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Claremont COURIER 1-31-14

Claremont COURIER 1-31-14

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The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 1-31-14
The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 1-31-14

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Girls water polohas tough lossagainst CharterOak/
Friday, January 31, 2014
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14Build, build, build. Keep track of the progress. Visit our website: claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
OLA students get a spectacular show/ 
In this edition,
Focus: Unique Women of Claremont
Flying high
Things got tense at city council this week 
COURIER photo/Kathryn DunnClaremont City Councilmember Corey Calaycay was intent in his mes-sage at Tuesday night's council meeting, relating to residents that theHousing Element Update requirements are sent down from Sacramentoand the job of city staff and the council is to insure that Claremont is incompliance. He made an impassioned plea to residents to closely followthe state legislature as the process continues.COURIER photo/Peter WeinbergerMadd Gear stunt scooter rider Chandler Dunn hits this precision jump over his colleague,Ricky "Mancho Man" Moseley, during a demonstration at OLA. The event was all part ofa celebration for OLA students after raising thousands of dollars for the school's fundrais-ing campaign.
See our coverage/ 
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffClaremont HighSchoolʼs LauraSchroerluke takes aimat the Charter Oak neton Tuesday duringgirls water polo actionin Covina. Schroer-luke had a goodgame, scoring multi-ple times. The Packdidnʼt fare well, fallingto the Chargers, 9-4.
Are we angry?
Dear Editor:I used to be very active in political life,back when I was young and had lots of energy and hope. I don’t pay enough at-tention to what is going on around menow, but this is my perspective on thewater issue facing me in Claremont.One day, some large landowners inClaremont decided to do something abouttheir high water bills. They could havetorn their water-thirsty landscaping outand fixed their leaks, perhaps even re-moved their huge pools. They could havecared more about deteriorating schools,city property and our failing infrastruc-ture, but they decided on a differentcourse. They got together with some of their friends on the Claremont City Coun-cil who held closed meetings (violatingthe Brown Act?) and decided to attemptto steal a private corporation’s propertyvia “eminent domain” and finance theplan by selling many millions of dollarsin bonds. All of this is happening withouta vote of the citizens of Claremont. I likevotes by the people.So, middle-class citizens of Claremont:how can you give a corporation $100 mil-ion to $150 million (Yes folks, it will notbe $55 million), hire people to run yournewly-acquired water company, (yesfolks, it takes lots of money, skill andknowledge of water) and also pay for thecoming increases in costs of water be-cause of the drought? I think it can bedone with a tremendous increase in yourproperty taxes to pay for it all! And, on top of that, you will still needmoney to fix your schools, police station,sewer system and, oh yeah, the deterio-rating water pipes torn up by age andthose trees you so love. I honestly invite you, the Claremonttaxpayers, to express how this can andwill be done.Wow! I sound angry. Is it the threat tomy retirement home property taxes? Is itthe improper use of the right of eminentdomain? Is it the closed secret meetings?Are you getting angry?
Constance Condit
Claremont authors
Dear Editor:Congratulations to Isabelle Huber andNan Miller. They have joined the leagueof published Claremont authors. I lookforward to reading their books and invitethem to donate a copy to the ClaremontLibrary’s Claremont Authors Collection.We now have bank of beautiful, glass-covered bookcases to house our collec-tion and the books we receive are enteredinto an online catalog for easy retrieval. I invite all Claremont authors—if youlive, work, attend school, or affiliate your-self with Claremont—to donate to ourgrowing Claremont Authors Collection.We welcome books by former Claremontauthors who have moved on. Also, if youown books by Claremont authors that youwould like to donate, we would appreci-ate your gifts. Please bring your books directly to thedesk with a note that they are being do-nated to the Claremont Authors Collec-tion, or call (909) 621-9485 to discussyour donation plans.
Lanore Pearlman, President
Friends of the Claremont Library
Claremont COURIER/Friday, January 31, 2014
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 © 2014 Claremont Courier
one hundred and sixth year, number 5
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
Kathryn Dunn
City Reporter
Beth Hartnett
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
Education Reporter/Obituaries
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Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
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Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Monday, February 3
Budget WorkshopHughes Center, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 4
Planning Commission Council Chamber, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5
Community & Human Services Commission—Cancelled
 Morning light white skyGentle breeze among the pines Joyous beginning
—Rena Elkins Bever
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
Send readers’ comments via email to edi-tor@claremont-courier.com or by mail orhand-delivery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd.Ste. 205B, Claremont, CA 91711. The dead-line for submission is Tuesday at 5 p.m. Let-ters are the opinion of the writer, not areflection of the COURIER. We reserve theright to edit letters.
 Letters should not exceed 250 words
. We cannot guarantee publicationof every letter. Letters and viewpoints will bepublished at the discretion of the editor.
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 (909) 621-4761
