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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010 -- Page 3 O POLICE LOG CONT. O TELLING CLOVERDALE'S STORY 9:19 p.m. Caller on Ranch House Dr. reports that her neighbors pos- sibly took her bird feeders and that this is an ongoing problem. 9:20 p.m. Report of an extremely loud party on Blair St. 9:42 p.m. Warrant arrest on Rail- road Ave. Sunday, Aug. 15 12:26 p.m. Report of loud subjects on Chelsea Cir. 1:25 a.m. Report of a suspicious subject parked on Healdsburg Ave. 2:26 a.m. Officer out on N. Wash- ington St. for an open car door. 11:07 a.m. Report of four motor- cyclists speeding and passing vehi- cles over double yellow lines in the area of Hwy. 128. 3:11 p.m. Report of juveniles playing in the empty field near the Oaks Motel. Caller states there ap- pears to be smoke coming from the area. Officer contacted two juve- niles. All checked OK. FIRE CALLS Monday, Aug. 9 Smoke check on McCray Rd. Fire crew found smoke from last week's fire. Medical aid on Riesling fo.r a fe- male subject with a possible stroke. : Medical aid on Marguerite Ln. for a female subject in pain. Tuesday, Aug. 10 Medical aid on Tarman Dr. for a male subject with an altered level ' of consciousness. Smoke check on Railroad Ave. Fire crew found subjects BBQing. Medical aid on Red Mountain Dr. for a female fall victim. Wednesday, Aug. 11 No calls for service. Thursday, Aug. 12 Medical aid on Geysers Rd. for a female subject with chest pains. Friday, Aug. 13 Medical aid on Porterfield Creek for a male subject with a low level of consciousness. Medical aid near S. Cloverdale Blvd..offramp for a driver with chest pains. Saturday, Aug. 14 Mutual aid to Healdsburg for a structure fire at the Healdsburg Post Office. Medical aid on Venezia Way for a male subject feeling ill. Sunday, Aug. 15 Smoke check on S. Cloverdale Blvd. near the Oaks Motel. Medical aid on Dutcher Creek Rd. for a single vehicle accident. CONT. 4:47 p.m. Caller requests to speak to an officer regarding suspicious items found at a residence on N. Washington St. 7:02 p.m. Caller requests to speak to an officer regarding juveniles ha- rassing his daughter. 7:08 p.m. Caller on Merlot Dr. re- ports a subject jumped her locked gate and moved her flower pots around. Subjects also dumped out potting soil. 7:40 p.m. Request to speak with an officer regarding a dog that jumps at people when they walk by on Lake St. 9:02 p.m. Mother and father of a 15 year old male came in for advice regarding their son. 10:26 p.m. Report of a loud party on Gamay Dr. 11:08 p.m. Report of an ongoing problem with a dog barking on Ioli Ranch Cir. 11:30 p.m. Report of five subjects loitering on Clark Ave. beach for the River Park, and mak- ing sure to take advantage of and s;moothing the way for unexpected opportunities, such as the long- berm art loan by Voight Family Foundation. He wants to make sure t]he ED document is followed and tlhat it doesn't "collect dust." Managing the number of items on a lengthy list of actions, Coun- c:ilmember Wolter suggested that iven the time restrictions of city s;taff, objectives could be assigned t,o subcommittees to make sure they atre discussed monthly. He further s;uggested staff and subcommittees c:ould provide quarterly updates to check progress. The process and draft were com- plimented by Mayor Russell who adso liked that it involved local real- bors, discussion of topics such as rmicro-business and the "great sto- r3," of Cloverdale. She would like to s;ee a quick survey of people cur- r;ently "taking their talent out of town" to work for employers else- where. "Some businesses will want to come here if we know we have the workforce to make them suc- cessful," she said. Explaining that the draft plan al- lows for work to continue in other areas even as obstacles arise that need to be worked out, Regor ex- pressed that a "final version of the plan will list times, lead staff and we can add subcommittee assign- ments." She credited the Windsor Busi- ness Visitation Program for input. Staff contributors to the develop- ment of the draft plan were Carla Howell, Economic Development Consultant, Briana Herpst, Admin- istrative Specialist, Bruce Kibby, Community Development Director and Karen Shimizu, Housing and Development Project Manager. The draft plan will return with request- ed changes for official consider- ation of the Council in September. Avoid the 13 - Sonoma County DUI Task Force starts intensive crackdown on impaired driving Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 through Monday, Sept. 6 Police vow to arrest everyone found driving "Over the Limit" The problem of impaired driv- ing is a serious one. While America witnessed a decline in the number of DUI fatalities in recent years, the numbers are still too high. That's why the Avoid 13 DUI Task Force Campaign has announced it will join other law enforcement agen- cies throughout the country in sup- port of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this August 20 - September 6, known by its tagline, Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Un- der Arrest. According to Sgt. Cramer of the Cloverdale Police Department, Clo- verdale will be the site of a check- point on Friday, Sept. 3. Alcohol-involved fatalities and injuries have dropped dramatically in the last three years of this end-of- summer enforcement campaign in California. Combined deaths and injuries in 2007 were 1780, drop- ping to 1682 in 2008. Provisional 2009 data shows that the numbers have dropped again, to 1317 a 26% decrease in iust three years. CASlNOco.,. the tribe and the project site would not be developed, according to the DEIS summary. The report looks at numerous "areas of environmental controver- sy," including air quality, biological resources, cultural and historic resources, cumulative and indirect effects, environmental justice, flood control, and more. Tables summarize the environmental con- sequences and provide mitigation for each alternative. The casino proposal is controversial in Cloverdale, with the Clo- verdale City Council passing a resolution in opposition to the project. Also, a group of citizens called Coalition Against a Casino in Cloverdale has been active for several years in its vocal opposition. Steve Gallenson, a spokesman for the coalition stated: "This re- port makes clear what we have been saying for a long time, this development wil ! overwhelm our small town and forever change it in a negative way. However, it's based on flawed analysis and out dated data, we believe there are strong grounds to challenge this environmental impact report an we intend to do so. We urge all citizens to become active in our efforts to save our town from this massive negative development." The Avoid the 13 Sonoma Coun- ty will deploy officers to conduct eight checkpoints in the county, a multi-agency DUI Task Force oper- ation, numerous local roving DUI s;aturation patrols, and a warrant/ probation sweep targeting repeat offenders throughout the county. 