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.
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.
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.
VP for AdvocacyLWV of Claremont Area
Claremont COURIER/Friday, August 16, 2013
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