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wwwxloverdalereveiHe.com May 2, 2019 The Cloverdale ReveiUe Page 5 EDiTORiAL Redevelopment reprise don't know how old the Chinese proverb is, that says, i"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is now." We don't know if its truly an authentic ancient parable or not, but we'll accept it as great advice for how we should be thinking about our current affordable housing crisis in Sonoma County and California. Sonoma County lost 5,600 houses in the October 2017 wildfires and it is estimated we need 30,000 more homes over the next decade to fulfill our local housing needs. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California needs to build 3.5 million houses by 2025. If we had started "planting" houses 20 years ago, we'd still be millions behind. So what should we do? Wisdom that is more modern than a Chinese proverb tells us we cannot tackle our housing crisis without government assistance. Our local communities, and the companies, men and women who will build all these added homes, will need more relaxed fee schedules; less land use restrictions and more welcoming neighborhood attitudes. There is no Chinese proverb about NIMBYS because older civilizations came before suburbs, cul de sacs and zero-lot-lines. Look at our county and our Bay Area. Santa Rosa lost one- fifth of its housing stock in a single 24-hour period. Almost 200 homes were just damaged or red-tagged in the February Russian River floods. Over the last two years, some 3.3 million acres were blackened by 17,600 California wildfn:es. So far, our mobilized response under #SonomaStrong and other banners has been about recovery, rebuild and resilience. We have another suggestion to add to all these, also starting with the letter "R." And that is Redevelopment. Any successful effort to build 30,000 local homes or 3.5 million California homes will take a historical (or Herculean) feat, akin to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II or the Apollo moonshot mission. Such a redevelopment plan for California already existed once before and it could be the governmental approach most available to start "planting" millions of houses right now and not 20 years later. Yes, we are advocating for reinstituting the California Redevelopment Act, but with several improvements over the version that former Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated in 2012. The California Redevelopment Act (CRA) was created in 1945 to provide a state-led tax structure for local governments to attack urban blight, refurbish failing neighborhoods and develop under-utilized urban lands. Between 2001 and 2008, local rede~celopment agencies supported the construction of 63,600 affordable housing units. Brown shut down the CRA agencies because they had become too top heavy in administrative costs. He used their leftover funds to plug a state budget hole left after the 2008 Great Recession. The basic formula of a CRA allows local county or municipal agencies to sell housing construction bonds to underwrite private developments or public housing projects. The bonds are repaid with "tax incremental financing," where new developments, added economic activity and an improved property tax base enriches local governments' general funds. This formula does not raise tax bills for current residences or wannabe NIMBYS. However, local government spending on non-housing items would be impacted. There are current debates in the state legislature to bring back redevelopment agencies. The new agencies should only fund affordable housing efforts and not the previous "blight" or commercial uses that were abused in the past. Local governments should be required to adopt a set of"housing friendly" zoning, fee and city-centered growth policies to qualify. Stronger public oversight and transparency should be added. Just like the old CRA agencies, local redevelopment maps would be adopted to steer new housing to best-suited locations. We need billions of dollars to build the houses Sonoma County needs today. No single housing bond, no bank loan, no private developer and no Chinese proverb will produce the billions we need. Revived redevelopment agencies might work and they could provide the deep roots needed for a 20-year housing plan. -- Rollie A tkinson HISTORY Through the Years in the Reveille rr~he following items are selected from " 1 "archived issues of the Cloverdale JL Reveille. May 3, 1902 - 117 years ago The new extension of the California Northwestern Railroad to Willits will be open for passenger traffic Sunday. The road opens up a fine belt of country with the scenery to Willits. LETTERS New sculptures installed EDITOR: Excitement was in the air on April 25 and Cloverdale Boulevard was busy with trucks, volunteers, public works employees, sculptors and sculptures as 13 new sculptures were installed and 13 uninstalled. I want to thank the many volunteers who helped with this task: Janet Howell, Tony Chavez, Jude Gibson, David McChesney, Hokul6alani Bovee and Shawn Bovee. Also, thank you Curtis Waller and Dylan Mills, public works employees and the city of Cloverdale for giving Curtis and Dylan time away from their usual duties, and the use of the city's forklift to keep public art alive and well in Cloverdale. Cloverdale Sculpture Joyce P. Mann Trail Coordinator Cloverdale Dope capital of Sonoma County? EDITOR: Am I the only person outraged by the city council's decision to allow a third cannabis sales outlet in Cloverdale? I've nothing against the sale of cannabis, having one store is no big deal. However, I am very concerned about Cloverdale becoming the dope capital of Sonoma County. Is this our future? I was a member of the committee that developed the