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see page 13 Rotary years serving the community . , Published weekly since 1879 :' t & Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 25 50 Cents WILL LAYFIELD, LEFT, Bonnie Asien and Joan Wagele with the hundred year old safe from the historical bank building formerly occupied by West.America Bank. The bank donated the safe to the Cloverdale Historical Society and paid for its move there. The old "bubble vault," in use until the 1950s, required a heavy crank, a delayed time lock and a combination to open it. The newly acquired safe will be the cornerstone of a new exhibit at the History Center. Resort annexation approved Roberta Lyons According to Bob Sexton, president of the Tyris Cor- poration, developers of the proposed Alexander Valley Resort (AVR) south of Cloverdale, the development is continuing to move forward. "Just so everyone knows, we haven't gone away. We're still here and we're still working to make the Alexander Valley Resort a reality despite current eco- nomic conditions," Sexton reported in a recent press release. Since approval of the AVR Specific Plan certificatiot of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) by the Clo- verdale City Council in June of 2009, the company has been working with the city to annex the 254 acre resort project from Sonoma County into the City of Clove dale, Sexton said. Application for the annexation was made by the City to Sonoma County LAFCO, which handles such an- nexation procedures, in the late summer of 2009. Since then, Tyris' entitlement consultant, Michele McCarthy, has worked with the city's consultant Jerry Haag and recently retired Planning Director Bruce Kibby, to meet with county representatives to work out the details of the annexation, Sexton explained. After four LAFCO hearings, one of which included presentations by City Manager Nina Regor, Clover- dale Fire Chief Brian Elliot and Haag, on April 7, 2010, >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Jack Dudley Howell m 1927-2010 Jack Dudley Howell, founder of the Cloverdale Historical Society; long time contributor to this newspaper's, "Glimpses of the Past;" and 47 year resident of Cloverdale passed away on June 15. Jack was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1927 and served as a Navy sonar man in WWII and Korea. In San Francisco between the Wars, Jack met his wife of 52 years, Johanna. After the Korean War, Jack began his career with PG&E and the Howells moved to the Peninsula with their two daughters, Judy and Janet. Looking to get away from city life, Jack arranged a transfer to Clover- dale, settling down in a country property on River Road which he dubbed "Oleo Acres: one of the cheaper spreads." There they grew all types of fruits and vegetables and learned to make wine. The Howell's doors were always open to the many good friends they had made from their days in the Bay Area. Their best friends, the Willard's, moved up from Pacifica >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 What does economic development mean? The ci should do somethin ...but what? By Roberta Lyons From the north end of Cloverdale Blvd., through the main part of town, there are an alarming num- ber of empty storefronts and retail office spaces. It's down right scary, and the idea of putting up displays in the vacant windows to pretty up the place isn't going to do the trick, in many peoples' opinions. ' It's easy enough to say: "The City should do something," but what, exactly, should city fathers do? And what does economic development mean? Carla Howell, an economic de- velopment consultant who works part time for the city, clarified the challenges that downtown Clover- dale, especially, is facing. Probably the number one factor impacting what used to be a thriv- ing downtown is the fact that Clo- verdale is a bedroom community. The majority of people who popu- late the thousands of homes in the outh part of the City, work to the south, either 4n Santa Rosa, or else- where, or to the north in Ukiah. These folks work hard all day and tend to shop and run errands in the towns where they work. Many don't even get back to Cloverdale until after 6 p.m. Howell wasn't scolding these res- idents, simply explaining the facts of their lives. Many small retail stores are not going to be open on the weekends and available to the bedroom community shoppers. Those businesses that are open on weekends, tend to be doing ok, since folks who live here are often home on the weekends. Another major problem is down- town landlords. Howell wasn't the only person to comment on this is- sue. City Manager Nina Regor also identified it as a problem. Apparently several long-time city landlords want to keep their buildings as office space and refuse to rent space for retail purposes or to upgrade their office buildings to accommodate retail uses. The pop- ular Prop. 13, which is great for ho- meowners, has created a dire situation for small towns like Clo- verdale. If the owner of a commer- cial building upgrades that build- ing, it gets reassessed and the own- er's property taxes go up. So, there is incentive to not improve store- fronts and office buildings in order to avoid increased property taxes. Even if