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Claremont COURIER 10.09.10

Claremont COURIER 10.09.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 10.09.10
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Saturday 10-09-10
75 cents
Measure CL was not the only hot topic heard by the school board
Hear why thepoor economywill impact cityand schoolbudgets foryears to come
See page 9
Gold Line won’t be coming anytime soon
See page 4
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Retired professional cyclist Tony Cruz, with his sonAidan, 7, talk about the excitement of racing in theTour of California on Thursday during a news con-ference announcing Claremontʼs selection as ahost city for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.Story on page 3.
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CHS girls tennismakes a reboundafter suffering 2losses last week
Story on page 17
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Bike tour to make debut
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, October 9, 2010
Outsourcing of trash collection
Dear Editor:We are writing to urge the ClaremontCity Council to abandon their efforts toprivatize the trash collection service inClaremont.It seems that every service that gets out-sourced (with the possible exception of the fire department), goes downhill inquality.In a city like Claremont, where wepride ourselves on being on the leadingedge of sustainability, the last thing weshould be thinking about doing is turningour trash and recycling over to an outsidecompany,
Jack and Vera Caselles
Cruise night is good for business
Dear Editor:I just have to sit back and laugh at thearticle “Parking issues put dent in cruisenight” and putting in the article “party.” Ithink that’s part of the city’s problem, it’s
a party. You give off the wrong im-pression and now people think it’s abunch of hoodlums coming to the city todrink and party.I walked the city tonight and looked atsome of the businesses in town and theyclose at 6 p.m. on Saturdays !!!! And theseare the people complaining? And thecomment “we lose a whole days worth of business” is wrong. The cruise night startsat 5 p.m., so technically you’re losing anhour of business but regardless cars reallydon’t load in until 5:30 and 6 p.m.There are a few that park in front of Starbucks that arrive about 3 p.m. Butwhat I don’t get is why the business own-ers don’t stay open to take advantage of the people who are here. To me this is ano brainier. You have people coming fromall over southern California to our townwho might not come here, but you all lockyour doors and run away!How about this for a change? Keepyour doors open for an extra hour or 2 anddraw the people into your business. As aresident of Claremont for 49 years, I willhelp you draw people in, so please call meand I would love to sit down and help youtake advantage of this (free of charge, of course).“Come inside a free coffee” or hand outsamples or coupons. Think outside thebox, people. Why in the world would younot want people to come here and thebusiness that it brings? It is one night amonth. And I think Mr. Ramos shouldalso take a walk through the city and seewhat time the salons and boutiques close.That’s why they don’t benefit.Also I don’t think anybody remembersthat we do have parking structures that ba-sically sit empty on Saturdays, and a littlewalking is good after a good meal. Wehave the Wine Walk, we have the VillageVenture, we have the little farmers market(they do close the street for the farmersmarket) and we have had cruise night forthe past 15 years and Sandy has had nosupport but she continuous to do this onher own with no help from anyone.
Kerry Heminger
Scapegoating teachers
Dear Editor:Last night, Meg Whitman left arecorded message on my phone endors-ing the film,
Waiting for Superman
.She called it a ‘must-see’ film for fixingeducation in California.I assume that means she advocates pri-vatizing public education, busting teacherunions so that benefits and pensions arecompromised, using standardized testswith all of their limitations to assess stu-dent progress and teacher effectiveness, aswell as instituting the divisive practice of teacher merit pay based on test scores.No matter where the discussion goesabout how to ‘fix our schools,’ we cannotlet teachers become the scapegoats.Teachers are the ones working to offsetthe larger societal problems created bypoverty, second language acquisition,parental apathy,
they are doing thiswithin an atmosphere of budget cuts andvoter/taxpayer/public indifference and/ordisrespect.
Steven Nagler
Don’t be taken in
Dear Editor:The Republican Party of 2010 hastaken on a decidedly more libertarianlook. We hear the constant drone of howgovernment is evil, that the founding fa-thers favored limited government and thatindividual freedom is threatened bytryanny. Don’t let yourself be fooled.What this is really about is having vot-ers, especially those of the middle class,vote against their own interests and givemore power to the wealthy.Republicans feign surprise when Pres-ident Obama has followed through on hiscampaign promises and argue that indi-vidual freedom is lost through the passageof bills like the health care bill.Elections have consequences, and wethe people voted for those who are in of-fice now. Majority rule does not equatetyranny. The courts holding for the rule of law and those rights protected under theConstitution are doing their job. If we donot like the outcome that does not meanwe are under tyrannical rule.What would less government looklike? Do we want to return to the daywhen there was no inspection of food, andnew drugs were not tested to see if theymet certain safety standards? Do we wantto return to the day when our air was pol-luted and the air we breathed was a clearand present danger to our health? What dowe want from our government other thanit be more efficient and less wasteful?You don't throw the baby out with thebath water. The private sector is nopanacea either. Countrywide Financial,Enron, and the list goes on, are examplesof greed gone wild. But we hear now thatone of the solutions to our problems is lessregulation. Are you kidding me? That islike some person who likes pain sayingkick me again. Do we really think bigbusiness and banks are to be trusted?I personally meet in my business peo-ple who depend entirely on their SocialSecurity for their retirement income. I findit unconscionable that there are peoplerunning for the Senate today who in theirheart of hearts want to get rid of Social Se-curity. This mind set that altruism is badand it is all about me, disgusts me. Per-haps it sounds really nice to believe thatthe age of the rugged individual still ex-ists. But sorry, unless you live in Alaskawhere they hunt from helicopters, we alldepend on each other to survive. Mandoes not live on an island.If you really want government to be re-sponsive to the people, take the corrupt-ing influence of money out of politics. Inthe meantime, don’t buy the soap just be-cause of the color. Demand from ourelecteds more competence and efficiency.Don’t tread on me, sounds nice but aren’twe saying just let us do whatever weplease without any consequences?
