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www.cJoverdalereveilte.corn March 7, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDiTORiAL A river runs through us love our Russian River for its eternal beauty, its nurtur- ing forces, its quenching properties, its recreation and play and its renewing sp'wits. We love our river-- except when we don't. And right now we are distraught over the destruction its breached muddy torrents visited upon us yet again. For all its positive powers, our Russian River also has a famous reputation for making national TV news on a too frequent basis. Last week's "Flood of 2019" peaked at 45.4 feet, making it the sixth worst in recorded history. Early flood damages have been placed above $155 million, including major damage to 1,760 homes and almost 600 commercial businesses. Flood victims can expect some government relief funds but the toll of lost personal possessions, interrupted livelihoods, uninsured properties and permanent displacements can never be restored. For some, another flood mop-up, mold patrol and "rip and replace" is just a nasty routine that comes with living in the river's valleys and lower basin. We have had 36 major floods in just the last two gener- ations since 1944. For others, who just evacuated from their first Russian River or Laguna de Santa Rosa flood, the aftermath is more of shock than resignation. For veterans and newbies alike, just know that the next flood is on all our future calendars. Of Sonoma County's 1 million acres of land, almost 50,000 are mapped as flood zones where more than 10,000 people live in almost 3,000 homes. Most lack flood insurance and many of these resi- dences are counted among the lowest cost rentals in our expensive housing landscape. Does that mean the cost of living in a flood plain also comes with savings? Since the historic flood of 1986 (49.5 feet), hundreds of flood plain homes have been elevated, partly supported by FEMA grants. Also, it is estimated that Warm Springs Dam at Lake Sonoma last week held back 44,000 acre-feet of rainwater that could have made the flood up to four feet higher. Living with our Russian River is an evolving and complex rela- tionship. We live in a watershed that is 110 miles long, stretching from southern Mendocino County to the Pacific Ocean at Jenner. We also live along tributaries and creeks like Sulphur, Feliz, Sausal, Mark West, Mill, Felta, Porter, Green Valley, Fife, Austin and the Laguna de Santa Rosa. In the summer many of these waterways go dry. Before Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino were constructed, the main stem of the river went dry, too. We need our winter rains. We just wish we wouldn't get over 10 inches in three days. But that rain fills our reservoirs and wells. Some 600,000 people get their municipal water from the river, delivered by the Sonoma County Water Agency. Farmers irrigate with the river's water. Almost all the region's municipal and urban inhabitants flush their treated sewage into the river. The floods last week overwhelmed these systems and millions in treatment system damages occurred and untreated sewage raced out to sea. Our Russian River giveth and taketh. Our regional recreation facilities and attractions are largely tied to our river, its watershed and our ocean coast with pubic parks, nature preserves and com- mercial camping and lodging. Outdoor recreation is a $731 million annual industry that supports 4,500 jobs. Historically, the river watershed has provided natural resources such as timber and grav- el. There are many ways our Russian River sets a balance and pat- tern of living for all of us, whether we live in the direct line of a his- toric flood or not. With the most recent flood waters in retreat-- and before the next set of Pacific storms -- now would be a good time to review our "balance" with our river. Each flood-- and now the wildfires, too-- brings us new lessons. New mapping, land use updates, disaster preparation plans, public funding and additions to the history books should all be addressed in the coming weeks. Next time could be next week. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille Wr he following items are selected from " I "archived issues of the Cloverdale JL Reveille. March 11, 1899 - 120 years ago Joyce Mann The governor's mansion bill has become law. The measure provides $10,000 for the mansion and $10,000 for furnishing it. It will be an imposing structure. February 20, 1969 - 50 years ago At the recent city council meeting Lea Bell, Healdsburg, own- er and operator of the Bell Ambulance Service was present. He told the council that he has offered to buy the Cloverdale Ambulance Service, but he would operate it out of Healdsburg. He said that to operate an ambulance service, a full time crew of seven people is needed and the population of Cloverdale does not warrant a full time crew. At present Cloverdale has one quali- fied driver, who is not available at all times. The Cloverdale chamber has written to the directors of the ambulance service and is now waiting for a reply. The ambulance service is operat- ed as a nonprofit organization by its board of directors. March 2, 1994 - 25 years ago After 45 years of delays, the Cloverdale freeway project will finally be completed and open for traffic. The freeway project began in 1949 when a special Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee traveled to Sacramento and tried to push the freeway through. However the committee could not get any action from the legislature and eventually disbanded. It was not until 10 years later in March of 1959 that the state seriously began plans for the freeway. In 1959 it was reported that the free- way from Lytton Springs to the Mendocino County line had been given