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$1 at the newsstand SHALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTAST SHELTON WA98584-2263 ORIGIN MIXED ADC 9&O ]096 00-00-0000 ,ihmh,jllmuqlilull,pqlll,llI,H, lphllhl,jh,I Visit www.cloverdalereveille.com for daily updates on local news and views Our 140th year, Number 6@ Cloverdale, California February 7, 2019 on and off since February 2011. He the Law Enforcement Torch Runbridges of working together to stop Cramer was a champion of fought hard and valiantly for it was and National Night Out, so our the criminal side of cannabis and his intent and purpose in life to citizens recognize us as members of help educate." community outreach beat the cancer, regain his health the community rather than "I guess if I had to say one thing, and return to duty." anonymous drones who carry a it's that we were on two sides of a By Strickland Starting in 2011, Cramer wentbadge," he said. "In this era, where fence and he reached his hand over Reveille Editor through multiple recurrences of nationally law enforcement isand met me in the middle," King zoe@sonomawest.com squamous cell carcinoma, which looked upon negatively, I take pride continued. "His legacy will live on. manifested as throat cancer. Since in the reality that our officers and I wouldn't be where I am today Former Cloverdale Police Chief being diagnosed, Cramer was our department are treated with without him." Stephen Cramer died on Sunday, declared cancer-free multiplemutual respect." "I knew Chief Cramer for over 10 Feb. 3. times, went through multiple His dedication for outreach is years, and during that time we Cramer was hired by the rounds of chemotherapy and something that has echoed worked together on key city Cloverdale Police Department to be underwent surgery to get a throughout the community, initiatives including the passage of a police officer in 2005, became a tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis "Years ago I was arrested forMeasure O, that benefitted the sergeant in 2010 and was appointed (TEP). cannabis, and that was when he financial well-being of the city," chief of police in 2015. Cramer During his time at the came to me and we had a said Mayor Melanie Bagby in a retired from his position in department, Cramer was a conversation about the medical statement. "Chief Cramer's energy December. champion of community outreach, side of it," said Patrick King, and enthusiasm for all things "It is with sadness that I inform In a December interview with the community member and owner ofCloverdale, along with his you of the passing of former Reveille about his retirement, the The Soil King Garden Center. "That infectious smile, will be missed." Cloverdale Police Chief, Stephen chief said that he would misswas when everybody frowned onCramer is survived by his wife Wayne Cramer," read a press positively interacting with the me he came to me and just asked Tami and seven children. release from Robert Stewart, community, me a bunch of questions about the According to Stewart, services for interim chief of police. "Chief "We implemented community reason cannabis meant that much Cramer are pending and will be Cramer had been battling cancer events such as Coffee with a Cop, to me. From that moment, we built announced at a later date. CHIEF STEPHEN CRAMER / /" State of Tobacco Control gives C|overdaie a C By Heather Bailey Staff Writer heather@sonomawest.com The American Lung Association in California released its annual State of Tobacco Control report, which assigns grades to all California cities and counties, including Sonoma County, on key tobacco control policies. Sonoma County and its cities earned almost all As and Bs as an overall grade, with Cloverdale receiving the only C. Sonoma is one of only four coun- ties in California to have no Ds or Fs in its overall grades. Windsor raised its overall grade to an A. The report reveals that California again leads the nation in efforts to reduce and prevent tobac- co use. The study shows that tobac- co use remains the nation's leading cause of preventable death and dis- ease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year. While California received solid grades in many areas, an emerging trend of concern is youth e- cigarette use reaching epidemic lev- els, due to a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, according to results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. According to the report, this equals one million additional peo- ple under the age of 18 beginning to use e-cigarettes, placing their devel- oping bodies and lungs at risk. This has caused the U.S. Surgeon General to declare e-cigarette use among young people an epidemic in an advisory issued in December. "We are proud that California continues to make progress in addressing the lung health of its people," said Lindsey Freitas, senior director of advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. "By passing a strong tobacco tax in 2016, continuing to support coverage of smoking cessa- tion programs and other key 'quit tools' and standing up to the bil- lions spent in lobbying by Big Tobacco, the state remains a lead- ing nationwide advocate for healthy lungs and