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e5 Boys & Girls Club Open See Below Published weekly since 1879 1879 Wine Society Members See Page 6 G 118 years of serving the community , Sonoma County, CA April 23, 1997 VoL CXVHI, Issue 17 35 Cents target hearings Webb Webb Corporation has pro- the Cloverdale Planning uired to expidite the Development between the Land and the City on the project. purchase 5 and City on the former Ranch located on S. Blvd. across from Mobile Home Park to Planning Direc- the procedures completed in time for before the City begin in June. Del the Land Partners that the process.be soon as possible to project in 1997. From 350 to are approve the agreement which will in lot patterns as well as the Jim Teague Jehn are meeting Webb and Land Part- to discuss regarding the park One possibility is that provided by the city parks. feud leader resolved over what faction as head of Clover- |mtill not resolved. by an administra- g appeals or- tribal factions and the Affairs to work to settle on the tribe's in the tribe, led by won an elec- but her victory was as a decision was pkm tum to bsck ple The Boys and Glds Club of Cloverdale reopened Monday, April 14 and 168 kids showed up for the oprd, k:cxdl to Club Director Mardanne McBride, 200 kids I day are expected. The club, damaged tn a fire two years ago, features a lot more open space than the before. It also has handicap access. Money Is still being raised to complete the new gym facility. (Above) Flonnie DeSoto, 27, tutors Andrew PIsaro and Ben Ray. II I I Gang forum: 00We're right on the verge having problems" seeing violent gang behavior, but is seeing kids wearing red or blue and hrowing gang signs' with their hands. vVe are right on the verge of having problems," he said. Juvenile probation officer Ri- chard Flatly compared Clover- dale's problem with Santa Rosa where citizens are dealing with home invasion robberies, drive by shootings and homicide by gangs. ragging and throwing signs- -rd love to see that in Santa Rosa Our kids are violent-we've just taken two AK4Ts off the+ streets and we know where there's another one," he said Flatly told those gathered that the problem may seem compara- tively minimal in Cloverdale but it shouldbe dealt with now. ,'Why On Thursday, April 17, Wash- ington School hosted two forums, one in English and one in Span- ish, to educate parents on gangs. The forum was arranged by the Parent Issues Subcommittee of the Gang Prevention Network of Sonoma County. Ex-gang member, Chris Hall; Jocelyn Harper, contactor Sono- ma County Office of Education Safe School Program; Cloverdale Police Chief Rob Dailey and Of- ricer Keith King, juvenile proba- tion officer Rich Flatly, Washington School Principal Marc Mager and Cloverdale High School Principal Dave Ash- worth and Vice Principal Gene Lile were on hand to answer parents' questions. Officer Keith King explained to parents that Cloverdale isn't wait till we've got kids in Kai- sort he asked. Ex-gang member from Cen- tral Los Angeles, Chris Hall ex- plained to parents that he came to Sonoma County to escape the gang scene in LA, but when he got here he was scare& I thought all these kids were gang bang- ing I found out after further investigation that they just liked to dress and walk that way," he said. But other people won't in- vestigate, he said, and start or- ganizing them. Parents wanted to know the significance of the graffiti around town, most of which is 'tagging'. Hall explained that tagger gangs travel together and obtain rec- ognition try tagging in conspicu- ous places. The spray painted pmm mm to bk pqo Fire District proposal would settle for 13 year agreement Wants assured annual increase A second proposal has been sent to the City Council by the Cloverdale Fire Protection Dis- trict's Board of Directors which states that the District would accept a 10 year agreement from July 1, 1997 with the amount to be set on a yearly basis through use of the county's mathemati- cal factor. The proposal would extend the City's commitment a total of 13 years as it has already trans- ferred property taxes in the amount of $67,500 for the past three years. The City's initial offer was a the district board wants to pro- vide financial stability for the District but "at the same time not allow this dispute to divide the community." The City Council is expected to take up the proposal at the April 23 meeting. The Fire District has filed a petition for a Writ of Mandate and complaint for declaratolry and other relief with the Superi- or Court in order to comply with a perceived statute of limitations run. However, the District has informed the City Council that it intends to withhold service of a transfer agreement for a total of, subpoena to the Council for a ten years at the fixed sum The District has contended that the transfer amount should be increased on a yearly basis usingthe same factor as