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Claremont COURIER 5.15.10

Claremont COURIER 5.15.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 5.15.13
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Saturday 05-15-10
75 cents
A volunteer enrichment program helps bring generations together
Awards focuson studentswho havechanged theirlives and thelives of others
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffMount San Antonio Gardens resident Barbara Myers observes a group of boys as they work on their art projects at Barfield Elementary School. The after schoolart class is part of a program where Gardens residents mentor students as part of a volunteer enrichment program.
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CHS boys tennisteam begins theirmarch throughthe CIF playoffs
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said Christopher Lobos, a 4th-grade student atBarfield Elementary School in Pomona.“I’d be sitting on the benches, being bored,” said his schoolmate,third-grader Trinity Casey.Were it not for the caring presence of Mt. San Antonio Gardensresidents on Barfield’s campus, Wednesday afternoons would bemuch more dreary for the young students. But instead of boredomor video games, Barfield kids are filling after school hours with art,creativity and special time with senior volunteers who are seeing agreat need and striving to fill it.
Seven year-old JendyLoza (left) and 9 year-old Rachelle Chaseshare a laugh whileworking on their artprojects Wednesdayat Barfield ElementarySchool in Pomona.GENERATIONAL/ page 14
Sour Sixteen
Dear Editor:The election season is in full swing, and the most deceptivecampaign going on right now is the corporate effort to passProposition 16, the one involving electric utility services.This particular proposition poses no threat to our quality of life, but the devious tactics of the campaign illustrate the dan-gers of corporate money and manipulation in our elections.Proposition 16 would amend the California Constitution toprohibit all government entities from entering into electricpower service contracts without electoral approval by at leasttwo-thirds of the local electorate.This sounds innocuous enough, but the campaign for thisproposition is misrepresenting the issues in order to distractvoters from big money financial interests.The deception begins with the “Yes on 16” campaign’s mis-leading label for its proposition: “The Taxpayers’ Right toVote.” This politically tuned slogan is fraudulent on two counts.First, Proposition 16 doesn’t really address taxes in any sub-stantive way. It would simply impose a cumbersome proce-dural obstacle designed to prevent locally elected officials fromsecuring competitively priced electric service for their com-munities. The underlying assumption is that this would keeplocal taxes down. A more reasonable assumption is that Prop16 would keep utility rates up.The second deception is the implication that Proposition 16would give voters more rights. It is true that the new law wouldmandate local elections to approve any changes in utility serv-ices providers.However, Proposition 16 would require a two-thirds “ma- jority” vote before changes could be implemented. In otherwords, 34 percent of the voters could overrule the electoralchoice of 66 percent of the voters. This is a flawed concept of voters’ rights.The Yes on 16 campaign is attempting to exploit the hyste-ria of the Tea Party movement, which is currently all the rage,by framing the central issue of the proposition as a battle be-tween the evil forces of government and the glorious cause of freedom.This devious fiction distracts attention from what is reallygoing on here. Proposition 16 is designed to protect the inter-ests of two or three multi-billion dollar corporations.All of the funding for Proposition 16 (over $25,000,000 sofar) has come from one source, Pacific Gas and Electric. Noth-ing horrible will happen If this particular proposition passes,but we should be very concerned, if not alarmed, about thegrowing influence of corporate money in our elections.The recent Supreme Court ruling which gives corporationsgreater political power will only exacerbate this trend and fur-ther weaken the fragile integrity of our democratic process.This is particularly troubling at a time when millions of votersare so willing to be duped by deftly marketed scams extollingthe virtues of a pathetic imitation of freedom.
Dave Nemer
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, May 15, 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 39
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
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Business Administration
Marketing ManagerLegal Notices
Vicki Rosenberg
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Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
Jim Citizen Sprinkle
Justin Hazelton, ReporterRafael Anguiano, Photographer
The COURIER welcomes readers’ comments. Please send via email to edi-tor@claremont-courier.com; by fax to 621-4072; or by mail or hand delivery to1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste 205B, Claremont, CA 91711.Deadlines for submissions are Monday at 3 p.m. for the Wednesday issue andThursday at 3 p.m. for the Saturday issue.We cannot guarantee publication of every letter. Letters are the opinion of thewriter. We reserve the right to edit letters for space. Letters should not exceed 250words.
