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see page 7 131yearsservingthecommunity ." Publishedweeklysince1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 17 50 Cents CLOVERDALE'S GREEN THUMB GARDEN CLUB held their annual plant sale last Saturday In the Pacific Auto Works parking lot downtown. Pictured above are members Sue Parkin, left, Dorothy Haugsten, Cookie Emmons and Fran Lashlnski. The i-Grow Cloverdale information table (photo on the right) was staffed by planning commis- sioner Melanie Bagby, left, and Cloverdale Mayor Carol Russell. The club had flowering plants, lilies, herbs and vegetables for sale. THIS DRAWING WAS ONE OF SEVERAL shown to people who attended the public workshop presented by SMART, its engineers and design- ers. Cloverdale's station will have several custom design elements taking into account the existing depot building. SMART public workshop reveals design concepts for Cloverdale train depot By Neena Hanchett After hearing in February from numerous Cloverdale residents and city staff, and with the engineering and design phase well tmderway, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) officials, rail line design- ers and engineers came back to Clo- verdale last Saturday, April 24, with conceptual ideas of how Clo- verdale's passenger rail station would look. SMART officials an- nounced that construction will start in 2012; train testing in early 2014 with service foiling out in the fall. Although every detail hasn't been designed, the overall concept is to reflect the existing Cloverdale Depot, surrounding community and existing topography, described as a "rustic village" look. Although platforms, ticketing machines and transit tracking information will be standard throughout the line, park- ing, access and design elements for each station will be unique and will reflect what the community would like to see. Elements such as land- scaping will take into account the platform's western exposure, with deciduous shade trees being an im- portant consideration along with the use of low water planting and the possible use of recycled water sources. At this stage of conceptual engineering, Cloverdale will have bike racks and room for 25 bike lockers, a number which could be increased. Stairs and elevators will bring passengers to the elevated 270 foot long platform, 20 feet above the sidewalk. At this early stage, designers say canopies for waiting passengers will be open and visual to discour- age vandalism and promote securi- ty. Each city's art organizations will be asked for ideas as to what art features should be included. His- torical organizations will also be asked for ideas on the station's vi- sual effects. Additional public in- put will also be sought as the project moves ahead. SMART board chairperson and candidate for Fourth District Super- visor, Debora Fudge, in attendance, >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 CCOC working to provide low income rentals here effort to prevent vacant foreclosed properties from becoming a nuisance. Karen Shimizu, who is a housing and redevelopment project manager for the city, explained that the NSP is part of the federal stimulus package. The funds first go to the state, and then to the county. Non-profit groups, such as the CCOC, can apply for the funds which can be used to purchase or re-sell homes, or to purchase homes as affordable rentals. "The purpose is to allow non-profit groups or local government agencies to purchase foreclosed property to rehabilitate," she explained. Houses have to be vacant for 90 days, and if that is the case, an agency, like the CCOC, can apply for 99 percent of the purchase price of the home. There must be an appraisal and one percent of the home's value must be supplied by the buyer. "If the agency is going to use it as part of their program,, it needs to be made available to rent for persons who are below 80 percent of the area's median income. Shimizu explained that the city is assisting CCOC, but that CCOC is the applicant for the funds and will be the owners of the property. At this time, no houses have been By Roberta Lyons The Cloverdale Community Outreach Committee (CCOC), the organization that has long been active in this community aiding homeless and other unfortunate individuals, is now hoping to purchase bank-owned properties in Cloverdale neighborhoods to provide rentals for low-income individuals who are either home- less or in danger of becoming homeless. The CCOC is working through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a federal organization that is funding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), an CUSD continues work on fiscal plan Board member Dianna Mac- Donald said that there is a cost as- sociated with most non-school sports, making them unavailable to some students. After some discus- sion it was decided that further dis- cussion on the matter should be agendized for a future meeting. Mary Black, principal at Clover- dale High School, reported that both she and Athletic Director, John Gastineau, are investigating the issue of metal bats. Several Bay Area high schools have banned the "A-I" metal bat, a special type of bat that was responsible for the se- rious injury of a Bay Area youth recently. Black said Gastineau was cur- rently at a North Central League >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 By Roberta Lyons At the monthly Cloverdale Uni- fied School District (CUSD) board of trustees meeting, superintendent Claudia Rosatti and the district's fi- nancial officer, Krista Eisbrenner, reviewed the progress the district is making on its Fiscal Stabilization Plan. Thb district needs to reduce its 201011 Preliminary General Fund budget by an estimated $1,502,818. The 'overall goal of the Fiscal stabi- lization Plan is to ensure the district is able to maintain the required three percent reserve for economic uncertainty in 2010-11. The board has adopted a wide range of budget reducing items, in- cluding shortening the school year by five days, elimination of several programs and positions, including the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, and the re-orga- nization of how the district delivers its special education services to stu- dents. During board discussion, board member Dick Johnson questioned the elimination of the GATE pro- gram, while keeping 7th and 8th grade sports. He said there are 150 students who qualify for GATE, and only 50 students involved with junior high sports. "What are we going to do for the high achieving kids?" he asked. He pointed out that there are other sports activities for youngsters in Cloverdale, in- cluding CYO basketball, Little League, and summer volleyball leagues. purchased by CCOC because of the stipulation that they must have been on the market for 90 days; to date the houses have been pur- chased by either investors or individuals during this time period. "We have made offers, but they have all been rejected so far. Even if the bank says yes, we still have to go through HUD to get the money," explained the CCOC's Jerry Webster. The new Executive Director for CCOC, Colleen Halbohm, ex- plained that the new federally funded program is designed to help prevent blight in neighbor- hoods. She also stressed that the CCOC has the ability to closely monitor the activities of its tenants. "Unlike other landlords, >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Native Tobacco 101 isclosing The tobacco shop on Asti Road called Native Tobacco 101 is clos- ing April 30. The store sold cheaper "lndian" tobacco that was produced on Indian reserva- tions in New York State, Wash- ington State and Canada. The store is located on proper- ty owned by the Santana family of Cloverdale but the business was operated by the Grindstone Rancheria near Willows. Tobacco 101 was being inves- tigated by the State Department of Justice for violation of the state's tobacco directory law and the state's Revenue and Taxation Code. The manager of the store was unavailable for comment, but a written notification on the door of the store states that store own- ers don't agree with the state's position but they don't have the legal resources to fight the inves- tigation. STUDENTS FROM WASHINGTON SCHOOL WERE HONORED at the recent Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) board meeting for their accomplishments in becoming Fluent English Proficient (FEP). This classification means the students are proficient in both English and Spanish. A total of nine students reached this level at Washington School. Students honored who attended last week's board meeting included: Omar Flores, 5th grade; Crystlan'Sanchez Herrera, 5th grade, and AleJandra Moya. The students are pictured with their families. The students, who were "Second Language Learners," met requirements for reading and listening, as well as speaking English on an equal level with native English speakers and earned their FEP status based on state and local testing standards. Also pictured are teacher Jacki Rose Wilson, in back from left; Washington'School Principal, Julle Brandt; board member, Joanne Argyres; and Superintendent of Schools, Claudia Rosatti.