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A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Sept, 16, 2010 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds starting at 6 p.m. The DEIS is available for the public to view at the Cloverdale Regional Library, 401 North Cloverdale Blvd. Ari electronic version of the DEIS can also be viewed at http://www.cloverdalerancheria.com/ eis.html. The DEIS is over 2400 pages long and analyzes "the potential environmental consequences associated with the proposal," outlining seven different alternatives (Including the tribe's proposal) and six other alterna- tives, including a "No Action Alternative," which would mean the project site would not be placed into federal trust and the project site would not be devel- oped. The tribe's proposal consists of a fee-to-transfer of approximately 70 acres of land. About two acres of the site are located within the City of Cloverdale, the re- maining 68 acres are in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the lead agency in developing the draft DEIS. The land is immediately east of Highway 101 and borders Asti Road. The tribe's proposed project in- cludes an 80,000 square-foot casino; a 287,000 square- foot hotel with 244 rooms; a 48,600 square-foot conven- tion center; a 28,,100 square-foot entertainment center; 3,400 garage antd surface parking spaces and other ancillary facilities. A 20,000 square-foot tribal govern- ment building is proposed On the soith end of the" project site. Buildings would have a height of up to two stories above grade with the exception of the hotel and parking garage which would have a height of up to five stories abov,e grade. The Cloverdal,e Rancheria has partnered with a large Alaska corporation called Sealaska, in the develop- ment of the project. In May a notice of default was filed on 25 acres of the casino project property purchased by Amonos LLC, a limited liability company formed by Sealaska. The fo:reclosure amount stated in the notice of default was $722, 301. At the time the foreclosure was announced,, a spokesperson for the Cloverdale Rancheria, Vic.k Macias, stated that specifics of the real estate transaction are confidential and that the tribe was "still committed to bringing a project to the community." The alternatives listed in the summary of the DEIS include Alternative A, the current "proposed action," of the tribe; Alternative B, a reduced hotel and casino; Alternative C, would still contain the hotel and enter- tainment center similar to the reduced version in Alter- native B, but the casino would be further reduced; Alternative D would offer a casino only; Alternative E would be commercial retail-office space only with no casino or hotel; with Alternative F, the project site would not be placed into federal trust for the benefit of >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Economic plan combines art, culture and nature By Paula Wrenn limited available parcels for devel- was positive inher response and At Wednesday's Cloverdale City opment of community assets, suggested city staff might review a Council meeting, City Manager The physical report was designed plan from Swainsboro, GA, a city Nina Regor acknowledged support with a matrix for easy reading that similar in size that took a risk on a from the Sonoma County Economic lists 48 strategies divided under 7 creative marketplace competition Development Board, city staff and objectives. All told, there are nearly and was able to fill their downtown others in developing a highly de- 150 steps with time lines designat- open storefronts to near-capacity in tailed Draft Economic Develop- ed to complete all the strategies, one year. That effort included free ment Plan to be carried out building permits and water between 2010 and 2015, Telling Cloverdale's for a year for new business- and which will affect the es, as welt as special rental community for many years  RR packages and free assis- to come. Formatted in a tance from business con- "layered approach," the sultants in getting started. plan endeavors to merge two vi- . The major category objectives are: By way of suggesting how the city sions of Cloverdale with focus on Grow and attract new businesses can be proactive with an attraction three over-riding adopted goals of consistent with a small-town en- program, she said: "There have to economic development (where res- vironment; focus on small busi- be business ideas out there but who iflents can live, work, and play), fi- nesses in the short-term and lay need help with a budget or filling nancial stability and excellent groundwork for larger enterprise out forms." service to the community, in the future. "I find [the draft plan] refreshing The two visions are of Clover- Support and help existing busi- in that public comments are reflect- dale as an Arts/Culture Destina- nesses prosper, ed here. We should look into tion and as a Destination of Great Leverage the arts community and streamlining our planning pro- Natural Beauty. The plan identifies attract complementary business- cess," said Councilmember Ray- 48 strategies associated with steps es. mond. to be addressed in time line stages, Maximize role of natural beauty While he