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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 -- Page ,R $ol here's the thing... Rich candidate spends big, lacks vision By Paula Wrenn Events in the early stages of the race for governor of California are disturbing to me. Big money continues to demonstrate indifference to the needs of Californians. For one candidate in particular, it has become a "win at all costs" contest. With one in 15 mortgages in Sonoma County in trouble (April 7, Press Democrat), lots of normally thriving families and indi- viduals are truly suffering. I have decided to share with you the letter I am sending to that candidate. Dear Meg: The funding of political campaigns long ago crossed into a zone that can only be described as obscenely wasteful. So, in this time of crisis for so many Americans, and especially Californians, what are you thinking? It is bad enough that politicians gather vast troves of money from corporate supporters and their respective parties to be elected. Of course, they have to spend those donations on their campaigns and we know better than to expect true campaign reform while our system of government is supported by lobbyists. But, you are so rich you can practically single-handedly fund the richest campiign of any governor race in recent years. What you have spent so far on your campaign, $59 million, would fund a small state program. Christian Science Monitor says there are ..... reports you are committed to spending up to $150 Jobs; million of your own money to be elected. I am at a educatian loss for words to describe how wrong this is. and Please, stop! Too many Californians are, through no fault of housing their own, hanging on by their fingernails while caring for frail parents or disabled family mem- bers. Others are trying to pay (sharply increased) college tuition despite salary cutbacks and job losses. Imagine if you had instead funded your political ambitions thus far through good works. You could instead have helped qualified people in California start small businesses, or to put toward a down-payment on a home. In $10,000 increments you could have helped 59,000 California families whose lives would then have been greatly improved in areas you describe as priorities -jobs, education and housing. Not only that, had you been so bold as to put your assets on the line in a meaningful way, you would have done far more for your cam- paign than all the media buys and strategists you are paying for. You would have garnered unprecedented positive press coverage. You could have made jubilant many of the shrinking numbers of Califor- roans who are still getting by, but now paying for those who have fallen under the weight of their crisis burden. Call me crazy (and I know many will), but directly investing in turning lives around, well, that is solution-oriented. That is breaking from the pack. That is the kind of thinking that would put political races across the country on notice as to what is really important. Had you been so caring and so daring, I would be able to see you as .......... iiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Only another week to purchase tickets for "Ladies Night Out" which is set for Saturday, April 24, at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. The 60 21 team is hosting the event to support the Relay for Life. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a fabulous fashion show, no host bar, silent auction and delicious appetizers. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You must be 21 or over to attend the event. Only one week until "Ladies Night Out" Only another week to purchase there is someone for everyone. You tickets for "Ladies Night Out" don't have to be single to attend so which is set for Saturday, April 24, just come for an amazing time. It is at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. The a great time to get out and cheer all Go 21 team is hosting the event to the ladies bidding on bachelors. support the Relay for Life. The Don't miss out! evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with The Go 21 team is hosting the a fabulous fashion show, no host event to support their team which bar, silent auction and delicious ap- participates in the Relay for Life on petizers. Tickets are $20 in advance June 5 and 6. and $25 at the door. You must be 21 Purchase your tickets at Century or over to attend the event. 21 at !14 Lake St, Mail Center, Etc The evening will include bidding at 207A Cloverdale Blvd or at the on a "date with a bachelor." The Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Call 894- bachelors range in age 21 to 81 so 5232 for more information Former resident Dennis Parker to speak Dennis Walter Parker will be the featured speaker at the next Speak= ers Series Program offered by the Cloverdale Historical Society. Park- er will share his experiences grow- ing up in Cloverdale as well as discuss the old feed store and local wool production. A few excerpts from his bio in- clude: He attended kindergarten in formation contact the Society office at 894-2067. -Bonnie Asien EYE ON THE EAGLE: A community communication from the Cloverdale Unified School District '' OUR MISSION: ..... '  ./,4  ! Cloverdale Unified School District provides ALL students with equity and access to :: , ;: :-, the knowledge, skills, and educational opportunities to achieve high academic G;.  