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Page 2 - Wednesday, December 10, 1980 / The Clovefdale Cl00veille GeyserviUe Press Established 1879 Established 1934 usps., o0 Published every Wednesday ': "'  112 West First Street Cloverdale, California 95425 (707) 894.3339 Gary L. Fawson ....... Publisher Bill Sonnenschein ..... General Manager Janice Corey .......... Editor Yearly Subscription Rates Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties 900 Elsewhere in the United States 9.50" Editorial We have right to expect better record You've probably heard many businessmen say: "If I ran my business the way they run the government, l'd go bankrupt." Take a look at a recent official report and you're likely to agree with them. The report comesfrom the General Accounting office, an agency that acts for Congress as a watchdog over federal spending. "Billions of federal dollars are lost annually through fraud, waste and abuse," they explain. Exactly how many billions, they do not attempt to calculate. Its survey covered only 157 of some federal fiscal offices over a period of less than three years-- 1976 to 1979. But the report cites enough horrible examples to show that fraud and mismanagement are widespread throughout the government. The amount of uncollected debts owed federal agencies increased from about 69 billion dollars in 1977 to about 95 billion in 1979 -- a 38 percent in- crease in just two years. The huge debts are blamed on slipshod collection procedures. Sometimes no effort at all is made. The Labor Department for instaance, did not bother to record three million dollars overpaid to a con- tractor. Several agencies said their staffs were too busy to pursue delinquent accounts. In 1978, nine agencies simply wrote off their books 428 million dollars in uncollected debts. The unpaid bills, many of them years old, are for a wide variety of debts including payment due for sales of government goods and services, student loans, overpayment of benefits, veterans' educational assistance, tax assessment and sums owed to individual federal employees. Millions of dollars are lost because of careless handlingand lack of security over cash kept on hand in federal offices. The State Department alone reported more than 290,000 in cash losses. The government lost at least $118 million during a single six-month period because bills were paid too late to take advantage of discounts offered for prompt payment. These examples could go on and on. More examples of sloppy money handling by govern- ment agencies are found in a report by the republican Study Committee of the House of Representatives. It is based on 107 finds of various federal agencies between January 1979 and July 1980. In just those cases, the Republican report says, the total "unnecessary federal expenditures resulting from waste, fraud, abuse or mismanagement" was 34.5 billion dollars. This is our tax money the government is wasting. It may be that we can pever expect the government to be run as efficiently as a private business-- like yours here in Cloverdale and Geyserville. But surely we the taxpayers have a right to expect a record better than this. Letters to the Editor Work together Editor: As residents of Clover- dale, we are distressed about a misunderstanding that seems to exist between those of us who live at King's Valley and'thnse of us who do not. Ther seems to be a feeling that services for senior citizens, especially transportation, in Cioverdale exists only for the residents of King's Valley. This is definitely not the case! All elders who live in and around Cloverdale, regardless of their address, are welcomed, encouraged, and considered eligible for the services of the nutrition program, the Care-A-Van, and the Provide-A-Ride services. We are distressed that there may be seniors in Cloverdale who need these services but are not using them because they have somehow gotten the idea that they "belong" to King's Valley. Cloverdale is a small town. We cannot afford to divide our energies and resources which should be directed to ALL seniors in our community. Our concerns and problems are the same. Let us all work together for our common benefit. Sincerely, Jeri Tucker, Social Chair Dorothy Cummings, Treasure King's Valley Residents Thanks for benches Editor: I'd like to personally thank the Rotary Club for the fine benches they bllt around town. I like to walk and carry my own groceries -- so do others - and it's nice to have a place to rest. Even school children use some of the benches while waiting for the school bus. Respectfully, Mrs. Josephine Elliott Absolutely delighted simply could not understan how 14allan Swiss C.ny* owners could allow its, demise when it is used so, widely in their promotional material. 