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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA  WEDNESDAY, JULY 1,2009 -- Page 5 Let me make this perfectly clear By Paula Wrenn Someone forgot to tell me last week was Opposite Week. I'm always taken by sur- prise because it is never listed o n my calen- dar. Perhaps I should consult the horoscope because when an Opposite Week occurs, I need to be prepared that some readers will be upset thinking I have said exactly the opposite of what I intended to say. Or, they will be suspicious of my most straight-forward and benign pronouncements. When this happens, I reread the column looking for dropped para- graphs or editing errors only to find that the individuals actually agree with what I've said but have concluded that I have Failing  expressed an opposing view. Such was the case for last week's column about my meeting with Lt. Freitas of ii i to ee the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. iii i OpQsite Since I do not wish to assail the reading compre- ................. hension skills of a few fellow Cloverdalians, I must  Week once again confess to failing to foresee Opposite Week. So, now if you'll pardon my Nixonian reference, I'd like to make my intent and position "perfectly clear," this time using reader-friendly bullet points (I'm sure there's an oxymoron in there). I support Cloverdale's PD, a point thoroughly discussed in two preced- ing columns regarding the suggestion from Lt. Sheriff Brown that he could grow the county department with city law enforcement contracts. My exact words in May were "Thanks, but no thanks." I do not, nor does the Reveille, nor does Mayor Joe Palla support the idea of even considering a bid for a sheriff-run city contract for law enforce- ment services. My May column was written to alert readers about and to discourage candidates for sheriff from campaigning on that inappropriate idea. Lt. Freitas, the candidate favored by county leadership, learned of my column from two local acquaintances. Lt. Freitas is acquainted with Mayor Palla, a former law enforcement colleague. He asked Palla to arrange a meeting with me. Freitas and Palla have had casual, informationaldiscussions in the long ago past about the workings of county law enforcement contracts with cities. Both assured me they have never done so in recent times, nor do they intend to bring that suggestion to Cloverdale. Freitas wanted to express his views as to what the top sheriff job is about, and to assert himself as an appropriate candidate. Since voters in both cities and unincorporated areas have a say in electing the sheriff, I found it to be a politically astute move. My correction of the overstated budget figure for Windsor's contract with the county was done at the request, of Lt. Freitas. It was not to suggest the contract was a good and affordable idea. It was just a correction and a courtesy. I found Lt. Freitas to be reasonable, intelligent, and likable. He did not try to change our minds. Neither my mind nor Mayor Palla's were changed. I don't know enough about Freitas' to know yet whether I will vote for him. The horrible economic climate has made us all nervous about losing work/jobs and we all need to be concerned about how our municipalities will survive given vchat is happening at federal and state levels. Rumors and panic spread quickly at times like this. Speaking strictly for myself, I try never to say never, but short of rampant corruption or loss of our department personnel in a huge disaster, I can't imagine what would make me consider replacing a police department thatseems t be working Sculptor M.C.Carolyn brought The listenerto the plaza art exhibit M.C. Carolyn's (MCC) "The Lis- tener" has attracted a lot of atten- tion to itself and other exhibits at this year's 7 th Cloverdale Annual Sculpture Exhibit. Art comes alive when it gets people thinking and communicating - "The Listener" is functioning very well indeed in this respect. This large sculpture presents a woman seated on a pedestal look- ing in on the exhibits and listening to the world around her. She pa- tiently sits waiting for sounds of Jaughter, joy, music and the magic of the world. MCC has chosen to portray "The Listener" in vivid green, a color that matches the new leaves of Spring. "The Listener" is created using a new medium invented by MCC: an interior welded steel armature is surrounded by the carved foam form. This foam is a new industrial high density material used within the building industry and road con- struction. MCC finds this new me- dium liberates her from the restrictions of her traditional medi- um of stone. Her subject matter is usually based on the human figure, with the attention being focused on movement and human conditions. What is this person doing? Why? Is he/she rising up, bending over, an- gry, loving reclining? MCC bestows ach piece with so much more than just a beautiful figure. "The Listen- er" follows in this lineage. MCC studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited ex- tensively both nationally and inter- nationally, and her pieces can be found in both public and private collections around the world. Head down to the plaza and de- cide for yourself what all the fuss is about as you view "The Listener" and the many other pieces in the 7 th Annual Cloverdale Sculpture Ex- hibit, until Sept. 30 th at the Plaza, downtown Cloverdale. This out- door juried exhibit features the best of numerous high-quality works submitted by professional sculptors from around Northern California. Twenty sculptures are showcased. The Annual Sculpture Exhibit is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance and sponsored by the City of Cloverdale. -Susan Nurse SMART delays decision on type of rail car After hearing presentations from Siemens, Brookville Equipment several rail car manufacturers, the Corporation and Nippon Sharyo SMART board of directors madeno USA. well. The majority of folks who have commented on the subject agree that final decision on which t:vDe of rail we need to stick by our pohce deparent. - : ' "'' ' " car - the System would-Jufse. TG I've attended citizens academy. I've fundraised for the department. I've choices are a heavier weight Amerl- used this space to praise individuals in the department. I know public safety personnel are and need