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Claremont COURIER 3-14-14

Claremont COURIER 3-14-14

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The Claremont COURIER is the award-winning community newspaper from Claremont, CA. Issue: 3-14-14
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CHANGING SEATS
In this edition
Introducing our youth to art/
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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffOutgoing Mayor Opanyi Nasiali exchanges seats with newly-selected Mayor Joe Lyons on Tuesday duringthe Claremont City Council meeting. Councilmember Corey Calaycay, front, was chosen by his colleagueson council to serve as mayor pro tem. Mr. Calaycay noted that with the appointment of Mr. Lyons, it is thefirst time in Claremont history that all sitting council members had at one time been mayor/ 
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Golden State’s full mission
Dear Editor:The article by John Neiuber was a fasci-nating look back. Reading the acknowl-edgements, I was pleased to learn FrankWheeler’s scrapbooks are available online,and I was reminded again of Judy Wright’spassion for research about the town sheloved. “The Citizens Light and Power Com-pany” is a great example of the kind of in-nocent optimism many Americans felt inthe early 20th century. I’d like to knowmore—what led the citizens of Claremontto sell their water company in 1929?But I found myself questioning the au-thor’s edit of the American States WaterCompany’s mission statement toward theend of the article. I looked it up on the wa-ter company’s website while researchingthe current debate about Claremont acquir-ing its own water company. Here it is, in itsentirety: “American States Water Companyis committed to maximizing shareholdervalue through a combination of capital ap-preciation and cash dividends. Our missionwill be accomplished by exceeding cus-tomer expectations, conserving resources,minimizing life-cycle costs, developing andempowering our workforce, and leveragingdiversity among our employees and ven-dors to deliver superior financial perform-ance for our shareholders.”The mission statement is a bit wordy anduses jargon, but the goals Mr. Neiuberleaves out do address “people and the qual-ity of life.” One can argue that goals otherthan “delivering a superior financial per-formance” are not being met by the com-pany. One can also question the sincerity of those stated goals, but that would open upa whole different and negative discussionabout both sides involved in this debate.Omitting those other goals, however, ischerry picking, and weakens the author’s ar-gument in favor of the city owning its ownwater company again.
Joan Sweeney
Claremont
Will America survive Obama?
Dear Editor:Every Friday a group of citizens gather atthe corner of Arrow Highway and IndianHill, carrying anti-war signs and flashingthe old “Peace” sign to horn-honking mo-torists. Seven and eight years ago, many of their signs read “Bush Lied.” Now when I pass, I always wonder whythe signs do not now include “ObamaLied.” He did promise to get us out of “Bush’s War,” didn’t he? But then, everyspeech Obama makes is so filled with liesthat perhaps they have come to simply over-look his sociopathic dishonesty. These sign-carrying citizens, whosehearts are genuinely in the right place, maybe oblivious to the dangerous dance theObamamateur and his clowns are doingwith the conniving and savvy leaders of countries that are sworn enemies of the freeworld and, particularly, America.These patriotic citizens abhor war, andrightly so, but they do not seem to recognizethat the foreign policies of the Peace Prizewinner and his administration and theweakness they have shown to the worldare certain to get us and our allies into a ma- jor conflict that very realistically could in-volve nuclear weapons. The president’s Chicago community or-ganizer skills fail to impress the leaders of foreign countries. This is particularly thecase with the government of Iran, who con-tinues to bamboozle Obama and John Kerryinto believing they are going to stop the de-velopment of nuclear weapons.It is certainly the case with Russia, whereVladimir Putin just grins and toys withObama. The bold invasion of Ukraine is thelatest example of how impotent Putinknows Obama is. The community organizeris no match for the ex-KGB officer. The boyin North Korea and the Chinese who ownus taunt us. The most dangerous countriesof the world build their military powerwhile Obama dismantles ours.Will the free world survive the remainderof Obama’s term without a major militaryincident? Will America elect a real leader in2016, one who recognizes that the way topeace is to, once again, become the world’ssuperpower? How long will it take to un-dothe damage done by this administration,both domestically and internationally, afterObama is gone? Is this even possible? I fearfor the future of our children.
