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Claremont Courier 3.29.13

Claremont Courier 3.29.13

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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont High Schoolʼs Nancy Mercado makes it look easy as she places second during the girls 100-meter hurdle event last week in West Covina. Overall, CHSoutperformed South Hills High School, with the girls winning 93-43 and the boys taking the Huskies 71-61.
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 29, 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
one hundred and fifth year, number 20
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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
storribio@claremont-courier.com
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
Sammy
sammy@claremont-courier.com
Production
Ad Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Advertising
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
maryrose@claremont-courier.com
Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
classified@claremont-courier.com
Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
legalads@claremont-courier.com
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Distribution/Publications
Tom Smith
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Intern
Christina Burton
An unwelcome welcoming
Dear Editor:Yesterday afternoon a friend and I de-cided to go for a walk at a location we havebeen enjoying for years. Upon our arrivalat approximately 5:20 p.m., we noticedposted signs regarding a new parking feeto be imposed effective April 1, 2013.As we approached, we commented toeach other about all of the improvementsin the area and how nice it looked com-pared to our previous visits. Admittedly,we have not used the trail in some time.We continued through the gate and pro-ceeded on our hike. Along the way, westopped to look at a baby rattle snake andalso to rest and to enjoy the view at top of the trail. These events proved to be a mis-take because when we returned to leave,several police officers were at the gate is-suing tickets for not leaving the park be-fore closing. There were at least 50 hikersin line to receive the ticket.As the sun went down and it got darkerand colder, they called for reinforcementsto help move the line along. We counted 7officers involved in this ridiculous show.Yes, there is a sign at the gate with hoursposted. But
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? A $50 ticket for stop-ping to enjoy the view and being 10 min-utes late?We won’t be using the trail again. Per-haps they should close the park at 5:30p.m. if they want you to be out by 6:30p.m.. In fact, there is a good chance I won’tbe in Claremont any time soon. Do theyreally need the money that badly?Ex-Claremont consumer,
Gary T. Griffen
Upland
Guns in the world
Dear Editor:I am concerned about the opposition togun control and am aware of the argumentthat it is a Constitutional right to bear arms.That provision in the Constitution has to dowith the militia, and now with police pro-tection I do not believe it applies to the gen-eral population. Also laws need to be stud-ied and contextualized.I also am aware of the statement, “Gunsdon’t kill, people do.” Unfortunately, aweapon is often needed and, when onethat can kill many in a matter of seconds isavailable, it is often the choice made.As a missionary in Japan for 40 years Ican testify to the safety of living in a nationthat has strict gun laws. Hunting rifles areallowed, but all other guns are not. WhenI was the director of a telephone counsel-ing service in Tokyo, I often took a nightshift, which meant that I arrived at thenearest station to my home at 11 p.m. I hada 20 minute walk with no fear. The num-ber of deaths by guns is minuscule com-pared to our record in the US, which ismore than those killed in battle.Do Japanese gangsters acquire guns?Yes, of course. But the number of guns inthe country is very small. Police carry gunsthat are covered so it is difficult to grab one.They are seldom used and when they arethe public protests. I don’t believe we everhad news of police wrongfully killing in-nocent victims.In war, the Japanese were armed andcommitted terrible crimes. In last night’snews I heard that over 200 of our soldiersin Korea have committed terrible crimesand are often not punished as they are triedby the military, not the Korean govern-ment. The crimes are probably often not byguns but are violent. We teach soldiers tobe violent, a necessity in war.In a conversation with Norwegianfriends when they were here last summer,I learned that the number of deaths by gunsin Norway is one-tenth per capita of that inthe US. The news about the killing of manyby a young man in Norway was a rare oc-currence.I am afraid that a law banning assaultweapons is not going to help that much asthere are so many guns already in circula-tion, but I believe we have to start some-where.
Miriam Olson
Claremont
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—James Manifold
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
Tuesday, April 2
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3
Community & HumanServices CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 4
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
CORRECTION
In the March 22nd edition of theCOURIER, the Our Town titled “CMC toreplace Ducey Gymnasium” incorrectlystates that the new gymnasium will be13,000 square feet. It should read that thenew athletic complex will be 130,000 squarefeet. We apologize for the error.
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T
he Claremont CityCouncil reached anagreement Tuesdaynight that was palatable to bothsides of a longstanding debateover the Claremont Club neigh-borhood’s pine trees and thecity’s tree replacement policy.
