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www.cJoverdalereveille,com March 21, 2019 The Cloverdale Reveille Page 5 EDITORIAL A baby budget This is the season when governments from The White House to local school boards start working on their new budgets. The federal budget is unfathomably huge at $4 trillion whereas some local school budgets are the size of a medium business. California's budget is $209 billion, and the County of Sonoma's is about $1.7 billion. More than just numbers, government budgets represent priorities and changing needs. President Donald Trump's proposed budget for next year favors increased military spending while cutting $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and another $800 billion from Medicare. He is also proposing deep cuts to science and research programs. For a look at priorities, 15 percent of the federal budget goes to military spending while only 3 percent goes to education. Budgets are rarely met with enthusiasm and are often the subject of angry testimony. This is true right now as many local teachers are mobilizing in favor of pay increases. Amidst all these various budgets, we'd like to offer our own proposal. We'll call it our "Baby Budget." In all our trillions, billions or more local and smaller budget numbers, we propose the first priority and biggest spending amounts go to our children, our babies. Our budget would include subsidized universal preschool and child care programs. We would boost funding for schools at every level from kindergarten to college. Learning patterns, cognitive thinking and social skills are all learned at a young age. By the time a child is entering kindergarten or grade school, many of his or her traits, habits and self-esteem are set for life by a high, high percentage. Any investment in a young child's life will pay dividends back to all of us over a lifetime. Educational spending would be devoted to career programs and other youth empowerment initiatives. We'd give money to nonprofits and others to encourage all kinds of public-private partnerships aimed at improving health, social and economic outcomes for all children. We don't care what all this would cost because we know how much we will be saving from less crime, drug addiction and avoidable chronic health issues. In Sonoma County, we would expand Head Start programs to all communities and do more to support loca1 4-H clubs and other teen programs. Recently the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County announced a new initiative to improve school readiness among our youngest children. The foundation already has enlisted such partners as AAUW, Children's Museum of Sonoma County, First 5, Health Action, Rotary and local schools. The goal is to make all north county children "kinder ready" by 2025. As we tirelessly mention, Sonoma County is both a prosperous group of communities and one marked with stubborn pockets of poverty and lack of opportunities. It is estimated that almost 40 percent of families lack affordable access to child care to support working parents. The lack of affordable child care can mean lost career opportunities for a parent or an unaffordable burden on a household budget. Worse, children go unmonitored or left in the care of an older sibling. We need more afterschool programs, and we need more multi-generational programs. Let's spend that money now. One of the biggest expenditures at all government levels is on courts and jails, especially in California, which has the largest prisoner population on the planet. A common characteristic among our jail inmates is their low level of school completion. We wonder by how much universal Commentary Groundwater aquifers: unseen and underappreciated ytou can't see them. You can't swim in hem. But groundwater aquifers are one of the most important sources of Ann DuBay water in the North Coast. Aquifers are water-rich underground areas. They aren't like lakes or pools but are composed of water-filled areas between rocks, sands and gravels. Plants and animals benefit from groundwater when it's near the surface, and feeds creeks and streams. Humans tap into aquifers through wells used for drinking, irrigating crops and operating businesses. People who live in rural areas rely almost exclusively on groundwater, and while cities in Sonoma County get most of their water from the Russian River, groundwater provides a critical back-up source that is used during droughts or in emergencies. In some parts of California, like the Central Valley, aquifers are large, continuous and relatively close to the Earth's surface. But aquifers in coastal counties are much more complex. Separated by mountains, hills and geologic features, including earthquake faults, there are 14 identified groundwater basins in Sonoma County. This geologic complexity explains why one landowner can have a productive 50-foot deep well, while their neighbor's 200-foot deep well provides only a trickle of water. Studies conducted by the US Geological Survey (USGS) found that water in some of the deeper local aquifers has been underground for more than 20,000 years while water levels in aquifers closer to the surface can fluctuate seasonally, dropping during the summer when pumping is heavier and increasing during the rainy season. Unfortunately, too many wells, too much pumping, and droughts can temporarily - and in some cases permanently - impact aquifers, resulting in dry wells, poor water quality, depleted creeks, and in some cases, sinking of the land surface. In areas close to the ocean and bays (like Southern Sonoma Valley), the loss of groundwater can result in salt water migrating into groundwater basins. Some communities in the Central