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Claremont Courier 5.31.13

Claremont Courier 5.31.13

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One of 2 new skilled nursing homes gets a final freshening up from workers with Nocturnal Cleaningin advance of Wednesdayʼs open house at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. The new development, called Ever-green Villas, will be Californiaʼs first Green House facility, which provides skilled nursing in an envi-ronment that is more like a home than a hospital.
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 31, 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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City council votes for unknown
Dear Editor:When is a “resolution” not a resolution?Welcome to Claremont City Council’sTuesday night meeting!In reference to the Mayors Against Ille-gal Guns (MAIG) petition, CouncilmanLarry Schroeder stated: “It’s not a resolu-tion, although the agenda says it is a reso-lution.”City Manager Tony Ramos, in an effortto clarify exactly what the council votedon and passed, stated: “I think it was tosign on to the principles of the MayorsAgainst Illegal Guns.”So, I ask the question: Did the councilvote for something they could not clearlydefine?On a more serious matter, in all theyears I have lived in Claremont, I havenever heard of threatening a sitting mayorwith removal because he/she refused tosign a procedural “document.”While the City Attorney Sonia Carvahloissued a disclaimer—“I am sorry if this of-fends anyone”—she went on to informthat since the mayor serves at the pleasureof the council, the council could removehim, and have the mayor pro tem movedinto mayor position for the sole purpose of signing onto the Mayors Against IllegalGuns.In an eloquent dissertation, Mayor Opa-nyi Nasiali stated why he was not in favorof signing on, thereby committing Clare-mont to the MAIG organization. Mr.Nasiali should be commended for his in-sight and fairness—he urged everyone inthe audience to take their cause to theproper jurisdiction—the city of Claremontwas not the proper jurisdiction. He shouldbe complimented, not threatened.
Linda Kovach
Claremont
5 Second Film Festival
Dear Editor:On behalf of the Claremont Commu-nity College, I wish to thank you and yourreaders for your support of the fifth an-nual Claremont 5 Second Film Festival.The May 23 show included the work of filmmakers from nearby and from aroundthe world. We were happy to once againprovide a remarkable experience for anaudience of community members, film-makers, actors and visitors from through-out southern California.We are proud to provide ongoing artis-tic, social and charitable programsthroughout the year.This would not be possible without thesupport and encouragement of the Clare-mont community.
Vincent Turner
Claremont Community College
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READERS’ COMMENTS
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Monday, June 3
Sustainability CommitteeCitrus Room, City Hall, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Planning Commission—Cancelled
Wednesday, June 5
Community & Human ServicesCommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
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 Jacaranda June—the city changes her robes; pink to purple-blue.
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Please send readers’ comments via email toeditor@claremont-courier.com or by mail orhand-delivery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste.205B, Claremont, CA 91711. The deadline forsubmission is Tuesday at 5 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publicationof every letter. Letters are the opinion of thewriter, not a reflection of the COURIER. We re-serve the right to edit letters.
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 31, 2013
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he Claremont CityCouncil’s discussion ongun violence took anunexpected turn on Tuesdaynight when the council’s 3-2vote effectively gave MayorPro Tem Joe Lyons the powerto sign the Mayors Against Il-legal Guns petition shouldMayor Opanyi Nasiali decline.
The discussion on signing the May-ors Against Illegal Guns petition wasfirst brought before council in Marchbecause then Mayor Larry Schroederwanted council approval before doingso of his own accord.“We appoint a mayor every year bythe council and I believe that the mayorshould take direction from this council.It’s not an independently-electedmayor,” Mr. Schroeder noted. “Thatperson, when signing policy or signingprocedure, should take the majorityview of the council.”The mayor title shifted from Mr.Schroeder to Mr. Nasiali before a deci-sion could be made. After 2 hours of public comment Tuesday night, Mr.Schroeder made a motion to direct Mr.Nasiali to sign onto the petition, despitehis personal beliefs against it. Mr.Schroeder’s reasoning, as stated before,was that because the Claremont mayoris more of a symbolic title—selected bythe council and not voted on by resi-dents through a formal electionprocess—he or she should heed the willof the council majority.Mayor Pro Tem Joe Lyons secondedMr. Schroeder’s motion, stating his be-lief that gun violence is clearly a localissue, while Councilmember CoreyCalaycay joined Mr. Nasiali in votingno because he felt the response to theMayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)petition is not so clear-cut, at least notfor all of the Claremont constituents.“When we take a position as a coun-cil in the name of the city of Clare-mont, the city of Claremont is roughly35,000 residents, and that’s puttingeverybody on record in favor of some-thing,” Mr. Calaycay said. “It’s not forthe city to put all of the residents onrecord.”The Mayors Against Illegal Gunscoalition lists several principal goals: tohold gun sellers accountable for thosethey sell their guns to, to punish thosewho obtain or traffic in illegal guns, tohelp develop technology to help lawenforcement better trace illegal guns,support local and federal legislationagainst illegal guns and to ban “lethal,military-style weapons and high-capac-ity ammunition magazines.”The MAIG coalition consists of more than 800 mayors from 44 stateslending support to enforcement of gunlaws within their respective communi-ties.Councilmember Sam Pedroza,though supportive of the principles setforth by the MAIG petition and believ-ing that gun violence is indeed a localissue, abstained from the initial votebecause he did not support forcing hispersonal viewpoint on Mr. Nasiali.