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www, c overdaJereveiHe.coNl April 4, 2019 * The Cloverdale Reveille * Page 5 EDiTORiAL In need of a fairness doctrine that When Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg starts complaining the internet is spinning out of control, we know for sure we're all in trouble.The internet is how Zuckerberg became a mulfibillionaire. If he's not happy about too much hack- ing, trolling, fake news and loss of privacy, how should the rest of us feel? We're all using the internet, Google, Instagram and Zuckerberg's Facebook more and more and enjoying it less and less. Most of our complaints are about invasion of our privacy and being overwhelmed by uninvited, unreliable and uncivil information. Zuckerberg says the internet and social media companies have to be reined in to restore their original promise of doing good by connecting us with family and friends, and not with Russian trolls that hack our elections and beliefs. We agree, but where do we go for answers? We want our privacy protected but we want our freedom of speech protected, too. At this year's Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (March 28 through 31) there was a screening of Jakob Gottschau's "The Factories of Lies," about the Russian "troll farms" that spread fake news and caused civil unrest during the 2016 Trump-Clinton campaign. The film was followed by a talk from U.S. journalist Lowell Bergman, who shared a brief historical timeline on how we and our media ended up where we are today. (Bergman is cur- rently the director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and was a producer for many years at CBS' "60 Minutes" with Mike Wallace and others.) Television became our new dominant media in the 1940s when there were only three broadcast networks. They were licensed and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Today, the networks and the hundreds of cable outlets are still licensed by the FCC but significant regulations have been lost. Early TV, Bergman reminded, was known as the "boob tube" and considered by many as a "vast wasteland." (We wonder what those TV critics might call our internet of today.) Until 1987, all TV (and radio) news and programing had to con- form to a "fairness doctrine." That meant any person or entity that was criticized over the public airwaves had the right to respond with "equal time." The Reagan Administration repealed the rule. Bergman noted that the elimination of the fairness doc- trine led to the advent of talk radio like Rush Limbaugh and the one-sided opinion broadcast channels like FOX News and others. Bergman lamented the loss of civility controls over the public airwaves but reminded his audience the rules about most of the internet, whether Zuckerberg wants them or not, are different. While the internet is operated and regulated as a "public utili- ty," subject to the same FCC rules and libel laws as newspapers and broadcast TV, the information on Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor and other social media platforms lies beyond regula- tions. This is because Facebook and the others are private compa- nies and are protected by their own First Amendment rights. Even if it wanted to, U.S. Congress could not apply a fairness doc- trine or other constraints. An audience member asked Bergman how the general public could better protect its access and confidence in accurate news and information sources, if even Russian trolls enjoy free speech and unlimited access to Facebook and other internet-based plat- forms. Neither Bergman nor filmmaker Gottshau offered an answer. But Bergman said upcoming debates in U.S. Congress and else- where over internet privacy and free speech will be historic. "We've seen dark times for our media before, especially for news- papers and TV journalists," he said. We think the light that Facebook users, Zuckerberg, Bergman and others seek when they want reliable news, protected speech and freedom from hackers can be found wherever fairness, facts and freedom are unchallengeable doctrines. Maybe that's why you are reading this newspaper today. -- Rollie Atkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille rr he following items are selected from ","archivedissues of the Cloverdale JL Reveille. April 8, 1899 - 120 years ago Joyce Mann The 15th annual meeting of the stockholders of the Bank of Cloverdale was held recently. The bank represents the clearinghouse for this vicinity and the volume of business transacted was highly encouraging. The prosperous condition of the bank shows the successful management, and the assurance of the perfect stability of the institution. A large party of folks left here for a day's outing at the Geysers. The 17-seated coach of Liveryman Humbert was brought into use for the outing. March 20, 1969 - 50 years ago There are 172 school districts in the state of California that are in real deep financial trouble. They are the so-called low-income districts. Really that name doesn't describe them very well. Actually it refers to those areas that are primarily bedroom communities, possible with many high- income families, but they lack the industries that provide the tax base, which really supports the schools. Many of these districts are nearing bankruptcy as they are in deficit spending now. What this means is that a more equitable state aid is necessary. Each year it costs more to educate your child. More money is necessary in taxes, but at the same time it is time for re-evaluation of our state aid program for the benefit of those who are to be educated. March 30, 1994 - 25 years ago BULLETIN: Caltrans Officials report the Central Interchange will be opened on April 8, weather permitting. Members of the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chief's Association have been meeting to discuss strategies for addressing gang-related incidents. The leaders of the laws enforcement agencies within Sonoma County have taken a firm stand on the topic of gang-related lawlessness. It is their intent to make it clear to those who would violate the personal safety of others that their criminal actions will not be tolerated. 