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Claremont COURIER 5-23-14

Claremont COURIER 5-23-14

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The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 5-23-14
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18Who isn’t having a fundraiser this month?Find out at claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
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Birders rejoice! Things just gotwild on Foothill Boulevard/
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffLillian Barrett-O’Keefe celebrates after receiving her diploma on Saturday during commencement at Pitzer College. It was a special graduation for Pitzer, as they werecelebrating the 50th anniversary of the college. Below, Claremont McKenna College students await the calling of the graduates.
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Moving up, moving on
 
Crossing paths
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 Editor’s note: The following letter was forwarded by Marcus Dowd on behalf of the author, his wife Elin Dowd, in thehopes that it might inspire a bit of kind-ness in Claremont 
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—KD
]Dear Editor:Hug. Last night, I set out for my run. Iuse “run” in the very loosest of terms, as itwas really a fast walk, not even a jog. Asusual, I started by heading over theThompson Creek Bridge. As I came pastthe bushes, at the entry, I could see awoman and her 3-year-oldish daughtercrossing the bridge, so I held back to makesure there was enough room. As soon as the little brown-haired-withhuge-brown-eyes girl saw me she startedyelling, “Hug!” and came running towardsme, wrapping her arms around my leg. I was caught a little off-guard withiPhone in hand, and unexpectedly pattedher back with my left arm. It was a mea-ger attempt at a hug with a little stranger. As we parted, the mom said softly,“Sorry.” However, I thanked her for giv-ing my run such a nice start. As I turnedaround to depart, I heard very loud andclear, “Another hug!” This time I wasready I turned around, squatted down andopened both arms to embrace this littlegirl. Satisfied, we both parted ways andcontinued on our journeys. I’m pretty sureas I left them I heard her mom starting the“We don’t hug strangers” discussion. What a great moment. Why don’t wespontaneously ask for hugs from strangerswhen we really need them? I may neversee this family again but, if I do, I will in-troduce myself, as to never be considereda stranger again and to always be ready forthe genuine warmth and friendly greetingthat came from this adorable toddler.
Elin Dowd
Claremont
READERS’ COMMENTS
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 23, 2014
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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
one hundred and sixth year, number 20
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420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Owner
Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
pweinberger@claremont-courier.com
Editor
Kathryn Dunn
editor@claremont-courier.com
Newsroom
City Reporter
Angela Bailey
news@claremont-courier.com
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
storribio@claremont-courier.com
Sports Reporter
Alex Forbesssports@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
steven@claremont-courier.com
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
Back Page
Sammy
sammy@claremont-courier.com
Production
Ad Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Website
Peter Weinberger
Advertising
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
maryrose@claremont-courier.com
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Jessica Gustin
classified@claremont-courier.com
Business Administration
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Vickie Rosenberg
legalads@claremont-courier.com
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Dee Proffitt
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Tom Smith
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 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Tuesday, May 27
City Council Council Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 28
Architectural Commission Council Chamber, 7 p.m.
 ADVENTURES
IN HAIKU
 Rose sun this morningPink orange red sky omen Earth bows obeisance
—Michael Bever
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
CORRECTION In the Friday, May 16 edition of theCOURIER, it was mistakenly reportedin the Police Blotter that the wife of Phillip Hagen had called police afterhe allegedly attempted to hit her with acar and kicked two kittens. The call topolice was actually made by Mr.Hagen’s ex-wife, the reporting victim.We apologize for the error.
City, schools closed Monday for Memorial Day
In celebration of Memorial Day, cityhall and services, as well as all publicschools, will be closed Monday, May 26.Residents are invited by American Le-gion Keith Powell Post 78 to MemorialDay services on Monday at 11 a.m. at OakPark Cemetery.Additionally, the Costanoan/OhloneRumsen Carmel Tribe will host a benefitconcert for homeless veterans on SundayMay 25 at the Fox Theater in Pomona.Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7p.m. The concert will be headlined byGrammy award-winner Micki Free, whowill be joined by other Native Americanartists Redbone, Angela Lazon and come-dian Jim Ruel and also Hank Linderman.Actor Saginaw Grant, most recently from“The Lone Ranger” and actress MarianaTosca are masters of ceremony. Tickets for the concert are $25 for gen-eral admission, $50 for orchestra seating,and $75 for VIP/loge seating. Ticketsmay be purchased online at www.foxpomona.com. Call (909) 623-7889 formore information.
 
