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Claremont Courier 3.8.13

Claremont Courier 3.8.13

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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont residents Donah Holmes and Margaret Fulmer, with Rosie the dog, try the steep trail leading out of Sycamore Canyon Parkon Saturday following the parkʼs grand re-opening. Originally opened in 1972, the park closed after the Grand Prix Fire in 2003 andunderwent an extensive renovation before Saturdayʼs re-dedication.
Friday, March 8, 2013
One dollar
our er 
After the
18More news and photo galleriesevery day at:claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
Calaycay, Schroeder re-elected/
Play ball! ClaremontLittle League holdsopening day /
A visit with Chris/
Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 8, 2013
The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published once 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
one hundred and fifth year, number 17
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
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
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
City not swayed by threat
Dear Editor:As reported recently in the ClaremontCOURIER, the city of Claremont has re-ceived several requests seeking to obtaincopies of documents related to the city’spotential acquisition of the water systemin Claremont.Documents that are either produced orreceived by the city are generally subjectto the California Public Records Act(PRA). Like all requests the city receivesfor copies of documents and correspon-dence, the city has responded to these re-quests in accordance with state law.This specifically applies to the city’s re-sponse to the recent public records re-quests submitted by the ClaremontCOURIER and by the northern Californiaadvocacy group mentioned in the article.As the article correctly points out, this par-ticular group is also seeking copies of cor-respondence the city may have receivedfrom certain Claremont residents, referredto as “activists.” The reference made bythe advocacy group stating that the cityhas violated the Public Records Act iscompletely inaccurate.The city of Claremont will continue toprovide documents to any individual orgroup in accordance with state law.Last, the article indicates that the advo-cacy group is threatening legal actionagainst the city if we do not meet each of their demands and timeframes.The city of Claremont will continue tocomply with every provision of the PublicRecords Act, and the city will not beswayed by the threat of legal action.
Larry Schroeder
Mayor, Claremont
Visual pollution
Dear Editor:It’s been several weeks now and I havetried very hard to learn to love the newmonument signs at the Old School House,but I can’t do it.I completely understand the desire of the merchants to have some signs withtheir names visible from the street, butwhat we have now looks like a leftoverfrom Halloween and that gets in the wayof my reading any of the text.Why couldn’t we have had 2 shortersigns with the same pastel orange as theCitibank sign, and the same backgroundcolor? Why do the names have to be a jumble of sizes, fonts and colors with aminimal border around the words? All of this makes the sign very hard to read.Why not use the same font and color forall the text? Isn’t the point to make it easyfor people driving by to read?A lot of people worked hard to try topreserve the OSH and to make sure it wasrenovated in keeping with its history andwith Claremont values.These signs seriously interfere withthose goals and provide an object lessonin what can go wrong when you allowlarge signs without sufficient restrictionson design.I may be in the minority, but to me thesesigns seem to create visual pollution with-out achieving their advertising goals verywell, and to move the city toward lookinglike every other town.I hope we can rethink how the rulesshould be applied.
Sue Schenk
Cherry tree pink flame Reaches high for sun and skyFlawless equipoise
—Michael Bever
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
Tuesday, March 12
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13
Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March13
Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Please send readers’ comments via email toeditor@claremont-courier.com or by mail orhand-delivery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste.205B, Claremont, CA 91711. The deadline forsubmission is Tuesday at 5 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publicationof every letter. Letters are the opinion of thewriter, not a reflection of the COURIER. We re-serve the right to edit letters.
 Letters should not exceed 250 words
Here are 10 reasons why you should be part of the COURIER family
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To stay in the know about the people and places closest to you.
You can trust the reporting is accurate and objective.
It’s fun getting mail that’s not junk.
You still enjoy reading words printed on paper.
To learn more about why Claremont is such a great place to live.
Outstanding photography and design lives on.
You can visit the COURIER website each day and find something new.
It gives Claremonters with diverse opinions a voice.
Our staff is committed to helping Claremont businesses thrive.
1: Reading the COURIER brings us together as a community.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 8, 2013
laremont constituentshave spoken. MayorLarry Schroeder andCouncilmember Corey Calay-cay will serve another 4 yearson the Claremont City Council.
