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Claremont Courier 6.28.13

Claremont Courier 6.28.13

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper in Claremont, CA. 6.28.13
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COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont resident Jonathan Lopez, 5, helps magician John Abrams with a trick during the recent Animal Magic Show at the Claremont Public Library. The showwas part of the libraryʼs Summer Reading Program, which will include other fun events throughout the summer. Story on page 14.
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Claremont American manager Campbell Wright greets his team after theofficial introductions on Tuesday during the Little League All Starstournament at College Park.
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THE MAGIC
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Change the rules
Dear Editor:John Pixley’s June 21 Observer col-umn, “Don’t Like the Game? Change theRules,” was right on.What perplexes me is the portion aboutthe city spending $165,000 for doubtful“traffic calming measures” when it seemsa simpler and less expensive solution isavailable. The state ruling on continuouslyre-setting speed limits to higher than av-erage actual speeds rewards law breakersand decreases safety.The less expensive solution I wouldlike to suggest is based on observationsI’ve made when driving. This observationis that if there is a law enforcement unitconspicuously active in the immediatevicinity, the flow of traffic seems to mag-ically slow down to the legal speed limit.Wouldn’t it be more effective to put anactive law enforcement unit on the streetwhile a Radar Speed Survey is being con-ducted? The officer could pull over andticket violators with flashing lights andobvious visual impact, and let the RadarSpeed Survey reflect the attendant re-duced speed that other motorists wouldlikely demonstrate.This procedure may sound as ridiculousas the state policy that encourages in-creasingly higher and higher speeds, butit might lead to keeping speed limits en-forceable within reasonable safety bound-aries.
John Roseman
Claremont
Equality in America
Dear Editor:What an amazing day! I watched ourSupreme Court strike a huge blow againstDemocracy and Civil Rights by basicallygutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act, andthen turned around to find out that thesame group of people had actually taken 2steps in the
other
direction by rulingagainst DOMA and Proposition 8.The sad thing about it is that I wasn’tsurprised by the ruling on voting rights;this kind of travesty is what we almost ex-pect from the court.Regarding DOMA and Proposition 8, Iwant to quote a Southern senator: “It’s asin according to the Bible, it would de-stroy the sanctity of marriage, and, if weapprove this, does that mean we can startmarrying dogs and sheep now, too?”This statement is inclusive of the 3 mainarguments I have heard against gay mar-riage. The problem is this: That quote isfrom 1964 and this Senator (who was alsoan ordained minister) was talking about
in-terracial
marriage, not gay marriage.How long will it take us as a country(and as individuals) to see the inherent in-sanity in “preaching” against the civilrights of fellow Americans? I guess theanswer to this is that we still are fightingfor voting rights, 48 years later; I just hopethis doesn’t take that long.The Civil Rights movement isn’t even
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Dan Kennan
Claremont
READERS’ COMMENTS
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Tuesday, July 2
Planning CommissionCancelled
Wednesday, July 3
Community and Human ServicesCommission—Cancelled
Thursday, July 4
Independence Day
 ADVENTURES
IN HAIKU
 Bright Claremont morning Etched in silver memory Now we take our leave
—Mike and Rena Bever
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, June 28, 2013
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published once weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporation at 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postageis paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: One dollar. 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, California 91711-5003. Tele-phone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2013 Claremont Courier
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C
ouncil members lenttheir unanimous sup-port to the creation of a$320,000 master plan for alter-ations and improvements alongFoothill Boulevard at theirTuesday, June 25 meeting.
The California Department of Trans-portation (Caltrans) issued the city of Claremont $5.7 million last June as partof its relinquishment of the city of Claremont’s portion of the historichighway. In order to effectively spendthat money, city officials suggest a mas-ter plan will help to consolidate existingplans for the street and “create a com-munity vision for the future of FoothillBoulevard, and to identify, prioritizeand coordinate improvements to thestreet and public right-of-way.However, not all were in agreement.Claremont resident Douglas Lyon sug-gested using the money to take care of the trees along Foothill Boulevard, par-ticularly the Eucalyptus, instead of spending so much time and money on amaster plan.“Foothill Boulevard is just fine theway it is,” he told the council.Council Member Joe Lyons pointedout that Caltrans had agreed to relin-quish Foothill Boulevard to Claremontwith the condition that improvementswould be made. Portions of FoothillBoulevard are not up to American Dis-ability Act (ADA) standards and certainstreet and signal upgrades are alsoneeded. City Manager Tony Ramosadded that he believed a master planwould help the city manage the relin-quishment funds.City officials recognize that themoney from Caltrans won’t be enoughto cover the cost of improvements tothe street. Administrators are suggest-ing that exploring funding sources be apart of the master plan. Identifyingneeds and consulting the public forinput into this “community vision” arealso a part of the plan.“There is a really in-depth publicprocess that will go along with thismaster plan, and we will let our publicknow as we go through this process sothey can come out and give their com-ments,” Mr. Ramos said. “It’s not aboutwasting money and repeating whatwe’ve done before, but makingsure...that our public has their input intowhat this will look like for their future.”