In an article run Saturday, May 8 entitled Organization looksto Claremont for new hospice facility, the size of the homepurchased by the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Southern California is incorrect. Purchased to be transformedinto a hospice facility, the home is 2,643 square feet.Proposals for operating the city-run ABC preschool andTiny Tots program are due on Tuesday, May 18.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 6
A man was detained after making vio-lent threats to police and a motorist. At10:43 a.m., the man approached the mo-torist near Stanford and Grinnell Drivesand threatened to stab him. Police werecalled to the scene and attempted to con-tact the man. He threatened to kill a policeofficer and was speaking unintelligibly.Police were able to detain the 48-year-oldman and transferred him to a facility inLos Angeles County for psychologicalevaluation.
Friday, May 7
Three teenagers were arrested for tag-ging in a tunnel near College Park.Around 7:57 p.m., a witness called policeto report that 3 young men were sprayingpaint in the tunnel.When an officer arrived, he located theteens while they used spray paint to markthe ceiling of the tunnel. Inside one of theirbackpacks, the officer found cans of spraypaint, crayons and colored markers.Braulio Rodriguez, 19, of Claremont andtwo 17-year-olds were transported to theClaremont Police Department. They werelater released to their parents on citations.
Saturday, May 8
A couple arguing over who would taketheir newborn baby was arrested. Around4:20 p.m., police were called as the pairwas spotted fighting in a parking lot in the700 block of South Indian Hill Boulevard.The man and his girlfriend were seenhitting each other and grabbing at thebaby carrier while the 6-week-old wasinside. Police arrived and arrested the 22-year-old male and 24-year-old femalefrom Corona on charges of domestic vi-olence and child endangerment. ChildProtective Services took temporary cus-tody of the child.
Monday, May 10
A man was arrested after he fraudu-lently purchased auto parts at ClaremontToyota. Around 2:08 p.m., the man useda check to purchase an air flow meter anda cold air intake system valued at $485.After the purchase, staff at ClaremontToyota further investigated the check anddiscovered the checking account wasclosed and the check was not valid.When the man returned the followingday to pick up one of the parts, policewere called. Anthony Corona, 31, of West Covina was arrested on suspicionof burglary and fraud. He also had 2 out-standing warrants for his arrest.
—Tony Krickl
On Tuesday May 11, police arresteda man for a second time in less than aweek. Robert Hunt, 19, of San Dimaswas taken back into police custody ashe was leaving a Pomona courthouse.On Saturday, Mr. Hunt was initiallyarrested by Claremont police after hewas found stealing alcohol from Vons.He attempted to run from police and jumped a fence to access a freewayembankment. Officer Matt Hamill pur-sued Mr. Hunt and was injured while jumping from the 12-foot fence. Hebroke his ankle in 2 places while land-ing on uneven ground.Another officer was able to locateMr. Hunt hiding in some bushes about200 yards away. During the bookingprocess, Mr. Hunt’s fingerprints weretaken and entered into the Cal-ID printsystem.On Tuesday, a match was returned onthe prints for a residential burglary thatoccurred in Claremont on April 24.During that incident, a resident in the400 block of Platt Boulevard woke tovoices heard in his home and the soundof footsteps leaving through the frontdoor. It was discovered that someoneentered the home and stole a laptop.Police were able to locate several latentfingerprints at the scene. Initially therewas no match in Cal-ID to the printsand they were maintained pending amatch.In court on Tuesday, Mr. Huntpleaded guilty to misdemeanor pettytheft for stealing alcohol from Vonsand obstructing an officer. He was sen-tenced to probation. As he was leavingcourt, Claremont police detectives ar-rested him again for the residential bur-glary.Police are continuing to investigatewhether Mr. Hunt is responsible for ad-ditional thefts or burglaries.
Police arrest suspect (again) after leaving courtfor previous crime
he city council approved a 2-yearcontract renewal for visitor centerservices provided by the ClaremontChamber of Commerce. The contract willcost the city $80,000 over the next 2 years.
