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In a letter sent to the Reveille and signed by 18 Cloverdale High staff members, Lucchetti is credit- ed with being a key part of the school's "nurturing school culture." The decision by Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent Jeremy Decker to promote Lucchetti to be principal of Washington Middle School instead of promoting him to Vice-Principal CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Cloverdale High School students took to the streets last Thursday morning to protest the loss of Mark Luchetti, a popular staff member at the high school. Lucchetti has been reassigned to Washington Middle School. Photo by Denee Rebottaro of CHS concerned the staff and stu- dents in the small, close-knit school. The letter read, in part: "We are writing this letter because we are gravely concerned that the school culture that has engendered our academic success is being seriously weakened by the shortsighted deci- sions made by Superintendent Jeremy Decker and Principal Kirsten Sanft. Moreover, we believe that the CUSD administra- tion is completely out of touch with the priorities of CHS and does not support our students' or staffs best interests as indicated by the failure to hire Mark Lucchetti as Vice Principal." Decker said he was surprised at the reaction, given that Lucchetti was facing a significant promotion at Washington, despite not yet hav- ing an administrative credential. "The kids think he got fired, but really it's a promotion," said Decker. "I think he can make an amazing difference there." According to Decker and the staff letter, Lucchetti (who could PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 2 A NEEDED BOOST Elizabeth TownSend, 4 years old, her mother Leila Pichon and Mason the family dog came to a free booster seat giveaway last Saturday, organized by AAA and the Cloverdale Police Department. Photo by Ray Holley County working with state on beach fees By AMIE WINDSOR Staff Writer Jacob Raikou is a junior at E1 Molino High School who likes to savor the sunset. Specifically, the sunset on the Sonoma County coast. On Wednesday, April 13, Raikou painted a picture for the California Coastal Commission (CCC) about the perils the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) could create with its proposal to install fee collection devices at four of its coastal beach- es in Sonoma County. The pro- posed project, which is on hold for another two months, asks for an $8 entry fee to Bodega Head, Goat Rock, Stump Beach and Shell Beach for the day. Flexible options include a $3 hourly rate and a free 30-minute surf -- or sunset -- check. "As a sunset watcher, a half an hour isn't enough," Raikou said. "It just doesn't make sense. As a teenager, we are broke. We can't even get coffee from Starbucks. We're going to get around this. I'm terrified of driving Highway 1. Now there are going to be the hazards of kids running across, cars darting out. That hazard alone is enough to not go through with it." Raikou wasn't alone in his logic. Hundreds of Sonoma County resi- dents and leaders packed Santa Rosa's Veterans Memorial Hall and many voiced strong opposition against the proposal, citing miti- gated impact concerns, income dis- parity, freedom of religion and the PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 9 The Cloverdale Fire District invites the community to join in recognition of 130 years of commu- nity support. The fire district is hosting its 130th anniversary cele- bration on May 21 at the downtown plaza. The Fire Board of Directors wants to thank the citizens of Cloverdale for their overwhelming dedication and support of their fire department by hosting a free event for the community. There will be fire apparatus on display, a kids play area, live music and numerous food vendors. A very important part of this event is to reach out to past volun- teers, explorers, fire auxiliary members and family of those mem- bers who are no longer with us, to join us in this historic celebration. The district is looking for pho- tographs, memorabilia of the fire department, as well as names of past members to complete the ros- ter of every member who has served with the department. Fire Chief Jason Jenkins emphasizes that this is a great opportunity for the department to thank the community for their sup- port through the years. He and the department want to personally thank all the citizens who have supported the department in vari- ous ways. Throughout the history of the department local people have been very generous with time, money and good will. At a recent planning meeting, Chief Jenkins said, "We want everyone to come, including future firefighters. You would be sur- prised of the number of men and women in the fire service whose career began as a young child rid- ing in a fire engine at an event like this." The celebration that day will open with a ceremonial blowing of one of the old fire sirens, (a WWII air raid siren,) that used to call the firefighters in for duty. This was also the famous "noon whistle" that was blown on weekdays. Read more about the event at district Contact Michelle Black at the Fire Department to submit names of past volunteers and photos. - Submitted by Kevin Moore THE GOOD OLD DAYS Cloverdale Fire Department members (I-r): Tom Gurries, AI Gambetta, Bob McCullough, Ray Cavagnaro, Tom Montoya, Milt Holt, Ralph Warner and Councilman Nels Jensen at the deliv- ery of "Engine 3" in 1964. Photo courtesy of Cloverdale Fire Police Log Letters Crossword Page 3 Page 4-5 Page 10 Editorial Obituaries Sports Page 4 Page 5 Page 11 Page 9: "Look Who's Local" - Denaire Nixon I!!!!!IIII!!!UI I