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".".Y2.% :'- ":, i - Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Vol. CXlI, Issue 16 Many celebrations in one at Chamber's Business After Hours C4mber of Commerce held their monthly Business After Hours netwmking social at and Interiors last Thursday evening. Kirkess took the opportunity to show off their new showroom, as well as celebrate their One with a ribbon cutting ceremony. members are invited to drop by before the end of the month and register to win a free area rug. No and Interiors is located at 555 S. Cloverdale Blvd. grads Band and Tina Moore, a select group of Rosa Junior College who performed in the of California Community Colleges California Honor Band Delta Community and Tma, are both 1990 of Cloverdale High food to be IThursday ffmod will be distributed to families 18 from 1-4 p.m. will be posted. Cloverdale High School Jtmior Tiffany McAdams (righO was recendy :hosen by the American Legion Auxiliary to represent Cloverdale at Girls State in Sacramento this summer. Suzanne Gearhart is the Girls State Alternate. See Story Pg. 6 Council given preliminary draft of development ordinance for review draft of an imerim ordinance was given of the City Council at for their review ; v, qritten. intended to pre- of the  averting all to tbe time of according to Planning ! Will be completed within months he estimates. is.vJes are addressed in which will he de- that all applications the Planning Depan- upda00 period are the new General ordinance will that applico now procesa are also a number ton development during Peried. which It all applications re- to be processed but notice to all appli- project would be conclusions and of the ulxlated All future applications that are found to be inconsistent with the revised General Plan would be de- ferred. Exemptions to this clause would include small projects (i.e. those not exceeding 1O residemial units) and simple rehabilitation and" design improvements which may maintain a non-conforming use but not lead to expansion. Suggested controls on approved applications would provide that no additional extensions be given when found to be stent with the updated General Plan. As an example this would pertain to a problem with density or land USe. Further controls would provide utat all requests for approval on portions of lands covered by a pre- viously approved Master Plan or Development Agreement would continue to be fully proccssed as to their allowable density and use but they would have to incorporate all design and specifications set forth in the new General Plan. Controls on complete but unap- proved applications would entail notice to the applicants that a Gen- eral Plan hpdate is underway and that their project is subject to its final conclusions and recommenda- tions. Applicants would then as- sume full risk of having to revise their  to conform to the new Plan. The ordinance would require that all environmental impact reports now under preparation must inten- grate auy and all conclusions of the General Plan revision. Rules governing applications yet to be complete or received would determine that all applications found to be inconsistent or to con- rain conflicts with the revised Plan would be deferred. Immediate re- jection of an application would re- sult if the project direcdy ccmflicts with draft General Plan elements such asLand Use Open Space and Conservation Circulation Down, town Detign and Paddands. All applications which propose no expansion or increase in an inconsis. tent use could be processed and considered by the City. Such applications would include simple rehabilitation and design im- wovements which maintain a non- conforming use but not expand it or increase the density beyond what is allowed in the updated Plan. The Council reviewed each por- tion of the  ordinance and accepted the draft copies for further study and . m.L In addition, the Council apwoved an expansion of the General Plan updaWs Cirtmlatiou Element to in- clude a city-wide traffic mitigation program at a co of $9300. 8Z peo).te Z.I .suoS  EeOH April 17, 1991 @ 35 cents Cloverdal not immune |9 aanq vrobleme "Be aware and take care of it before it gets out of control", Cloverdale warned By Mary Jo Winter "Be awaxe and take care of it be- fore it gets out of control." That was the message delivered last Thursday evening to a group of Cloverdale residents by SgL Mike Ferguson at a Gang Interven- tion Meeting. SgL Ferguson is one of the Son- ,oma County Sheriff Department's six Gang Resource Investigator. In 1976, there were 180 gangs in ,California, with about 15,000 mem- bers. There were 185 gang-related homicides recorded. Last year, in 1990, the number of wthgs had grown to more than 900, more than 90,000 members. The number of gang-reLated homi- cides jumped to 600 throughout the state. Sgt. Fergnson said many people in Cloverdale are allowing them- selves to he lulled into a false sense of security by believing it can't happen here. But, he says, they are wrong. Not only can it happen here - it is already happening. In Sonoma County, there are 300 certified gang members and three (soon to be four) certified gangs. In addition, acxording to Sgt. Fergu- son, there =re another 20-25 gangs that go back and forth in member- ship and level of viol and therefore have not yet been de- clared"certified'. A certified gang is determined by its level of violence, and can mean additional jail time for any of its members who are convicted of a crime. Gangs today, he said, are not like the gangs most of us remember from high school. "The level of violence is something we've never seen before." Initiations used to consist of new gang members getting beat up by the other members and then having to commit a low level crime, such as a residential burglary. Initiations now, for example, re- quire new gang members to commit violent sexual assaults on young girls - ages 13-15 - after tL-st forcing them to get drunk. Drive by shootings, once unheard of in Sonoma County, are on the increase as well - more than 