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project at Fair Below library id See Page 8 v 00qDa" LE Published weekly since 18;9 Sonoma County, CA 118 years of serving the community March 19, 1997 VoL CXVHL Issue 12 35 Cents Webb ng a detailed presenta- proposed Del Webb for Clover City Council sched- public hearing March 26 p.m. in chambers at City N. C|overdale Blvd. is seeking public ;on the design of the actual submitted by Del Webb Project proposal will in- 360 to Springs ulti-residential develop-" including single family and some low project will be re- residents age 55 and ect covers 175 acres on Blvd. across from Park. to Del Webb market Jack Davidson, Del developing a new con- Cities, a modified without a golf Cloverdale will be the r selected for this Davidson said Clo- Please turn to page 2 Dist. nter proposal from the Fire Protection dis- sub- the City Council this seeks at least a 15 from the City 1997 for the transfer taxes to the District had offered funding ,500 in prop- for a period of from the 1994-95 fiscal the provision that renewed at the end of a period to be by the City and the bistrict's counter propos- aSks that the City recog- to consid- part of budget process with acknowledgement !City must balance many i needs with the high- ' being public safety. the counter pro- that should good to achieve a con- agreement the matter tobind- proposal by April with the stat- deadline in for pending litigation seeking relief in regarding this ngo- of the property tax the City Attorney 14, the District's unsel, Lawrence apologizes for the to the Coun- made in January. was caused by one bein absent at Please turn to page 2 As part of the Agriculture Literacy and Fairs Alliance Project, Wash- ington School students have been watching steelhead grow in a fish tank at the Citrus Fairgrounds. (From left) Andrew Leipnik (in charge of showing students the fish and answering questions), and students Matt Crippes, James Bricker, and Dale Maas. Cloverdale students take advantage of fair project Cloverda!e elementary and high school students are taking full advantage of the Agriculture Literacy and Fairs Alliance Project. Started in 1996, the project introduces students to the amazing world of agriculture and its important role in terms of nutritional and economic value. So far, students have received materials for nine different projects, ranging from the study and raising of corn and wheat, to actually hatching and raising baby chicks in class. Other projects include the study of natural habitats, popcorn, cotton and vegeta- ble crops. One project taught students how to grow plants without soil, using sophisticated qaydroponic' techniques currently being developed by NASA for future space station missions. The latest project is a joint effort between Warm Springs Dam, the Cloverdale Casters, Washington School, and Fish and Game. A fish tank containing 30 steelhead is on the fairgrounds and students have been able to watch the eggs hatch and the fish grow. Casters will work with Fish and Game on choosing a tributary to let the fish go after they reach fingerling size. Mr. Giusso's sixth grade class will adopt the stream and release the steelhead, probably in about two weeks. I I I Brain Wave Challenge Day March 20 Academic Al is thoroughly enjoying his study sessions with Brain Wave Bob! The library has become their new hang-out, although Biff would rather be at the beach! It's not too late to be a heart sponsor and give a donation to the Academic Brain Wave benefiting Cloverdale Schools and local non-profits. Donations may be sent to CARE. Educational Foundation PC Box 781, Cloverdale. CARE is sponsoring the event along with Jefferson and Washington School. i!! ii! II I :"Marc Mager, principal at Washington School commented for the Reveille about the pur- ported "gang" activity at Wash- ington school. He said that gang identifica- tion among certain youth has been going on for quite some time. "People who have been in jail and are scary are attractive to some teenagers," the princi- pal noted. "It can become a problem if they start acting out at school. This can be very dangerous be- cause gang wannabes often do stupid things - things that a real gang member wouldn't do," he observed. He said another problem is that if you look like a gang mem- ber, you might be attacked by real gang members. He said the school is address- ing the issue. Washington School is a member of the Gang Reduc- tion and Intervention Program that includes Healdsburg, Clo- verdale, and Windsor middle schools. A youth coordinator works at the school once a week, promot- ing school and group activities. Youngsters go on field trips, undergo leadership training and learn about unity building at school. 't's a good cross section of students who participate," Mag- er said. "It's a good step." He said so far there have been no problems on school grounds during school hours. The sweatshirt incident was in the evening after school. There was a fight, in front of older teens and adults who come to the school in the evenings, Mag- er explained. One of the boys involved in the fight left and when he returned his shirt had been burned. Mager said that lots of young adults use the school as a com- munity facility in the evening. For the most part, they have not created a problem. He said it would be difficult to refuse the facility to these young men. 'WVhere would they go?" Mager asked. He also wondered if ifs a good idea to alienate these young men. "they aren't going to go away," he noted. 'qhey might just go somewhere else and cause trouble; especial- ly since there is no other recre- ational site in the City," he said. 'Tie need to be vigilant," Mag- Pleue turn to plge 12 Gang "colors" incident causes official concern Sweatshirt burned at school By Roberta Lyons Although the official stance is that there are no certified gangs in Cloverdale, a concern about gang style activities has prompt- ed a recent coordinated effort among City, Police, and School officials to confront the problem head-on. All three agencies have joined forces in seeking Community Development Block Grant fund- ing to help develop a youth ser- vices program here. Police chief Rob Dailey reports that to his knowledge, there are no members of the nine "certi- fied" street gangs in Sonoma County, residing in Cloverdale. There are, however, groups of kids who "style" themselves. They have gang colors, gang sig- nals and postering, engage in grafitti, littering, and some in- timidation. The chief explained that to be certified a gang must engage in hard-core criminal activity such as narcotics trafficking, robber- ies, muggings, or drive-by shoot- ings. The County District Attor- ney has the authority to certify a group as an official gang. A recent incident at Washing- ton School has increased parent and citizen concern. According to various reports, aboy's sweat- shirt was burned after a fight because of its color. A common feature of gang membership is sporting a partic- ular color. A parent at Washing- ton School says she has heard there are "turf wars" going on and that Washington School is home to one gang and City Park is "owned" by another. The col- ors are red and blue, but she wasn't sure which one was which. She also reported that there isn't a lot of activity going on at Washington School during school hours, but there is a lot of loiter- ing by these groups alter school. She also said there are older teens, in their 18-20s, legally adults, hanging around the school. There was reportedly an adult taking part in the sweat- shirt burning incident. Chief Dailey said the incident was not reported to the police but that he had heard about it. The chief acknowledges that gangs should be an issue of con- cern for the City. "This is truly a societal pr0blem," he doted. 'Tve been in law mforcement for 27 years and the increasing will- ingness to settle everything through confrontation and vio- lence is scary." The chief explained the diffi- culty in controlling loitering type activity through law-enforce- ment alone. "Loitering is not a crime as long as you aren't block- ing the sidewalk, or breaking the law in some other way," he noted. He also pointed out that many of the troublesome youth are over 18 which is beyond the curfew age. Even kids who fall under curfew laws, can't legally be restricted from "going about their lawful business." The chief is very concerned about the influence that outside youth may be having on the com- Pleu, turn to peg, 12