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Page 8- Wednesday, May 21, 1980 YOUTH SERVICES By BARBARA CLARY Anyone who read last weeks article may have been confused and wondered, What the ....... ? Well, perhaps that. is the point! People are confused about schools and education and discipline and-so-on. The Youth Services office is often the butt of complaints about the schools. One concern that should not suprise too many is, "What happens when my kids get to the 4th grade?" or "He was doing so good until he got over to that Washington School." BULL! If you think this complaint is common only in Cloverdale forget it. ,actually Gerservflle parents think it is time to press the panic button when their child nears the fourth grade, and Healdsburg complainers find" fault on all levels. Maybe it is time you re- exan!ine what a public school is and what public schools are supposed to do or should do. Our California State Constitution provides for the organization of the public school system, and the Education Code is the body of law defining that system. The Ed. Code just abounds with rules and regulations from who should attend school (all persons between 6 and 16) to what they should do there. The code defines truancy and the procedures for dealing with it; it provides for a School Attendance Review Board (SARB); proscribes the length of the school term and day, even recesses. The code also specifies regulations for school administration, teacher requirements, flags, playground supervision, required and prohibited in- struction, special programs, vocational schools, alter- native schools, discipline, suspensions and expulsions, pupil records, and on, and on, and on .... BUT, what is a school and what does it do? This Education Code is one thing, court decisions and ruling another. Visit your school principal's office sometime and glance at the mountains of legal decisions, rules and regulations for running your child's school. Then, ask him or her what is a school and what are you doing here? You determine what your school is and does. You elect a school board. You have the right to visit and take part in your child's class. If you have a problem or a concern - don,t just complain, go 'beyond that. Want to know what your child is being taught and how? Go to school! Sit in a classroom for more than 5 minutes. Talk, listen, ask questions, look. Do go to a few school board meetings and see what decisions are made con- cerning your child's education. Find out what your administrators do. Yes, it does take time - lots of time. Is it worth it? Do you care? Rlzzo at Russian River gathering "We all agree that our Municipal Court system must be streamlined", Al Rizzo, candidate for Judge of Municipal Court Department Three, told a gathering of' Russian River business persons at the Guerneville residence of Owen and Ruth Murray, "but the question is which candidate has the proven administrative ability to do the job? Not only have I conducted my own successful ' business for twelve years, but also, in my five separate terms as president of our Board of Education, I've been directly charged with the responsibility of a three million dollar budget and the supervision, hiring and firing of more employees than there are court attaches, and district attorneys combined." When asked what he would do to eliminate costly delays, Rizzo answered, "Apply common, everyday business principals to the business of conducting court proceedings. Run the court, in terms of time and cost efficiency only, of course, as if you were expected to make a profit at the end of each month." Birth- Zanzi Rayna and Roger Zanzi announce the arrival of a daughter born April 17 at the Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. The infant was named Gina Marie and weighted 5 pounds 3 oz. at birth. Her paternal grandparent is Tina Zanzi and her maternal grandparents are Leon and Ben McKinney. Keene carries tax bill for counties Parcels worth less than $1,500 could be exempt from l'operty taxes under a bill'by State Senator Barry Keene, which passed the Senate floor recently on a vote of 27 to 2. "This will save taxpayers mofl. ey by eliminating an tmmcessary tax and cutting wasteful administrative costs," said Keene (D- Menducino). Under current law, county boards of supervisors can exempt from taxes parcels worth less than $400 when the tax revenues would be less than the cost of assessing and collecting the tax. Keene's would raise the limit to $ii,00 Marin county officials estimate this bill could cut pCoperty taxes $20,000-$20,000 Rer year and save ad- ministrative costs of $40,000- $50,000. A county spends about $15.00 to assess and collect that same amount in property taxes on a $1,500 parcel. A second part of the bill would allow tax .refunds by counties to be paid with in- terest. Explained Keene, "The passage of Proposition 13 led to a rollback of property taxes and a recognition that some taxes were over- collected. The legislature responded with a bill to allow for tax refunds or reductions in succeeding years, but failed to account for interest payments." This measure was in- troduced at the request of Marin and Sonoma Counties. City Council Centinued from front page had no comment on the matter. "It leaves one heck of a cloud over Cloverdale. If they've got something let's see it," said Councilman Steve Congdon. "My recommendation is take it to the hilt." Councilmen said they will defer any action on the matter to the May 27 meeting when City Attorney Klein will be present. He is currently on vacation and was unable to attend last week's meeting. Councilmen also deferred the adoption of a proposed conflict of interest code, mentioned in the grand jury 'report, until Klein is available to answer questions about it. Specifically council members said they want advice 'on who should be covered by the code. City Administrator Bud Groom said that since the Cloverdale council has always been the sole maker of policies and