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Courier 9.19.12

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Peter Weinberger reacts to Daily Bulletin’s recent bankruptcy filing
Story on page 2
Wednesday 09-19-12
75 cents
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 Your week in
Calendar starts on page 12
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffWayne Rogers takes a photo as Greg Rice unwraps a musket on Saturday during a ConstitutionWeek observation at Claremont City Hall. The 2 men are part of the Sons of the American Revolutionand are involved in reenactments around southern California. Story on page 4.Claremontʼs LA County Fair Community Heroes/page 10
CongresswomanJudy Chu sits downwith the COURIER
Story on page 3
CHS loses 61-20
Story on page 9
Bonitacrushesthe Pack 
Bonita High School run-ning back Angel Verdugobreaks a tackle fromClaremont High SchoolʼsOliver Brown and ConnerWilliams on Friday nightat CHS. Bonita outplayedClaremont, scoring inevery quarter resulting ina final score of 61-20.
few weeks ago, the Journal RegisterCompany announced they were filingfor bankruptcy for the second time in3 years. They own a number of small-to-medium daily newspapers throughout thecountry, including the
 Inland Valley Daily Bul-letin
in Ontario.
I’m not writing this column to gloat that a competitor ishaving serious financial problems. Anytime we lose anewspaper and their website servicing communities withlocal news, it becomes a lose-lose situation. Even though Ihave been critical of the
coverage on occasion,they provide an important service to the communities of the Inland Empire. (I think we have Claremont covered.)Not that the
 Daily Bulletin
is going to stop publishing.Their parent company will restructure again in some wayto reduce “legacy debt,” including ways to trim costs.The plan by current CEO John Paton was a “digital-first” approach. This idea is really not new, where newspa-per companies try to offset dropping print revenue byincreasing website advertising. Dozens of new ideas havebeen tried, from daily deals, blinking banner advertising,and online paid advertorials that look like news content tobusiness directories, print-online ad packaging and more.The COURIER has incorporated some of these ideas onour website by creating a Claremont business directory,banner advertising (the non-blinking kind) and even linksto copies of the print ads published in the newspaper. Hasour website advertising grown? Yes. Would it offset a 50percent drop in print advertising? No.Fortunately for us, that’s a fate we have never faced dueto the strong support of our readership and advertisers.For the Journal Register Company, overall revenue in2005 was twice the size it is now in 2012. So although theirdigital advertising revenue continues to grow consistently,it’s just not making up for the losses in print advertising.So what’s next for the
 Daily Bulletin
? Readers may no-tice very little on the surface. But it will be more difficultfor them to operate their business because of a precariousfuture.It’s my hope they can figure it all out sooner than later.
Post office becomes a competitor
I’ve written in earlier columns about our dealings withthe United States Postal Service. The COURIER remainsone of the few newspapers delivered through the mail. Weare committed to this method (even at twice the cost of hand delivery) because it’s far more reliable for our sub-scribers.But as losses continue to mount atUSPS, they are desperate to cut costsand increase revenue. The hard part isbecause of their monopoly on maildelivery, the post office is bound by postal regulations notto impact revenue of the businesses they serve throughoutthe country.That now has changed with a deal they cut with Valassis,one of the largest direct mail companies in the UnitedStates. Basically, the post office is giving them a huge dis-count in an effort to increase their direct mail volume andrevenue. In other words, more junk mail is in your future.This may seem like a solid business approach, but news-papers insert advertising inside their print editions and can-not compete with this new Valassis pricing advantage.After months of negotiations with postal regulators, in-cluding reviewing many other money-making options, theNational Newspaper Association (NNA) was informed of this exclusive arrangement. The deal was done. Obviously,we publishers beg to differ on the impact.At this point, there’s not much the newspaper industrycan do because the judge and jury for making this decisionis, well, USPS.Valassis has called the COURIER on a number of occa-sions wanting to insert printed ads from the advertiserscontracted with them. But they set a price so low, wewould simply lose money by using them.The COURIER also limits the number of inserts in ournewspaper, because we feel readers can only handle somany. This is why our advertisers who insert with us reportsuch a strong response. But we also lose business fromValassis because they can deliver to every household inClaremont at a cut rate because of their special arrange-ment with USPS. And there’s no limit to the amount of  junk mail the post office will deliver.So in my humble opinion, this deal stinks. USPS is sodesperate for revenue they will use their monopoly statusto simply run over their own customers.I can only say to our advertising customers, you get whatyou pay for. We would not be in business for 104 years if our advertising was ineffective. People read and respond toour ads, whatever the format.That cannot be said with junk mail, when 90 percentsimply goes from the mailbox directly to your trash can.