standards in a changing global society, as measured by state and local assessments. _[_.C')\\;L  [/k,. ............ - the United Church Rectory. Dennis someone wire smarts ano neart x woma Know yOU intend to serve , .,, . ,, ,. , . '.: ....... . graauarec rrom uovercmm gn the people instead of your political la or your ersonal ambitions. ,1 in 196   ..... a,,E. l oma nave been persuaded to sermusy consmer voting tOr you. Bert Gianoli mioated from North; Yes, Meg, you made lots of money m business, but can you help us em Italy and BeaOlrice was his "mail understand how infusing your campaign with your gi-normous per- sonal wealth is evidence that you are about efficient government and making life better for the rest of us? Where is evidence of your innovation? How can we tell that you know our needs? Thus far, yours is a campaign of politics as usual, distinguished only by your willingness to outspend everyone. Thanks in large part to you, our election is shaping up more like an eBay auction. If the highest bid is the only criteria for winning, California stands to lose more ground. City legal expenses A sense of proportion is what is called for here. Development is much slowed down from what it was just a few years ago and that reduces exposure and risk. We have lots of city property that needs to be maintained and dwindling resources to do so. Reducing legal fees, perhaps by having a staff attorney and using specialists as needed, seems prudent and proportional to the current need and resource limitations. This is one opportunity for cost savings that wouldn't result in a city employee being cut. Color in them thar hills Perhaps you've noticed it when stopped on the Boulevard at the Citrus Fair traffic light, or while waiting to cross the boulevard from the southwest comer of the First Street intersection. From that spot, look toward the northeast comer of town above the tops of the city buildings and you will see a hill with residences. Up high, one of the properties features a large and eye-popping patch of brilliant hot pink ice plant, a lovely surprise and gift of color as the first tree blossoms give way to tender green. @ Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. order bride." Parker's mother, Irene, married his father, Walter, "because everyone else had moved on from Cloverdale and he was the only one left." (Walter owned the Cloverdale Feed Store.) Dennis retired as a USCG Com- mander in 1988. To learn more fun- facts about Dennis, his family, and Cloverdale attend this interesting program on April 20, 7 p.m., in the Cooley Family Community Room of the Cloverdale History Center at 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. CHS mem- bers, guests and the public are wel- come - admission is free. Refreshments will be served fol- lowing the program. For more in- Sonoma Valley Muzzle Loaders annual shoot Sonoma Valley Muzzle Loaders will hold their 29h annual Rendez- vous April 15, 16,17 and 18 at the Marie Hill Ranch located on Hwy. 128, 11 miles west of Cloverdale. Gates open Thursday, April 15 at 8 a.m. and registration is from 3 to 4 p.m. There are special event targets for rifle, pistol, and black powder cartridge. The events are wheel chair accessible. This is a dry camp, so bring your own water. For more information please call Michael George at (707) 996-1308. 894-501.5 Whole Family I -rnl James F. DeMartini, Esq. Paula S. Hall, Esq. ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW "Cloverda/e's Full Service Law Firm" LIVING TRUSTS,,WlLLS, POWER OF ATTORNEY EMPLOYMENT LAW & DISPUTE MEDIATION BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE DIVORCE, SUPPORT, CUSTODY PERSONAL INJURY & ACCIDENT LITIGATION , COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW AND MEDIATION 115 West First Street Cloverdale, California (707) 894-5000 www.cloverdalelaw.com Animal abuse case has upset many The recent arrest of a Cloverdale woman on animal abuse and child endangerment charges has really upset dog lovers in the community, for good reason. The Golden Retriever dogs, 16 of them, were living in horrible conditions at a home on Third Street here in town. They are presently being housed and supported at King's Kastle and there are major expenses in caring for the dogs, which the owners of King's Kastle are having to bear. Feline Rescue of Northern California, a local non-profit, has stepped up to serve as a pass through organization to receive donations ear- marked for the Golden Retrievers. Since it is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, donations for the dogs can be tax deductible. The total amount of the donations will go to the care of the dogs, according to Mary Braem Foster, president of Feline Rescue. All of the uproar over the dogs has naturally raised the question, among more than a few Cloverdalians: "What about the youth in- volved?" This is a reasonable enough concern, but we are sure everyone feels bad for him as well. This is a complicated issue, with questions being raised by the court about the woman's mental well-being. The officials and other adults acquainted with the boy are making sure he is being cared for and looked after. It really isn't the case that people "care more about the dogs than the boy," it's the case that people feel they can do something for the dogs, but probably aren't really sure what to do for the young man. If you would like to send a tax-deductible donation to care for the dogs, mail