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Claremont Courier 1.26.13

Claremont Courier 1.26.13

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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffAdam Shiverdecker arranges the separate pieces of his artwork “Unmanned,” while installing it on Wednesday at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College.Mr. Shiverdecker is one of the artists selected for Denatured Nature, the 69th Scripps College Ceramic Annual, which opens today at the gallery.
The city’s talk with Golden State is postponed due to scheduling conflicts.
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In this edition
Board of Supervisors give more time to protest CleanWater, Clean Beaches tax
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CHS fights it out, but the match ends in a 100-minute, scoreless game
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Claremont Mom & Pop
: Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine
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Excuse the lawyers
Dear Editor:I am overwhelmed by the 2 goliaths:The city and the for-profit water company.I am not sure either party is coming forthwith the true agenda and exhuming whatthe citizens really need.I am especially concerned about themillions of dollars of legal fees that willbe incurred.In the past, the city attorney has usedthe mega-law firm that they are associatedwith, claiming that there is not the poten-tial for conflict of interest. I have had toswallow a lot of bull manure in my life,but this is real hard to swallow.If we lose, we will also have to pay thewater company legal fees. Will the mega-law firm pay for that? I doubt it. I think itis time to form a blue-ribbon committeeof people from the community and se-lected city staff, leaving out the city attor-ney, initially.This committee would determine whatthe citizens really need and then negotiatewith the water company to see if a com-promise could be achieved without takingon this tremendous burden.I was a victim of the mega-law firm’sruthless and nasty processes in eminentdomain. I gather some solace in knowingthe water company will also have ruthlessand nasty legal policies.It is time to bring in fresh ideas andthink out of the box. This community hasa wealth of talent to complete this project.
Dave Lannom
Claremont
The gun lobby
Dear Editor:Kudos to Gar Byrum and Merrill Ringfor their thoughtful comments on the issueof gun control (COURIER, January 23).It is difficult to quarrel with their argu-ments: that neither the Second Amend-ment nor the history of legislationinvolving firearms in this country presentany significant argument against the com-mon-sense gun control recommended bythe President and incorporated in SenatorFeinstein’s bill.We hear a lot from supporters of theNRA about guns and self- or family-pro-tection. But if gun ownership were anyguarantee of protection or safety, theUnited States would be the safest countryin the world as Americans own310,000,000 guns. But, alas, we are theleast safe of advanced countries.It is time to ignore the NRA which is,after all, now essentially a lobby for thegun manufacturers.
David Levering
ClaremontMore READERSʼ COMMENTS on page 7
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, January 26, 2013
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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: One dollar. 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 © 2013 Claremont Courier
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420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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 ADVENTURES
IN HAIKU
Claremont invadersFalse sense of safety, lock upSecurity gone
—Angela Rhodes
Haiku submissions should reflect upon life orevents in Claremont. Please email entries toeditor@claremont-courier.com.
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Monday, January 28
County Area Agency on AgingPublic Hearings, 1 to 3 p.m.Joslyn Senior Center,660 N. Mountain Ave.Tree CommitteeCouncil Chamber, 6 p.m.
 