the City could purchase some of these buildings with rede- velopment money, owners don't want to sell because the price isn't right. Just filling up the empty store- fronts though isn't the answer, Howell believes. It all gets back to the question of: "What is economic development?" What is needed are well-paying jobs in the community. "We need people who live here to be able to work here. That is the root of the problem. True economic development is trying to get busi- nesses here that supply well-pay- ing jobs. Until we get a more stable job situation it's going to be diffi- cult," she said. She also raised the question of what people really want Cloverdale to be. Howell thinks many people are content with Cloverdale the Another vacant building. way it is. She said she often hears the phrase "We don't want to be like Healdsburg." One has to ask, why not? Her opinion is that people need to figure out what they want the city to be. She said redevelop- ment agency funds could help. If the city wanted to, it could focus on >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Lions Club annual July 4th fireworks needs support July 4, 2010 marks the 34th annual fireworks display presented by the Cloverdale Lions Club. The show, which is put on by professional pyro- technists, takes place at dusk on July 4 at the Cloverdale High School football field, Allen Memorial Field. Each year the cost to put on a show of this caliber increases and it becomes more and more difficult for one orga- nization to host it. As a result, the Cloverdale Lions Club is asking for financial support from local service organizations, clubs, businesses and residents to help defray the cost. Another way to help support the fireworks display is to purchase =safe and sane" fire- works from the Lions Club fireworks booth. Your contributions can be sent to the Clover- dale Lions Club, P.O. Box 763, CIoverdale, CA 95425 or you can give your donations to any Lions Club member. Donations will also be accepted on the night of the show. Cloverdale residents are asked to support this annual American tradition by contributing to this year's display and attend- ing the show at dusk on July 4. km Orflon's Cosmic Groove powers up the cvcnir00 at the next Friday Niflht Live On June 25, LA-based Orgone brings its heavy brand of raw funk power to the Friday Night Live stage in downtown Cloverdale. With funk, soul, afrobeat, and deep rhythms, Orgone is known for searing live sets and original instrumentals. The original 5-member band put their own gritty takes on tunes by the likes of the JBs, the Meters, Booker T. and the MGs, Grant Green and Funkadelic among many others. They grew fast to include a powerful three-piece horn section and a fiery soul singer, Fanny Franklin. RELIX magazine says, "Their music is terrifically unfussy, big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback and thick as a very particular kind of smoke...recalls the majesty of Sly & the Family Stone." XLR8R raves "lead singer Fanny Franklin fits in very nicely between Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. Orgone's sound is organic, rooted in soul, funk, boogaloo, and jazz, with a classic appeal that's contemporary, smooth and soulful. Friday Night Live festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Cloverdale Certified Farmers Market which offers flesh local produce, arts, crafts and food, or sample local restaurants offering early bird and late night specials. Music starts at 7 p.m. Arrive early for limited seating or bring your own lawn chair. Craft beer, local wines, non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Friday Night Live respectfully asks that you help us comply with the conditions of our ABC permit by not bringing outside alcoholic beverages to the concerts and disposing of any alcohol- ic beverages purchased at the shows before you leave. Friday Night Live is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance with underwriting support from the City of Cloverdale and a number of generous local businesses and winery sponsors. The Orgone concert is underwritten in part by Antiques & Uniques. Winery sponsors are Hanna Winery and Long Gamma. Major sponsors for the 2010 series are Furber Development, A&M Satellite/Dish Network, Lagtmitas Brewing Company/Miller Lite, Redwood Credit Union and Real Goods Solar. Media Sponsors are Cloverdale Reveille, KRCB-FM and KZST-FM. Out-of-town visitors can receive a lodging discount by calling Historic Inns of Cloverdale at (800) 894-1737 and mentioning Friday Night Live. For more information visit www.cloverdaleartsaUiance.org or call (707) 894-4410. Or www.orgonespace.com.- Submitted by Elissa Morrash VERONICA BOWERS, LEFT, SALLY OLIVER, Chelsea, James Luchlni Debra Tsouprake, Tlna Styles, Jared Jackson and Tiffany Camacho, at the last Friday Night Live In the downtown plaza. James Luchlnl, Jared Jackson and Tiffany Camacho are from Francis Ford Coppola Winery, the evening's wine sponsor. Volun- teers sell wine, beer and water and now recyclable glasses every Friday. More faces of FNL on page 13. ORGONE COMES TO CLOVERDALE for this week's Friday Night Live. The Cloverdale Certified Farmers Market starts at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m.