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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1,2012- Page 5 When reality bites, creativity thrives By Paula Wrenn It is easy to criticize and complain when things aren't going well, especially when one has no responsibility for the decisions and work process, and if one has made no effort to contribute to the suggestion box. For that reason, I want to acknowledge the circumstances under which city em- ployees and management currently labor. This column covers a range of topics from my own personal nonsense to opinion on local matters. Even when I don't agree with every city decision or problem-solving approach, it is only fair to point out to my readers that city staffing levels have been cut by 25% in recent years. That amounts to quite a few Cloverdale families adversely affected by loss of city jobs. Though city staff is severely diminished, the work load is not. Granted, development projects are at a standstill, but my guess is that the time required to deal with the state on the elimination of the redevelopment agency is at least as time-consuming as if we had several developments underway. Satisfving the requirements of the state is eating up copious amounts of staff time and payroll budget, further re- Affected ducing the amount of man hours available to run the city. Some exempt management employees are work- by loss ing longer hours. Continuing cuts have led to the clos- of city ing of the city offices on Fridays. jobs We still need to level constructive criticism and offer suggestions for improvement when appropriate, but we all need to understand our calls may not be returned as quickly as in the past, and processes that used to be simple may take longer as employee job descriptions expand and someone new may be handling it. We all wish things were different. Ditto for city council members, the most difficult volunteer job in town. Creative solutions It remains to be seen how it will develop, but this citizen certainly appreciates the efforts of Nash Kunkle of Local Folkal who is attempting to develop an arts and entertainment festival that will be self-funded and of no cost to the city. The center of his presentation involved hiring a proven professional events developer responsible for many long-standing Bay Area events and festivals that are self-sustaining. The established connections in the event industry could prove helpful to Cloverdale. Independent entrepreneurs work the angles and create their incomes by identifying unmet opportunities. It's what you do when there is no budget and everyone else gives up. Kudos to Kunkle. Back to my normal rant Gateway to Mendocino? Really? I have heard the logic behind our new highway sign and I remain unconvinced. We have long been dismayed that many residents of Sono- ma County (and elsewhere) don't know our city lies within the Sonoma County boundary. Remember the writing and calling campaigns to com- plain when we were left off maps and out of important county decision processes? Well, duh. How can we expect that will change when we continue to aim lead at our own loafers? At least tell me Mendocino paid for the sign. I was less bothered by the Genuinely Cloverdale marketing campaign than some of you. Until now. We spent considerable money on it, but we are playing up another locale rather than talking about the attributes of our environs which the campaign was designed to highlight. Based on feedback I've received, it seems some of our decision-makers are truly disconnected from the feelings of many local business owners and resi- cents. I predict this will be dubbed "Gatewy-gateY Genuine|ywrong: :"- No photo better than bad photo Publicists know there is no control over an editor's choices when you submit press releases and photographs, or when a reporter attends an event to take photos and run a story. You just have to trust the editor is interested and has time to make choices favorable to your position. Often it is a matter of perspective, but I have to ask what the area daily was thinking when they ran a short bit in follow-up to the Cloverdale Fiddle Fest that is so contrary to the exuberant nature of the event. Honestly, if one wanted to kill the fiddle event for all time, what the daily newspaper ran is exactly what I would have chosen. Yes, musicians do take quiet moments off in the corners of the jamming room to think, take breaks and mentally prepare for competition. Knowing that, the photo that ran has some meaning to me. But the event itself is rife with lively interaction and joy and people of all ages engaged in making music. That is what the unknowing public needs to see. The printed story was accompanied by a photograph on January 23 of an elderly string bass player seated alone on a metal folding chair and shot from the back in a drab, bare rehearsal area. Though I am sure this was not the case, it appeared as though the gentleman was napping. The inset photo was a line of lifeless fiddles for sale. Come one. In no way did the photographs capture the excitement and charm of the Fiddle Fest. The byline under the headline simply said "Press Democrat Staff" so I must assume the equally uninspired writer and photographer were on their first job assignments. Thanks for nothing. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email February is National Pet (v' Dental Health Month Cloverdale Library news Two fantastic programs are coming up at the Cloverdale Library thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Library. Xtreme Science Magic comes to the Library on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. Ages 5 and up are invited to get hooked on Science at this fast- moving and interactive show. See the magic of Science with experiments, demonstrations and lots of audience participation. Wednesdays are an early release day from school so mark your calendars for this fun, yet educational, show. Free! Thank a member of the Friends! Coming up on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. is a musical program featur- ing The Russian River Ramblers. The group plays New Orleans style jazz from the 1920s, including tunes from Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams and Bunk Johnson, to name just a few. Join us for a free, wonderful afternoon of music brought to us by the Friends of the Library. Preschool Storytime continues on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Children ages 2-5, with their parent or caregiver, are invited for stories, songs and other pre-literacy activities. The program is 30 minutes long and there is time afterward for play and socializing. For more information, please call the Library at 894-5271 x 5. -Lucinda Wilson Don't Fo00jet qe,00 Onea O- Valentine's Day Celebrate with _. Natural Gemstone Jewelry Featured at Antiques & Uniques (front door entry display case - 124 S. Cloverdale Blvd.) Bring in this ad for an additional 10% off Buy two bracelets and receive 20% off (bracelets only) For more info, email Katie at 707-391-0118 Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic will be appearing at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Kick-Off Party on Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Don't miss this great evening of fun. