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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA  WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010- Page 5 McGuire's headstart minding district business By Paula Wrenn Whether you voted for him or not, fre- quent sightings around town of our soon-to- be-seated District Supervisor, Mark McGuire, have to be a good thing. Some have criticized him for leaving his Healdsburg City Council post early, but he seems to be doing the right thing in terms of saving that city money and making room for them. to cost-effectively replace him by leaving the job early. It also appears he is wisely using his time before taking office to get to know his district. McGuire isn't just waving from a parade convertible. He can be seen attending fundraisers and enjoying FNL. He attended a recent city council meeting. He's walking the town, visiting with our citizens and city leaders. Likely, he is doing the same in the other communities within the district. He seems genuinely interested in becom- [ He ing acquainted with us, which gives me hope that Clo- verdale will be well-represented as we move forward . seems and he becomes ensconced in his Administration Drive ] xenuinely office. My other hope for Maguire is that he will not fol- ] interested low in the footsteps of Supervisors Zane and Carrillo I , who think it is appropriate to use their votes in matters of county business to stage personal protests. While I admire people who live with conscious conviction and I respect the views and rights of those who feel that Arizona's latest immigration legislation is discriminatory, the recent protest vote by Efren Carrillo and Shirley Zane against an Arizona garbage contractor was way off base. First, it may have actually have placed in jeopardy the jobs of some of those they purported to defend. Most importantly, it has nothing to do with representing their constituents here. If you read Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear, you might remember how groups of primitives living in caves respected the privacy of other families by keeping their eyes averted toward their own hearth fire. To acknowl- edge having observed intimate interaction of someone at another hearth was a serious breach. I often think of that illustration when tempted to watch goings-on at another table in a restaurant. It is a basic rule of courtesy that has some application in daily business, too, such as when our supervisors overstep to interfere with decisions in other jurisdictions. There are at least two sides to the discussion of immigration, and wide- ranging viewpoints in between, but Sonoma County supervisors don't represent anyone in Arizona. Who can fully understand Arizona's immi- gration problems without living there? We certainly would not welcome Arizona telling us how to run our state or county. Secondly, I don't know if what they are doing is right, but it seems to be motivated by the objective of protecting legal citizens. A related problem that is bigger than Arizona has to do with a story aired on 60 Minutes recently. It was an expose on the surprising numbers of potential terrorists from the Middle East and elsewhere who are assimilating into life in Mexico before mixing with other illegal immigrants to cross into our country. The border states and the rest of the nation could do with some better leadership on this matter from a federal level, rather than trying to mind each other's business. Who isn't sickened by the BP spill and how it is poisoning the environ- ment of the Gulf as well as economy of the Gulf States and others in the region? Despite that, I would not want any supervisor to base a vote for county business on his or her personal protest of BP unless it could be sufficiently explained how it directly and significantly impacts a Sonoma County outcome. Personal protests are for your personal time. It may well be within the scope of our supervisors to look at human rights or immigration issues locally or in concert with a North Bay or Bay Area regional action. Otherwise, they should focus on home. They repre- sent natural citizens, naturalized citizens and legal immigrants residing in Sonoma County whose needs sorely require their undivided attention. Credit and paybacks where due I learned as a result of a recent column that I need an eye exam. Apparently, the photographer, who was indeed credited by the Reveille and who is to be.congratulated for the amazing front page puppies-amid- poppies photograph, is none other than Skip Engle. It is Engle's dog- loving household that acted as a foster family to the pups until they were ready to be paired with life-time family matches. Thanks to Skip for a sweet, captivating image. The other thing I learned is that King's Kastle is still about $4,800 in debt for the care of the rescued canines. If you can help narrow that margin a bit, I know it would be appreciated. Colleen Combs and Melissa Wilson stepped up to do the right thing when our city could not have even temporarily floated the expense of seeing the Golden Retrievers on to a happy future instead of an untimely end. It wasn't just a litter of pups, but older dogs and breeders, including two pregnant dogs - all Of which required costly special care. Good and local You may not have time to cook the healthiest meals from scratch during your work week, but Cloverdale's Friday Night Farmer's Market makes it possible to have locally grown, fresh and clean food for your table through the weekend. And you will love shopping in the smart, red reusable bag they are selling to promote the market. Even if you're too tired to dance the night away on the plaza, don't forget to treat yourself to "fresh" on Fridays. .@ Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. 