'However, I see it has taken a group of concerned citizens in the commmunity Of Cloverdale to launch the restoration project. I am sending a small donatnon. Wish it could be larger, but as a retiree, it isn't possible. I, too, am deeply involved in a restoration and pre- servation project here in anta Rosa. "le object ot my endeavors is the Round Bern at Fountain Grove just north of town. Fortunately, Editor: the present owners, I was absolutely delighted Teachers Management and to read than an organization Investment Company, has been formed to restore recognize the historic value and preserve "El Carmelo" of this landmark and show Chapel ofAsti. Ithasbeena great interest in its special spot to me for many preservation. "years, and my heart ached Sincerely, to see. it deteriorating. I Fern J. Harger Full agenda for Chamber meeting The December I meeting o/ the Chamber of Com- merce was held at the Tourist Center and called to order by Vice President Dale Peterson at ?:30 p.m. Oter Directorsprest were Pat Snlder, Jim Wilmarth, anet Hay, Gaff Ornbeun and John Pearson. Tbe first item on the agenda was presented by Director Janet Hay regarding recognition of a "business of the week" and of the. week" which had done some beautification or im- provement to a site or building. Hay also reported  on the community profile to be mint to the State Cliamber of Commerce for approval and then printed to hand out to potential new businesses and industry by request. Along the same lines, Director Peterson suggested that the Chamber appoint a committee to meet with the City Council to discuss how to attract more new Imsine into the area Petermm said that some of the merchants could not give credit to wanted ctmtomers because of the risk of unexpected layoffs, etc. Jan Hays, Jim WJlmarth and Dale Peterson were appointed to meet with the council on the second Tuesday of January to discuss what more could be done to attract new btminc=uges. The Citrus Fair parade was brought up and it was announced that Joe Bowman had accepted the appointment as Parade Chairman. The secretary reported that she has negotiated with KNBR Radio in San Francisco for a series of spot an- nouncements about the fair and parade beginning th e week before the event. She said that the Citrus Fair had agreed to share the cost with the Chamber on a 50-50 basis, and tha the radio stationliad indicated that the participation of one of their personalities in the festivities was likely. A motion was made by Jim Wilmarth and seconded by Gall Ornbaun to proceed with the expenditure. Carried. In other business, the Board voted to provide one promotional ticket to the Reveille for coverage of the uncoming dinner meeting; d4.idl to nrovide candy canes for the Cloverdale Merchants Association Christmas promotion (not to exceed f0); and took no action on a letter-from the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce regarding freight rate discrimination. The meeting was adjourned with a motion by Wilmarth, seconded by Pearson and carried. Century Lions to hold trap shoot Here's your chance to win a turkey for Christmas - or a ham, bacon or chicken. The Cloverdale Century Lions Club is holding a trap shoot on Sunday, December 14, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Geyserville Gun Club located off The Canyon Road Exit. Ongoing trap shoots will be held by the Club the second Sunday of each, month at the same place. Prizes will include turkeys, hams, bacon, and chicken at each shoot. For further information call Steve Congdon at N4- 5281. \\; By BARBARA PEUGH A lot of interesting items today : Thought you would like to know that the Cloverdale Historical Society is in the ok rhe I ! at Hall on- on City Clerk's Corner presenting a slide show of old pictures of Cloverdale, to boost interest Cloverdale History Book that is being compiled. The presentation will be held at the Grange Commercial Street, December II, 1980, at 7:30 p.m. Drop by and see some - that we now experience.The City is unable to finance this costly tank reservoir on it's own. We have been told that if the City can be eligible for a grant from HUD we would be able to use this money for the needed improvements. Council has approved ap- plication for the HUD grant at the last Council meeting. The Sonoma County Housing Authority would take care of the application work for the city. Part of the criteria for obtaining the grant is to have a com- mittee consisting of in- lerested citizens who would be willing to serve for a few meetings; we think perhaps two or three meetings would be sufficient,to satisfy that criteria. It would be a task force type committee. We are getting close to the deadline for this committee formation and we have not had one citizen volunteer to serve. If you do not have Ihis commitlee our chances of obtaining the grant might be slim. Are any of you reading this interested enough in this particular project to help