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!! 131years serving the community .  " Published weekly since1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 1 50 Cents JACK THE DONKEY NEARLY LOST BOTH HIS EARS during a pit bull attack. The vet bill was $1,OOO and the owner of Jack Is trying to locate the owners of the dogs before they do any more harm to other animals or people. EminentDomain parcel explained By Roberta Lyons It was recently reported that the City of Cloverdale is close to final- izing an agreement with Sirrah, LLC, regarding a 5.8 acre parcel of property that has had a clouded ti- tle for many years. The parcel is the site of one of the city's waste water treatment ponds. The issue was created in 1978 when the city purchased the prop- erty from Prudential Insurance. The city took possession of the land and has used it continuously since that time. However, after more than 30 years, the city still did not have clear title to the property, even though part of the water treatment plant is located there. It appears that Prudential Insurance inadvert- ently re-sold the parcel along with a larger piece of property. Now, Sir- rah is the record owner of the prop- erty. "I don't know what happened all those years ago," commented City Attorney Eric Danly. A negotiated purchase to acquire the property rights at their fair market value was made with the previous owner back in 1978 and the city has already paid the purchase amount set forth in the Purchase Agreement. It appears that Sirrah, LLC (Lim- ited Liability Company), is associ- ated with Sealaska, the Alaska Indian corporation that is partner- ing with the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians to construct a casi- no and resort east of Cloverdale on Asti Road. Sealaska has formed several LLCs to acquire property for the fee to trust application for the casino project. The other LLC is called Amonos, which is "Sonoma" spelled backwards. A Limited Liability Company is a legal form of business company that provides limited liability to its owners. It means that members of the LLC are not liable for the debts and obligations of a business mere- ly because they own some or all of the business. The city attorney stressed that the city's focus in this matter is to "square away clear title for the sew- er plant to avoid any further action. It is an amicable way to solve the >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Loose pit bulls attack donkey and pose threat to neighbors By Roberta Lyons Two pit bulls on the loose in the Orange Drive vicinity of Cloverdale attacked a pet donkey, Jack, Wednesday night, Dec. 23. The owner of the donkey, Charles Bray, found the donkey badly injured and bloodied on the morning of Christmas Eve. Veterinar- ian bills amounted to $1,000, according to Bray's son- in-law, Ron New, also of Cloverdale. The families believe the dogs live in the vicinity and it has also been reported that the dogs have killed three cats. The animals were back again the morning of Dec. 30. According to police, witnesses are saying one dog is brown and the other is white; but Ron New said one eyewitness reported one dog was brown with black spots. Bray is offering a reward of $500 for any information leading to the identification of the dogs and their owners. After Jack was attacked, his owner made sure he was safely locked in the barn at night. However, the morning of Dec. 30th, the dogs returned and tried to get into the barn. They were unsuccessful and ran off, again before they could be identified. "Jack was terrified," noted Ron New. "He didn't even want to come out of the barn after the dogs were gone." Jack probably survived the vicious attack because donkeys are known for being pretty feisty - he was able to kick and fend off the dogs but they still almost tore off both of his ears. "I'm sure the dogs must have been injured. Wouldn't an owner wonder about their dogs when they came home covered in blood?/' New wondered. ,. Bray believes-the donkey fought so hard because he was protecting his fellow barn mates, Jill, another donkey, and Dolly, a sheep. It appears that the dogs dug under a chain link fence to access the donkey. The fence is very sturdy and even had wire buried in the ground below the fence, which the dogs tore out. New said the loose dogs are terrorizing the neigh- borhood. "M, in- laws are in their 70s and they have had visitors over the holidays who are also older. They are afraid to even go outside." He also said one neighbor carries a pistol with him on his walks in fear of being attacked by the dogs. "If the dogs were licensed, the city should know about them," New said. Sgt. Stephen Cramer of the Cloverdale Police Department said as far as he can tell, the dogs are not licensed. "All the eyewitnesses say the dogs don't have collars," he noted. The Cloverdale Police Department has notified the California Department of Fish and Game, as well as the Sonoma