more, but the realities of making a living have limited the time I have for this site.

The Cambria CSD website isn’t working  as it should, so right now you can’t  download a copy of the agenda and the packet from  I’m posting the one I received by email here for download and have included the agenda. Please feel free to pass along the link to anyone who might be interested.

Download Here: 2013 0425 REG BOD MTG Agenda Packet

According to District Clerk Kathy Choate, the agenda is available in the usual places (Veteran’s Hall, District Office, etc) and she has been in touch with support for the website and hopes to able able to post the packet and agenda Monday.

A. Call to Order
B. Pledge of Allegiance
C. Establishment of Quorum
D. Report from Closed Session
(Estimated Time: 5 minutes)
(Estimated Time: 15 minutes)
Members of the public may now address the Board on any item of interest within the jurisdiction of the Board but not on its agenda today. In compliance with the Brown Act, the Board cannot discuss or act on items not on the agenda. Each speaker has up to three minutes. Speaker slips (available at the entry) should be submitted to the District Clerk.
(Estimated Time: 20 minutes)
(Estimated Time: 5 minutes)
(Estimated Time: 10 minutes)

All matters on the consent calendar are to be approved by one motion. If Directors wish to discuss a consent item other than simple clarifying questions, a request for removal may be made. Such items are pulled for separate discussion and action after the consent calendar as a whole is acted upon.
A.     Consideration to Approve Expenditures for Month of March 2013
B.     Consideration to Approve Minutes of Board of Directors Regular Meeting, March 21, 2013
C.     Consideration to Adopt Resolution 11-2013 Declaring a Vehicle and a Trash Pump Surplus and Authorizing the General Manager to Sell Them
D.     Consideration to Adopt Resolution 14-2013 Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of an Installment Sale Agreement, and Authorizing and Directing Certain Actions in Connection with the Acquisition of Vehicles
E.     Consideration to Adopt Resolution 12-2013 to Approve the Utilities Manager Position Description and Salary Range
F.     Consideration to Approve a Covenant between the Cambria Community Services District and the County of San Luis Obispo for Preservation of Riparian Enhancement Area – Main Street Bridge Replacement Project
(Estimated Time: 15 minutes)
A.     Discussion and Consideration to Fix Water and Wastewater Standby or Availability Charges as Provided in Government Code Section 61124 and Consideration to Adopt Resolution 13-2013 Fixing Water and Wastewater Standby or Availability Charges for FY 2013/2014
(Estimated Time: 30 minutes)
9.     REGULAR        BUSINESS
A.     Discussion and Consideration to Approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Cambria Community Services District and the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Regarding Donations and Merchandise Sales on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
B.     Discussion and Consideration of Army Corps of Engineers Update on EIR/EIS Process and Water Supply Alternatives and Receive Army Corps of Engineers Quarterly Report      C.     Discussion and Consideration to Adopt Ordinance 01-2013 amending Subsection B of Section 8.04.110 of the CCSD Municipal Code Relating to the Affordable Housing Program D.     Discussion and Consideration to Adopt Ordinance 02-2013 Amending Subsection B Section 8.04.100 of the CCSD Municipal Code in Order to Prohibit Transfers that Would Result in Multiple Positions on a Parcel
E.     Discussion and Consideration to Cast Ballot Voting for a Special District Member to Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Term Expiring December 2014
(Estimated Time: 90 minutes)
10. FUTURE AGENDA ITEM(S) Requests from Board members to receive feedback, direct staff to prepare information, and/or request a formal agenda report be prepared and the item placed on a future agenda. No formal action can be taken except to direct staff to place a matter of business on a future agenda.
11.     ADJOURN


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Of Desalination and Realistic Water Use

The last couple of years on have been pretty quiet. I hope to boost the frequency of articles as I move forward as a CCSD Board member, since the main purpose of the site is to be a resource of information for Cambrians. I also welcome anyone who would like to contribute to the site to contact me.

What prompted today’s post is an article on desalination from Yes! magazine recently posted on a site called  Rather than summarize it for you, here’s the link to read it for yourself. No matter what your position is on desal for Cambria,  this article makes an interesting point or two.

Dirty, Pricey, and Obsolete: Why Desalination Is Not Worth Its Salt

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Election Day Less than a Week Away

Since the focus of this site has always been primarily the CCSD, that is the particular race this post is about. (Disclaimer: I am a candidate for CCSD this year and would appreciate your vote, if you are so inclined.Visit for more.)

There are 6 candidates on the ballot and one official write-in candidate. A majority of the registered voters in Cambria vote by mail (and have probably already voted). For the rest of you, my recommendation is to vote for one, two or three candidates – vote for the one(s) you know or feel strongly about.  I know most of the candidates (the exception being Kim McDaniel) and Cambria will be well-served by almost any of them.

I’ve invited each of the candidates to write up something about themselves and respond to questions posed by our fellow Cambrians during the campaign. is not constrained by space limitations, like the newspaper, but we do have a tight deadline: only six days till the election.

I will post the candidates’ responses as I get them.

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Workshop on Conservation to be held Tuesday October 9, 2012

The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) will be conducting a special meeting/workshop on an update to the community’s Water Conservation Program, which will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, at Cambria Veterans Building, 1000 Main Street, Cambria.
The special meeting will solicit input on existing and new conservation measures to be considered in the updated Water Conservation Program.
For further information, you may contact CCSD General Manager, Jerry Gruber, at 927-6223 or jgruber  @ (remove spaces to use email)

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Cheap Conservation and a Desal Future (9/25/12 Water Efficiency Mag)

From the editor at Water Efficiency Magazine comes this quite timely commentary:

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.”

That oft-repeated cry of the Ancient Mariner succinctly describes the relationship between local water resource management and desalination. For many water-scarce communities, desalination may feel like viable solution, but the high-energy costs and questionable environmental impacts of building new plants and treating and delivering the final product to consumers have stalled major projects throughout the country.

And ultimately, price becomes the deciding factor.

As reported in Sci-Tech Today, although California’s miles of coastline seem to indicate the viability of desalination as a water resource management option, many of the state’s coastal communities are asking “How much are we willing to pay for this new water?”

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