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Claremont COURIER 7.24.10

Claremont COURIER 7.24.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 7.24.10
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Saturday 07-24-10
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JUST THE BEGINNING
Now the voters must decide the fate of Claremont’s bond measure
Fastpitch softballnever looked sosweet as the cityhas 3 teamsgoing to competeagainst nationalcompetition
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COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffClaremont Unified School District board members including Superintendent Terry Nichols (center) listen to public comments on the bond measure during theirboard meeting Thursday. The money would focus on improving technology, facilities and maintenance throughout the district. The board voted 4 to 1 to proceedwith the $95 million measure which voters will have to approve in November.
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There’s talk ofrestricting politicalexpression in theFourth of July parade.Sound familiar?
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Lex thinks the ideaof travel can beexciting, but is farfrom a stress-freeexperience
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aintaining objectivity as a journalist isvital to accuracy and fairness in re-porting. So when reactions to theFourth of July parade began streaming in—asthey do every year—I bit my tongue and simplypublished them.
We cut off the parade letters early this year, perhaps too early,but I sensed where things were going and am opposed to “bash-ing” any segment of our community.The dissimilarities among Claremont residents are fascinat-ing. It’s the best part of living here and communal events likethe Fourth of July serve as a reminder of how well we can cel-ebrate together. These events are the foundation of Claremontand, dare I say, America.When you sit on the curb andwatch the parade—or boldly marchdown the middle of Indian Hill—you are witnessing the very essenceof community. Church groups, kidson bikes, gays, straights, the elderly,the young… the only thing missingin recent years were the lawn mowers and twiddlers. It betterserves our community to embrace our differences rather thanpass lifestyle judgments on one another.While doing research for an article in today’s edition (page 3),city reporter Tony Krickl came across a My Side of the Linewritten 30 years ago by Martin Weinberger. It was published inresponse to an uproar at Claremont’s 1980 parade. He has beenat it much longer than me and, simply put, said it better.I will defer to Martin on this one.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 24, 2010
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graphics Corpo-ration at 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of generalcirculation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 atthe post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postage is paid at Claremont, California91711-5003. Single copy: 75 cents. 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, Cal-ifornia 91711-5003. Telephone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2010 Claremont Courier
one hundred and second year, number 59
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Parading our politics
by Kathryn Dunn, Managing EditorOriginally published July 9, 1980
Can a Fourth of July parade entrant display a message toelect Ronald Reagan as President and another propose JamesLloyd for Congress while a third, suggesting that draft regis-tration be abolished, be unacceptable?On Friday the Fourth, members of the city’s Fourth of Julycommittee told those at the Pomona Valley Council for Peacebooth to stop circulating anti-draft petitions.A relatively short distance away, perhaps the width of theDelaware River, orator T. Willard Hunter was reciting the mag-nificent, inspiring story of the Fourth. It was filled with refer-ences to revolution, political and economic freedoms and theconsiderable courage of those who spoke out against tyranny.I think Claremont’s Fourth of July parade is pretty terrific. Itis wonderful to view the earnest, proud kids rolling by on bi-cycles, the tumblers, the riders on horseback, the musicalgroups and the beauty queens. They all form a great bunch.But the Fourth of July is more important than all of thoseaforementioned marchers. It is a day to mark our independenceas a nation. It is a day of homage to the freedom of politicalexpression.I think candidates and officeholders belong in the parade.They seem to be acceptable to everyone. Raise a controversialissue, however, and the fears that free speech somehow has noplace in the parade overcome good judgment.Suppose Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and GeorgeWashington had been sitting on an Indian Hill Boulevard curblast Friday. They would have