The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graph-ics Corporation at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is anewspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as period-icals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879.Periodicals postage is paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: 75 cents. Annual subscription:$52.00. Annual online subscription: $47. Send all remittances and correspondence about subscriptions, un-delivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, Cal-ifornia 91711-5003. Telephone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2010. Claremont CourierOne hundred and second year, number 72
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, September 8, 2010
funny thing happened to the Weinberg-ers over the holiday weekend. Whilegoing through my emails I discoveredin the Claremont City Letter the city has namedthe yet-to-be-built affordable housing projectCourier Place. The location of the project is 111S. College Ave., where the COURIERdid busi-ness for 25 years.
Even 4 years after moving to our current location on Clare-mont Boulevard, my family still has mixed feelings about howall this came about. We are honored the city would name theproject after our newspaper. When I was approached aboutusing the COURIERname “in some way,” I immediatelyasked my parents what they wanted.Martin thought it would be a good idea, while Janis was hernormal enthusiastic self thinking it was “amazing” (she usesthat word a lot.) So we gave our blessing and moved on withour daily business.Some people might find it odd that an affordable housingproject is named after a newspaper, but it really fits our lifelongphilosophy of helping people who may not be as fortunate asthe majority of Claremont residents.My parents were activists and felt that every person had aright to the American dream. As a youngster I remembermarching to Sacramento in support of Cesar Chavez and thefarm workers. My mother was a regular volunteer for seniorshelping raise money for the Joslyn Senior Center among otherthings. We would go to political conventions and do hugephoto spreads in the newspaper. In 1968, I remember mymother rushing me inside as I watched protestors clash withpolice in Chicago.That’s why we think it’s great this housing project is beingbuilt at our old location. I just wish it could have come abouta little easier.It was originally our plan to stay at 111 S. College Ave. Weliked the idea of being near the Village. Before our lease wasup, we planned to either renegotiate or look at purchasing theproperty. Unfortunately, the person we made this handshakeagreement with died before we could finalize anything.Then one day out of the blue a representative from theowner’s family said they had sold the property and we hadone year to get out. They were going to build condos and busi-ness offices, we were told. My father Martin was seriouslyupset. We really never had a chance to be part of the process.It was hard not to feel like someone was making a profit atour expense. And what was the city of Claremont thinking?I never really understood the full scope of what was hap-pening until after I took over as publisher several years later.At the time, my father’s health was failing and, like manynewspapers, the COURIERhad some hard decisions to make.Now we had to move.I really don’t know what discussions Martin had with thecity at the time, but I do know he felt we were left to figurethings out on our own. So I took some time off from my jobin North Carolina and we began looking around town.The COURIERhas some odd needs regarding space, giventhat we have production equipment. We basically needed of-fice space, with a big garage. At the time that was very hard tofind. Since there really wasn’t anything in the Village, weended up at our current address on Claremont Boulevard. It’smore out of the way, but we were able to make enoughchanges to the space to suit our needs.We moved out in 6 months figuring the quicker we left, thebetter. That was in May of 2006.In the end, it all worked out. Our current space is much moresuited to our needs since we don’t use nearly as much space.Martin looks like a genius because the COURIER did not takeon huge amounts of debt for property and printing presses. Itis one of the key reasons the business remains healthy.The original condos were never built and now the propertyis going to a cause we believe in. Our approach may have beena lot different if it had been planned that way in the first place.So we are doing just fine, thank you. No need to congratu-late us. And had we been asked to use the COURIER name fora condo development like the original plan? Forget about it.
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Martin and Janis Weinberger
Editor and Publisher
Education and Sports Reporter
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Reporter At Large
Jim Citizen Sprinkle
Chris Guzman, PhotographerJustin Hazelton, Reporter
by Peter Weinberger
Thank you, we are doing just fine