It was good to see the article and photo on Prue and Lloyd Draper in the PeeDee recently. Lloyd died too soon for me to get fully acquainted with him. Lloyd died in 2010 at the age of 84. Prue died in January. 2017 at the age of 86.
Prue was a true weekly journalist and historian who brought a ton of values to her favorite city. Whenever anything newsworthy was happening in either city Prue (also spelled Pru) was there for her Cotatian Weekly and I was there with my credentials as editor of the Rohnert Park Clarion weekly.
Actually, Prue’s big campaign came in 1963 when Cotati decided to incorporate as a city to protect itself from the rapid growth of neighboring Rohnert Park (I didn’t get into RP until 1974 when I began editing a tabloid weekly for Paul Golis, co-founder with Maurice Fredericks of Rohnert Park). Golis was always in a fight with RP City Council.
Prue pitched in to convince RP City Council to give Cotati part of East Cotati Avenue from about the firehouse to Sonoma State University. This became Cotati’s main shopping center and Oliver’s Supermarket has its Cotati address.
Prue and I both remember the fight when Hewlett-Packard wanted to build in RP and we were bombarded with tales of two-headed dairy cows, poisoned well water and polluted radioactive air quality.
She had competition from another Cotati weekly and incursions from the Marin Independent Journal. But both of us watched them fail, despite the color photos the MIJ introduced.
In her last few years Prue took historical walks in Cotati woodland areas. She was always accompanied by avid citizens, both homeowners and renters.
This is the first week of legitimate Cannabis in Rohnert Park and Cotati and we are wondering how RP’s stance on banning any marijuana anywhere in the city limits will affect medical marijuana sales in neighboring Cotati.
Probably nothing at all. Marijuana buyers, medical or non-medical, all have dollar bills dancing in their eyes and who cares what the other side says. But I can’t forget what RP City Councilwoman Gina Belforte said, “They’re putting the cart before the horse,” a line that still makes sense with all the limping verbiage we have to look at while cannabis fans try to put a good face on their major blunder.
I’m giving this marijuana festivities a full year to settle in and then re-examine it. That brings everybody up to Nov. 6 when there’s a non-presidential election. Professional odds-makers are predicting Trump forces will take a beating. But who knows and nobody’s telling us much about Mike Pence, is it? I have a long and short- term memory loss when I have to confront Washington political structures on the GOP ladder.