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Claremont Courier 4.5.13

Claremont Courier 4.5.13

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The Claremont Courier is the weekly newspaper in Claremont, CA.
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffSchool officials and theater supporters cheer after former CHS Theater Director Don Fruechte cut the red ribbon on the newly-ren-ovated Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts on Thursday at Claremont High School. Following months of construction,the upgraded performance complex hosted its inaugural performance with an alumni gala on Saturday night.
Friday, April 5, 2013
One dollar
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20More news and photo galleriesevery day at:claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
CHS takes a dive against Damien, St. Lucy’s
Practice makes perfect for CERT volunteers
Claremont COURIER/Friday, April 5, 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 21
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
Christina BurtonAnam Sethi
Hard line at park is unjustified
Dear Editor:On March 28, I was finishing my walkon the Claremont Wilderness Park trail. Iarrived to the entrance at 7 p.m. I, alongwith many others, was stopped and tick-eted by a Claremont police officer forleaving the park after 6:30 p.m., theposted time for park closure.I actually hadn’t noticed the sign’s spe-cific closure times, as I was checking outthe new parking lot. Previously, I believethere were signs that indicated the parkclosed at “dusk” in the older parking lot.I have been walking this trail for thedecade I’ve been living in Claremont andhad never seen a group of police officerslined up to “catch” hikers. I never take acar to the park. I do not walk in the hills inthe dark. I was actually hurrying home toavoid being up there in the dark.After being written up for the $50ticket, I did examine the newly postedsign closely. On April 1, the park closuretime changes to 7:30 p.m. I find it partic-ularly irritating that I was issued a ticket 3days prior to the closure time changing byan hour.Certainly, the ticketing had nothing todo with maintaining my safety or thesafety of others. The officers were notfriendly. This was not about getting hikersto pay attention to the signs. It was simplya way to “enforce” the new rules and col-lect money. Dozens of tickets werestuffed under their windshields and theirbadges.I don’t understand the need to take sucha hard line in the opening days of thepark’s new rules and parking facility. I ob- ject to the size of the fine and to the in-flexible and arbitrary way that Claremontis approaching this issue.
Lisa Ponce
Goodbye, Claremont
Dear Editor:On the afternoon of March 27, I de-cided to go hiking at the ClaremontWilderness Trail at the top of Mills Av-enue. I had not been there for a couple of years and had noticed how beautiful itlooked. I also noticed a sign stating thatbeginning in April, parking permits wouldhave to be obtained to park in the lots.Soon after entering the park, I cameupon a 2-foot rattlesnake in the middle of the trail. One female jogger had her head-phones on as she stepped no more than afoot away from it. I called her attention tothe situation and she responded with a“thank you” and began taking pictures of it with her cell phone. I took it upon my-self to stay there and caution hikers and joggers of the situation.Several people wanted to kill the rat-tler, while others would have been obliv-ious of its presence. After about 20minutes, the snake slithered back into thebrush.Although I was behind in my 5-milehike/run, I felt good about possibly pre-venting someone from receiving a snakebite.When I finished my workout and ap-proached the exit gate, I noticed 50 ormore people standing there unable to exit.I looked at my watch and noticed the timewas 6:40 p.m. The Claremont police werenot allowing anyone to leave until they re-ceived a $50 “parking violation” ticket.I was outraged at this and watched asmore hikers came down from the hills andgot into line. I stayed out of line and spoketo many of the people. I was not alone inthe feeling that the park had always beenopen until dusk. It certainly was not duskat 6:40 p.m.The Claremont police officers werequick to point out a new sign that read“Park closes at 6:30 p.m.” I did not seethe sign on my way in and since I had notbeen there in over a year, I was still underthe impression that it closed at dusk.I now must re-evaluate my act of “hu-manity,” playing the guardian role to boththe rattlesnake and the public. Had it notbeen for my 20 minutes of being a “GoodSamaritan,” I would have been out of thepark, completely unaware of the situation.I regret breaking my bond with Clare-mont. I will miss my visits to the Village,but cannot and will not spent anotherdime in a city where this type of robberytakes place.
Benjamin W. Boetel
old COURIER morphsinto weekly behemothverbiage weighs hugeso dainty haiku evolvesinto ungainly tanka?
—Jean Collinsworth
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, April 9
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10
Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
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Consider the source.
In the Internet world, anyone can claim to be a reporter.
But can they be trusted for accuracy?
 B o b c a t s  i n v a d e C l a r e m o n t  d o g  p a r k !
 (  C h i h u a h u a  s a v e s  t h e  d a y )
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Claremont Collegeswill have free tuitionin 2014-15