decisions for the City, it would no t be fair to indle employees besides himself and the city clerk. "It invades the privacy of these people," he said. He explained that since the employees don't have any" policy making power it is not fair to make them liable under the code. Councilwoman Vandagriff said the grand jury's reierence to the need for the conflict code is ironic since the new code won't effect city employers. "This is no different than what we've been doing for the last ten years," she said. FREEWAY BYPASS City Engineer Dick Carlile reported that proposed state assembly bill 141 would allow the release of impounded state highway construction funds. He said the bill specifically mentions the Cloverdale Bypass as a "four lane freeway." The bill says "Highway I01 Scott Persons, age 7, a first grader at Jefferson School landed these two trout (the larger one weighing 2 pounds or more) Wednesday, May 7, at the Old Hill Ranch near Cloverdale. He was accompanied by his father, Police Chief Rod Persons, and Ray Dalbee. He used a gold finUish lure Photo b'.3qm Tanner. LEGAL NOTICE No. 63Z PUBLIC NOTICE Notice is hereby given of the following Sonoma County Planning Commission public hearings to consider the Sonoma County Coastal Plan: June 5, 1980, 7:30 p.m. (Coast south of the Russian River) Ill I I II I I LEGAL NOTICE ii iii i June 19, 1980, 6 p.m. (Coast north of the Russian River) July 17, 1980, 6 p.m. (Entire coast) All meetings will be held at The Sonoma County Planning Commission Meeting Room, 2555 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California. Published 5-21-80 proved by the council. No comment was received during a public hearing on the matter. currently runs through the center of Cloverdale, delaying traffic and causing a serious safety hazard and creating confusion by local planners and businesses in the attempt to upgrade downtown areas." Carlile said the bill demands the release of $381 million needed for seven state REVENUE SHARING No comment was received either during a public hearing on the expenditure of federal revenue sharing funds the city will receive. The council approved continued use of the annual income for police, fire, ad- ministrative and planning purposes. PARK CUSTODIAN After receiving a letter and petition protesting the hiring of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lagle as park custodians, the council decided to advertise the job for one week. highway projects including . The the bypass, provide COMMITTEES New council committee assignments were made by . Mayor Domenichelli. They are: ADMINISTRATIVE - Vandagriff and Congdon; SAFETY - Moore and Van- dagriff; .RECREATION - Scalese; AIRPORT - Moore; LIBRARY - Domenichelli; PLANNING Scalese; PUBLIC WORKS - Moore and Scalese; MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN'S ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE - Domenichelli; LEAGUE OF CALIFORNIA CITIES Domenichelli and Moore. ZONING First reading of a new zoning ordinance and ac- companying map was ap- Lagles, who also park security by living in a mobile home there, were hired for the job last month after a custodian resigned. The letter signed by three local residents, complained the job was not advertised and therefore not available for competition among Cloverdale's large unem- ployed work force. City Administrator Groom said there is no legal need to advertise the job because it is not a certified position. He said saving money was one of the key considerations in hiring the Lagles. They de not receive regular city benefits. Groom said that amounts to an annual savings of $4-5,000. He also said frequent tur- nover in the job is a problem for the city. SALARY RAISES Merit salary increases were approved for policemen Louis Kroll and Salvatore Bisagno and. dispatcher Linda Sanders. PLANNING VACANCY Advertisement was ap- proved by the council for applicants for the soon to expire term of Planning Commissioner Lawrence Mouat. The council said Mount will be considered for reappoihtment but that new applications will also be considered. NEW CITY BUS Pwchase of Cloverdale's first intra-city bus was discussed by the council. Three councilmen recently took a test ride in a van bus manufactured by Wide-One Corp. City Administrator Groom said other cities have been pleased with this model and that he recommends the purchase of one for service in early 1981. COUNCIL INSURANCE The council decided not to establish a policy allowing council members to have medical insurance through the city after they step down from office. Currently councilmen can have city insurance coverage, provided by the Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance Fund, if they pay all premium costs Kevin Moore, Cloverdale Fireman, is polishing up the old 1929 American La France fire truck to take up to the Ukiah Fire Muster competition this weekend. e truck was made in New York and purchased by the Cloverdale Fire Department called Alert Fire Dept. in those days). In 1929 a fire department couldn't have had a better trud 500 gallons of water a minute, to the local people. Kevin asks residents the activities in Ukiah and to cheer on laddies. Photo by Janice. CLOVERDALEDISPOSAL A change m me ownership of Cloverdale Disposal was approved by Residents protest new-hardrock quarry sites Planning staff and industry recently took their dif- ferences to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in the continuing effort to work out an aggregate resources management plan. The first of a series of hearings before the Super- visors took on an unexpected dimension as a third party - angered residents - appeared to protest proposed new hardrock quarry sites. Planner Greg Carr outlined the Planning Commission's recommendations, which call for virtual shutdown of alluvial gravel extraction operations along the Russian River. Carr devoted a major portion of his presentation to advocacy of new hardrock quarries in the hills of Sonoma County to replace