it to Feline Rescue of Northern California, Inc., PO Box 215, Cloverdale, CA 95425 and receipts will be provided. If you have ques- tions, call Mary Braem Foster at (707) 494-5544. A Birthday Salute To My Friend,. LINDA PARDINI Dearest Linda, First, I want to apologize for the Birthday Salute that appeared in the Reveille last April. When 1 walked into Food Center that day and you threw a can of Chef Boyardee at my head, I could tell something was wrong. I realize now that you are very sensitive about your age, and that you don't necessarily want me making a big deal about it in the newspaper where everyone can read it. Second: Elderly people have enough problems. They don't need someone like me making bad jokes about the "Golden Years." Someday I too will be old and we'll see how funny I think it is then. What 1 wrote last year was extremely thoughtless and I apolo- gize from the bottom ot my heart. I promise it will never happen again. So I just want to say Happy Birthday, old gal! And may all of your birthday wishes come true! 1 love you! Cynth FOCUS ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Senior Portfolio Night Seniors cite teachers, programs, and families for their success Their parents, both teachers in the district, could have used a kleenex during the event as they remembered not only their children's experiences, but remembered the other participants as young- sters as well. Javier Eligio, cited his coaches, one who sat in the audience, as major influenc- es in his life and thanked them. His coach beamed with pride, and his former teacher Mrs. Lawson told him how much he had grown and matured. He smiled as Javier is known to do and commented, "It has been a community effort." Daisy Rojas spoke poignantly and eloquently in impeccable ac- ademic English, remember- ing 4 ' grade and how her teacher Ms. Schwanntaught Colby Johnson will attend her English and how to laugh Cal Poly in the fall to study and become confident. Col- Engineering. by Johnson shook his head as he showed his Calculus test and commented with a laugh, "Calculus is REALLY hard, but I worked REALLY hard, and I feel ready for the challenges of the Engineering program at Cal Poly." AJ Wilson thanked Mr.\\;Duell for seeing artistic talent in him and for encourfiging him through the process of painting the senior barn, senior hallway, and designing the senior class logo. He will attend the JC in the fall and transfer to a 4-year college to pursue his interest in horticulture. In rooms across the CHS campus, portfolio scenes like this played out, each student telling their own story, outlining their individual journey to graduation. Fresh- men, sophomores, and juniors presented their portfolios during the regular school day the same week with the same impact on the audience. Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict congratulates all of the students who have worked hard to achieve their goals. Upward Bound Program interviews Sonoma State's Upward Bound Program has conduct- ed interviews with more than ten students from Washing- ton School who are eligible for the college preparatory program. Students completed an extensive application process, including a personal essay and an interview with parents and program directors. Students who are accept- ed will attend a weeklong summer program at SSU and visit colleges throughout the state. Ongoing support is provided while these students make their way through high school with the goal of attending college after gradu- ation. 8 th graders on advanced track Advanced math students start their day at CHS in Geometry class and are on track to complete Algebra II, Calculus and Physics in high school. "It has been a great experience and actually relatively easy. I feel ready for more advanced math," commented Hannah Faso. eniors presented their portfolios in an evening event hosted by staff and attended by family, friends and community members. Participants went far beyond the requirements of presenting background information, three best work examples, community service experienc- es, and fielding questions from the audience. Most reflect- ed on their standout years from kindergarten on, citing teachers and programs that provided them with a founda- tion of support on their journey to graduation. Common themes included family sacrifice and understanding, and strong peer relationships. Through this process, parents observed their child transform before their very eyes into independent young adults. As with most rites of passage, dry eyes were rare in the audience. In one group, Mr. Teodorson introduced the event with an air of importance and voiced respect for the work seniors had done to reach this point. Colby Johnson, AJ Wilson, Daisy Rojas and Javier Eligio sat anxiously await- ing their turns. Colby Johnson and AJ Wilson's morns whispered to each other that the boys had learned to swim at the city pool together in pre-school and now they play on the varsity baseball team together, coming full circle. Upward Bound: VanessaAbrego,Alejandra Moya, Alexandra Lopez, Jacob Torres, Alondra Sayago, Laura Alvarado, back row, Maria Cardenas, Corey Sceales Advanced 8th grade mathematics students attend Geometry at the hioh school in an accelerated math prooram. Front row: Daisy Rauda, Rachel Weathers, Zack Rege, Shane LaPant, Hannah Faso and Corey Sceales. -- Letters, comments, questions may be addressed to: eyeontheeagle@cusd.org --