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Pag, e 2- Wednesday , September, 10, 1980 ClovefdMe 00l{.veille GeyserviUe Press Established 1879 :stablished 1934 usPs   Published every Wednesday  '  112 West First Street Cloverdale, California 95425 (707) 894-3339 Gary L. Fewsan ....... Publisher Tim Tanner .......... General Manager Janice Corey .... .... Editor Yearly Subscription Rates Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties 9.00 Elsewhere in the United States 9.50 Editorial School's open.-expect the unexpected % Youngsters need not be reminded that it's "back to school" time. For the most part, the younger generation would rather not be apprised of this annual occurrence. It is, however, ex. tremely Important that drivers be aware that thousands of youthful pedestrians and cyclists are again making twice daily treks in the Interest of education. Drivers shpuld be more alert than ever, par- ticularly along busy residential streets, and in the vicinity of schools, whre children can emerge suddenly from driveways, between parked cars, or from behind trees and shrubbery. For many young ones, the first days of school are days of excitemerd and adventure. Going to and from classes with new friends may lessen their concern for personal safety. Although our children in the Cloverdale and Geyserville area should be taught safe pedestrian and cycling habits, it is individual motorists who bear the primary responsibility for avoiding traffic accidents. School safety patrol members and adult crossing guards are on hand to help; beth drivers and youngsters should always follow their directions. Drivers should remember that flashing rgcl lights on a school bus require that traffic in bdth directions come to a full stop on non-divided high- ways, and remain at a standstill until the flashing red lights are off. It has been called to our attention that many motorists are driving far in excess of the speed limits in our residential zones as well as the main highways through town. We urge motorists to slow down and obey all traffic laws. Legislative counsel clorifies Knox Bill State Senate Elections an Reappertionment Committee an Barry Keene today released a formal opinion fi, om the Legislature's chief attorney clarifying the el. fects a bill by Assemblyman Job Knox-which has been ihcorrectly interpreted as limiting the public's right to initiative petitions. "The bill only affects the form of initiative and referendum petitions, not signature verfication," said opinion of Secretary of State March Fong Eu's legal counsel, Tony Miller, released Tuesday, September 2. 'Tve also been in contact with the County Clerks' Association, rode up o the elections officials who will carry out the bill if Governor Brown signs it. I don't know of a single county clerk who would fall to count every valid signaure on every petition, with or without this K eene (D-Menckxda). bill," Keene said. les , . "And if any clerk did im to Legislative Counsel Bion count any signatureMe or Gregory, stating that the she wuld be sued and over- Know bill won't limit the voters' constitutional right to #ace measures on the haloot through initiative petitions," as some reports have suQested. The Legislative Counsel opinion agrees with the turned in court. It would be a clear violation of the state constitution to invalidate whole petitions because of the inevitable en-ors of a few steers, and this billdoe't do that," the senator said. If a Woblem were to arise, Keene said he would author or support urgency. legislation eliminating any uncertainty about the bill's effect when the Legislatur reconvenes in December. The Know bill won't become law until January 1. The legislative Counsel's opinion, like the earlier Secretary of State's opinion, says that Knox's Assembly Bill 3197 merely standardizes the form of the initiative and referendum petitions elected officials in their ballot designations when they run for office. And second, it establish a procedure to notify the voters of the death tf candidates when the deaths occur too late to remove their names from the ballots. "It's sunfortunate that all the attention seems to be focussed on the least significant part of the hill. wone wonders whether some The Board of Directors mr the El Carmelo Corp. met last painting of the Thursday to further dllscuss the feulblllty of saving the little from the artist, Tommie Mullane. chapel in the vineyards st Astl. Frank Domenlchelll, Joe landmark has been chosen as a VerceIIi, Bob Bogner and Mike Trusendi are shown holding a Photo by Janice. Give us better roadsl (The development of alternatives to the freeway system in California has not caught up with continuing traffic congestion. Here is an argument for more emphasis on good highways. Kinnear Smith is president of a general contracting service in Emeryville and is chair- ,man of the highway division of the Associated General Contractors of California.) By KINNEAR SMITH Special to The Bee Reprinted from The Sacramento Bee Can you picture drivers picketing public officials to get potholes fixed? Or can you imagine organized motorists signing a petition for better roads, or for completing a "gap" in a planned freeway system? California drivers and communities are getting angry, very angry. people really would like to They're paying more for in the law. which the Senate criticism of theis bi. The a,,,,vd motor fuel, but fewer roads throughout California's 58 have the otherparts .... r-,  --. are oemg built or even Ifff il/ r/| iz,.I qtli UIUI causedbya two-word change partisan reasons for lb What triggered the anger? received