11 " i OPEN Mon- Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 11-5 894 4080 www.gocloverdale,com New & Vintage Furniture Serta Mattresses - Gifts and Collectibles Reasonable Prices- Conveniently Located. Delivery. Financing From the Editorial Desk... CUSD faces grim budget realitY ' The Cloverdale Unified School District continues to struggle with a dire financial situation. Teachers have been laid off, including popular young new teachers and the whole classified staff has been laid off until negotia- tions are able to move forward. The classified lay-offs affect 24 positions, but many more employees are affected because numerous positions are held by more than one person. The school "year has been reduced by five days, the GATE program and junior high sports, have been cut, along with other reductions, and district leaders continue to warn that more cuts are on the way. The district must present a balanced budget and maintain a three percent reserve. One area of expense that severely impacts CUSD is the cost of special education. The district superintendent, Claudia Rosatti and financial officer, Krista Eis- The Soroptimist installation of officers was held recently. The theme was brenner, have been working diligently to reduce these costs, while con- Hawaii and it was held at the home of Stephanie Mittelstadt. Pictured are tinuing to serve the students' needs, but their efforts are not producing the Jeannie Griffitts, Regional Fellowship Director and installing officer; Jessalee hoped for results in cost reductions. Raymond, vicepresidentandvicemayorofCIoverdale;CathyMitchelI, Federation Educating special education students is mandated by both the state and federal governments, as it should be. What has happened, however, is that Board of Directors and club recording secretary; Debbie Ward, president both federal and state monies to be used for special ed, never make it to the Soroptimist International of Cloverdale; Gaff Pardini-Plass, Corresponding school coffers; instead, the funding must come out of the district's general fund. One of the reasons for Cloverdale's high special ed costs is the city's secretary and club delegate; Stephanie Mittelstadt Treasurer; Julie St John, remoteness and the expense of busing students to Santa Rosa and beyond Board of Directors; Cindy W01ter, Board of Directors and Marcia Babb, Club to meet their educational needs. Delegate. All of the district's students deserve a good education. It looks like the district will need to turn to local funding to make this happen. It appears the district is moving forward with an effort to put a parcel tax measure on Winnie the Pooh finale 5aturday, Jl ly 10 the ballot in March of 2011. Statewide other districts have attempted this, " " I some have succeeded and some have not. With the current economic hard The Cloverdale Performing Arts This version of Winnie-the-Pooh, times facing Cloverdale, the passage of a parcel tax will most likely be an Center is presenting the final of the original of several Pooh-based uphill battle. three Winnie the Pooh ("Pooh and plays, is based upon the book by You") productions this Saturday, A.A Milne, and was written by July l0atlla.m, at the Cloverdale Daphne MilneandSpencerCurtis BOSW0dTH & SON Grange Hall located at the comer of Brown. Commercial and W. Second Street. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $6 Along with Pooh, the show pre- for those under 16, and are avail- GEAL VJ'I,C/,TDTS STTC '1, ,911 sents a variety of characters known able for purchase daily at Mail Cen- as Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Pig- ter, Etc. located at 207-A N. ' let, and Rabbit--all well-known to Cloverdale Boulevard. Call 894-  ,'iiii those who grew up with them over 2214 for reservations. For more in- .............. .... i the years. Many of the actors are formation visit students and former students at www.cloverdaleperformingarts.org- Cloverdale High School. Ken Knight Quilters exhibit and reception on July 17 STOP BY AND SEE OUR SELECTION OF: Opening Reception for the Clo- one pays dues; they all share their e, Panhandle Slim Clothing for Men and Women ver Quilters will be held, July 17 knowledge to help new members from 2-4 p.m. at the Cloverdale His- learn quilting techniques. In the 23 " Straw Hats .e. Jewelry .e. Animal Feed tory Center, 215 N. Cloverdale years since starting Clover Quilters, " Horse Tack & Grooming Supplies -e, Vegetable Seeds Blvd. much has changed. Hand quilting 4 Work Boots " Moccasins  Garden Supplies Visit this new, three month ex- was "the" way to quilt; now, ma- " IN DOWNTOWN GEYSERVILLE hibit, honoring the Clover Quilters chine quilting is the trend. Art and their decades of service. Meet quilts are very popular, as well. The 857-3463 -- Mon.-Sat. 9-5:30 (closed for lunch 12-1) the quilters who have contributed group has hand and machine quil- bosworthandson.com so much to the city. On July 17, ters, all sharing their techniques, w quilting demonstrations accompa- ny an afternoon reception. A community communication from the Cloverdale Unified School District  OUR MI5510N: CIoverdale Unified School District provides ALL students with equity and access to ! ': the knowledge, skills, and educational opportunities to achieve high academic  standards in a changing global society, as measured by state and local assessments. C.L.C)V[KF')A[_.I- Demonstrations include hand quilting (frame and lap), machine quilting and hand appliqu6. These - techniques are on display in quilts such as "Rabbit," "Sashito Butter- flies," "Cabrillo Light Station," "Flying Dumbo" and others. Since 1987, the Clover Quilters have produced quilts for auction and raffle that have raised some $30,000 for the Cloverdale Histori- cal Society and other community es non-profitS.Quilters comeTdaY'togetherthe twiceClvera We will face the challeng together