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132 years serving the community . Published weeklv since 1879 II \" I * . . _ ,L !1 7 ,~,;~,...:***:~, ORIGIN MIXED ADC 949 "~1'~ W COTA ST I ~ Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 34 50 Cents -Parents unhappy about cancelling school bus rides SITE WORK HAS STARTED AT THE KLEISER PARK on Cloverdale Blvd. From left are Bob Andersen of Andersen Backhoe and Excavating, Sharon Richardson and Tex Dickens, with the Cloverdale Unified School District; Trevor Andersen and Neil Andersen, Bob's grandsons. Andersen Backhoe has generously donated site and excavation work to the project. DENEI~ REBOTfARO PHOTO SMART board told to anticipate delays but okays bond sale By Neena Hanchett At their August board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) board unanimously approved a $400 million financial plan described by interim director Farhad Mansourian as a "balanced projection of revenues and expenses" for the Initial Operating Segment (IOS) of the passenger rail line that when completed, will stretch from Larkspur Landing in Marin County to Cloverdale. The first phase will build out the line from downtown San Rafael to Santa Rosa. As the project progresses funding sources will be tapped for the San Rafael to Larkspur portion in Marin County and the northern Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale portion. The idea being that funding for that portion will be easier to secure if the project is underway. He also advised the board that construction could be stayed for up to two years due to delays in securing state, federal and environmental permits. The financial plan will also pave the way for $23 million in funding from the Metropolitan Transporta- tion Commission as well as going to the financial marketplace in October and selling $171 million in bonds, as approved by Marin and Sonoma County voters in Novem- ber, 2008. Although voters approved a 1/4 cent sales tax increase to pay for passenger rail service, a group of taxpayers have given notice to the SMART board that they intend to put a measure on the ballot to repeal the tax and are asking that the board dissolve itself. Represen- tatives from Repeal SMART spoke out in force at last week's meeting. The group represents taxpayers in Marin and Sonoma, some of whom in 2008 voted in favor of SMART. They contend that voters are not getting what they voted for in 2008 and they question the validity of the revenue and expense projec- tions. The group has also request- ed in writing "that the SMART board take no further actions in furtherance of issuance of any bonds or contractual obligations until the voters have had an >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 By Roberta Lyons A group of about 25 unhappy parents attended the Wednesday, Aug. 17 Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) board of trustees meeting to express their concern about the elimination of home to school transportation in the district. Parents spoke during the public input portion of the School where students can stay un- til parents are able to retrieve them and students can be bussed from both Jefferson or Washington School to the Boys and Girls Club site for an after school program as well. The Boys and Girls Club is paying for the bussing from both schools. The fee for the program, just $40, is very red- meeting, the item was ::::::: ::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::~ :i!i;~,,~, sonable. Also, for par- not agendized. Board ii:II:~..NJlDVII~:!::! ents who have to leave early for work the members responded :i~~~[~[iii Boys and Girls Club to comments from ................................................................ parents and at one ii~LNfi,~ has a before school point, board member i~:!~!!~i~:i!!i!~!!::-ii!:i program that starts at Joanne Argyres, who ............................................................................::4''''~'~'~" 6:30 a.m. at Jefferson is fluent in Spanish, translated information and com- ments to many of the parents in at- tendance. Board President, Dianna Mac- Donald, pointed out that after much discussion, several public School and students can also be dropped off at Jefferson as early as 7:32 a.m. Frandsen, who has been with the district for decades related that it is >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 meetings, and a long analysis, "we CUSD oBning discovered we could just not afford Many parents who don't drive and will have to walk their students to school, intimated that they might not send their kids to school when the weather is bad or other circum- stances come up. It was explained that the law requires students to at- tend school and it is the parents' responsibility to make sure their children get to school. Superintendent Claudia Frands- en was extremely sympathetic to the parents. She thanked them for coming and told them how bad she felt about the situation. Through Argyres, the different options on how to deal with transportation were discussed. The Boys and Girls Club has an after school program at Jefferson day goes well By Roberta Lyons School site principals reported to the Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict (CUSD) board of trustees that the first day of school (Aug. 17) was a big success. Principal of Cloverdale High School (CHS) Theresa Burke report- ed that the first day was great with very few absences. "CHS came in full, everyone made it," she noted. She also said everyone is very excit- ed to have Mark Lucchetti at the high school as the Teacher, Student, Support (TSS) person. Washington School, which is >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 Brothers Comatose in Cloverdale for FNL August 26 matose, comes into town. This is a concert everyone will enjoy. The Brothers Comatose are known for their foot-stomping, shout-along, Downtown Cloverdale will ex- plode into a Living Room Music Party on August 26 when the jam- ming Bluegrass band, Brothers Co- DOWNTOWN Cloverdale will explode into a Living Room Music Party on August 26 when the jamming Bluegrass band, Brothers Comatose, comes into town. Don't miss the fun. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. drink-along style that reminds folks that music is for fun, friends and family. Like being invited to your best friend's home for a party, this concert is for sharing a good time with people you care about. Friday Night Live is produced by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance with underwriting support from the City of Cloverdale and a number of gen- erous local businesses and winery sponsors. The Brothers Comatose concert is underwritten in part by Ron & Jane Pavelka/Wine Country Group Realtors. Winery sponsors are Hanna Winery and Soda Rock. Major sponsors for the 2011 series are Furber Development, A&M Sat- ellite/Dish Network, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Coors Light, Hopland Sho-Ka-Wah Casino and Real Goods Solar. Media Sponsors are Cloverdale Reveille, Radio Laz- er 107.1 and KZST-FM. For more information visit www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org or call 894-4410. FIREFIGHTERS JIM KADEG, LEFT, MILES BLACK AND RICK BLACKMON sell tickets at the Farmers Market to the annual Cloverdale Firefighters Association Tri-Tip BBQ and Street Dance on Saturday, Sept.10 at the Citrus Fair. The BBQ starts at 4 p.m. and there will be music and dancing until midnight.