“To me, that sets a really bad prece-dent—Not just on this issue but on anyother issue that comes before this coun-cil and future councils, as well,” Mr.Pedroza stated.As Mr. Schroeder’s initial motiondied because of a lack of majority, Mr.Pedroza proposed to instead “autho-rize” the mayor to sign the petitionshould he we wish to do so and ap-prove future mayors the ability to do soas well. Again, Mr. Lyons seconded themotion and, consistent with their previ-ous vote, Mr. Calaycay and Mr. Nasialivoted no. Mr. Schroeder added the ap-proval needed to pass the vote.“It’s better than nothing,” Mr.Schroeder gave as his reasoning.The zinger came next when City At-torney Sonia Carvalho interpreted whatthe council had effectively approved.Ms. Carvalho pointed out that in thiscontext, because Claremont’s mayor ischosen by the sitting council, “autho-rizing” the mayor to sign the petition issimilar to authorizing him to sign acontract on the council’s behalf. Shouldthe mayor not act on that authorizationbecause he or she is opposed to theissue or otherwise, “then the duties fallto the mayor pro tem,” according toMs. Carvalho.“It’s a choice for the mayor tomake...but if he is unavailable or re-fuses for any reason to carry out yourauthorization, then under the govern-ment code the mayor pro tem can stepinto his shoes,” Ms. Carvalho reiter-ated. “It’s a personal choice.”Carolyn Gonzales—a Claremont res-ident who urged the council against thepetition—questioned the validity of Ms. Carvalho’s interpretation.“Her interpretation changed the in-tent of Sam’s motion,” Ms. Gonzalesasserted. “The end result was no differ-ent than what was said in the firstplace, and that resolution died. Sam’sintent was distorted.”Claudia Strauss, supportive of thepetition, was equally perplexed by whathad taken place.“I feel a little uncomfortable with theidea that the mayor pro tem can stepin,” Ms. Strauss admitted. “I won’t goagainst legal counsel, but this is educa-tion for all of us.”In general, however, Ms. Strauss saidshe was heartened by the night’s dis-cussion.“I take heart in the fact that a major-ity of the council and the audiencecame forward in support of the idea of a petition against gun violence,” shesaid. “The only difference in opinionwas if this [local government] is theright place for the discussion.”Before voting no, Mr. Nasiali reiter-ated his belief that gun legislationshould be handled at the state or na-tional level. He also reminded the audi-ence and his fellow council membersthat he was not the one to bring theissue forward for council discussion.Mr. Lyons says he will refrain fromdiscussing whether or not he will signthe petition until Mr. Nasiali formallyrefuses to do so himself. During thecouncil’s comments, however, he didnote, “If I were sitting in that chair, Iwould sign this particular document onbehalf of the people of Claremont, whoI think are in the vast majority in favorof the kinds of requests that are beingmade in it.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Politics take center-stage with illegal guns petition
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or the first time in Clare-mont City Council history,high school students filledhalf the seats open for Tuesday’scity council meeting. Thirty-onesophomores, juniors and seniorsfrom Claremont High Schoolflooded the council chamber, alongwith parents and family, to be hon-ored in a special ceremony at thebeginning of the council’s regularsession.
Each was recognized for acquiring a gradepoint average of 4.0 or higher over the last 6months of schooling. The recognition is partof Mayor Opanyi Nasiali’s mission to recog-nize student achievements, both on the sportsfield and in the classroom. Council mem-bers’ efforts to encourage the students of Claremont Unified School District have notgone unnoticed by district administration.School board vice president Steven Llanusamade a special appearance at the councilmeeting to show his support.“It’s nice that the city council has ourschool district students in mind,” Mr. Llanusasaid. “It’s reflective of the close partnershipbetween the city and the school board.”Students were called individually to thefront of the chamber where they wereawarded a special certificate of achievement.“Keep up the good work,” Mr. Nasiali en-couraged the students after calling out sev-eral names. “Now you can go home andstudy.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
 Academic achievers honoredby city council for high marks
CITY NEWS
It’s a choice for the mayorto make...but if he is un-available or refuses forany reason to carry outyour authorization, thenunder the governmentcode the mayor pro temcan step into his shoes.
Sonia Carvalho
Claremont City Attorney
City should safely ride out revised statebudget cuts, city manager says
On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budgetfor 2013-2014. Preliminary views of the state budget indicate Clare-mont will not be adversely affected should that revised budget be en-acted, according to City Manager Tony Ramos.“In the past, local assistance for public safety or Community Ori-ented Policing Services (COPS) funding has been a target of the state.However, the May revise does not propose to reduce this funding atthis time, and the city should receive its allocation of $100,000 in2013-2014,” Mr. Ramos said.The recently revised budget reduces the projected amount to be re-ceived by cities from the dissolution of redevelopment, Mr. Ramosnoted. While the actual impact to Claremont’s property tax revenuesis difficult to assess at this time, Mr. Ramos says he has received in-formation from the Los Angeles County Assessor that the assessedproperty values for the county are expected to increase by over 2 per-cent in 2013-2014.“Claremont typically experiences growth in assessed value that isclose to or higher than countywide figures, therefore the resulting in-crease in property tax revenues from the projected growth and assessedvalues will more than likely offset any reduction or loss in redevelop-ment revenue,” Mr. Ramos said.“We will continue to monitor the status of the state budget through-out the rest of this fiscal year and keep the council and the communityinformed of any impacts,” he concluded.

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