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claremont-courier.com
The debate over the water settlement agreement continues
Story on page 3
Wednesday 08-29-12
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Calendar starts on page 8
Hatching Sagehens
COURIER photos/Cameron BarrUtsav Kothari, far right, cheers with members of the International Stu-dent Mentoring Program on College Avenue during the Pomona Col-lege freshman run Sunday evening in Claremont. Upperclassmencheered and chanted for incoming freshmen as they began their runinto college. Typically, the incoming freshmen sprint into Bridges Hallof Music, but this yearʼs group opted to stroll.Incoming freshmen Nate Hill, left, and Ally McLaughlin walk together during the annualPomona College freshman run Sunday evening in Claremont.
The Pack is back!
Photos on page 5
 
C
laremont landed on another “best of” listearlier this summer. This time, we werenamed 15th on
 Huffington Posts
“Col-lege Towns: Consider These 16 CommunitiesFor Retirement.” Second-to-last isn’t like win-ning gold, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless.
The
 Huffington Pos
credits Professor Andrew Carle, direc-tor of the program in assisted living/senior housing adminis-tration at George Mason University, with devising a methodfor judging what he calls the “University-Based RetirementCommunity” model. According to Mr. Carle, successful re-tirement communities exhibit 5 key factors. They are:1. Proximity to the colleges.2. A formal program linking a retirement facility with its af-filiated college is crucial. Mr. Carle describes the inverse sit-uation, what he calls the “stranger on campus scenario,” whereseniors are invited on campus, but the interaction between stu-dents and retirees is limited.3. A documented financial relationship between the univer-sity and the senior housing provider should be well-estab-lished, thereby creating an investment beyond social events.This, he says, creates an incentive to interact.4. A documented percentage of community residents with“real ties” to the college is another vital point. Mr. Carle be-lieves former deans, professors and alumni should maintaininvolvement after retirement, adding “a sense of connected-ness with the university” and community.5. Retirees should look for a full continuum of independentand assisted living, so they don’t have to uproot themselveswhen they grow frailer and need more assistance.
 Huffington Pos
, in its recommendation, states that Clare-mont offers extensive senior services including the ClaremontAvenues for Lifelong Learning program, which allows resi-dents aged 60 and over to auditclasses at the Claremont Colleges forfree. He goes on to note, “And thatsunny California climate isn’t bad ei-ther.”The top 10 lists online seem end-less. The Princeton Review namedthe top 10 “College Towns Not SoGreat” in January of this year. Gladwe didn’t make that list. Then there’sPlayboy’s Top Party Schools, the 8Least Sexually Healthy Colleges andthe Best Colleges for “Bros” (Duke University holds top hon-ors in this category. If you’re uncertain as to what constitutesa “bro,” please visit www.urbandictionary.com).When you live here long enough, you learn to ignore thecomplications of living in a college town—pedestrians whodon’t look before crossing, the Village rental next door withendless summer parties—and instead focus on the greater ben-efits of college-town life.Like college-aged sons and daughters who come home forthe summer—you sure do love them but it’s awfully nice whenthey head back, taking with them their laundry, late-nightschedules and requests for cash.The calm of a Claremont summer is refreshing, drawing eventhe most private of townies outdoors to enjoy an evening stroll.So as summer winds down, take a moment to relish the memoryof short lines at Some Crust and that uninterrupted drive acrossSixth Street because the kids are home. All 7000 of them.
—Kathryn Dunn,
Managing Editor
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporationat 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulationas defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office atClaremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postage is paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Singlecopy: 75 cents. Annual subscription: $52.00. Annual online subscription: $47. Send all remittances and correspondence aboutsubscriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, Cal-ifornia 91711-5003. Telephone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2012. Claremont Courier
One hundred and fourth year, number 68
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Observations at summer’s end
 