Walmart plans newsuper store in Village West
We report facts, not fiction
Claremont COURIER/Friday, April 5, 2013
COURIERphoto/StevenFelschundneffAs the announcercounts down to one,children ages 3 to 5,with several parentsin tow, scrambleto find as manygoodies as they canon Saturday duringthe annual SpringCelebration inClaremontʼsMemorial Park. Ittook the youngstersabout 30 secondsto grab up all of thecandies, but therewas plenty of funto be had at theannual festival,including a pettingzoo, magic showand an appearanceby the EasterBunny.
CGU holds public forum before moving on master plan
he Claremont Graduate Universitymay already be underway with its20-year master plan, but school of-ficials are electing to take a step back be-fore continuing the university’s moveforward.
CGU administrators held the first of 2 neighborhoodmeetings this week as the graduate university seeksinput from residents prior to taking the next step withenvironmental consultants. A second open meeting willtake place on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tran-quada Student Services Center, 757 College Way.In late February, the Claremont City Council unani-mously approved an agreement with a consultant tomove forward with an Environmental Impact Reportfor the master plan.“Being at an all-time high it would be testing watersnot to continue in that vein,” noted Councilmember JoeLyons at the February 26 meeting.But councilmembers had one stipulation. The planwas approved with the added detail that CGU was “en-couraged” to make good on its promise to hold a pub-lic review of the plan.CGU plans to expand enrollment in its masters pro-gram while maintaining enrollment in the PhD pro-gram. In order to accommodate the growing numbers,administrators want to expand services while alsoadding a more cohesive look to the currently muddyborders of the CGU campus. To accommodate the proj-ect, an additional 200-plus parking spaces and 626,933gross square feet will be needed, according to orches-trators of the 20-year master plan.The plan further proposes, among other aspects, toconstruct a new parking lot between Foothill andTwelfth, build 2 new multi-purpose buildings to replaceexisting infrastructure within the same area as the newparking structure, construct a 3-story building with 100new parking spaces, replace the Jagels building, reno-vate open space between Harper East, McManus andStauffer Halls to create a commons area and create a“Campus Walk” connecting the various aspects of thecampus beginning on Dartmouth and ending onEighth.Additionally, Twelfth Street between College andDartmouth and Eleventh Street between College andDartmouth will be privatized.The council added their recommendation for resi-dents concerned that CGU would not be following itspromise to meet with the community on college con-struction plans. Claremont resident Peter Farquhar vo-calized the concern on behalf of other residents in hisneighborhood. Mr. Farquhar noted that other institu-tions of the Claremont Colleges, namely ClaremontMcKenna College and Harvey Mudd, have followedthrough in adding residents’ voices to the discussionsof proposed expansion plans.“Even tonight, Pomona College is holding a neigh-borhood meeting...that’s one of the reasons why moreneighbors are not here tonight at this city council meet-ing,” Mr. Farquhar pointed out to council on February26.CGU should be no exception to this process, Mr. Far-quhar further asserted.“I realize there will be opportunities for the public tocomment on the scope of the environmental concernslater. What I’m pointing out now is now the absence of any preliminary review of the substance on the pro-posed master plan possibly sets the public up in an ad-versarial relationship from the very start with theenvironmental issues,” Mr. Farquhar said. “It’ll likelyinvolve greater costs and delays and needless effortsand disagreement as we go forward.“[Public input] is far more likely to produce good re-sults for everyone,” he finished.The council agreed, and Brian Desatnik, director of community development, added that city administra-tors had suggested the meetings to CGU from the get-go. It was his impression that they were planning tohold a few, though none had been planned to his knowl-edge. The city’s hands were tied as the plan had alreadybeen deemed complete in December and, once deemedcomplete, there is only a certain time frame the city hasto hire a consultant for the EIR to comply with the Per-mit Streamlining Act.“Here, the magic time issue for us is that once thatapplication is deemed complete, then the clock starts totick,” Ms. Carvalho explained. “The clock has startedon us, unfortunately, in this case such that we have tobegin this process.”A month later, CGU is heeding the council’s recom-mendation.“CGU is interested in maintaining positive relation-ships with the neighbors located adjacent to the cam-pus,” said Steve Garcia, senior vice president forfinance and administration at CGU. “We are followingthrough on earlier commitments.”Feedback at the first meeting primarily centered onparking and traffic flow. CGU officials assured resi-dents of their intention to contract with a traffic engi-neer to develop a parking study in the hopes of addressing most of the issues raised, according to Mr.Garcia.Residents will have a second chance to view a pres-entation on the 20-year master plan and add their opin-ions. The final community forum will take place onMonday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tranquada Stu-dent Services Center, 757 College Way.
—Beth Hartnett

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