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Courier 9.22.12

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Hot or not, folks turned out for Claremont Day at the Fair
Story on page 4
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Final endeavorFinal endeavor
 
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Riding on the back of a NASA Boeing 747, the Space Shuttle Endeavor passes over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Friday. The Endeavor completed its final flight on Fridaycruising southern California landmarks Malibu, downtown Los Angeles, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Disneyland and eventually landing at Los Angeles International AirportThe spectacle attracted crowds throughout the region, but few cities reported incidents aside from isolated traffic congestion..
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Dodging bicycle traffic
Dear Editor:I just wanted to share a safety heads-upwith Claremont residents who frequent theVillage. Recently, my husband, who is re-covering from surgery, stepped out of abusiness onto the sidewalk and was dealt aglancing blow by a cyclist who was speed-ing by. She stopped immediately and apol-ogized profusely but it was still a scare.A few days later, he was sitting outsidethe same business, where a bicycle wasparked on the sidewalk. Another cyclistgoing by tapped the parked bicycle and itfell over onto my husband, a friend’s dogand the table we were sitting at.Also, a fragile senior citizen narrowlyavoided injury as a bystander shouted awarning to stop in the doorway as a skate-boarder was speeding directly towards her.Curious about traffic restrictions in theVillage, I sent an email to the Claremontwebsite and Chief Cooper has responded:“There are no local ordinances or Vehi-cle Codes prohibiting riding a bicycle onthe sidewalk in the Village or anywhereelse in the city. Skateboards are prohibitedin the Village area whether they are on thestreet or the sidewalk. There are also no‘parking’ restrictions on bicycles, otherthan section 21210 of the Vehicle Code,which states, “No person shall leave a bi-cycle laying on its side on any sidewalk, orshall park a bicycle on a sidewalk in anyother position so there is not adequate pathfor pedestrian traffic. There are numerousbike racks throughout the Village that rid-ers are encouraged to use, but nothing inplace that legally forces them to utilizethem.”Bottom line: Be careful and watch forcross traffic when you step out of Villagebusinesses. Look both ways! Cyclists,please park your bikes at the bike racks.Let’s be safe.
Wendy Hampton
Claremont
Where’s the beauty?
Dear Editor:Come on, Claremont. What is going on?I am all for conserving water, but let’s do itright. What has happened to our beautifulcity? The city of trees, our quaint littletown? Where I used to see beautifully well-kept homes, I now see overgrown plants,“drought resistant” weeds, front yards cov-ered in mulch and very poorly maintainedgardens.If you feel the need to let your lawn dieand go with a drought-resistant landscape,please do it right. Make it look nice andkeep it that way.In the old days, I would see letters fromthe city posted on doors of homes wherethe yard maintenance was not up to Clare-mont standards. Haven’t seen any of thoselately. Seems like Claremont is okay withthis. I certainly am not. It makes me sad todrive around town and see how the beautyof Claremont has declined.Let’s not allow this to happen to our lit-tle treasure. Please folks, let’s make Clare-mont beautiful again.Thanks for letting me vent.
Margaret Johnson
Claremont
First Baptist Church
Dear Editor:According to an ad in the WednesdaySeptember l9 COURIER, a new church isbeginning at the corner of Harrison andMountain Avenues in Claremont. This isthe property of the First Baptist Church,which meets each Sunday for traditionalworship at 9:30 a.m.We are alive and well. The “new”church is renting space to use after ourworship service.
Kit Tournay
Claremont
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 22, 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 74
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420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Owner
Janis Weinberger
Editor and Publisher
Peter Weinberger
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Chris Oakley
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Pat Yarborough
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READERS’ COMMENTS
 ADVENTURES
IN HAIKU
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
What’s beyond my door It’s my favorite paper Don’t throw that away
—Peggy Woodruff
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Tuesday, September 25
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
CORRECTIONIn the Q&A with Senator Carol Liu pub-lished Wednesday, September 12, the arti-cle quotes Ms. Liu, saying, “My morerecent legislation deals with the communitycolleges. There are about 2 million peoplein the state of California that attend ourcommunity colleges, and 7 percent of themdo not obtain an associate’s degree or trans-fer to a 4-year school.” It should insteadread that 70 percent of community collegestudents do not obtain an associate’s degreeor transfer to a 4-year school.
READERS’ COMMENTS
The COURIER welcomes all readers’ com-ments on any issue or topic. Comments may besubmitted by email to editor@claremont-courier.com, by fax 621-4072, by mail 1420 N.Claremont Blvd. Ste. 205B, Claremont, CA91711, or hand-delivery. Email is the preferredmethod.Deadline for submissions in the Wednesdayissue is Friday at 5 p.m.; the deadline for the Sat-urday issue is Wednesday at 5 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publicationof every letter. We reserve the right to edit lettersfor space. Letters should not exceed 250 words.
 
