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, ;" .... Z 8 ale, Sonoma County, CA Vol. CXII, Issue 36 Sept. 4, 1991 35 cents hael Rosen about Clover rings project IRosen, Rohnert Park land ;addressed members of the of Commerce Thursday to his proposed Clo- iect in South Clover- displayed maps of the completion. be located on Hills Winery vine- The parcel acres with 175 acres Limits. told his audience that would be targeting th affordable ,000 to $135,000 of the proj- of 55 to60 that five or six years to complete the for some duplexes and .and higher priced the upper reaches of the Dream is owning and this has become Mr. Rosen is a differ- " gand /-g': c '/oft the Chamber mem- their city officials "We been working on this he noted. through late Spring, ;t r 1992 and to be into construction by July. "Preliminary planning, including a cosdv Environmental Impact Re- port (EIR), has cost $10 million so far, he reported. He came with charts illustrating the economic benefits he said would accrue to Cloverdale as a result of the Clover Springs Development His figures, which he said were based on data in the EIR, indicated that the project would generate $78,417,880 over a six year period. This figure includes city taxes and fees, retail sales and money gener- ated during the construction period. He recalled being brought up in a two bedroom home with a detached garage. "This worked well for our family and there is no reason why such a home could not work well today," he declared. He said that the only way to pro- duce affordable housing in today's world was to reduce the size, make homes more compact and thus more affordable. "The business community can make a diffence," he believed. "Get involved-in the government process and make your voices heard," he advised. He acknowledged that housing must come first and that for a time projects Circuit Rider leaders are shown with two local teens who participated in the Community Improvement Program in Cloverdale initiated by the Community Development Agency. From left: Luann Cox, Program Supervisor, Elizabeth Phelps and Vicki Quigley, holding a Certificate of Appreciation presented to them by the City Council, and Ruby Fales, Crew Leader. Neighborhood Improvement program a big success The Cloverdale Neighborhood opment Commtssion, is now offer- $24,00ff, two per household, $27,000;, Improvement Program has been ing two city wide low interest loan three per household, $30,000;, four dubbed an "overwhelming success" and grant programs. Tobe eligible, a per household, $34,300; five per by members of the Cloverdale Corn- household of one must have a gross household, $37,050. munity Development Agency (CD) annual inc,0jnae of no more than 'Please turn to page9 y C ..... d. .... "The success of the Program is due to the enthusiastic response and par- Cit ouncil deci es to retain ticipation of local residents," noted leffRussell, the Planning intcm who Wednesday meeting nights organized the improvement program. A recommendation from City Wednesday some years ago because "The Community Development Agency's goal of preserving Clover- dales' older and historic neighbor- hoods is only attainable with this type of continued support from the residents," he said. Twelve residents received yard cleanup and minor repair work from the Circuit Rider Work Crews. Eleven dumpsters were issued for the yard cleanup and self-help dumpster pro- grams. Four residents were issued paint vouchers redeemable for up to $250 worth of paint and supplies, and PG&E weatherized numerous homes in the Cloverdale area, Mr. Russell reports. If any residents missed the oppor- tunity to participate in this Neighbor- hood Improvement Program, similar programs are scheduled to returr ",xt summer. The CDA, in association with the Sonoma County Community Devel- owner and developer of the Clover Springs Project, to be addressed the regarding his new sub- on the community. The chart shown indicates his benefits he feels will accrue to Cloverdale as a a 5-6 year period. such as Clover Springs could result in a "bedroom community" situation for Cloverdale. He admitted that a city that serves - as a bedroom community suffers as a result. "People eat lunch, buy their Please turn to page 9 What's new this year in CIoverdale Schools There will also be a landscape and horticulture class where juniors and seniors will learn landscaping, grow- ing plants, shrubery, sprinkler sys- tems and beautification. For 9th graders there is an Intro- duction to Agriculture class avail- able where they can do a little weld- ing and landscaping and get the basic feel for the classes. One of the reasons for the CHS ag- riculture program is that it is feder- ally funded and they can receive more funds this way than say just having a regular ato shop. Washington School, 4th through 8th grades, has a soaring enrollment of about 600 students. According to Vice Pr'ncipal, Gene Lile, "We are extendiug our CHS program for 8th graders. All 8th graders [will go to the high school] for electives, P.E. and math." Some of the electives open to the students are woodworking, drafting, home economics, Spanish and art. Algebra is available for 8th graders who want to take iL The reason for this according lp Sulrintemlant of schools, Dr. Donald Sato, is that "We like to maximize our staff members strength while Please turn to page 4 "by Robin Kramer School started yesterday and hun- dreds of Clovenlak youngsters flocked through the doors ready for another year. This year there are changes and new ptognm for kfferson and Wash- ington Schools and the high school. Cloverdale High is still under conslruction and according to Super- intendant of