Valley where groundwater has been over-pumped have seen the land surface drop by 30 feet, damaging roads, canals and bridges. Declining groundwater levels and polluted run-off from past agricultural practices have also degraded water quality in several Central Valley communities, resulting in residents having to use bottled water for drinking and bathing These problems were the motivation for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which became California law in 2015. To make sure that people fairly share LETTERS Service club help? EDITOR: Is there a service club in town who can fix the bridge at the end of the parking lot at the library? The wood is rotting away in the middle and the end wood pieces that hold up the bridge are rotten. The plywood boards are loose and the ends flip up when walked on. The whole bridge is slippery and slimy when wet and is an invitation to a fall. And perhaps a trash can be anchored to the top of the steps. This area is littered with trash. There is quite a bit of foot traffic along this pathway and a safe bridge would be greatly appreciated. Melissa Cox Cloverdale Boys & Girls Clubs continuing preschool would lower our jail population In the anti-war days of the 1960s, there was a popular poster fnndrai, ino" camnaian thatread, "It will be a great day when our Schools get~ the : :~"~=~"=~ "~r ,--=e~== money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to EDITOR: Last November the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central buy a bomber." Put that in our Baby Budget, too. Sonoma announced the Be Great Campaign for Cloverdale Kids with an ambitious goal to raise $70,000 just for the Cloverdale clubs. Part of the money goes to scholarships so that an of the kids whose families cannot pay for after school and summer programs still get to participate. So far $57,595 has been contributed to the campaign. It's time for a big push for $12,405 to put the campaign over the top and make that rocket on the big poster outside the -- Rollie Atkinson and wisely use and protect this shared resource, SGMA requires communities to manage groundwater by, first, creating new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs). In Sonoma and Mendocino counties, GSAs were created for the Santa Rosa Plain and Petaluma, Sonoma and Ukiah valleys. The second step of SGMA is to gain a scientific, quantifiable understanding of current and future problems, and to develop solutions through the creation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). The third step of SGMA is to implement the GSP and obtain sustainable conditions over a 20-year time period, with check- ins every five years. If local communities fail in taking any one these steps, the state can take over management of the basin. So far, local GSAs are on track and are working on the GSPs. SGMA requires that the GSPs be developed through a transparent process with public input and community engagement. The GSAs all hold regularly scheduled public meetings, and materials are available for review. ,How local well owners will be affected by SGMA will depend on the problems (and solutions) identified in the GSPs. One thing is certain: SGMA prohibits the GSAs from requiring residential groundwater users to install meters on their wells. In regard to costs, ff aquifers are healthy and there are minimal concerns about future impacts, the GSP could simply require ongoing monitoring and reporting of groundwater levels through test wells and voluntary programs. If problems are identified, the GSP could identify potentially more costly programs (like water conservation) or projects (like recharging the aquifers) to ensure that groundwater is sustainable. In some areas with severe problems, the GSA may be required to limit groundwater use. Locally, the four GSAs each received a grant of $1 million to help prepare the GSPs. If more funding is needed, SGMA allows groundwater users to be charged for the costs of running the GSA and developing and implementing the GSP. The Santa Rosa Plain GSA (encompassing the general valley floor area from Cotati to Windsor and from the foot of Sonoma Mountain to Sebastopol) is currently looking at a possible groundwater sustainability fee to cover costs (up to $13 a year for rural residential well owners and up to $26 per acre-foot for other groundwater users). This article was authored by Ann DuBay, Sonoma County Water Agency, on behalf of RR WA. RR WA (rrwatershed.org) is an association of local public agencies in the Russian River Watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, habitat restoration, and watershed enhancement. Our schools are not a business EDITOR: The Cloverdale Unified School District's mission is to engage, challenge and nurture students according to their individual needs -- yet, this month, the school board, in a 3-2 vote, decided to eliminate three full-time teacher positions, claiming fiscal responsibility as their primary concern and calling for the district to be run like a business. The Teachers Association of Cloverdale (TAC) agrees that CUSD must be fiscally responsible for the viability of our district and increasing student achievement. The cuts made will directly impact Cloverdale students with the greatest needs -- special education and reading and mathematics intervention. TAC is concerned that the district and school board are not putting student needs above budgetary concerns. California schools have utilized the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to target goals, actions, services and expenditures in order to better support student outcomes. Parents, students, the community and teachers are all stakeholders in the process and it's