the river alluvial operations. He noted for the Board certain important differences of opinion between staff and the Planning Commission. At its final session on the proposed Aggregate Resources Management Plan, the Commission had- over-ridden, staff's recommendations on several points, coming down heavier on existing alluvial aggregate producers. mining zone. - But the Commission voted to prohibit all mining in Class I and 2 soils, and tossed in prohibition of mining in Class 3 and 4 soils, to boot. The Commission reduced use permits to three years and zoning to five years, for the terrace operations in the middle reach (from Heald- sburg dam to Wholer Bridge). Speaking for the North Coast Builders Exchange, Duane Butler, private planning consultant and engineer, warned that the Commission's recom- mendations, if adopted by the Supervisors, would shut dowfl the alluvial aggregate in- dustily in a short time. The sum effect of the Commission's recom- mendations was to leave the industry with no new acreage for terrace gravel extraction, Butler said. He added that industry. could not finance plants and operations on a short 3-year use permit basis. With shutdown of alluvial operators, Butler continued, and adverse economic consequences would affect 20 percent of the total payroll in Sonoma County. Another overflow crowd jammed the Supervisor chamber and "outside hallway. Many, employees in the aggregate industry, sported lapel stickers reading "Less than 1 percent", which un- derscored their contention that the county could well afford to spare a maximum of 1 percent of its prime soil for a major industry that sup plies the public need for aggregate. They distributed printed cards explaining that to meet the demand for specification .grade construction aggregates from existing terrace operations for 50 years, it will take less than 1 percent of Sonoma County's Class 1 and 2 soils. The cards further read that much of that acreage could be put back into agricultural production through reclamation (which the in- dustry is willing to try). Butler said the Builders Exchange advice to the County is to try hardrock quarry mining "to see if it works", but that meanwhile the industry should be allowed to continue terrace and instream operations under a County monitoring program. Mel Hein, a longtime aggregate operator with both hardrock quarry and alluvial extraction continuation instream Hein amounts of swept out and that directed to pits and production- Protests new then came residents including Bloomfield Road, and object to Zoning approval that had planning exam obtain a Sam Park was objecting drock Mountain. Clauder resolutions r adopted by and Cotati defense panoramiC quarry scarS- Staff, for eximple, had recommended 5-year use Rizzo cites qualifications permits and I0-year zoning for river terrace operators, with some lifting of restrictions on mining in Class I and 2 soils within an area in the middle reach of the Russian River to be reserved as an aggregate which governs the firm's franchise. Half of the firm has been sold by Dominic Fontana Sr. to Larry John- son. Johnson owns several disposal companies including one that serves the City of Sebastopol. The other half ownership of Cloverdale Disposal will be retained by Dominic Fontana Jr. Council members learned the city's population was recently certified at 3.954) residents. CHURCH BELLS The council decided the frequency of bell ringing at St. Peter's Catholic Church, which has been the subject of complaints by neighbors, should be left to the discretion of Councilman Angelo Scalese. Scalese is in charge of setting the church chimes. He said because of the complaints the bells have been set to ring less often and more softly. Scalese said the bells now ring six times a day five times a week and eight times a day two days a week. Previously they rang 16 times a day. PROCLAMATION A proclamation of friend- ship was approved which Mayor Domenichelli and Councilwoman Vandagriff will present to Cloverdale's sister city - Cloverdale, B.C. - when they" accompany a the council delegation there this week. "As a veteran San Fran- criminal." developed cisco policeman, Sonoma "Equally important, with election. County prosecutor, and the court's monetary dedication successful defense attorney, I jurisdiction recently in- service on am uniquely qualified to creased to $15,000, is the Education, administer criminal justice" breadth of civil experience I AI Rizzo, candidate for have acquired in my 3400 of Zoning Municipal Court Judge cases in private practice. CbmmunitY Department 3, told a ]group of Additionally, I am admitted Education, concerned voters recently at to the U.S. Supreme Court, Commission, the residence of Col. and Mrs. have changed California tort School Peter Rizzo. "I know the law in one major case, and t causes and effects of street have presided as a Judge of Big Sisters crime from firsthand ex- the Small Claims Court, pro Army perience. I have mastered tem." among both prosecution and defense Rizzo concluded "Legal strategy and tactics in scores expertise alone is not enough "These of jury trials, and I have the to qualify a person for a q proven administrative ability judgeship. A judge performs them to to make the criminal justice the ultimate community system work for the people of service, and true concern for qualified Sonoma County, not the the community cannot be 3rd. VOTERS PROP, THEY CALL IT THE "FAIR RENT INITIATIVE" The rest of us call it Don't be a victim of fraud... What Proposition 10 will do to YOU... If Your Current  .Rent is JU|y '80 Jut'/"B1 July "82 $135 $169 $209 $257 150 187 231 283 180 222 272 331 275 335 405 488 325 394 475 571 *Based on 18% CPI and $10 per month pass through expenses A quote from the Los Angeles Times: "(We) feel strongly about fraud, particularly when the basic legal document of the state, the constitutiOn" ' hope this proposition fails in June.'" VOTE NO ON "Defeat Prop 10" Sol Becker, Chairman, 17 View