gratefully acknowl- 'and some steps that will be on-go- and attract complementary busi- edged that the draft plan ties all the ing in nature, ness and visitors, workshops and planning sessions The Executive Summary retraces Strategic growth of catalyst together, Councilmember Palla ex- the history of economic challenges projects; annex areas that pro- pressed continuing concern about that have accumulated since the mote job growth, obstacles to the city's development. freeway bypass, and which will be Enhance city-owned assets to He stated he has "frustration about addressed in the strategies put support revitalization of down- getting downtown property own- f,*rth by the draft plan. It also points town while keeping the small- ers on board" and added, "Until we out the purpose of using a layered town, friendly atmosphere, get them on board, we can talk approach to support the limited op- Update city ordinances, stream- about it all day and it won't hap- portnnities Cloverdale has due to line development processes, pro- pen." self-imposed growth restrictions mote / maintain safe and Palla suggested tracking or chart- and a limited pool of potential in- attractive environments and fos- ing what has been done to bring vestors. Further, a layered ap- ter positive public-private part- downtown landlords along and proach is deemed prudent, nerships, how they have responded "so we according to the plan, as there is Reaction from the public in atten- know we've done everything that limited room for error in decision- dance was generally positive for a can be done." He suggested some making within a small city possess- report that was detailed and easy to additions, including a swimming ing a compact downtown and follow. Councilmember Brigham >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 ."College and Career Ready" theme By Roberta Lyons The district adopts a theme every of this, class size has been increased Despite a difficult year financial- year, and this year its: "College and to up to 30 students at Jefferson ly, the Cloverdale Unified School Career Ready," with Jefferson School: This year the elementary District (CUSD) staff and adminis- School (grades K - three) creating school has an enrollment of 455, trators are heading into 2010/11 its usual whimsical individual similar tolast year's figures. with positive attitudes. School theme- this year: "Whooo's Learn- Jefferson principal, Aracely started this week on Tuesday, Aug. ing? Students from Jefferson U." Romo-Flores says that class size has 17. Because of changes in school The school's mascot is an owl. increased in grades one through start times, the bus schedule has not With the dire financial difficul- three with at least 30 students in been completed but will be pub- ties facing the district, 15 teachers each class. "We are. trying to keep lished in an upcoming issue of the and numerous classified staff have kindergartners as low as possible," Reveille. " been laid off district wide. Because >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 6 THE EXCHANG E BANK FOUNDATION and the Cloverdale branch location donated a total of $15,800 to the Cloverdale Healthcare Foundation. In addition to $10,000 from the bank's foundation, the local branch donated $5,800. For every new account opened here, from May through July, the bank donated $25 to the ambulance fund. The Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County's matching grant also applied to this donation. Pictured are Exchange Bank employee, Theresa Smith, left, Nancy Lucas, secretary of the Cloverdale Healthcare District; Mary Sink, treasurer of the district foundation; Mary Jo Winter, president of the district, Patti Mannatt, Cloverdale branch manager; Vickie Vogler, district treasurer and Exchange Bank employees Janet Navara and Jessica Hernandez. The district expects to have the new ambulance delivered in mid-September. Exch; THE KIWANIS CLUB OF CLOVERDALE served up a "Frogmore Stew" in July and presented a check to The Cloverdale Healthcate Foundation for $7,451 recently. Again, that donation will be matched by a grant from the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County, resulting in a total donation of almost $15,000. Pictured are Lt. Governor Cathy Demattel, left; Kiwanis president Bob Leonard; Zinful Chef, Sean Thomas, who is also a Kiwanian and the Frogmore Stew chef; Healthcare Foundation president Jim DeMartini and Ed Bowen, chairperson for the event and Cloverdale Healthcare Foundation board member. % THE COMMUNITY OF CLOVERDALE IS EXTREMELY FORTUNATE to have had local service clubs holding events where the proceeds went towards the fund for a new ambulance for the Cloverdale Healthcare District, operator of Cloverdale's ambulance. The Cloverdale Lions Club donated the proceeds of their Father's Day Pancake Breakfast, $2,000, to the fund. Pictured are Will Jopson, a member of the Health- care Foundation board; left, Jim DeMartin|, president of the Healthcare Foundation Board; Lions Club member Paul Maurer and Chris Vine, Lions Club president. A matching grant from the Healthcare Founda- tion Northern Sonoma County will give the ambulance foundation an additional $2,000, for a total of $4,000. J )e  t