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donation see page 7 00131yearservingthecommunity c I ,l,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,,ll,,I,Ill,,,I,,I,,,I,l,ll"'l"ll 949 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 27 50 Cents HISTORICAL ASTI VINEYARDS and Winery, located south of Cloverdale, are included in the UGB plan. Most detailed multi-year budget Asti area is included in current UGB plan By Paula Wrenn Spirited debate and a flow of ideas continued during the June 28 meeting designed to continue the hearings relative to the Urban Growth Boundary and for defining and establishing direction for a city-wide Economic Development Plan. It was a joint session of City Council, the Community Development Agency Board and Cloverdale Improvement Authority. Supervisor-elect Mike Maguire joined the meeting shortly after it began. URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY City staff Bruce Kibby reviewed relatively minor changes to the UGB resolution that were suggested in the City Council meeting of June 23. Council recommendations regarding the Asti exception area were to make sure the winery could function reasonably with regard to winery- related uses. The rewrite achieved the goals of the Planning Commission and offered council greater flexibility to consider development. Direction for language in the UGB regarding the Western Hillside was to have the Planning Commission make it more clear with regard to public access and trails, to have a better definition of "ridge line," and to tighten the language. There is potential for a north-south trail system along the ridge line, according to Kibby. Development would be very limited up to 550' and is to be unseen from the valley floor. Grading to reach 550' cannot be detrimental to the hillside. Public comment on the Asti Exception Area continued to be primarily negative, as in previous meetings. Councilmembers were reminded of same by Cloverdale resident Reece Foxon, who addressed a number of assertions made by City Council with respect to Asti's inclusion. "Your constituents are saying 'no'. Asti people and people across the river impacted by the decision, say 'no'. Citizens advisory says maintain the old boundary and you're not listening," she said. Foxon additionally expressed that Foster Wine Estates which owns the winery is in no way bound to develop the winery furtler and that there is no guarantee the winery will employ more Cloverdale people when there are also potential workers residing in Geyserville and Healdsburg. She believes there is potential for LAFCO to interfere with any plans for Asti develop- ment and that the City Council needs to focus its efforts on downtown. The city attorney pointed out that LAFCO comes in whenever a city tries to annex in the exception area. If the city wanted to enter into a municipal services agree- ment with Asti, LAFCO could also turn that down. Most council members felt the changes from the previous meeting were adequate to accom- plish their intent. Councilmember Palla emphasized his position in favor is meant to support econom- ic health and to create jobs. He added, " The [Asti] Exception does not obligate us to make that >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Two separate rape charge arrests Underage charges THURSDAY, JULY I at approximately 9:38 p.m., offic- ers from the Cloverdale Police Department responded to the Furber Park bicycle path behind Marguerite Lane, for a report of suspicious people hiding in the bushes in the creek area. Upon his arrival, Officer Michael Campbell heard an unidentified female voice coming from the bushes. Of- ricer Campbell located an adult male subject lying di- rectly on top of a juvenile female concealed by the bushes in the creek bed. The subjects, according to the police report, were engaging in sexual conduct. Officer Campbell ordered the male subject to remove himself from the female. The underage female subject displayed signs of intoxication and both were in pos- session of a partially filled 1.75 litre bottle of Popov vodka, according to the police report. Officer Campbell recognized the juvenile female as a 15 year-old Cloverdale resident. After the victim re- ceived medical attention, officers released the victim to her parent. The victim suffered no external injuries during this incident. Officer Campbell arrested Cloverdale resident, 19 year-old Jason Tipler Barragan, Jr., for alleged unlaw- ful sexual intercourse with a minor, rape by intoxicat- ing substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Barragan is currently in the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on $100,000 bail. Barragan was scheduled to appear in the Sonoma County Superi- or Court on Tuesday, July 6, at 1:30 p.m. I Former girlfriend SUNDAY, JUNE 27 at approximately 8:43 p.m. a 20 year-old female reported to Cloverdale Police Officer Rachel Cardin that she had allegedly been raped by her former boyfriend, identified as Bonfilio Solano Garcia. Officer Cardin contacted the victim and during the course of investigating this incident discovered that the victim went to Garcia's residence in the late after- noon to discuss issues involving their children and finances. According to the ex-girlfriend, she and Gar- cia have two children in common together (ages two and four). The victim said when she arrived, Garcia forcibly pulled her into his bedroom and locked the door. The victim said Garcia forced himself on her by refusing to let her leave, by removing her clothing and initiating unlawful sexual intercourse and unlawful sexual activ- ities upon victim's person and against victim's will. According to the female victim, Garcia allegedly used his strength, threats and intimidation to keep her in- side the locked bedroom for