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 23, 2014
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CITY NEWS
T
uesday night’s meetingof the Planning Com-mission brought forwardtwo new development propos-als, one on south Mills Avenueand a second mixed-use plan onFoothill Boulevard and MonteVista Avenue.
Brandywine Homes may have pulledits plans for a development at the formerLa Puerta site on Forbes Avenue, but theOrange County-based builder hasn’tgiven up on construction in Claremont. The city and planning commission arecurrently reviewing plans for a proposedresidential development on a 1.86-acresite currently owned by City BlessingsChurch, located at 735 S. Mills Ave., abut-ting the 10-freeway. Brandywine’s pro-posed project includes 20 two-story,detached residential homes. While the Mills Avenue deal is still inits infancy, Brandywine is further alongon a second project on Auto Center Drive.Plans for housing on 11.5 acres in southClaremont have not yet been submitted,but Director of Community DevelopmentBrian Desatnik said he expects to receivethem within the next week or two. “Brandywine is working with Toyotato sell a portion of [of the land] to RogerHogan for his dealership,” Mr. Desatnikexplained. “Toyota could move into theold Ford building and we’re expecting aVolkswagen dealership to move to thecurrent Toyota location.”The architectural commission will meetWednesday, May 28 to further discussBrandywine’s plans on Mills Avenue,with a review of the Auto Center Driveplans anticipated in the coming months.
Claremont Commons
The proposed development at Foothilland Monte Vista, dubbed ClaremontCommons, would include 25 single-fam-ily detached homes, 68 townhomes and5,600 square feet of retail space withamenities like public art and parks. According to the planning commissionagenda report, the owner of the 9.7-acreparcel has been working with the city todevelop on that land since the 1980s. Thesite was purchased in 1984 with hopes of building a supermarket-anchored shop-ping center, but nothing panned out. The Arco gas station opened its pumpsin 1997, with Armstrong Garden Centerfollowing in 1999. The remaining acreshave remained undeveloped, but it haslong been a site of interest, with discus-sion of everything from the energy com-pany Technip considering a move fromFirst Street to the possibility of a Targetstore. None of these projects materializedas developers cited difficulties building onthe oddly-shaped lot and financial con-straints.In September of 2012, the propertyowner, Clare Properties LLC, decided ona mixed-use project to include residential,retail and open space. The parcel is di-vided between Claremont and Upland,thereby spanning two counties—Los An-geles and San Bernardino. The ownersand city officials began talks with the cityof Upland to try to move the city of Clare-mont’s boundary east to Monte Vista.Nothing has been decided at this point,but the possibility of a border move re-mains.“We’ve had some preliminary talkswith Upland and we’ll be following upsoon,” Mr. Desatnik said. “[Upland] isopen to the idea but it depends on whetherthe timing will work with the developer.”Handing over valuable square footagewithout some kind of beneficial trade-off would be unlikely for any city, so Clare-mont officials are looking at other parcelswithin city boundaries that Upland maybe coveting. The undeveloped land be-tween Claremont Boulevard and MonteVista Avenue, going several miles northof Foothill, has created an awkward diag-onal line running between the two cities.“It creates odd shapes that aren’t con-ducive to development in any city,” Mr.Desatnik said. “We’ve got some parcelsthey may want to get in their sphere—possibly up on Base Line. It’s all in talksright now. There’s no deal or anything.”Zoning provides another hurdle for thedeveloper, Walbern Developments. TheFoothill/Monte Vista plot is zoned com-mercial and although there is a small com-mercial aspect, the project overall isprimarily residential and includes a pre-carious 3.5-acre “no-build” zone runningthrough the middle.The no-build zone, a 150-foot by 1000-foot space, was handed down from theFederal Aviation Administration as a re-sult of the position of Cable Airport andflight takeoff patterns, according to Plan-ning Commission Chair Jeff Hammill.“It’s not anywhere near ready to go tocouncil yet. There are several things thatneed to be worked out in terms of juris-diction,” Mr. Hammill said.The commission is supportive of theproject in concept, Mr. Hammill ex-plained, but concerns remain regardingthe no-build zone and the county/city lineissue. Given all the constraints, Mr. Ham-mill noted that it appears to be “a prettycreative project.” Even with support for the project fromboth city staff and the commission, Wal-bern still has a long road ahead of them.“I’m going to have them do anotherpreliminary before they go to architecturalcommission,” Mr. Desatnik said. “Thenwe’ll do an environmental review on it. Itcould be six months before it gets back tothe planning commission.”Preliminary plans are on file with thecommunity development department atcity hall, 207 Harvard Ave., and are avail-able for review between the hours of 7a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thurs-day.
—Kathryn Dunn
editor@claremont-courier.com
Homebuilding flurry continues with two additional proposals
Rendering provided by Walbern DevelopmentsThis rendering of a proposed mixed-use development, Claremont Commons,shows the view from Foothill and Monte Vista, including a fountain with public artand three-story townhomes in the rear that include a viewing deck on the roof.

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