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Page 6 The Cloverda]e Reveille February 7, 2019 www.cloverdalereveille,com TOBACCO: Continued from Page 1 strict measures to prevent youth smoking, e-cigarette use and multi-unit housing protections. In conjunction with the national report, the American Lung Association in California released its com- panion State of Tobacco Control 2019 - California Local Grades report, which issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on local tobacco control poli- cies. Highlights from this year's report include: Eight commu- nities improved their overall grade to an A from last year, California now has a total of " 39 communities with an over- all A grade, and over half of the policies passed in 2018 included updated definitions of secondhand smoke and/or ,tobacco products to include emerging products such as electronic cigarettes. According to the report, the Bay Area and the sur- rounding counties are the leading the way in tackling the vaping epidemic and pro- tecting our youth from a life- time of nicotine addiction. Twelve out of the fourteen policies passed in 2018 restricting the sale of flavored tobacco came from communi- ties in Northern California. This year's most improved city was Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County improving their overall tobacco grade from an F to an A. However the report also states that half of California's population still live in com- munities scoring a D or F. And the tobacco industry has undertaken an unprecedent- ed proactive strategy to push back against local efforts. Last year, RJ Reynolds spent close to $12 million to unsuc- cessfully challenge a local ordinance in San Francisco that banned flavored tobacco including menthol. Overall, Sonoma County earned a grade of A. Eight new communities statewide received a grade of A for 2018, including Windsor. Windsor was also designated as a "Community on the Rise," due to improving its grade from B to A, reducing the sale of tobacco products and pass- ing ordinances that eliminate the sale of flavored tobacco products and requiring a min- imum pack size for cigars. Rohnert Park was the only other Sonoma County city to receive the "Community on the Rise" designation. Statewide, 6 percent of the population lives in a commu- nity receiving an A grade, 14 percent in a B community, 31 percent in a C grade commu- nity, 15 percent in a D com- munity and 35 percent in an F. According to the report, the American Lung Association in California established local tobacco con- trol grades in four categories that reflect where local action is needed and where the greatest public health benefit can be derived. The three tobacco control policy grades that are assigned to each city and county are: Smokefree Outdoor Air; Smokefree Housing; and Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products. These three grades plus Emerging Issues Bonus Points are then used to calcu- late an Overall Tobacco Control grade for each munic- ipality. An "n/a" or "not applicable" score is given to municipalities in which it is not possible to adopt a specif- ic type of policy due to a com- plete lack of the entity that is being graded. For example, if a city or county doesn't have any stores that sell tobacco products, then the city is awarded an n/a as opposed to 0 points in the Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products category, and the grading scales are adjusted accordingly. Below is a description of each of the grading cate- gories, a summary of the rele- vant state laws and an expla- nation of the grade criteria. The Overall Tobacco Control grade is a letter grade award- ed to the municipality based on its grades in the three cate- gories, plus Emerging Issues Bonus Points. To determine the Overall Tobacco Control grade, the city or county is given a point value for each of its grades in the three categories (Smokefree Outdoor Air, Smokefree Housing, Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products) as follows: A--4; B=3; C=2; D=I; and F=0. These three point values are then added togeth- er, along with the Emerging Issues Bonus Points section (3 or more bonus points = 1 additional point), for a total point value for the Overall Tobacco Control grade. The total points are turned into grades based on a scale of: A (11-12); B (8-10); C (5-7); D (2- 4); and F (0-1). Cloverdale is the only locality in the county to receive a grade lower than a B. It's C grade however is an improvement over previous years. It received a grade of A for Smokefree Outdoor Air, a C for Smokefree housing, and an F for reducing sales of tobacco products. They gained five bonus points for minimum pack size of cigars, flavored tobacco products, sale of tobacco products in pharmacies and emerging products definitions for sec- ondhand smoke and licens- ing. Unincorporated Sonoma County received grades of A in smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products. It gained four