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Claremont COURIER 4.17.10

Claremont COURIER 4.17.10

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA 4.17.10
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Saturday 04-17-10
75 cents
South Korean group spreads an eco-message through their music
There is no off-seasonfor Mitt Romney as helooks and sounds like apresidential candidaterunning in 2012
See page 11
The CHS girlstrack team chargeto an easy victory,as the boys teamcome one raceshort of defeatingLos Osos.
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffKatie Gill (left) dressd as a flag and Park Taejoo, as a giant cyborg clown, lead an eco-parade down College Avenue on Wednesday in Claremont. The parade wasthe culmination of a workshop by the South Korean environmental group noridan, who promote community and sustainability through music.
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Starts on page 3
City Council tacklesproperty issuescentering aroundnew ownership
Story on page 5
very week to 10 days, COURIER Onlineposts a new poll question on our home-page asking for reader opinions on issuespertaining to Claremont and national news. Weknow from experience Claremont residents havea wide variety of opinions, many of which endup published in our newspaper.
The number of respondents varies depending on the ques-tion. I’m happy to report we get anywhere from 30-60 peopleparticipating each week and the number continues to in-crease. Hopefully after this column, more of you will decideto take the plunge.So what are we thinking? The first thing to note is Clare-mont residents track closely to what America thinks on na-tional issues. For example, the vote was split equally whenasked whether you would support the current health care leg-islation. Our first poll question was whether you felt MarkMcGuire deserved to be in the baseball hall of fame. Just likethe writers who voted him in, Claremonters were 3 to 1against it.Things got a little more interesting when we focused onClaremont-specific issues. Especially when the topic con-cerned spending.One of the biggest surprises for me was the feedback oncity budget cuts and its impact on services. Only 38 percentof the respondents felt city services would be impacted “alot.” The remaining percentage was split between “some-what” to “none.” I guess only time will tell if those opinionschange as the cuts go into effect.Did we think CUSD dealt with job reductions in an effi-cient manner? Given the emotions involved linked to somany teachers, only 29 percent thought the district did. Butwhen asked what areas the school district should cut thebudget, there was little consensus.Support for teachers remained strong with only 5 percentvoting for layoffs. It was not surprising that the areas receiv-ing the most support were cutting administration and supportstaff (38 percent) and reducing extra curricular programs at28 percent. Ending class size reduction was the other choiceof note at 21 percent. Clearly in situations where resourcesmust be trimmed, there are no easy or popular solutions.Other results covered a variety of subjects. Will Democratsand Republicans reach a compromise on health care? Clare-monters made an accurate prediction (poll was conducted be-fore legislation was passed) with an 84 percent “no” vote.Should the city seek damages from the lost elm tree on IndianHill Boulevard? Many agreed with the city with 61 percent re-sponding “yes.”After the police department released yearly city crimestatistics, we asked what made the biggest impact onreducing crime. Better police work came in at 20 percent,educating residents at 25 percent. Maybe it’s just a sign of thetimes when 40 percent of those responding said it was “just alucky year.”As with any poll, these results are from a small portion of the general public and cannot be taken too seriously. But theycan give us a sense of how we are thinking in this fast chang-ing world.I will continue to be a nudge and encourage all of you to par-ticipate. The more people who respond, the more accurate the re-sults. And if you have any ideas for a poll question, please emailme your thoughts at pweinberger@claremont-courier.com.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, April 17, 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 31
by Peter Weinberger
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday8 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
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Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
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Copy Editor
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Graphic Design
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Business Administration
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So what are Claremontersreally thinking?
: Sunny, with a high near74. Calm wind becoming southsouthwest around 5 mph.
: Partly cloudy, with a lowaround 48. West southwest windbetween 6 and 9 mph becomingcalm.
: Partly sunny, with a highnear 71.
Sunday night 
: Mostly cloudy,with a low around 48.
: Partly sunny, with a highnear 73.
 Monday night 
: Mostly cloudy,with a low around 48.
: A slight chance of show-ers. Mostly cloudy, with a highnear 64.
Tuesday night 
: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with alow around 46.
: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with ahigh near 63.
from National Weather Servicewww.nws.noaa.gov
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, April 17, 2010
he League of Women Voters has se-cured grant money that could sig-nificantly increase Claremont’s useof local water.
The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), astate bond agency, awarded the League a $200,000grant for a feasibility study to explore groundwaterrecharge, habitat restoration and the creation of recre-ational amenities at the Thompson Creek SpreadingGrounds in north Claremont.The 120 acres of spreading grounds are located justsouth of the Claremont Wilderness Park. The PomonaValley Protective Association (PVPA) has owned theland for the last 100 years.“What we’re trying to do is increase local conserva-tion of water,” said Marilee Scaff of the League of Women Voters. “If we can spread more water there, itwill reduce the need for importing water from northernCalifornia.”While nothing is set in stone, current plans envisionthe construction of low-impact walking trails, a wet-lands area and a more efficient system for rechargingrainwater. The feasibility study will also consider theuse of water reclamation in the future, Ms. Scaff said.“A wetlands area would be useful to wild animalsand restore the natural habitat,” said Freeman Allen,who has worked together with Ms. Scaff on the project.“We could also establish a city park on flat land thatwould be easier for families and elderly people to use.”The League applied for a total of $7 million for theproject that would be used for purchasing land fromPVPA and constructing the amenities. League water ex-perts believe they have a good shot at securing themoney for the project once the feasibility study is com-pleted.“This is exactly the kind of multi-use project the stateis pushing for,” Mr. Allen said. “We have aspects of water conservation, recreational use for the public andpreservation of open space.”Within the spreading grounds, the Thompson CreekDam runs from east to west and a biking/hiking trailruns diagonally through the property from Mills Av-enue to Pomello Drive.The underground aquifer currently provides abouthalf of Claremont’s water. League water experts believethat more efficient use of the dam and spreadinggrounds can significantly boost local water use.“We’re hoping [the project] can really decrease thecity’s and the Pomona Valley’s dependence on importedwater,” Mr. Allen said.The League of Women Voters will hold a meeting tohear from residents and involved agencies about the fu-ture of the spreading grounds. The meeting will takeplace next Saturday, April 24, beginning at noon in thePadua Room at the Hughes Center. A complimentarylight lunch will be served.Ms. Scaff said she hopes the meeting is well attendedby the community. “We want to hear from our residentswhat they think this land can best be used for,” she said.
—Tony Krickl
State awards League water conservation grant
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffMembers of noridan join hands as they get ready for a parade Wednesday through the streets of Claremont. The very energetic parade features vehicles, puppetsand musical instruments all made from used materials.
laremont’s usually calm streets nearthe Village during the middle of aweekday morning came to life onWednesday, courtesy of the South Koreansocial entrepreneurial performance group,noridan.
From the corner of College Avenue and DruckerWay (formerly Eleventh Street) to Shelton Park in theVillage, the group marched with hundreds of support-ers of all ages in an eco-parade to promote communityand sustainability through music. The event was partof Claremont Graduate University Drucker Institute’songoing centennial celebration.“We travel all over the world and we’ve done pa-rades at festivals in Seoul and Hong Kong,” saidJungeun Koo, noridan’s marketing team leader. We areaiming to communicate with cities throughout theworld and all generations. We’ve very unique and whatwe do is unique. Not only do our group members per-form but they are also teachers and they make the in-struments too.”Established in Seoul, Korean in 2004, noridan is a
South Korean group takes performing to a new level
NORIDANcontinues on page 14

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