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 COMMENTARY Forays into the Fourth District Finally, spring is here. The sun is out, Keeping money local is key to the grass is green and baseball is back, too. In that spirit, lets look at the line- good fire service up of musical events this month. Batting leadoff is Jazz Caliente at the By Stuart Tiffen Arts Alliance Jazz Club on April 4. Formed in 1989 by guitarist and composer Lee Editor's note: Forays into the Fourth District is a new column Paul Schneider Waterman, Jazz Caliente performs original exploring north county issues, written and explored by compositions and arrangements of classics experts in their t elds. by the likes of Duke Ellington, Tito Puente and Sergio Mendes, all in a Latin jazz Afro-Cuban/Brazilian style. Group members "omeowners and fire officials in northern Sonoma claim an impressive list of work with such names as Dizzy County are leaning on local government to keep more of GiUespie, Freddie Hubbard, Linda Ronstadt and The .their property taxes local to go toward fire prevention Temptations -- big league stuff, services. They say more than $1 million in property taxes is Up second is Blues Night on April 13, featuring long-time leaving north county to fund fire services elsewhere, leaving house band The Blue Lights. They'll be serving up timeless critical infrastructure and tens of thousands of lives in nuggets from the catalogue of blues repertoire as well as a mix jeopardy. of rock, Latin and funk tunes. They've held down their spot in At the end of 2018, a website and FaceboOk page popped up the lineup for several years now and are holding steady, titled "Save Northern Sonoma County." This self-defined The'three-hole at the Arts Alliance is filled by Americana coalition of firefighters and residents of the region pointed to Night featuring the eclectic mania of Dirty Cello on Thursday, areas within Zone 6, the area between Healdsburg, Lake April 18. A four-piece string ensemble that truly pushes the Sonoma and the Lake and Mendocino county borders, where envelope and breaks the barriers, they blend blues, bluegrass outgoing property taxes were not matched by funds coming and world music sounds with roots in the world of European back to the area for fire protection. classical music in a style that is unique and refreshing. The areas most affected were Fitch Mountain, Sotoyome Arts Alliance shows start at 7:30 p.m tickets at the door, at (also known as lower Dry Creek Valley) and the Geysers, the Arts Alliance or online at cloverdaleartsalliance.org, according to Save Northern Sonoma County. Batting clean up on the list of local events is jazz chanteuse "This area, along with some other isolated parts of extraordinaire Clairdee at the Cloverdale Performing Arts northern Sonoma County, produces $770,000 a year in Center on April 20, at 7:30 p.m. A San Francisco resident with property tax that is set aside by Assembly Bill 8 (1979) for fire national and global profile, Clairdee continues the tradition of protection in the community," the group's website said. "Less expressive jazz vocals, combining beautiful melodic interpre- than $10,000 remains in the area that happens to be Sonoma tation of lyrical material with freeform scat-style singing that County's most wildfire-prone region." swings mightily and is melodically inventive. Among her fans Fourth District Supervisor James Gore said he agreed with are jazz legends like Nancy Wilson and Dick Hyman, and she the need for more fire prevention in the area. has performed with luminaries such as the Count Basic "The geothermal plant is up there and itls worth a lot of Orchestra, Billy Higgins, Larry Vuckovich, Etta James and money and so those property taxes are based on those Boz Scaggs. She'll be performing standards from the Great geothermal royalties," Gore said in an interview. "We're American Songbook with her backing duo of pianist Ken working with Calpine, who run the facility and they're saying, French and bassist Ron Belcher. 'If we pay all these property taxes and then you don't do any Tickets online at cloverdaleperformingarts.com, fire prevention up here, you're not using the property taxes Rounding out the line-up locally is Big Blue House with we pay to even protect the facility up here.'" their monthly musical feast, Jazz Thursday at the Cloverdale During the 2015 Valley Fire, five of the facility's 14 power Ale Co. on April 11, 6 p.m. They'll be bringin' the swingin' jazz, plants suffered damage, costing Calpine 25 percent of its jazzy funk and groovin' blues, always working in new materi- production and an estimated $35 million in damage and lost al to keep it fresh, revenue. Saturday, April 13, its rock 'n' roll witl The Stragglers. Lets "This ultimately impacts all of us in terms of taxes, and this hope they make it to the stage on time --since they're the area is fire country, let's be real," Gore said. Stragglers. On April 27, Spike's Awesome Hotcakes is making One way fire districts are working to create efficiency