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Claremont COURIER 6.26.10

Claremont COURIER 6.26.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 6.26.10
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Saturday 06-26-10
75 cents
Longtime employees recognized; CUSD budget issues persist
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffIt was not all number crunching at Thursday nightʼs CUSD board meeting. Board member Mary Caenepeel getsemotional as Superintendant Terry Nichols recognizes the accomplishments of retiring staff member Linda Hunt.
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Inside today’s paper
Why is this Claremontrugby player all smiles?
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The city council finalizes abudget after making hardchoices in a rough fiscal year
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What should CUSD do to balanceupcoming budgets?
-Use current reserves to fill budget gaps-Have teacher furlough daysGo the
claremont-courier.com to vote
Would you vote for a bond measurefor Claremont schools?
30% yes70% no50 votes total
If you make it they will come.At least that’s the hope of anew videoby the Chamberof Commerce showcasingClaremont businesses
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Claremont COURIER/Saturday, June 26, 2010
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 51
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Martin and Janis Weinberger
Editor and Publisher
Peter Weinberger
Managing Editor
Kathryn Dunn
City Reporter
Tony Krickl
Education and Sports Reporter
Landus Rigsby
Features Reporter/Obituaries
Brenda Bolinger
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Aimee Ripleycalendar@claremont-courier.com
Back Page
Copy Editor
Grace Felschundneff
Graphic Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Design
Kathryn Dunn
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
Classified Editor
Aimee Ripley
Business Administration
Marketing ManagerLegal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
Jim Citizen Sprinkle
Justin Hazelton, ReporterRafael Anguiano, Photographer
Claremont Chamber appoints newchair of the board
The Claremont Chamber of Com-merce recently announced that the newchair of the board for 2010–2011 is An-drew Behnke, general manager of theDoubleTree Hotel, Claremont.Mr. Behnke has been a member of the Claremont Chamber for 4 years andhas served on its board for the samelength of time. He has been the chair of the Governmental Relations Committeefor the past year, and prior to that servedon the Economic Development andMarketing Committee. Mr. Behnke willbe working with the following BoardMembers for the upcoming year.Eugene Washington, Academy Pest Control; Carlos Samuel-son, Ruecker & Samuelson Associates, Century 21 PrestigeProperties; Mick Bollinger, Candlelight Pavilion; Paul Henry,Image Concepts; Paul Held, Past Chair, Attorney At Law; DaleChristiansen, Christiansen Accounting; Michelle Demott, Fair-plex; Terry Nichols, Claremont Unified School District; FloyBiggs, Community Senior Services, Linda Elderkin, Mayor of Claremont; Susan Pearson, Bath Junkie; Sal Medina, PackingHouse Wine Merchants; Ryan Zimmerman, PrudentialWheeler Steffen Real Estate; Linda Sarancha, Foothill Finan-cial Advisors; Bridget Healy, Inland Valley Repertory Theatre,Inc.; Barbara Jefferson, Claremont University Consortium;Sandra Baldonado, attorney at law; Jess Swick, Treasurer,Northwestern Mutual Insurance; Ann Joslin, The Tener Group;Sonja Stump, Sonja Stump Photography
Street closures set for Fourth
For at least some portions of the day, it may be difficult to getfrom ‘here’ to ‘there’ in Claremont on the Fourth of July.To make room for activities of the 62nd Annual Independ-ence Day celebration—including the 5K Run/Walk in themorning, the festival at Memorial Park, the parade, and finallythe fireworks show at the Pomona College Strehle Track, sev-eral streets in the central part of the city will be closed for partor all of the day on Sunday, July 4.Closures include: *Tenth Street between Indian Hill Boule-vard and Harvard Avenue between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.*Eighth Street between Indian Hill Blvd. and Harvard Av-enue between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.*Yale Avenue between Seventh Street and Eleventh Streetbetween 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.*Indian Hill Boulevard between Eleventh Street and Harri-son Avenue between 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.*Harrison Avenue between Indian Hill Boulevard andMountain Avenue between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.First Street between Amherst and Mills Avenues between8:30 p.m. and the end of the fireworks show.
Andrew Behnke
urrent Claremont Unified SchoolDistrict projections indicate thedistrict will be $1.4 million belowits state required 3 percent reserves by theend of the 2012-13 school year.