by Peter Weinberger
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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 73
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
Chris Oakley
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
 Irish limerick  Raucous laughter after dark  Haiku morning’s light 
—Michael Bever
Whatever the spin, bankruptcy is not a good thing
udy Chu, the first ChineseAmerican woman electedto Congress, looks to con-tinue to pave the way forAmericans striving to findtheir footing in the land of thefree. The seasoned politician,who made her way to thestate legislature after 20 yearsas a college professor, vies toserve a second term in Con-gress, this time in the newly-redistricted 27th district.
Q. You have served at the local level,in the state assembly and on the board of equalization. What fueled your move forward to the congressional level?
A. I wanted the opportunity to servepeople and give a voice to those whomight not be able to otherwise speakup. I take pride in working on issuesthat allow those who might be disen-franchised to be able to have some say-so in the system. The opportunity tomake change for the better is very grat-ifying.
Q. What do you consider to be yourgreatest accomplishment in the Con-gress to date?
A. I am very proud of the fact that Ihave been able to get provisions per-taining to military hazing into the Na-tional Defense Authorization Act. Mynephew was hazed to death over a yearago in Afghanistan and it was very,very shocking. I vowed at that point tomake sure this culture, which tolerateshazing, is changed. Thank goodnesswe were able to work on a bipartisanbasis to get this in, and there were verygood provisions in there.I also was able to work on getting achange to a criminal law that was in re-sponse to the death of Bobby Saucedo.He was a local elected official killed bythe Mexican cartel when he was vaca-tioning down there. I got on the crimeand terrorism subcommittee of the ju-diciary and I was able to get a changein the law whereby the assets of theseinternational criminals would be ableto be freezed prior to conviction ratherthan post-conviction.As a 20-year college professor, I wasreally proud of being able to co-spon-sor the largest reform of the Pell Grantsystem ever, changing financial aid sothat we were able to get rid of the bankfees and instead put that whole systeminto the federal government. As a resultwe were able to save billions of dol-lars, and had the largest increase to PellGrants ever.
Q. If re-elected, how will you con-tinue to work to improve our schools?
A. We have to fight for the fundingof the Pell Grants. This is a constantbattle. I will continue to make sure thePell Grant system is what it promisesto be. I also have a mission to reformNo Child Left Behind because it hasturned into something that has beencounterproductive. Children are basi-cally being taught just how to taketests. If it is allowed to continue theway it is, we will have a vast majorityof school systems in the United Statesfailing to meet their goals. We cannothave that happen. That is truly counter-productive. Instead, I have a whole se-ries of initiatives in bills that I havesponsored dissecting the whole educa-tion system in terms of those elementsthat improve the school system—thatis, having a wrap-around system,which has been supported by researchto show results. Many of the times,kids are not doing well in school be-cause of the kind of conditions that sur-round them. For instance, they arehungry or they have health problems orthey don't have community support forsome other kind of looming issue.There needs to be a complete systemthat will support that child, and my billdoes that.My other bill has to do with teachertraining. Far too often, teachers are justthrown into the classroom and aren’tgiven the support they need. My billprovides for a comprehensive set of conditions that would improve teacherperformance by having a mentor, byhaving a system whereby teachers areable to collaborate with one another.
Q. You co-sponsored a bill that would extend and expand the Jobs NOW program, which used federalstimulus funds to subsidize jobs at thelocal level. How has that bill been suc-cessful and how will you continue towork for job creation?
A. I was the one that took the leadon that. In fact, jobs is my number-oneissue and what I continue to work on. Iam very proud of [co-sponsoring thatbill]. It was a terrific program that pro-vided 11,000 jobs in LA County alone.It provided a match for businesses thatwanted to hire people and it was a fastway not only for people to get jobs, butalso for the businesses to get that extrahelp that they needed when they werereluctant to have a permanent hire.Many of those jobs turned into perma-nent jobs for these hirees. There wasmoney leftoverin the programso we pushed tohave this pro-gram extended using the extra money,but unfortunately that bill got into par-tisan fighting so it didn’t pass.