and their Cloverdale Ale Co. debut. Bandleader Spike Sikes is one reduce costs is through consolidation. Windsor/Rincon Valley of the most extravagantly talented artists you could imagine. Fire is nearing the end of a process to consolidate with Multi-instrumentalist, saxophone virtuoso, power-house soul- Bennett Valley and Mountain Volunteer Fire, a move that ful vocalist, gifted composer, and wild-man performer, he is would result in an increase in income for the organization the total package. Add a tight back-up band playing rolling through property taxes, as well as by streamlining the cost of New Orleans-style grooves and great lyrics about such topics administration and benefits. as the Mississippi River at sunset or just needing a dollar for Similarly, Geyserville Fire Protection District recently the taco truck, and you have a great night's entertainment, initiated the process to annex Knights Valley Volunteer Fire Weekend music at Cloverdale Ale Co. starts at 6:30 p.m and is looking to rebrand itself as the Northern Sonoma and admission is always free. County Fire Protection District as its chief, Marshall There's a road game on the schedule, too, with The 'Zander Turbeville, has eyes on other joint ventures moving forward. Valley Sextet featuring Cloverdale piano wizard Greg Hester Geyserville and the Cloverdale Fire Protection District at the Hopland Tap on April 13. Make the road trip and cheer alreadywork closely together on vehicle maintenance and the local team! 7 p.m. start, training every month, he said, and the two organizations are Lastly, in our post-game, I want to mention the opportuni- looking into a joint powers agreement as a potential step ties for musical learning offered at the Arts Alliance. Music toward consolidation down the road. Workshops are on the second and fourth Wednesdays, "The eventual goal is to consolidate," he said. "We are September through May. April 10 is the next workshop, now looking at shared positions, combined programs and joint in its seventh year, offering an all-levels approach to learning powers agreements as intermediate steps." guitar and singing skills through jamming on simple songs. Turbeville said that retaining more of the property tax April 24is thb hew Jazz W0rkshop, offering an opportunity for revenue set aside for local fire prevention is also a necessary instrumentalists to begin learning the basics of improvisation component of a healthy north county fire district. in the jazz and blues styles. Emphasis in both workshops is on "The money is undoubtedly being spent down in other fun and creativity, on a backbone of solid methodology, parts of the county, down on the Marin-Sonoma County line Support live music in Cloverdale. Remember, they call it and I get it," he said. "Those areas down there in the playing music, but it ain't nothin' but hard work, years of it, dairyland, they're not as developed, they don't generate the and having an appreciative, supportive audience is what taxes, the properties don't turn over so you don't get the makes it all worth it. reassessment value and they're in a world of hurt. "My response to that is that Sonoma County needs to realize that it's just going to cost more money to provide fire Paul Schneider lives and writes and plays m usic in Cloyerdale protection services to the rural areas and to fund it and other Sonoma County venues. He can be reached at appropriately but at the same time don't penalize another pschneider2017@gmail.com. Those with an upcoming music portion of the county," Turbeville said. event are encouraged to email him information. Cloverdale Chief Jason Jenkins echoed the sentiment, adding that the north county is at greater risk from fire, as it doesn't benefit from the fog layer that the southern parts of the county do. He offered a long list of programs that money for fire prevention could help achieve, in addition to cost savings derived from a joint powers agreement. Read the "We want to fully support a COPE [Citizens Organizing to Prepare for Emergencies] program with personel, more REVEILLE staffing for weed abatement and fuel reduction inspections CLOVERDALE and be able to do more public outreach in a way that's standardized and coordinated throughout the region," Jenkins said. "In addition, we'd want to increase our full time staffing A,T; An vv h crc. to two full-time personnel. We do that pretty successfully now . .n:t,me. ],with stipends and volunteers, but getting to a guaranteed two people in each company is really important in northern Sonoma County?' Consolidation is the way forward, according to Gore. "The solution is to continue to support a Zone 6 regionalized plan that has equitable funding, that finds funding for other areas of the county that need it, but also keeps our property tax money, devoting it here to fire services," he said. "If other regions need funding to meet sustainable levels, then we have to fight for that, whether that's out of the General Fund, local property tax assessments or other some other way." In the end, Gore called it "a good problem to have" since at least now the conversation revolved around where to put more money into the fire system whereas in the past, the topic was punted time and time again. For the most up-to-date news and events read the online Stuart Tiffen is the field representative for Fourth District version of Cloverdale Reveille. Our new mobile-friendly Supervisor James Gore and is a former employee of Sonoma website will look great on your tablet, phone West Publishers. or home computer. 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