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Claremont COURIER 9.27.13

Claremont COURIER 9.27.13

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The Claremont Courier is the community newspaper for Claremont, CA. Full issue: 9.27.13
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Claremont dynasty/
Lowell Rice passes along his skill on the court
Friday, September 27, 2013
One dollar
our er 
18Be water-wise. Keep up on the latest developments. Visit our website:claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
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Free flow of ideas
Gabby Giffords makes a visit to Scripps College/ 
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffFreeman Allen asks a question of Ojai FLOW organizer Richard Hajas following Mr. Hajasʼ presenta-tion last Thursday during the Active Claremont meeting at the Hughes Center in Claremont. The meet-ing attracted not only Claremont residents but also people from north Tustin, who are also trying to takecontrol of their water system.
was having a long, rough day out on the links.The word “mulligan” and “slice” continued tocrop up in our conversation. But then again, Iwas only 15 years old and didn’t know any better.
When I walked up to the eighth hole, I was in a mood to justlet it fly and swing with little concern (unless my ball hit some-one at the tee box on the second hole.) I pulled out a 7-iron,which for a 134-yard hole was way too much club, even for myskinny frame. I didn’t care.I remember staring down at the ball before swinging, noticinga little crack on it. Didn’t care. I swung.The ball went straight and true, heading right towards the hole.I was calm on the outside, but inside my body was jumping for joy.When the ball hit the ground it disappeared.I sighed, thinking at least my day on the course had been con-sistent. My golfing buddy at the time was Mike Gassner (nowMichael Gassner, Rancho Cucamonga court commissioner), wholooked at me with a sorry face as we walked to the green.When I got to the green, my ball was nowhere to be seen.Mike and I fanned out behind the green, thinking I hit the ball toofar. Why couldn’t I have used an 8 or 9-iron! Getting impatient,I naturally walked on the green to tend the flagstick for Mike’ssecond shot.I grabbed the stick and looked down. It was then I noticed myball was lodged in the cup, with a now-arger crack smiling rightup at me. I just shot a hole-in-one on the fly. Tee to cup.Needless to say, the events after that get a little blurry giventhis was 42 years ago. But I do remember running down a hillpast the ninth hole to the golf shop screaming about what justhappened. No need to finish my round, I was done for the day.The gentleman in the golf shop seemed a little alarmed, givenhe had this crazy kid running towards him with ball in hand. Ishowed him the ugly-looking ball, told him some version of thisstory and pointed to Mike at the top of the hill as my witness,who kindly waved to acknowledge the event.The gentleman in the golf shop had to figure this nutty storywas true and immediately pulled out a small trophy with a bignumber “1” that also sported a nice spot to hold the ball.I’ve told this story a few times lately, not only because this isstill the only hole-in-one in my sporadic golfing career, but alsobecause all these events occurred at the Claremont Golf Course.Claremont’s only golf course and one that is closing after 53years due to dropping attendance.I consider this course a Claremont institution and hope maybethere’s something that can be done to save it. I’m even willing tothrow in free advertising to promote it. Maybe this is a time theCollege Consortium can simply step up and do something forthe city. Be a partner. Do the right thing. Invest in the course in-stead of let it go brown. Maybe Golden State Water can lowerwater rates and show they are a partner, too. Hey, anyone candream.
by Peter Weinberger
Claremont COURIER/Friday, September 27, 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
one hundred and fifth year, number 46
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Janis Weinberger
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City Reporter
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Tom Smith
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Fond memories on the golf course
COURIER photo/Peter WeinbergerThe 8th hole at the Claremont Golf Course is short, but offersscenic views of the course. It's also where the COURIER pub-lisher got a hole-in-one over 40 years ago.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, September 27, 2013
he Claremont CityCouncil Tuesday au-thorized the city’s nego-tiator to make a new offer toGolden State Water Companyfor the purchase of Claremont’swater system.
City Attorney Sonia Carvalho madethe announcement after a closed councildiscussion on Tuesday afternoon. Theoriginal $54 million offer was revisedafter an updated appraisal, she con-firmed. However, the amount of the newoffer was not disclosed. Ms. Carvalho as-sured the cost of the new offer would bemade available to the public once an of-ficial offer has been made to the watercompany. No public comment was madeTuesday at the 4 p.m. closed session orat the 6:30 p.m. council meeting.