County Animal Control department. The city's animal control officer, Teresa McDonald, has been going door to door in the neighborhoods in the vicinity of the attacks asking if anyone has seen the two dogs or if neighbors know of anyone who owns the two pit bulls. "Once we identify the dogs and their owners, we have a lot of options to take care of the problem," Sgt. Cramer said. So far the dogs are attacking in the early morning hours. Sgt. Cramer said the "graveyard" officers have >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 SMART hosts second workshop to refine preferences for amenities By Chris Coursey Bikes on board? How about bagels, black coffee or maybe even beaujolais? The public will have ,another opportunity to weigh in on the types of on-board amenities that should be in- cluded on SMART's new passenger rail vehicles at a workshop scheduled for 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 13 in San Rafael. The first workshop on the issue, held Dec. 9 in Santa Rosa, drew an enthusiastic crowd. Future users of the North Bay's passenger train are invited to comment on vehicle specifications during a meeting of the Operations Committee of the SMART Board of Directors. While the Board has already decid- ed the type of vehicles SMART will use - state-of-the- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 CAPTAIN AL DELSID, of the Cloverdale Fire Protection District, re- tired after 25 years of service. SUEY KONG, LEFT, LUCY HUANG AND ANN GILLIS, In one of the two vegetable gardens at the Senior Center. A good harvest means bas- kets full of organic produce for everybody at the center to enjoy. Saying good- bye to 2009 Ct wkot * Continued from last week * Editor's Note: The year 2009 was a very difficult one for many peo- ple, but going through the pages of the Cloverdale Reveille, it is evi- dent that many positive things happened in 2009 as well. Taken from headline stories, our "Year in Review," goes over the past year and reports on both the positive and negative happenings in Clover- dale. June 24, 2009 Police Chief Tuma discusses quality of life questions - After three years on the job, Cloverdale's Chief of Po- lice, Mark Tuma recently sat down COUNCIL MEMBERS GUS WOLTER, left, Carol Russell, Mayor Joe Palla; city manager Nina Regor, council members Jessalee Raymond and Mary Ann Brigham recognize Bruce Kibby's contributions to the city as Community Development Director with The Reveille to discuss a couple of recurring quality of life issues. The first topic discussed had to do with gangs and gang presence in Cloverdale. State budget crisis forces major changes for Cloverdale medical center programs - In response to program budget cuts handed down by the State of California, the Alexander Valley Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and CEO Debo- rah Howell have made some pain- ful decisions to keep the most vital services available to area residents. Attempted murder suspect captured - On Thursday, June 18, at approxi- mately 1:30 p.m. Cloverdale Police Officer David Johns stopped a ve- hicle in the southwest section of town for no front license plate. Lions Club seeking fireworks funds - This year marks the 33rd annual July 4th fireworks display put on by the Cloverdale Lions Club. Summer movie nights a't the library for the past six and a half years. continues - This popular series con- tinues, with the showing of the original animated movie about a VERY large family of spotted dogs on June 24, based on the book by Dodie Smith. July 1, 2009 No immediate plans are set for city layoffs - Despite the recent direction by the Cloverdale City Council for City Manager, Nina Regor, to come up with a "Layoff List" Regor an- nounced at a special June 22, bud- get meeting that right now, no layoffs are planned so no list was created. City announces new 2009 fireworks sale and use laws - Due to the. ongo- ing drought conditions in the re- gion and resulting concerns about fire, the Cloverdale City Council has approved an urgency ordi- nance limiting the sale and use of fireworks. Community Development Director Bruce Kibby retires - City business took a brief recess at last week's City Council meeting to allow time to recognize and honor Communi- ty Development Director Bruce Kibby for his 6 / years of service to the city. Kibby retired June 30, but has agreed to stay on as a part-time consultant through the end of the year. City clerk announces resignation - An emotional Michele Winterbot- tom announced her resignation as Cloverdale's City Clerk, at a special city council meeting on June 22. July 8, 2009 Financial cuts to education called hideous - Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) Krista Eisbrenner presented the district's budget for 2009/10 at the regular school board meeting on Monday, June 29. AI Delsid retires - looks back on 25 years of public service - Retiring Fire >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 4