bonus points for retailer locations restrictions, sales of tobacco products in pharmacies and emerging products definitions for licensing and secondhand smoke. FRAMEWORK: . Continued from Page I : visions in the community, and ulti- mately result in adoption of a for- ' mal framework." "By appointing a committee that .oversees (the plan), those represen- tatives will hopefully be invited to 'the table to identify what they can and can't do so it can be put ' down on paper," said Kelley, sug- gesting that around 20 people sit on the committee. Both Vice Mayor Gus Welter and : Mayor Melanie Bagby agreed with the idea of creating a committee or ad hoc to address the opinions of local organizations and community members, though both questioned % the suggestion of having 20 people on the committee. There was also discussion sur- ( rounding whether or not it would : behoove the city to work with neighboring Healdsburg to address homelessness from a regional per- In response, Vice Mayor Gus Welter advocated for making sure that Cloverdale builds its own city- specific plan and Mayor Melanie Bagby requested that the city receive more information roB=rdin~ how Healdsburg would propose working together. Regardless of potential partner- ships with other cities, both coun- cllmembers want to see the city move forward with creating a Cloverdale-specific plan. "I think we need to have a very clear direction on how council is working with people who are already doing the work, and how that can be a framework for clear- ing up communication and making sure we're not duplicating the work," Bagby said, addressing the work done by local groups such as Alexander Valley Healthcare, Wallace House and St. Vincent dePaul, all of whom are mentioned in the plan framework. Local work spective, since Healdsburg has One of the components of the expressed interest in collaborating plan that may be parsed out more is with Cloverdale on the issue, the definition of the specific ways that local groups contribute to addressing homelessness. "Right now in our 2017 reporting, we reported 127 homeless people the amount we're dealing with is a lo latrgor than some people realize, or want to accept," said Deborah Howell, CEO of Alexander Valley Healthcare. The 2018 statistics aren't currently available. "On our part we have three case managers to deal with these patients. The one thing that we do know has hap- pened is we've had people working with our homeless population and they find them shelter outside of Cloverdale, and then they come back. Their doctors are here, their nurses are here, their outreach workers are here. A lot of them are from here and they don't want to live in Santa Rosa. That's an issue that we should address and look at." "We all provide these services and we're trying to tackle this real- ly huge problem," said Colleen Halbohm of Wallace House, talking about Alexander Valley Healthcare, the Clean River Alliance, Wallace House and Reach for Home. "We each try and stay in our own lane and work together so that we aren't tripping over each other. That doesn't mean that her program is better than mine, or her program is better than tholro it means that there's a place for everybody in this problem. Our agency works more with (sober clean and sober living) families. Her program (Reach for Home) focus more on chronically homeless. Debbie is going to be spread out over all of it the bot- tom line is that we're all about help- ing homeless people." Suggestions Since the plan is in its beginning stages, one subject of the meeting was suggestions for what to add to the plan. ment," Bagby said. Additional suggestions included adding a section to the draft that addresses youth homelessness -- the city has around 12 homeless youth. The issue of mental health was also brought up, specifically focus- ing on the lack of sufficient mental health resources in the county. "The mental health component is a huge gap," Bagby said. "This is one of the policy issues that we need to advocate for as a council Whether you have a home or not, there aren't enough mental health resources in the community." During the meeting, two sugges- tions were made regarding the next steps for the draft strategic plan -- one suggested that the draft be The issue of finances, specifically brought to the Cloverdale City financial stability, was discussed by both the organization representa- tives present and the city. "A vision of success would be all of our partners working together to communicate clearly, and having a clear understanding of the discal climate -- what's cyclical, what's ongoing, what's a one-time invest- Council at a future date for input from the full council regarding the creation of the plan, as well as dis- cussion surrounding creating a community advisory group; the oth- er suggested sending it to be work- shopped by the council. As of press time, the next step for the frame- work hadn't been decided. 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