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132 years serving the community this week Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 Volume CXXXII, Issue Number 48 I I 50 Cents HAPPY CHILDREN WAITING IN LINE LAST YEAR to pay a visit to Santa Claus Rnnual t. plaza G on to 7 p.m. The Cloverdale Lions Club will be hosting their de- cades old traditional tree lighting in the plaza this Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 t 7 p.m. Ho, ho, ho, Santa will also be arriving to hear Clover- dale kids tell him their Christmas wishes. Parents, bring your cameras to take photos of your children with Santa. The Lions Club furnishes free co- coa and donuts for all. Paula Gil- bert and the Community Chorus will be performing seasonal carols and songs. Organizers wish to thank the of Cloverdale Public Works Department for the tree lights, the beautiful street lights and for set- ting up Santa's house in the plaza. Plan to join your friends and neighbors for this tradi- tional and Genuinely Cloverdale event which kicks off the holiday season. By Neena Hanchett The Board of Directors of the Clo- verdale Chamber of Commerce an- nounced recently that Mike Nixon, who owns both Papa's Pizza Cafe and Nixon Financial in Cloverdale, has been selected to receive the 2011 Spirit of Sonoma County Award at a county-wide luncheon to be held in Rohnert Park this Friday, Dec. 2. CLOVERDALE RESIDENT and busi- nessman Mike Nixon was select- ed by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce to receive the 2011 Spirit of Sonoma County Award. The Spirit of Sonoma County Award acknowledges those who contribute to the economic devel- opment and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work through donations of their time and expertise in support of local businesses and in helping others. In its 11th year, the Spirit of Sonoma County Award is present- ed by the Sonoma County Eco- nomic Development Board. Mike Nixon was born in Eureka but moved to Cloverdale where he was raised, just a few months later. A graduate of Cloverdale High School in 1988, he landed his first job as a dishwasher at Papa's Piz- za. That job lasted just three days. A few days later Mike was contact- ed by then manager Randy Lane, who today owns a plumbing busi- ness, Lane Plumbing, and was asked to come back but this time to prepare food and work the counter. He also attended SRJC and Sonoma State while working. At that time Papa's Pizza was owned by Dean and Barbara Schmidt, who five years later left Cloverdale to relocate in Oregon. Before they left, in 1993, Mike Nix- on approached them about taking over the restaurant. He'd just paid off his car, and had $5,000 in the bank. So, back to the bank he went, refinanced his car and gave the noma awa Schmidts $10,000 on a five year note which was paid off in three. "I took the business over at a low point in the economy so for a year >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 By Roberta Lyons claims. He said this is out of a total payroll of about $23 'At the Wednesday, Nov. 16 board of trustees meet- . million (also over a three year period.) ing for the Cloverdale Unified School District (CUSD) He compared Cloverdale's claims to other districts. the board heard a report from Brent Howatt, Executive For example, Petaluma had claims slightly less than Director for the Redwood Empire Schools Insurance CUSD's, (over a three year period) and they have a Group (RESIG) the Joint Powers Agency (JPA) that $133 million payroll (over three years) seven times that insures the district, of Cloverdale. At $271,000 for Workers Comp insur- Howatt had been asked to speak to the board to ance this year, CUSD pays $114,000 more than any explain why the district's Workers Com- other district in the county. pensation rate is so high. RESIG has existedi:i~.~ilAii Howatt explained that 55 percent of the since the 1970s, Howatt explained, when from people who have multi- ......................................................... claims come diStricts got together to self-insure because ple claims each; the remaining 45 percent of other insurance companies refused to in ...................................................... the claims are from people with only one sure them. Each district has one director on :::::::::::::::hi::::::: )i:~: :: claim each. Using the EM, RESIG assigns a number to the RESIG board which sets the insurance i~ ~i::ii each district and Cloverdale is currently at rate for each district. Howatt also explained :: ::: ~: ::: : :. :: :: :: :: :: : : :: .: ::::. that the rate is set using an actuary and it is 2.5. He said the district's EM number had based on past claims looking at frequency and severity only gone up in the last few years, with the number of the claims, hovering at I or lower from 2002 to 2009 before shoot- RESIG includes all of the school districts in Sonoma ing up. County as well as Shoreline School District in Marin. Howatt had been asked about