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131 years serving the community 1879 Published weekly since 1879 MZ D ADC 949 IIIl,lllllll,llll,llllll,,i,iIIJll,lllllll,tllllllilllllllllll Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 II Volume CXXXI, Issue No. 48 50 Cents By Roberta Lyons The head of Cloverdale's police officers' association is serving no- rice that Cloverdale police would not look kindly on any attempt to contract out city police services to the County of Sonoma. Sgt. Stephen Cramer, president of the Cloverdale Police Officers' As- sociation (CPOA) wrote a letter to Sonoma County's third district Su- pervisor, Shirlee Zane, in response to a guest editorial she wrote that was published in the Press Demo- crat. Zane was praising the concept of relinquishing local police depart- ments to the county. Sgt. Cramer's letter requested that Zane "cease advocating for the dismantling of the small police de- partments located within Sonoma County." Although there has been no request or suggestion locally by either the city council or Clover- dale's city manager, Cramer wants to stop any such ideas early on. In his letter to Zane, Sgt. Cramer says he has several "issues" with her position. "First~ comparing any of the smaller city agencies or Sono- ma County with Vallejo's situation is disingenuous [Zane had used Vallejo as an example of a city that went bankrupt due to public safety costs]. Vallejo's bankruptcy issues had little to do with public safety costs. Rather the housing market and property tax implosions, and excessive city spending including the City Manager's 47 percent pay increase, were significant contribu- tors to Vallejo's demise," Cramer pointed out. He also wrote that "other juris- JOAN REYNOLDS, LEFT, Karen Devine, Carolyn Adkins, Sal Casclaro, Mardi Grainger, Millie Thomas, Louise Young and Ted Bell met for this photo at the newest community garden on N. Cloverdale Blvd. across the street from Antiques & Uniques. The idea for this community garden site came from Mardi Grainger, who can be seenJor hours at a time almost daily working there. There are a largo number of volunteers and local businesses who have made this project possible. There are 19 garden plots in three different sizes. Each plot was designed to use the smallest practical area while producing more food using concepts used in permaculturo. For example 50 square feet of planting when planted in single rows needs 40 square feet of path, while raised beds need 10 square feet of path and a "keyhole" bed needs only 6 square feet of path, thereby maximizing the area in the garden used for growing. dictions are converting law enforcement services from bloated Sheriff's Depart- ments to more productive city agencies. Citrus Heights is a perfect case in point. The administrators and citizens of Cit- rus Heights were highly dissatisfied with the high budget and poor services from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Cit- rus Heights spent millions of dollars to throw out the Sheriff's Department and create its own police depart- ment from scratch." Zane commented that there is a highly fractured system of delivering public safety. Sgt. Cramer took issue with this comment. "Fractured? The public safety WANTSi STOPii! ]i WCHiI ! i LY oai!i i! agencies within Sonoma County each' provide necessary and valuable services to their respective jurisdictions: Each city has its own unique set of problems. What works for the Sheriff's Department in rural Guerneville will not work in the bedroom community of Cloverdale." Cramer continued: "Your comments regarding the Sonoma Police Department transition were wholly in- accurate. I worked for the Sonoma Police Department for almost six years prior to the sheriff's department taking over police services. I watched as the transition process became an unmitigated disaster for the police >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 By Roberta Lyons ward in a number of ways. We now Cloverdale Mayor, Carol Russell, need to get the entire northern part is known for her unceasingly posi- of the county to support the tive outlook about the future of this SMART board. The board is dedi- city and this positive view is deft- cated to all 70 miles of the train. nitely extended to the Sonoma They are working hard andwant to Marin Area Transit (SMART) train see this train come here," she said. that has been so much in the news The train is planned to run from lately. Cloverdale in the north to Lark- The proposed train project is spur Landing ferry terminal in plagued with financial woes and a Marin County. The board has wres- funding shortfall of $350 million is tied with various scenarios over the now predicted. However, neither past months on how best to deal the SMART board, nor Cloverdate's with the funding shortfall. Should mayor, Russell, plan on giving up the plans change for a train only on this project, from Santa Rosa to Larkspur? Russell participated with the Should the bicycle and pedestrian SMART board at a workshop on path be eliminated? Should con- Nov. 6, and welcomed a large struction.start and where should it group of Cloverdale residents who start? support the train. It was a special Fortunately through some hard board meeting of the SMART direc- lobbying on Russell's part, the Clo- tors and was a five hour public verdale segment is still included in workshop on funding and phasing theplan::-~"A year and a half ago, options, they were going to cut us out, but "I'm still hearing from peoplewe were included. We have been about how fabulous Cloverdale included in everything for the last was," mayor Russell said. "It two years," she pointed out. wasn't just our numbers, it was the The board has voted to approve fact that the personality of Clover- going forward with a portion of the dale really came across in a very line from the Marin Civic Center to positive way. We weren't there to Railroad Square in Santa Rosa ini- whine and yell, we were there to tially, to be in service in 2014. De- offer support." She said that after layed will be the Santa Rosa to leaving that meeting on Nov. 6th, Cloverdale portion, as well as the she felt the SMART board is totally San Rafael to Larkspur line which committed to bringing the train to would both be in service between Cloverdale. 