Voters took to the polls on Tuesday tofill the local council’s 2 open seats. Resi-dent Michael Keenan was the only one toanswer the call to run against council in-cumbents, submitting his campaign forms just before deadline.While confident in his campaign, Mr.Keenan fell short of unseating his oppo-nents. Mr. Schroeder took a slim lead with3197 votes, or 45.7 percent of the votescast. Mr. Calaycay was a close secondwith 3048 votes, or 43.4 percent. Mr.Keenan came in at 773, or 11 percent of the votes.Of Claremont’s 22,962 voters, 3968 or17.6 percent participated, a slight decreasefrom the city’s last biennial council elec-tion in 2011, which saw a total of 5184ballots cast by about 25 percent of Clare-mont voters. In that race, 8 candidates ranfor 3 open seats on the city council.The city saw a slight increase in thoseparticipating by mail. About 2422 vote-by-mail or provisional ballots were cast inthis latest election as compared to about2291 in 2011. Sonja Stump, election vol-unteer at Sycamore School, noted the per-ceived increase from years past. She alsorecognized an increase of voters withinher precinct, which she attributed to thenew, more condensed precincts. Addi-tionally, the Sycamore precinct now in-cludes Claremont’s politically activePilgrim Place residents.Among Sycamore’s morning voterswas David Rosenfeld, who said he wasdriven to the polls because there was oneparticular candidate he did not wantelected, so he wanted to make sure to casthis vote for the other 2 candidates. Whilethis year’s ballot may have been small, itdidn’t matter to Mr. Rosenfeld, who sayshe has voted in every single election sincethe time he was able to vote. Even sick-ness has not kept him from the polls.“It’s a privilege,” Mr. Rosenfeld saidsimply.After the polls closed, a handful of con-stituents followed the ballots to City Hall,where a team of city workers prepared forthe count. The night proved slow as CityClerk Lynne Fryman announced that theballot counter and printer were havingcommunication problems. Over at hisBase Line Road home, Mr. Calaycay andfriends anxiously awaited the returns. Afriend camped at City Hall called aheadof the city’s website being updated to givethem the latest results, which showed Mr.Calaycay in a healthy lead.“I’m pleased with the initial results,”Mr. Calaycay said after refreshing theelection results on the city’s website, andthe next couple hours proved equallypleasing.Mr. Calaycay acknowledged that whilehe may not be able to predict what will beat the forefront of the council agenda, hewill continue to devote the same commit-ment.“I pledge to always stick to my 4 guid-ing principles: citizen-driven policy, hon-esty and integrity, transparency ingovernment and fiscal responsibility,” Mr.Calaycay reiterated.On the other side of town, Mr.Schroeder gathered with family andfriends at Casa Moreno. Now elected tohis second term on council, Mr. Schroeder
Incumbents coast to victory in city council election
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffCouncilmember Corey Calaycay meets with some of his constituents on Tuesday dur-ing an election-night party at his Claremont home.AT LEFT: Mayor Larry Schroeder visits with a supporter during his election party atCasa Moreno. Voters returned Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Calaycay to their posts.
en years after fire forced the closureof north Claremont’s SycamoreCanyon, the park and accompany-ing trailheads are open once more.
About 40 hikers and 4-legged friends celebrated thepark’s grand reopening over the weekend, eager to bethe first to add their footprints to the newly-renovatedpathway leading into Claremont’s beloved open space.A cool breeze and clear skies provided the perfect back-drop for the day as the city made good on its promiseto continue to protect its wildlands.“This ceremony is a tribute to the city’s commitmentto preserving our open spaces, one of the distinct fea-tures of our city,” said Mayor Larry Schroeder to thecrowds awaiting entrance to the trail.With the reopening of Sycamore Canyon, the citynow adds to the plethora of trails and pathwaysthroughout the Claremont hillsides. Others includethose at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Loop, GailMountain, Johnson’s Pasture and the Thompson CreekTrail. With the overcrowding along other Claremontpathways, notably the Wilderness Loop, hikers and citydignitaries alike welcomed the alternative means of en-tering the Claremont foothills.“Let’s keep this very quiet,” joked CouncilmemberSam Pedroza.The journey to rebuilding Sycamore Canyon has
Claremont adds more open space with grand reopening
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffCity officials and community leaders cut the ribbon on the new walking path at Sycamore Canyon Park dur-ing a celebration on Saturday in north Claremont. The re-opened park has 2 new trails, one that is very easyand winds back into the canyon. The other features a more strenuous climb up the adjacent hillside.ELECTION
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