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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Faith for Equality
Dear Editor:Claremont can take pride in a small,historic event that happened during ourFourth of July parade this year.CA Faith for Equality tells us that theparade entry “Drumbeats for MarriageEquality” is the first collaborative, au-tonomous faith group march for mar-riage equality in the history of our state.We marching participants from this pa-rade moment, gratefully share this his-toric experience with all in ourcelebratory audience.As the individual who signed the pa-rade application, I would like to thank,very deeply, each faith group thatshowed the courage, leadership, con-viction and compassion to march as partof our group: Claremont United Churchof Christ, Temple Beth Israel, La VerneChurch of the Brethren, Saint Paul’sEpiscopal Church, Monte Vista Unitar-ian Universalists and the Claremont Re-ligious Society of Friends (Quakers).These faith groups understand, as CAFaith for Equality understands, that le-galization of gay marriage is a prelimi-nary step in our work as faithcommunities.A look at civil rights movements inAmerican history reminds us that thework of faith groups advanced the abo-lition of slavery and the enfranchise-ment of women.Yet, even after these civil rights wereestablished, society was clearly notcured of its racist ills and women did notachieve immediate equality in status.The fear, pain and even cruelty expe-rienced by both opponents and propo-nents of gay marriage, will not behealed by the legal acquisition of thisbasic and imperative human right.In continuing to work to achieve fullequality, the faith groups who marchedin this historic parade entry will be pres-ent to listen, dialog, understand andbring compassion and faith to bear onproblems that will arise long after mar-riage equality is legalized in California.Again, I express my deepest gratitudeto these very particular congregationswho participate in the journey towardhuman rights.
Religious Society of Friends
Another Bureaucratic Fubar
Dear Editor:In 2004, the California legislature au-thorized $130 million to upgrade thepayroll system for the state employees.This system has not been updated since1970.In 2006, John Chiang was elected asState Controller. He was responsible(among other things) for implementingthis upgrade that had not been accom-plished in the previous 2 years.As of this date, the system is still notupgraded and won’t be for at least an-other 2 years. Because the Controller’soffice has given excuse after excuse tothe oversight committee, and has not ac-complished this task in now SIX years,the Controller states that he cannot im-plement the Governor’s directive totemporarily cut the state worker’s salaryto $7.50 per hour because the currentsoftware will not handle this change.So another bureaucratic snafu allows“business as usual” to go on in the Con-troller’s office and forces more massiveloans to be made in order to pay themultitude of state employees while thelegislature takes its own sweet timeabout passing a budget (A budget, bythe way, that was supposed to be firmedup BY LAW as of the end of June).When are all these government offi-cials and legislatures going to compre-hend that we cannot and WILL NOTstand for “business as usual” and sur-reptitiously raising taxes, instead of cut-ting staff, programs and “entitlements?”
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he identity of the murder victim whosebody was found last week off the 210Freeway has been released by the LosAngeles County Department of Coroner.
Carmen Placencia, 44, an Asian female from Pico Rivera,suffered from a gunshot wound before her body was dumpedon the side of the road and lit afire, said Ed Winter, AssistantChief of the Coroner Department.An autopsy was performed on Wednesday, June 30, the dayafter the body was discovered.Last Tuesday around 4 a.m., the California Highway Patrolwas called regarding a brush fire just south of the 210 Free-way, about 300 yards east of the Base Line Road on-ramp.Los Angeles County Fire Department officials respondedto put out the blaze and quickly discovered the burning body.The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department is the leadlaw enforcement agency investigating the murder. The Clare-mont Police Department is assisting in the investigation.When reached by telephone Tuesday, Sheriffs LieutenantMichael Irving said there is no new information about thecase at this time.Anyone with information about the crime is urged to con-tact the Sheriffs Department or the Claremont Police Depart-ment.
— Tony KricklREADERSʼ COMMENTScontinue on page 7
Autopsy results identify freeway victim
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