Schools, Dr. Donald Sam, contractors say CHS won't be com- pleted until next year. At present the school is functional. Dr. Sam says, "We are going to have a little trouble with restrooms." Three portable toilets will be avail- able to students and staff. Principal Dave Ashworth" said, will be the same number of classrooms available as we had when we eaded lasl year." New at CHS, 9th through 12th grades, is tim Agriculture Program. Auto Shop will become Agricullaral Mechanics Program for juniors and seniors. They will be working on welding, small 00gi00s, engines, and pick-ups, building trail- ers. They will be doing basically the same as before but the work "is more pointed to agriculture," said Mr. Ashworth. .Manager Bob Perrault that City Council meetings be changed from Wednesday to Tuesday evenings was not accepted by the Council Aug. 28. When it was pointed out that the earlier meeting would make it im- possible for the Reveille to report that week's agenda, the Council decided to retain the Wednesday evening meeting time, but did agree to convene at 7 p.m. rather than 7:30. Mayor Pell recalled that the meet- ing night had been changed to of the Reveille's publication sched- ule. Councilmember Carol Chase remarked that it was important to be able to let local residents know what the Council would be discussing to the meeting. A Tuesday evening meeting would make this impossible, she noted. Manager Perrault made the sug- gestion citing the Council's increased involvement in county-wide meet- ings. The Council did not think the Wednesday meeting night would in- terfer with these commitments. Suspect arrested for Ice cream man's murder Sonoma County Sheriff's Violent Crimes Detectives have positively identified the man found in the shal- low grave on Saturday in Geyser- ville. The victim was Frank Paul Tassara, age 62, of Santa Rosa. Tassara drove an ice cream truck for Sunshine Ice Cream. He had a route in Cloverdale and Windsor until he was found stabbed to death Aug. 24, according to detectives. Lt. Chuck Smith of the Sheriffs Department said he believes Tassara was identified when "officers showed a photo of the victim around the Clo- verdale the area." Residents identi- fied the picture as the ice cream man. Sheriffs detectives arrested sus- pect Fidencio Esquierl Chavez, Jr., age 29, of Santa Rosa for the murder. Chavez was booked into Sonoma County Jail and was arraigned in COUrt Aug. 28. Deaectives discovered that a bloody jacket on the property near the grave pointed in the direction of Chavez as the suspect. "The bloody jacket was the most significant clue early on. it was recognized by [Chavez's] family members. The jacket, or one nearly identical, had belonged to the sus- pect," said Lt. Smith. There is speculation about the al- leged murderer's motives. The de- partment reports Chavez will not discuss any motives he may have had if he committed the murder. The sheriffs department says Chavez was reportedly upset with his family for kicking him out of the house and that could have been a possible motive. The family takes care off the property where Tassara's body was no personal affects found on the body and it could have been robbery. Both Mr. Tassara and Chavez new a woman named Stephanie Gonzas and she could figure into the motive somehow, according to the depart- ment. Lt. Smith reports Gonzales was Chavez's girlfriend and "Our victim had helped her out from time to time." Mr. Tassara was known at Wash- ington School where he stopped with his ice cream truck. Marc Mager, principal of the school, commented that Mr. Tassara was very cooperative when making arrange- ments to sell ice cream to the chil- dren. "He wanted to make sure it would not cause disruptions or joop ardize the safety of the children. That was very nice of him. He was a good neighbor and good businessman." Downtown parking in north area concerns advisory committee An orientation meeting of the newly- %rmed Downtown Parking Commit- tee held Sept. 4, found members mainly'discussing the parking prob- lems for merchants on the north end of the Downtown. The Committee will meet again Wednesday, Sept. II at 6:15 in Council Chambers at City HaIL 124 N. Clover- dale Blvd. Planning Director Joe Heckel opened the meeting with a brief re- vue of the Committee's goals of iden- tifying parking needs under the Downtown Specific Plan and a way of meeting those needs. The Director told the Committee that the Downtown Plan consult/mr and committee had targeted two possible sites for public parking lots, the area behind Druids Hall and the vacant lot next to the Bank of Amer- ica building. Early on Committee member Bob Baumgartner said the focus of the Downtown Parking Committee should be on the lack of off-street for merchants along Cloverdale Blvd. from Walker's Cloverdale Coffee and Ice Cream store northward. The proposed Fitness Center in the former Foodland Building next door to the Historical Society Museum, has created a problem in that the City's Parking Ordinance requires 24 off-street spaces for this use. Mr. Baumgarner said the mehants in the North Boulevard area have a real problem with only on-street parking available to their customers. "The question is, "How far will their customers be willing to walk to reach their shops?", he asked. He said rather than focus on the two possible parking lots considered by the Downtown Plan, the Commit- tee should try to help these mer- chants solve their problem first. Director Heckel replied that pub- lic parking is themost important element to consider if the Downtown Plan is to be successful. He said he was fully aware of the problem facing the North Boulevard Please turn to page 9