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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE,CALIFORNIA • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010 -- Page 5 Could this candidate be your cup of tea? By Paula Wrenn In a recent Sunday edition of the Sonoma County daily newspaper Cloverdale City Council incumbent Jessalee Raymond an- nounced she is a Tea Party member. As a fan of diverse opinion on the City Council dais, the azmouncement was nei- ther surprising nor alarming to me. However, since this seemed a curious time to announce such an affiliation for a nonpartisan post, I contacted Vice Mayor Raymond to learn more. What drew you to the Tea Party? I liked Sarah Palin when she was running for President. She believes we need to be more fiscally responsible to constituents. I've been more of a liberal Republican than a staunch Repub- lican. I've voted my mind on measures. [As to candidates,] I've always voted Republican most of the time. I don't like any of them [the candi- dates] now. I'm voting mostly independent. Why announce your party affiliation in that publication, and why now? The newspaper questionnaire asked "What's your party?" I wanted to be honest, so I said "Independent - Tea Party." It's not really a party. They called ten minutes after I turned my response in. Do you think public knowledge that you are aligned with Tea Party thinking will help or hurt you? This [City Council] position is a nonpartisan position. I have no aspirations of going The further in politics, but this third party could very possi- budget bly be competition to those two parties. I'm not embar- rassed to say how I feel. I'm being conscientious about is my money. platform How do you think people will react? Everyone is scared when you are an Independent going toward Tea Party. People are starting to question the authority of the government and they don't like that. I think the [Tea Party] values are what my values have been and should remain. Democrats have been wandering for a long time. Republicans, more so than Democrats, are getting away from old values and I don't know what it is. What bothers me most is a lot of things they want to change will hurt small businesses and our city is almost all small business. Do you think the Tea Party represents a different view altogether or is it a Super-Republican stance? I think it's a Super-Republican stance. There's a lot of Democrats that feel the same way. We should be concentrating on the responsibilities instead of a war. They're not listening to what people are saying. For example, health care should be reformed, but not what they've done in this instance and shoving it down your throat. Everyone is saying don't do this, then they go and do it, anyway. I also think the government has their hands too much in everybody's pockets and that's sad. What are your sources for information about issues? My best sources are legislative news that we get as City Council members. I try to read as much research on the Internet as I possibly can; listening to legislators, also reading the measures and bills. Sometimes it can be really difficult. There's lots of confusing jargon, but more people should try that. I totally don't think voters understand what they are voting for. Most people just listen to the news; they don't read. They aren't paying attention and being educated enough. Do you think you do a good job listening in your City Council post? I try to listen to constituents and do what's right for the city. I want to stand up for people. As long as I've been on Council, I think our whole Council tries to listen. The casino is an example. Ours is one of the few cities that has tried to educate people as to how it works, the ins and outs. We wanted and needed to educate our citizens and ourselves. Is it your job is to do what's best for the people or what they ask for? I feel it is best to do what is good for the people. For example, I know there was a lot of opposition that we would stop the sale of fireworks. There were lots of people [attending the meeting] saying no, and not many there saying yes. On City Council you hear more negative. But overall I think more people were saying yes, so I voted to keep fireworks. I listen and try to weigh the pros and cons. I might not comment because I'm not a repeater, but I've always listened to the people. I'm not a politician. I'm serving the citizens of our town. What is your platform this time? I have been running on the same platform since I first started out on City Council. Budget is my platform, for sure. Fiscally sound; we have to tighten our belts in all situations. We can't tax people to death in this economy. People .are hurting. We need to • clean the house. What do you see as our most threatening fiscal issues going forward? What the state does to us. The second thing is that I've been thinking of.the budget as being a single budget, but it's too compartmentalized and voters ap- prove spending on certain things. They ask how we can lay off people when we buy property, the police station and Thyme Square. I don't want to spend any money because of the perception, but why not take advan- tage of it to take care of something that needs to be done? It just doesn't look right, even though it is part of the process of government. I hate the red tape. The political process has created so much red tape. Kudos to a sporting colleague While I appreciate sports and respect athletes, outside of the Olympics I seldom watch televised sports or read updates on professional sports. I do, however, skim the captions and headlines in the Reveille because local sports teams are a huge part of small town life. Lately, the addition of Charlie Delfino as a contributing write r to the Reveille has put into words the excitement and emotional connection of local sports to Cloverdale. Delfino, a lifelong sports devotee, clearly has the heart to engage all readers. His sports coverage is fun to read. It adds value to this newspaper and is a wonderful