assurances were purely technical and clarifying," Keene said. "There are more important sections of the bill. First, it will prevent appointed deputies of elected officials from masquerading as Keene bill protects privacy of medical records may easily gain access to those records. "SB 1975 tells a law en- forcement agency to ask the patient's permission, obtain a search warrant, or get a court order showing good cause, before the records will be disclosed." Keene noted, that in determining "'good cause" a court would assess whether there is a reasonable likelihood that the records in question will provide material information for the law enforcement in- origiinal criticism seems to have developed because of Assemblyman Knox's earlier efforts to alter the initiati?e process, and it may hae been magnified out of- proportion now for political reasons," Keene sad. vestigation. Medi-Cal and insurance fraud cases, as well as in- vestigations into oc- cupational health and safety, are specifically excluded from the bill's provisions because special laws govern them. In this form, the bill has no opposition. Keene, a former prosecuting attorney, has supported laws ensuring the privacy of medical records since serving as Chairman of the Assembly Health Com- mittee from 1974 to 1978. Football, Cloverdale v. Tomales at Toma]es, noon State Senator Barry Keene's bill to protect the privacy of medical reN kept in Uds and cnn was sent to Govermr Brown for signaure today, after both houses approved a con- ference committee report on Saturday. "The purpose of this measure is to strike a balance between the legitimate need to get access to mediead records for criminal in- Vestigations and the igitimate right to privacy medical records, regar- dless of where they are kept," said Keene (D.Mendocino). "Existing law provides that patients' medical records, when they are kept by a doctor of psychotherapist, are confidential and aren't to be disclosed, except when a law enforcement agency obtains a search warrant," said Keene. "The problem arises when the records are kept by a hospital or clinic. If the administrator of the facility isn't a doctor, there is no doctor-patient privilege and law enforcement agencies Calendar of Events _ Wedaelay, September 1O lUnedcan Lq0on and Auxiliary at Veterans Memorial, 7:30 p,m  Sdmol Board at tbe high mool, 7:0 p.m. tuaens at Veterans Memorial, 11:30 a.m. Clovedale Arhe at Rainbow Hall, 7:30 p.m. 'Irkursday, September ! 1 Rotary at Papa John's, LI:IS p.m. Eastern star at  Temple, S p.m. Alanen at St. Pete's Qmrch, 8 p.m. _ Frky, geptember lZ CLOVEP,,DALE HARVEST FIAR at Citrus Fairgrounds, all day Sunday, September 14 Harvest Fair continues Relief Society LDS Church, LDS Church, 9 a.m. Mday, September IS Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Dept. at the Fire Hall, 7:30p.m. Cioverdale Farm Bureau at Veterans Memorial, 6:S0 p.m. Square Dance (Slow Dance) at Jefferson School, 6:30p.m. Square Dance (Regular) at Jeffersen School, 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 Cioverdale Odd Fellows at Grange Hall, S p.m. Art Commission Workshop at 213 Main SU'eet, 7 p.m. Driver's License at Veterans Memorial, 9 a.m. Cioverdale Century Lions at Grange Hall, 7 a.m. Cioverdale'reahers' Assn. at the high school library, 3 p.m. Sater4sy, September 13 Harvest Fair continues Senior picnic to be held Saturday Senior Opportunities and Sonoma County People for Services is a program of Economic Opportunity. Letters to the Editor Timely action Editor: It may be just a co- incidence, but we noticed workers on Cherry Creek Thursday morning. We really do appreciate, and commend, such timely action taken in response to a citizen complaint. .. Thank you, Robert G. King Administrator Services ts hold its annual senior picnic Uds year on Saturday, Septembe 13, at the Clowrdale Municipal Park. The pird will be from noon till 5 p.m., and te wiU be a picnic lm entertainm : This year, t-q: tertainment incl Tom Nixon, a master maldln o daghts small with his sleight-of-hand. Also on the bill are The Forget- MeNots, Cotati's senior music group, arid Madame Mime Plchard, a fanciful tea- leaf reader. $I donation is requested to offset the cost of food. Trarmportation to and ftbm the picnic is availaW, e for an additional $1 donation. For more information, or to reserve a ride; call 545-72. Net long ago consumers and environmentalists cried out against what they saw as a threat to "pave America over." Their cries were heard. Highway projects, including a few remaining links in the nation's interstate system, were stopped cold. State officials succumbed to pressures to halt, or severely restrict, new highway con- struction. Pro-highway forces, having lost Round I, began pushing for measures to protect and preserve the some $15 billion in state dollars already invested in California's highways and bridges. They retreated in favor of keeping existing highways in good condition. Until the impact of skyrocketing petroleum prices, the highway group had little appeal among consumers. Then reach- ers in Washington supplied evidence that strawed how consumers, not big business, suffered most from the nation's crumbling highways- -and the unlikely alliance was forged. According to data supplied by The - Road Information Program (TRIP), a highway research group supported by the construction industry, consumers feel the most serious brunt of fuel waste and vehicle wear-and4ear is caused by driving on bad roads. Californians are said to waste $I billion yearly because of sulmtandard high- ways and bridges. Add to that some "hidden costs." For instance, on