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Council will review Dial-A-Ride fares due to surging demand
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he Claremont City Council will re-view a potential fare increase to thecity’s Dial-A-Ride program thisTuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Dial-A-Ride Claremont has provided inexpensivecab service to locals without trans-portation since 1985. The Commu-nity and Human ServicesCommission recommended the fare increase lastmonth after several public hearings on the nonprofitorganization.The program was sent for commission review bythe city council because of its increased popularityand cost. The program has seen its ridership triple inthe last 3 years, according to Interim Assistant CityManager Colin Tudor in a report to the council inApril. An estimated 78,000 cab rides are expected thisyear alone.With the way Dial-A-Ride is growing, the city’sdesignated funds will only be able to maintain theprogram for the next 2.5 years, according to city offi-cials.“If we keep the costs where they are at currently,we will have no funds left within 2-and-a-half years,”said Claremont Management Analyst Cari Sneed inan interview last month.The city is recommending an increase to combatthe problem before it happens. Though Ms. Sneedconcedes that though no formal recommendation for aprice increase has yet been made, riders may see ratesincrease as much as double the present rate. Currently,the general public pays $1.25 for a one-way ride, andseniors and those with disabilities pay $0.75. City ad-ministration is recommending a twofold increase inthe fare, with a $0.25 increase to group rides in an ef-fort to encourage group usage.By increasing fares, the hope is that users will beencouraged to become more conscious of the ridesthey request, according to George Sparks, administra-tor of the Pomona Valley Transportation Authoritythat provides the Dial-a-Ride service.“It may give someone pause to consider carpoolingor using a little shoe leather for the day,” Mr. Sparkssaid, who hopes that the service will be more avail-able for those with no other means of transportation.“We want to make the price more appropriate with thevalue of service. The goal is to narrow that margin pertrip.”To view the full agenda for Tuesday night’s citycouncil meeting, visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
CITYCOUNCIL
CITY NEWS
Despite the heat, Claremont celebrates fairly well
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n a warm—scratchthat, HOT—afternoon,a sizeable Claremontcontingent watched a home-town-centered parade windthrough the grounds of the LosAngeles County Fair, honoredits Community Heroes and par-took in the traditional offeringsof the exposition, from carnivalrides to animal exhibits to awide variety of deep-fried foodofferings.
Following a reception for participantson the patio of the Millard Sheets art ex-hibit hall, the Claremont High Schoolband led off the parade with participa-tion by both the CHS and El Roble In-termediate School band and marchingunits. Floats followed filled with bead-throwing participants enjoying theprocess.The CHS band opened ceremonies inthe comfortable coolness of ExhibitBuilding 4 with music, followed byClaremont’s perennial master of cere-monies Jess Swick congratulating andpresenting certificates to Claremont’s an-nual Community Heroes.The 2012 honorees included TonyMarino, who has worked with Meals onWheels and as a member of the Clare-mont Police Department’s RSVP (Re-tired Senior Volunteer Program) for anumber of years.“Almost” 14-year-old McKennaMaglio, an eighth-grader at WesternChristian School in Claremont has de-voted more than half of her young life toassisting clients of Ability First, also inClaremont, where activities for thosewith physical and developmental dis-abilities are centered. Those clients in-clude McKenna’s 11-year-old brotherCameron, who is autistic. McKenna isalso involved in programs through Gran-ite Greek Community Church.It would be difficult to find a goodcause in Claremont that Claremont heroRandy Prout has
not 
been involved in.The friendly touch of the longtime localState Farm insurance agent is present ina wide array of activities including Ro-tary, Chamber of Commerce, ClaremontEducational Foundation, Mt. San Anto-nio Gardens retirement community andany number of city activities—including,for a time, the selection community forthe Community Heroes program. Thistime it was turnabout for Mr. Prout.
—Pat YarboroughCOURIER photo/Pat YarboroughClaremont High School drum majorGabriel Garvin leads the CHS marchingband during the hero recognition ofClaremont Day at the LA County Fair onThursday afternoon.The Claremont High School cheerleaders make their way down Redwood Avenueat the LA County Fair during the Claremont Day celebration on Thursday.
iPoly high school moves intonew headquarters
Since 1993, International Polytechnic High School, aspecialized school located on the Cal Poly Pomona cam-pus, has challenged students to work in teams to solvereal-world problems.The innovative school has a 99 percent graduationrate, which is particularly impressive given that classeshave been taught since the school’s opening in a series of temporary classrooms.With the creation of a new $20 million facility, whichwill be unveiled in a ribbon-cutting on Friday, Septem-ber 28, iPoly students and staff will finally be able tospread out a little.The 2-story 44,579-square-foot facility is located on1.5 acres of land and features 21 classrooms, a multipur-pose room, administrative areas, an outdoor sitting areaand a central courtyard. Its construction, which utilizedgreen plumbing and building materials, was funded by a$31.2 million grant awarded by the California SchoolsFacilities Program to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), which operates iPoly. The moneyfor that grant came from Propositions 55, 47 and 1D.Construction began in March 2011 and was completedlast month.Some 500 high school students, from Los Angeles,Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, willbenefit from the new digs. The school is the result of apartnership between the LOCOE and Cal Poly, who col-laborated to create an interdisciplinary, hands-on cur-riculum that would better prepare students for success inhigher education and in the world of work.It is not a magnet school for exceptional students, butinstead one that recruits average students who may notsucceed to their highest potential in traditional highschools.The September 28 ribbon-cutting starts at 10 a.m. atCal Poly Pomona, 3851 W. Temple Avenue in Pomona.Guests may park for free in Lot K, with no permit re-quired.For more information, call (909) 839-2320.
Childrenʼs author will explorewriting process at library talk
Mary Ann Fraser, author/illustrator of more than 60books for young readers, will explore the process of writ-ing, illustrating and researching with special emphasis onthe non-fiction and social genres this Tuesday, September25, at 6 p.m. in the Claremont Library meeting room.Ms. Fraser’s books, which include the
I.Q
. book seriesand
Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree
, have been Junior LibraryGuild Selections, and have been awarded the School Li-brary Journal Best Book of the Year. The program is freeand open to the public. For information, call 621-4902 orvisit www.colapublib.org.
 
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