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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29. 2010- Page 5 Serving the community by .listening By Paula Wrenn My gratitude overflows for all of you who have been encouraging of my efforts and that of my Reveille colleagues to keep the commu- nity informed of local issues. As I'm sure you can appreciate, it can be difficult to write about matters that are sad or controversial. We are constantly challenged to do what we think will best inform and serve the community, and hope that we get it right most of the time. Unfortunately, even in our small town, Reveille reporters cannot attend every sports event, every city meeting, or every community activity, to say nothing of the relevant county and regional meetings. There are simply too few of us. However, since 2009 the Reveille has made an effort to expand coverage of city council meetings. Part of that process has been to give those among you who participate a chance to be heard and your ideas an opportunity to be more broadly considered. But it isn't a perfect system. Much of the work of the city must take place in subcommittee meetings so that council meetings can be confined to two evenings each month. And, despite the city staff regularly supplying the community with legal notices as to upcoming public meetings, the public remains either unable to attend or otherwise disconnected from many issues. Those who do occasionally attend meetings may find them to be repetitive if they don't understand the processes, or a difficult to follow if they can't attend regularly. That is why, with permission of the publishers, I chance am enlisting volunteer support to help us do a better to be job identifying important stories related to community governance as they develop. My hope is to find a few heard Volunteers willing to regularly attend specific subcom- mittees to listen. An ideal "community listener" need not have specific expertise, but would have interest in the general category of topics discussed, and would be free of personal conflict in that arena. They would gather handouts to turn in and make a few notes as to who attended the meeting, leadership positions on key topics, as well as ques- tions they have about the subject matter. Each meeting would be dis- cussed with me or a member of Reveille staff in a monthly follow-up call or shared in an email. Most public meetings take place during the work day or early evening, and they are occasionally rescheduled, so flexibility is a plus. Total time each month would be estimated not to exceed 2.5 hours. An effective "community listener" would: regularly attend the assigned subcommittee to gain deeper topical knowledge; find it interesting to listen purposefully on behalf of the community; set aside opinions about City leaders to focus on the work and subject matter; and, be able to repeat what is learned withgut amplifying rhetoric. The committees are Airport Subcommittee; Police/Public Works; General Admin/Finance; Planning/ Community Development; Joint CUSD (School)/City; Joint CFPD (Fire)/ City; and the Planning Commission. To be considered for a volunteer listening assignment, please email me a bit about you and your contact information, or leave a note at the Reveille office. The Reveille reserves the right to approve listeners and their sub- committee assignments. This is not a paid position nor will the listener do any reporting. If you aren't selected, but remain interested in city governance, I would encourage you to attend of your own accord. I hope to hear from you. Year-end "up" notes Have.you ever had such a long to-do list that you,ve paid for something and leftd=he ~tore without it? ~ ve don~ thatxaore t~ t'~'~ [~r~t0~it. i once had i0 drive back to the~ ban]<~ to pick up the~c~sh' wl}h~rawal i walked away from after the teller c0unted it out. Store clerkS must feel sorry for this absent-minded customer because I've never been denied when I've returned. This past week, however, was a first. Before I figured it out for myself, a clerk from Ace Hardware actually called me at home to tell me I'd left a paid-for product behind. It is both gratifying and embarrassing that all the cashiers there seemed to know right away why I returned the next day. But I certainly do appreciate the "above and beyond" service, Ace. Thank yOU. Can we find any sense of balance and proportion in the verdicts for Lyndsay Murray-Mazany, whose deadly error took the lives of two pre- cious Cloverdalians, and William Beall's nineteen DUI convictions? Were Beall is the world's worst shot, would he be allowed to repeatedly spray bullets into a crowd so long as he inexplicably failed to hit someone? Many heads are shaking over this one. Rising above the whys and recriminations are the families of Sue Mcbride and Beverly Jones. To their credit, the two beloved Cloverdale women left behind a next generation of open-hearted aduIts, generous in spirit and ready with forgiveness for Murray-Mazany. The message is especially poignant in these days and at this time of year. The Ghost of Future Christmases told me the holidays ahead should be quite fun if you take your family to the performing arts center for a play. CPAC's opening program A Christmas Carol was great fun. I was im- pressed by the quality of acting, the costumes, and that the two youngsters m my party were still and silent for the duration. Even the voices of the tiniest actors could be heard when they piped up - great coaching and wonderful acoustics. There are a number of terrific programs planned, so don't wait until,December 2011. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. MICHAEL NIXON 140 B S. Gloverdale Blvd. (above Antiques & Uniques) www.nixonfinancial.com michael@nixonfinancial.com CA Insurance #ODO8323 894-9882 Health insurance rates are going up. Call me to discuss options that may save you money without sacrificing coverage. Nixon Financial can help you and your family with private and public health insurance options From the Editorial Desk The Year In Review This week The Cloverdale Reveille - begins the first of two issues of our "Year in Review." This is a tradition among almost all papers, although many have different formats. We choose to Simply take mostly page one stories and headlines to present an overview of the previous year's main news stories. This tradition is a great way to welcome in the new year, by looking back at the old; but also, the two week holiday lull starting before Christmas and ending after the New Year's holiday is a notoriously slow news period. Everyone goes into holiday hibernation mode, meetings are cancelled and people go on vacation. Which is great, but not so good for news gathering. While working on this project, we are always amazed at the important news stories that do occur throughout the year - even in a small city like Cloverdale. Stories reveal how hard everyone in this community works, too. From the local police and fire departments and city government staff, to the huge number of non-profit organizations, full of volunteers and a few paid staff, there is an incredible amount of work and dedication that goes into making Cloverdale the great city it is. Granted, there is a fair amount of conflict and criticism that goes on as well. Chalk that up to human nature. Despite all of that, Cloverdale is a wonderful town where for the most part everyone works together well and takes care of one another. So, take a look at the year in review and be proud of our accomplishments, and look forward to 2011, with hope that things will be improving after a difficult past few years. Auberge on the Vineyard owners Roxanne Kolbe and Susan Ondack with Father Christmas at their open house held recently. Auberge on the Vineyard was formerly the Shelford House at the corner of Crocker and River Road. Fred and Anne Styles with Susan Ondack and Maya Mayfield at the holiday open house hosted by Auberge on the Vineyard. Piacere Ristorante Italiano hosted a holiday open house in celebration of the restaurant's lOth anniversary. Guests enjoyed wonderful food and wine while owners Jose and Mary Pelayo thanked customers for their support and patronage for the past 10 years. 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The two hour event will be held at Ruth McGowan's Brewpub, starting at 6 p.m. This should give ample time for local poets to read their favorite poems. If you are a poet and would like to participate, please contact event co- ordinator James Oglesby at 838- 4059. Several members of Cloverdale Toastmasters will take this opportunity to stretch their public speaking skills and are look- ing forward to hearing real poets read their works, published or not. To learn more about Toastmas- ters, and their friendly and support- ive method of learning public speaking, just visit a Friday morn- ing meeting at Star Restaurant, 7-8 a.m. Due to the holidays the next scheduled meeting is Friday, Jan. 7. Don't hesitate to visit. At a mini- mum you'll hear two interesting speeches, receive a warm welcome, make new friends, and just perhaps take on the challenge of becoming a better public speaker. 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