second priority and would become a reality only when money became available. Tensions in Cloverdale were running high in 1959, everyone wondering what impacts the freeway would have, never guessing it would take another 39 years before the project would be completed. On Nov. 19, 1959 the ball was rolling, a route was chosen for the freeway. The adopted route would end up bypassing Geyserville and Asti on the west, swing to the east around Cloverdale and rejoin the existing freeway about a mile south of the Mendocino County line. The four lane Asti freeway section was opened in the fall of 1994. However, in 1964, design of the remainder of route 101 between Hiatt Road, south of Cloverdale and the Mendocino County north of Preston was inactive. Cloverdale was stuck with Highway 101 traveling through the center of town, and con- gestion getting worse and worse. It was not until 1982 that earth- movers roared to life again, this time to complete the first phase of the freeway bypass, the First Street overpass. The rest of the bypass sat on the drawing board, gathering dust, waiting for funds. In 1989 the Reveille and residents of Cloverdale put pres- sure on the CalTrans for an early construction date. In July 1992 Caltrans was given the go ahead to complete the bypass. Now, finally, after 45 years of delays and tragedy the freeway will finally open to traffic on March 2. OPINION Cannabis Country Wine, beer and weed: Jared Giammona's Sonoma County Jonah Raskin experience Jared Giammona, an energetic, affable 32-year-old-Sonoma County native, was born and raised in Santa Rosa. For a year, he has operated the Sonoma Experience (info@thesonomacountyexperience.com), a fledging company he's built from the ground up, and, while it's not fattening his bank account now, he's confident it will. Meanwhile, he's surviving in the competitive tourist industry. "My company provides people with a new and different way to experience wine country," Giammona tells me. Yes, there are wineries on his all-day tours, along with nifty breweries with craft beers to taste. Dispensaries that sell world-class cannabis are also major roadside attractions. They raise more eyebrows than the wineries and the breweries. Not surprisingly, they also generate giggles, but it's on the cannabis part of Giammona's tours where the learning curve is steepest and most rewarding. Pot tourism is here to stay in Sonoma County, thanks in large part to the Sonoma Experience, though the company is not widely publicized. Word of mouth takes the place of ads in newspapers and magazines. Giammona's website also helps. "People from out-of-state and out of the country are taken aback by the fact that cannabis is legal here and that they can go into a dispensary and see a wide variety of products," Giammona says. Visitors don't ask him if he smokes pot, though at dispensaries they ask "budtenders" behind the counter about their personal habits. They get candid replies. Of course, budtenders consume cannabis. Giammona smoked pot when he was a student at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. He wasn't the only teen in his class to puff on a joint. "When I was growing up, it was largely in the dark," he says. There was a "reverse effect," he explains. The more that kids were told to say "No" and not smoke pot, the more likely they were to say "Yes" and to smoke pot. These days as adults are using cannabis more and more for a variety of ailments, kids are less likely to smoke it. In the teen world, it's not as cool as it once was. "But overall, cannabis is becoming normalized," Giammona explains. "Much of the taboo has gone." Adults who sign up for the Sonoma Experience sometimes remember a bad experience with pot when they were younger. They also remember the lousy quality of the weed. Now, adults are willing to try new and potent products. "They're surprised by the sophistication of the Sonoma cannabis industry, "Giammona says. "And they're quick to appreciate it." Since March 2018, Giammona has led about 25 tours. So far, January 2019 has been the company's best month. Giammona doesn't own or operate a fleet of vehicles. Rather, he contracts with third parties for either a Mercedes Sprinter for small groups or a coach-style charter bus for larger groups. Tourists have come from Georgia, Michigan and Utah and from Brazil and Estonia. "The Estonians were very cautious at the start of the tour, but by the end they were big advocates for cannabis," Giamonna says. He doesn't just take tourists to a dispensary and drop them off. Rather, before they set foot inside a dispensary, they get an introduction to the world of cannabis. "The idea is to provide folks with an education and also to make it possible for them to have fun," Giammona says. The tours also appeal to locals. In fact, they provide an opportunity for employees to get out of a work environment and unwind. According to Giammona, "The tours are great for team building." While he recognizes that cannabis has come a long way since his student days at Elsie AUen and later at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon, he knows that there's a long way to go before there's universal acceptance. He explains that, "It's an uphill battle, and there's much to do to remove the stigma that surrounds cannabis, whether it's for recreational or medicinal purposes." Solful, the Sebastopol dispensary, is one of the roadside attractions on Giammona's tour. "A group of tourists from Alabama recently showed up," Solful's CEO Eli Melrod says. "They were literally trembling at the front door. One of them explained, 'Back home it's a felony.'" Tourists also go to SPARC on Dutton Avenue in Santa Rosa where Dallas Carter calls himself a "cannabis consultant" rather than a "budtender" and