approximately two hours. According to the police report, the two young children remained unsupervised during the entire incident. The victim was treated at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa and examined by a Sexual Assault Re- sponse Team nurse. The victim suffered minor external injuries during this incident. Officer Cardin prepared and drafted a search war- rant to enter Garcia's residence, obtain and collect evi- dence related to the sexual assault. Officers responded >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 CUSD approves leanest budget to cut spending By Paula Wrenn Following months of meetings and painful cuts in personnel, facil- ities costs and programs, the Clo- verdale Unified School District Board of Trustees reviewed and ap- proved the tightest, leanest budget any could recall in an effort to re- duce deficit spending of more than $800,000 and to attempt to compen- sate for numerous funding cuts. The report by the district's Chief Financial and Operations Officer (CFOO) Krista Eisbrener describes the 2010/11 budget as fluid and subject to updates throughout the year with new information. The budget is based on an instructional calendar reduced from 180 to 175 days. Covering forecasts for years 2011/12 and 2012/13, this is the most detailed multi-year budget CUSD has pre- pared to date. Assump- tions outlined upcoming budgets that will no longer benorit from one- time budget contribu- tions amounting to roughly $1.17 million. Assumptions-'a'[O indi- cate when mtdti-.year re- curring funding for various programs is expected to end. Of 12 state-mandated expens- es that formerly received about $100,000 in state funding, the state continues to claim partial funding. However, it would seem the state follows the loosest definition of the term "partial funding". Eisbrenner reported the district received a doz- en $1 checks for those programs and stated that no other mandate funding is expected. Eisbrenner noted too that fund- ing for a number of special pro- grams has been reassigned to the General Fund and also that reduc- ing the budget by approximately $1.23 million was insufficient to achieve a minimal 3% reserve to meet Sonoma County Office of Ed- ucation requirements. Expenditure assumptions include: Certificated salaries are reduced by eight days in 2010/11 to save $230,000. All classified personnel have been laid off, with a portion of those positions projected to return. The new rate for Worker's Comp at 3.52%, the highest in the coun- ty due to the experience factor of frequency or severity of claims. Twelve days furlough for Confi- dential Management staff. The Superintendent and CFO will increase their pay cuts to 4.59%. Grade 7-8 sports will be eliminat- ed to save $17,446. Seeking more cost reductions During the meeting board mem- bers continued to suggest ways to simultaneously trim expenses to preserve vital programs and the learning environment. Trustee Joanne Argyres felt that even small savings were important. She ques- tioned use of outside and online sources used to conduct parent sur- veys, as well as whether or not the school sites were being sufficiently frugal with ongoing daily operat- ing expenses, such as utilities. She further noted that some of the is- sues that need to be resolved do not require money, but deal with atti- tudes, methods or procedures. Eis- brenner explained that while it is important to continue to look for savings, those improvements to the bottom line cannot be projected but are noted on the budget when real- ized. During discussion of the parent survey for which overall ratings were quite high, board member Di- anna MacDonald saw potential for volunteer support of student needs in that 97% of parents responded they wanted to be involved with the schools. "There will be plenty opportunity for them now," she commented. Michele Plumtree from Sonoma County Office of Education ex- plained that after the board ap- proved the budget, the county will review it and has until Aug. 15 to come back with their expectations. Following her presentation of the district financials and during a dis- cussion of a community forum to bring the public up to date, Eisbren- ner said, "Claudia [Rosatti] said we're still here for these kids and I can get behind that." She contin- ued, "The district is the largest non- manufacturing employer in this community so it is important for the community to know that most teachers live here and these cuts af- fect everyone." Other CUSD points of interest District staff will request the city help obtain grants for better sig- nage and sidewalks through Safe Routes to School, includ- ing a request for further reduced speed limits in some areas. The board wants to visit sites where special education services are provided to be sure de- livery meets expecta- tions. By setting up a com- munity forum in Au- gust, the board hopes to achieve adding a parcel tax to the March 2011 ballot. The District is seeking new sourc- es of funding for $75,000 to fund a full-time bilingual counselor the source of which can specify through CARE where they want their funding to go. The board adopted a resolution to support challenging state school financial system. The Consolidated Application ill- ing process for applying for cer- tain categorical programs netted a value of $405,000. Tier 3 funding apportionment for DAVE GARCIA, the "flag guy," on the 4th of July. He was on his way home to make potato salad for an afternoon get together. He has lived In Cloverdale eight years. all but three categories - Eagle Creek Community Day, School Safety Supervisor and Transpor- tation - are to be placed in the General Education Fund for 2010/11. The district is already hearing about higher costs on many bud- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3