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Claremont Courier 7.26.13

Claremont Courier 7.26.13

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Friday, July 26, 2013
One dollar
our er 
14News updated 24/7, extended photogalleries at:claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffMasoud McLeod is all smiles playing a version of Imagine Dragonsʼ “Radioactive” during SLICEʼs Rock ʻnʼ Roll Band Camp on Tuesday in Claremont.
Shopping center is key success story/
Park hikers to be pushed farther away/
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffWork crews demolish the old Claremont Unified School District administrative offices at the corner of Base Line Road and Moun-tain Avenue in Claremont. The demolition marks the first step in preparing the 4.3-acre site for a 54-unit townhouse develop-ment by Texas based builder D. R. Horton.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, July 26, 2013
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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t was standing-room only in the ClaremontCity Council Chamber Tuesday night ascouncil members tackled a series of ongoingcity disputes. Parking issues at the ClaremontHills Wilderness Park were among the night’sheavy hitters.
After nearly 2 hours of public comment, the ClaremontCity Council unanimously agreed to add further parking re-strictions to streets near the bustling wilderness area.In addition to previously designated “no parking” zones atMt. Baldy Avenue and Mills, permit-only parking will be en-forced 24 hours a day on Pomello Drive, from Mills Avenueto the west end, as well as on Dillard Avenue, St. GregoryStreet, Pennsylvania Place, Brigham Young Drive, Independ-ence Drive, Elmira Avenue, Vincennes Court, Alamosa Drive,from Mills to Bonnie Brae, and Mills Avenue, from Pomelloto Alamosa.After public comment and an initial vote, the council addedPomello Avenue, from Mills to Grand, and Alamosa, fromMills to Grand, to the list of restricted parking areas—underthe condition that a petition with a majority of residents’ sig-natures be submitted to the city. The council revoked its previ-ous decision to defer the 2 additional street segments toanother commission review.It’s a temporary fix. Permit parking zones will sunset in 2years, during which time the city will be working to create awilderness park master plan to holistically deal with parkingand overcrowding issues. In the meantime, the council hopesrestrictions will bring some level of respite for concernedwilderness area homeowners.“The master plan will probably take about a year to de-velop. I’m not going to sit here for a year and not do anythingabout this,” said Councilmember Larry Schroeder. “We’vegot to do something.”Nearly 30 residents weighed in, a few wary of the restric-tions, but a majority siding with Mr. Schroeder’s call for im-mediate action as the master plan is developed.“I’ve never seen it this bad,” said David Choi, who said he
Making way for new neighbors
Late night for Claremont City Council astraffic issues dominate meeting
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he Club neighborhood’s canopy of pines may thin out over the nextfew months, but the hardscape isn'tgoing anywhere.
As 44 of the neighborhood pine trees await review bya city-contracted arborist, to be removed if deemed nec-essary, the Claremont City Council Tuesday agreed torepair and maintain the neighborhood islands on Dav-enport, Elmhurst and Stanislaus Circle.In addition to designating nearly $18,000 for new ir-rigation systems at each of the islands, the council hasagreed to work with the Club Home Owner Associa-tion to come up with a maintenance agreement all canget behind.“We need to figure out how to be a partner with theHOA, with the residents in working together for thiscommon good,” said Councilmember Sam Pedroza.This summer, the city will move forward with a 6-figure slurry project to more extensively repair the sub-urb’s damaged hardscape, a recurring problemexacerbated by tree roots. The Club HOA has indicatedthat as a part of the maintenance project, they wouldlike the islands removed because of recurring mainte-nance costs.However, City Attorney Sonia Carvalho determinedthe city maintained ownership of those islands, andtherefore had final say. Despite the board’s argumentthat they were appointed to speak on behalf of the 309residents of The Club, the city turned to the homeown-ers. A majority of residents surveyed on Davenport,Elmhurst and Stanislaus asked for the islands to remain,according to Kathleen Trepa, director of communityand human services. The council granted that wish. Inexchange for keeping the islands, the city will reim-burse the HOA for costs incurred from island mainte-nance moving forward.Club residents present at Tuesday’s meeting weregenerally supportive of the decision, a couple evendeeming the city’s reimbursement for maintenancecosts unnecessary.“I don’t think anyone should be paying for waterother than HOA homeowners,” said Club resident Mau-rice Flora.Regardless of who pays the bill, Club residents werehappy for the help.“My first interest is in the trees in our community,the maintenance of our community, and I think the citymanager along with the Community and Human Serv-ices Department has done a good job of crafting a com-promise solution,” said Michael Heilpern.
