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I- PAGE 14 --WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010 ~, CLOVERDALE REVEILLE CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA i! tives of several agencies spoke re- garding their concerns. Jeff Brax, deputy counsel for Sonoma County said his department has not com- pleted its review of the DEIS, so he could not yet say the comments submitted by the county have been fuUy addresse& He took exception to a statement regarding green- house gas emissions, saying, "I'm not sure it is fair to characterize them [GH gas emissions generated by traffic to the casino] as unavoid- able." Mike Villa, attorney for non-prof- it South Cloverdale Water Corpora- tion, the sole source of water to 40 homes, says the water company's main line runs right through the Sealaska site. Sealaska is the finan- cial partner of Cloverdale Ranche- ria. Villa said he has attempted numerous contacts to various par- ties on behalf of his clients and has received no response. National Indian Gaming Com- mission, Cloverdale Rancheria of Pomo Indians, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Caltrans, Sono- ma County and the City of Clover- dale are cooperating agencies. Cloverdale City Manager Nina Re- gor attended to restate the city's position on the casino. She reiterat- ed the city's relationship with Clo- verdale Rancheria is positive and the city "recognizes the right of the Rancheria to have economic viabili- ty," however the city opposes the casino. Majority view of speakers Though speakers in opposition to the project outnumbered speakers" in favor, it is not clear that the event "Was more heavily attended by op- ponents. By and large the com- ments from the orderly and hushed crowd of more than 100, were repe- tition of oft-spoken concerns throughout this process. Many ex- pressed support of the Cloverdale Rancheria despite their opposition to the project. Comment was often focused on the several project scope options and on the sheer size of the largest, including five-story hotel and parking. As for the size of the project and related problems, one worried speaker was especially concerned about the impact on city services in the case of a seismic event. Others thought the height and size of the structures were in- appropriate in a rural setting. Several speakers expressed belief that the retail and restaurants asso- ciated with the casino proposal would leave downtown bereft of business. Of the 1,600 jobs pro- posed by the project, Susan Nurse said those would mostly pay about $13/hour "in direct conflict" with city goals to attract more jobs start- mg at $20/hour, or a living wage for the area. Steve Nurse suggested returning to the scoping process be- cause the amount of daily traffic would double the city's population and increase freeway traffic, creat- ing traffic problems including im- peding the ambulance on trips to the hospital. Water and wastewater were of concern to Jane Doroff; issues will be compounded by the proposed size of the project described in ac- tions including a casino. "I wish the tribe success in other endeavors, not this one," said Doroff. Jeanne Cox inquired as to wheth- er BIA has authority tq regroup trib- al efforts. She says casinos north and south of Cloverdale are strug- gling, so a casino splitting the dif- ference geographically would not improve matters for the tribes. She also thought a case could be made for recreation and family entertain- ment would be of great benefit to both the Rancheria and Cloverdale. Financial partner A number of attendees specifical- Forget all other Deals! We will BEAT any PRICE in town by $10 a month: h aring dh6mewithn ] obiigatio~ to b~ ] UKIAH 756 S. Dora St. 463-2966 CONT. ly focused on concerns regarding corporate financial partner Sealas- ka. Recent press regarding the com- pany pointed to questions regarding its viability as a business and worries that, should the casino fail, Cloverdale would be left with hulking, empty structures visible from the freeway and throughout the area. Thomas King wanted to know how the processes of the DEIS plan for partially built projects in the event of such a fail- ure early on. Light pollution was a concern of Eileen Baker, who had not had a chance to see if that was addressed in the DEIS. She pointed out how many residents had moved to Clo- verdale because of the rural envi- ronment, including visibility of the stars in the night sky. She refer- enced a petition that circulated some tirne back in which half the people residing in Cloverdale don't want a casino regardless of the scope. Jim Bagby stated that Sealaska has a documented history of poor practices that take advantage of lo- cal resources, such as clearcutting and selling lumber to Japan. He says the company has designs on local resources. "We want the Rancheria to pros- On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Clo- verdale Historical Society will hold a fundraising event, Autumn in Asti, at Cellar 8 in Asti. In addition to food and wine pairings, entertain- ment and a silent auction featuring some very unique items, the Society