Claremont COURIER/Friday, February 21, 2014
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Saturday, February 22
City Council Priorities WorkshopCouncil Chambers, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, February 25
City Council Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 26
Thursday, February 27
CUSD Local Control Funding FormulaCommunity ForumKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
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High-density on Base Line
Dear Editor:The Claremont City Council voted 3-2to authorize a variance in existing zoningto permit construction of a 95-unit town-home complex at Base Line Road andTowne Avenue. This is the same parcel of land that was earlier scouted for a low-in-come residential development, but whosebackers rejected the site partially becauseof health issues. The site abuts the 210 freeway, and res-idents will breathe toxic fumes from theroad. The soil is also hopelessly contami-nated by decades of agricultural chemicalsused in the production of strawberries.As matters stand, no one knows howdangerous the long-term health hazards of this site for residents. Hopefully, they arenot serious; possibly, they are. Who will be around in 30 years when theresidents of these townhomes get the em-pirical answer from Mother Nature? Thebuilder will be long gone, and possibly outof business. The city of Claremont will stillbe here and, if any evidence then exists thatthe site injured the health of residents,higher than expected rates of cancer, for ex-ample, whom will the injured parties suefor damages? The city of Claremont. In issuing this variance, the city implic-itly warranted the safety of this site forhuman habitation, and therewith assumedliability should that warrant prove un-founded. In principle, the builder should retain thisresponsibility but, in reality, the builder hashanded it off to the city while securing forhimself all the expected profit of the devel-opment. The city has assumed an uncom-pensated risk that, in the language of economics, is called a negative externality. To protect the city against this hazard, Ipropose that the city council require thebuilders to obtain from townhome pur-chasers a notarized acknowledgment thatneither the builder nor the city assumes anyliability for possible long-term health haz-ards to the purchasers as a result of residingin these townhomes. A purchaser lives thereat his/her own risk. Possibly, there is a better way to protectthe city of Claremont from this liability. If so, use it. But by all means, protect the cityagainst liability for long-term health dam-age to purchasers of the townhomes.
Panhandling in the Village
Dear Editor:Yesterday I was panhandled in the park-ing lot at the corner of Yale and FourthStreet. I was panhandled on Yale Avenuenear the Pizza ‘N Such restaurant.I have been panhandled on the streetparking spaces on Harvard Avenue. I havebeen panhandled in and front of the library. Panhandling has become common indowntown Claremont. Most of the pan-handlers are young adults and they areclean and decently dressed. One panhan-dler is a woman in her sixties who waswell-dressed. They do not look destitute;the panhandling is a scam.The city council in Pomona has imple-mented and enforced a zero-tolerance pol-icy on panhandling. The library has hiredsecurity personnel. The situation in down-town Pomona has improved, at least dur-ing business hours, despite the fact thatPomona has more truly destitute people andfar fewer resources than Claremont.Claremont has to take steps to improvethe situation in the Village; it is getting outof hand.
Ruthann Leder Martines
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