the coun- ty has been using over the past three years. The proposal also notes that the parties will negotiate a re- newal of the agreement at the brief period pending fuher ne- gotiations. At the April 9 meeting the City Council declined the District's initial counter proposal asking for an agreement covering a pe- riod of 15 years from July 1,1997 for an overall total of 18 years. The City informed the District that 18 years was too extensive. end of the aeptsd term with the provision that the District and City discuss some revised language to govern future nego- tiations more equitably. The letter, written by the District's counsel, Lawrence McLaughlin, did not indicate what was meant by "more equitably." The letter states further that At the time Mayor Tom Sink, who has consistently supported the City's obligation to commit to a property tax transfer to the District, expressed his disap- pointment over the District's escalation to 18 years. Sink said that this time period was way beyond the intention of the Coun- cil in forming the District. Public hearing tonite on telecommunication law Introduction and first reading of a Telecommunication Ordi- nance for the City of Cloverdale will be the first agenda item for the City Council meeting to- night, Wednesday, April 23. The Council meets in cham- bers at City Hall, 124 N. Clover- dale Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. The Council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance which will regulate the design and placement of telecommunication facilities and towers in the com- munity. In other business the Council will issue procalmations for Pop- Please turn to page 8 Jury releases report on 911 S0noma County has released their on 911 systems County--specifically of emergency medical [EMD] pre-arrival in- rec- at city and county instructions are by step" directions a 911 caller on what to e ambulance arrives situations. includes walking giving Cardio (CPR), etc. calls within the go through Police department dis- tones out the Cloverdale Fire also to that tone. 911 Calls within the county Depart. Dispatch Center contacts the Califor- of Forestry dis- patch center, which subsequently onta Clover- dale Fire. Atthe same time COn- tral Dispatch notifies Cloverdale Police dispatch which tones out the ambulance. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Central Dispatch Center does not offer EMD pre-arrival in- structions. Amongst cities, Clo- verdale isn't alone in not offering the service. Other cities with their own dispatch centers that do not provide the service in- clude Cotati, Healdsburg, Peta- luma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, and Sehastopol. In short, the service is not available in Sono- ma County. According to the grand jury's report, many lives would be saved by adopting EMD pre-ar- rival instruction. It states that irreversible brain damage is like- ly to occur 4-6 minutes after car- diac arrest. Cloverdale Ambulance Manager and Para- medic Tom Hinrichs reports that the fire department responds to medical calls within two to three minutes after being dispatched, and the ambulance arrives with- in five to six minutes. Hinrichs is in favor of pre- arrival instruction. "It rounds out your service better. People can got instructions for many types of medical emergencies. It increases the potential for sav- ing a patient's life or reducing morbidity or further injury," he said. Another benefit, Hinrichs reports, is that dispatchers, by running through the flip file tri- age cards that walk the dispatch- er and the caller through the emergency sittion, will be bet- ter informed to figure out what emergency vehicles should re- spond, how many should re- spond, and how fast they should respond causing less traffic and confusion at the scene. According to Hinrich the trend in Northern California seems to be going towards offer- ing pre-arrival instruction. The grand jury noted that there are' several jurisdictions in Califor- nia that already offer EMD pre- arrival instructions anduse them 1%25% of the time The Cloverdale Fire Depart- ment reported 305 medical aides it responded to within the City and 120 within the county area for a total of 425 responses in 1996. Using the grand jury's fig- ures, an estimated 70 to 100 EMD incidents per year could be expected in Cloverdale. Hinrichs notes that every medical call could benefit from the pre-arriv- al instruction, and that patients having airway problems (heart attacks, strokes, drownings, un- conscious, etc.) would benefit the most Three companies in the US offer EMD training and certifi- cation courses to certify dispatch- ers in 911 instructions. The programs require that members attend a recertification course every two years. The courses are currently 16 hours and deal with + legal and medical updates, re- sponse card review, and CPR. The average 24 hour training Pleale tum to page 2