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131 years serving the community _N '  Published weekly since 1879 .'17W00 Cloverdale; Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, April 14, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 15 50 Cents THE FOUR INCHES OF RAIN that pelted Cloverdale on Saturday and Sunday contributed to several mud slides. This slide in the 2000 block of Cherry Creek Rd. resulted in downed trees which closed the road Monday morning until Cloverdale fire personnel sawed the trees into smaller logs which could be mov and County of Sonoma Public Works employees cleared the roadway. Firefighters Jason Jenkins, Anthony. Mlchalek, Kevln Sauder and Chayton Osmon cleared the roadway quickly, allowing residents to the east to make their way down the hill. Photo courtesy Cloverdale Fire Protection District SmartMeters could be an issue here By Roberta Lyons According to a letter to the editor in this week's Reveille, local resi- dents are starting to receive notices that the so called "SmartMeters," from PG&E are going to start re- placing traditional meters here. The new digital meters are designed to enable the company to turn power on and off and to read the meters from offsite locations, eliminating meter readers which would save the company money. There have been numerous me- dia reports on complaints regard- ing these meters, mainly that people have seen their power bills drastically increase. New charges may be brought against retrievers' owner By Roberta Lyons from people who purchased pup- New charges may be brought pies from her. Former customers al- against Brooke Brownback, the Clo- lege that she sold them the puppies verdale woman arrested for animal as AKC (American Kennel Club) cruelty and child endangerment, " certified and that they were regis- just a her original charges have been reduced to a misdemeanor. According to Cloverdale Police Sergeant, Stephen Cramer, he has opened a criminal complaint against Brownback and will ask for charges related to "obtaining mon- ey by false pretenses." The charges would be felonies because the amount is over $400. Sgt. Cramer reported that since Brownback's original arrest, he has received numerous phone calls tered dogs. As a Golden Retriever breeder, she is supposed to register the litter when it is born. "There is actually a whole check list of things she is sup- posed to do, including getting the proper papers from the AKC for the new owners, and the certificates to prove they are registered dogs," Sgt. Cramer explained. She is also sup- posed to give the dog owners the >PLEASE TURNTO PAGE 3 According to Cloverdale's may- or, Carol Russell, she is starting to get phone calls and emails from people who are "really concerned." The mayor says she, too, has heard or. seen several media re- ports. "It appears that these meters come in, and all of a sudden, rates go up. They go from $100 to $300, for example. I am very concerned." She also said she can't understand why PG&E is "handling this so poorly." She noted that no public education is taking place and it is impossible to contact any PG&E of- ficials. Because of these concerns, Co- tati's City Council has requested the California Public Utilities Com- mission (CPUC) to investigate the complaints associated with the new meters and to place a moratorium on the installation of the meters within the City of Cotati. Mayor Russell said she may request that this issue be agendized for the Clo- verdale City Council to address. According tO the letter to the CPUC from the Cotati council, the following issues need to be ad- dressed: accuracy, fire safety, PG&E control ot usage, and health effects. "We also request that the CPUC make this program voluntary for PG&E's customers by allowing them to opt-out. If paired with an independent third party review of >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 C--;-overdale rident and animal Iover,'--I Jaynei;en I(ovacich, right, used her spdng break from teaching at Call gather donations of food, blankets. beds, toys and shampoos forthe 16 displaced Golden Retrievers rescued from festores and manufacturers throughout Madn and Sonoma County! Kovacevic is a practitioner of a form of animal touch therapy called Tellington Touch. She has monthly for many years. Her dog, ,Max," in the photo, is the father of one of the rescued dogs. Kovacevich i and "Max, are pictured with Cloverdaie Po!ice dispatcher Caitlin OfficerTeresa McDonald. / Attorney General is waiting response from Tobacco 101 By Roberta Lyons According to the Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of California, Dennis Eckhart, he has yet to have a response from the Native Tobacco 101 Store regarding a letter he sent to the manager of the store stating that the store is selling contraband cigarettes through the retail outlet. The store is located on Asti Road, south of Cloverdale and is visible from High- way 101. Eckhart explained there are other cases being investigated in the state involving "Indian tobacco" stores with the contention that stores are failing to charge both federal and state excise taxes that are llaced on cigarettes, as well as state sales tax, which is required whether the stores are on "Indian Land," or not. The tobacco products sold at the Indian tobacco stores are produced on Indian reservations in New York State, Washing- ton State and, according to Eckhart, a large amount of the products are produced in Canada. Eckhart said the federal excise tax is usually paid by the producers of the product, and is usually done at the beginning of the process. He says there is no evidence on the cigarettes being sold at Native Tobacco 101 in Cloverdale, that the State excise tax has been paid. Cigarette packages are supposed to be stampedshowing the tax has been paid. State sales tax is also not being