10 in the past month. Gang members do crimes to in- crease their esteem in the eyes of their peers, said Sgt. Fergnson. "The more violent the crime, the more they are respected." Most, he said, are homicidal as well as suici- dal. Older gang members encourage younger ones to commit crimes knowing penalties will be less severe for them if they get caughL Currently, the three gangs causing the most concern are Skin Heads, Asians and Blacks. Skins Heads, according to Sgt. Ferguson, have the most potential for violence because of their radi- cally racist attitudes. The Asians - usually Vietnamese - are into auto theft and most often victimize their own people. The Blacks, offshoots of the "Crypts" and the "Bloods" out of Los Angeles, are heavily into the sale of drugs, and their influence, he said, is spreading throughout the state. In Sonoma County, SgL Ferguson says "We're dealing with gang members who come from middle class and upper middle class fami- lies." For this reason, he notes, there is a strong denial factor on the part of both parents and the community as a whole. What causes a youngster to join a gang? The most prevalent reason is intimidation. "Peer pressure is hard for adults to understand", said SgL Fersuson. Some of the other reasons cited were shrinking job opportunities, desire for recognition, status, achieving little success at home, negative reinforcement, lack of goals and lack of viable job training. "It costs a beck of a lot less to educate a kid than send him to =tare prisoa", Sgt. Ferguson con- cluded. Yes, but what about Cloverdale? Police Chief Rob Dailey says the gang picture in Cloverdale is some- thing of a mixed bag, calling it both good news and bad news. "We had hoped to have a two year lead time", be said, "but it didn't happen." A juvenile gang member, referred to as the "Rohnert Park reject", moved into town, and along with 3 or 4 of his friends, intimidated local school children and even threatened a police oft'met. Acceding to Chief Dailey, he no longer fives here. He also said they have identified a gang in Cloverdale, consisting of about 20 kids who have their own special clothing, logo and spray cans. They are not, however, con- sidered a "criminal street gang". Cloverdale has a slricdy enforced curfew - 10 p.m. for 16 year olds, 11 p.m. for 18 year olds. "when we see kids out after curfew, we take them home. It's cut down on street crime tremendously." for sc3ois to get out ffOnL The educational system needs to support alter'natives." Mr. Mager would also like to see schools institute a dress code. "School is important, so dress like iL" Cloverdale's Boys & Girls Club and local schools are joining forces to clean up graffiti around town and on businesses as soon as possible. Since graffiti is used to give gangs recognition, Washington School's policy is to have custodial personnel stop whatever they're doing and immediately clean up graffiti when it's found. Businesses are being asked to help discourage truancy by not al- lowing school age youngsters in their establishments when they know they are supposed to be in school. Both Chief Dailey and Mr. Mager cited television as "public enemy #1", with the Chief noting "movies glorify violence and death. The Chief Dailey says Cloverdale still m is that human life has no has the small town advantage of value. having officers who know most of the people. "Unforumately, as the town starts to grow, it's not going to stay that way", he says. While growth is good for the economy, there are certain trade offs that come with progress, such as the loss of intimacy and the ability to be as in touch on an instantan- eous basis. Chief Dailey also said that the number of calls requesting police assistance has increased dramati- cally. In 1990, he said, it was 32% higher than 1988, and this year is y nmn/ng ahead of last year. "We re being asked to do increas- ingly more with the same ten persqp department for the same amount of money. Ten police officers cannot keep an eye on 21 gang members or 5,000 people with other needs." days of it being "a police department problem, let them solve it" is gone," said the Chief. "It's a community problem." Washington School Principal Marc Mager said "We can't throw money at the problem because the state, counties and cities are already in financial trouble. People need to get involved." In CIoverdale, the police are trying to be more pro-active than reactive in hopes of keeping gangs more social than criminal. "The key," notes Chief Dailey, "is Chief Dailey believes Sonoma County is lucky, though. "We have a District Attorney committed to having no gangs get a foothold in the county, and a strong level of coo.ration between the county's various law enforcement agencies." 4th District Senator Mike Thomp- son rec.endy introduced a bill, known as SB 377, which would pro- vide for the transfer of a minor's criminal records between probation departments and school superinten- dents. This transfer would only take place if the minor has been found guilty of a serious crime, such as rape or violent assault. Had this measure already been law, the "Rohnen Park reject" would have been identified as a gang member when he first registered to attend Cloverdale schools. In the meantime, it's worth re- membering that an ounce of pre- vention is worth a pound of cure. Get involved and f'md out how you - yes YOU - can help keep the gang element in Cloverdale from getting out of control. Richard Hyder headsCity's wastewater treatment plant Richard Hyder, former wastewater treatment plant superintendent for Victorville, was introduced to the City Council April 10 as Cloverdale's new plant supervisor. Mr. Hyder expressed his appreciation to the Council regarding his appointment to the position. "Cloverdale's sewage treatment plant and system is in very good con- dition," the new supervisor said. Cloverdale is in compliancewith all State requirements at prsent he noted. "I appreciate the warm welcome everyone has given me and I forward to living and working in CloverdMe," he trim the Reveille.