City to explore new police facility
As the city moves forward with a newmulti-million dollar proposal for the pur-chase of Claremont’s water system, thecity also proceeds on another long-termcouncil priority and expected 7-digit ex-penditure, the construction of a new po-lice facility.The council unanimously directedstaff to work with consultants on creat-ing a detailed cost forecast for a new po-lice station with the goal of including aparcel tax measure on the ballot in 2014.The recommendation, provided by a Po-lice Facility Feasibility and Site Analy-sis Ad Hoc committee appointed in 2012,was made based on findings that the cur-rent facility does not meet state code re-quirements, is seismically questionableand may no longer be viable in the caseof a serious local emergency.“The police facility is the only com-munity services resource in Claremontthat we all rely on continuously,” saidMichael Shea, co-chair of the ad hoccommittee. “The Claremont police facil-ity is the core resource connecting to andsupporting the officers in the field whenone citizen needs help and a communityhub protecting all of us in the event of re-gional national disaster or other cata-strophic events...the facility needsreplacement.”The city’s current police facility firstbecame operational in 1972. Since thattime, there have been numerous updatesto policing standards not to mentionchanges to Claremont’s own demo-graphics, Mr. Shea pointed out: The cityhas doubled in size from 7.6 to 14 squaremiles, gone from 24,000 people to35,000, and expanded from 24 police of-ficers to 37.To adequately serve the city of Clare-mont as it stands today, several thingswere deemed necessary, including 47,200feet of space, updated technology and in-frastructure and 204 parking spaces.The topic of providing updated digsfor the Claremont Police Department hasbeen a discussion years in the making,previously postponed because of a lackof affordable alternatives and identifiedfunding sources. With the help of the adhoc committee, officials are now able toidentify possibilities moving forward.Several location alternatives were dis-cussed, including adding on to the cur-rent facility, an estimated $49.6 venture,and taking over what is currently the CityYard, a project that could cost $42 mil-lion, according to Mr. Shea.The committee pushed for the councilto move forward with the cost forecastand to seek voter approval to build a newpolice facility at the most cost-effectivelocation.“[Borrowing money] is at an all-timelow,” Mr. Shea noted. “If the city is goingto something, now is a good time to bor-row money.”They then propose the money be paidback through a parcel tax divvied out toall property owners, including not-for-profit organizations traditionally exempt.“Law enforcement provides services onan equal benefit to all categories of prop-erty owners in the city of Claremont, in-cluding residents for profit businessesand not for profit organizations,” Mr.Shea justified.Though all were supportive of thecommittee’s proposal to take a more de-tailed look at the cost forecast, Coun-cilmember Corey Calaycay remainedcautious about moving forward with abond for the police facility while the cityis in the throes of water acquisition.“There’s no question there is a needhere,” Mr. Calaycay said. “It just kind of concerns me that we are taking on a lot atone time, and they should all be looked atin context.”While cognizant of that concern, thecouncil encouraged city staff to moveforward with acquiring real cost esti-mates to make a more informed decisionon whether or not to pursue a vote on aparcel tax.
Council addresses water, million-dollar expenditures
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffClaremont City Councilmember Larry Schroeder, left, Mayor Opanyi Nasiali, Councilmember Corey Calaycay and Mayor ProTem Joe Lyons leave the council chamber to go into closed session on Tuesday. During the closed session, the council votedto send Golden State Water a new purchase offer for Claremontʼs water system. Councilmember Sam Pedroza was not pres-ent in chamber prior to the council adjourning to the 4 p.m. closed session.
Maybe as residents of Claremont wecan go out and support our course! Novelconcept.Otherwise, the bean counters win andthe golf course will slowly shut down bythe end of the year. It’s hard for me toimagine another condo development ordormitory on these grounds.One thing for sure...there are plenty of stories like mine to be told.
We have a real “Best of” section today
The COURIER has not publishedmany special sections highlighting thebest places around Claremont to eat, drinkand be merry. Actually, it’s a lot more thanthat when you consider there are manyother businesses getting recognition too.It’s easy to see “Best of” special sec-tions are more common now, as newspa-pers and websites find it an effective wayto sell advertising. The COURIER obvi-ously sold advertising for this section.What has been lost over time is thevoter aspect to this contest. More oftenthan not, it’s possible to buy your win witha paid ad or simply have hundreds of win-ning categories creating a large enoughpool to solicit each a winner. One news-paper located close to us simply partneredwith a company that specializes in creat-ing these sections and then split the rev-enue.Doesn’t seem real accurate or genuine,does it?Our approach at the COURIER wasquite simple. Allow people to vote asmany times as they want, so businessescould spread the word. If customers reallylike the business, they will vote. A perfectexample is Rocky’s Laundry and Clean-ers, who garnered close to 200 votes fromtheir many customers.Since a majority of the almost 7000votes were submitted online, it was easyfor our staff to vet the process and findthose who wanted to stuff their ballot box.In this day and age, you can tell howmany votes came from a single sourcethrough ip addresses, date, time and useof incorrect categories (writing one namein all categories counts as a single vote!)In other words, the COURIER tookgreat pride in this contest, made sure thecounting was accurate, yet had an appre-ciation for the many odd and funny thingspeople would do to show their enthusiasm.The results are now released to the pub-lic today, all for your enjoyment.
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CIty Attorney Sonia Carvalho an-nounces the councilʼs decision onTuesday to send a new purchase offerto Golden State Water. During closedsession earlier in the afternoon, thecouncil approved the new offer.CITY COUNCIL
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