Cloverdale general plan about a dozen years back, in which we prepared for a sustainable future for Cloverdale. We paid particular attention to the type of business allowed at the city entrances, because we recognized first impressions count. Well, so much for the general plan. We're about to see cannabis outlets at every entrance to the city of Cloverdale. We live 15 miles north of a place that attracts hundreds of wealthy tourists that come for wine and food every weekend. Our focus should be on persuading them to come north and "Experience Cloverdale," not dissuading them. We've been talking for years about economic development and a path to success. Does anyone really believe turning the city into a center for marijuana is this path? Why would any investor or businessperson invest in Sonoma's dope capital, when the tourists will avoid us? Where is the Chamber of Commerce? Where is the Planning Commission? Steve, Nurse Cloverdale Thank you to the city of Cloverdale and the grounds crew EDITOR: Change can be scary and many of us in the Vintage Meadows subdivision were concerned when it was apparent that the 100-plus year-old oak tree at the entrance to our homes would need to be removed. The tree was old and diseased and the decision to remove it was in best safety interest of the community at large. Now we were seeing alarge dirt and dustbowi every day as we entered and exited our homes for town. It wasn't long before the city work crew was plumbing the dirt island for water and digging holes for the ensuing placement of various landscaping features. All we can say is: thank you to everyone at the city along with Hector and his crew for the wonderful job and beautiful entrance to our neighborhood. Ron and Jane Pavelka Cloverdale The Trump show EDITOR: The biggest threat to Trump's political future isn't his ego, greed, cruelty, racism, treason, lies, frauds, narcissism, bullying, insecurity, hairdo, misogyny, willful ignorance, crudeness, tax returns, I-am-the-king complex, Patin smooching, shamelessness, odd color, serf-delusion, boasting, I'm-a-victim mentality, attacks on the rule of law and democracy, reality, truth, Mexicans, Canadians, Puerto Ricans, Californians, democrats, etc. No. The biggest threat he faces is that his audience is getting bored. I've long suspected that his "base" is primarily composed of people who watched his show, "The Apprentice," which, inexplicably, was aired for 10 years. What could be more fun than watching him humiliate people ("You're fired!") on TV? That's entertainment! What captured the attention of his fans -- and those who know he's a danger to our country -- was his volatility, unpredictability and irrational behavior. We never knew what he would say or do next. But now-- yawn -- the Trump show is in reruns. We've seen it all before. We know, seemingly before he knows, that he'll say or do anything to hold onto his audience. Fans are fickle. They change the channel. He's fired. CD Grant Cloverdale COMMENTARY Scene Seen ay comes rolling in on the first wave of warm weather, and lots of .hot music to enjoy. Thursday, May 2, the Jazz Club at the Arts Alliance hosts the return of Charged Particles, adding those extra electrons to the atmosphere with their unique Paul Schneider approach. "Fusion" has gotten a bad rap over the years, but these guys reclaim that mantle in a good way by building on a foundation of jazz tradition and exploration into uncharted sonic realms. The trio of renowned players maximize the simplicity of the trio format, stretching out in all directions at once and then snapping back to the core at the center of jazz. Truly mind expanding. On May 11, the Blue Lights keep it blue and bold, cranking out blues and R&B classics. On May 16, long-time presence on the Bay Area bluegrass scene Kathy Kallick brings her current band to town for some traditional roots music in the "Monroe tradition." Kallick is a regional treasure and a great preservationist of the particular American musical art form, while also contributing her own original songs to the circle that is, indeed, unbroken. Arts Alliance shows start at 7:30 p.m tickets at the door, at the Arts Alliance, or online at cloverdaleartsalliance.org. ' I should also mention the opportunities for musical learning offered at the Arts Alliance. Music Workshops are on the second and fourth Wednesdays, September through May. May 8 is the Musical Workshop, now in its seventh year, offering an all-levels approach to learning guitar and singing skills through jamming on simple songs. May 22 is the new Jazz Workshop, offering an opportunity for instrumentalists to begin learning the basics of improvisation in the jazz and blues styles. Emphasis in both workshops is on fun and creativity, on a backbone of solid methodology. I also want to highlight efforts by the Arts Alliance to support music education and participation for young people. Music education has been empirically shown to facilitate learning and intellectual development on many levels, and this is an important program to support. Maybe there's an old instrument gathering dust in your attic or somewhere else in your house. That instrument wants to be played. This is a way to find a new home for it. Check it out: cloverdaleartsalliance.org/cloverdale-schools-music- campaign. While we are thinking about music education for young people, don't forget the important CARE (Cloverdale Adds Resources for Education) Benefit Concert for Cloverdale Schools on May 17, at the CHS East Gym, from 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring Mariachi Camp, Coro de Paz, Cloverdale Schools Band and Healdsburg Community Band. Over at Cloverdale Ale Co. home of fine local brew and fine local music, things get started on May 