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Claremont COURIER 5-30-14

Claremont COURIER 5-30-14

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The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 5-30-14
The Claremont COURIER is the award winning community newspaper in Claremont, CA. Issue: 5-30-14

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Friday, May 30, 2014
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18The phone’s been ringing off the hook. What arepeople saying? Visit claremont-courier.comPOLICE BLOTTER/
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Memorial Day gathering at Oak Park Cemetery/
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont High School students prepare the Ginger Elliot Exhibition Space in Memorial Park for the exhibit StART It Up, whichis sponsored by Claremont Museum of Art. The show is the culmination of the CMA’s educational program ARTstART and willfeature artwork by elementary school students. The show will be open to the public on May 31 and June 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
Golden State Water files another lawsuit/
CHS freshman makes first splash at CIF/
A huge thank-you
The annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiv-ing Day is a wonderful tradition and suc-cessful community event organized bySunrise Rotary.Proceeds from last year’s Turkey Trotwere presented to Claremont youthsports organizations on Tuesday, May 20by Sunrise Rotary members Chuck Fre-itas and Tim Tipping. Claremont AYSOsoccer, Claremont Girls Fast Pitch,Claremont Little League, Claremont Jun-ior All American Football, ClaremontYouth Basketball, Claremont Storm Soc-cer and Claremont Stars Soccer all re-ceived donations from Sunrise Rotary tohelp sponsor their individual scholarshipprograms. These donations play an im-portant role in providing financial assis-tance to young players who are strivingto reach their athletic dreams in Clare-mont.Claremont youth sports organizationsand the Claremont Youth Sports Com-mittee are very thankful for Sunrise Ro-tary’s ongoing support.
Chuck Gardenhire
Chairman Claremont Youth Sports Committee
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 30, 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 21
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
Kathryn Dunn
City Reporter
Angela Bailey
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
Sports Reporter
Alex Forbesssports@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
Back Page
Ad Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Peter Weinberger
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Monday, June 2
Tree policy study sessionCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3
Planning Commission—Cancelled
Wednesday, June 4
Community and Human Services Commission Council Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 5
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 7 p.m.
For the Santa Barbara Seven:
Seven syllablesToo few to express our loss Memorial Day.
—Steven Harrison
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
Photo courtesy of Chuck GardenhireThe Claremont Youth Sports Committee recently received an approximate $9,000 do-nation from Claremont Sunrise Rotary to fund sports scholarships for local youth ath-letic leagues. The funds were raised at last year’s Turkey Trot.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 30, 2014
he Claremont CityCouncil quickly movedforward on severalitems Tuesday night, includingthe community’s participationin the Georgetown UniversityEnergy Prize (GUEP) and theadoption of the new fee sched-ule for the city’s sanitationservices.
One item in particular, the Memoran-dum of Understanding (MOU) betweenthe city of Claremont and the variousemployee associations, was pulled fromthe calendar and discussed at length.Council members were quick to speakup and share concerns regarding the pro-posed salary increases and the methodswith which they were measured.Since January 2014, city staff and rep-resentatives of various employee associ-ations have been meeting to discusswages, hours and terms and conditionsof employment. An agreement on theterms of the subsequent MOU to extendthrough June 30, 2017 was reached andpresented to the council for resolution. Councilman Corey Calaycay, whostated he was “uncomfortable” withacross-the-board cost of living increasesproposed by the MOUs, pulled the itemfrom the consent calendar for furtherdiscussion.“I’m just not comfortable in thesetimes, especially when we still have apension liability that has to be ad-dressed,” Mr. Calaycay said. “Untilwe’ve really addressed that and just ingeneral, again, because of my view of being uncomfortable with across-the-board cost of living increases, I’m notgoing to support the MOUs. Unfortu-nately, I can’t pick and choose parts of itand therefore I have to vote no.”To help determine those cost of livingincreases, the city contracted human re-sources consulting firm Koff & Associ-ates based in northern California tocomplete a comprehensive compensa-tion survey for job classifications. Survey results determined that 25 jobclassifications held in Claremont hadsalaries below market average. Conver-sly, that same survey revealed 21 jobclassifications, most of which are cur-rently vacant, with salaries above marketaverage. City staff is recommending areduction in salary to the market averagefor those classifications.Although he said he supports the staff being compensated well and appreciatestheir hard work, Councilman OpanyiNasiali doesn’t like the idea of using sur-veys to determine the worth of Clare-mont city employees.“It always reminds me of the armsrace between the Super Powers whereif they have 10 weapons, we shouldhave 15 and it goes on,” says Mr.Nasiali. “As a result, cities face finan-cial problems primarily because of thistype of behavior. I’m uncomfortableand concerned—especially since theMOUs are now steady—that they’dwant to use the same method again atthe next contract negotiations. I’m notgoing to support the idea of using a sur-vey to determine how to compensateour employees, even though I think weshould pay them well.”Despite their differences of opinionon the MOUs, council members unani-mously agreed to accept the cafeteriaplan as a separate item. A cafeteria planis a separate written plan maintained byan employer for employees that providesparticipants an opportunity to receivecertain benefits on a pretax basis. Partici-pants in a cafeteria plan must be permit-ted to choose among at least one taxablebenefit (such as cash) and one qualifiedbenefit, such as accident and health ben-efits, dependent care assistance, group-term life insurance coverage or healthsavings accounts. Council members agreed to amendand reinstate the city’s plan with a $100increase to $1,014 to ensure compliancewith revisions and amendments to fed-eral tax laws. Also up before the council was an or-dinance amending a portion of the city’sMunicipal Code as it pertains to regis-tered sex offenders. Although the city of Claremont hasbeen proactive in enacting residency re-strictions applicable to registered sexoffenders, a recent decision by theCalifornia Court of Appeal held thatthe California legislature had “estab-lished a comprehensive scheme forregulating the daily lives of sex offend-ers thereby prohibiting local legislationon the subject unless it is expresslypermitted by law.”Currently, Section 9.82.020 of theClaremont Municipal Code prohibits aregistered sex offender from loitering ina child safety zone, which is defined as“any area located within 300 feet fromthe nearest property line of a child carecenter, public or private school (gradesK-12), park, public library, location thatholds classes or group activities for chil-dren, and/or any school bus stop.”The decision held by the SupremeCourt of California now holds this sec-tion in violation of state law and it had tobe amended to bring the city’s code intocompliance. The amended code can beviewed on the city’s website. City Attorney Sonia Cavalho noted tocouncil that the city has received threatsof legal action and the council agendareport states Claremont has already beenidentified by a sex offender advocacygroup that has been “extremely active insuing cities over this and similar issues.”Residency restrictions on registeredsex offenders will remain unchanged.
—Angela Bailey
Council expresses concerns over city employee salary increases
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffKevin Arnold, past commander of American Legion Keith Powell Post 78, salutes the American flag dur-ing posting of the colors on Monday during Memorial Day services at Oak Park Cemetery. The AmericanLegion post sponsors the annual remembrance with the assistance of local Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts andFriends of Oak Park.AT RIGHT: Members of the Lutheran High School NJROTC color guard stand ready for the presenting ofthe colors on Monday during Memorial Day services at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont.
Honoring our fallen veterans

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