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see page 13 131 years serving the community 1879 Published weekly since 1879 r, 10 *~**~*~*~ ALL FOR ADC 980 SMALL TOWN PAPERS *~ 5026 CALIFORNI~ AVE SW SEATTLE ~A 98156,-1708 I1,1,,I,,I .... I1,,11,,11 ..... II,,hllh,,h,l,,,I,hll,,,i,,ll Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 38 50 Cents mm Thanks to an immediate and gen- erous response from the communi- ty to the financial erisis that led to cancellation of the Fiddle Festival, the Board of Directors of the Clo- verdale Historical Society is pleased to announce that the event will be held as originally planned on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30, 2011. , As was announced in last week's ~,loverdale" Reveille, the decision to ~ancel the event was made after the };inance sub-committee of the City Council informed the society that .the City of Cloverdale was unable to commit to its $5000 sponsorship of next January's festival. This would have left the society with in- sufficient funds to cover necessary up-front expenses and no cushion against bad weather and continued hard economic times. The board elected to cancel the event without first making a direct appeal to the public for emergency assistance because it did not believe it had sufficient time to mount an effective campaign. Normally, the final planning for this event would be well underway by now. It is cru- cial that communications with po- tential contestants and publicity begin no later than Oct.1. The deci- sion to reinstate the festival has been made possible because of the generosity of several donors. "The society is particularly grateful to the Reuser family and Reuser, Inc. of Cloverdale, Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma and VinePro Vineyard Management of Glover- dale for commitments that will more than replace the loss of city funding," said Doug Laurice, presi- dent of the Cloverdale Historical Society board. All of these supporters expressed a strong belief that such a unique and longstanding event continues to be in the best interests of the com- munity and region and should go on. The Reuser family has been a major sponsor for many years. Both Laugunitas Brewing Company and VinePro Vineyard Management are new to the event. President Doug Laurice added, "We are extremely pleased that these sponsors have >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 THIS A.RTIST RENDERING WAS INCLUDED in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Environmental Impact Statement for the Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians' project possibly consisting of a casino, hotel, convention center, entertainment center, tribal government building, a parking garage and surface parking. By Roberta Lyons Cloverdale Unified School Dis- trict (CUSD) superintendent of schools, Claudia Frandsen re- viewed the district's "Unaudited Actuals," at the monthly regular board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The-unaudited actuals are a series of financial reports that re- flect the actual revenues received and the actual expenditures in- curred in each of the district's funds for the 2009-2010 year. The term "unaudited" is used because the district's independent auditor has not yet reviewed the data. The district's financial officer, Krista Eisbrenner prepared the re- port, giving a summary of the over- all condition of the district. There were no surprises. The district has been deficit spending for several years, Eisbrenner noted, that fact, "along with the state's actions to offset their own fiscal issues, has severely impacted educational agencies throughout the state, in- cluding Cloverdale Unifed School District." The district is now required to have a fiscal advisor to provide "budget guidance" and to assist in developing a multiyear fiscal recov- ery plan. Although the district is ending the year with a fund balance of $333,972, there is still concern for the district's solvency over a sever- al year period. The County Office of Education, which mandated the appointment of the fiscal advisor, required the board to make budget reductions, which it has, in the amount of $1.4 million. The office of education is also requiring that the district main- tain a three percent reserve and positive cash flow for the current and two subsequent years in all dis- trict funds. Despite the budget re- ductions, the three percent reserve has only been met in the 2010-11 year, but not in the two subsequent years. "The lack of a reserve reflects the fiscal distress the district is current- ly facing and is a reminder to all that there are more tough decisions to be made in the future in order to maintain solvency. "As the 2010-11 fiscal year pro- ceeds, additional reductions will need to be made in order to main- tain the district's local control," Eis- brenner concluded in her report summary. According to the reports, the dis- trict's "Current Expense of Educa- tipn," amounts to $11,643,382.45. JEFFERSON SCHOOL STUDENT, LESLEY SANTA MARIA, was honored with a Student Achievement Award at the Sept. 15 Cloverdale Unified School District board meeting. Lesley is an exceptional reader, writer, and artist. She is truly a gifted student, reports her school's principal, Aracely Romo-Flores. Lesley, in front, is pictured with her parents, Angel and Natividad Santa Maria, left; superintendent of schools, Claudia Frandsen, board member, Jeanne Argyres, her teacher, Cheree Tappin, and principal, Aracely Romo-Fleres. By Paula Wrenn Representatives of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Region wast- ed no time setting a tone for the Sept. 16 meeting designed to allow the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) of the Cloverdale Rancheria casino project. They provided a brief overview of the process and invited respectful comment on the DEIS. At 2,000 pages, reading the DEIS in preparation for the meeting proved to be a challenge for com- munity interest groups and regula- tors, alike. The study was developed by ESA/Land Manage- ment and Biological Resources con- sultants. A representative of that firm, Erich Fischer said the casino could generate $180 million in reve- nues. Review The casino project is proposed for six parcels of land, all but one locat- ed outside the city, bordered on the west by Asti Road. The Cloverdale Rancheria says the proposed action would restore the tribe's trust land base; strengthen the tribal govern- ment; achieve economic self-suffi- ciency; improve socio-eonomic status of the tribe; provide jobs fo~ members; fund administrative, health and welfare, housing, edu- cational and other tribal