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: :;7; Page 8 136 years serving the c~nmunity Published weekly since 1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Thursday, July 9, 2015 Volume CXXXVI, Issue Number 28 $1 Durst says By Kat Gore Staff Writer The new, the old, Internet, glob- al warming and hipsters. Those are just a few of the topics that political satirist and comic Will Durst plans to tackle at his comedy show that explores our modern world, "Durst Case Scenario" at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center (CPAC) on July 25 and 26. Durst has been to Cloverdale a couple of times, and last year he came to town to perform his one- man show, "BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG." He proclaims that he loves Cloverdale, and is excited to crack jokes in town once again. "It's about the end of the world as we know it, but then again we don't know nothing. The modern stuff, the ancient stuff, I talk about the Internet and how dangerous the world is, and yet how much safer it is compared to the old days when people used to up and die at 35 of old age, natural causes as they said," Durst said about his show. "It's about our world, so everyone who lives in the world can come. I'm really looking forward to com- ing back to Cloverdale. I love that little theater, the CPAC, gorgeous theater." Durst is a five-time Emmy nom- inee, has written three books, shared jokes in 14 countries, made more than 800 appearances on tele- vision and released five audio recordings. "Some of the best beer I've ever had was in Cloverdale and my show should be watched while drinking beer," Durst suggested. CPAC Artistic Director and Theater Manager Yav6 Guzman said that Durst's name came up in a conversation about a comedy fundraiser for the performing arts center. "We got in contact with him and he always loves coming to the CPAC, so he agreed right away to come up," Guzman said. Guzman said that the fundraiser will help the CPAC continue to put on events and broaden the kinds of programs that are brought to the > PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 6 'FOURTH' FUN Independence day in Cloverdale featured a community picnic at Cloverdale City Park spon- sored by the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus. Later, the Lions Club sposored a fire- works show at the Cloverdale High School field. See Page 2 for more photos. Photos by Ray Holley and Denee Rebottaro Neighbors oppose idea for a. parking lot By Ray Holley Managing Editor Plans for a hiking and walking trail in the Clover Springs area are moving ahead, despite a flare-up of opposition from neighbors who like the idea of a trailhead but oppose other improvements City of Cloverdale and county Open Space District officials met with Clover Springs residents last week, and got an earful from neigh- bors. "We don't want a porta-potty, we don't want a parking lot and we don't want a gate that has to be opened and closed every day," said Clay Skelton, who lives near the proposed trailhead. Cloverdale City Manager Paul Cayler led the meeting, and said afterward he was pleased to see a large turnout and keen interest in the project. Cayler said he was surprised at the neighborhood's antipathy towards an off-street parking area. "That was not a typical response," said Cayler. "In most cases parking is an issue, but this neighborhood reacted differently." Cayler pointed out that the open space district grant that is being used to fund the development of the trailhead is flexible and that a park- ing lot can be eliminated from the plans. He noted that "If we don't build a parking lot now it will be difficult to add later." Skelton insists that there are plenty of off-street parking spaces near the proposed trailhead, and that a parking lot could attract peo- ple who want to sit in their cars, drink, play loud music and disturb the neighbors. Skelton vows to make sure there will be no parking lot, even if it means taking the city to court. He hired a lawyer who he says told him he has grounds to sue the city if cars driving in and out of a parking lot create dust. "It would have been a nuisance, it would have been horri- ble," he said. Cayler said he wants to focus next on amenities and improve- ments that will enhance the trail users' experience and make the trails more accessible. "We want to build sustainable and accessible trails that hikers and walkers of all abilities can use," Cayler said, pointing out that cur- rent trails are steep in places, limit- ing access and creating erosion. Cayler said the next version of the trail plans, being prepared by design form RRM Design Group, will include a drinking water sta- tion, litter containers, a "doggy sta- tion" and an informational kiosk. The grant from the open space district requires that the improve- ments be completed by next sum- mer, so Cayler wants to keep the project moving. He says he hopes to bring the next version of the plans to the City Council in August. For another perspective on the meeting held last week, see Todd Lejnieks' commentary on Page 4 of this week's paper. By Ray Holley Managing Editor Robert Dailey, a former Cloverdale police chief, died sud- denly on Monday of an apparent heart attack. He was 67. A well- liked and gre- garious man, Dailey served as police chief for 15 years, retiring in 2003. In retire- ment, he was an active vol- unteer as a ROB DAILEY member of the Lions Club, the Citrus Fair board and recently as president of Cloverdale Rotary. He was also the City Treasurer for the city of Cloverdale. According to a Cloverdale Police Department statement, Dailey was not breathing when police and medical perso:mel responded to a call and he could not be revived. Dailey had a long career in Cloverdale. According to retired Cloverdale Police Sergeant Keith King, "I met Chief Dailey when I started working for the police department in 1982 as a reserve police officer. I worked for and with Chief Dailey for 22 years. I learned a lot from him over the years. He became a trusted friend during that time." Former Cloverdale City Councilmember Bob Jehn credits Dailey with helping Cloverdale navigate dramatic changes during his time on the force. "There were a dozen or so mills in Cloverdale that provided most of the employment and they gradually closed," said Jehn, who added that policing styles changed as well during Dailey's tenure. "He always did a great job deal- ing with the officers and with the Council," Jehn said. "It probably wasn't easy." A memorial service will be held at a later date. Details will be announced. ? New superintendent, two new principals By Jessica Cyphers Special to the Reveille With summer in full swing and the new school year fast approach- ing, schools everywhere are a hub of preparation and activity. This is especially true for schools in Geyserville, which attracts a num- ber of Cloverdale students to its small campuses. A lot of change has recently taken place. Jim Johnson, Interim Superintendent This past year, the Geyserville Unified School District was greatly saddened by the loss of long-time superintendent Joe Carnation, who served schools in Sonoma County for more than 57 years. Fortunately for the district, however, Carnation knew just the man to take his place. "Joe and I were friends for years; we worked together many years ago," said Jim Johnson, interim superintendent at GUSD. "When Joe got sick, he called me up and asked if I'd like to come out of retirement to help. I said, 'Sure,' but when I went to meet with him the next day, Joe wasn't there. He had had a heart attack." After Carnation died, Johnson took over as interim superintendent and agreed to stay into the follow- ing year. Johnson himself has been a middle and high school teacher in numerous locations - including the Hoopa Indian Reservation, Eureka, Denair, Anderson Valley, and Saratoga - as well as been involved with school administration since he graduated from Humboldt University in 1972. When Johnson's wife was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, the couple decid- ed to go into early retirement at their home in Elk, in Mendocino County, to enjoy what time they thought they had left together. Thankfully, Johnson's wife eventu- ally beat the cancer while Johnson's enthusiasm for education remained the same. "I really enjoy being PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 6 NEW LEADERS Jim Johnson, Rebekah Rocha and Deborah Bertoloucci are preparing for next year at the Geyserville Unified School District. Photo by Jessica Cyphers Police Log Page 3 Editorial Page 4 Letters Page 4 Crossword Page 10 Page 5: Tourism in Cloverdale not new I!!!!!ItI!!!UI