BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) is governed by a five-member Board of Directors, elected at-large for four-year overlapping terms. The CCSD Board elects a President to preside over the meetings, and a Vice President, who serves in the President’s absence. The role of President rotates with annual nominations held at the regular December Board meeting.
The CCSD was formed in 1976. Elections occur in even years with three (3) terms expiring in 2020 and two (2) terms expiring in 2018 (overlapping terms). Successful candidates assume office the first Friday in December following the November election. CCSD elections are consolidated with San Luis Obispo County and General Elections are typically held the first Tuesday in November. The County Clerk Recorder handles all candidate filings.
Reelected CCSD Board members Jim Bahringer and Michael Thompson received the Oath of Office in December 2014 and will complete their terms in December 2018.
Reelected CCSD Board members Amanda Rice and Greg Sanders received the Oath of Office in December 2016 and will complete their terms in December 2020.
Harry Farmer was elected to office in the November 8, 2016 General Election with his term expiring December, 2020.
On December 15, 2016 Amanda Rice was nominated and voted President and Gregory Sanders was nominated and voted Vice President for the 2017 year.
Board of Directors Photos & Bios
President Amanda Rice
Amanda Rice was reelected to the CCSD Board of Directors in the November 8, 2016 General Election. Her term expires in December 2020. She has been a member of the Cambria Forest Committee, Chair of North Coast Advisory Council for two of the four years she was on the Council, and has worked with the Community Center of Cambria (the Youth Center), HART, Cambria Anonymous Neighbors, and the J & J Heller Dog Park. She earned a B.A. in English from CSU Chico and a teaching certificate from Tulane University, then taught high school English in New Orleans for five years, where she developed a grant-funded American Studies Program and served as department chair for two years. She currently provides web development, computer, and administrative support to local businesses.
Vice President Gregory Sanders
Gregory Sanders was originally appointed to the CCSD Board of Directors on October 19, 2015 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Muril Clift. He was reelected to the CCSD Board of Directors in the November 8, 2016 General Election, term expiring December 2020. He previously served on the CCSD Board of Directors from 2002 - 2010, serving in the role of Board President for 3 years and as Board Vice-President for 3 years. He earned a B.A. in History and Political Science, an M.A., and a J.D. He has a thirty eight year career as an attorney, has served as Chief of Staff for a Member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and Chief of Staff for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Director Jim Bahringer
Jim Bahringer was elected to the CCSD Board of Directors in November 2010 and re-elected in November 2014. His professional background includes businessman and college professor. He holds a B.S. US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; M.B.A. candidate San Jose State. He is a member of NCAC, Cambria Lions Club, and American Legion.
Director Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson was elected to serve as Vice President for year 2011. He was elected to the CCSD Board in November 2010. He earned a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A. in Educational Psychology at California State University, Northridge. He served with Naval Security Group during Vietnam Era, Criminal Justice Director in Los Angeles, Chairman of County Narcotics and the California State Drug Program Advisory Board. He is involved in numerous community activities: Director of Cambria Chamber of Commerce, past Chair of PROS, and sits on the NCAC. He is a member of American Legion, past member of County of SLO Economic Advisory Committee. He is a member of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Elephant Seals, and Historical Society Friends organizations.
Director Harry Farmer
Harry Farmer was elected to the CCSD Board of Directors in November, 2016. His term expires in December, 2020. A graduate of California State University Northridge in 1969, his varied work background includes employment in social services and the mental health field, as well as a disc jockey and radio interview host, gardener, and counseling astrologer. He moved to Cambria in November, 1986. During the 1990’s he was an active 8 year member of Friends of the Ranchland, the non profit volunteer organization that prevented development of, and ultimately helped in the purchase, of the 440 acre Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. He also initiated, and was passionately involved, in the saving of the popular local hiking area known as Strawberry Canyon. Since Fall 2009, he has been a volunteer gardener at the Cambria Historical Museum. He also cares for the planter boxes above the attractive wooden trash/recycling containers that dot our town’s business district.
2017 Ad Hoc Committees and Members
Finance Ad Hoc Committee: President Rice and Vice President Sanders
Task: evaluate budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, assess fiscal policies and priorities.
Fire Department Ad Hoc Committee: Vice-President Sanders and Director Thompson Task: Fire Department.
Infrastructure Ad Hoc Committee: Director Bahringer and Director Farmer
Task: Water Department, Wastewater Department and technology infrastructure (hardware and software) in all departments.
Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROs) Ad Hoc Committee: Director Thompson and Director Bahringer
Task: Parks & Recreation and Facilities Departments (including Veterans Memorial Hall).
Water Supply (formerly Sustainable Water Facility Water Permitting & EIR Ad Hoc Committee): President Rice and Vice-President Sanders
- Support staff’s work on water supply permitting for the Sustainable Water Facility
regular Coastal Development Permit and Environmental Impact Report.
- Review 2015 UWMP and progress on water efficiency program goals.
- Report to Board and suggest needed policy reviews for consistency.
Information Technology Ad Hoc Committee: President Rice and Director Bahringer
- The Technology Ad-Hoc Committee is responsible for pending technology
infrastructure issues (hardware and software) in all departments.
- North Coast Advisory Council – Director Bahringer
- Coast Union School District – President Rice
- Cambria Healthcare District – Vice President Sanders Cambria Forest Committee – Director Farmer
- Cambria Tourism Board – Director Bahringer
- Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group – Director Thompson
- Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve – Director Farmer
- San Simeon CSD – Director Thompson
- Regulatory and other local, state, or federal agencies – President Rice