services. There are five proposed actions By Roberta Lyons The Cloverdale High School "Snack Shack," that burned in Au- gust of 2009, should be getting re- placed sometime this school year. The small building located near the football field at CHS suffered ex- tensive damage m the 2009 fire re~ quiring complete demolition and rebuilding. A report was given at the Sept. 15, school board meeting, where some of the hangups in the con- struction process were revealed. It has mainly been an insurance issue. Because the district needs to con- in the DEIS, variables in scale and scope, which the Rancheria says it might consider ranging in cost from under $100 million to as much as $320 million to construct. The full build-out including hotel, casino, shopping,'parking garages, and en- tertainment center received the most vocal opposition in the meet- ing, due to scale and a design that reaches five stories high. A retail only option also was a concern in terms of siphoning business from downtown. Any casino facility is expected to siphon business from the two neighboring casinos in Geyserville and Hopland. Key findings of the DEIS incIude that most of 16 identified impacts (including soils, air quality, water, noise, and aesthetics) would not be significant after incorporation of proposed mitigation measures: Greenhouse emissions from traf- fic to/from the casino would ex- ceed Sonoma County standards, but not federal standards. Identified "significant and un- avoidable impacts" were noted as traffic increases at three inter- sections, namely, Cloverdale Blvd./South Interchange; 101 Northbound ramps South inter- change; and, Asti Road south in- terchange. Professional response Early in the hearing, representa- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 14 struct a new building, the cost has risen to over $400,000..The district's insurance company has been slow to approve payment, and wanted to make sure that no "improve- ments," to the facility were being made. "The insurance company wanted to make sure that cost was related to code upgrades, not improve- ments," explained Cecilia Quiam- bao, claims manager for the district's insurance group, the Red- wood Empire Schools Insurance Group (RESIG). >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 d By Charlie Delfino Cloverdale native Justin Fitzgerald, the 6'5" 225 pound hard throwing right hander for the Class A San Jose Giants, was awarded the 2010 Pitcher Of The Year Award. Fitzgerald, the ace of the Giants staff, showed why he was chosen among the very best in the California League with an all-star performance leading his team to a game one playoff victory 7-3 over the visiting Modesto Nuts. Justin threw a four hitter, struck out five, and took a one-hit shutout into the 7th inning. At one point in the game Fitzgerald retired 15 consecutive Modesto batters. He needed only 52 pitches through the first 2-3 innings on his way to the win. Playing in the nostalgic Municipal Stadium in San Jose, the holy grail of minor league ballparks built in 1942, a place where the likes of Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey have recently played, it's a dream come true for any hard working ballplayer let alone a kid who played his Little League ball in a small town called Cloverdale. Justin, who grew up in Cloverdale, played his Little League ball locally at Daly Field, represented our community as an All-Star, who still comes home every now and then to visit his family, is proud of his local roots. Justin's morn, Margaret, has been a long time fixture in the community becoming the all-time single season holder with 15 saves and career saves leader with 21. In 2007 he led the team with 20 appearances, all in relief. In the minor leagues, the right hander had made 56 relief appear- ances across three minor league levels. The more and more Fitzgerald threw, it was becoming obvious to the major league scouts within the Giants organization that he was much more than a closer. The coaches were prepping him for what would become his new role as a starter. "I knew after (the instructional league) last year I was gomg to become a starter, so that allowed me to get ready for spring training." Fitzgerald said. "It was almost like an audition. I five innings and allowed only two base runners over the first six innings coaching softball and volleyball while Justin's dad, Pat is the current was able to get stronger and build up my stamina in the off season." while giving up only one run in the game. Justin had four consecutive 1- head softball coach at Santa Rosa~unior College and has also been a Justin's starting debut was on April .17, 2010. It was quite a debut as he local coach, as well as the head basketball coach at Cardinal Newman >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 J R~ High School in Santa Rosa where Justin played his high school ball. Justin's numbers on the year are sure to get him promoted to the next level, in fact, he had such a great season that the only question that remains is whether he will jump one step up the ladder or two. He may JUSTIN RECEIVING HIS 2010 San Jose Giants Pitcher Of The Year Award. .get the call to AA ball with the Richmond Flying Squirrels or everi=oetter, a call up to the AAA affiliate Fresno Grizzlies. There are currently seven San Francisco Giant affiliates starting with the DSL Giants, a Dominican Rookie League; the AZL Giants, an Arizona Rookie League; the Salem- Keizer Volcanoes which is a single A Short Season League; Justin's current team The San Jose Giants which is a single A Advanced League; the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels; and the team one step from the San Francisco Giants big league club is the AAA Fresno Grizzlies. Justin has moved his way up the professional ranks at an accelerated pace in the past two years. He was selected by the SF Giants in the 11th round and was the 327th over-all pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft. Justin has come a long way from growing up in Cloverdale, attending Cardinal Newman High School where his father and grandfather attended, and his college career as a U.C. Davis Aggie. Justin had'a stellar high school career highlighted by a compiled 9-0 record, a 1.80 ERA (earned run average), while fanning 95 batters in 79 innings as a senior. He pitched four shutouts and added a perfect game in the Adam Westcott Annual baseball Tournament. In college, as a U.C. Davis Aggie, Fitzgerald re-wrote the record books JUSTIN FITZGERALD PITCHING IN HIS MAJOR LEAGUE pitching debut on April 17, 2010. ~' !4 .............. .................... ,|mlmlll Iltgll Illll [ lli 'I II IlIIIIIIilIIB rllllllill " '