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Courier 11.28.12

Courier 11.28.12

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Shopping small business and keeping it local
Story on page 3
Wednesday 11-28-12
75 cents
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffKim McCurdy, left, and Piera Mejias share a laugh over Ms. McCurdyʼs Thanksgiving apron last Wednesday at St. Ambrose Epis-copal Church in Claremont. For 19 years, Ms. McCurdy has helped to organize the traditional Thanksgiving feast at the church.
The little house that could
Story on page 10
Fever pitch:
CHS senior JeremyGiles sets his sightson the Big Apple
Story on page 13
Unreasonable search
Dear Editor:Last Wednesday, the COURIER pro-vided us an overview of the city’s recently-installed automatic license plate reader cam-eras. [“Hi-tech cameras keep watchful eyeon Claremont,” November 21.] Our citycouncil’s decision to install these camerasraises serious civil liberties issues.In order to clarify what may be muddywaters, it usually helps to put the issue intoa broader context.What is clear is that the lure of a newtechnology, which offers the possibility tocatch more lawbreakers, will, to some peo-ple, always be very powerful. Nevertheless,we must not let our emotions cause us toacquiesce to governmental intrusions.Our Constitution was written to establishwhat powers the government has, as wellas those it does
have. Self-governmentobligates every individual citizen (includingthose acting within a governmental body)to always be policing themselves to safe-guard our constitutionally-protected rights,and not just waiting for a court to tell uswhat is constitutional or not.The Fourth Amendment to the Consti-tution states: “The right of the people to besecure in their persons...against unreason-able searches...shall not be violated...” Now,while we may debate whether the licenseplate reader cameras violate the letter of the Fourth Amendment, I think—certainly,I hope—that most of us can agree that theyviolate the
of the Fourth Amendment.The cameras constitute an unreasonablesearch of our persons.In this post-9/11 world, with its new-found rationalizations for “security” sys-tems of all imaginable sorts, we must con-stantly remind ourselves that “security”must be directed to impair the criminally-intended, and not to harass and intrude uponthe honest and law-abiding.Clearly, this camera technology is notaimed solely at those legitimately suspectedof having committed (or intending to com-mit) a crime, situations for which the courtsroutinely issue search warrants and approvewire taps. Rather, it employs a shotgun ap-proach against each and every one of us byrecording our presence every time we passthrough a particular
location.Incidentally, a similar mindset infests theTSA, who indiscriminately scrutinizeeveryone at the airport rather than restrictingthemselves to searching for terrorists. Notlost on the observant in all of this is thecognitive dissonance, the schizophrenia, of Californians, who like the cameras becausethey will help us capture and remove crim-inals, and yet just voted (Prop 36) to weakenour 3 strikes law so that more felons canavoid more prison time. So, which is it?Shall we lock up the criminals, or not?I suggest we do the responsible thing.Lock up the criminals when we catch them,not go out of our way to let them out earlyto prey upon us, again. And do not violatethe rights of the law-abiding with ubiquitoussurveillance cameras.
Douglas Lyon
The real turkeys
Dear Editor:The Claremont COURIER recently pub-lished an article touting Golden State Wa-ter’s contribution of 100 turkeys to needyfamilies in our community for Thanksgiv-ing (on the front page, no less).Isn’t it obvious that GSW’s excessivewater rates are a huge factor in putting fam-ilies in the financial situation they're in?It’s great that GSW delivers turkeys, butwe aren’t fooled or swayed by their dona-tion. Instead, we continue to ask GSW,Why do they make it harder on families inour community through their abusive billingpractices and excessive water rate in-creases? Why, instead of having lower wa-ter bills when we’ve conserved water, arewe actually charged more, with WRAMsurcharges?The real turkeys continue to be GSWexecutives who receive such large salaries,and then increase our water rates to covertheir costs.Last year the GSW CEO received morethan $1.6 million in compensation, a costthat is passed onto water users. Ratepayersin Claremont pay far more for water servicethan neighboring cities. As a private watercompany, GSW is permitted to seek a rateincrease every 3 years, and they do. GSWis asking for yet another increase of over24 percent.So while we might be thankful for theturkeys from GSW this week, we are morethankful that our city council is united at 5-0, and continues to move forward with plansto gain independence from GSW (a “for-profit” company).It’s time to run the real turkeys out of town.
Hal Hargrave Randy Scott
Claremonters AgainstOutrageous Water Rates
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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, November 28, 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 91
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
 Art, art everywhereClaremont’s best educationTruth, goodness and beauty
—Peggy Woodruff
is the season forsmall business, orso it would seemfor the mom-and-pop shopsof the Claremont Village asholiday shopping kicked off in full force last weekend.