'he exact locations of the check- points will not be disclosed to the public. "All too often, innocent, law- abiding people suffer tragic conse- quences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life," said Christopher J 1Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Because of t:he commitment to end the carnage, IPolice, Sheriffs and CHP are inten- sifying enforcement during the crackdown. They'll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime, hours when impaired drivers are' most likely to be on our roads." According to the latest national data, 32 percent of fatalities in mo- ttor vehicle traffic crashes involve a driver or motorcycle rider with a llood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 t percent or above, averaging one fa- ttality every 45 minutes. "Our message is simple and un- wavering. If we find you driving.! impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Dan Fish from Petaluma Police Department. "Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driv- Frank Howard Allen Realtors There is a solution: ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS A.A, Hotline Central Office 546-2066 CHANCELLOR PLACE WINDSOR BROOkDALE SENIOR LIVING Personalized care for Personal needs At Chancellor Place Windsor, each resident receives .services that are customized to meet their individual needs. But each and every resident benefits from amenities and features that make Chancellor Place an exceptional place to live as well. 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When fami- ly, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and hu- miliation. "Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Just designate a sober driver. Don't take ' the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you're under arrest," said Lieutenant Mike Cook from Petaluma Police Department The national Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown is led by NHTSA and the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforce- ment with heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information on loca{ and statewide Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/ Fatal Stats, visit the www.californiaavoid.org. The Pro- gram is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who re- minds everyone to please - Report Drunk Driving - Call 9-1-1! -Ken Sa- vano Restoring cash reserves will likely require rate Increases Interim budget The Cloverdale City Council was reminded at its Wednesday, Aug. 11, meeting, how the budget adopt- ed in June 2009 included interim assumptions due to the ongoing and increasingly changeable nature of the budgeting process. A revised budget for the 2009/2010 year was adopted in January 2010. In what she described as a part of her job description that is "shaping up into year-round activity due to items be- yond city control," City Manager Nina Regor proposed an Interim Budget for 2010/2011, focusing on the General Fund and Redevelop- ment maintained as "status quo op- erations until revenue assumptions are revised and known." The Interim Budget, which can be found online at.the City website, shows original projections for year 2009/2010 and compares the re- vised figures for that year with the estimates for 2010/201.1 by catego- ry. There is good news since June's initial budget presentation in tha t a significant anticipated decrease in Prop 13 taxes and in Sales/Use tax- es will actually land in the black, as will a nearly inexplicable category known as "Triple Flip" for 2010/ 2011. The City Manager explained the Teeter Agreement under which Sonoma County keeps cities whole by floating funding until state fi- nances catch up. The county then keeps late fees. All Revenue categories in the General Fund are expected to be down except Miscellaneous Reve- nues. Total Revenues forecast for 2010/2011 is $4,977,119, down $425,279 from 2009/2010. Expenditure assumptions in- clude existing labor Memoranda of Understanding and Supplemental MOUs; the creation of a $10,000 re- serve fund; the cost of the election; and, subsidy of the Airport, for which costs may be offset by soon- to-be revised lease rates. The adopt- ed City reserve policy is to have 25% or roughly $1.36 million in re- serve. Assuming a status quo expendi- ture status, no federal or state grants, and no other state takings, the General Fund is currently pro- jected to remain in the positive through 2012/13, and to drop $105,126 into red ink in 2013/14. In the current budget forecast, a delayed pattern in decreasing Prop- erty Tax revenues and other factors are expected to lead to Redevelop- ment Fund year-end balances in the CDA 5-Year Forecast shrinking to a $1.6 million deficit by 2013/2014. Various council members ex- pressed thanks for staff efforts, in- cluding Diana Edwards, in producing a thorough and under- standable budget, especially given difficult staffing constraints. Coun- cilmember Raymond remarked it was good to see the numbers looked better than when the first budget draft was presented, and that it is good "we have at least a little bit of reserve." The actual amount needed for adequate water/sewer fund re- serves, though yet unknown, is greater than current reserves. The City Manager will soon present rate increase recommendations as she indicated it has been five years since water/sewer rates were in- creased. At the present time, City staff continues to work with the Re- gional Water Quality Board to de- termine the precise level of upgrades required. 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