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  May 19 vote results
May 25, 2009
Statewide: Measure    Description    Votes yes    Percent    Votes no    Percent 1A    “Rainy Day” Budget Stabilization Fund    1,327,400    34.1%    2,555,519    65.9% 1B    Education Funding Payment Plan    1,452,535    37.4%    2,421,906    62.6% 1C    Lottery Modernization Act    1,368,222    35.4%    2,493,770    64.6% 1D    Children’s Services Funding    1,324,252    34.2%    2,536,657    65.8% 1E    Mental Health Funding    1,292,437    33.6%    2,549,361    66.4% 1F    Elected Officials Salaries    2,859,122   ...
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  Technology has been sabotaged by discipline
May 25, 2009
This is part three of a three part series special to The Community Voice by nationally acclaimed sales coach Rod LeGrande. Technology has been praised for streamlining our efficiency, promoting greater productivity and providing more convenience in our lives. However although technology has been designed to enhance our success in business...
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  Invest in your goals
May 25, 2009
During difficult times in the financial markets, it can be hard to stay committed to investing. After all, if many of your investments have lost value, you might be tempted to just put your money under your mattress. But that’s not really a productive use of your funds, and it...
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  Take steps to prevent employee fraud
May 25, 2009
The owners and operators of small companies are sometimes too complacent about employee fraud. Many businesses have too few employees to provide for proper segregation of the duties. If one employee is allowed to handle too many functions, such as paying bills, collecting receivables, preparing payroll reports, handling petty cash, and...
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  One-leg bosu RDL
May 25, 2009
Not only is the one-leg Romanian deadlift (RDL) a great hamstring exercise, but it also increases balance and helps build stability throughout your posterior chain that includes muscles such as the glutes, hamstrings and lower back. It’s also a hip extensor dominant exercise which means that there is movement at...
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  Thomas Page Elementary Lifeskills Award winners
May 25, 2009
The Lifeskills Award winners at Thomas Page Elementary are Essence Lailey, Aidan Padilla, Alaina Tarca, Jayden Sola, Tyler Milbrat, Shantel Shaw, Sean Hansen, Maggie Pratt, Destyni Villa, Allison Lewallen, Melissa Sanchez, Arija Padilla, Felipe Ruiz, Richard Dean, Diana Alvarez, Austin Thomas, Nikky Rice-Baas and Gavin Jeter.
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  Keeping emergency costs down
May 25, 2009
Ever notice how pets only seem to get seriously sick or injured in the middle of the night or on holiday weekends? Wonder why that is? Personally I think it’s a way of our animals testing our love - will we pay the extra money for their emergency care? Actually it’s...
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  Cotati with Class
May 25, 2009
I do not live in Cotati, or even Sonoma County. I live in Napa. Before I met George Barich, I had been to Cotati once in the early 80s on a date at a Mexican Restaurant I cannot now remember. Since I’ve met George about 12 years ago, I have...
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  Greed is good?
May 25, 2009
The purpose of a union is three fold. The first is “an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer.” The second is to “establish acceptable working conditions for all its members.” The third is to “provide a voice for all its members.” It appears that RPCEA (Rohnert Park...
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  Cotati's Britney Spears
May 25, 2009
I am bone tired of reading about George Barich. He has become our Cotati version of Britney Spears. Hey, call off so much press about him. As the late (and precious) Molly Ivins asked Texas newsmen: Why are “the danged ornery” given so much publication space? Barich may be racist. Our...
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  Great cultural asset
May 25, 2009
I have felt for some time that we have in our neighborhood a great cultural asset which is underappreciated by our local residents. I am speaking of the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, which offers performances of excellent quality and variety. There are performances by local dance studios, play...
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  A serve finally returned
May 25, 2009
After 33 years of teaching, it’s nice to be recognized with an award like Teacher of the Year, says Rancho’s Ann Sumner. The English teacher was honored as the 14th PTA District’s Teacher of the Year at a ceremony Friday, May 15 at the high school. She was given a plaque...
