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Claremont COURIER 5.26.10

Claremont COURIER 5.26.10

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EYES ON THE BOTTOM LINE
Claremont gets closer to meeting city budget goals
Wednesday 05-26-2010
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Claremont’sleaders came inlarge numbersto support theMi Casa, Su Casafundraiser
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Police are stilllooking for a manwho robbed abank at the OldSchool House
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Story on page 12Story on page 3Claremont resident Jennifer Julian Johnson recentlygraduated summa cum laude from Pitzer College and willbe a Fulbright U.S. Cultural Ambassador in Slovakia. Ms.Johnson has enjoyed an interesting and varied career asan actress, on-air radio personality, voice-over artist,teacher and music producer.
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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 42
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Destroying California
Dear Editor:I was surprised at your editorial of May 22 [Peter Weinberger’s My Side of the Line.] If “Now is the time to vote in-cumbent in November,” it must be be-cause things are going so well.I, for one, am not happy with the wayCalifornia is going. I am not happy thatwe are laying off our teachers at all lev-els, from elementary schools to the Uni-versity of California. That is our nextgeneration that we are selling down theriver.We are running out of money eventhough we are the 7th largest economyin the world.We are running out of money becausewe love Proposition 13, don’t we?Proposition 13 is ruining our state; weare dismantling California for a dreamof a California that never existed.I have lived in California as an adultsince 1948, and it was a pretty goodstate then; good schools, good universi-ties and few prisons.By all means, vote the incumbents inif you are happy the way things aregoing. People, if you want to destroyCalifornia, no one is going to stop you.
Walter Maya
Claremont
Kudos to customers and localvolunteers for supportingwater conservation event
Dear Editor:A recent event in Claremont is a greatexample of how a community can worktogether to make good things happen tosupport water conservation.During a Golden State Water Com-pany (GSWC) high-efficiency toilet(HET) exchange event at ClaremontHigh School, local teens helped GSWCdistribute 795 free HETs to Claremontcustomers. During a similar event inClaremont last year, 324 toilets weregiven away.About 27 percent of indoor water usecomes from flushing toilets. It’s esti-mated that these HETs will save thou-sands of gallons a month and hundredsof dollars per year for a household of four.Pulling off such a successful event re-quires help from a lot of people. Cus-tomers needed assistance as HETs wereloaded into vehicles on the day of thedistribution. Two weeks later, thosesame customers needed assistance asthey dropped off their older toilets forcollection at the high school.The Claremont High School SoftballBoosters and Band Boosters workedhard and deserve recognition for theirsupport of this project. For their efforts,Golden State Water Company made afinancial donation to Claremont HighSchool based on the number of toiletsreturned.And of course, our customers deserverecognition for participating. Each cus-tomer made arrangements to have theirold toilet removed and the new one in-stalled.Thank you Claremont customers andvolunteers for your efforts. Together, wecan make a difference and ensure a reli-able supply of water for our future.More information about how to savewater and save money is available atwww.gswater.com.
Ben Lewis
District ManagerGolden State Water Company
In support of furlough days
Dear Editor:We were heartened to see such anoutpouring of support for Claremont’swonderful teachers at the CUSD BoardMeeting on Thursday, May 20.It was clear that as a community weprize our teachers and don’t want to loseany of them due to the current budgetcrisis. The overriding sentiment at themeeting among teachers, parents andadministrators was that maintaining cur-rent class sizes is of paramount impor-tance—it is the by far the best option forour children.Unfortunately, there is no pain-freepath to that goal. The district has only afew options in front of it—the statemandates a 3-year balanced budget, andall of our current available reserves willbe depleted over the course of thatbudget.Because those reserves will only funda portion of the district’s ongoingdeficit, the only way to avoid teacherlayoffs and higher class sizes is throughsalary rollbacks or shortening the schoolyear through furlough days.While it will undoubtedly be a hard-ship to teachers, parents and children,we fully support shortening the schoolyear so that no teacher has to be laid off and class sizes can remain at currentlevels.We also support buying back fur-lough days as the first priority if thebudget situation changes and additionalmoney becomes available.We commend our teachers for speak-ing out in favor of preserving the qual-ity of education in our district, and wecommend our administrators for steer-ing us through this economic crisis withsound, far-sighted financial decision-making, and for publicly committing tokeeping all of our teachers with the im-plementation of 6 furlough days.We encourage the quick resolution of this issue through an agreement be-tween the teacher’s union and the dis-trict administration.
