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$1 at the newsstand WHAT'S INSIDE THIS WEEK? Friday Night Live photos -- Page 2 Police and Fire logs -- Page 3 Market Musings by Karen Allan m Page Paranormal investigators -- Page 9 5 lies prepping for fall ball SMALL TOWN PAPERS 927 W RAILROAb AVE SHELTON W#, 98584-3847 ORIGIN MIXED ADC 940 1096 00-00-0000 IlhldH,l+.l"a Ifq,llll h,d h,dHl,i, ; i, Visit www.cloverdalereveille.com for daily updates Our 140th year, Number 28 Cloverdale, California on local news and views July 11, 2019 IMPROVING ACCESS -- Susan Verde is now able to travel the 140 feet from Street. her house to an Photo Zo~ Strickland adjoining sidewalk on Lake CLOVERDALE RUN -- Cloverdale Officer Jason their morn Tabitha Cornish on July 7. Photo Chris Parker Mora ran with Cash, Sidnie and ,Sebastopol family's 65-mile goal honoring fallen officers takes them running in Sonoma and Marin counties By Katherine Minkiewicz such as Veterans. Staff Writer "I'm connected to the news a lot katherine@sonomawest.com and I got an alert that an officer was killed in Missouri. He was the 59th A Sebastopol family has set the officer and we're always thinking of goal to run one mile for every officer how we can give back and honor our who has died in the line of duty this heroes. The kids put together a year. Since mid-June, Tabitha fundraiser on their own a couple of Cornish and her ll-year-old twins years ago where we honored our Cash and Sidnie are in the midst of veterans and they raised $3,400 running 65 miles for the current we did a fundraiser for K-9 figure of 65 officers who have died. Companions and I was saying, 'How On July 7, they headed to can we honor these officers?'" Cloverdale. Cornish said. The trio has been completing one- She said they thought they mile loops almost every day at shouldn't do another fundraiser various police agencies and since not everyone can always departments across Marin and contribute. Sonoma counties. "So we thought that we could run After Cornish runs the one-mile for the officers," Cornish said. with the twins she completes The family knew they didn't want another two miles, to run 59 miles (the figure at the "We honor four officers for the time for officer deaths) in one fell four miles we run," the athletic swoop. morn explained. "That would be way too much," And while the family doesn't Cash said. have any personal or familial "We knew that one mile would be connection to public safety, Cornish manageable and rather than just said the idea to start the run honor the officers as collective stemmed from hearing officer deaths group who have been killed in the in the news and from the family's line of duty we thought that it would fundraising work for other groups See Run Page 8 By Laura Hagar Rush Staff Writer laura@sonomawest.com The Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury tackled several big issues this year, including health treatment in the county jail, protecting local water systems against earthquakes, problems with the county's mental health budget and the chronic neglect of county-owned properties. Last week, we looked at the report on health care in the county jail. This week, we'll briefly review the other topics. Mixed news on the local water system's vulnerability to earthquakes The Grand Jury looked at the vulnerability of Sonoma Water to disruption due to earthquakes. Sonoma Water delivers water from wells along the Russian River to nine cities and special districts, including Santa Rosa and Windsor. The report looks at the water district's extensively developed emergency plans, assesses their progress and suggests improvements. The Grand Jury's main critique was that the Water District's prediction that water service could be restored within three days is too optimistic. The report suggests that two weeks to six months without reliable water service is a more realistic estimate in the aftermath of a major earthquake. To mitigate this, the report suggests greater cooperation and emergency practice between Sonoma Water and its subcontractors, as well as improving Sonoma Water's inventory of repair parts. The report also suggests that Sonoma Water alert consumers that, for emergency preparedness purposes, they should store at least two weeks of water, and not just two days as is currently suggested. Problems with the county's behavioral health budget Responding to citizen complaints, the Grand Jury examined problems with the county's Behavioral Health Division's (BHD) budget. Behavioral health delivers mental health and substance abuse services to children and adults in Sonoma County. For the last several years, according to the report, the BHD has been operating with large budget shortfalls in the millions of dollars, and the Grand Jury tasked itself with finding out why. In 2014-15, the budget deficit was $8 million; in 2015-16, $5 million; in 2016-17, $11 million. In earlier years, the shortfall was mitigated by revenue from fund balances, but in See Report Page 8 Weathered road, accessibility concern gains new pathway By Strickland we'd have to get me in a vehicle, Reveille Editor drive around and look for parking," zoe@sonomawest.com she said, adding this was the circumstance for some events that After two years of discussions were only two blocks away. and meetings, Rockydale Lane has a "Something like that could take us paved path. The lane, located half a 45 minutes. Those things, it sounds block off of Lake Street, sits like there's a work around, but for prin irily unpaved --it gets gra e * mdst people it'doesn't take 45' every year but often develops large minutes to go two blocks. That potholes and frequently floods in becomes a hindrance." rainy months. Verde brought the issue up The weathered road posed an during a city council meeting in the accessibility problem for Cloverdale summer of 2017, when she explained resident Susan Verde, who was just how big of a barrier the rocky unable to get her wheelchair the 140 path was to her maintaining a way feet from her house to the next of life. paved surface on Lake Street. "I went down to city council and Wheelchairs, she noted, need stable explained the circumstances -- a lot and level surfaces to operate; those of people, when you say you can't who encounter rocks or bumps run get out, they don't really know what the risk of the chair falling, that means," Verde said, recalling "If there was an event in town that we wanted to participate in See Paving Page 8 Photo Chelsea Judith/Reveille Archives BEFORE - The weather can hit Rockydale Lane hard, leaving a bumpy path in its wake as shown in this photo from 2017. Photos courtesy Tex Dickens OOH, AH -- The Cloverdale Lions Club hosted the city's annual Fourth of July celebration last week. Folks from around town and beyond gathered on the Cloverdale High School football field to watch the Lions Club's fireworks show. The Lions Club is still accepting donations to help support the show. For more information, look on page 5 for their letter to the editor.