Gar Byrum
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, October 9, 2010
ocal bike enthusiasts hadgood reason to celebratethis week. Claremont hasbeen chosen as one of 15 hostcities for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California, considered the top bi-cycling race in the United States.
The announcement was made at a cere-mony Thursday evening outside of theClaremont Depot. About 100 residentscame out to celebrate Claremont’s success-ful bid, wearing yellow Tour of CaliforniaT-shirts declaring, “The Climb StartsHere...”Claremont’s leg of the race will begin onFirst Street in front of the Depot and workits way up to Mt. Baldy, a 14-mile ride fullof daunting switch backs and steep inclin-ing elevation. The event takes place on Sat-urday, May 21 with a starting time of noon.“There is certainly a passionate commu-nity for cycling in Claremont and many areeager and excited to be a part of one of thedefining stages of this year’s race,” said An-drew Messick, President of AEG and theAmgen Tour of California.The Tour of California has been running since 2006.The 8-day race will run from Lake Tahoe to ThousandOaks, covering roughly 800 miles along the way. Clare-mont to Mt. Baldy will be the 7th of 8 legs along theroute.Mr. Messick said 50 cities across the state applied tobe host cities, the largest pool of applicants in the race’shistory. The widely popular event will attract thousandsof visitors to Claremont and other host cities and localbusinesses stand to benefit significantly from the ac-tion-packed weekend.“There’s also the longer term impact when a city likeClaremont becomes established as a destination forpeople go to ride their bikes as more attention is broughtto riding in the San Gabriel Mountains area,” Mr. Mes-sick said. “Also, this tour will be broadcast to 90 coun-tries around the world and will show the diversity of California and what makes this state a great vacationdestination.”About 150 to 180 riders participate in the AmgenTour of California each year. City Manager Jeff Parkersaid there would be a test-run of the route about 3 weeksbefore the event for community members interested intrying out the 14-mile route.Speaking at Thursday’s ceremony, Mayor Linda El-derkin said up to 500 volunteers would be needed inorder for the city to make the massive sporting eventrun smoothly.“The community needs to get on board here,” urgedMs. Elderkin, speaking to a cheerful crowd at theDepot. “We are going to need all these volunteers. Weare going to need sponsorships. And we areasking all the wonderful residents and busi-nesses to roll up your sleeves and pitch inand help us.”Those interested in volunteering or spon-sorship opportunities for the Tour of Cali-fornia are urged to contact the ClaremontChamber of Commerce. Chamber boardmembers Paul Held and Bridget Healy willbe heading a committee dedicated to theAMGEN Tour of California. Both estimatedthat about 25,000 people would flock toClaremont to witness and take part in thecycling event.Andrew Behnke, Chair of the Chamber’sboard, also addressed the crowd at the cer-emony. He believes Claremont and regionalbusinesses will benefit greatly from thesporting event. “Obviously we are veryhappy about that,” Mr. Behnke said.The final speaker Thursday was TonyCruz, a retired professional cyclist whocompeted in the Sydney Olympics for theU.S. team and is currently the biking am-bassador for the city of Long Beach. Mr.Cruz congratulated the city for its success-ful bid and spoke about his earlier experi-ences cycling in the area.“These mountains just behind us here, that’s prettymuch where I cut my teeth in terms of competitive cy-cling,” Mr. Cruz said, comparing the Claremont-to-Mt.Baldy leg to many of mountainous rides in Europewhere spent most of his professional career.Mr. Messick described the 6,500 feet ascent to Mt.Baldy as “one of the most challenging and iconicclimbs in southern California.”Along with Claremont, the 2011 Amgen Tour of Cal-ifornia will make its way through Lake Tahoe, Sacra-mento, Auburn, Modesto, Livermore, San Jose,Seaside, Paso Robles, Solvang, Mt. Baldy, Santa Claritaand Thousand Oaks.
—Tony Krickl
Claremont to host leg of prestigious bike tour 
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont resident Mark Chaput with his daughters Gianna, 4, and Abby, 10, watch a news conference an-nouncing the selection of Claremont as the starting point to stage seven of the 2011 Amgen Tour of Califor-nia on Thursday at the Claremont Depot.Larry Scheetz, center left, of the Claremont Senior Bike Group smiles ashe is recognized for his efforts to sign up volunteers on Thursday duringa news conference announcing Claremontʼs selection as a stage startingpoint for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California.
Committees todiscuss Measure CLat community forum event
Active Claremont will be hosting members fromthe Committee to Support Claremont Schools andClaremont Taxpayers for Common Sense at itsgeneral meeting on October 21st.The committee members will have the opportu-nity to debate their views and field questions fromthe audience in the first such event prior to the No-vember 2nd election.The forum will kick off at 7 p.m. in the Santa FeRoom of the Alexander Hughes Center. The eventis free and open to the community.For more information on the upcoming event,contact Active Claremont board member JohnSerpa at 624-4481.CORRECTIONA photograph on page 15 of Wednesday edi-tion of the COURIER on the Repertory OperaCompany’s production of 
The Magic Flute
misidentified Destinie Dominguez as LaurenJorgensen. The COURIER regrets the error.

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