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Claremont COURIER 8.16.13

Claremont COURIER 8.16.13

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The Claremont COURIER is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA. 8.16.13
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffLongtime Claremont resident Peggy Robertson, 83, smiles at her daughter Ann Hanson as Ms. Robertson re-calls an event from her past during a recent Yesteryearʼs Café at Claremont Place. The memory loss supportgroup, which is open to the public, meets the second Thursday of each month.
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Pedestrian disaster in the making
[Editor’s note: The following letter was ad-dressed to the Claremont City Council with acopy forwarded to the COURIER for publi-cation.
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Dear Claremont City Council:There’s an old bumper sticker that reads,“If you don’t like my driving, stay off thesidewalk.”As it happens, the statement carries anunfortunate truth for residents and visitors of Village West. In particular, the north side of First Street between Cornell Avenue andHope Street (directly across from the Pack-ing House) has become a major hazard forpedestrians. Formerly the Rich Foods fac-tory, the area once used by 18-wheel tankertrucks to unload corn syrup has become amakeshift parking spot for all variety of ve-hicles. Therein lies the problem.To park in the loading dock area, carsmust drive across the sidewalk from eitherof the block’s 2 corners. Likewise, to leavethe area cars must also cross the sidewalk,often backing up.As a resident of First Street who dailywalks to and from Indian Hill, I regularlyfind myself confronted by vehicles drivingon the sidewalk. This is a disaster waiting tohappen, especially for the occasional theateror restaurant visitor who is not aware of thehazard.I understand that the property will soonbe razed and rebuilt in a mixed use devel-opment. Presumably, that will solve theproblem. But please, in the meantime, be-fore tragedy strikes, ban the entry of privatevehicles to the loading dock area.In a city so sensitive to the safety and pri-macy of pedestrian traffic, I find it com-pletely inexplicable that we must dodgecars on our own sidewalks.
Donald Gould
Claremont
Find out who is financing political ads
Dear Editor:Senators Ted W. Lieu of Torrance and Le-land Yee of San Francisco/San Mateo an-nounced language to Senate Bill 2, part of their 2-bill package to strengthen the Cali-fornia Political Reform Act.“These changes would provide voterswith more information about who’s fundingthe increasing amount of political ads andmailers,” Mr. Lieu said about SBs 2 and 3,known as the Sunshine in Campaigns Act.Specifically, SB 2 would:• Require candidates to “stand by yourad” and verbally approve each candidate-funded broadcast advertisement. This re-form seeks to increase accountability forads and allow voters to better identify can-didate ads from independent ads.• Require the top 4 funders of a ballotmeasure or independent expenditure com-mittee to be disclosed in all broadcast andprint advertisements.• Increase the number of campaign dis-closures and improve the timeliness of in-formation by enacting quarterly andmonthly filing requirements.• Improve disclosures of slate mailers torequire notices to voters to be in the samelanguage as the mailer and provide moredisclosures of who’s paying for the mailers.• Increase penalties for failing to disclosecampaign contributions.Phillip Ung, policy advocate for Califor-nia Common Cause, praised the measures.“The Sunshine in Campaigns Act willenact the strongest and most sweeping re-forms to campaign finance disclosure sincevoters approved the Political Reform Actback in 1974,” Mr. Ung said. “Approvingthis legislation will solidify California asthe leader in campaign finance disclosureand set a high standard for other states andCongress to follow.”Jennifer A. Waggoner, president of theLeague of Women Voters of California,echoed the concerns raised by Mr. Lieu,Mr. Yee and Mr. Ung. “Voters need to knowwho funds campaigns so they can make in-formed decisions on Election Day,” shesaid. “SB 2 strengthens our disclosure lawsand calls for stricter enforcement for thosewho flout those laws. The League of Women Voters strongly believes Californi-ans deserve all the information they can getbefore they vote. Tell us where the moneyis coming from and let the voters decide.”SB 2 and SB 3 are expected to receivetheir first policy reviews by the Senate Elec-tions Committee in April 2013.
Ellen Taylor
VP for AdvocacyLWV of Claremont Area
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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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hile the implementation of pro-posed speed increases remainuncertain for a dozen Clare-mont streets, officials can now guarantee3 of those in question will remain at rea-sonable speeds.
The California Department of Transportation recentlyapproved the city’s application to reclassify ScrippsDrive, Radcliffe Drive and Scottsbluff Drive (betweenMills Avenue and Lassen Way) as local roadways. Thisdesignation will allow the city to keep speed limits onthese designated roads at 25 miles per hour.Claremont officials hit a speed bump last yearwhen new state laws, coupled with a speed radar sur-vey, indicated that speed limits needed to be raised onseveral designated roadways. While their hands weretied in most of the cases, officials believed Scripps,Radcliffe and Scottsbluff met the requirements for re-classification.After a tedious application process, Caltrans hasagreed. The 25 mph zones are expected to take effectwithin the next few weeks, according to administra-tors. In the meantime, the city is installing traffic miti-gation measures on streets across town in hopes thatlower speeds will remain in place across the board. Atraffic study will be conducted in the next severalmonths to determine if the mitigation measures weresuccessful.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
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Speed limits will be unchanged on some Claremont streets
CITY NEWS
B
ooks won’t be the onlythings filling up theClaremont PublicLi-brary come September 2.
As soon as the children’s summerreading program comes to a close, theconstruction crews will move in to givethe library’s well-used and well-lovedchildren’s section receives a much-needed upgrade.This is the first time the children’ssection has received updated digs sincethe local library opened its doors in1975, according to Laura Bollinger,past president of the Friends of theClaremont Library. Among the changeswill be fresh carpeting, refurbishedwalls, better lighting, new computersand furniture with the goal of makingthe space more like a home away fromhome than a library.“We want kids to really feel this is acool place to come, to really see this asan exciting place to spend their time,”Ms. Bollinger said.Renovation plans are underwaythanks to the Friends of the ClaremontLibrary, who contributed the bulk of theexpense for the $125,000 project. LosAngeles County has also chipped in tohelp bring the kids’ space up-to-datewith the standards of other county li-braries.The Friends had been eyeing an up-date for quite some time, knowing thatmuch of the furniture in the children’scenter is original to the space. Afterweathering a couple floods in the chil-dren’s center, the need became all themore apparent. In addition to a fewthousand dollars donated through asmall fundraising drive, the Friendspooled together funds accumulatedover the years from book sales, specialevents and membership to contribute tothe renovation.While the Friends have plenty of their own insight after visiting a num-ber of children’s libraries throughoutthe county, part of the renovationmoney has been used to hire a profes-sional familiar with library design. Thedesigner plans to incorporate familiarcolor schemes, like the blues andgreens already associated with the en-tire building, but introduce updated fab-rics and wood paneling.In addition to fixing the shabby wallsand outdated carpeting, upping thereading room’s comfort level was alsoan important must-have addition for the
Claremont Public Library gets facelift for younger readers’ section
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffA cyclist has to ride on the sidewalk to get past a closed and barricaded portion of Second Street recently in the Clare-mont Village. Second Street between Harvard Avenue and Yale Avenue is shut down as work crews with Southern Cal-ifornia Edison replace an underground vault. The construction, which previously closed Second at College Avenue, isexpected to continue for 2 more weeks.
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