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NCAC Website Adds Links to Useful Wildfire Safety Documents

A discussion of wildfire preparedness and safety measures was the focal topic at the September meeting of the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC), providing much useful information from home hardening to establishing defensible space zones around property and what to include in a “go” kit, including various safety checklists.

     David Pierson from the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group provided the documents, including an overall presentation on wildfire preparedness. These are all linked on the Presentations” page of the NCAC website at:  ncacslo.org/agenda/presentations-videos/.  The next monthly meeting of the NCAC will be on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be convened virtually, and Zoom access details will be made available at:  ncacslo.org.

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What is Local Bond Measure G-22 on the November 8 Ballot?

A special meeting of the Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) Board is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Recreation Center (950 Main Street).  The meeting is planned to provide an interactive public forum to present facts and answer questions about proposed Bond Measure G-22 on the November election ballot.

     Registered voters in Cambria, San Simeon, and the rural areas bounded by Monterey County to the north, Villa Creek Road to the south and the crest of Highway 46 to the east will be asked to cast their vote on Bond Measure G-22 in this fall’s general election.  If approved by two-thirds plus one of the voters, it will authorize the CCHD to construct a purpose-built ambulance facility meeting all building codes and standards for an essential services facility. The CCHD’s current facility on Main Street was designed for healthcare offices, not an ambulance facility, and the building has deteriorated beyond its useful life after initially being constructed some 65 years ago.

     Construction of a modern facility for the CCHD is intended to assure expensive equipment is properly safeguarded, first responders are securely and comfortably housed during 48-hour shifts, medicines are properly protected while avoiding continued expenditures for repair and maintenance of an aging facility.  The facility is designed to last more than 50 years.

     Bond Measure G-22 will cost taxpayers about $10 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For example, if a property is assessed at $400,000, the current tax will increase about $40 per year for the 30- to 32-year expected life of the bond.  Passage of Measure G-22 will authorize an $8.5 million bond to defray design, construction, and temporary personnel and equipment relocation costs with an anticipated interest rate of 4 percent and an annual bond service of $560,000.

     Over the past four years, the CCHD Board has worked diligently to control spending which is now under control, and the District is experiencing positive cash flow.  Measure G-22 provides a long-term capital investment at minimal cost to rate payers.

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Cambria Library to Offer Two-part Brain Education Series

The Cambria Library (1043 Main Street) will be offering two presentations on promoting brain health on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30 to noon to be followed on Wednesday, November 2, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  The presentations will be led by Dennis Pezzato. 

     Dr. Pezzato is a behavioral specialist and the author of six self-help books.  He has an extensive set of experiences working with caregivers, dementia and cancer patients, and those facing end-of-life challenges. He is currently doing work with Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital, Wilshire Hospice, and the San Luis Obispo Alzheimer’s chapter.

     The first session is titled “Promoting Your Brain Health.”  Growing evidence suggests that individuals can keep their brain health by adopting key lifestyle habits.  Learn how to take care of the brain through diet, exercise, social engagement, and cognitive activities.  The second session is titled “Where are My Keys vs. What are My Keys.”  Slowing down is normal as we age, but when do these changes become a concern?  Learn the ten warning signs of dementia and techniques to approach a loved one with concerns about their cognition.  Both sessions are free and open to the public without advance registration.

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Cambria Community Healthcare District Hires Director of Finance

The Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) is pleased to announce the September appointment of Director of Finance Linda Hendy.  Linda joins the CCHD team after working most recently with the Port of San Luis Harbor District.  

     Hendy brings to the District over 20 years of experience in economic development, private and governmental accounting, property management, and budgeting.  Director Bill Rice and the Board President Cecilia Montalvo formed the hiring team and are pleased to have recruited a finance director with Linda’s skills and background.  She is ideally suited for this role.

     The CCHD reorganized its administrative functions after the District’s former administrator Mike McDonough left for a new position in Texas.  Tim Benes was appointed as Director of Operations (Administrator of Record) and a Director of Finance position was created to oversee financial reporting, budgeting, billing, and accounts receivable management.  “I am very excited to be a part of the amazing team here at the Cambria Community Healthcare District,” said Hendy.

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CCHD Makes Community Resource Guide Available

The Cambria Community Healthcare District’s (CCHD) Healthcare Advocacy and Outreach Committee has prepared a four-page guide covering important community resources, including Emergency Services with information about adult protective services, mental health, domestic and sexual violence hotlines; Local Organizations, including Cambria Anonymous Neighbors, The Cambria Connection, Lions Club, Joslyn Adult Recreation Center, Rotary Club of Cambria, and Cambria Neighbors Club; and Food and Nutrition resources that include the Dining Room Lunch Program, home delivered meals, CalFresh, and the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

     The brochure also covers Transportation resources, including Senior Go, and Ride-On; Housing resources like Home Share SLO, utility assistance, and minor home repair for seniors.  For Veterans Support, health resources include care management, in-home support, elder abuse prevention, Alzheimer’s Association-Central Coast, and medical equipment borrowing.

     The brochure is currently available at the CCHD office (2511 Main Street) and at the Farmer’s Market held every Friday from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall parking lot (1000 Main Street).  For questions about the brochure or where to pick up a copy, call CCHD at 805-927-8304.