contribution to this community. Fabric of the community Vision, artistry, and generosity are abundantly woven into the fabric of Cloverdale. Certainly everyone who knows her would agree those quali- fies also loom large in Herdis Gudman. Gudman might just hold the record for producing quilts to support the innumerable raffles and fundraisers that help fund Cloverdale nonprofits. It isn't her only volunteer responsibility, but Gudman puts in countless hours choosing fabric and stitching blocks in appealing combinations for lap quilts, large quilts for the bed, and mid-sized quilts for the wall. She often contributes on group quilts, and raffles featuring her work rake in the bucks. That a Herdis Gudman quilt is not rare in this locale does not diminish this raffler's delight in winning her quilt entitled "Bamboo" from Clover- dale Historical Society. Each of her quilts is unique and every Cloverdale household should be so blessed. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. From the Editorial Desk... Reveille sports coverage expanded We at the Cloverdale Reveille are absolutely thrilled to now have Cloverdale's Charlie Delfino on board as our part-time sports report- er and photographer. Charlie, who you can read about on page one of this week's paper, grew up in Cloverdale and played several different sports for Clover- dale High School. As the photo on page one attests, Charlie loves all sports and his coverage for the paper shows it. From little four year old soccer players to high school football players, Charlie is out there taking pictures and researching stats to present his athletes of the week and honorable mentions. The large variety of youth sports is one of the really positive aspects of life in Cloverdale and we are pleased to have Chartie Delfino representing it for us. The Ray littleman Ladles Aux. t0 VFW Post 9266 0t Cl0verdale presented Page 14 of the paper this week is devoted to the School Board a chock to the Cl0verOale Skatepark Committee at their first annual Date t0 Candidate Forum held last Tuesday. Attendance at the forum was Sk8 event held on Sept. 25. The ladles donated $490 in memory 0f their dear disappointing, but in reporting the questions and answers, we hope memher Woody Wilson and wish the skate park committee much luck in that parents and residents of Cloverdale will get to know the four reaching their goal of building a skatepark here in Cloverdale. Pictured left candidates and be better informed voters. to right: Ladies Aux. to VFW post 9268 representative Jennifer Allen, Cloverdale Skate Park Committee: Nancy Turpen Lucas, Tony Gonzalez, [ LOOKING FOR LOCAL COMING EVENTS? I Jessalee Raymond, Joe Carrillo, Reed Moticka and Travis Castagnetto. = ITHEN CHECK OUT OUR WEEKLY CALENDAR ON PAGE 11 J Just let us skate Editor:  20% OFF We have been skating out in front of my home for over a year with no complaint, not one. We skate at the Vet's Hall parking lot. For the time we k.,00Brazilian Blowouts have been there no one has asked us to stop. We put up with the events, meetings and parties there and the events $10 OFF after 9 p.m. on weeknights. They peel out in their cars and motorcycles. P0rms or Color The Police Department just tells us that we can't skate there anymore. We are great guys. If the Vet's Hall and the community needs us to stop Ask for LiMa skating there, just ask us and maybe help us find a place so we don't hurt 00 or offend anyone. You don't need to call the cops. Justask. ( [! ฃ(I[i[(( 894-267I The sad thing is we lost a group of people because of this action. People b( , '" epe,t Mention this ad brsziliafl who have helped with the Cloverdale Skatepark Fnndraiser. I have been  t'] when booking b]()WOll|: skating for 35 years and have seen communities and cities slowly take 11.30.10 away places for me to skate; places where bicycles can go but skateboards can't. This town supposed to be the second friendliest town in the nation. Just OPEN let us skate. We don't tell anyone what to do. We don't hurt anyone. Nathan Albonico, Cloverdale Mon- Ffi 10.6 Sat 10.5 Sun 11-5 "A Taste of Pinot" benefits - 894 4080 over 1000 youth a day www.goclouerdale.com Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, Boys & Silva Corks in addition to Cultivate Girls Clubs of Central,, Sonoma,, Systems, Collotype Labels, Wine New & Vintage Furniture County, will host A Taste of Pi- Country Party & Events & ATL not" held at Hotel Healdsburg. This Events. For tickets please contact SeIta Mattresses - Gifts and Collectibles event will benefit the 1,000 youth Shannon Howard at (707) 528-7977 c,nvenientlv os/ivsrv Financina served each day at their nine clubs x 105 or www.pinotfestival.com. - Reasonable Prices........, Located. _......, . in Cloverdale, Healdsburg, Wind- Gail Rails sor, Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park. This special evening will feature YOUR SOURCE FOR TAX- ADVANTAGED IN(:OME. pinot inspired tastings of unique small bites prepared by Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. Each winery will be paired with a cus-. tomized tasting station to highlight  their premier Pinot Noir that will be shared and talked about with guests. Call or visit a financial planner today. This is a unique opportunity for wineries to share their premiere wine with an intimate crowd of Pi- not enthusiasts. Alysian, De Loach Vineyards, Papapietro Perry, Edward Jones LaFollette Wines, Landmark Vine- Call or stop by today yards, Rodney Strong, Small Vine Wines, Roadhouse, Roessler Cellars to make an appointment and Russian Hill will be the fea- tured wineries. Boys & Girls clubs would like to ฎ thank their presenting partner M.A. Loretta Petersen Paul Dolph D. t'arent, g'------"n-- Teens Strong, AAMS  Sullivan, AAMS ฎ MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING Green, CF1  433-6139 433-3412 www.edwardjones.com 894-0277 58 W. North St. 647 Healdsburg 231 N. workshop Oct 13 Ste. 1o2 Ave. Member SIPC Clvd. 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