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Claremont COURIER 6.30.10

Claremont COURIER 6.30.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 6.30.10
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Wild chase ends with injuries and fatality on Base Line Road
Wednesday 06-30-2010
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Claremont’s hopes fora revitalized shoppingcenter are put on hold
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Futbolito soccer camp hits Padua Park
Story on page 10Story and photos on page 4COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffUpland resident Tammi Strasen comforts Teresa Bock on Tuesday as emergency personnel attend to Ms. Bockʼs brother Aaron Koontz following a fatal collision onBase Line Road at Benson Avenue in Upland. Claremont Police were involved in a high-speed pursuit with the driver of the silver BMW seen at right. According toMs. Strasen, the BMW ran a red light at Benson then collided with a pickup and the truck driven by Mr. Koontz. The driver of the pickup later died.
What should CUSD do to balanceupcoming budgets?
-Use current reserves to fill budget gaps-Have teacher furlough days
Go to the COURIER Onlineclaremont-courier.com to voteSame question as above, but withinaccurate results
47% Use current reserves53% Have teacher furlough days45,948 votes total
LAST WEEK’s skewed results
Since our computer system was hacked intoto alter the poll results, we are starting overwith the same poll. Only one vote per person.
Full story on our hacked poll, page 2
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 52
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, June 30, 2010
think we hit a nerve. Youalways hope when askinga poll question that it’s in-teresting enough that peoplewill want to respond. We didthat this week.
The poll question was simple. Whatshould the Claremont Unified SchoolDistrict do to balance the upcomingbudgets? The choices were to either usecurrent reserve money or to have teach-ers take furlough days.Normally we have a good week when150 people respond. For a city the sizeof Claremont, that’s a good response. Inan effort to promote it, the poll appearedon page one of the Saturday paper. Itthen took on a life of its own.By noon on Sunday the vote was infavor of furlough days 83-66. After alink went out on a teacher’s Facebookpage Monday morning, the votes shiftedquickly to using reserves. Not wantingto be outdone, reserve supporters added116 votes in about 10 minutes. Nowboth choices had votes in the hundredsand the numbers kept rising.It was at this point that we startedthinking something funny was goingon. We knew some Claremonters hadthe computer skills to artificially skewthese numbers. This clearly was the casewhen the totals reached almost 46,000,well over Clare-mont’s current pop-ulation.Either this issuehad gone statewide,or someone hadhacked our system.Needless to say, thepercentages cur-rently stand at around 50-50, thus thepoll says nothing about what Claremontresidents really think. Or maybe not.You see, the poll question was actu-ally posted on our website last Wednes-day, 4 days before the question appearedin the newspaper and special intereststook over. During that time we had asolid turnout of 90 votes from regularsubscribers wanting to participate.I believe these numbers are more ac-curate and reflected the mood of publicopinion on this issue. In fact, they wereso weighted one way, it was going to bethe topic of this column today.It was not a surprise that the publicvoted 81-9 in favor of teachers takingfurlough days. The mood of taxpayerswho have dealt with a 2-year recessionis all about spending less. Local gov-ernments cannot live beyond theirmeans, while state governments fi-nances are a mess. Even PresidentObama was snubbed at the G-20 Sum-mit by other countries who want to cutdeficits.And CUSD and CFA negotiations arecaught right in the middle. Furloughdays are not uncommon for school dis-tricts and businesses everywhere be-cause they save jobs. This haspersonally touched me and I know ithurts.With the California state budget in aserious state of disrepair, I understandwhy CUSD is hesitant to spend its re-serves. You just don’t know what the fu-ture will bring.Yesterday in a press release State Su-perintendent of Public Instruction JackO’Donnell said the number of schoolsthat cannot meet their financial obliga-tions increased by 38 percent this year.“We are seeing an alarming spike inthe number of school districts that arehaving trouble meeting their financialobligations,” he said. “Schools on thislist are now forced to make terrible de-cisions to cut programs and services thatstudents need or face bankruptcy.”The COURIER has published nu-merous columns supporting the teach-ers’ point of view. I know the teacherswork hard and make sacrifices. Lastweek we ran a column from a Clare-mont teacher stating she had the im-pression that people felt teachers wereinsulated from financial woes and werenot doing their part. “We support ourteachers, but…”I think these initial poll results showmany are feeling that way. So I will fin-ish the sentence. We support our teach-ers, but at this point CUSD must simplyspend less.
 Managing Editor Kathryn Dunn con-tributed to this column.
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Justin Hazelton, Reporter
COURIER online poll brings out specialinterests
by Peter Weinberger
In an effort to try to get an accu-rate and complete vote on this issue,we are creating a new poll and start-ing over. We respectfully request thatpeople vote only one time.