T
he local water fightcontinues, as groups re-main at odds over re-cent allegations.
In its reply comments submitted tothe Public Utilities Commission,Golden State Water, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) and TheUtility Reform Network (TURN) allegethat numerous cities including Clare-mont did not fully participate in the set-tlement process that led to the earlyAugust water rate settlement withGolden State Water Company.In its statement, GSW claims thatClaremont did not participate fartherthan the mandatory negotiations meet-ing held on April 16 and “therefore didnot take the opportunity to provide inputinto the settlement agreement reachedby the settling parties.” They further as-sert that Ojai was the only city to fullyparticipate in negotiations.“The city [of Claremont] has been ab-sent, so the suggestion that they are frus-trated [with the settlement] is a littlesurprising to us,” said Golden StateWater spokesperson Mitch Zak earlierthis month. “The city chose not to par-ticipate in the settlement process in ameaningful way.”Claremont administrators feel thequick settlement undermines city effortsin the case.“The settlement between the DRAand Golden State Water is disappointingand frustrating,” said City ManagerTony Ramos in a previous statement.“The ratepayers deserve full considera-tion of the evidence and this process hasbeen cut off by the settlement.”The back-and-forth paper trail be-tween Golden State Water and the cityof Claremont among others began lastmonth following a settlement agreementfiled with the California Public UtilitiesCommission. The settlement agreed onproposed water rate increases of 15.1percent in 2013, 2 percent in 2014 and1.8 percent in 2015. Golden State Waterinitially sought a 24 percent rate increasefor Region 3 in 2012, followed by mod-erate increases in 2014 and 2015.Following a press release where thecity stated its frustration with the settle-ment, Golden State responded with itsassertions that Claremont had beenmissing-in-action at meetings during theprocess. What has followed since hasbeen a series of published comments,with Golden State defending its stanceand the city asserting its participation.“I just can’t even begin to speculatewhy Golden State continues to saythis,” said Claremont’s City AttorneySonia Carvalho. “I’m absolutely per-plexed because we participated.”The city’s participation was docu-mented in a timeline given out to staff and council members, among others,according to attorney Jason Ackerman.According to the documents, Clare-mont officials were present at settle-ment negotiations beginning April 16and ending April 24. Much of the cor-respondence on Claremont’s part,along with others, took place via tele-phone, says Mr. Ackerman, “to accom-modate participants from differentregions within the state.”In addition, testimony from Clare-mont Councilmember Sam Pedrozaand Mayor Larry Schroeder was sub-mitted as part of the written record, asdocumented in the Settlement Confer-ence Report.However, according to Mr. Ackers,the city was not informed as to whenthe agencies would meet to finalize thesettlement. It was not until the eviden-tiary hearings began on May 4 that “welearned for the first time that GoldenState had settled nearly all issues withDRA and TURN,” Mr. Ackerman said,adding, “We were not made aware of the terms of the settlement until June.”While Golden State officials main-tain that settlement meetings were heldin Los Angeles with plenty of opportu-nity for the cities’ participation, Mr.Ackerman says there was never achance for the cities to sit down in per-son with the other organizations duringsettlement negotiations.“Golden State scheduled the settle-ment meetings as telephonic meetingsfrom day-one,” Mr. Ackerman said. “Ican assure you that the location fromwhere those calls originated was notnegotiated by the cities we represent.”These specific concerns of the cities“have no merit,” according to GoldenState Water, the DRA and TURN.“The settling parties have negotiatedin good faith and agreed to a level of expenses and capital additions that sig-nificantly reduces the originally re-quested increase in rates,” states thedocument.GSW previously requested com-bined capital budgets of $226.7 millionfor 3 regions during the years 2012 to2014. The current request in the settle-ment totals $172.5 million, a reductionof $54.2 million from the original re-quest.However, the city of Claremont dis-putes the settlement, based in part on aprevious request of $4 million by GSWto construct the Johnson’s Pasturereservoir, which was never constructed.Testimony of Kevin Switzer on be-half of GSW purports that Claremonthad requested only $1.7 million for theJohnson’s Pasture reservoir, accordingto the Joint Settlement Agreement, andthat because the project was nevercompleted, the cost is not reflected inthe capitol budget portion of the Settle-ment Agreement.The dispute over the capitol budgetstems from comments submitted to thePUC by Claremont Mayor LarrySchroeder,Residents may be left feeling like it’sa “done deal,” however, Denise Kruger,Golden State’s senior vice president of regulated utilities, claims that the cur-rent settlement doesn’t cut off reviewor previous efforts by the public to par-ticipate.“All of those comments are part of the record and taken into considera-tion,” Ms. Kruger said.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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CITY NEWS
I just can’t even begin tospeculate why GoldenState continues to saythis. I’m absolutelyperplexed because weparticipated
Sonia Carvalho
Claremont City Attorney
Wilderness Park lot to beclosed to vehicles next week
The north parking lot of the Claremont HillsWilderness Park will be closed beginning Tuesday,September 5, as construction to expand the lot con-tinues. The closure will allow the contractor to begindemolition of the existing asphalt, according to thecity manager’s weekly report. Despite lot closure, thepark entrance will remain open. Parking in the south-ern lot and on Mills Avenue will still be available.
Local Dems headquartersgrand opening celebration
The Inland Communities Democratic Headquar-ters PAC is hosting and sponsoring the grand openingof its temporary Democratic headquarters for the2012 election on Sunday, September 2 at 11 a.m.Headquarters are located at 3240 Garey Ave.,Pomona on the southeast corner of Foothill andGarey.The public is invited to enjoy entertainment, meetcandidates, learn about the ballot propositions andarrange to volunteer time, energy and expertise in theheadquarters.
Golden State pushes back over rate hike settlement
OUR TOWN
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffNew Claremont Unified School District educators are: (back row) Ilana Marks Page, Condit first-gradeteacher; Hilary Trout, school psychologist; Wendy Kubiak, El Roble art teacher; Sarah Giles, Oakmontthird-grade teacher; Harmony Redding, El Roble counselor; (front row) Chilavo Anderson, Claremont HighSchool counselor; Lindsey Porter, Oakmont RSP teacher.

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