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  Valley Village residents win rent reduction in tenant complaint
May 25, 2009
A total of 28 homeowners in Valley Village mobile home park had their rents reduced by $100 a month beginning May 1. If the owners of the park, Caritas Corporation of Carlsbad, Calif., do not comply with the tenants’ petition within 90 days, their rent reductions will be $250 a...
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  Suicidal man threatens Cotati police officers
May 25, 2009
A 31-year-old man was taken into protective custody May 14 after Cotati police officers responded to a report of a suicidal subject on Windmill Farms Drive. A family member of the unnamed subject reported that he was intoxicated and despondent and had threatened to harm himself and others with a handgun...
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  Man arrested with loaded firearms
May 25, 2009
A 26-year-old man was arrested in Cotati for possession of loaded firearms. Ethan Stockton, of Sebastopol, was spotted by Officer Andrew Lyssand May 14 at the corner of Gravenstein Highway and Redwood Drive in Cotati in a vehicle with an obscured license plate matching the description of a suspect vehicle...
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  Volunteers needed for summer lunch program
May 25, 2009
With no let-up in sight in the worst economic recession in 80 years, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is bracing for the largest demand for summer-time meals for low-income children since launching the summer lunch program six years ago. The Food Bank needs help and is appealing for volunteers to operate...
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  Food pantry report
May 25, 2009
NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) report for the week of May 12. Total households: 217 Total in households: 736 Number under age 18: 273 Number over 60: 96 Weight of food bought: 4,467 pounds Number of volunteers: 17 Hours worked: 57 Weight of food purchased per household: 20.6 pounds St. John’s United Methodist Church is coordinating the food pantry...
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  New manager at library has had a long and colorful journey
May 25, 2009
Nancy Kleban, new branch manager at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Public Library typifies the new approach libraries are using to find talented staffers. It used to be they emerged from the cloistered collegiate halls equipped with a degree in library science and arduously worked their way up from small to bigger...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
May 25, 2009
On Saturday, May 30, SOS CPR, a Training Center of The American Heart Association will offer CPR classes at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information or to pre-register and secure a space, call 795-4444. June 5-6 is the Friends of the Library Book Sale. On Saturday, June 20, 3-4 p.m. Sol...
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  Cougars on the playoff prowl
May 25, 2009
Scott Morrow knows the meaning of coming up clutch in big games. Named the starting pitcher and batting leadoff for the Cougars for the first time this season, Morrow redefined the meaning of big game player in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs Tuesday at Rancho. Morrow threw...
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  Walking through water
May 25, 2009
Children from Waldo Rohnert Elementary gladly walked through the mister to cool off during their jog-a-thon May 15.
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  Burn relay in RP
May 25, 2009
On May 14 Rohnert Park was one of the stops on the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Relay on the way to the Sausalito Fire Department in Marin County. The relay raises funds to help enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and promote burn prevention. Rohnert Park Public Safety...
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  The loudest instrument
May 25, 2009
Josh Wilson holds his son, eager for his turn to join Rancho Cotate’s award-winning band. Unfortunately for Wilson, his son has chosen the loudest instrument - bass drum. The band hosted a carnival Friday, May 15 at the high school to raise money for its trip to Washington DC at...
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  Police beat
May 25, 2009
RP police logs 5/12 6:10 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Avenida Cala/Snyder Ln., 40-year-old male cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent and driving under a suspended/revoked license. 7:02 a.m.: Report of auto burglary...
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  Low tides in Tomales bring clamtastic, messy fun
May 25, 2009
One of the most underutilized natural resources in our backyard is Tomales Bay, a short 30-minute drive through some of the most beautiful back roads of Sonoma and Marin. My family has been camping, clamming, fishing and enjoying the fresh air of Tomales for three generations. One of the most...
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  Triple jump x 2
May 25, 2009
Ricky Garcia and Joey Jeppesen, both Rancho freshmen on the JV squad try their luck at the triple jump at the North Bay League track and field meet at Santa Rosa High School May 15.
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  Six-foot jump
May 25, 2009
Rancho senior Matt Egelhoff clearing the six foot mark in the high jump at the North Bay League track and field meet at Santa Rosa High School May 15.
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