Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 15, 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 18
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Publisher and Owner
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Reporter At Large
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
City delays release of documents
Dear Editor:I am writing in response to Mayor LarrySchroeder’s letter to the editor (Friday,March 8) suggesting that the city has beenfully compliant with the intent and spirit of the California Public Records Act (PRA).The California Alliance to Protect Pri-vate Property Rights, a California privateproperty rights organization, respectivelydisagrees with the mayor’s assertion.For one, the city has not provided us allthe documents we requested, includingthose required by law. We know this to betrue because the city has been correspon-ding with other public agencies, and theseagencies have provided us the very samedocuments that the city of Claremont haschosen to withhold from our organizationand the public.Secondly, the city has violated the spiritof the law by employing delay tactics todelay even the simplest requests. Such tac-tics may be legal, but are designed to with-hold public information for the longestperiod possible.Claremont residents share our interestin an open and transparent government.Even if the city can legally withhold somedocuments, there is nothing prohibitingthe city from releasing a simple statementthat explains how they intend to financethe taking of Golden State Water Com-pany's private property by eminent do-main and whether such action will in factlead to lower water rates.We hope the mayor, city council andstaff reconsider their long held belief thatthe public is not entitled to know how thecity intends to use their tax dollars.
Keep the Club trees
Dear Editor:I have lived in The Club for over 15years. The big, mature pine trees that linemy streets are one of the reasons my fam-ily move here. It’s also one of the reasonsthat the people who live here, and so manyothers from outside the neighborhood,drive through, walk their dogs, push theirstrollers, jog and run here, not because thesidewalks and streets are a challenge towalk on or unsafe.The removal of 59 trees now and othersin 4 years is because they are damaging thehardscape, not because they are diseased orat risk to fall. Their removal would drasti-cally change the appearance of our neigh-borhood and reduce the value of my home.The proposed “Tree Replacement Pro-gram” would destroy valuable environ-mental assets that will take generations ormore to replace, and it would also set abad precedent for other neighborhoodsthroughout the city of Claremont that arenow, or soon will be, facing the challengeof maintaining their mature trees.I do not support the views of my HOAand the city staff. I support the current treepolicy!