—Beth Hartnett
Claremont COURIER/Friday, July 26, 2013
CITY COUNCILcontinued from the previous page
Future of pines hangs in limbo; islands stay on solid ground
Pomona nears top of Forbes’best US college list
has lived near the wilderness parkfor the last 24 years. “The characterof the neighborhood is reallychanging...this is a temporary planto evaluate the immediate problemwe have right now.”Since the opening of the park’sexpanded north parking lot, and en-forcement of the lot’s now meteredparking, many locals have vocal-ized concern that eager wildernesspark hikers are finding loopholes toavoid paying. In recent months,several residents living near thepark, particularly those on Pomelloand Mills, have share with the council that theirstreets have become alternative parking destina-tions. On the weekends, Mills Avenue home-owner Margaret Jeffreys says she needs apassenger to help her pull out of her drivewaybecause cars are parked bumper-to-bumperacross her street.“It is terrifying,” she shared. “It’s just a mira-cle there hasn’t been an accident on Mills.”The council hopes to mitigate the problem be-fore it gets worse.“It’s not just about the wilderness park,” saidCouncilmember Corey Calaycay. “It’s about re-specting our neighborhoods.”
Traffic measures approved
n another attempt to preserve neighborhoodwell-being, the council unanimously approved$165,000 in a series of traffic-calming meas-ures to address speed concerns on 10 local streets.Measures will include adding striped parking, bi-cycle lanes and driver feedback signs to streetsthat include American, College, Mountain, Mt.Baldy, Pomello, Radcliffe, San Jose, Scripps andScottsbluff.In an unexpected move last fall, council mem-bers heeded residential concern and opted toevaluate traffic-calming measures before raisingspeed limits, even if it meant speeds on thosestreets would be temporarily unenforceable.A speed survey conducted in 2012 suggestedthat speeds needed to be raised in order to be incompliance with state mandates. California lawrequires that a city’s speed limits reflect the localtraffic speed limits, and the survey showed a ma- jority of the drivers traveling along those 10street segments were above the speed limitenough that the speed needed to be increased by5 mph to comply with state code.In the past, city officials were allowed to set aspeed limit within 5 miles per hour of the speeda majority of cars were traveling at. If most carswere traveling at 28 miles an hour in a 25 mphzone, the city could opt to stay at 25 mph insteadof raising the speed to 30.However, recent changes have been made tomore stringently restrict the freedom cities haveto set the speed limit. Now, the speed must be setto the nearest 5 mph. If a majority of cars aregoing 28 mph in a 25 mph zone, officials aremandated to raise the speed limit to 30 mph bystate law. School zones and other restrictionscontinue to apply and are not affected by thesenew rules.While the city will hold off on raising thespeed limits on a majority of those designatedstreets, council members did approve raising thespeed limit on Mt. Baldy Road, from Padua Av-enue to the east city limit, to 50 mph in order tobe properly enforced.In terms of the other streets, the council hopesthose driving in the city will take their cue andslow down before speed limits go up.“The full responsibility still lies with us, thedrivers,” Mayor Opanyi Nasiali noted.Another speed survey will be conducted in 4months, at which time speed limits on thosestreets will be reconsidered. City staff is workingto reclassify Scripps, Radcliffe and Scottsbluff as local roads in hopes of having the ability tokeep speeds on those streets at 25 mph.
—Beth Hartnett
orbes has ranked Pomona College in secondplace overall in its annual list of America’sTop 100 Colleges, up from 9th place lastyear. Forbes has deemed Pomona, the oldestschool among The Claremont Colleges, to be thesecond best school in the west and the second bestamong private colleges in the United States.
Forbes’ rankings of 650 colleges and universities arebased on return-on-investment, criteria such as tuitioncosts, the likelihood of graduating in 4 years, post-graduation employment potential and the averageamount of student debt.With Stanford University ranking number-one, 2013marks the first time that Forbes has selected 2 non-IvyLeague colleges to top its list.In an interview with KNX 1070 news radio, PomonaCollege president David Oxtoby expressed that admin-istrators and staffers are surprised but delighted atPomona’s placement. He attributes the rising star of thecollege, which has a little more than 1,500 undergradu-ate students, to its unique academic environment.“Being small, we have very close relationships be-tween faculty and students,” Mr. Oxtoby said. “Wehave students involved in research from day-one, wehave small discussion-based classes, we have out-of-classroom opportunities.”To see the full Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” list,visit www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list.
COURIER photo/Peter WeinbergerOn any Saturday morning, parking at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be an issue for the many hikers, bik-ers and walkers who are looking for a taste of the great outdoors.

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