9, when Big Blue House presents their monthly Jazz Thursday event. Rumor has it they'll be finally be busting out their take on electric era Miles Davis music, 6 p.m. start. On May 11 it's Crows Landing, rock classics and original songs in the classic rock and country fashion, many with lyrics about Cloverdale itself. Come see if you can figure out what the references are. On May 25 Bruce Halbohm and Blue Jazz Combo careen all over the musical map from country to swing blues to jazz standards, delivered by smooth crooner Halbohm and a crack back-up band including Cloverdale's own virtuoso Greg Hester on piano. Weekend music at Cloverdale Ale Co. starts at 6:30 p.m and admission is free. Cloverdale Performing Arts Center has, of course, an excellent lineup of dramatic presentations coming up, and on May 25 will be presenting live music with the Del Sol Band, a quartet featuring vocalist Charity Goodin. They'll be playing their own fresh and funky versions of bossa nova, samba and Latin jazz compositions by Jobim, ChickCorea and other composers in this wide-ranging genre. Tickets can be purchased online at cloverdaleperformingarts.com. Support live music in Cloverdale. Remember, they call it playing music, but it ain't nothin' but hard work, years of it and having an appreciative, supportive audience is what makes it all worth it. Paul Schneider lives and writes and plays m usic in Cloverdale and other Sonoma County venues. He can be reached at pschneider2017@grnail, com. EDITORIAL POLICY: The Cloverdale Reveille welcomes letters to the editor and commentaries. All acceptable submissions are published online weekly and in print as space allows. Letters should not exceed 400 words. Commentaries should not exceed 700 words. Submissions must include a telephone number for verification. Email to news@cloverdalereveille.com. April 17, 1969 - 50 years ago At its meeting, the Cloverdale City Council allocated $500 from its Park Fund to the Wright Property Park Committee to begin development of the Wright Property into a recreation area. Recommendations were made to develop the property by stages into a picnic and swimming area for family use, with provisions for organization groups. Plans for this summer include clearing the land, installing picnic sites and portable chemical toilets, constructing a swimming hole, a small beach area and parking space. Future plans call for the construction of a dam, a permanent spillway, self-contained camping units and an equestrian trail. No admission fee will be charged. Funds would be derived from a contract with a concessionaire. April 27, 1994 - 25 years ago Louisiana-Pacific is still planning on moving its Cloverdale lumber mill north to Ukiah. If Mendocino County adopts the Forest Practice rules, it will make it more difficult to log private land in Mendocino County. The company would then consider maintaining its state of the art mill near Cloverdale. The reasoning was that there would be so few logs, it would be economical to ship them south to Cloverdale for processing here. The reason to dismantle the Cloverdale mill and build a new facility in Ukiah is that transporting the logs this far south is just uneconomical for the company. Prospects for expanding the remanufacturing plant near Cloverdale, which presently employs just five or six people, remains good. Want 24/7 access to all our online news, views, sports and features? Visit cioverdaiereveiile.com. HISTORY CIoverdale Pioneers: Daniel Sink By Kay Wells This is the third in a series about the men and women who founded and developed Cloverdale into what it is today. Daniel M. Sink first came west in 1849, lured by the California Gold Rush and making enough to go back and fetch his family. Bringing goods to sell in Stockton, he later came to Cloverdale in 1859, shortly after James Kleiser had begun developing DANIEL SINK the town. Roads were few and far between, so Sink joined forces with C.H.L. Cooley another pioneer family-- to build the road known as Sink's Grade, from Cloverdale west over the route of the present Highway 128. It was the area's first toll road. Sink also operated a stage line between Cloverdale and Ukiah, and owned livery stables in each town. With his wife, Phoebe, he bought 630 acres in Oat Valley, establishing the Sink Ranch, growing oats, raising breeding horses and commercial beef cattle, all needed in the fast-growing county. By 1880, he also ran sheep and planted grapes. After Sink passed away in 1900, his son, William "Bill" Sink, cleared more land on the ranch and planted more grapes. In 1893, after the ranch vines began producing, he built the family winery, naming it the Marietta Winery for his wife, the former Marietta Cooley. It was later known as the Sink Winery, which operated until 1958. Bill Sink was involved in the paving of Cloverdale streets, and founded the Riverside Water Company in 1884, the city's first water system. All told, seven generations have called the Sink ranch in Oat Valley home, the family remains involved in the life of Cloverdale to this day. Kay Wells is a board member of the C1overdale Historical Society and works in the research library. OBITUARIES & MILESTONES Policy The Cloverdale Reveille offers our readers and all others the opportunity to have obituaries, memorials and other important milestone events published in the newspaper and provided online. This is a paid service. For information on how to submit, visit cloverdalereveille.com and click on Obituaries. To be published in the weekly edition, forms and information must be submitted no later than Wednesdays for the following week's edition. For further information, call 707- 894-3339. CLOVERDALE REVEILLE 207 N. 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