Throngs of holiday shoppers bus-tled with shopping bags in tow, prov-ing the crowds don’t just take to themalls for the busiest shopping time of the year. It’s a happy sign of the timesand a hopeful start to the season, saysJeena Sousa, manager at Raku, a bou-tique shop off Yale Avenue.“People like to have a choice in-stead of just running to their local Tar-get or Walmart,” Ms. Sousa said.“They want to do something that feelspositive instead of the typical BlackFriday shopping.”Ms. Sousa credits part of the boomto the successful marketing of SmallBusiness Saturday, a Black Friday-esque promotion now in its third year.Started by American Express in 2010,Small Business Saturday began as away to get shoppers to ditch the bigbox and e-commerce stores in favorof holiday shopping at local “brickand mortar businesses.”The promotion caught on, drawingattention with the use of social mediaand incentives bestowed upon mom-and-pop customers. An estimated$103 million was spent as part of lastyear’s Small Business Saturday asshoppers ditched the typical day-after-Thanksgiving mad dash for local op-tions. While a total has yet to bereported for 2012, a reported 500,000businesses nationwide participated inthis year’s campaign.While in years past Ms. Sousa saysher eclectic, small-town boutiquestore has seen a surge in customersduring the busy holiday season, thisyear’s sales have reached a new level.Though she has not yet received atotal on last weekend’s numbers, Ms.Sousa feels optimistic about the out-come based on the foot traffic and thesheer knowledge that people seem tonow have about the small businesscampaign.“This year, we had people comingin on Friday and 3 different peoplecalled to ask about our Small Busi-ness Saturday promotions,” Ms.Sousa said. “There is a defi-nite reaction to this cam-paign.”Rhino Records down thestreet used the campaign toits advantage, promoting aslew of discounts to holidayshoppers. They reaped the re-wards, as the store wascrammed with customers allweekend, according to Gen-eral Manager Dennis Callaci.“This felt like the first yearthe message really got outthere,” said Mr. Callaci of thenewspaper, radio and otheradvertisements for SmallBusiness Saturday.In general, Mr. Callaci saysthe longtime Claremontrecord store, which has fought off hard times in recent years, has seen asurge in the past 18 months.“You read reports about howmoney spent at a local shop stays inthat city versus shopping at a big boxand how little stays. It seems peoplein general are more hip to that,” hesaid.“People who live in Claremonttry to spend their money here and wehave been truly blessed with that sup-port.”Joanne Crombie, salesperson atClaremont Village Treasures, alsonoted the recent surge in business, duein part, she believes, to the homedecor boutique’s new location. Sincemoving from First Street to Yale, theshop has seen an overwhelm-ing improvement, she said,and their holiday shoppingexperience benefited as a re-sult. Sales for one individualalone totaled near $600, shesaid.“At one point it was almosttoo much to handle. We had 3people working and couldhave used a fourth,” she said.“We saw considerably moretraffic.”While Ms. Crombie saysVillage events like the WineWalk have really helped drivein business to town, fellowshop owners also credit theVillage’s eclectic spirit.“People here seem to havea sense of pride in the stores aroundhere and the choices,” Ms. Sousa said.“Claremont’s downtown has so muchavailable. A lot of cities don’t have thekind of access we have here.”
—Beth Hartnett
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Golden State Water Company has begun a $2 mil-lion infrastructure improvement project in Claremont.The company will drill and equip a new well at itsIndian Hill plant. Construction should be completeand the well operational early next year.“The new well is needed to replace an older wellthat has been de-activated,” said Golden State DistrictManager Ben Lewis.Because the project involves 24-hour activity,sound walls have been installed around the perimeterof the construction to reduce noise. Drilling is sched-uled to begin this week and, depending on soil con-ditions, should last one week. Other activities mayalso involve 24-hour construction including the in-stallation of well casing, pouring gravel and makinga grout seal and will occur for up to 5 weeks. All con-struction will take place inside Golden State’s IndianHill Plant site. Impact on traffic will be minimal, ac-cording to the city manager’s report, however resi-dents may see additional truck traffic as crews deliverequipment and supplies.The Claremont Planning Commission approvedthe new well and the temporary noise variance for24-hour construction activities on November 16,2010. In October, the company sent a letter to cus-tomers near the plant to share details of the project.People with questions are encouraged to callGolden State Water Company’s 24-hour customerservice hotline at (800) 999-4033. Information aboutinfrastructure improvements is also available atwww.gswater.com. Customers can visit the websiteto subscribe to a free electronic newsletter and to re-ceive ongoing updates about water service.
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffA pedestrian walks past the festive holiday display in the window of Claremont Village Treasures on Monday. Manybusinesses in the Village reported good sales over the weekend that followed Black Friday.
Claremont follows national trend with busy shopping season
A sign in the window of Claremont Village Treasures re-minds visitors about shop small business Saturday re-cently in the Claremont Village.
Golden State Water begins $2 million infrastructure improvement

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