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Courier 7.14.12

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City says, “Thank you for not smoking.”
Story on page 3
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Art instructor helps produce Fresh Faces
Story on page 12
 
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffLongtime Claremont resident Janet Myhre was awarded the Fleet Ballistic Missile Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of exceptional service to theFBM strategic systems program. Ms. Myhre is a pioneering woman in the field of mathematics who taught at The Claremont Colleges for more than 40 years.Raymond Carrillo of Artistic Landscaping takes a break from working in the heat and humidityon Thursday in Claremont. The seasonʼs first heat wave swept through the area earlier thisweek with temperatures as high as 102 in Claremont. The heat wave should continue throughthe weekend with the average temperature hovering around 90 degrees.
Strength in
numbers
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Beat the heat
 
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Council gets it right
Dear Editor:For those with the patience and fortitudeto brave long agendas, the final item ad-dressed at the Tuesday, July 10 meeting of the Claremont City Council proved mostrewarding.On a vote of 3 to 1 with one abstention,the council approved a resolution con-demning the Supreme Court’s CitizensUnited decision and calling for the adop-tion of a Constitutional amendment stipu-lating that 1) corporations and unions arenot persons; 2) money is not speech; 3) po-litical contributions should be openly re-ported and 4) governments have the rightto limit such contributions. The discussionwas thoughtful and often eloquent.Among the impressive contributionswas Mayor Larry Schroeder’s examinationof the contention that consideration of na-tional issues exceeded the province of council business and was therefore inap-propriate. While admitting that the councilcould not and should not address all suchissues, the mayor argued that as part of thepolitical structure, it has a responsibility to“call out” decisions at the state and nationallevels that endanger the health of the sys-tem as a whole, and that the infusion of un-limited and unreported money into the po-litical process posed just such a dire threatto our democracy.In taking this action, the Claremont CityCouncil has joined the state of California,22 other states and hundreds of other citiesacross the country in this effort to seek re-dress from the corrupting consequences of the court’s decision. Good work, guys!
David Levering
Claremont
Dial-a-Ride is a Godsend
Dear Editor:We are writing in response to the articlein yesterday’s Claremont COURIER con-cerning the financial concerns pertaining tothis extremely helpful and valuable trans-portation service to those f us who for a va-riety of reasons, especially health, cannotdrive our own cars.For us and many of our friends who arein the same circumstances, the Dial-a-Rideservice is a “Godsend.”In order for the service to be maintainedand even expanded, we would be morethan glad to have the 75 cents basic chargedoubled or even increased to $2. Even nowwe try to tip the very kind and efficientdrivers at least that much.I am sorry we cannot attend the meetingat the Alexander Hughes Center, but if wecould, this is what we would suggest.
Hallam and Yasuko Shorrock
Claremont
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 14, 2012
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporation at 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postageis paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: 75 cents. Annual subscription: $52.00. Send all remittances and correspondence about sub-scriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. Tele-phone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2012 Claremont Courier
one hundred and fourth year, number 55
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 Let the outside be.Oh, humidity and heat! It’s A/C for me.
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Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 14, 2012
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CITY NEWS
T
he city council adopted aresolution by a 3-1 vote,with one abstention,Tuesday night calling for legis-lators to amend the Constitutionin an attempt to limit corporateinfluence in politics.
Legal limits on corporate spending inpolitics were expanded as a result of Citi-zens United vs. FederalElections Committee, inwhich the Supreme Courtruled that corporations,like individuals, have a right to protectionunder the First Amendment’s free speechclause. The Supreme Court ruled that fi-nancial donations should be protected un-der free speech and limiting donationamounts by corporations would violate theConstitution.The city’s resolution proclaims that onlypeople are citizens and that money is notfree speech. As such, the city council isurging the legislature to grant the right of the people to regulate campaign spend-ing—directly or indirectly—and to includespending as a part of the public record.Supporting council members Sam Pe-droza, Joseph Lyons and Larry Schroedercalled for the resolution charging that Cit-izens United has a direct effect on the po-litical process in Claremont elections. Inhis closing statement at the meeting, themayor referred to Claremont’s ordinancethat limits individual campaign contribu-tions to $250.Though the Citizens United decisionwill not affect local rules on direct dona-tions, some council members believe thatprotecting corporate donations as freespeech may have an ancillary, negativeimpact on campaigning in Claremont.“I think it’s imperative that we pass thisresolution so it doesn’t interfere with ourintent and our politics here in Claremont,”Mr. Schroeder said. “Large corporate orunion or other entity funding has no placein a community like ours. Although it doescost to run a local campaign, it’s at theheart of campaigns in Claremont that cit-izens should have the right to choosebased on a candidate’s qualifications ratherthan some entity attempting to influencevoters by outrageously spending on onecandidate over another.”Not all were in agreement. Mayor ProTem Opanyi Nasiali cast the sole dissent-ing vote, with Councilmember CoreyCalaycay choosing to abstain. Mr. Nasialiwas supportive of the proposal to lobbystate representatives, but did not want thecouncil to take an official stance. To Mr.Nasiali, the issue would be better handledat the federal and state level.