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Claremont Courier 3.22.13

Claremont Courier 3.22.13

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA. 3.22.13
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COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffClaremont resident James “Jim” Beasom III woke up on the morning of his recent 90th birthday and did what he has done nearly every day for more than adecade: He embarked on a 20-mile ride along the foothills on his bicycle. He rides an recumbent bicycle, above, along Bonita Avenue in La Verne during a recentride with the Claremont Senior Bicycle Group. Mr. Beasom is a retired surgeon and has been a Claremont resident since 1955.
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 22, 2013
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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
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420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Owner
Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
pweinberger@claremont-courier.com
Editor-in-Chief
Kathryn Dunn
editor@claremont-courier.com
Newsroom
City Reporter
Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
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Sports Reporter
Chris Oakley
sports@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
steven@claremont-courier.com
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
Back Page
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Production
Ad Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Advertising
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
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Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
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Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
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Water rates are reasonable
Dear Editor:I would like to first state my supportfor Tobias Hecht’s Viewpoint regardingthe purchase of Golden State Water inClaremont. We have 5 people and pay abill of about $50 to $60 per month, whichI agree is quite reasonable. I would liketo add that we all live in a desert, and sowater is a precious and limited resource.Water is removed from aquifers at amuch faster rate than it is replaced. Wast-ing water to make unused miniature golf courses in everyone's backyard is inane.One the other hand, I would also like torespond to Nick Mirman’s letter to theeditor on the same subject. Giant for-profit corporations do not have constitu-tional rights, people do. Golden StateWater is also quite capable of defendingitself.Consequently, I doubt that anyone re-ally thinks that your “California Allianceto Protect Private Property Rights” isanything but a shill. I suggest you quitthis battle and go protect someone whoneeds it.
Brian Sutin
Claremont
Support the NVRA
Dear Editor:The fate of the National Voter Regis-tration Act (NVRA) now lies with theSupreme Court. For the second time in asmany months, the justices are hearing ar-guments on vital legislation that has en-couraged active participation in ourdemocracy for nearly 2 decades.The League of Women Voters of Ari-zona is a plaintiff in the case and theLWVUS has submitted an amicus brief to the Court.If the Supreme Court rules against theNVRA, states would be free to pass lawsthat could restrict voter registration ac-tivities and thereby prevent eligible citi-zens from registering to vote. Pledge tosupport new voters and the organizationsthat bring them into the political process.Contact the Supreme Court to let themknow of your support for the NVRA.Thank you.
Ellen Taylor
VP, AdvocacyLWV of the Claremont Area
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Please send readers’ comments via email to editor@claremont-courier.com or bymail or hand-delivery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste. 205B, Claremont, CA 91711.The deadline for submission is Tuesday at 5 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publication of every letter. Letters are the opin-ion of the writer, not a reflection of the COURIER. We reserve the right to edit let-ters.
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 And then she swallowed a lump of disagreement changing to love thoughts
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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
Saturday, March 23
Architectural CommissionSpecial Meeting, 9 a.m.City Hall north parking lot
Monday, March 25
Tree CommitteeCouncil Chamber, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
Parks, Hillsides & UtilitiesCommittee Special MeetingCommunity Services, 6:30 p.m.1616 Monte Vista Ave.Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
 
