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Courier 9.1.12

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Police investigate a hate crime against north Claremont residents
Story on page 4
Saturday 09-01-12
75 cents
Story on page 12
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffFreshman Alex Meyer, 13, uses a campus map for reference while locating his locker on Wednesday during the first day of school. It took some adjusting, and walk-ing around campus a bit, but with the map Alex quickly located the locker. All schools in the Claremont Unified School District began Wednesday, August 29.
CST presidentdiscussesrevolutionaryreligiouseducation
Story on page 5
our er i
 A fresh start
Gil Gonzales kicks off ourMeet the Candidates series
Story on page 3
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 1, 2012
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 67
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Janis Weinberger
Editor and Publisher
Peter Weinberger
Managing Editor
Kathryn Dunn
City Reporter
Beth Hartnett
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
Sports Reporter
Contact editor@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
Back Page
Ad Design/Classified Pages
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
monsoonal skyover the freshman dormdouble rainbow
—Andrea Eldridge
More bad legislation
Dear Editor:So here we are once again at the end of a legislative session with a myriad of billsbeing passed in the last few days that willdramatically effect our lives and our econ-omy.One of the latest bills to go to GovernorBrown for signature will limit illegal im-migrant retention while their fingerprintsare being checked. According to the pro-ponents, it will make the state more “im-migrant friendly,”(I didn’t know this wasa problem, since we offer sanctuary formillions now).Currently, a large number of these de-tainees have been deported, which wouldindicate to me that it is an effective pro-gram. Heaven forbid that we should ridourselves of felons and potential terroristsby detaining them on “minor infractions”while we check their background. Heavenforbid that we should rid ourselves of themajority of illegal immigrants and allowmore legal citizens to obtain jobs, no mat-ter how menial.We are constantly bombarded withmedia attention to the plight of these ille-gal immigrants who are trying to earn aliving for their families, but seldom in-formed of the number of crimes many of them perpetuate on legal and illegal resi-dents. It is long past time for this state totake a look at other border states’ policiesand the effect they have on law, order, em-ployment and public safety.Feel free to contact Governor Brownand let him know you don’t want this billenacted into law.
Hayden Lening
Reply to Pixley
Dear Editor:This is a reply to John Pixley’s columnon the First Amendment. It is important torealize that not enforcing the First Amend-ment rights of any one group threatens therights of all.Christians who insist on public displaysof religion need to be reminded that at onetime or another every Christian group wasdiscriminated against. If we allow any dis-advantaged group to be discriminatedagainst, we are opening the door to dis-crimination against all groups protected bythe First Amendment.Women, people of color, people withdisabilities and gay people all have a stakein protecting the First Amendment rightsof everyone, as do Christian groups whichare not discriminated against now, butwere in the past.
Bob Segalman
President, Speech CommunicationsAssistance By Telephone, Inc.Sacramento
The Pomona Valley Audubon'sThursday, September 6 general meet-ing location has been changed toAlexander Hughes Center, PaduaRoom, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.The meeting will take place at 7 p.m.
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Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 1, 2012
Gonzales aims to bring firsthand life experience to Sacramento
andidates for the statelegislature are movingfull gear toward Elec-tion Day, to be held on Tuesday,November 6. The rallies andmeet-and-greets are becomingmore frequent as incumbentsand legislative hopefuls work toreach voters before the early-voter deadline of Monday, Oc-tober 15.
This year voters face the ballot box tovote for the first time on California’snewly redistricted senate, congressionaland assembly districts.For Claremont, that means 3 districtswith new representation. The districtlines of former Senator Bob Huff andAssemblyman Tim Donnelly no longerinclude the City of Trees, and after 32years representing Claremont, Congress-man David Dreier announced his retire-ment last February.With 6 candidates new to Claremontvoters, the COURIER is sitting downwith each candidate to help acquaint lo-cals with their potential new representa-tion. Candidates for the 25th StateSenate, 27th Congressional and 41stState Assembly districts will be pre-sented in a series of profiles within thenext 6 issues.Republican Gil Gonzales—a 2003Pitzer graduate running for the 25th StateSenate District, including Claremont—looks to bring a personal perspective toSacramento if elected this November.Mr. Gonzales, raised by a single mother,moved between 16 different elementaryschools and 5 different high schoolsgrowing up as his mother hopped from job to job. His mother was left paralyzedby a near-fatal crash when he was 12years old, and at the age of 15 he droppedout of high school to support his family.Refusing to let his struggles define him,Mr. Gonzales went on to get his GEDand earn a full ride to Pitzer College,where he now serves on the board of trustees.Mr. Gonzales plans to bring the expe-rience of his own hardships to the Capi-tol, and hopes to benefit families that arestruggling with similar situations in the25th District.
Q. You’re a first-time candidate—what inspired you to run for office?
A. It probably started with my grand-parents, who helped me develop a com-mitment to “service above self.” Mygrandparents on my dad’s side came tothis country from Mexico to give betteropportunities to their children and grand-children. On my mom’s side, my grand-father, who somewhat raised me, alwaysput forth the idea of giving to your com-munity, sacrificing in order to make surethat others have a better shot at theAmerican Dream than he had, and Iguess that’s what inspired me to run.Also, my mother is disabled. She is com-pletely dependent on social services. Sheis paralyzed and seeing some of the chal-lenges she deals with on a day-to-daybasis also inspires me to go around andbe involved in the community.
