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Claremont Courier 4.12.13

Claremont Courier 4.12.13

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA.
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffDuring a visit by Claremont High School students last week, Pilgrim Place resident Jim Lamb shows Claremont HighSchool student Martin Clark a photo taken in the 1940s when he was in the US Navy. Five students interviewed Pil-grims who served in the armed services as part of their California High School Exit Exam English class
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, April 12, 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 22
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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
tomsmith@claremont-courier.com
Circulation/Subscriptions
subscriptions@claremont-courier.com
Interns
Christina BurtonAnam Sethi
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ou may not think much of the public no-tices (we call them legals) in most com-munity newspapers, but printing them,and printing of them correctly, is serious busi-ness. Public notices are also important revenuefor newspapers publishing them. In some cases,eliminating public notice revenue from a smallnewspaper could put it out of business.
Assembly Bill 642, authored by Anthony Rendon (D-Bell),proposes to permit online publishing of public notices by call-ing Internet-only entities “newspapers of general circulation.”Yes, that’s correct. This bill is written so a website can qualifyas a newspaper to increase business.Affected would be notice of public meetings, namechanges, trustee sales and business statements.Rendon agreed to carry the legislation at the specific requestof AOL, who owns the Patch local news websites. Patch is allover California and was the brainchild of current CEO TimArmstrong several years ago.The problem is Patch isn’t doing too well financially, havingconsistent quality, accuracy and local sales challenges. Plus, run-ning a business based on local online advertising is a real toughgo. I applaud their efforts, but their business model isn’t workingand it’s been losing millions since it started. And now Mr. Arm-strong is taking serious heat from investors to retire Patch.So AOL’s latest idea is to take the public notice business outof the local communities to help their bottom line. If you can’tbeat them, get a bill passed that calls your website a newspa-per. It’s a classic case of big business versus small.What this means is it’s optional to get them published in anewspaper, which means few people will do so. Knowing howaccurate information is on the Internet, even as a consumer,this just doesn’t make good sense…unless you are AOL.Newspapers are also best equipped to handle and guide aperson through the fickle nature of the notices (one mistakeand you start over.) The COURIER office manager and publicnotice expert Vickie Rosenberg put it this way: “The numberone pitfall with an inexperienced person would be understand-ing the parameters of publishing different legal notices. Not alllegals have the same guidelines. Some people take the paper-work home and fill it out. When they return, 90 percent of thetime there’s an issue that would make the notice invalid.”In addition to filing the notices properly with the courts, Ms.Rosenberg also makes sure all parties get hard copies.I see nothing wrong with publishing public notices like cityagendas on the Internet. Like the COURIER, just about everynewspaper in the state has the information on their websites. Butwe need print, too. I’ve never seen a person hack a printed page,try a work-around to cut corners, or fix a mistake mid-stream.How comfortable would you be if a person gave you a legaldocument printed off the Internet? How comfortable wouldyou be with a blog qualified as a “newspaper” under AB 642handling your legal matters? Customer service would meanclicking an email link and hoping for a timely reply.I find people who support and sponsor this type of legisla-tion have no clue what it takes to publish legals correctly.In fact, under this bill, someone in the public notice busi-ness doesn’t even need a brick-and-mortar building and busi-ness office. You could easily be contacting someone far-faraway. This was designed for AOL/Patch, because it’s impossi-ble for them to staff every community.Finally, the most popular argument supporters of AB 642make is access. The Internet is a better place to find this infor-mation, especially in the digital age. But I ask, what aboutlow-income families and seniors who may not have access to acomputer? These are the people who are not heard and wouldbe impacted the most.Even with secure websites, public notices are legal docu-ments, and should be treated as such. If Mr. Armstrong fromAOL really wants to print public notices, just call me. I canrecommend some great deals on printing presses.I want to encourage our COURIER friends to contact thechairman of the Judiciary Committee (below) to lend an opin-ion about AB 642. Clearly, this is big business at work at theexpense of consumers and local newspapers. Thank you foryour help.Bob WieckowskiPO Box 942849, State Capital Room 4016Sacramento, CA 94249Email: assemblymember.wieckowski@ assembly.ca.gov
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We report facts, not fiction.
Consumers and newspapers lose with new legislation
by Peter Weinberger
 