to be close-knit and protective of each other, but like all taxpayers I reserve the right to make suggestions and to express my opinion or to question policies and actions. Out of respect, I always try to first get the viewpoint of the department, but that isn't always possible. I'm not sure what else I can say to anyone who remains confused about where Mayor Palla, the Reveille and I stand on this matter. If you're still confused, get in touch and we'll talk. Is that clear? Vegetarians, turn the page People expect me to be an authority on all things Cloverdale, which I'm not. Folks, you need to spill the beans if you know something great about Cloverdale that should be shared - especially you long-timers. So here's my "tri-tip" of the week: I only months ago learned the real secret of Cloverdale Food Center. It seemed like a nice neighborhood market to pick up a loaf of bread and a few things. Then my husband bought steaks there for our anniversary dinner and - oh, my! Norm and Linda Pardini sell prime rib and rib-eye steaks from corn-fed Midwestern beef. Their store supplies some of my favorite area restaurants and service clubs with hamburger, marinated beef and chicken, as well as preparing dell trays, salads and individual dell sandwiches. They welcome orders for large gatherings and weddings. The center is located at East First and Main. Phone in your orders (894- 2325) or stop in. Really, whether you eat lots of beef or only occasionally splurge, make it worthwhile and give Cloverdale Food Center a try. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. I llm'amlllglflM INN Ig'lll00i How much more "Genuinely Cloverdale" can you get than Southard Tire & Auto?, 55 years running! 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The Austin rail system is waiting for federal rail ap- proval for its operation. In 2004 the company manufactured 20 diesel light rail vehicles for the 34 mile River Line between Trenton and Camden in New Jersey. The lighter Stadler cars will meet all U.S. regu- lations except for crash and safety, which a spokeperson said could be mitigated with an energy-absorb- ing crash system. The manufacturers of the heavier rail car offering presentations were Mayor's Challenge blood drive this month By Mary Jo Winter Cloverdale Mayor Joe Palla isn't asking for an arm and a leg. He just wants your blood! Sonoma County's 4 th Annual "Mayor's Challenge," sponsored by Blood Bank of the Redwoods, gets underway today and will run throughout the month of July. The city with the most donors will re- ceive a beautiful painting created by Sonoma County artist, Joyce Delario, for one year, as well as bragging rights. Results are based on percentage of population, which means Clo- verdale will be evenly matched with their more populated neigh- bor, Santa Rosa. The current title holder is Sebastopol. Mayor Palla urges all Clover- dalians to roll up their sleeves and donate the gift of life. The mobile blood van will be at the Citrus Fair- grounds today, July 1, from 3-6 p.m., and in the Longs/CVS park- ing lot on Tuesday, July 21, from 4- 7 p.m. If you choose to donate at a different location, your donation still counts for the city in which you reside. While all blood types are needed, there is an especially great need right now for A+ and B+ blood do- nors. For more information, please call 545-1222 or visit www.bbr.org. i The board has committedto.mak- lg a finai decision at next rnofitti's meeting set for Wednesday, July 15 at '12:30 p.m: in the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa. Presented by Jeff and Tina Tate Calling all AAA MEMBERS... 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The Cloverdale Arts Alliance and Mark Thar- rington, FNL's promoter, should be commended along with the Farmers Market board for bringing great music and great vendors to the farmefs market. Last Friday, my bag filled up so fast with fruit, vegetables and bread that I was unable to manage my camera, note pad and market bag. The bag went to the car and a smaller bag was brought back to the market. As of this writing, it seems that local restaurants are having a tough time competing on Friday evenings with the food vendors at the Farmers Market. Many are not represented at the market due to a hefty $450 fee levied by the county's health department. But, here's an idea: local restau- rants could hav4 their menus displayed or have a special market menu which includes items which are easy to handle when strolling the market or eating when enjoying the music. Items could be ordered and then delivered 15 or 20 minutes later. A couple of "runners" could staff the table, manage the money or credit card information could be given when the order is placed. All of our local restaurants have take-out service available. It's just an idea, but may work out for event-goers and our restaurateurs, who play a huge part in the city's economy. If this idea won't work, let's put our collective heads together and come up with something that will. Friday evenings have proven to be so much of a draw that we hate to see local restaurants suffering as a result. Last Tuesday, June 23, several local business owners, residents and economic development representatives accompanied city planners, Bruce Kibbyand Karep Shimizu, and Urban Land Institute, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments personnel on a walking tour from downtown Cloverdale to the Cloverdale Depot east of Hwy. t01. The purpose was to lay the groundwork for a Downtown/Station Area Plan which is designed to better connect the Cloverdale Depot with the rest of Cloverdale to promote ridership on the SMART train when the first trains start rolling, expected to begin in 2014. The walking tourconsisted ofidentifying available parcels of land which might be suitable for mixed-use type development and CalTrans changes that will be necessary to make Cloverdale ready for the train's advent. Special emphasis was placed on alternatives to automobile transportation to and from the depot, such as bicycle and shuttle options. Consultants have begun to put together a plan which will be completed this September. This photo was taken at the Cloverdale Depot. It depicts what the future of the depot could be, one that includes numerous riders and visitors, i Available for Take-Out a.d Delivery Only. Does l