Foundation claims to have theanswer to city’s economic woes
The Claremont City Council receivedan unexpected offer during public com-ment Tuesday night. A man by the nameof Jerry Vincent, an Apple Valley resi-dent, claimed to have the solution toClaremont’s economic challenges.Mr. Vincent identified himself as a“volunteer leader introducing a world-wide humanitarian funding institution”called the H. Martin Foundation. Ac-cording to the foundation’s website, itis also known by the tagline, “The Re-alization of God’s Ultimate Program,” agroup in support of creating global cen-ters to include education, health, hous-ing, ecology and strategic planningservices.“The H Martin Foundation is nowreaching out to the mayors of southernCalifornia with the intent of collaboratingwith local government to provide fund-ing for all the cities’ various programsand projects, to create local jobs, to pro-vide humanitarian services and to pro-vide disaster relief and communitydevelopment,” he said. “The H MartinFoundation will consider 100 percentfunding for all of the city’s existing proj-ects for the purpose of creating local jobsand for providing family services.”It was not explained where that fund-ing would come from, other than thatthe money was not a government grantbut instead privately-owned and “rec-ognized by the highest monetary au-thorities and by the United StatesGovernment.”In exchange for funding, Mr. Vincentis asking the city to allow the founda-tion to set up a community center inClaremont called The H Martin GlobalCommunity Center of Claremont, toprovide a place for different nonprofitsand humanitarian agencies to meetunder one roof.
Now the hard part: raising $99,900for Shelton Park stage
Claremont’s Shelton Park is receivinga much-anticipated musical tune-up.The Claremont City Council ap-proved plans for the construction of a$100,000 performance stage to be builtin the northeast corner of the small Vil-lage park, located at Bonita and Har-vard Avenues.The Village Marketing Group, a sub-committee of the Claremont Chamberof Commerce, will lead the fundraisingefforts. Mayor Opanyi Nasiali kickstarted the fundraising by handing overa $100 check following the council’sunanimous vote.“Now you only have to raise$99,900,” Mr. Nasiali quipped.The 210-square-foot stage, designedby local architect Paul Wheeler, will besimilar to the bandshell found at Me-morial Park, made with durable materi-als such as cement, stone, Douglas fircrossbeams and red brick to withstandthe weather. A concrete pad will beadded adjacent to the stage for theplacement of a temporary restroom andhand washing station as needed.The Village Marketing Group hadoriginally planned on gifting the stageto the city. However, because the stagewill then be under the ownership of thecity, which would be responsible formaintaining the stage thereafter, thecouncil’s approval was needed beforeand a competitive bidding process re-quired. It will cost an estimated $1500 ayear to maintain the stage, a sum thatwill be taken from the Community andHuman Resources maintenance budget,according to Melissa Vollaro, a depart-ment manager.Marketing group members have hadtheir sights set on building a stage atShelton since the city’s Zip Code Day,held on 9-17-11. A temporary stagebuilt at the corner park for the day’s ac-tivities proved so successful that VMGmembers decided it should be a perma-nent feature. They propose the stagecould be used for youth performances,puppet shows and live music events,such as the Claremont Chamber’s Fri-day Nights Live.“We could have a sort of triangle of events from the Depot to the perform-ance area over by the Laemmle theaterand something else on the other side of the Village...so that people can becomefamiliar with all parts of the Village,”explained Catherine Curtis.Construction plans have been sharedwith a number of city governing bodies,through the Architectural Commission,Community and Human Services Com-mission and a number of subsequentcommittees. VMG members have alsocanvassed the surrounding community,all with positive feedback. The audienceon Tuesday was equally enthusiastic.“Not all kids should be studyingmath and engineering all the time. Weneed a place for the kids to beat thebongos, strum the guitar,” Mr. Wheelersaid. “We need a place for the moanand groan conservatives to soap boxand the same thing for the moan andgroan liberals, and I just think this isgoing to be a great place for the com-munity to get together and be whatClaremonsters are all about.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
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Council approves $320,000 Foothill Boulevard master plan
CITY NEWS
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ollege students may havegone home for the summer,but they aren’t the latestroadway obstacle for regular CollegeAvenue commuters.
City officials recently closed part of CollegeAvenue after a sinkhole appeared on the south-bound lane of the Village roadway, just north of Fourth Street. Officials have blocked off Col-lege from Fourth to Sixth Street, as maintenanceworkers survey and fix the damage. It is un-known when the street will be reopened.Other segments of College Avenue will beclosed this summer as part of other constructionprojects. Fourth Street between College Avenueand College Way will be blocked off to cars asPomona College continues work on the secondphase of the college’s Fourth Street/MarstonQuadrangle Pedestrian Walkways Project.
Officials close College Avenue after discovery of sinkhole
COURIER photo/Collette WeinbergerCity officials block off part of College Avenuein order to fix a sinkhole that appeared on thesouthbound lane of the Village roadway.

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