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129 years serving the community Published weekly since 1879 ,i__4,, r v1! "L ~'~v " ~ E~ -~ IlillllllI I Illllll. I I|11111 I Cloverdale, Sonoma County, CA Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 Volume CXXVIIII, Issue No. 50 50 Cents SANTA'S ANNUAL VISIT TO THE PIA7A SANTA CLAUS CAME TO THE DOWNTOWN PLAZA on Dec. 5 to participate in the annual Tree Lighting. Many Cloverdale youngsters, including Rachel Bastone, pictured here, waited patiently to sit on Santa's lap and go over their lists with him. The Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce took photos of the children for their parents. O.T. "Randy" Randolph retires on the Cloverdale Health Care after 26 years District board The Board of Directors of the Clo- verdale Health Care District an- ,nounces the resignation of O.T. "Randy" Randolph after 26 years of dedicated service. In October Randy advised the Board of his need to spend more time at home and care for his loved one, Marion Randolph. It was with great reluctance the :Board accepted his resignation. The Board is pleased to announce the ap- pointment of Nancy Turpen Lucas to fill the remainder term of Mr. Ran- dolph. The term expires in 2010. Randy was first elected to the Board in 1982; coming to the Board of Directors with broad management experience and a keen awareness of the needs in Cloverdale. When the District was formed in 1958 and the subsequent effort to build a hospital needed local community, advocates, Randy stepped in as a tireless propo- Randy Randolph nent. In keeping with his strong com- mitment to Cloverdale's well being he joined the Health Care District Board to help advance the pros- pects of the ambulance services. Randy also served 13 years on the Healdsburg Hospital Board as well as serving on the Cloverdale Health Care District Board. Under Randy's insistence, the Cloverdale Health Care District upgraded services and equipment over the ensuing years. He oversaw many projects the District engaged in over the last 26 years. His latest was bring- ing the underused Medi-Van from Healdsburg Hospital to Cloverdale. The Medi-Va~ provided non emer- gency transportation to doctors' of- fices and Healdsburg District Hospital. Many times he was also the volunteer driver. That service is sub- sequently being provided by the Clo- verdale Senior Center after the donation of the van to them, again his idea to make the service better. Randy has been honored many times by the District, Assembly, Sen- ate and other agencies for his leader- ship skills and capabilities. Randy has been and is a great ad- vocate for the staff of the Cloverdale Ambulance. He advocated and worked tirelessly to provide training is retiring,opportunities, first class equipment and any other needs of the staff so they could perform optimally. Nancy Turpen Lucas comes to the Board with a back- ground in health care services. She and her husband live off of River Road. Most recently she served on the Cloverdale Health Care District Foundation. Nancy joins Jim DeMartini, Mary Sink, Mary Jo Winter and Vickie Vogler as fellow Board Directors. SANTA'S HELPERS ARRIVED ON HARLEYS SANTA HELPER'S CICI RICHARDSON, left, and Crystal Vine sold raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets at the Lions Club Toy Run on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Over 650 motorcycles participated this year, the largest turnout to date. The club served over 800 BBQ tri-tlp lunches, had a no-host bar and live music. The toys are distributed to kids whose families are economically disadvantaged. By Mary Jo Winter While some members of the City Council would like to adopt an or- dinance banning the sale of all fire- works within the city limits after 2009, still others prefer amending the current ordinance by limiting the number of days fireworks can be sold and the hours they can be used. Police Chief Mark Tuma noted that the Police Subcommittee had come up with four options for the Council to consider: Continue with current policy; limit sale and use of fireworks and mandate a review after one year; limit sale and use for one year, with a ban in effect in 2010; and for Council members to provide other direction. Councilmember Jessalee Ray- mond said she appreciated the Sub- committee allowing non profits to sell fireworks in 2009 because it al- lows them time to find fundraising alternatives. She commented on the irony of having a society that takes away freedoms while its peo- ple are celebrating their freedoms. Fireworks sales are a major fund- raiser for both the Cloverdale Lions Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The organizations depend upon the proceeds to