“Today Citizens United, and tomorrowit may be the repeal of Obamacare,” saidMr. Nasiali. “I’m afraid that if this coun-cil goes down the road of reacting to suchcontroversial cases every time, even if they will affect our residents...we could bebogged down.”In June 2011, the council unanimouslyadded a clause to its list of best practices,stating that the council would refrain fromtaking a stance on policy matters that wereunrelated to local jurisdiction. Mr. Calay-cay, like Mr. Nasiali, said he was uncom-fortable taking a position on a case likeCitizens United, which he felt goes againstthe council’s agreed-upon best practices.“My vote would put 36,000 people onthe record as being for or against the is-sue,” Mr. Calaycay explained of his deci-sion. “There are certain controversial is-sues we have to deal with in town, but Iprefer to not get involved in more than wehave to.”According to Mr. Lyons, CitizensUnited falls well within the purview of lo-cal government and its responsibility tosafeguard its citizens. The council willtake its adopted resolution a step further byamending the resolution to notify statelegislators and other local municipalities of its decision in an effort to prompt furtheraction.“We have allowed...the influence of money and politics to simply direct thegame. To me, this is the greatest threat todemocracy in America,” Mr. Lyons said.“When we are failed at other levels of government that are supposed to do theirservice to people within our community, itis our responsibility to publicly call to ac-count those failures.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Council takes stand on Citizens United through adoption of resolution
Claremont encourages smokers to pack up their cigs
CITIZENSUNITED
T
ree City USA won’t be the only signwelcoming folks into Claremont. Anew notice is being added to thecity’s roadways in coming months with aclear message: Thank you for not smoking.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday night approveda resolution 4-1 encouraging a smoke-free environmentin the city of Claremont. Mayor Pro Tem OpanyiNasiali was the sole dissenting vote.As part of the program—geared at educating peopleabout the effects of smoking, not re-stricting the act itself—ten 12-by-16-inch signs will be added to key areas inthe city. Sixty-four 4-by-6-inch signs will also be postedon existing light poles throughout the Claremont Village.The resolution represented a fair compromise for thecouncil, which has been split on passing rules on smok-ing in the past.“This is a compromise,” said Councilmember SamPedroza, in favor of the “smoke-free environment” con-cept. “It’s encouraging, it’s educational.”The city will allot $2000 from the General Fund’sunassigned fund balance for signage and marketing. Inaddition, businesses will be able to obtain signs andtable tents, which will initially be given free of chargeas a way to promote the cause.The proposed resolution encouraging a Smoke FreeEnvironment comes nearly 4 years after Claremont es-tablished its first ordinance prohibiting smoking in cer-tain areas of town. In October 2008, the city councilbanned smoking in city parks. That ordinance was ex-panded in December 2010 to include the Plaza, locatedoff Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street in front of theLaemmle Theater.No laws or ordinances are put on the books with thesignage program, so residents and visitors who opt tosmoke are not breaking the law. The resolution wasbrought forward as a compromise by the group Coali-tion for Clean Air Claremont, of which several mem-bers were present to speak at Tuesday night’s meeting.“This resolution is really not a radical idea,” said MayaWalker of the Coalition for Clean Air Claremont. “Whatwe have today is really an encouragement...it’s volun-tary. The signs are a clear example that the city of Clare-mont is indeed committed to protecting its citizens.”Though most spoke in favor of the new policy, somewere concerned about the sign being misinterpreted.Claremont resident Edith Richardson said it comesacross as a sign prohibiting smoking.“I think it will maybe reverse the effect we want,”she said, encouraging a softer approach. “Maybe say‘We are looking for a healthy community and we en-courage you not to smoke,’ or ‘We thank you not tosmoke.’ The encouragement should be emphasized.”Mr. Nasiali is concerned that the signs might be mis-leading.“I’m not very comfortable spending $2000 to buysigns that could be confusing,” he said, specifically re-ferring to the sign’s symbol—a cigarette crossed outwith a red line. To Mr. Nasiali, it looks like “a prohibi-tion” instead of a recommendation.The rest of the council felt otherwise, opting to sup-port what Councilmember Corey Calaycay and othersexpressed as a fair settlement on an issue that hassparked much council debate in the past.“My big issue is always trying to mandate thesethings. What this compromise represents tonight, whichis huge for me, is we are no longer mandating it, we areencouraging it, and from that standpoint I can supportit,” Mr. Calaycay said. “I think we have found peace onthis issue tonight.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
CITYCOUNCIL
Mayor to give talkat ClaremontManor luncheon
Claremont Mayor Larry Schroederwill speak on issues impacting Clare-mont in a talk on Tuesday, July 17 at11:30 a.m. at the Claremont Manor.Topics at the luncheon will includethe financial status of Claremont, the ex-pansion of the Wilderness Park and theavailability of the city council membersto the general public. He will have abrief question-and-answer session afterhis presentation.Seniors over the age of 60 are invitedto attend. A complimentary luncheonwill be served, free valet parking will beprovided and tours of the Manor will beavailable after the mayor’s presentation.The Claremont Manor, located at 650Harrison Ave., has provided retirementaccommodations with several levels of care available to its residents since1949.This will be an opportunity for thesenior citizens of the community tomeet the mayor and learn more aboutwhat the local government is doing forthe people of Claremont.Seats are limited and reservations arerequired. Call Suzan Nassab, 626-1227ext. 154, to make reservations.
City council approved funding for 60 signs to be addedto lightpoles in the Village and in 10 key areas through-out the city discouraging residents and visitors fromsmoking in public. Participating restaurants and busi-nesses will have access to the sign shown below.

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