where tourists arrive from Alabama and Mississippi, two states where possession for small amounts can lead to jail. "If they're from the Deep South, they can feel afraid when they walk through the front door," Carter explains. Mississippi folks who settled in Sonoma County learn quickly how to grow their own and how to make pot brownies. "They help me sleep," one elderly woman from Mississippi told me. One day, cannabis will be legal in Alabama and Mississippi. Carter, Melrod and Giammona hope it arrives sooner rather than later, as do many of the southerners who come to Sonoma for wine, beer and now cannabis. Jonah Raskin, a professor emeritus at Sonoma State University, is the author of Marijuanaland, Dispatches from an American War, published in French as well as English, and shares story credit for the feature length pot film "Homegrown." OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveiUe.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week's edition. For further information, call 707-894-3339. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. COMMENTARY Scene Seen SPring is just around the corner, just up the road, in the air like music itself. Speaking of music, the Cloverdale Arts Alliance continues to present top-notch musicians as part of The Jazz Club. This month they are bringing us the Steve Carter Trio on Thursday, March 7. Steve Carter is Paul Schneider one of those guys with a resume that is liter- ally a Who's Who -- although he has not played with The Who. He has played at the Monterey and Montreux Jazz Festivals. The list of world-class festivals he has played is so extensive, it might be easier to just list the ones he hasn't played. He was pianist for the great Pete Escovedo for several years, and his sideman credits include Billy Cobham, George Benson, Don Cherry and Michael Franti, among others. He'll be bringing all that expe- rience and inspiration with him, along with a fantastic rhythm section and loads of great tunes in a variety of jazz styliza- tions. The Blues Session keeps on truckin' on Saturday, March 9 featuring house band the Blue Lights. They'll be keeping it blues to the bone while also mixing in some funk and Latin fla- vors, too. The occasional guest artist has been known to sit in, so you never know what they may pull out of the hat. Americana Night gets real specific on Thursday, March 21, presenting a unique form of music called "Sonomacana" embodied by the rootsy ensemble Cahoots. Founded in 2004 by Dan Imhoff, they use traditional bluegrass instrumentation to form their own specialty mixture of styles and influences. They have a 2017 CD, "Philosophy," that was recorded up in Philo. Sounds like a fresh new take on traditional styles, which is about as Sonomacana as you can get. Arts Alliance shows start at 7:30 p.m tickets at the door, at the Arts Alliance, or online at cloverdaleartsalliance.org. In addition to featuring musical performances, the arts alliance also offers opportunities for musical participation and learning. Every second Wednesday of the month, long-time local musician and catalyst Dave Garland facilitates the music workshop, a place for folks to come together and develop musical skills on instruments and voice. The focusing is on learning songs and playing them collectively, no matter one's level of skill or experience. The fourth Wednesday of every month, yours truly will be leading the new Jazz Workshop, a workshop for beginning or continuing on the path of develop- ing skills in the art of jazz improvisation. All instruments wel- come. On Saturday, March 21, the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center will present the Santa Rosa Symphony Young People's Chamber Orchestra. This year's program is billed as "a seri- ously delirious musical pageant" titled, "The Lives of Composers." Pieces for chamber orchestra by the likes of Villa-Lobos and Bach will be performed by this talented young ensemble in a one-hour, no intermission program-- so don't be late. Tickets online at cloverdaleperformingarts.com. Over at Cloverdale Ale Co your home for locally brewed ales and excellent local music Used Goods will appearing on Saturday, March 9, playing classic rock covers and originals. Sometimes, used is good. Jazz Thursday continues to swing and groove, and on March 14, it's the Woodshed, members of Big Blue House and Friends playing classic jazz from 6 to 9 p.m. Bassist Ubi Whitaker is going to play the whole gig on upright string bass, so come support him in that mighty effort. 6 p.m. start. Saturday, March 16, a special appearance by Randy Hansen and the Angry Neighbors, playing raw rock and scorching blues, and Sunday, March 17 it's the Lumberjack alumni, Humboldt State marching band reprising their raucous Citrus Fair performances. Finally, Big Blue House celebrates one year of their steady monthly Jazz Thursday gig at Cloverdale Ale Co. on Saturday, March 23. Come party with them and their delicious brew of swingin' jazz, jazzy funk and groovin' blues. As always, they will be adding new material for this show, expanding stylisti- cally once again, putting the fun in funk. Weekend music at Cloverdale Ale Co. starts at 6:30 p.m and admission is free. Support live music in Cloverdale. Remember, they call it playing music, but it ain't nothin' but hard work, years of it and having an appreciative, supportive audience is what makes it all worth it. Paul Schneider lives and writes and plays music in Cloverdale and other Sonoma County venues. He can be reached at pschneider2017@gmail.com. Read the CLOVERDALE REVEILLE Anytime. Anywhere. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friendly website will look great on your tablet, phone or home computer. 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