their journey from factory to shopping bag, almost all consumer goods must Ie moved across highways. .Large fleet vehicles, like over-the-road tractor-trailer units, use excessive amounts of expensive diesel fuel when forced to maneuver over rou and broke sUretches o pavement. Serious truck damages that result from pockmarked roadways are ultimately passed on to consumers. So not only do consumers feel the increased bit of their own fuel and repair bills, but they are directly impacted by the expenses companies incur in delivering our milk and bread, in hauling building materials, in moving sweaters and jackets from where they are manufactured to where they are sold. This dollar drain from- consuers has become so great that consumerist4ype groups have emerged to lobby for dPreparOtecting the roadways, a ture from their posture during the '60's. Under such banners as "Citizens for Highway Survival" or "Save Our Roads," activists have again started to make themselves heard. In- creasingly, they have pressures on state legislators. With tax-cut fever now rampant, advocates of spending more taxpayer dollars are somewhat an anomaly. But, in fact, TRIPS's research studies show that consumers spend less in the taxes used to repair roads and bridges than the drivers waste in ex- cessive fuel waste and vehicle damage resulting from had roads. It brings to mind the vision of the mechanic on a 'IV commerical who looks woefully at the camera and says, "Pay me now or...pay vestments that are being price allowed to erode with each that new pothole and bump and crack. Now situation road tenant' decade, me twW A Californian who drives 12,000 miles a year and gets 16 miles per gallon would pay about $53 a year in state gas tax. State highway taxes here are 7 cents per gallon, unchanged since 1963. Assuming that Californians will not let fade their love affair with the car, the pay- me-now-or-later argument has added weight. According to economics prodessor Charles A. Lave at the University of California, Irvine, the State's drivers show no signs of forsaking their cars, even with the option of mass transit systems. Lave says that energy conservation proponents should consider the massive sow'nent of the'population that drives private autos, compared to the relatively minor percentage that uses mass transit. He contends that doubling the present ridership of mass transit systems all across the U.S. would result in less fuel savings than improving automobile gasoline mileage by just two-tenths (.2) per gallon. Even those married to the concept of mass transit admit that roads are an integral part of the transit system. There's general agreement tlmt mass transit in Califonia depends heavily on the rubber-tired movement of people-buses. Given rough and broken pavement surfaces, buses are perhaps most seriously impacted by ruts and potholes. Their complicated suspension, steering and braking systems are fragile in "the face of washboard-like roads, suggesting that mass transit advocates have at least as great a stake in good roads as do private motorists. Nevertheless, some high- way naysayers persist in presenting-an "either-or" choice--either good transit or good roads. The fact that one appears directly dependent on the other does not seem to interrupt their questionable logic, sugsesting that their logic might just be based on the politics of what sounds good rather, than the politics of what works. Populist politicians are slow in reading the consumer signals that roads are not only public conveniences (that are becoming in- creasingly less convenient), but they are also public in- These same consumers, who are starting to take stands in favor of roads, are merely fulfilling the less-is- more prophecy. By catching a road before it is totally worn out, a process that takes from eight, to sixteen years depending on climactic and traffic conditions, that road can be repaired and brought up-to-standard at a cost that is four-and-a-half times less efforts than if allowed to deteriorate completely. - de By spending less, we are funding indeed able to protect more, tax. but only if we spend when and where needed. According to TRIP's 1979 report on California roads, fully 40 percent of the state's highways are now rated prices substandard, characterized from by the potholes, bumps and ruts that inflict serious and damage to both cars and pocketbooks. Of the .... mtiprmled 23,.000 mfles of expert paved roads that fall below worn-Or national standards, more than 19,000 miles could be saved by the relatively foresee inexpensive process of resurfacing. Some 3,800 miles picket have already deteriorated beyond the voint day of salvage and must be sign completely rebuilt, with a roadS the sam e As new achieve mileage! CARD OF 1 Thank you, friend and neigl beautiful cards, flowers, kindness shown me during Healdsburg General Manzanita Manor. Am improving daily. I00Vlndow Fashions by Marylynn Amann ano J,m ViasaK Brother/';ster te,rn UNS AiR CONDI1 Meimi If you don't live m a climate tl chances are you at least receive rays during the summer monthS. you've installed, or are thinking "ditioner. Although these modern for cooling your home, they can window treatments. Let's talk up unsightly air conditioners. By using two tiers of cafe stricking treatment while hiding ditioner. The bottom tier can the 'cover up', while the Three or four may also can evep use a single cafe section the upper part of the window and view. Simply add an a the attractive treatment. Would you like some help problem? We can assist you in may. have..and without great  Cabinet 7  119 N. CIO -| % 0 '