out for a few meetings? If you are, please call me at 894-2521 and volunteer your ser- vices. The whole town would benefit from your generosity and civic min- dedness ! Remember the old World War poster with Uncle Sam pointing a finger, "Uncle Sam needs You," well, Cloverdale needs you! The Committee need not be fully manned by the December 16 Public hearing, but if we can get a start, at least we can say we are in the ball park and coming in or a home run, when HUD contacts us for starting on the project. I thought, by all the inquiries coming in, that everyone would like to know that Bud Groom, City Ad- ministrator, is convalescing from his surgery very well and doing just terrific. Atta boy, Bud!! The City of Cloverdale would like to say welcome to the Eagles Sportsworld, owned by the Joe Pardini's and the Jim Wirts. Have you seen their beautifully decorated windows and their neat layout? The City of Cloverdale staff wishes them much success!! I would like to thank all the local singers and pianist, Maxine Allen, for all their beautiful participation in the first annual Choir Festival Program held on November 23 at the United Church of Cloverdale. We had 34 singers and all agreed they had a fantastic time learning from Choirmaster Gene Jones of Berkeley. We have already been asked if we would co- sponsor another festival in 1961. So, to all that helped make that day such a success, thank you. interesting pictures about "old-,ime" Cloverdale, they might give you some ideas about presenting your family history to be published. Madison Kane, .from the National ,,Com- munily History Society, has informed me that the family biographies are coming in a lot fasler now, but there are still not too many business biographies being sent in. Have you forgotten to send in your company biography? If you have, please do so, so you can be counted among the "Cloverdale's best," or if you need help working one up, give me a buzz and I will be happy to put you in touch with someone that would be able to help you. Anyway, it's going to be a wonderful book! Hope you and yours will be a part of it. There will be a hearing held at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, in Santa Rosa, on December 16, 1980, on the Cloverdale portion, and other portions, of the HUD application for county-wide monies. This will be held at 2:30 p.m. This is very important for CIoverdale. As some of you might already know, the City has been looking for ways to finance a badly needed water reservoir on the Ritter site; which is above School Street, in the western hills. This reser- voir is needed for additional water for hot weather use, fire fighting, etc. It would be a boon to our nice little town and correct shortages History oxtq Over 400 residents plan Cloverdale's community there .is still book for biographies. AS part of the effort on Cloverdale Society a tivities are luding: "A free slide Grange Hall on 11, 7:30 p i will show more time slides of Cloverdale Society members hand to assist writing Biography assistance will available at the Contact Jack 2246 for details. Biography available from individuals Jack Howell Woodall, National Bsl Chamber of , The deadline that families Christmas their family together. Strong measure introduced A bill sentence for causing or cause injury on of public one of the first introduced in session of the The bill. Assemblyman Bosco ( would prohibit imposing a sentence or persons causin disruptions oP transit. "The rash of stabblngs, other assaults o= people riding fact that the should take put these bars," Bosco recent reign of public brutalized caused the public I transit systems jected em necessary don't make the swift, run the risk of our entire sportation Bosco similar to in the last requiring auto sentences for guns during petrationof North Coast said he will State's Transit increase crimes transportation, Bosco said he bill an which means signed into months." CLOVERDALE TRANSIT SYSTEM SCHEDULE Starting Time: 7:30 A.M. Last stop made at 4:ISP.M. Kings Vlly overcrest City Hall Apts. Turnaround a.m. 8:30- 8:30-8:37 8:41-8:43 9:30 9:35-9:37 9:41-9:43 4th St. & Chablis & Brookside & Jefferson Vine Highway 101 City Hall 7:30-7:35 7:40-7:45 7:55-8:00 8:48-8:50 8:58-9:00 9:04-9:06 9:12-9:15 9:48-9:50 9:58-10:00 10:04-10:06 10:12-10:15 .m, :30 1:35-1:37 1:41-1:43 1:48-1:50 1:58-2:00 2:04-2:06 2:12-2:15 2:30 2:35-1:37 2:41-2:43 2:48-2:50 2:58-3:00 3:04-3:06 3:12-3:15 3:30 3:35-3:37 3:41-3:43 3:48-3:50 3:58-4:00. 4:(M-4:06 4:lSp.m. ALL STOPS WILL BE POSTED WITH ROUTE STOP SIONS 8:15-12:00- Demand responsive service 12:00-1:00 - Driver lunch hours 1:00-1:30 Demand responsive service DEMAND RESPONSIVE SERVICE CALLS TAKEN AT CITY HALL, N-2$Zl WILL BE We welcome citizens; please contact witith any suggestions tering your bus service or P.O. BOx 217 Thank you for your help- City