month to work on quilt projects-- their own and group raffle quilts. "Third grade is almost over. It was pret- Clover Quilters is not a guild. No ty easy for me. My teacher, Ms. Voelkel, taught me a lot since the beginning of school. One of my favorite subjects in -,v,,.,u"ervsor-ee"t so.co, was fractions and decimals. I think that they were the easiest subjects in McGuire to resign so.co, ,or I will miss this school once I am gone. from Council There are many memories at Jefferson Elementary School. I wish I didn't have to Supervisor-elect Mike McGuire leave this school. When I am in 4 th grade has announced that he will formal- I will always remember Jefferson Elemen- ly resign his Healdsburg City tary School. I will miss this school. It is a Council seat at the July 6th City Ryan Debrovner with her teacher Mrs. Voelkel very good school. I will miss 3 r grade." Council meeting. McGuire was elected to the Sonoma County before promotion to 4th grade - Ryan Debrovner. th Board of Supervisors on June 8, and T' yan Debrovner will be attending 4 grade at Washington School this August. As third grade will take his County seat in Janu- |, wound down at Jefferson School in May, Ryan lamented the changes that she faced. Though aryi want to do what is best for .L we are in the throes of summer, elementary schoolers are imagining their new teachers in a Healdsburg and I believe the peo- new setting. Sixth graders will advance to the middle school side of their campus and they worry pie should make the decision on about facing the challenges of puberty coupled with academic demands. Ninth grade students are who they want representing their already talking about their freshman year at CHS with excitement and uncertainty. Seniors are needs on the Council," said preparing to apply to college as the challenge of their final year approaches. McGuire. "After consulting with the City Attorney, the County Elec- tions Department and others, it's Uncertainty looms in state education budget clear that I need to vacate my Coun- cil seat no later than 114 days be- School districts across California and America are facing uncertainty as well. They are dealing fore the November election to with some of the deepest cuts to education in decades, forcing changes in the way school districts ensure the voters have a chance to do business, including here in Cloverdale. elect their next Councilperson." one of the ways Cloverdale is responding to the budget challenge is to expand Special Education The Healdsburg City Council Program offerings within the district. Several new programs will be offered including: NIP & SDC will make their final decision about Preschool, E.D.H.S., and Bridges 9-12. Students who were previously bussed to other districts for how to handle McGuire's Council services will now be able to receive those services in Cloverdale with a significant savings to the seat immediately following his res- district and a benefit to students and families who will now be served close to home. ignation at their July 6 meeting. The Change is constant Council must act before July 11 t in order to avoid a costly special elec- We will always be challenged to learn new things, to deal with new, sometimes stressful tion. They could also choose a pro- situations, and we are expected to adjust to the unexpected in order to get on in life. Some change is cess to appoint someone to fill welcome change and brings us joy (a new sibling, a new teacher, a new school), and that same McGuire's seat, but McGuire has change can bring about stress and anxiety. requested that it go to a vote. Transition, including the beginning of a new school year and dealing with the uncertainty of the "This decision has not come governor's education budget is stressful. Unfortunately, we have little control over the governor's lightly and I'm disappointed that I decisions. What we can control is our attitude towards change in a time of challenge, and prepare can't serve out the year, but partic- for the changes ahead while keeping things in perspective. ularly in these tight budget times I want to make sure the city does not Planning for and dealing with change have to pay for a special election," said McGuire. CHS Round-Up in August, Buddy Programs, Back to School Nights, Principal Coffee Chats, "Serving my community in Superintendent's Open Door Policy, Cloverdale Community Action Committee and the PTA are a Healdsburg has been an incredible few examples of the positive approach CUSD takes towards planning for and dealing with change. honor and a true privilege," contin- Championing oug tryi g times ued McGuire. "I will continue to be thr h n active in the community both as a Ryan, adolescent middle schoolers, freshmen, graduating seniors, faculty and staff, staying private citizen and as I prepare to take the office of Supervisor." positive in a time of challenge takes awareness of the situation and a plan for moving ahead, while McGuire takes office as Fourth surrounding your self with others who are willing to champion through trying times. In Clover- District Supervisor in January 2011. dale schools you will find a community of students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and He was elected to the Healdsburg boosters who champion many causes. The reward comes from realizing your goals through it all. School Board in 1998 where he CUSD remains committed to achieving the goal of educating all students with equity and access served two terms as president, and to varied educational opportunities. was then elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2004 where he  Letters, comments, questions may be addressed to: eyeontheeagle@cusd.org -- served as Mayor in 2006. -Jason Lilts Payless Self Storage Forget all other Deals! We will BEAT any PRICE in town by $10 a month: 894-9300