paid, according to Eckhart, which he says is required on any sales to non-indianS. The assistant AG also questions whether the store is located on Indian land and operated by a federally recognized tribe. "We understand that Native Tobacco 101 is located on land within the boundaries of the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians, al- though the land is not owned by the tribe; but we also understand that the tribal council has publicly disavowed any connection to your business. Thus we believe that posted signs may falsely represent to your customers a fact about the shop's ownership and/or management," Eckhart wrote to the store managers. It appears the state is unaware of the existence of two tribal entities in Cloverdale. The land on Asti Road, where the store is located, is owned by the Santana family. Their lawyer, Dave Rapport in Ukiah, explained, the land is "indian land" and was put into trust for the Santana family under provisions of the Tillie Hardwick Act used to reStore recognition for tribes whose recognition had been terminated in .the 1950s. In the 1920s, a Cloverdale reservation was estab- lished of about 30 acres, purchased for local Indians by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). In the 50s, California reservations were divided into individual parcels and distributed, thus many residents of the original rancheri'a ended up losing their parcels. Under the Tillie- Hardwick Act, in 1983, Indian owners of land were given the option to return to Federal trust status, which is what John Santana did for his family which owned the remaining 13 acres of what had once been the original Clover'dale reservation. "John Santana started the fee to trust application. It was pending when he died, but it continued and the property was taken into trust for his four children," Rapport explained. "The land is owned in trust for the Santanas. Cloverdale Rancheria does not have jurisdiction over that land," Rapport stressed. He also pointed out that the Santanas are not directly involved with the store's operation, they simply are leasing the land to the Grindstone Rancheria near Willows which operates the tobacco store. In a letter to the store manager, Eckhart states the ,. store is: "offering for sale and selling contraband cigarettes to persons in the state of California, through your retail outlet located in Cloverdale. Specifically, the cigarette brands you are selling, including, King Mountain, Seneca, Smokin Joes, and Native, are contraband because (1) the brands are not listed on the California Tobacco Directory; (2) the cigarettes do not comply with the California Cigarette Fire Safety and Firefighter Protect Act; and (3) state excise taxes have not been paid. The assistant senior attorney general said the next step in his actions may be to file a lawsuit in the Sonoma County Superior Court. "Initially, this will be a county by county issue," he said. Bob and Nancy Jehn departing Cloverdale By Roberta Lyons Bob and Nancy Jehn, two in- volved and influential Cloverdale residents, are leaving this fair city for the town of Fall River Mills in Shasta County. The Jehns will con- tinue their insurance agency there, Moraine Associates and continue serving their Cloverdale clients. The lure of 10 acres and an even smaller town than Cloverdale drew the couple to Fall River Mills, in the Fall River Valley, after 20 years in Cloverdale. Bob admits that it is "bitter-sweet," and he will miss his many friends and associates, but he said both he and Nancy are looking forward to their move. Bob Jehn served on the Clover- dale City Council for 14 years, the longest serving member ever, from December of 1994 to July of 2008. He said one of the things he is proud of is that Cloverdale has weathered growth quite well. "We have been able to maintain the char- acter of the town, despite our growth. Crime is still low, and it's .a nice place to live," he commented. He did stress that there is still a lot of work to do, especially in the area of job creation, but he thinks Clo- verdale is going to "turn-around," in fact, he feels strongly that it will. One of Jehn's big projects was fa- cilitating the creation of the River Park, which now goes from the north of town, off of McCray Road, south to the First Street Bridge. In fact, Jehn said the park issue was one of the reasons he wanted to get on the council. "I felt like we were getting stone-walled, and kept being told why it wasn't a good idea to have a park on the river, that it might compromise the security of the water treatment plant, for exam- ple, and other issues." Now the park.provides a beautiful walking and handicapped accessible trail along the river and has become a very popular amenity for the city. Jehn also worked with the county to set up the depot on Asti Road for the eventual use by a passenger train here. The depot is currently used by buses and is a park and ride lot. The former city councilman also served on the SMART board for many years because of his_deep interest in rail and rail travel He also noted that the develop- ment of Furber Park was a signifi- cant catalyst for the city to establish an impact fee schedule for new de- velopment. The city now requires that all new developments contrib- ute for parks and traffic issues. An- other accomplishment Jehn is proud of is the establishment of the 250 acre open space above Clover Springs. The property was original- ly slated for "Phase Four, of Clo- ver Springs, but public concern >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 BOB JEHN pictured at the south end of the River Park, one of his important projects that was ac- complished over his long tenure as a Cloverdale City Councilman. AS ONE OF HIS MANY ENDEAVORS, Bob Jehn ran for state assembly. Both Bob and Nancy Jehn are pictured with their campaign car In 2001.