Q. How does your background uniquely qualify you to lead the 25th dis-trict?
A. From a professional standpoint, Istarted a literacy program after collegecalled Borrowed Voices, which to thisday is going strong throughout the juve-nile justice camps. I worked in the legis-lature as a senate fellow/legislativedirector for state Senator Bob Dutton soI know how the Capitol works. I alsohave private sector experience as an in-dustrial real estate broker. I worked withhundreds of small businesses and sawwhat problems they endured on a day-to-day basis trying to thrive in our state andemploy Californians. The combinationof that job experience brings a differentskill set to the Capitol.
Q. You say you want to “draw on youreducation and life experiences to repre-sent the needs of voters and chart a bet-ter course for California.” How do you plan to do so?
A. I want to be an advocate for the res-idents of the 25th, from the schoolchild-ren all the way up to the parents. The25th isn’t unlike other areas in the stateof California experiencing high unem-ployment. There are mothers and fatherswho are struggling to put food on thetable in parts of Pasadena all the way upto Upland, folks that went from makinga very comfortable living to downsizingconsiderably and in certain instances liv-ing with family members because theycouldn’t afford to pay the mortgage andthey lost their home in this housing crisis.Or even the school kid who sits in anovercrowded classroom, for that matter,who’s struggling to learn who maybedoesn’t have the resources in the schoolor outside the school to make that hap-pen.
Q. How do you plan to employ youradvocacy in the state of California if elected?
A. By really lobbying and helpingfolks understand that California canthrive again and that the state isn’t dead.We have thriving sectors and, as long aswe help get government out of the way,there is plenty of entrepreneurial startupsas well as big businesses that want tothrive in this state and employ Californi-ans.On the education front, I’m reallylooking at education reform. Cutting ed-ucation isn’t an option anymore. It’s beencut to the bone and school kids are goingwithout. I want to really look at modelsthat have worked elsewhere—in Mary-land and Florida, for example—bringingteacher accountability, student account-ability, school choice and incentives toteachers who succeed. All of these op-tions really need to be put on the tablebecause they are models that haveworked in other states that are facingsimilar problems as ours. We need tolook, not recreate the wheel.
Q. How do you plan to revitalize the job market?
A. This is going to sound terribly sim-ple, but it’s hugely important: Californianeeds to have a customer service-ori-ented attitude, from our governor to ourstate-elected officials to our locally-elected officials and all the way down tothe gardener at the State Capitol. Whenyou go to states like Texas or Nevada,you call up some of their elected officialsor economic development organizationsand they really take the opportunity tosell you on the state as well as help youget your business open without putting6-inch binders in front of you and sayingyou have to go through loophole afterloophole just to get a business license.On that front, I plan to really help all of my colleagues in the state legislature aswell as all forms of government under-stand that they have a role in helpingbusiness thrive, whether it’s the cityplanner who needs to take an extra lookat a set of plans to help provide someideas to a small business owner whowants to open a restaurant, or the statelegislature looking at hard reforms likeCEQA reform. All of these options needto be on the table because business wantsto thrive in California. We just need tochange our attitude to help make thathappen.
Q. On taxing and spending you havesaid that “all too often our state’s elected officials seek to rely on taxing hard work-ing Californians as the sole means of balancing the budget.” You feel that thisis irresponsible leadership. How do youspecifically plan to change this?
A. Taxes are necessary. They are thebackbone of how our public infrastruc-ture, our schools, public safety and otherthings are funded, but if you look at theway our state has gone about funding ourbudget gap, especially in this most recentbudget with the government looking atProp 30 as being the sole means of bal-ancing the budget, that becomes a prob-lem. You have to look at the totality of the issues at hand and understand whywe are where weare. There is $500billion worth of unfunded pensionobligations that the general fund is goingto need to backfill because the fundsthemselves are not performing. We needto look at pension reform. Our state hasone of the highest income taxes in the na-tion, one of the highest business taxes inthe nation. Taxes are necessary, but theyhave to be a last-ditch option because inthis environment, states with lower taxesand tax incentives are flourishing andthat’s proof: Texas, North Carolina, Ne-vada, etc. Before we talk about raisingtaxes, we need to clean up our own houseand figure out ways of shoring up ourbudget through other reforms like pen-sion reform before we talk about puttingthe burden on the taxpayer.
Q. You say the key to accountability isbipartisan collaboration. Why is this im- portant to you? How do you plan to en-courage this?
A. If I’m blessed enough to be elected,I realize that I’m not just representingRepublicans. I am representing all con-stituents of the 25th and of the state forthat matter. There is an apathy that hasbeen developed by voters because theyfeel as if what they do, what they say,when they show up at the ballot boxdoesn’t matter, because both politicalparties are fighting and creating this en-vironment of mutually-assured destruc-tion. Nobody really gets to move theiragenda forward.I think we start small and look at areaswe agree upon. We agree that there needsto be comprehensive pension reform,comprehensive CEQA reform and tax in-centives in terms of luring businesses tothe state. We agree that greater teacher-student-school accountability works ineducating our students and at the sametime stopping the cuts to schools is es-sential. I don’t care if you are an Inde-pendent, Democrat or Republican, thereare areas where we can move some pol-icy forward and I think that’s what thevoters of the 25th and the state want tosee. They want to see us tackle some realissues that have substantive effect on thestate to show that we are looking to worktogether rather than constantly being atodds.To learn more about Mr. Gonzalez’scampaign, visit www.gilforsenate.com.
—Beth Hartnett
 Next up in our series: Republican Jack Orswell, congressional candidate for the27th District.
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffRepublican Gil Gonzales is running forsenate in the 25th district.

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