will award the First Annual Jack Howell Founders Award to Clover- dale native Alan Furber. This award is intended to recog- nize individuals who, over an ex- Cended period of time, have had a significant, positive impact on the Cloverdale community. "Alan 'AI' Furber, well-known in the commu- nity, exemplifies to a "tee" the type of dedicated Cloverdalian that the Jack Howell Founders Award is in- tended to recognize," said Doug Laurice, president of the Historical Society. Al's grandparents, Eldridge and "Mary Jane Furber, came to Clover- dale from Maine in 1878. They pur- chased 640 acres south of town, cleared the land and planted a vine- Alan Furber, Sr. to receive Founders Award. In the 1980s, Alan's two sons joined him in the family business, the land was annexed into the City of Cloverdale and together the fam- ily developed the Furber Ranch Pla- Alliance' Friday Night Live, the Historical Society's Fiddle Contest, Chamber of Commerce events and other events - precisely the types of activities that have earned Clover- per," said Karnig Beylikjian. He ref- yard. In 1900, the Furber Winery erenced a city engineer report was established on the property. E1- discussed at a recent City Counci! ! dridge and Mary Jane had two chil- meeting, which, suggested ..... water' ~lren, William Wallace and Fidelia. supply is a serious concern for Clo~ Fideiia became a well known Sono- verdale, and more so when consid-" ma County artist. Some of her erations for casino infrastructure and demand are added in. He says the business plan is unacceptable given that Sealaskdhas been in de- fault on property. He also worried what would become of the Ranche- ria if the project is unsuccessful. Favorable voices Speakers in favor of the project included Ray Fleming, who thought the DEIS was thorough and well put together. He said he would support anything "short of strip mining and pom." Priscilla Forward, a rancheria member residing in Santa Rosa, told the group the SMART train would bring people to the casino. She feels the casino would bring jobs to CloverdMe and "$13/hour is a very, good wage today." She also supports the tribe working with Sealaska and said the size of the casino could be negotiated. With regard to the pollution, Ter- ri Smith remarked, "Nobody men- tions greenhouse gases when the vineyards burn grape vines." She added the DEIS includes plans for the casino to recycle water and that she supports the casino. The meeting, which lasted far less than the allotted time, was the fourth step in a six-step NEPA pro- cess. Normally 45 days are allowed for review of the DEIS, but the BIA is allowing 75 days for this project. The room was assured that com- ments were recorded to be re- viewed and responses, along with all letters and comments, will be in- cluded in the final Environmental Impact Study. Once prepared and distributed to everyone on the mail list, there will be 30 days for the public to review it. A record of deci- sion will then be published which summarizes the BIA""s decision on the proposed casino ac paintings were recently featured in an exhibit at the History Center. William took over the ranch and Winery after the deaths of Mary in 1900 and Eldridge in 1915. He also raised prunes and sheep. William married Margaret Hinds of Berke- ley in 1913. They had two children, William Wallace who died at age two, and Alan. Alan married Helen Dubs of Sau- salito. They had two children, Alan, Jr. and Craig. Alan and his family retumed to Cloverdale from Marin County after WWII. Alan initially worked in the timber industry, but took over operation of the ranch when his father passed away. za and the Rancho de Amigos housing development. This was the catalyst for the many developments that followed. Attractive new housing has brough~ hundreds of new people to Cloverdale, populating the schools, churches, parks, service organiza- tions and businesses. Furber Ranch Plaza provides nu- merous convenient services to Clo- verdale residents. It is the busiest place in town most afternoons and weekends. Furber Park is enjoyed by many for picnics, softball and soccer games. Al's wife, Helen, passed away a few years ago, but A1 continues to live on what was once the ranch. Al's son, A1, Jr.,. is also a Cloverdale resident. A1 and the entire Furber family have a longstanding record of gen- erous support of numerous com- munity events, including the Arts dale the title of one of the "coolest small towns in America." AI has also served as a director of the Clo- verdale Senior Center, and he has been a longtime member of the Clo- "verdale Lions Club. "For those of us who know A1 personally, there is no nicer a guy," added Laurice. The contribution of A1 and his fam- ily to this community has been qui- et and graceful, but the impact has been significant and long-lasting. Alan Furber, Sr. is truly a deserving first recipient of this award. The Jack Howell Founders Award was established in honor of Jack D. Howell who passed away earlier this year. Jack, his wife Johanna and their daughters, Judith and Catherine, moved to Cloverdale in 1964. 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