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131 years serving the community 1870 Published weekly since 1879 Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. II Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 34 50 Cents r JEFFERSON SCHOOL THIRD GRADERS JUSTIN kindergartner Dominic Vellutini on the first day The Eagle Pride Booster Club of Cloverdale voted at their last monthly meeting to commit $23,200 in funds to help the 7th and 8th grade sports at Washington School to con- tinue for one more year. The boost- ers club made a one year exception to their "equipment only" policy which will allow the funds to cc,ver the coaches' stipends, athletic direc- tor and allow each home game to have one referee. Travel costs are not included and each team will have to provide its 6wn transportation to each away game. The sports teams covered by these funds are boys & girls basket- ball, girls volleyball and coed soc- cer. No sports teams were left out due to the boosters club directors' wishes to help all athletic programs. Several parents, coaches and school district employees were at the meeting to request the funds from the board of directors of the Eagle Pride Booster Club. The boosters club is counting on the fundraising efforts of the 7th and 8th grade parents and the generosity of the community to help fund the sports teams. A new fund-raising committee will be established with- in the club to allow people to volun- teer their efforts and ideas. Please contact Deanne McDermott at (707) 894-3094 or drmcdermott@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping. If enough money is raised this year, in addi- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 WEBB, left, Matt Vellutini and Anthonie Rebottaro With of the 2010/2011 school year. oe,e~ Rebotta~o photos TRINITY VLASAK, CENTER, GETS SUPPORT FROM HER TWO SISTERS, Kylee, on the left, and Shasta on the right. Kylee is too young for school, but wanted to dress up for the first day of school. Shasta is a pre-schooler. See page13 for more photos. By Roberta Lyons The principals of Cloverdale Uni- fied's schools all reported a smooth start to the new school year during their presentations at the Wednes- day, Aug. 18 board of trustees meet- ing. Julie Brandt, principal of Wash- ington School said that opening day at the 4th through 8th grade school was great. She said teachers are con- centrating on the school's motto of being safe, respectful and responsi- ble. There are currently 522 stu- dents registered at Washington. Aracely Romo-Flores, principal of Jefferson School said things have gone smoothly there. She credited the smooth transition to a special "Jump Start," pro- gram that was held for two weeks prior to school starting. The program was funded by Migrant Ed and targeted migrant education students and English learners. "We had fewer 'criers,' this year," the principal noted. The first day at Jeffer- ,son School is always a tra- dition of welcoming students and parents, and showing sensitivity to all. The PTA offers coffee and treats and there were also both parent and commu- nity volunteers. The kin- dergarten through third grade school has 440 stu- dents enrolled. Theresa Burke, interim principal at Cloverdale High School, reported a student enroll- ment of 446 and said everything >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 13 0 Cloverdale's City Manager, Nina Regor, who also If the Council chooses to make an appointment, it acts as Cloverdale's City Clerk, has issued a summary may conduct an application process, or simply appoint on "how to fill the vacancy created as a result of the a qualified individual. In order to qualify for appoint- resignation from the council of council member Mary ment and service on the City Council, a potential ap- Ann Brigham," to appear on the agenda for the Aug. 25 pointee must be a registered voter, at least 18 years of city council meeting, age, and a resident of the City of Cloverdale for at least Brigham resigned on Aug. 17, 2010. Her term expires 29 days prior to the appointment. The code prohibits in Dec. 2010. the council from appointing a current council member. Regor explained that according to the California So, the options, Regor explained are to 1) Appoint Government Code, the council must within 30 days someone to the position for the remainder of their term either appoint an eligible person to fill the vacancy for (Dec. 2012 - appointment must be made by Sept. 16, the remainder of the term, or call a special election so 2010). 2) Call for a special election; or 3) Pass an emer- the voters may elect a successor, gency ordinance that allows the council to combine the In addition, Regorexplains, government codeallows two approaches, i.e. call for the March 2011 special a city to appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the election, and appoint someone to fill the vacancy until special election, but only if the council passes an ordi- a new council member is seated following the election. nance to that effect. The council has until Sept. 16, 2010 According to the County, the costs associated with a to make a final decision. The next regularly scheduled stand-alone special election are estimated to be be- council meeting is Sept. 8, 2010. tween $16,212 and $26,345, Regor explained. ressman By Paula Wrenn Congrdssman Mike Thompson paid his annual visit to Cloverdale on Friday, Aug. 20. Approximately 70 First District constituents, some from Healdsburg, gathered at the senior center to get his take on the issues and ask for his help. During brief opening remarks Rep. Thompson introduced Yaa Holwell to those assembled. Hol- well, a Cloverdale resident, took her oath of citizenship in Oakland just the day before. When emphasis shifted to discus- Sion of issues, the congressman ap- peared energetic and focused as he addressed concerns of the group about a variety of issues that con- tribute to or are affected by the wid- ening national deficit. Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict (CUSD) board member Joanne Argyres expressed disappointment at the teacher merit pay approach to education supported by Obama and Education Secretary Duncan. She said the models, methods and ompson Joanne Argyres. in Congressman Thompson. analysis of education should be dif- with good results. Though he does ferent than in the competitive busi- not serve on any of the education ness world. She would like to see committees Thompson indicated stimulus money directed toward"Education impacts where we go as schools using collaborative Profes- a country, where we go as a peo- sional Learning Communities ple." He assured Argyres he would (PLCs) as is now done in CUSD forward her concerns to the educa- issues tion committees if ~he would con- tact his office. Numerous Cloverdalians asked the senior legislator to help assure Cloverdale ts treated fairly in deci- sions related to SMART, the com- muter train service seen by many as vital to local economic recovery. One citizen was concerned about paying taxes for the project only to be left out if budget constraints re- sult in a decision for staged con- struction. Gall Pardini-Plass, candidate for City Council, asked about the availability of federal funding from enhancement funds for ready-made projects. Coun- cilmember Joe Palla pointed out there is virtually no public trans- portation between Cloverdale and other cities, while Mardi Grainger expressed that Cloverdale is the most financially distressed city on the SMART line. Thompson re- sponded he would know more fol- lowing his meeting with the SMART board later in the day. >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 The Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) is holding a "Parent, Staff and Community Forum," on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale High School East Gym. Superintendent of Schools, Claudia Frandsen, said the purpose of the meeting is to hear from stakeholders in the district. After a short fiscal presentation, each of the five CUSD trustees will facilitate small groups to supply information and answer questions, An ififormation piece being sent home to parents states that the district wants to hear concerns and ideas, share information regard~g the school budget; highlight what the community does to support children, brainstorm innovative ways to support children and share ideas about ways to be involved. Included in the discussions will be the district's decision to put'a bond measure on the November ballot. The measure would raise $17 million for school improvements and will require a simple majority to be >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 ByRoberta Lyons"::: :i: : Mary Ann Brigham, 59, who has served on the Cloverdale City Council off and on for a total of almost 10 years, has decided to re- sign her seat on the council as of Aug. 17, 2010. "Thank you all for your support and kind words but I must turn my attention to my family and busi- ness..It has been an honor to serve this community," she stated in her letter of resignation. According to City Manager, Nina Regor, the council will dis- cuss at its Aug. 25 meeting how to fill the vacancy. A decision must be made within 30 days. The council can appoint someone to the end of Brigham's term (two more years) or a special election could be held. It is too late to put the position on the November ballot. Brigham has been a resident of Cloverdale since 1978. She served two terms on the council and was Mayor in 2000. She lost one elec- tion but came back in 2008 and was the top vote-getter. Brigham is often a questioning voice on the council, more so in recent years. She h~s a long list of accomplisments stemming from her many years of service. She was a founding member, of the Clover- Mary Ann Brigham. dale River Park project, along with four other people; she promoted and supported the Cloverdale Se- nior Center, the new playground equipment at Furber Park, the reno- vation of the Clark Street Park, the new History Center, the.new Clo- verdale Performing Arts Center, upgrades to the library, and the First Street improvement project. Brigham is a local business per- son. She started the printing busi- ness, Photo Graphix, and currently is co-owner of Ruth McGowan's Brew Pub. The legendary Uptones will shake up the Cloverdale Plaza at Friday Night Live on August 27 at 7 p.m. Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school The Upt0nes were the first band devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones play to enthusiastic crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and their fans have made them one of the most popular bands in the Bay Area. "Sitting down at an Uptones show is like keeping your eyes shut at a movie." - says Rolling Stone. "It is a sight to beholtt, The Uptones tearing up the s~age and the audience tearing up the dance floor." - San Francisco Chron- icle Friday Night Live fans will want to get there early and get ready to rock from beginning to end of The Uptones concert!