Though the district will stay above the state mandatedrequirement for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academicyears, CUSD will only have $239,254 out of a required$1,676,027 in reserves by 2012-13. The district is cur-rently at 9.68 percent of total reserves.“We are spending our reserves—I need to emphasizethat,” said Assistant Superintendent of Business Serv-ices Lisa Shoemaker at Thursday’s board meeting.“There has been a lot of conversation about holding re-serves. We’re not holding reserves, we’re spending re-serves. We’re spending our savings account.”The CUSD board approved a proposed 2010-11budget on Thursday night that showed increased deficitspending over the next 3 years totaling approximately$5.3 million. The district has deficit spent by $1,566,642this academic year.Within the budget are assumptions such as an increasein class size ratio for kindergarten through 3rd grade stu-dents to 30:1, furlough days, further reductions in staff,as well as other district cuts. Ms. Shoemaker said evenwith the assumptions, the district would still be deficitspending. She also added that some of the assumptions,such as class size increases, might not be implemented.While the district can show financial solvency overthe next 2 years, it will need a conditional approval fromthe Los Angeles County Office of Education due to dip-ping below 3 percent of its reserves for the 3rd year of its proposed budget. CUSD board member Jeff Starkvoiced his concern regarding the district’s budget status.“What the district is trying to do by deficit spendingover the next 3 years is to buy more time,” Mr. Starksaid. “That’s really our only option. Time is our onlyally. There is no economic data that I’m aware of—andI deal with this every day—that shows that our econ-omy is strengthening quickly. It’s strengthening slowlyand weakly. It concerns me a lot.”CUSD is currently looking into a bond measure orparcel tax as methods for combating its current deficitspending. If the district plans to get a bond measure onthe November 2010 ballot, the board will need to pass aresolution prior to August 6th. A parcel tax measurewould require 89 days notice.Former CUSD board member Sam Mowbray told theboard that he and other members of the communitywould be willing to help buy down the furlough days of CFA bargaining members if they accept 5 furlough daysfor next year. The community support would be joinedtogether with the money that the bond measure or par-cel tax would provide.Mr. Mowbray believes one of the keys to overcomingcurrent budget difficulties is by CFA and the districtbeing able to reach an agreement.“In my opinion, both sides of this issue are to be con-gratulated for being honorable to the highest degree,”Mr. Mowbray said. “What I propose is that the furloughdays be accepted and that this community will buy thosefurlough days back to the maximum amount possible.My comment to both sides is that we sit down and solvethe problem for the betterment of education in the cityof Claremont.”The district and Claremont Faculty Association ne-gotiating teams are still attempting to work out an agree-ment before initiating fact-finding. If the 2 sides enterinto fact-finding, each side will pick one representativeand present their cases before a mediator. The mediatorcan offer a suggestion but the district is not required toimplement it.“I really do hope that we come to something,” saidCFA Bargaining Chair Joe Tonan.
—Landus Rigsby
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, June 26, 2010
Budget update shows bumpy road ahead for CUSD
COURIER photos/Steven FelshundneffFormer school board member Sam Mowbray addresses members of the Claremont Faculty Associationduring the public comment session on Thursday during the CUSD Board of Education meeting. Aftermonths of negotiations the board voted on the budget for the next school year during Thursdayʼs meeting.
School Yr. Deficit Spending (Reserves Spending)2009-10$1,556,642($1,762,859)2010-11$1,661,884($1,641,323)2011-12$1,662,294($1,658,401)2012-13$2,029,079(
*District needs at least $1,676,027 tomaintain the state required 3 percent reserve.
Deficit spending reflects that CUSD is spendingmore money than it is receiving. For example, in the2009-10 school year, the district had $57,798,658 intotal expenses and $56,232,016 in total revenue. Thedifference puts the district $1,566,642 in the red.Reserve spending represents a savings account forthe district to be used during tough economic times.The district is required to have a reserve of at least 3percent of its operating budget to show it can be fi-nancially sound for a 3-year budget period. Three per-cent of the district’s 2009-10 budget was $1,762,859.
fter months of planning and num-ber crunching, the city council ap-proved a final budget for the next 2fiscal years.
With decreasing revenue and increasing costs, the cityhas been forced to make difficult decisions in order tobalance its budget. City staff positions have been cut andreplaced with contractors. A wide array of city serviceshave been trimmed and some programs will be elimi-nated altogether.“This position we’re in with this budget is horrible,”Mayor Pro Tem Sam Pedroza said. “It’s putting us in a re-ally bad situation and trying to do best we can with whatwe have.”Among the services affected by the budget cuts aretree trimming, litter removal at parks, median and right-of-way landscaping, social services and community de-velopment. Several engineering and city planner posi-tions were eliminated.In the Police Department, the last remaining captainposition will remain vacant and a costly study to designa new police station will be postponed. The city will con-sider creating a position to undertake administrative tasksand grant applications for the police department.The city’s Tiny Tots and Pre School Programs will nolonger be staffed by city personnel. The programs couldbe eliminated altogether if a partner in the private sectorcannot be found to operate them.Councilmember Peter Yao said the outlook for a fu-ture economic turnaround is grim unless the city can es-tablish new revenue generators.“We don’t have an awful lot of options,” he said.Mr. Pedroza believes the city’s best chances for an eco-nomic boom come from business development in southClaremont at the Pepper Tree Center and ClaremontPromenade shopping center by the 10 Freeway.The city is planning to set up a committee to look ateconomic development options for Claremont over thenext few years.Mayor Linda Elderkin said that despite all the cuts, shebelieves the budget leaves the “core value of Claremontintact.”“In my own mind, I am comfortable that for 2 years,the core and the heart of Claremont is okay,” Ms. El-derkin said.The city will maintain a 25 percent budget reservedbalance of about $4.94 million.
—Tony Krickl
New finalized city budget reflects tough economy 

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