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Courier 6.23.12

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CUSD board bids farewell to Gloria Johnston
Story on page 5
Saturday 06-23-12
75 cents
Gearing up for a harmonious Fourth
Story on page 14
Village West toreach new heights
Story on page 3
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont resident Isaac Fang inspects a monarch butterfly while visiting the Butterfly Pavilion with hismother and sister on Wednesday at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The exhibit features over a dozennative species, and visitors can witness the complete lifecycle of the insects, from eggs to mature butterflies.
Social butterfly
Story on page 12
Arbol Verde gives thanks
Dear Editor:On behalf of the residents of Clare-mont’s historic Arbol Verde neighborhhod,I would like to express my deepest grati-tude to all my fellow Claremonters fortheir support of Saturday’s June 16 El Bar-rio Park event.Attended by several hundred personsfrom throughout Claremont and surround-ing Inland Valley cities, the “Sitting in thePark” public event was a remarkable suc-cess and everybody who attended left witha feeling of peace, harmony and happiness.The event would not have been a suc-cess without the unselfish and hard workof the following peple and institutions: BillPallotto, Amber Guzman and MellissaVollaro of the Claremont Human ServicesDepartment; Claremont City Coun-cilmembers, especially Mayor LarrySchroeder and Sam Pedroza; ClaremontCity Manager Tony Ramos and AssistantCity Manager Colin Tudor; ClaremontMcKenna College, most notably BrianWorley; Our Lady of the AssumptionCatholic Church clergy Father CharlesRamirez and Deacon Bob Steighner; myfellow Knights of Columbus brothers fromOLA; and my indigenous and beautifulMexica sisters Celia Gonzales and ElenaCardenas, who put together such a sacred,“preciosa” and magical spiritual proces-sion through the Arbol Verde neighbor-hood that it will forever remain indeliblein the hearts, minds and souls of the per-sons who prayed in it.A special thanks also goes out to my fel-low Arbol Verde Preservation Committeemember Lydia Falatico, and my motherNellie Villanueva, who kept me sane bypraying for me during the last month, es-pecially during the controversy over theopen-air Mass.But most importantly, I would like toextend Arbol Verde’s warmest “thankyous” to all my fellow Claremonters whoattended the event, and especially thosewho came forward in Christian charity asprivate donors to put forth the money thatenabled us to sponsor one of Claremont'smost memorable events in recent history.In Christ’s peace and for all my rela-tions,
Al Villanueva
Chairperson, Arbol VerdePreservation Committee
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, June 23, 2012
The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice 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: 75 cents. 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 © 2012 Claremont Courier
one hundred and fourth year, number 50
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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City Reporter
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Education and Sports Reporter(On leave)
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Business Administration
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Jake Bartman, reporterAmanda Rhodes, photographerCameron Barr, photographer
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 Jolly morning sight Pink flamingos flocking hereOn lawn and bushes
—Sally Seven
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The COURIER has a national reputation foraccurate, dependable, unbiased reporting.Claremont’s been supporting a healthy, innova-tive, well-read community newspaper for 104years. Our readership has never been higher.The COURIER is not confused with household junk mail. Our readers spend an average of38 minutes reading each issue.The COURIER was named the best communitynewspaper in California in 2011.
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Tuesday, June 26
City CouncilCouncil Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27
Dial-A-Ride Community MeetingHughes Center, 6 p.m.Architectural CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 28
Traffic & Transportation CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 3
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, June 23, 2012
proposed 50-foot mixed-use build-ing with retail and residential spacemay be the final piece to completeClaremont’s Village West.
