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                                                                                                                                                                         Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

                                                                                                                                                                     q Paying it Back
                                                                                                                                                                          City spends Measure A
                                                                                                                                                                          monies on drainage
                                                                                                                                                                     u Full ReFunds
                                                                                                                                                                          The Family Center’s VITA
                                                                                                                                                                          clinic offers free tax help
                                                                                                                                                                     t Quench the FiRe!
                                                                                                                                                                          Wildcats hope to slay
           Independently owned and published in Calistoga for Calistogans since 2002                               50¢                                                    Dragons in home lair      12

      End of a sugar-sweet era                                                                                                      City cuts planning
                                                                                                                                    director position
                                                                                                                                       Gallina leaves today after six years
                                                                                                                                    By Michelle Wing
                                                                                                                                    Tribune Senior Staff Writer

                                                                                                                                        With direction from the city coun-
                                                                                                                                    cil, Richard Spitler has cut the posi-
                                                                                                                                    tion of planning director to streamline
                                                                                                                                    the department and tighten the bud-
                                                                                                                                        Charlene Gallina, planning direc-
                                                                                                                                    tor since October 2004, will put in her  Richard Spitler
                                                                                                                                    last hours for the city today. Spitler
                                                                                                                                    said no new planning director will be hired to take her
                                                                                                                                        Instead, he will promote senior planner Ken MacNab
                                                                                                                                                                            See PLANNING page 6

                                                                                                                                    Uribe murder trial
                                                                                                                                    in court Monday
                                                                                                                                    Officer Curtis Madrigal is lead
      The Candy Cellar closes its doors                                                                                             investigator for 2009 homicide
      after 17 years on Lincoln Avenue                                                                                              By Pat Hampton
      By Michelle Wing               owner Felicija Lanphear                                                                        Tribune Publisher
      Tribune Senior Staff Writer    sells everything anybody’s
                                     willing to purchase. To                                                                           Calistoga police officer Curtis
         No more salt water          date, she’s parted with 50                                                                     Madrigal was first on the scene and
      taffy. No more chocolate.      of her signature barrels,                                                                      will be the last to leave when the trial
      Worst of more         once laden with salt water                                                                     of Rodolfo “Rudy” Rivera Uribe, the
      fudge.                         taffy. But also on sale are                                                                    24-year-old man suspected of killing
         After 17 years, The         baskets, the Jelly Belly                                                                       Calistoga resident Luis “Tavio”
      Candy Cellar is closing its    bins, display cases, filing                                                                    Carrillo, 26, on June 29, 2009, begins
      doors for good, taking all     cabinets, a neon “open”                                                                        Monday in Napa Superior Court at              Rodolfo Uribe
                                                                                                      Photos by Michelle Wing
      of its sweet inventory (and    sign – even the kitchen                                                                        8:30 a.m.
      decadent calories) with it.    sink.                       (Top photo) The Candy Cellar will be closing its                      Police chief Jonathan Mills said although subpoenas
         With the final business        Lanphear said it is a doors as of Jan. 31, and is selling all of its inventory,             for four of his staff require them to be in court on Monday,
      day set for Jan. 31, the       combination of things that including all of its fixtures. (Above) This is the last             a heavy court calendar could push the start of the trial to
      store is being stripped                                    week that Calistogans will be able to buy salt water               Tuesday.
                                            See CANDY page 3 taffy from The Candy Cellar’s signature barrels.
      down to the bare basics, as                                                                                                                                             See TRIAL page 7

Planning commissioners will
have monthly stipend again                                                         City agrees to reimburse resort
By Pat Hampton
Tribune Publisher
                                        not reduce or retract the $100 a
                                        meeting given to city councilmem-
                                                                                   $600,000 for drainage project
                                        bers. Councilmember Gary Kraus
    Planning commissioners will         did ask to have a 10 percent reduc-        By Pat Hampton                      veloped properties in the south-           against the intent of Measure A
start receiving their $50 a meeting     tion in his monthly stipend.               Tribune Publisher                   east quadrant of the city,” said           funds because the money would
stipend again when they meet next          “There’s no doubt planning                                                  the staff report written by city           be going to help finance new
month after having the token pay        commissioners deserve this small               The city will reimburse the     manager Richard Spitler.                   growth.
cut from the budget last June by        stipend,” city manager Richard             owners of Solage Spa & Resort           Spitler, who said the refund              Matt Hickerson read a letter
the city council.                       Spitler said at Tuesday’s council          part of $1.694 million the          was originally approved by the             from Grant Reynolds of San
    Mayor Jack Gingles said he          meeting.                                   developers spent on drainage        city council in October 2010               Diego who objected to paying a
had recently been approached by            But he asked that the council           improvements that also bene-        and by the Napa County Flood               resort that was seemingly in
two planning commissioners              follow the approved budget in              fited a nearby mobile home          Protection and Watershed                   financial trouble money for
about reinstating the modest fee.       effect until June. He added that           park, council members decided       Improvement Authority in                   projects that were in violation
    A year ago commissioners            with the reorganization of the             Tuesday.                            November, presented a request              of Measure A’s intent. Reynolds
voted to reduce their $50 stipend       planning department that funds                 In an unanimous vote, all       to send the $600,000 check to              is currently in litigation with
by 10 percent in a show of support      were available to cover the esti-          five council members agreed to      Solage. He said the check, which           the city over water rights and
for the cuts needed in the city’s       mated $3,750 expense. The figure           pay Palisades-Calistoga Resort,     was written in December, was               flows from the city’s dam
general fund.                           is based on 12 regular meetings            LP some $600,000 from               still in the City Hall vault and he        which he says are killing the
    Four months later, when the         and three special meetings for five        Measure A funds on a drainage       wanted council approval to send            Napa River’s ecosystem need-
city council adopted the 2010-          commissioners.                             system “that not only benefited     it out to the resort owners.
2011 budget, they voted to sus-            Councilmember Gary Kraus                their project, but Chateau              Four speakers rose to object                See MEASURE A page 2
pend the planning commissioners’                                                   Calistoga and other underde-        to the payment, saying it was
fee altogether. The new budget did                 See COUNCIL page 6

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