certainly appreciated and enjoyedthe passing parade and its diverse group of participants, fromlawn mowers to a prone Uncle Sam.What would they have said about the abolition of politicalideas? Such action—the proposition that the Fourth of July isan occasion for fun and not politics—probably would haveshocked and stunned them deeply. After all, the British proba-bly scheduled some holidays forfun so why bother with the revo-lution?It is a compliment to Claremontthat the great issues of the daymanage to surface within the com-munity. It is less of a complimentthat some of us insist on stiflingpeaceful protest that accompaniesthe raising of such issues.About 10 years ago, the townand the nation were divided overthe course of the Viet Nam war.An anti-war group wanted to entera float in the Fourth of July pa-rade. The hearings and delibera-tions never seemed to end. Finally, an innocuous wagon,carrying children and adults, was allowed to support peace.A group of American Legionnaires from the Covina areashowed up on the Fourth. They placed themselves at the head of the parade, carrying a banner to support our troops in Viet Nam.They had no permit. There was no discussion. No one raised aprotest. No one, except the COURIER, asked who they were.It is difficult to oppose what appears to be a patriotic mes-sage. It is also difficult to accept a controversial issue that hasnot been resolved.Our problem may be the message and not the medium. Weshould remember that the Fourth of July itself was once an im-mensely controversial political issue.In 1776, who would have opposed a holiday parade with anycontentious ideas? The British, of course. Who would havesupported it? Jefferson, Franklin, Washington and a few otherswe think of as the fathers of our country.That ought to be a lesson about future Fourth of July parades.
 An advocate for free speech
by Martin Weinberger
 
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he inclusion of a gay rights group inthe Claremont Fourth of July paradehas caused a backlash among someresidents, raising questions about what’s ap-propriate for the city’s celebrated parade.
The city and the COURIER have received several let-ters on the topic with writers saying they were “offended”by the groups’ message and found their presence in theparade “distasteful.” Instead of politically charged en-tries, they expressed preference for what they deemed amore traditional parade with patriotic entries that honorU.S. troops serving in the military.The parade entry in question, “Drumbeats for Mar-riage Equality,” consisted of gay rights activists and par-ticipants from various local religious congregationsincluding Temple Beth Israel, La Verne Church of theBrethren, Claremont United Church of Christ, SaintPaul’s Episcopal Church, Monte Vista Unitarian Uni-versalists and the Claremont Religious Society of Friends(Quakers).According to one marcher in the group, the partici-pants were interested in taking part in the event to coin-cide with the national movement seeking marriageequality for all people.“This is a political struggle going on right now in mul-tiple states across the country,” said Claremont nativeAriel Heyman. “It’s a civil rights issue that we want tokeep at the forefront of people’s minds. For some people,it’s a philosophical issue but for many of us, it’s very realand affects us in a very personal way.”Parallels can be drawn between the current contro-versy and a similar one at Claremont’s IndependenceDay parade 30 years ago.In July 1980, an anti-draft registration group calledStudents for a Free America was barred from marchingin Claremont’s parade, despite having a permit, becauseof their perceived unpopular political message.Similar to today’s gay rights movement, draft regis-tration was a hot topic in national politics in 1980. Ear-lier that year, Congress reinstated the requirement thatyoung men register with the Selective Service Systemfor potential military duty.The parade entry consisted of a car with a rocketmounted on top labeled “Fascist Firepower” and signsopposing the draft registration and war were to be carriedby people accompanying the float.According to COURIER articles from July 1980, asthe parade was beginning, members of the IndependenceDay Committee decided not to allow the group to marchbased on their political message. The group had receivedparade clearance the day before.Upon the urging of the committee, police intervened tostop the Students for a Free America from marching,causing the group to stage a sit-down protest that delayedthe remaining entries for some time. Nobody was ar-rested.Later that month, the Claremont City Council ac-knowledged that the group’s First Amendment rightswere violated when they were barred from participatingin the parade. The council issued an apology to the groupand vowed to establish guidelines for future parade or-ganizers so that similar problems would not arise in thefuture.Since that time, a number of regulations have been es-tablished for parade participants, mainly regarding thesize of floats, safety concerns and conformity to citylaws. All non-commercial groups are welcome to applyfor participation in the parade as long as they do not pro-mote or advertise commercial products or services.Participants promoting political messages are alsowelcome, as long as the message does not espouse hate,discrimination or violence, said Mercy Santoro, directorof the city’s Human Services Department.