imperative that all stakeholders are involved in deciding how district monies are spent in relation to providing services to our students. TAC is concerned that stakeholders have not had the opportunity to discuss and analyze individual budget items to look for ways to reduce deficit spending while still putting student needs first. At the March 13 school board meeting, the teachers repeatedly HISTORY club take off. Donations of any size can be made online at pled for the district and board to reconsider cutting positions Through the Years in bgccs.org/donate or mailed to1400 North Dutton Ave Suite 24, directly affecting student learning, and instead argued that there Santa Rosa, CA, with a notation "for Cloverdale." Ann Elstonare other areas of the budget outlined by the LCAP where the district could have made cuts. TAC argued that positions like the the Reveille Cloverdale curriculum and instruction director, and other items in the LCAP, should have been considered for elimination, prior to rlr~he following items are selected from 'Shocking' play teachers. Sadly, the majority of the school board was not swayed and moved forward with approving the reduction in force. " I "archivedissuesoftheCloverdale EDITOR: I am shocked, disappointed and numb that such a School Board officials are elected representatives responsible .i. Reveille. disgraceful "show" was allowed to come to our precious people for holding the district accountable for following the LCAP and town of Cloverdale. The use of foul language, especially when process. TAC would like to ask the community to join teachers in March 25, 1899 - 115 years ago speaking of women and mothers was outrageous and absolutely urging the CUSD administration and school board members to Joyce Mann Some people are never satisfied. A short uncalled for. Let's be more cautious about who and what we allow remember that the needs of our Students should always be our time ago they were praying for rain, and now they are deploring the fact that if it does not quit raining, some damage will result to the low land grain and hay fields. Ye gods, what next? The following few lines contain good advice and are applicable to present condi- tions. "We prayed for rain, and the rain came down in torrents from the sky: And then we decided we would all pray for dry! And we prayed and prayed, till it come so dry it parched the earth and it cracked the sky! So we meet and laid them prayers conveniently on the shelf: And we carried a motion to let the Lord run the weather to suit him, for we all concluded, from spring to fall all that we know is just nothing at all!" March 6, 1969 - 50 years ago A rock sticking out of a bank about two miles from Cloverdale on Hwy. 128, has been chiseled off, so that it is now flush with the bank. It wasn't very big, but it was enough to catch the wheels of trucks and even break the axle off of the frame, as it did on some trucks. This piece of highway is very twisted and is on high priority to be replaced, the improve- ment will help make the use of this road safer. The northwestern, California logging industry will explore the "Challenge of Change" during the 31st annual Redwood Logging Conference to be held in Ukiah. The role of the log- ging industry in modern society and the public's reaction to the role will be discussed in-depth. Panel discussion during the conference will delve into the problems of manpower shortages, maintaining good public relations, the role of public opinion in government land management policy. March 16, 1994 - 25 years ago Caltrans officials have informed city hall that the south- bound lanes will be opened sometime this week and the cen- tral interchange will open April 1. Many businesses feel that the bypass should not have been opened until it was complet- ed. The opening of the northbound lanes of the Cloverdale bypass has seriously affected local service stations relying on north bound traffic. Because the central interchange has not been opened and there is only one offramp for northbound freeway traffic, money is just flying by. Cash Oil business is down 10 percent and Pellegrini's Chevron is down a good 40 percent in gasoline sales. to be shown in our town. Claire Caudill Cloverdale priority. Concerned parents and citizensi please plan to attend the next CUSD Board meeting on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. at Cloverdale High School Makerspace. Let's stand together to ensure that our district is not run like a business, but a functioning institution that puts student needs first. Kathryn Margaret Newman Kathryn Margaret was born in Salmon, Idaho, on January 28, 1927. Her parents were Mildred Cox and Jay Leonard. She grew up in Idaho and Montana. She married Harold New- man in 1970 and lived in Mountain View, CA until they moved to Cloverdale in 1999, purchasing a home in the Del Webb Clover Springs Community, where they made new friends and enjoyed the community. Kathy passed away peacefully at the Clearwater Assisted Living in Cloverdale where she spent the last year of her life. She passed March 6, 2019, at age 92. Kathy was preceded in death by husband Harold Newman, son Farrell Jay Snell and step-son David Newman. She left behind three step-daughters: Marsha Dillard, Linda Palmieri (Casey) and Janice Hawthorne (Jim); grandchildren Keith Strehlow, Brian Strehlow, Lisa Janny (Jeff), Denise Janny, Chrisy Hawthorne (Rody), Rachele Rau, Lynn Hawthorne (Shane), Jim Hawthorne, Natasha Gutierrez (Gilbert), Tory Newman (Jennifer) and Megan Newman. She had 22 great grandchildren, 1 nephew and many, many friends. She will be missed by many. There is no service at this time. 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