READERS’ COMMENTS
 
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, January 26, 2013
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CITY NEWS
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he first water negotiation meetingscheduled to take place betweenGolden State Water Company andthe city of Claremont has been canceled.
After about a month of pause in the water discussion,City Manager Tony Ramos announced the city’s intentto meet water company officials at the city councilmeeting Tuesday night. Golden State Water officialsconfirmed on Wednesday that a meeting was scheduledto take place between city and water company repre-sentatives in the form of a conference call Friday, Jan-uary 25. Legal counsel would be present for both sides.No sooner was the meeting announced than it wascalled off due to scheduling problems, according toboth groups. The 2 groups have yet to meet followingthe city’s first formal offer for purchase of its water sys-tem.In November, Claremont attorneys presented GoldenState with a $54 million offer for purchase of the city’swater system and assets. While the water company hasmade repeated statements that Claremont’s water sys-tem is not for sale, officials say they are open to dialogand ways to work together moving forward. The citymaintains its focus on water system ownership, whetherthrough negotiations or by acquisition.The privately-owned water company approached theCPUC in July 2011 to request a rate increase of morethan 24 percent to take effect in 2013 with additional,smaller increases to be added in 2014 and 2015. Theappeal was followed by a series of protests from thewater company’s customers, many here in Claremont,upset about yet another set of rate increases. After sev-eral public hearings held in November 2011 and nego-tiations the following spring, the CPUC has beencharged with deliberating the final rate.While a decision was anticipated by the end of 2012in order for the rates to take effect as requested on Jan-uary 1, 2013, the CPUC has yet to render any decisionon the final rate.As the city awaits a decision from Sacramento on thewater rates, Claremont officials made their own visitthe state capitol on separate city business. Mr. Ramosand several city council members attended the Leagueof California Cities’ first policy committee meetings for2013. Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali sits on the em-ployee relations policy committee, CouncilmemberSam Pedroza serves on the transportation, communi-cation and public works committee, CouncilmemberJoe Lyons on community and economic developmentand Mr. Ramos on the public safety committee.“League support and opposition to legislation is ameans of influencing our state decision-makers and en-suring our local government is representing us at a statelevel,” Mr. Ramos said. “We want to thank our coun-cilmembers for serving on these policies. It is an extraadded duty beyond what you do as councilmembers butthat is how we get our voice to be heard representingthe residents of Claremont.”
In other council news
Back on the home front, Claremont continues tomove forward on city policy and goals. Among these iscontinuing to allocate funds to community efforts likethe Safe Routes to School program. On Tuesday, thecouncil approved the allocation of $450,000 in Caltransgrant funds and $51,500 in local Measure R funds tosupport the program’s continued efforts.Implemented in spring 2011, Safe Routes provideseducation, training and incentives for students to pro-mote the safe use of public walkways for walking orbiking to school. The half-million in funds will be usedto make bike and pedestrian improvements on publicright of ways near Danbury, Vista de Valle andSycamore elementary schools as well as El Roble In-termediate.Councilmember Joe Lyons added his voice to thecouncil’s unanimous support of the city’s continuedwork with the Safe Routes to School program and over-all city sustainability efforts.“This is a good example of how we advance ourcity’s interests...and acquire funding from the federaland state levels that are available for our residents’needs,” Mr. Lyons said. “This is a kind of home rulethat I think we do well in Claremont, and I think othercities would do well to model after us.”The council continued to drive city interests forwardon Tuesday night by adding its approval to the latestbudget for the city’s Community Development BlockGrant program (CDBG), supporting city and county-wide programs and projects dedicated to helping low-income individuals.This year, the city will award $137,204 to partici-pants in CDBG, a federal block grant program that re-ceives grant funding from Los Angeles County on ayearly basis in order to continue its operations. $60,000of that grant money will be used for housing rehabili-tation, $20,580 for senior case management and$56,624 for job creation and business incentive. MayorLarry Schroeder expressed his pleasure in the city’scontinued funding for the job creation and business in-centive program, which offers loan forgiveness to newor expanding businesses in exchange for hiring a full-time employee.“We get double credit here. We are not only helpinglow-income residents, but we are also helping eco-nomic development,” he said.
City manager gets merit bonus, payout
The council also awarded a one-time merit bonus toCity Manager Tony Ramos to the tune of $10,048.50and a payout of 2 weeks paid vacation at $7,729.66 fora total of $17,778.16 in addition to his regular salary.Council members directed city counsel to prepare a res-olution approving merit awards for the city manager,promoted to his current title in November 2011, afterconducting an employee evaluation earlier this month.City accomplishments under his leadership include theFoothill Boulevard relinquishment, the establishmentof Courier Place, development at Auto Center Driveand the parking lot expansion at the Claremont HillsWilderness Park.“During the process of evaluation, [the council is]appraised of the long list of accomplishments that ourcity manager has overseen,” Mr. Lyons said, adding, “Italso gives me the opportunity to compliment the staff also that makes his job and his accomplishments cer-tainly the stellar accomplishments that they are.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Unable to agree, city and Golden State postpone talk 
T
he Los Angeles CountyBoard of Supervisorshas granted an exten-sion for those who want toprotest the proposed county-wide Clean Water, CleanBeaches tax initiative. If ap-proved, the measure wouldcharge residents an annual feeto help pay for water qualityprojects.
The city of Claremont, the Clare-mont Unified School District and thePomona Valley Protective Association(PVPA) joined with numerous othermunicipalities, school districts and or-ganizations across the county to addtheir voice in opposition against theClean Water, Clean Beaches tax, whichwould cost the city an estimated$102,703 a year.The Clean Water fee is expected tocost the average single-family home-owner in Claremont $54 a year of whatcity officials believe will add up to$1,539,658 annually for residents. Only40 percent of those funds will be re-turned to the city for use in its watertreatment, Brian Desatnik, director of community development, noted earlierthis month.“The measure provides an inade-quate amount of funding to deal withthe full compliance issue for the city,”he told the council on January 8. “Webelieve that if there is going to be anapproach to local funding, we shouldhave more control over the entire fund-ing source generated locally and that itshould deal with the entirety of theissue and not just a small portion.“It’s just not a solution to the prob-lem,” he continued.Those who wish to protest the parceltax will be allowed 60 more days to doso. As of January 15, only 95,000 peo-ple had protested the fee. More than 50percent of LA County’s 9.8 million res-idents are needed to stop the tax fromgoing to a vote.More than 200 individuals spoke ear-lier this month at a hearing of the LACounty Board of Supervisors, whichgathered to take a vote on whether ornot to send the proposed tax to a coun-tywide vote. Supervisors tabled thevote after weighing the concerns of thepublic. Many LA County residents saidthey were upset with the timing of theproposed measure, sent in a nondescriptletter that many noted looked like junkmail during the bustling holiday season.In addition, many were upset about theconfusing verbiage of that letter.Supervisors directed staff to makechanges to the measure to include asunset date, a list of projects and acredit for property owners already col-lecting storm water before making a de-cision.“I think the supervisors did the ap-propriate thing and have extended [thedecision] out and will revisit this in thenext couple of months,” said City Man-ager Tony Ramos.In addition to emails, letters of protest can also be mailed to the execu-tive officer of the board of supervisorsat PO Box 866006, Los Angeles, CA90068. For more information on CleanWater, Clean Beaches, visit www.la-countycleanwater.org.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
City believes initiative is not part of clean water solution
Lindblad to joinPomona College
Bertil Lindblad, director of the UN-AIDS New York Office, will joinPomona College as senior adviser forinternational initiatives this March,bringing with him more than 30 yearsof experience in large and complexglobal organizations focused on inter-national cooperation and development.In the newly created position, Mr.Lindblad will work with the college’sleadership to coordinate and expandPomona’s global connections and in-ternational activities.Among his duties will be workingwith faculty to establish relationshipswith international organizations, in-cluding non-governmental organiza-tions, United Nations agencies andthink tanks; expanding internationaloptions for students; and facilitatingcampus visits by international profes-sionals, artists and scholars.Mr. Lindblad, a 1978 graduate of Pomona College, assumed his currentpost as director of the UNAIDS NewYork Office in 2008, after serving 4years as UNAIDS regional director forEastern Europe and Central Asia,based in Moscow.

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