2016 and 2018. In the interim, the "I know we moved the train for- >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 to receive Community ribbon cutting ceremony for the Cloverdale Performing on Friday, Dec. 3. Opening night is sold out but tickets to the other Arts Center will take place Friday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. with tours of the new shows in December are still available. The remaining dates are Dec. 4, theater at 4:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Greg Hester & Friends. 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18. Tickets are $15 and $8 for children 12 and under. Christmas tree lighting in the downtown plaza on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 Buy them on-line at www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com or by calling to 7 p.m. presented by the Cloverdale Lions Club. Santa will be there so 894-2214. that parents can take photos of their children sitting on Santa's lap. Hot The Cloverdale Arts Alliance presents the Sonoma County Chamber chocolate, cider and donuts will be served. Carolers, led by Paula Gil- Singers at United Church, 439 N. Cloverdale Blvd. on Friday, Dec. 3 at bert, will sing holiday songs. 7:30 p.m. This free concert will feature selections from early music to Historical Society Holiday Open House and Boutique Friday, Dec. 3 contemporary. There will be a reception after the concert at the First from 5 to 8 p.m. Street Gallery, 105 E. First. The premier opening of the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Asti Holiday Crafts Fair, Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unique Cloverdale Blvd. takes place with a production of "A Christmas Carol" holiday gifts and handcrafted items will be available as well as special wine and merchandise discounts at the winery. Asti Winery is located at 26150 Asti Rd. "Share our Joy" Open House hosted by the Cloverdale Performing Arts >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 9 PAT BROWN, LEFT, Larry Metzger, John Amann and Jeff Boland volun- teer their time anchoring the seats in the theater at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center in preparation for the opening Friday, Dec. 3. By Roberta Lyons vote, followed by Brian Hemphill The official complete election re- with 1,285 votes, or 20.4 percent. sults are ill for the Nov. 2, 2010 gen- The three Cloverdale city council eral election. Measure G, the school open seats were won by: Joseph bond measure squeaked to approv- Palla, with 1,793 votes, or 26.4 per- al with a .6 percent margin. The cent; Carol Russell, with 1,599 bond needed 55 percent of the votes votes, or 23.5 percent; and Mike to pass and received 2,096 yes votes, Maacks, with 1,103 or 18.3 percent or 55.6 percent; and 1,673 no votes, of the votes. They are followed by 44.4 percent. Gall Pardini-Plass with 1,103 votes, The two open seats on the Clover- or 16.2 percent and Jessalee Ray- dale Unified School District board mond with 1,042, or 15.3 percent. of trustees will be filled by: Gene There were 20 write in candidates. Lile, with 1,732 votes, or 27.5 per- Measure Q, the Urban Growth cent and Joanne Argyres, with 1,683 Boundary (UGB) passed with 1,593 votes, or 26.7 percent. Ed Bowen re- votes, or 56.1 percent and 1,249 no ceived 1,590, or 25.2 percent of the votes, or 43.9 percent. Cloverdale native Alan Furber, Sr. was selected by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to receive this year's Spir- it of Sonoma County Award. The award honors those who contribute to the economic development and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work through donations of their time and exper- tise in support of local business, and in helping others. The Spirit of Sonoma County Award, this year in its 10th year, is presented by the Sonoma County Economic Devel- opment Board. The Furber family, headed by Alan Furber, Sr., has a long history in Cloverdale starting with Alan's grandfather purchasing a large tract of land in 1879, the same year that the Cloverdale Reveille was start- ed and Alan's father, William was born. Alan and his wife Helen lived in Marin County prior to coming back to Cloverdale after WWII. He worked in the timber industry here and when his father passed away, he took over the ranch. Helen, who .passed away a few years ago, worked for the Cloverdale school district for many years. About 22 years ago, Alan's two sons, Alan, Jr. and Craig joined him as partners in the ranch. The prop- ALAN FURBER, SR. was nominat- ed by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as this year's Spirit of Sonoma Coun- ty Award recipient. erty they owned was annexed into the city and developed into the Rancho de Amigos housing devel- opment, Furber Park and Furber Ranch Plaza. 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