Only Councilmember Peter Yao objected to a contractrenewal with the chamber. Mr. Yao argued that the cham-ber should be open during evening hours and on week-ends when many out-of-town visitors come toClaremont.“Not having that I think is a serious deficiency and re-newing the contract is not the right thing to do,” Mr. Yaosaid.Paul Held, President of the Chamber’s Board of Di-rectors, said the chamber was open during Saturdayhours but made less contact with visitors than during nor-mal business hours. He said the chamber would be opento the idea if the city was willing to compensate thechamber financially for the extended hours.The Chamber of Commerce has provided the visitorinformation center services for the city for over 20 years.
Possible new use for the Garner House
A portion of the Garner House in Memorial Park maybe used by the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and Clare-mont Heritage under a new lease agreement with the city.The council had a discussion about the proposed useof the building by the non-profit organizations but didnot make a final decision.Claremont Heritage has operated in the Garner Housesince 2001. In exchange for the use of the city building,Claremont Heritage maintains the property and offersconsulting services to the city.A wing of the Garner House, called the carriage house,has not been used since 2008 when the city’s Kid’s Clubprogram was eliminated. The Kiwanis Club would liketo use the southern portion of the building for meetingsand a kitchen facility when it hosts pancake breakfastfundraisers at Memorial Park.Council members largely supported the proposal.Councilmember Peter Yao was concerned about havingto set guidelines for leasing out city facilities to non-profitorganizations.A final decision will be made at an upcoming councilmeeting.
Bike zone expanded
Claremont is planning road and signage improvementsthat will benefit the city’s bicycling community.The project will include the installation of “sharrow”signs, which notify motorists that certain roads are to beshared with cyclists, as well as custom bike racks, bicy-cle loop detection at traffic signals and the design of aClaremont bicycle logo.Funding for the improvements will come primarilythrough grants or special funds intended for bicycleprojects.The city council unanimously supported the improve-ments and the extension of the city’s Bike Priority Zoneto include territory as far south as Arrow Highway.
—Tony Krickl
City renews contract with Chamber 
laremont’s Redevelopment Agency joinedagencies across California in handing over mil-lions of dollars to the state.Claremont was forced to give up $1.2 million inagency money that would normally be spent on eco-nomic development projects. Instead, the money will goto the state’s general fund to help California address thestate budget crisis.A bill was passed in July 2009 that required $2.05 bil-lion in local redevelopment funds to be transferred to thestate over the next 2 years.The California Redevelopment Associations (CRA)filed a lawsuit to fight the bill claiming it was unconsti-tutional, but a Sacramento judge upheld the bill. Citieswere notified last week of the court ruling and a deadlinewas set for Monday for the money to be handed over.The CRA is planning to appeal the decision. Unlessthe appeal is successful, the Redevelopment Agency willlose another $250,000 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.“One concern is that if we lose the appeal, it opens thedoor for the state to take redevelopment money each yearfrom now on,” City Manager Jeff Parker said.Anticipating the decision, Claremont set aside the $1.2million during the budget planning process. Nonetheless,the loss of such a large sum of money doesn’t sting anyless.Mr. Parker said the biggest impact would be on over-all economic development, marketing, efforts to attractnew businesses and project to rehabilitate some of thecity’s shopping centers.“It really prohibits me from doing any assistance withthese kinds of projects over the next couple of years,”Mr. Parker said.The Redevelopment Agency collects its funds fromproperty taxes and last year had a budget of about $3.5million. With much of that earmarked for housing proj-ects and debt services, the Agency was left with $1.3 mil-lion, most of which was handed over to the state.The loss of funds also had an impact on city staffing.With minimal redevelopment funds to work with overthe next one to 2 years, the city let go its only economicdevelopment officer.“The biggest fear I have is that we’re put into a posi-tion where we won’t be able to do some bigger projectslike the Auto Center, Pepper Tree Square and somesmaller projects up on Foothill Boulevard, Mr. Parkersaid. “This little money that we have can be the bridge inthe gaps to make some of these things happen and can bevery effective in doing so.”
— Tony Krickl
Claremont feels the sting of giving money to the state

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