While 44 trees have the potential to goshould a certified arborist deem it neces-sary, the city will not move forward inchanging its tree replacement policies asthey stand.“We must balance between safety inthe neighborhood because of the treesversus the preservation of those trees,”said Mayor Opanyi Nasiali. “I think weall agree mature trees are to be preservedunless they are causing a problem.”For years, the city has combated struc-tural damage caused by pines in theneighborhood—including those foundon Shenandoah Drive, Davenport,Elmhurst, Gettysburg and Stanislaus cir-cles. This summer, the city will moveforward with a $167,060 project to moreextensively repair damaged hardscape.At the same time, staff hopes to evaluatethe roots of the designated “problemtrees” and determined those that need togo. Up to 44 mature trees might be cutdown, costing a total of $38,060, if deemed necessary by a certified arborist.In order to prepare for future incidentsin the neighborhood, city administratorsalso recommended adopting a hardscaperepair and tree replacement program,which would have trees evaluated every4 years and removed if necessary. De-spite the program’s aim of anticipatingfuture problems, residents took issuewith the program’s lack of adherence tothe city’s already-adopted policies whenit comes to the trees.Claremont resident Ray Fowler broughtup the city’s sustainability plan, whichstates that the city will “protect, improveand expand our urban forest.”“It’s awfully hard for me to fathomhow the proposed tree replacement pro-gram is in any way going to ‘protect, im-prove and expand our urban forest,’” Mr.Fowler said.Susan Schenk of Sustainable Clare-mont, who is a professor and botanist atthe Claremont Colleges, pointed out thattrees should be evaluated by a profes-sional on a case-by-case basis.“You can’t really make a blanket opin-ion now that in 5 years if there is somedamage to a street it can’t be fixed with-out damaging the tree,” Ms. Schenk said.“You really need to keep to the tree pol-icy guidelines and have an arborist lookat the trees. It is well worth the moneyspent for our city.”Members of the Club’s homeownersassociation agreed that a certified ar-borist should be the one to determine atree’s removal. However, they were alsoof the belief that the practice of rootpruning is not an acceptable way to mit-igate the damage caused by these trees.“At best, [root pruning] compromisesstability and, at worst, it compromises[the tree’s] health,” said Dennis Vlasich,president of the HOA board. “We do notwant any more trees to be removed thanis absolutely necessary and we believethat the city staff’s plan to assess eachtree, not just those on Shenandoah, to de-termine if it should be determined andreplaced is reasonable and responsible.”The council struck a compromise.Council members unanimously agreedto move forward with the slurry projectand the examination of the 44 designatedtrees by a certified arborist. Councilmembers agreed that the trees should beremoved if deemed necessary. On theother hand, the council did not agreewith the Hardscape and Tree Replace-ment program as written, believing thattrees should only be removed if a certi-fied arborist determined that a tree hadsustained significant damage as a resultof root pruning.“You put the policy in jeopardy if youmake exceptions for certain neighbor-hoods,” said Councilmember CoreyCalaycay. “To me, it needs to be consis-tent with whatever the policy is.”
Claremont to move money to ‘West’
The council’s handling of the tree pol-icy was one of several council decisionsappreciated by Claremont residents pres-ent at Tuesday’s meeting. In addition, thecouncil approved a 5-year contract withBank of the West. Occupy Claremontmembers were pleased with the decisionafter having pushed the city to move itsmoney from Bank of America to a localcredit union since early 2012. The cityexpects to save up to $14,000 annuallybeginning with the 2013-2014 fiscalyear.“How’s that for a win-win situation?”said Karl Hilgert.City officials initiated their request fora new banking institution in Decemberas directed by the council in April. Along list of banking institution require-ments were drawn up, including inputfrom members of Occupy Claremont.Among requirements was at least a sat-isfactory ranking as determined by theCalifornia Reinvestment Act, which en-courages banks to help meet the needs of low income borrowers and to reduce dis-criminatory lending practices. Of the 11banks that responded to the city’s requestfor bids, Bank of the West “most com-pletely meets the requirements,” accord-ing to Finance Director Adam Pirrie tothe agreement of council members.“We wanted to commit to making surewe were doing something safe with thepeoples’ money but at the same timedoing something that was more sustain-able and ethical than what we’ve done inthe past,” said Councilmember Sam Pe-droza. “Like the gentleman said, this is awin-win situation.”
Gun control issue coming back
The gun issue has not fully played outat city council, at least not just yet. Afterbeing conspicuously left off Tuesdaynight’s agenda, the topic will be back ata future meeting.On March 15, the council listened tonearly 2 hours of back-and-forth debateon whether or not the city should adopt astance on Dianne Feinstein’s proposedAssault Weapons Ban of 2013 and on theMayors Against Illegal Guns petition.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, March 29, 2013
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CITY NEWS
 Arborist to make call on fate of Claremont Club trees
CITYCOUNCIL
Will new lot finally solve Wilderness parking issues?
T
he Claremont Hills Wilder-ness Parl parking lot is nowopen, but according to week-end visitors, the verdict is still out.
The city debuted the newly expanded park-ing lot last weekend to mixed reviews. For themost part, feedback has been positive from lo-cals and park regulars concerned with over-crowding, according to Eric Flores and KayDorn-Giarmoleo, city recreation leaders onhand at the park’s entrance to answer the ques-tions of curious hikers last weekend.“Residents around here have been reallyhappy, because there has been such an influx of traffic,” Ms. Dorn-Giarmoleo said.The pair noted the dramatic increase in parkvisitors over the past couple years.“When we were in high school, there was noone here,” Ms. Dorn-Giarmoleo said. She spec-ulates that word of mouth and informationposted online has increased its popularity.“More people know it’s here now.”Brian and Missy Tucker say the situation atthe Wilderness Loop has gotten so bad that theywon’t even go up the trail. They start their daily4-to-5 mile jaunt at their Miramar Avenuehome and walk up Mills Avenue, but bypass thepark entrance.
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffPedestrians walk in the southbound lane of Mills Avenue as cars line both sides of the street Saturday morning, thefirst weekend day of the new parking restrictions at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Visitors who used to crowdthe intersection of Mills and Mt. Baldy Road are now parking their vehicles on Pomello and Mills as far south as Alam-osa and using the roadway to access the park.WILDERNESS PARKING
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