Q. You have also mentioned that youthink the San Gabriel Mountainsshould become part of the NationalParks system, and have promised tocontinue with a promise to carry for-ward a bill initiated by Hilda Solis that  proposes to do just that. Why do you feel this is important? How will it help?
A. [The mountains] are a tremen-dous resource. The San Gabriel Moun-tains are a jewel of LA County, andthey comprise 70 percent of the openspace in the county. There are 2 millionresidents that go there per year. At thatlevel, it is comparable to Yosemite orthe Grand Canyon, yet it is improperlymaintained. There is a lack of signageand trail maintenance, there are notenough restrooms or trash receptaclesand I think it’s because there are so fewresources for that area. That’s wherethe National Park Service comes in. If it is declared a national park area, thenthose resources will start to come in.
Q. You are also a huge supporter of the Gold Line. What is your plan to aid its continuation through Ontario de-spite lack of funding?
A. This has certainly been a top pri-ority of mine. In fact, when I first gotto Congress there was a threat that theMTA was not going to put [the GoldLine] into their long-term plan. I wentinto action and got a bipartisan lettersigned by 14 Congress members say-ing that it had to be in the long-rangeplan. Thank goodness the MTA paidattention. We have been able to ensureits success in terms of construction upuntil the year 2015 to the city of Azusa,but we really cannot stop there. Wehave to make sure that it comes out toClaremont and all the way out to theOntario Airport. That goal is what hasdriven us to look very, very closely atthis Measure R, and we have advo-cated very strongly that Measure R ful-fill its promise to complete the GoldLine all the way out to Claremont. Weare determined to make that happen.There is some talk about having acertain subsection of the highwayfunds of Measure R be available formass transit funds and, if so, it couldopen the doors to substantial fundingfor the ultimate completion of the GoldLine.
Q. Your opponent feels Congress’indecision, especially with regards totax cuts, is contributing to the “slug-gish economy.” He proposes makingthe tax cuts permanent and then lettingCongress work together to come upwith a new tax system that everyonecan agree on. What is your thought?
A. It would be a major disaster forour country if we continue the tax cuts.As it is, the upper 2 percent get [taxcuts] they don’t need. It is importantthat those who can should pay their fullshare.What’s worse about the Romney-Ryan plan is that it actually decreasescuts to the middle class. Just yesterday,there was a report that indicated that itwould take away critical tax deduc-tions such as donation items and mort-gage. That would be devastating to themiddle class.
Q. If elected, what is your priority for the 27th Congressional District?
A. Of course, number-one for me is jobs and the economy. We have begunrecovery, but there is still a long way togo. That is why I am on the small busi-ness committee and have a strong in-terest in getting help for smallbusinesses. I attended a hearing withthe Small Business Administration anddiscovered there was no Small Busi-ness Development Center (SBDC) inthe San Gabriel Valley. SBDCs arecritical because they allow us to pro-vide assistance that businesses need.My mission is to make sure we havethat resource here, and the SBA hasbeen responsive. We are working ongetting one at Pasadena City Collegeas well as at the University of LaVerne.
Q. At the convention, you said, “Noone ever said achieving the American Dream was easy.” How will you worto ensure that the American Dream isavailable to all families?
A. It’s a very, very important topicfor us in America. I truly feel we haveto reignite the American Dream. Wehave to make sure that there are theseladders of opportunity and that, on therungs of those ladders, that we are ableto make those steps as accessible aspossible for everybody in America.That means ensuring that there is ac-cess to higher education, that there isthe ability to start and expand yoursmall business, that we bring manufac-turing back to America so that we havethose good, high-paying manufacturing jobs. Those are just some of the steps,but if we are able to get those things to-gether, then I think everybody will havethe opportunity to succeed and I trulyfeel that once we get to the top of thatladder, that each and every one of ushas the responsibility to extend ourhand so that others can come up behindus.To learn more about Ms. Chu, visither campaign site at www.judychu.org.
—Beth Hartnett
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, September 19, 2012
 A passion for making all Americans voices heard
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffCongresswoman Judy Chu, Democraticcandidate for the 27th CongressionalDistrict.

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