clean air." The report grades states and the federal government on policies proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and finds that California is among the top states in the nation in several key areas, though key to maintaining and fur- ther improvement hinge on the con- tinued efforts of state, county and local officials to continue to enact See Tobacco Page 6 PIECING IT TOGETHER -- Tex Dickens of the Lions Club works helped with Citrus Fair exhibits since he was in high school. In the weeks leading up to the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Cheri Ann Tipler can be found handling the still exhibits. Tipler, who serves as the superintendent of arts, crafts, citrus, displays and other still exhibits, has been working at the fair for 13 years. "It's the kids. I love seeing the kids come in, and their reactions," she said, discussing her reason for working the fair. "It keeps me close to the roots, seeing everything I grew up doing." Walking around the fairground, it's evident that people are hard at work putting together exhibits of all sorts. On the afternoon of Feb. 4, members of the Rotary Club of Cloverdale and the Cloverdale Lions Club were hard at work drilling, sawing and pasting on foodstuffs -- all in the name of building featured exhibits for next week's fair. This year's fair theme is Photos ZoO Strickland on the club's railroad-themed exhibit. Dickens has "Making of America," and centers around innovation in America. Each adult-created exhibit needs to adhere to the fair theme and contain 90 dozen pieces of citrus, half of which are oranges. The Rotary Club is working on an exhibit that centers around the 1969 manned moon landing. "It's certainly a uniquely American thing," said Rotary member Robin Wilkerson, who is credited with suggesting this year's Rotary exhibit. The exhibit, in addition to being 'uniquely American' in nature, also gives the club enough freedom to divvy up responsibility. "It works nicely for our club because you have the main structure of the exhibit and you have different components that everyone can take on," she said. "We know what the main pieces will be, and then you start thinking about what you can add on." The Lions Club is working on building a history of transportation -- the trains that made America. "It's creative, to say the least," Lions Club member Tex Dickens said. "I've been working on these since high school." The Lions Club decided to focus their exhibit on rail history because of how integral the railway was to bringing people west. "The railroad really brought people here," Dickens said. For those who may not be making an exhibit this year, the fair has you covered -- both Wilkerson and Dickens expressed excitement surrounding a featured exhibit that will give fairgoers the chance to learn what making one is all about. "I think that's what's really positive -- getting the kids involved," Wilkerson said. -- Zo# Strickland Wants community involvement, input from organizations By Zo~ Strickland Reveille Editor zoe@sonomawest.com The city is beginning to put together a strategic plan that's meant to address homelessness -- but it may be awhile before a for- mal plan is finalized. The Finance, Administration and Police Subcommittee met last week to review the Draft Homelessness Strategic Plan Framework and discuss the first round of additions, as well as how to get further community input regarding what should be included in the plan. This was the first time the framework had been presented to the committee. "It's not a strategic plan yet," said City Manager David Kelley. "It's a framework for development of a strategic plan. One of the rea- sons why we developed it was to start to put together this frame- work on which we could have a dia- logue on how, as a community, we want to address the issue of home- lessness." The framework plan consists of eight parts: an executive summary that outlines the city's goals, guid- ing principles and vision of success; an introduction that gives voice to the purpose of creating a strategic plan; background surrounding homelessness in Cloverdale, local and county programs and commu- nity efforts to address homeless- ness; the city's best practices for addressing homelessness; a plan- ning process that focuses on the use of a community outreach group; strategic plan framework; action plans; and a section set aside for resources. Some of the components includ- ed in the draft framework were dis- cussed at previous subcommittee meetings where community mem- : bers voiced their input on how they:: believe the city should address : homelessness. One of the next steps discussed, : the creation of a community out- reach group or ad hoc committee, is meant to address any gaps in infor- mation that may be in the draft plan. "I think one of the things we : should really look at is establishingI a community advisory group, where you invite key representa- :" tives (in the community) to address ': specific initiatives," Kelley said, adding that the city would then develop a "process where the com- munity advisory group goes through those initiatives, refines them and makes sure that they're reflective of (the city's) values and See Framework Page 6