Claremont COURIER/Friday, April 12, 2013
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CITY NEWS
Claremont’s open space gives way to local housing boom
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ndeveloped landacross Claremont willgrow scarcer in thecoming months as a multitudeof development projects begintheir long-anticipated moveforward, much to the delightof Claremont administratorsand commissioners.
Five different developers are advanc-ing with 6 housing developments in theCity of Trees’ barren areas as Clare-mont plays its part in the rise of thelocal real estate market. Among thenoted projects is the “Citrus Glen atPitzer Ranch” housing development atthe southwest corner of Base LineRoad and Monte Vista, an enterprisethat has remained idle for about 3years.“The housing market is just startingto pick up, and it’s not just here [inClaremont],” said Brian Desatnik, di-rector of community development. “It’sall over.”After years stuck in the “planningstages,” Mr. Desatnik says the 3.31-acre Citrus Glen development will fi-nally break ground this summer. Thechange in status is partially thanks to achange in developers, he noted. Origi-nally owned by a smaller developer, theproject was recently sold to TaylorMorrison of California, a more exten-sive firm.“The larger developer had more ca-pability of or better access to financ-ing,” Mr. Desatnik explained. “So theyhave the ability to push the project for-ward faster.”Originally approved in 2007, the“Citrus Glen at Pitzer Ranch” will in-clude 50 townhome-style condomini-ums. Seven of the units will be formoderate-income housing with the restpriced at market rate. The tract will alsohelp preserve 2 historical stone build-ings located on the site: the pumphouse and barn. The pump house willbe used for storage while the barn willbe restored and used as a rentable com-munity space.However, the original Pitzer Ranchbuilding will likely be demolishedshould a prospective buyer, interestedin moving the rock structure, not be lo-cated, according to Mr. Desatnik. Thebuilding itself will be auctioned and theprospective buyer would incur the costsof moving the building. A move thatcould prove troublesome.“I don’t really know if it is feasible torelocate a rock structure,” Mr. Desatnikremarked. “It would probably takesome rebuilding.”As the developer seeks to get rid of one historic rock structure, they look toadd a stone assemblage of another kindto the property. The project layout in-cludes the building of a rock wall andmosaic on the very corner of Base Lineand Monte Vista. The mosaic will beproduced by local artist Alba Cisneros,a colleague of Millard Sheets, accord-ing to James Sink, chair of theClaremont Architectural Commis-sion.While noting the high density of the project, Mr. Sink said he waspleased with the way the developercoordinated with the city to createopen space.“The developer has really goneout of their way to work with us tocreate a project that fits into thecharacter of our community,” Mr.Sink said. “It’s hard, with thesehigher-density projects, to compareto the local neighborhoods, but thedevelopers are doing a good job re-specting the open spaces. They re-ally are investing in our community.Mr. Sink noted the same about DRHorton, which is developing a 4.2-acrehousing project down the road at BaseLine and Mountain Avenue, also ex-pected to break ground this summer.DR Horton brings forward a similar-sized development, featuring 54 condo-miniums equipped with attached 2-cargarages and private backyards. Thecondos will be designed in 3 differentplans, ranging from 3 to 4 bedrooms.While most of the condos will besold at market price, approximately$400,000, 8 will be sold as moderate-income housing, or for $250,000,Daniel Boyd, DR Horton’s vice presi-dent, has noted. The Claremont CityCouncil approved the project, located atthe former Claremont Unified SchoolDistrict property, 5-1, with the hopesthat it will provide more housing op-portunities for those of the Claremontworkforce who are looking for housingopportunities near their jobs.“This housing project is providing aniche that I think we sorely need in ourcommunity,” Mr. Pedroza said at theFebruary 12 meeting.Another developer, City Ventures,LLC, seeks to further bolster Clare-mont’s supply of affordable housingoptions to the tune of 98 townhomes ina 6.2-acre property located on the southside of Base Line Road, just south of Towne Avenue.Though the planning commission ap-proved a preliminary review of the pro-posed 6.2-acre development last July,much of the review process, includingthe project design, remains unfinishedas the city was dealt an unexpected set-back. A month after the commission’spositive review, the state’s Departmentof Finance offered a different take. Asprescribed by rules outlined after thedissolution of California’s Redevelop-ment Agencies (RDAs), finance depart-ment officials believed the propertyshould be turned over to Los AngelesCounty for distribution to taxing enti-ties.Claremont officials immediatelyset up a meet-and-confer with de-partment representatives and the De-partment of Finance in January. Thedepartment recently conceded. Withthe site’s fate no longer in limbo,City Ventures moves forward withdeveloping the site plan. Mr. Desat-nik says the developer hopes to havethe map to the architectural commis-sion sometime this summer as theother Base Line developments breakground.Three other undeveloped spacesare also in various stages of devel-opment: the Olson Company hasproposed building 21 two-story unitson empty space at Indian Hill and VistaDrive, and Harry Wu, owner of the OldSchool House complex, seeks to con-vert the vacant DoubleTree building inthe 500 block of Foothill into a series of apartments while also convertingempty parking lot space behind Gris-wold’s into a series of townhomes.There is no set time frame on any of these 3 projects, though they are slowlymoving forward, Mr. Desatnik ac-knowledged, all with eyes on how thelocal housing market absorbs the influxof the new living space currently takingshape.“There is certainly a demand forhousing here,” Mr. Desatnik acknowl-edged. “I don’t think all these develop-ers would be moving forward soaggressively in Claremont if there was-n’t.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
Workers remove asbestos and lead from the old rock structure adjacent to the southwest corner of Base Line Road and MonteVista Avenue on Monday in Claremont. The structure, which is reported to be the foremanʼs residence at the former PitzerRanch, will be auctioned off next week and must be removed to make way for development at the site.Warning signs were posted on the rock struc-ture at the former Pitzer Ranch during haz-ardous materials removal earlier this week.
 A complete report of Tuesday’s city coun-cil meeting is on page 12 of this edition.

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