“Community groups in Claremont have generallybeen very respectful in that manner and understand thespirit of our parade,” she said.Ms. Santoro added that she does not remember a timewhen the city denied an applicant who wanted to partic-ipate in Claremont’s Fourth of July parade.Nonetheless, some believe there is a time and placefor politics and the parade in not the appropriate forumfor pushing political agendas.Ed Leavell, the chairman for the Claremont Inde-pendence Day parade sub-committee and a volunteer forthe Fourth of July activities over the last 10 years, feelsthe parade “should get back to the basics.”“We provide a platform for people to speak their mindon anything they want at the Speaker’s Corner,” Mr.Leavell said. “The parade should be more fun-loving andpatriotic.”He is pushing for stricter guidelines for parade partic-ipants, limiting them from promoting their own politicalagenda and focusing more on the city’s annual Inde-pendence Day theme. Mr. Leavell said the parade com-mittee would begin considering the proposed changeswhen they start meeting again next year.As it has in the past, the idea of restricting Claremont’sparade participants and the messages they promote willlikely run into resistance from many in the community.“The Fourth of July is all about freedom of politicalexpression,” said resident Michael Keenan, who partic-ipated in the sit-down parade protest 30 years ago. “Theytried to take our message away and the city was forced toapologize and recognize our rights. The lessons learnedback then still apply today and I hope they won’t be for-gotten.”
—Tony Krickl
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 24, 2010
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COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffSupporters of marriage equality for gays and Lesbians march in the 4th of July parade as part of the Cali-fornia Faith for Equalityʼs Drumbeats for Marriage Freedom entry in Claremont.
Free speech becomes major issue for parade organizers
Wednesday, July 14
An Upland woman reported that shewas raped in a hotel room at the Clare-mont Lodge by an acquaintance. Thevictim was invited to the hotel by thesuspect to talk. When they were alone inthe room around 8:20 p.m., she claims hesexually assaulted her.The following day, the 20-year-oldwent to the Claremont Police Depart-ment to file a police report and identifythe suspect. He is a 21-year-old Uplandresident. Police are planning to conductfurther investigation and interview thesuspect but have not yet located him.
Thursday, July 15
A teenage girl told police that she wasdrugged and raped at a party in Clare-mont the night before the Fourth of July.The girl went to the Pomona Valley Hos-pital emergency room and while beingtreated, she told hospital staff about thealleged incident.Police were notified and went to thehospital to interview the girl. The 17-year-old said she attended a party at aresidence on San Jose Avenue with afriend between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. Shecould not provide an exact location.She told police that she was drinkingpunch at the party and passed out. Whenshe woke up, a man was having sex withher while other men watched. She be-lieves the punch contained a drug tomake her sleep.After waking up, the girl immediatelyleft the party with her friend. She gave ablood and urine sample to police to beanalyzed for any drugs that might still bein her system. Police are looking for any-one who attended the party to get furtherinformation about the alleged crime.
Sunday, July 18
A woman was arrested for burglaryafter being caught on surveillance cam-eras rummaging through unlocked vehi-cles at the Claremont Auto Center.Around 6:20 a.m., security at the cardealership watching surveillance videonoticed the woman enter the property.She began going through several un-locked cars on the lot and taking any-thing that was inside.Police responded to the scene andquickly apprehended the woman. In abackpack, they found property takenfrom the cars including wireless head-phones, a rear seat entertainment remote,a Toyota vehicle price sticker, vehiclemanuals, maintenance guidebooks andan alarm system owners’ manual.Rina Navarette, 42, of Pomona was ar-rested. Police later discovered she wason parole for burglary.
—Tony Krickl
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