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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 -- Page 5 The secret of the vocal minority By Paula Wrenn A viewpoint expressed in letters to all sorts of newspaper editorial pages, including the Reveille from time to time, is the concern that the "vocal minority" is running the show. These letter writers are incredulous that city leadership often responds to the diligent individuals or passionate groups that attend and speak out at meetings or otherwise communicate with city leaders. Just how do the decision-makers and people's representatives fall under the spell of the "vocal minority," they puzzle. You know the old saying, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." This is not always true. When the same people come out time after time with the same arguments at every opportunity, council has an obligation to let them be heard within reason. However, failure to construct reasonable and compelling arguments, or to respond thoughtfully, does usually work against you no matter how squeaky you are. Public input at council meetings can be very effective when the individ- uals are passionate about the subject matter and can offer new information for leadership to consider. They may also be misinformed, emotional, or may base their remarks on incorrect assumptions. Generally, however, I would characterize those willing to speak out on community issues as having made an effortto be well-informed so as to share thoughtful suggestions and conclusions. While it does happen that important new facts presented can change the course of a decision, it isn't often that the opinions of two or three mem- bers of the community will sway a majority council viewpoint. But, when the room is filled with motivated citizens lined up to express themselves, council sits taller in their seats to listen. I have wit- i Thoughtful [ nessed them reconsider or continue discussion to be sure an issue is fully aired based on the level of interest suggestions I expressed by the community. What we don't want is for council to have to vote and their conscience because they have insufficient input, conclusions but that is usually what they have to do. People fill the room to say they want or don't want fireworks and they line up to ask for a dog park, both important matters. However, the audience also scatters like cockroaches as soon as their matter is finished or when budget discussion arises. When you join the discussion or send an email or letter, you have earned the right to vocally complain about how city money is spent. Of course, a roomful of people at a council meeting may not always represent the majority view in Cloverdale; they may simply hold the majority opinion of people who could make it to the meeting. Short of a formal vote, we won't always know for 100% sure what the majority view happens to be. But, it seems fair that the more people motivated to write letters to council or the newspaper, and the greater frequency with which citizen opinions reach the ears of our leaders, the more likely those ideas will enter the deliberations and affect the outcome of their votes. There is no iron-clad guarantee, but to witness this process is a thrill, even when I don't agree with the decision. So, here's the secret: Truthfully, it isn't that the vocal majority has the tiger by the tail. The reality is more that the silent majority is just.., well, silent. Next time you withhold your input on a city issue, remember that you might be "out of sight, out of mind." Name-avocation game . , ,  , , ometimes it. seems thL.p9le;.ye.tlltt.'ic.e..yt-la' name. Everyone knows someone whose career is eponymous: Did anyone ever have a teacher named Lerner? There was a podiatrist named Footer in my hometown. I wonder how many people named Gardner happen to have beautifully landscaped yards or great vegetable gardens. Nobody wants to go to a dentist named Dr. Payne, of course. How many of us sipped coffee while reading the headlines in disbelief as the gi-normous investment scam fell apart under Bernie Madoff? Do you recall wondering who would be so foolish as to invest with the chap who eventually lived up to his name and "made off" with their money? That last story is far more sad than funny, of course. And now a young local woman who married a gentleman named Outlaw decided herself to live up to that dubious label by embezzling a considerable sum from her banking employer, Exchange Bank. It goes beyond sad for the bank and what Vanessa Outlaw has done to her life. Ex-husband Brian Outlaw is mortified. He is trying to get his family name separated from his ex-wife's bad record and has asked to have her name revert to her given name. Can't say as I blame him. But why embarrass her own relatives? If she changed her name to Scofflaw she would spare lots of people embarrass- ment and retain the element of irony. Rainy day, wrong-way I've got to say it again: Stay in the right hand (slow) lane when traveling on Highway 101. I know several people who have experienced the disori- enting near-miss of a wrong-way driver more than once on the stretch between Windsor and Cloverdale. The greater percentage of incidents happen in the north bound lanes. Last week a friend was traveling to Cloverdale to get her hair done and to join me for lunch. At one point she contemplated pulling off the high- way to wait out torrential rains. Fortunately, she came along about an hour after other drivers reported a wrong-way driver headed south in the northbound lanes near Independence Lane. Police did not (and hardly ever do) catch him, so we'll never know if he was under the influence or just confused. Either way, I shudder to think what the outcome might have been had the wrong-way and rains come at the same moment she came through. Be careful out there. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. SINK LAW OFFICE TRUSTS, ESTATES  REAL PROPERTY THOMAS REED SINK* MARY PAYNE SINK * CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN ESTATE PLANNING. TRUST AND PROBATE LAW STATE BAR OF CALIFORNL BOARD OF LEGAL ,PECIALIZATION 1,44 SOUTH CLOVERDALE BLVD. CLOVERDALE (707) 894-3941 5INKLAW@SABER.NET WWV.SINKLAWOFFICE.COM MIP ............................ [il :': .................................................. 7:!i ........................ :::i !CANtDAE ' Low Cost Pet Vaccination Clinics Every Saturday from 5 to 6 pm Now Carrying Premium Pet Foods Everyday In Cioverdale At... CLOVERDALE Open Monday - Friday 7:30am-7pm Saturday 8-6 - Sunday 9-5 The helpful place. 894-2165  750 S. Cloverdale Blvd. From the Editorial Desk... :::i  :' 7:: ?! g i$;},:.-{ Order your tickets for "The Fantasticks" online at cloverdale performingarts.com. Tickets for opening night are $18 and $15 for remaining shows. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Mail Center, Etc. (next to the theater at 207-A Cloverdale Blvd.) during normal business hours. Don't miss The Fantasticks Whenever one gets ready to at- tend a live theater production there is always the anticipation of the moment when the lights go down and the show begins. I'm sure that will be the case on April 1, opening night of the musical, "The Fanta- sticks," Cloverdale Performing Arts Center's newest production of their five show series of plays di- rected by Jim de Priest. Most attendees never see the mo- ment to moment direction and de- tail that go into the performances of any live theater show in a perform- ing arts venue. The Artistic Direc- tor is responsible for the play selection, choosing the actors and singers who will bring the produc- tion to life, and every detail that will determine the success of the final entertainment experience once the lights go down. Behind the scenes, the Stage Manager, lighting and sound technicians, venue man- agers, volunteers, and sponsors have all had a part in determining the audience's entertainment expe- rience when the lights come back on. Overall, though, it is the respon- sibility theater's Artistic Director to make sure that his creative direc- tion will result in an experience that will be effortlessly enjoyable to the audience watching the show. Order your tickets online now at cloverdaleperformingarts.com, as we expect this show to sell out ear- ly. Tickets for opening night are $18 and $15 for remaining shows. Tick- ets can also be purchased in person at Mail Center, Etc. (next to the the- ater at 207A Cloverdale Blvd.) dur- ing normal business hours. Friday and Saturday, April 1, 2, 8, 9, at 8 p.m. Sunday April 3 at 2 p.m. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center is located at 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Visit cloverdaleperformingarts.com or call 707 894-2214 for more informa- tion. Cloverdale will miss Shir Black Shirley Black, who has lived in Cloverdale since July, 1993, will be moving to Santa Rosa to be closer to her daughter this week. Since mov- ing here she has been very involved with the Friends of the Cloverdale Library as member and president for many years as well as a member and contributor to the Clover Quil- ters, a group of local quilters who make quilts in order to raise funds for local organizations such as the Citrus Fair, History Center and Clo- verdale Library. "Shirley keeps all of the quilters informed as to when we meet and acts as our secretary," quilter Marge Gray offered. "When I first moved here, I-real- ized that you don't meet people  staying inside your house," Black looking for ways to increase reve- nue from book sales." Black has also served on the li- brary's Advisory Board providing suggestions for ways the library can better serve the community. "Shirl- ey seems to have a special way of finding the perfect person for each job. She will be missed. We so ap- preciate her giving so generously of her time and expertise, "Nixon added. In recognition for her years con- tributing to the community, Black was nominated for and received the Cloverdale Rotary Club's "Service Above Self" award in December, 2008. .,.- Shirley Black will be moving to Santa Rosa to be near her daughter. recalled. She has a lifelong appreci- ation of libraries fostered by the love of the old Carnegie library in Paso Robles where she grew up. Black became involved with the Cloverdale Library just a few months after moving here and sub- sequently was asked to be the group's president. Friends of the Cloverdale Library raises funds to cover library programs through book sales. They also present two library art exhibits each year, one in the spring and the other in the fall. Proceeds from book and magazine sales stays in Cloverdale to support library programs and special li- brary book collections. Lucinda Wilson, Childrens' and Young Adult Services Librarian for the Cloverdale Regional Library, offered these comments about Shir- ley: "I frequently ask the Friends to support Children's Services in some way. Working with Shirley for the past seven years, every re- quest I submit to her in her role as President of the Friends is met with her support and enthusiasm. She is always interested to know what we are doing and eagerly passes on any fund requests to the members for their feedback. The Friends pay for performers; supplies for in- house programs, t-shirts for our teen volunteers; books; they sup- port our Summer Reading Program and the list goes on and on. To say that I will miss her is an understate- ment!" Cloverdale Regional Library's li- brarian, Kathy Nixon, went on to say, "Rarely do you see someone who is so dedicated, hard working and efficient. She tends to Library Quilt exhibits, book and magazine stall installations and so many oth- er details. The Cloverdale Friends is a smooth operation because of her behind-the-scenes attention. She visits other libraries and moni- tors other Friends groups looking for new ideas to incorporate and Glimmers of economic light on the horizon For the past several weeks, we've been hearing about new businesses starting or relocating here in Cloverdale, for example, Local Folkal, a not- for-profit cooperative is opening downtown. Andrew Sheet Metal will be opening a decorative copper fixture showroom in the building just south of Cloverdale Automotive. A-Team Specialized Services will be occupy- ing the former Miller's Feed Store site north of downtown. The building just across the street from them, the former home of Suarez Market, has just been sold and we understand that half of it will be a store with vintage bathroom fixtures and the other half an antique store. An art gallery may open in the Copper Towers building downtown. Milano Family Winery owners Ken and Deanna Starr are looking to open a tasting room and visitor center as well as relocating their winery software business, Update Software, from Hopland to Cloverdale. A new feed store and pet supply, Farm House Feed will open in mid April on Dutcher Creek Road just south of Cloverdale. Don't you think it's time that we impressed upon downtown property owners the need to clean up their properties? The cyclone fence which fences off a patch of weeds, across the street from the Eagles Nest Deli has been up for years. How about property which was the site of the demol- ished Vlasak building? Are these examples of blight? Both of these locations could take a lesson from the Historical Society. The area adjacent to the museum and in front of the History Center is beautifully planted and a pleasure to look upon. We also appreciate that the Cook property just south of their two story building is undergoing a facelift. There are boards in the windows of that building. Hopefully that means that improvements will shortly be underway to make that building habitable for more business downtown. Sonoma Computer Products Network design; instalion & manageme ; : ..... DesktOp repair and upgrades ' .............. Mobile & smphone business integration businesses and indivi:dUals ! 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