uesday night’s city council meet-ing was proof that citizen-drivenpolicy has power in the city of Claremont.
After nearly three hours of discussion betweencouncil members, Claremont residents and city staff,the Claremont council decided to restart the processof updating the housing element of thecity’s general plan, despite repercus-sions of missing the mandated Febru-ary 15 state deadline. The decision was made in orderto more adequately involve Claremont citizens in theprocess after complaints. The general plan’s housing element update, requiredby law, is needed to identify undeveloped land in thecity of Claremont that might be viable to meet thearea’s housing needs through 2021, according to BrianDesatnik, director of community development. Enactedin 1969, the housing element requires local govern-ments to sufficiently plan for the current and antici-pated housing needs of all economic segments of acommunity. Claremont’s housing element, required toundergo review every five to seven years, was last ap-proved in 2008. Missing the February cutoff means the city will haveto review the housing element once again in four yearsas opposed to eight for those who turn in the update ontime. The city may also be subject to legal troublesuntil it is in compliance with state law, acknowledgedCity Attorney Sonia Carvalho, and officials recognizedit could take up to six months before a new update isapproved. Threat of legal actions, however, did little tosway officials’ resolution to take seriously the concernsof its residents. “I don’t think that we notified the public as we couldhave and that’s a big thing,” Councilmember LarrySchroeder said. “I think we need to regroup and gothrough this process again.”Earlier this month, the planning commission recom-mended sending Claremont’s updated housing elementto the city council for approval, identifying several va-cant or underused spaces in Claremont for potential af-fordable housing developments, as required by statelaw. One of the locations considered viable was a 5.9-acre parcel on Mills Avenue near Scottsbluff and Clar-ion Place, currently owned by the Golden State WaterCompany where one water well is being operated. Despite there being no planned projects for any of the identified lots, and no redevelopment agency fund-ing to help the city pay for affordable housing projects,the planning commission’s decision created a backlashfrom residents, particularly those living near the MillsAvenue site. Among the opinions voiced by 15 resi-dents during public comment and reflected in a petitionsigned by more than 400 citizens was concern over in-creased traffic problems should a high density develop-ment be built on the property, decreased propertyvalues in the case of a high density structure, loss of ac-cess to the well that the water company currently oper-ates on the site and quality of life issues for thoseforced into large affordable housing structures. The assurance that there are no planned projects forthese sites did little to ease residents’ minds. “We have to take it from the perspective that it willbe built,” said Dennis Bauman, a Claremont home-owner who lives adjacent to the Mills Avenue property.“If we just say don’t worry about it, that’s when every-one gets bit in the butt. We can’t just assume that itwon’t happen.”In addition to apprehension over potential high-den-sity development, residents vocalized anger over thestate requiring a housing element without providingcity municipalities with any financial assistance. “For this city to be held hostage by not complyingby meeting a deadline and stand the chance of losingits land use authority—that, to me, is horrible,” saidClaremont resident Carolyn Gonzales. In addition to heeding residents’ pleas to revisit thehousing element plan, council members and city ad-ministrators urged the public to take their grievances tothe state level as well. “It’s a program that is out of reach, a program that isout of date and now a program that is no longer fundedby the 20 percent set aside that used to be a part of theredevelopment agency,” said City Manager TonyRamos. “It’s time our state legislators stop holding ushostage, making us go through an expensive programthat we really can’t comply with.” The planning commission will be tasked withrestarting the process of identifying land for the hous-ing element update. Among viable options to be re-viewed is the newly-vacated Claremont Golf Course,located on Indian Hill Boulevard across from Clare-mont High School. City officials maintain they will en-courage a more open review process and will keepresidents abreast of these meetings through mailed no-tifications and reminders posted on the city website.The COURIER will continue to report on the update asinformation becomes available.
—Beth Hartnett
Claremont COURIER/Friday, January 31, 2014
COURIER photos/Kathryn DunnCommunity Development Director Brian Desatnik details the city's Housing Element Update, which is due tothe state of California on February 15, 2014. Mr. Desatnik took some heat at Tuesday nightʼs council meetingfor the housing update, which includes a high-density zoning overlay for a parcel of land on Mills Avenue thatis currently owned by Golden State Water. The inclusion of the parcel was met with resistance by surround-ing residents. Finance director Adam Pirrie looks on.
City needs more time to update housing element
Claremont resi-dents packedinto councilchambers Tues-day night to ex-press their con-cern over thepotential inclu-sion of a MillsAvenue parcel ofland in the city'sHousing Ele-ment Update. Tomeet state re-quirement, citystaff had hopedto implement ahigh-densityzoning overlayto the parcel,which is cur-rently ownedand occupied byGolden StateWater.Tim Harrison, Claremont resident and mortgage bro-ker, stresses how surrounding home values will benegatively impacted by the potential zoning and con-struction of affordable housing on Mills Avenue. Mr.Harrison and more than a dozen other residents ad-dressed the council before a standing-room onlycrowd at city hall on Tuesday night.

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