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, June 30, 2010
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffABOVE: Law enforcement officials inspectthe site adjacent to the eastbound lanes ofthe 210 freeway where a body was foundearly Tuesday morning in Claremont. At ap-proximately 4 a.m. firefighters responded toa brush fire on adjacent to the eastboundlanes of the freeway and discovered thebody once the fire was out.LEFT: Los Angeles County Sheriffʼs Lieu-tenant Mike Rosson speaks to reporters onTuesday about the burned body found onthe side of the 210 earlier in the day in Clare-mont. The badly burned body was discov-ered early in the morning after firefightersresponded to a brush fire at the site.
City looking for options after Walgreens cancels
outh Claremont’s hopes for a revi-talized shopping center at PepperTree Square could be put on hold.Walgreens Pharmacy recently informedthe city it would not be opening a store atthe location.
The news could be a major blow to the city’s goalof seeing an economic revival at the shopping centerthat has deteriorated over the years. Currently theshopping center is over 50 percent vacant. Earlier thisyear, a CVS pharmacy closed down at the center,leaving it without an anchor store.Walgreens has decided not to expand into newmarkets because of the current state of the economy,Mayor Pro Tem Sam Pedroza said.“This decision was because of economic condi-tions that are out of the control of the city,” Mr. Pe-droza said.Nick Quackenbos, a broker representing the ownerof Pepper Tree Square, believes Walgreens’ decisionwas based on external factors. In February, Walgreenspurchased the New York-based drugstore chainDuane Reade Holdings Inc. for $618 million.“Although I have no proof of this, it appears thedecision has something to do with the purchase of thatchain,” Mr. Quackenbos said. “It did not appear to beabout Claremont or Pepper Tree Square.”Developers and city officials have spent a lot of time and energy on the center in recent months withthe goal of attracting a grocery store to the center.It was announced earlier this year that Fresh &Easy market was interested, contingent upon a Wal-greens with a drive through opening in the center atthe same time.In March, the city even adopted an ordinance toallow drive through businesses such as banks andpharmacies to operate in certain areas within the city.The hope was to attract Walgreens or another busi-ness to open at Pepper Tree Square alongside the gro-cery store.Interested parties say that Fresh & Easy still plansto open shop at Pepper Tree Square. According to Mr.Quackenbos, the owner of the center is planning torefurbish buildings and remodel the entire center toattract the Fresh & Easy.“Once the deal with Fresh & Easy is finalized, wecan use it as bait to attract other tenants to the cen-ter,” he said.The decision by Walgreens means the city and de-velopers will need to explore other options to attracta business to the corner of Indian Hill Boulevard andArrow Highway. But the city’s ability to help “greasethe wheels” in the redevelopment project will behampered by a lack of funding.Just last month, the city was forced to hand over$1.2 million in redevelopment funds to the state asCalifornia addresses its budget deficit. At the time,City Manager Jeff Parker said the loss of money di-rectly impacted economic development and rehabil-itation projects such as the Pepper Tree Square.Despite Walgreen’s decision to back out, city offi-cials say they are doing all they can to make sureFresh & Easy will open at the location. Mr. Pedrozaadded that getting a grocery store into south Clare-mont remains his top priority as a city councilmem-ber.“I think we’re actively doing everything within ourmeans as a city to make that center successful,” hesaid.
—Tony KricklCOURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffThe Peppertree Square development on the cor-ner of Arrow Highway and Indian Hill Boulevardwas scheduled to become a Walgreens until thenational pharmacy pulled out recently.
irefighters discovered a deadbody while extinguishing asmall brush fire early Tues-day morning near the 210 freewayon-ramp at Base Line Road.
At 3:51 a.m., the California Highway Pa-trol were called regarding a brush fire justsouth of the 210 freeway, about 300 yardseast of the 210 on-ramp. Los Angeles CountyFire Department officials responded to theblaze and quickly discovered the burningbody, said LAFD Inspector Frederick Stow-ers.Firefighters informed the California High-way Patrol and the Claremont Police De-partment about the grisly discovery.As of Tuesday morning, little was knownabout the victim pending a report from LosAngeles County Sheriffs Department homi-cide detectives, said LASD Deputy ByronWard.“We don’t know the circumstances of whythe body was burned at this time,” DeputyWard said.He said the victim’s age, race and genderwere not yet known due to the severity of theburns. It was not known if the victim waskilled prior to being set ablaze.The area was roped off for much of themorning as police investigators studied thecrime scene. The eastbound 210 freeway on-ramp was also closed Tuesday morning.The discovery of the dead body will be thefirst homicide investigation for the Clare-mont Police Department in 2010.Claremont police officials were not avail-able for comment Tuesday morning.
—Tony Krickl
Grisly discovery found during small brush fire

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