The proposed property, vying to take over where thevacant Rich Products Corporation building currently re-sides, was given unanimous approval from the Clare-mont Planning Commission Tuesday night. The votegave the project developed by DenleyInvestment and Management Com-pany the supermajority needed to passon a favorable recommendation to the Claremont CityCouncil. The council will cast the final vote, expectedlater this summer.If the development moves forward, it will fill in thefinal vacant parcel in Village West with a 4-story struc-ture and internal parking garage as well as an adjacent30-foot structure. Tentatively titled “The Village Lofts,”the project is geared at fitting the “urban environment”Village West’s expansion plan originally called for,which ultimately why the commission voted in favor.“This is an attempt to make a viable city reemerge ina time when densities are increasing,” said Commis-sioner Martin McLeod. “We are trying to manage thosedensities intelligently, and the flexibility that this projectis proposing is wonderful.”The 1.66-acre parcel will include retail and live/workspaces on the first 2 floors, with residential apartmentsand a rooftop pool on the top 2 floors. A restaurant is pro-posed for the first floor of the building at the corner of Oberlin Avenue and First Street. A parking garage with140 spaces will also be included, though 61 of those willbe reserved for residents of the building. The adjacent30-foot structure will include 5 two-story live/workspaces, similar to those found in The Packing House.The commission’s recommendation comes nearly ayear after the project came up for public discussion. Theplanning commission first reviewed the project at ameeting in July 2011. The traffic and transportationcommission reviewed the traffic and parking situationat a subsequent meeting in April.In addition to its approval of the overall concept of the Village Lofts development, the commission grantedpermission to change the maximum height of buildingstypically allowed in the city’s commercial mixed-usezones. The new development will be allowed to exceedthe usual 3-story or 40-foot maximum. The building wasoriginally approved by the commission at 45 feet, butin order to accommodate the last level of the vertical,mixed-use design, an additional 5 feet were needed, ac-cording to Chris Veirs, senior planner for the city of Claremont.“It’s very expensive to build that kind of constructionif you couldn’t pencil it without that extra level,” Mr.Veirs added.The city saw the change as a viable solution partiallybecause the vacant parcel is the last available in this par-ticular zone, which includes The Packing House, ac-cording to Mr. Veirs.The height of the building was already alarming tosome residents at 45 feet, let alone the new addition,which represents a nearly 20 percent increase from thetypical allowance.“It’s not entirely fair to ruin one person’s mountainview just to give another a mountain view,” Jason Ryan,a resident of the Village Walk townhomes, told the com-mission in July.Those present on Tuesday also remained concernedabout their residences being overshadowed by the largedesign: “I’m concerned about the sunlight,” said AnnaCook, who grows tomatoes on her Village Walk patioand said she rarely gets enough sunlight as it is.Though Gwen Carr recognized the mountain viewsare not protected, her main concern was over-saturatingVillage West with retail space.“I can almost count the vacant shops that we have,”Ms. Carr said. “It bothers me, worries me, that we willmaybe have more vacant shops.”Fellow Village Walk resident Karen Hall agreed, hop-ing city planners would consider a bowling alley orminiature golf course to appeal to Claremont’s youth in-stead of adding more retail shops.“We need something for these kids to do. Instead of empty businesses, let’s talk about the recreational andleisure skills of Claremont,” she suggested.Despite multiple suggestions for recreational space,Commissioner Brenda Barham Hill said that the use of space for recreational purposes, though desired by mem-bers present, was unfortunately not an option.“I would love to see a park there, would love to see asoccer field there...but the fact of that matter is that thisplanning commission has to respond to proposals thatare presented to it by developers,” Ms. Barham Hill said.“Using that property for some sort of open space, recre-ational space, is not an option that is being presented tous at this time. It’s a great idea, but it’s moot in the con-text of this proposal.”The live/work concept of the project will allowheightened flexibility for the developer and tenantsshould market challenges arise, added CommissionerK.M. Williamson. “I think that’s a very smart way to gofor this project,” she said.Her fellow commissioners agreed.“Giving them [developers and tenants] the opportu-nity to make it retail or live/work is really important,”Mr. McLeod said. “This is an attempt to go back grace-fully to more flexibility for the businesses.”
—Beth Hartnett
Retail development in Village West raises concern
Rendering courtesy of Denley Investment and Management CompanyThe proposed live-work lofts to be built at the former Rich Products site will feature residential apartments,retail space and a rooftop pool. The height estimate is currently 50 feet, causing residents of the neighbor-ing Village Walk condominiums to question the structureʼs impact on the area.
Trash talk leads agenda at Tuesday’s city council meeting
laremont residents may soon seea hike in sanitation fees. TheClaremont City Council Tuesdaynight will discuss raising the fees becauseof a 2 percent spike in the Consumer PriceIndex (CPI).In October 2008, the council approvedraising sanitation fees in accordance withCPI on July 1 every year, if approved bythe community and human services com-mission as well as the council. This year isno exception. The commission found thatthe revenue generated by the CPI is nec-essary to provide the funding for ongoingoperation and maintenance, labor and in-surance, equipment and capital, facilitiesand debt. The public is invited to com-ment on the subjectprior to a council vote atthis Tuesday’s citycouncil meeting, whichbegins at 6:30 p.m. at the City CouncilChamber, 225 W. Second St.Following the sanitation hearing, thecouncil will also take a vote on adoptingthe city’s 2012-2014 budget. The counciland the public reviewed the proposedbudget at the last city council meetingwith little negative feedback.Total expenditures assumed for 2012-2013 are estimated at about $40.3 million.A bulk of that amount, about 85 percent,makes up operating costs with a smallportion allotted for debt service and capi-tal improvement. 2013-2014 expenditureassumptions are about $39.5 million, withratios remaining essentially the same asthe previous year. Though the budgetshows a $1.2 million deficit in 2012-2013,the city expects to end with a surplus of about $463,000 in fiscal year 2013-2014.Alternative pedestrian pathways to theClaremont Hills Wilderness Park and thecity’s policy on co-sponsoring communityevents are also up for discussion.Prior to their regular meeting, councilmembers will meet in closed sessionTuesday, June 26 at 4 p.m. to discuss de-tails of a potential water acquisition, ac-cording to City Manager Tony Ramos. Areport will be brought back to the public atthe regular city council meeting at 6:30p.m.The public is invited to comment on theagenda item at 4 p.m. sharp before thecouncil recesses into closed session. Viewthe full agenda for both the closed andregular sessions of the Claremont CityCouncil at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
—Beth Hartnett

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