help continue the many youth-oriented programs they sponsor locally each year. Resident Jeanne Cox told the Council she preferred not allowing fireworks sales at all, citing a fire on S. Foothill started by juveniles with fireworks last July. "Limiting days of sale is not going to help," she stated. Instead, she suggested, making the 4t" of July an all day community activity culminating with the evening fireworks display at the high school. Doug Laurice, representing the Cloverdale Lions, commented that no ordinance addresses parents who purchase fireworks and then turn them over to juveniles without supervision. He said the Lions were willing to incorporate severe re- strictions on the use of fireworks, as compared to no restrictions at all. Citing public safety concerns, Mayor Joe Palla said "We can't put our heads in the sand. Fireworks should be banned immediately." He did state, however, that he was >PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 3 River Rock Casino plans on hold By Roberta Lyons Shawn Smyth, the Chief Execu- tive Officer (CEO) for the River Rock Resort and Casino is report- ing that plans for an expanded re- sort and casino in Geyserville, dubbed the Tuscan Village, have not been "shelved," as reported in some regional media, but instead are simply on hold. "We have not shelved our plans," Smyth stressed. "We still plan to build the Tuscan Village. We are simply waiting for the fi- nancial markets to improve." Smyth said the Tuscan Village con- cept for the River Rock Casino will eventually move forward, but the tribe, like many other sectors of so- ciety, is feeling the impact of the financial turmoil caused by the mortgage meltdown, job losses, and the stock market plunge. The resort, casino, and spa have a $300,000 million price tag. YEAR END BUSlN Jesselee Raymond read the proclamation recognizing Bob Jordan for his many years of service to the community. Council forI his recognizes Bob Jordan many years of service By Mary Jo Winter At its December meeting, the Cloverdale City Council paid tribute with a proclamation to long-time Planning Commission Chair, Bob Jord~, who is stepping down Jan. 1, 2009, after 12 years. Jordan was first appointed to the Planning Commission in July, 1996, becoming its Chair in Nov. 1999. Jordan was .credited with being instrumental in facilitating the development 6f Cloverdale's downtown, neighborhoods, parks and commerc~ enterprises to improve the quality of life for Cloverdale residents. 'The p/:oclamation refe~rdd to Jordan as a "great advocate for the community," citing his many accomplishments, including "support of downtown re-development with "traffic calming and pedestrian oriented design features; the addition, retention and protection of shade trees; the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance; many walking and bicycle trails and some parks; the General Plan update; the process to prevent residential sprawl; and, sup- porting retention and protection of commercial and industrial- zoned acreage for job creation." City Manager Nina Regor noted that seven people have ex- pressed interest in being appointed to the Planning Commission and interviews ~ begin soon. Vice Mayor Carol Russell com- mented that" the next appointee will have some very big shoes to fill." As one of her last official duties as Mayor, Jesselee Raymond presented proclamations to Jason K. Bralthwalte (I)and Henry James Duna on the occasion of their becoming Eagle Scouts. Each has assumed a variety of leadership positions within the Boy Scouts, and each has contributed countless hours to community service and volunteer work. Their Eagle Scout project featured cleaning and painting of fire hydrants within the city. They were each recognized as having joined "an elite group of men from throughout the world, from which the world in general draws its leadership." During last week's City Council meeting, following certlflca-. tion of the Nov. 4, 2008 General Election results, the Oath of Office was administered to newly elected City Council mem- ber, Mary Ann Brigham, (right) and newly re-elected Council members, Gus Wolter and Jessalee Raymond. New Professional Services Agreement for city The Cloverdale City Council has voted unanimously to termi- nate the City of Cloverdale's Professional Services Agreement with Pacific Municipal Consultants, and enter into a new agree- ment with Planning Consultant, Betsi Lewitter. Lewitter will assist the City's Community Development De- partment and augment existing planning staff in performing planning functions, including planning review of projects on a cost recovery basis. This change is expected to result in a savings to the City of approximately $40,000 annually.