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the Citrus Fair office or by calling 894-3992. Don't miss Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic Thursday Feb. 16 Come to the Pre-Fair Kick-Off Party, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 to 10 p.m. $15 admission includes New Orleans style appetizers. Andre Thierry is a phenomenal talent who has been capturing the attention of other musicians and music lovers since he was a young boy. Andre's French Creole heri- tage is deeply rooted in Louisiana although he was born and reared in northern California. The "King of Zydeco," the late great Clifton Chenier, grabbed three-year old Andre by the arms and deemed him a future accordion player. Andre was captivated by Clifton Chenier and when he was given his first accordion by local musician, Billy Wilson (currently with MotorDude Zydeco), he began teaching himself to play by listen- ing to Clifton Chenier's music. Thierry can't be lumped into Zy- deco's old-school R&B-influenced camp or its nouveau. He and his band, Zydeco Magic, lay down both soulful, traditional slow-dances and bottom-end-booming kinetic groovers. At only 32 years old, he is already a legend. There is widespread agreement that he is an exceptional multi-dimensional musician who has a finely-honed ability to merge traditional Zydeco music with hip- hop, blues, jazz and rock. Building from his love and respect for tradi- tional Zydeco, his original music is a blend of old and new. His musical mastery enables him to create a unique sound for his and future generations while staying true to the past. Andre Thierry won the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame award for "Best Zydeco Group" in 2008. Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic will be appearing at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Kick-Off Party on Thursday, Feb. 16. Don't miss this great evening of fun. Washington Middle School students; Greta Naiman, baritone saxophone, Karsyn Stewart, alto saxophone, Bailey Stewart, flute and Bailey Creager, percussion participated in the Sonoma County Honor Band. St Jdents participate in S,00noma Honor Band Four Washington Middle School students: Greta Naiman, baritone saxophone, Karsyn Stewart, alto saxophone, Bailey Stewart, flute and Bailey Creager, percussion and two Cloverdale High School stu- dents; Trevor Ramirez, baritone saxophone and Omar Ruiz, bass clarinet, are excited to be participat- ing in this year's Sonoma County Honor Band. This entertaining event is a chance for talented school musi- cians to meet other students from around the county. The students spent two days together preparing for the concert. This year's guest conductor for the Middle School students was Michael Boitz from Saratoga High School. The high school students were led by Dr. Ed- ward Harris. Dr. Harris is the Di- rector of Music at San Jose State University. The musicians performed on Sat- urday, Jan. 21, 2012. The event was held at Santa Rosa High School. We are fortunate to have so many tal- ented musicians in our school. Con- gratulations to all six students who participated! -Ken Collins Cloverdale High School students; Trevor Ramirez, baritone saxophone and Omar Ruiz, bass clarinet, participated in the Sonoma County Honor Band. ::! i;ii@ ;i IiI:i:@I:%!:I I!I :!iiii :i From the Editor's desk City representatives respond to "Plan Bay Area" On Jan. 9 Cloverdale City Council and Cloverdale Planning Commis- sion members attended a workshop presented by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to unveil "Plan Bay Area." "Plan Bay Area" is intended to be a response to Senate Bill 375 enacted into law in 2008, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through integrated transportation, land use, housing and environmental planning. The result is a regional Sustain- able Communities Strategy which was prepared by ABAG and the Metro- politan Transportation Commission (MTC). It is supposed to look at planning elements and growth considerations to the year 2040. The city was asked to provide feedback by the end of January. On Monday, Jan. 23, a joint council and planning commission meeting was held to review the regional plan for the city's response. There was a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece signed by 16 prominent scientists which questions the "huge private and government investment in climate and global warming being badly in need of critical review." In counseling candidates running for office, the opinion piece goes on to say, "Every candidate should support rational measures to protect and improve our environment, but it makes no sense at all to back expensive programs that divert resources from real needs and are based on alarming but untenable claims of 'incontrovertible' evidence." To simplify things from our perspective, "Plan Bay Area" looks like a complicated regional plan which lumps urban areas like San Francisco and Oakland with cities like Cloverdale. To do what? Reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Don't these people know that Cloverdale has a General Plan which local elected officials, planners and citizens helped to craft over several years? Maybe it's just our bias towards bureaucratic efforts like this. Plan Bay Area sounds to us like another expensive layer of govern- ment. Once in place, always in place. About the only thing that it guaran- tees is their jobs until 2040. To its credit, the city is asking a number of basic questions about "Plan Bay Area" that need to be answered. Simple things like the plan's growth assumptions, which city leaders believe are unrealistic and need to be reviewed given the economic downturn of the past several years. Can they be revised? How often? "Plan Bay Area" looks at job growth and housing unit growth, but doesn't define those terms. Is a housing unit an apart- ment, a single family home, a yurt, a mobile home, or something else? Is a job defined as a full time job, part time job, a business-at-home job, or what? City leaders are also asking what the ramifications are for a community to "opt out" of Plan Bay Area. It was refreshing to hear scepticism about this plan and what benefit, if any, it holds for Cloverdale. ANIMAL ltOSPH'A[ .... ()F C L()' ERI)A L I:, Schedule a dental cleaning for the month of February and receive $40 Off our already low prices! 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