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:ekers Page006 Published weekly since 1879 Tomcat at PLAM See Page 12 1879 / Jefferson School New See Page 13 118 years of seneing the community Sonoma County, CA November 12, 1997 Vol. CXVIII, Issue 46 50 Cents removed by Caffran= from a hill north of town'is being dumped on private property south Polly KISas memorial garden is located. The garden will not be removed. Cal :is shown in the background and a portion of the rial garden is in the foreground. continue to visit the garden from throughout the United 81ates. Memorial will be pared Caltrans earthmovers , is removing approximately 180100 ut'yards , above Highway 101 near the Sonoma/MdOctno and a lar property adjacent to Dute.r Creek Road. has some residents concerned about the Polly Klaas and landscaping of the southern interchange. years, Cloverdale residents and visitors, touched by the 12-year-old kidnap and murder victim Polly Klaas, have at the site on Dutcher Creek Road where her body in 1995. to Caltrans District Branch Chief of Construction-North, the memorial that is still visited by residents and visitors the country, will be spared by earthmovers. area of concern is landscaping of the southern inter- Some residents believe that the slide material, serpentine, is and they fear that the first entrance to Cloverdale from remain barren and ugly. to CalTrans Santa Rosa District Office Engineer Bonnie serpentine will support plant life. "You can plant in it, the ;up there (in the slide area)--the whole hillis planted that we planted and that the CCC planted and they are It takes a long time for them to get established," she said. to Bundeson, sometime this week, weather perming, , will be hydraseeded with grass seed. yards of slide material will be removed, project will continue until the end of November. collect warm items for )n at Thanksgiving Dinner Soroptimists are once again spearheading the Thanksgiving Dinner at the Citrus Fair at 1 pm on Day. for rides and home delivery service can be made by According to organizer Sydney Sciaini, this dinner who would otherwise be alone or unable to prepare a ire also collecting warm clothing and blankets for persons who are in need of such items. Donations I be dropped off at the front porch of Marie located at 214 N. Commercial Street. your time or make a contribution please contact r Sciaini at 894-4080 or 894-5825. How would you like to bring home a juicy 10-12 pound turkey FREE to your family for your Thanksgiv- ing dinner? .Inside this issue of the Rev- eftle you will find a page full of "turkey coupons". All you have to do is fill out the coupons with your name, addrE'.'ss and phone number. No photocopies al- lowed, and one entry per family, per business, please. Each coupon has a corre- sponding business. Take your-coupons into the busi- nesses and try your luck. Make it a fun family event! Deposit coupons from Wednesday, Nov. 12 until noon, Thursday, Nov. 20. Names will be drawn on Fri- day, Nov. 21 at noorL Each participating business will post it's winner Friday, Nov. 21. Please do not call, as this information will not be giv- en over the phone. A win- ner's list will be published in the Nov. 26 issue of the C/o- wrda/e Reve/l/e. Certificates must be claimed and turkeys picked up before 5 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Armistice days remembered War 11, Novem- called Armistice Day to honor veter- :was always November 11th, regard- of the week, and all closed so everyone4 in the festivities. -" vember 11 was on Sunday so Monday was declared a holiday and itwas a three day celebration. The weekend started with a dance on Saturday night with music by Russ Colweil's band and there was another dance on Mon- day night. No dances were held on Sundays in those days. Reli- gious services were held on Sun- The main event of the weekend was the parade on Sunday. The 1934 parade had nine divisions. Every city in the county entered bands, floats and marching veter- ans. Several American Legion Posts had a Drum and Bugle Corp in the parade along with many other bands and color guards which made for a lively and patti- Str0m-Martin commends City on positive approach to development Supports curb on further property tax raids by State 'loverdale is to be commend- ed. You are one of the few cities that are as aggressive in the many programs you have ongoing. You should be congratulated." Assemblywoman Virginia Strom-Martin prefaced her re- marks with these kind words when shemet with city officials and com- munity leaders to discuss issues of interest to Cloverdale. Mayor Tom Sink opened the discussion with a review of projects currently underway in the City. He referred to the Del Webb development at Clover Springs; the Citrus Garden sweat-equity affordable housing project; Furb- er Ranch Shopping Center; the improvement of Cloverdale Bou- levard by CalTrans; the Wine and Visitors Center and the Senior Center Project. "As yo can see, Cloverdale con- tilmes  experience a high level of activity despite our size and limit- , eresources, "Mayor Sink said. }r Pie then called attention to the issue of local government financ- ing Tinting out the loss of $170,000 in property taxes to the state whichconlinues to stem from the property tax transfer that oc- curred in the early 1990's. He strongly urged Strom-Martin and her colleagues to support the re- turn of these property tax dollars to local government He noted that the League of California Cities will be support- ing aft initiative to amend the State Constitution to protect the remain- ing local government revenues from further transfers. Strom-Martin is chair of the Se- lect Committee on Rural Econom- ic Development and Mayor Sink offered assistance with the work she is doing in this area. The Assemblywoman remind- ed the Mayor of a conference called by the committee in Ukiah Nov. 13 and invited him and others in- terested to attend. ' Sink also explained Cloverdale's limited ability to attract job-pro- ducing industries because of a lack of water and sewer infrastructure. He urged Strom-Martin to sup- port funding for an infrastructure bank through the normal budget process. In closing his remarks the Mayor referred to the urgent need to finance raft repair on the line ............................ IIIIL. Holiday Inn Express could open in 1998 Plans are underway to construct a two-sto W, 70 unit Holiday Inn Express at the Furber Ranch Shop- Chevron Service Station. PDK Investment Company is constructing the motel. The com- pany's manager, Nick Desai, who also owns the Vineyard Valley Inn in Healdsburg, hopes the motel will be completed and opened for the summer of 1998. According to Desai, there were several reasons for his decision to build in Cloverdale. He says his motel in Healds- burg does very well. "We turn down a tremendous number of people, mostly in the summer, and they end up in Ukiah," he said. I figured there is a market for another nice place in Clover- dale, and that the business should stay there," he said. He also says Del Webb is a fac- Plse turn to Ix, ok IOe ................ L II _ owned by the North Coast Raft Authority. "This line is an essen- tial mechanism for moving mate- rials and products up and down the North Coast. In addition, raft integration to the south is our con- nection to the greater Bay Area. Economic progress can be real- ized with continued use of rail for tourist excursion programs," Sink pointed out. He thanked Strom-Martin for her interest in Cloverdale and for taking the time to take part in this meeting. Strom-Martin said that she asks people in the community to make specific requests to her. This was her response after hearing from Chamber President Will Jopson regarding the need for help in funding infrastructure for indus- trial zoned properties south of town, and fromGordonBryan and Dick Johnson, co-chairs of the Clo- verdale Senior Center Project for assistance. .... Eahe saidthatshe was fully aware of the problems facing the raft- road authority and that she is spon- soring a bill to provide some assis- tance in this area. In regard to the state comman- deering th property tax revenue she explained that she had voted for it because it was necessary to repay the Public Employees pen- sion fund. However, she said she was in favor of restoring the prop- erty tax revenue to local commu- nities. "It is time that we began to invest in our cities," she said. City Manager Bob Perrault com- mented on the initiative to amend the constitution to protect local government revenues from fur- ther inroads by the state. He said he realized that it was popular Piemm turn to back page there were eight Amer- Posts in Sonoma ,000 members- Healdsburg, Cotati, Guerneville, Petalu- in Santa rosa. These Igroups got together and to have a countywide for Armistice Day. to bethe for this first event. No- day morning at the Citrus Fair Pavilion with a large choir per- forming. Monday morning there was a marathon race and Clover- dale's own William Mazzini came in second. Monday afternoon there was a football game between Healdsburg and Ukiah. Healds- burg won seven to six. It took a lot ofwork to convert the schoolbase- ball field to a football field. Teachers and district don't agree on much in negotiat, ons AccountJng error is sure to add to difficulties By Roberta Lyons Teachers in the Cloverdale Uni- fied School District (CUSD) have been working without a contract since June 1997. The teachers have also filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the California Teachers As- sociation but details of that com- plaint are being withheld from the public. Based on previous tlformation received by the Reve///e, it can be reported that the complaint is based on an allegation that the district is failing to negotiate in "good faith," and an allegation that a district representative 'walked out of a session when the issue of salary came up. According to an initial proposal dated October, 1996, prepared by the Teachers Association of Clo- verdale (TAC) and released to the otic march. Cloverdale's Marion Reve/l/e by CUSD Superintendent Ornun, the county's only sur- Mike Carey, the teachers are ask- riving Civil War veteran was the ing for another three year contract Grand Marshall. The National Guard had Co. K and Co. M (Pet- " (June97 through June 2000) with a maximum of two reopeners on aluma) marching in this parade. The parade started at 10:30 am and was halted at exactly 11 am for a minute of silence as a tribute to the moment the peace treaty ptmm rum to beok  each side each year. In an opening statement, after relating the desire to get to a rea- sonable agreement, T AC states, "If negotiations should break down and drag out, as has occurred in the past, and iVs clear that our attempt has failed, we reserve the right to submit additional propos- als which we are not making at this time in order to support our philosophy in the process. This is, after all, a successor proposalwith a duration of three years, and we are giving you a bare bones offer." In looking at what the teachers are requesting, and what the dis- trict is offering, it appears that a settlement is not close. Agreeing to "reopeners," is the only appar- ent co. Teachers want a formula for raises based on all new monies the district receives. They want the district to agree to make a deter- mination of the percentage in- crease for all new revenue, includ- ing Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) Equalization Aid mon- ey, plus other state and locally funded revenue "that may be un- known at this time." Each year the district wogld.determine that per- centage and after approval by the association would apply it to each step on the salary schedule to be paid retroactively to July I of each year of the agreement. " The District responded that the salary schedule in effect for 1996- 97 shall continue unchanged for 1997-98. The salary schedules for 1998-2000 will be subject to the reopener provisions that both agr on. Teachers want anincrease of the District benefit contribution from a maximum of $420 per month to full coverage for balth, dental and vision insurance. The district wants to continue paying $420 a month. TAC wants to increase overage pay from $2 per day for each stu- dent over standard class size, to $3 per day for each student over. The district responded with"status quo - $2 per day per student." The TAC proposal is asking that teachers holding an MA or MS degree receive an additional three percent increase in salary; the dis- trict has responded with a status quo offer of no increase. Teachers want an increase in pay for the Athletic Director from one per- cent to four percent; the district has offered two percent. A request for extra pay for extra duties, such as serving on the Cur- riculum Advisory Committee, is open for discussion, according to lhe district response but an in- crease in reimbursement for cov- eringclass during a teachers"prep" period from $16 per period to $25 per period was met with refusal. It appears that the situation is Meue lum to bsok I