Jack Sultze
Claremont
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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 © 2014 Claremont Courier
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READERS’ COMMENTS
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Monday, March 17
Tree Committee Council Chamber, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18
City Council Neighborhood ForumJoslyn Center, 6 p.m.Planning Commission Council Chamber, 7 p.m.
READERS’ COMMENTS/ 
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new face will grace the center of the ClaremontCity Council dais for 2014-2015. Former Clare-mont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali passed the torch onTuesday night to Joe Lyons, who was chosen by his fel-low councilmembers. Councilmember Sam Pedrozawas not present at the meeting.It was a night of firsts for the Claremont assem-bly.With the council’s unanimous vote, Mr. Lyons em-barks on his first-ever term as city mayor. The councilmember was first elected to his post in March 2011. Thenewly-selected Mayor Pro Tem Corey Calaycay alsopointed out that it marks the first time the city of Clare-mont has a council comprised of current and formermayors.Claremont mayors are not elected by the public as inother cities but, instead, are ceremoniously selected bythe sitting council. Claremont mayors typically choosea project to focus on during the year, such as Mr.Nasiali’s effort to increase ties between schools and cityhall or Sam Pedroza’s encouragement of community-wide bicycling.Mr. Lyons emphasized that his and the council’s mis-sion will remain the same as the city looks forward totackling big-budget projects like the Foothill Boule-vard, Claremont Hills Wilderness Park and public artmaster plans, as well as the council’s intention to ac-quire the city’s water system.“The citizens of Claremont have never had a morededicated group of individuals than the five individualsthat represent you,” Mr. Lyons said. “I hope to continuethat tradition. The next four years are going to be ex-tremely full of activities. I look forward to continuingto work towards doing the best for all Claremonters andI know I can expect my colleagues to do the same.”
Local government, schools recognize shared accomplishments
The council recognized the landmark achievementsof the city’s young leaders at Oakmont Outdoor School,who have established the city’s first-ever food waste re-cycling program. Oakmont has joined with 23 other schools in Los An-geles County participating in the Grades of Green thirdannual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge. Through this pro-gram, students are working to reduce their lunchtimetrash by using reusable containers and cloth napkinswhile also learning how to recycle and compost. Theschool with the largest reduction in trash will beawarded a $1,000 grant. The Oakmont Owls are well on their way. “I thinkwe will win this,” said Nathan Gonzalez, student bodypresident. The council commended the students’ efforts to con-tribute to the city’s overarching goal of sustainability. “You are the hope of the future,” said Mayor JoeLyons.
City separates community and human services
Three years after the merging of the city’s commu-nity and human services departments, the ClaremontCity Council has ordered the departments be separatedonce more. Community and human services were first combinedin 2011 as the city of Claremont looked to reduce itsspending in times of financial uncertainty. The corre-sponding commissions were also merged. With city finances back in the black, city officials be-lieve it best to conduct another department restructure.Although City Manager Tony Ramos recognized thebenefits of the combined commissions, he asserted thesame success cannot be attributed to the merging of thedepartments. “While it is a credit to all our staff...that operationshave continued and minimum concerns or complaintshave been heard regarding the initial merger, executivestaff has observed the strain that having only one di-rector over such a wide responsibility area has had onoverall department operations,” he said. In addition to the concern of having just one directorfor both departments, Mr. Ramos also pointed out thestruggle over the geographic separation of both officesas well as the vast difference between the human serv-ices department, which is much more focused on front-end consumer interaction, and community services,centered primarily on tasks like fixing downed wateror power lines. Despite the struggles, the departmenthas made extensive progress on large projects like thepublic art and wilderness park master plans, the citymanager noted. With council approval, city staff will begin the searchfor a new human services director, with a projectedsalary and benefits package of $205,160. In the mean-time, $60,000 is being set aside for the hiring of an in-terim director. Kathleen Trepa will continue as the chief of the community services department and the com-munity and human services commissions will remaina combined entity.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
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CITY NEWS
COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffNew Claremont Mayor Joe Lyons presents outgoing Mayor Opanyi Nasiali with a plaque during a brief ceremony recognizing Mr. Nasiali’s tenure on Tuesday at cityhall. Just prior, the Claremont City Council voted to make Mr. Lyons the new mayor and Corey Calaycay, at right, mayor pro tem. At left is Councilmember Larry Schroeder.Council member Sam Pedroza was not present at the meeting.
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