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ouncilmember Opanyi Nasiali hasreceived a name change. It’sMayor Nasiali for 2013-2014.
Mr. Nasiali was unanimously selected to serve asClaremont’s mayor by his fellow council members ata special meeting Tuesday night. He takes up his newtitle after serving the city over the past year as mayorpro tem. He is still getting used to the name change.“I keep pinching myself,” he joked.But he has no false notions over what the title of mayor might mean for him. It hasn’t changed hismindset as a council member whatsoever, he assured.“I am one among equals,” Mr. Nasiali said. “We allhave one duty, one responsibility,and that is to do what the peopleelected us to do, and that’s it. Themain thing that is foremost aboveanything else is that we are here to do the people’s job.”His first act as mayor was to lead the council in se-lecting Joe Lyons as the new mayor pro tem, alsounanimously affirmed. The duo will now lead the cityafter joining the council together in March of 2011.Priorities for the councilmember-turned-mayorhave not changed much since that election. As mayor,he brings his campaign slogan “living within ourmeans” along for the ride.“We are doing a pretty good job right now and Iwant to continue that,” Mr. Nasiali said. “I want tomake sure the city is financially stable because if youdon’t have that stability you can’t provide the servicesthat people need and are used to. That is my personalnumber-one goal.”Since his election 2 years ago, Mr. Nasiali has puthis motto to work by aiding the city in negotiationswith its employees, transitioning to having each em-ployee pay their own portion of their Public Employ-ees’ Retirement System contribution (PERS). Asmayor, he plans to continue those efforts with eyes fo-cused on areas of local concern that the council hasdeemed most important to the city: local water issues,overcrowding of the Wilderness Park, economic de-velopment and a new police station.“All of those are things that if we don’t keep oureye on them, we can easily go into the forest and ex-pense staff time on things that are not as critical as theones we set as our priorities as a council.”We need to maintain a focus on things relevant toClaremont within the purview of the local council,Mr. Nasiali continued.“Let’s focus our attention to the things we need todo within that list of priorities we established for our-selves,” Mr. Nasiali said.Another important area of focus for the new mayoris building upon the city’s relationships with itsschools. Among his goals, Mr. Nasiali would like toreintroduce “city government day,” bringing highschool students to City Hall for the day to shadow thecity manager and other staff members. The day wouldideally culminate with the students joining for a citycouncil meeting.He also plans to invite all local schools to send astudent representative or group of student representa-tives to start off each meeting with the Pledge of Alle-giance. He hopes educating young students abouttheir government and increasing their involvementwill encourage their interest in community involve-ment. Recognizing the low voter turnout in recent cityelections, he finds the need to engage children in localgovernment even more vital.“I’m hoping that if we start students at a young ageto see how their government functions and under-stand how it works, maybe there will be some interestin their realizing they too can play a role,” he said.Mr. Nasiali grew up in Kenya during a time whenpublic education did not exist. Neither of his parentshad higher than a grade school education, but instilledin their son the importance of education. Though hisparents were not wealthy, they managed to scrape to-gether enough money to send their son to school.They instilled the value of education within their son,a value that remains today.“I recognize the importance of emphasizing educa-tion as the cornerstone of whatever we do in ourlives,” Mr. Nasiali said. “I want our students to knowtheir council is interested in their success.”Not just their athletic success, but for those accom-plished in the classroom as well. He wants to set anexample for Claremont’s budding academics by rec-ognizing those who excel at city council meetings. “Itgives the students something to work hard for,scholastically speaking,” he said.As Mr. Nasiali assumes his role as mayor—theemails are already rolling in—former Mayor LarrySchroeder settles into his role as city council member,fresh from re-election. Mr. Schroeder and fellowCouncilmember Corey Calaycay were reinstated intotheir positions on Tuesday evening.“It’s finally beginning to sink in,” Mr. Nasiali saidthe morning following his selection. “But I’ll takeeach day as it comes and always remember the reasonwhy I do this, why we [council members, volunteersfor the city] all do this. It’s not a position of power.We do it because we have this unique desire to servethe community in which we live.“The idea that I can actually contribute somethingto the betterment of the community, that is alwaysforemost,” he continued. “It is an honor that peoplesee that and give me the privilege of serving on thecity council.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 22, 2013
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CITY NEWS
Mayor Schroeder passes the torch to Opanyi Nasiali
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffCouncilmember Larry Schroeder kisses his wife Laurie after he was sworn in for his second term on the councilduring a special meeting Tuesday night. Mr. Schroeder chose to have his wife administer the oath of office after thecouncil certified the recent municipal election.
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