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itibank in the Old School Housewas robbed late Friday afternoon.Around 5:15 p.m., a man wear-ing a baseball hat threatened a teller andmade off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to Claremont Police Lieutenant ShellyVander Veen, the robber handed the teller a note thatstated, “I’m armed. Remain calm and I will not hurtanyone.” He demanded $5000 in cash from the bank.After receiving the money, the man quickly walkedout of the bank. Witnesses did not see a getaway ve-hicle or observe in which direction the man fled.Jason Contreras of Ontario was standing in line be-hind the robber during the heist. He said the man wascarrying a cash deposit bag with him.“I thought it was a little strange because the bagwas empty,” Mr. Contreras said. “Normally when youmake a business deposit, the cash bag is full. It mademe a little suspicious.”After the man left the bank with the cash, the tellerwho was threatened became visibly upset by the en-counter, Mr. Contreras said.“She was just shocked,” he said. “She broke downin tears.”Mr. Contreras was surprised to find the Claremontbranch of Citibank does not have a bulletproof glassbarrier between customers and tellers like many otherbranches he’s visited.Witnesses and police described the robber as awhite male, late 30s to early 50s, 5 feet 9 inches tall,180 pounds, wearing a baseball cap, a button downdark green shirt and blue jeans. Although no weaponwas seen, the robber implied in the note given to theteller he was carrying a weapon.Police are currently studying forensic evidence leftat the scene and reviewing surveillance video at thebank.
—Tony Krickl
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont Police Officer Christopher Abarca interviews a possible witness on Friday minutes after abank robbery at the Citibank branch on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards in Claremont.According to a witness account at 5:15 p.m. a white male handed the bank teller a note demandingmoney and indicating that he was armed.
Bank at Old School House robbed Friday 
Claremont Police Department continues to search for suspect
Ontario resident Jason Contreras was in line atthe Citibank branch in Claremont on Friday whenthe man in front of him allegedly robbed thebank. According to Mr. Contreras the manseemed suspicious because he had an emptymerchantʼs deposit envelope and appeared to benervous.
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here were few words of encour-agement at Saturday’s budgetworkshop. The city council metto consider measures to address Clare-mont’s remaining budget deficit over thenext 2 years.
The city was still short about $235,000 for 2010-11and another $750,000 for 2011-12.City staff presented its plan for addressing the short-fall before the council. Some of the deficit was cov-ered by adjusted revenue and expenditure figures afterconsidering cuts in staff and department budgets al-ready approved in March.Staff recommended more cuts, such as travel ex-penses and medical benefits for city council members.Other savings came from anticipated concessions fromcity staff during their ongoing salary contract negotia-tions.Mayor Pro Tem Sam Pedroza stated the need forcity employees to take benefits cuts in order to “sustainourselves in the long term.”“I keep hearing people saying, ‘don’t privatize ourservices’,” Mr. Pedroza said. “Well, it’s public em-ployees and the public pensions and the benefits thatmake these costs so difficult. And that’s where cost getout of control. How can we as a city maintain thoseservices and at the same time work with our employ-ees to have a long term sustainable operation?”City Manager Jeff Parker said the city had set asideanother $500,000 in anticipation of another state take-away as it continues to deal with its budget mess.“I think we’re still a target, even though the gover-nor’s budget doesn’t say that,” Mr. Parker said.A handful of residents spoke out at the meeting,mostly critical of how the city has handled its budgetproblems. Katie Gereke of the League of Women Vot-ers was concerned about the city’s growing trend of contracting out services and its impact on quality of service and transparency in government.Police Commissioner Barbara Musselman ques-tioned the accuracy of the figures produced by city staff as some of the numbers listed in city documents did-n’t match up, she said.Chair of the Planning Commission Bob Tener urgedthe council to create a committee dedicated specifi-cally to examining economic development in Clare-mont.The city needs “a process that will enable our city toidentify and energize needed strategies for obtainingfuture economic health,” Mr. Tener said.Council members supported the idea of starting a“blue ribbon Mayor’s committee” comprised of coun-cil members, city staff and a handful of citizen experts.“Today is just a step in a journey towards fiscal se-curity for our community,” Mr. Schroeder said. “What-ever is decided here today, we have many further stepsto achieve that goal. What we need is a process to an-alyze our current fiscal situation and a plan that canguide our community to improve fiscal health.”The 2-year budget process began in February withpublic workshops including online surveys to gaugethe public’s opinions on city priorities.The council has already approved major cuts inorder to balance the budget by eliminating 20 staff po-sitions, postponing the design of a new police stationand privatizing the city’s Preschool and Tiny Tots pro-grams.A final budget will be approved at a June 12 meet-ing before the beginning of the upcoming fiscal year.
—Tony Krickl
City council getting closer to reaching budget goals

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