what the district can The agency also provides property and liability insur- do to lower its rate. He said the number one thing the ance as well as medical and dental, district can do is to implement a "comprehensive re- Cloverdale pays the highest rate of any of the dis- turn to work program." He informed the board that tricts in the JPA and Howatt set about describing why. most of the claims he sees from CUSD would be very He said the agency looks at the district's "Experience amenable to a "modified work schedule," where es- Modifier," (EM) or number and types of claims, when sential job functions could be modified so employees setting the rate, and Cloverdale has a high number of can get back to work. The district has not implemented claims. "The district has a lot of losses that cost RESIG a such a program and Howatt said the district has been lot of money," he said. He refused to be too specific resistant to doing so. However, he reported that the about the claims because of the need to protect employ- district is now starting to implement a "return to ,~ee privacy, but he did say that CUSD'sclaims amount- work," program ....... ed to $888,120 over a three year period for a total of 22 >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 movln The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail right now for SMART to get thetial plan, and prevented SMART Transit District (SMART) an- financing it needs." from issuing bonds on its original nounced recently that it will pro- "We will disclose to investorsschedule. SMART's finance team ceed with bond funding in that signatures are being gathered developed an alternative financing December for the next phase of con- by Repeal SMART with an end ofsolution which allows the Board to struction of the rail line and bicycle January 2012 deadline," said issue bonds while the repeal effort trail that Marin and Sonoma Coun- SMART General Manager Farhad is underway, and avoids additional ty voters approved in a 2008 elec- Mansourian. "We plan to sell costs to taxpayers which would tion. bonds and put the proceeds in es- come from further delay," said Sa- "We are very pleased to an- crow pending the results of the sig- rah Hollenbeck of Public Financial nounce that SMART will go to the nature gathering. This will allow Management, Inc. bond market to fund the next phase us to maximize the benefits of the Nearly 70% of the voters of Marin of SMART construction, expected to current construction bid climate, and Sonoma approved the Measure create 900 jobs by early next year," which can deliver substantial sav- Q quarter-cent sales tax to fund said SMART Chairperson Valerie ings for the taxpayers' dollars." SMART's transportation plan in Brown. "With interest rates for "The Repeal SMART effort sub- 2008. SMART is committed to eas- bond financing at historic lows and stantially increased the cost to tax- mg traffic congestion, creating jobs, construction bids coming in under payers of borrowing for the project improving the business climate. budget, there is no better time than in accordance with the Board's ini- Matt Stevens ]ql I I fl I II I II I I [ [I I NT?w is the season to feast on crab and pasta. Now is the season o enjoy the camaraderie x)f good friends with a glass of wine or I ~1 beer. Now is the season of great auction items that could become the perfect holiday gift. Now is the season to support your local community, your local schools, and the children of Cloverdale through the numerous projects of the Cloverdale Kiwanis Club. Now is the Cloverdale Kiwanis Annual Crab and Pasta Feed at the Citrus Fair. Still the best value Crab and Pasta Feed in Sonoma County, the annual Cloverdale Kiwanis Crab and Pasta Feed will be this Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are available at the Mail Center, Etc. or through any Kiwanis member. We have w~rk-~z~l extremely hard to make this the most outstanding crab feed in our history. The money we earn at this event will go to our tax free foundation. The foundation supports many projects within the Cloverdale com- munity and the Cloverdale schools system. These projects include: the Cloverdale High School Key Club; the Washington School Build- ers Club; the Jefferson School Book Give-Away; the Boys and Girls Club; the 4H Club; the Girl Scouts; and the Performing Arts Center. The Kiwanis Club acknowledges the very generous support we receive from our members and from the Cloverdale business commu- nity. Our live and silent auctions contain some old favorites and some new very unique items. All of these products are donated to us from THE the local indebted to Cloverdale's generous support Saturday evening 3f the Cloverdale Holi- day season. This will be a huge party; filled with the most generous people in town, enjoying the friendsi~ip and camaraderie Come and share the joy with us. - Evelyn Hayes ..................................................... Ill II ii i i [ iiim , i i ~ ~j fl][rLOl,l[