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  Peacefully co-existingwith local wildlife/  M EASURE  W PASSES  , STATE OFFICES GO TO DEMOCRATS / P  AGE 3 Friday, November 7, 2014 󰁵 One dollar     C our  er  i   claremont-courier.com ELECTION/ PAGE 3 CALENDAR/ PAGE 16 Looks like a water break.  Visit claremont-courier.com.POLICE BLOTTER/ PAGE 4OBITS/ PAGES 11  AND 12       Chaparralstudents onforeign languagequest/ COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffPrecinct inspector Martin Yarbrough affixes the American flag to the outside of themultipurpose room at Oakmont Outdoor School on Monday while getting the roomready for Election Day. Mr. Yarbrough has been an active voter since first registeringin 1951 and has been a poll worker in Claremont since moving here in 1979. GETTING OUT THE VOTE Martin Yarbrough lends a hand, shares stories PAGE 14 PAGE 8    l remont Photo courtesy of Paul Faulstich  Claremont COURIER/Friday, November 7, 2014 2 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 44 1 420 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 sports@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 Production Ad Design Jenelle Rensch Page Layout Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch Website Peter Weinberger Advertising Advertising Director Mary Rose maryrose@claremont-courier.com Classified Editor Jessica Pfahler classified@claremont-courier.com Business Administration Office Manager/ Legal Notices Vickie Rosenberg legalads@claremont-courier.com Billing/Accounting Manager Dee Proffitt Distribution/Publications Tom Smith tomsmith@claremont-courier.com Circulation/Subscriptions subscriptions@claremont-courier.com Water system business plan Dear Editor:The majority of the voting citizens of Claremont have just given our city gov-ernment a blank check to purchase abusiness. I hope that the city council andtheir staff will develop a detailed busi-ness plan before cashing it. Jack Sultze Claremont Claremont’s bottom line Dear Editor:Claremont take note: “We the people”have more power than money. What wecall the bottom line. Measure W passedbecause the citizens of Claremontworked hard for what they believed,which spoke much more forcefully thanmoney. Marjerie Cofer Marth Claremont   READERS’ COMMENTS  ADVENTURES IN HAIKU Through the warm wind nature sings  Deliberate, free Bellowing fall to hither —Angela Bailey Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.  Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us GOVERNINGOURSELVES Monday, November 10 Traffic & Transportation CommissionSpecial MeetingCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 11 Veterans’ Day Wednesday, November 12 City Council Council Chamber, 6:30 p.m . Architectural Commission Cancelled READERS’ COMMENTS Send readers’ comments via email to edi-tor@claremont-courier.com or by mail orhand-delivery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste.205B, Claremont, CA 91711. The deadline forsubmission is Tuesday at 5 p.m. Letters are theopinion of the writer, not a reflection of theCOURIER. We reserve the right to edit letters.  Letters should not exceed 250 words View- points should not exceed 650 words . We cannot guarantee publication of everyletter. Letters will be published at the discre-tion of the editor.  Claremont COURIER/Friday, November 7, 2014 3 CITY NEWS Measure W passes, California bucks the nation’s red trend T here’s a whole lot of celebratinggoing on in Claremont as votersoverwhelmingly passed MeasureW at the polls Tuesday night, moving thecity one step closer to acquiring its watersystem. With 6,116 votes in favor and 2,452 opposed, thepassing of the measure will allow the city to borrowup to $135 million in revenue bonds to finance theacquisition of the local water system currently ownedand operated by Golden State Water Company.“It’s a great first step, but we’re not there yet,”says Claremont FLOW member Sue Schenk. “Nowthe city council has a mandate to move forward withthe Resolution of Necessity and I hope they do it asfast as possible. I’ll be very happy when we don’thave to deal with Golden State Water anymore.”Ms. Schenk’s sentiments were reflected among themore than 200 residents and supporters of Yes on Wwho mingled at the DoubleTree Hotel while waitingfor live election results. Measure W ultimatelypassed with 71 percent in favor, a significantly higherpercentage than needed to move forward with the po-tential acquisition.“Golden State Water Company is disappointed inthe election outcome, but remains unwavering in itsbelief that an attempt to take the Claremont systemby eminent domain is not in the best interest of thecommunity,” Denise Kruger, Golden State WaterCompany senior vice president, said in an emailedstatement to the COURIER. “We appreciate the sup-port of the many Claremont residents who led the op-position to Measure W. They worked tirelessly torespectfully expose the flaws in the city of Clare-mont’s feasibility study and the ultimate high cost of a take-over.” According to a city press release, city council hasset a Tuesday, November 25 date for a public hearingto consider a Resolution of Necessity and whether atake-over is in the public’s best interest. During thathearing, the community and Golden State Water willhave an opportunity to address the council and learnmore about the potential acquisition. Passage of a Resolution of Necessity requires a 4/5vote of the city council and is required before thecourt process can proceed. Ultimately, if the cityelects to advance the process, a judge or a jury wouldmake the decision on the legality of the acquisition,the benefit to the community and any associated pur-chase price.Before pursuing eminent domain, however, MayorJoe Lyons said that the city will invite Golden StateWater to the table one last time to try to negotiate ingood faith on a fair purchase price for the water sys-tem. But Golden State Water’s meaningful participa-tion in that meeting doesn’t seem likely.“As we’ve stated before, the system is not forsale,” Ms. Kruger said. “Passage of Measure W doesnot change the reality that the eminent domainprocess being pursued by the city will result in higherwater costs for Claremont. In contrast, our most re-cent rate filing, if approved by the California PublicUtilities Commission (CPUC), will result in lowercustomer bills as we’ve worked hard to reduce costswhile not compromising on service or system re-placement and maintenance.”The city will continue to represent Claremont resi-dents during the CPUC hearings while exploring op-tions for operating and managing the water systemand potential rate structures, a process the city sayswill be discussed and decided upon in open publicmeetings. “We recognize this is a complex process and therewill be many important decisions along the way,”Mayor Lyons said. “The city is committed to work-ing hand-in-hand with the community as we go for-ward in this process.” —Angela Bailey news@claremont-courier.com COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont City Manager Tony Ramos breathes asigh of relief after viewing the favorable returns onMeasure W at an election night event. Results provided by the Los Angeles CountyRegistrar-Recorder: In Los Angeles County:Ballots Cast/Turnout1,147,248Absentee Total325,421Registration4,544,455Ballots Cast/Turnout25% GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN (DEM) 732,606 66% LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM (DEM) 695,633 64% SECRETARY OF STATE ALEX PADILLA (DEM) 660,554 61% CONTROLLER BETTY T. YEE (DEM) 638,025 60% TREASURER JOHN CHIANG (DEM) 710,130 66% ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS (DEM) 718,018 66% INSURANCE COMMISSIONER DAVE JONES (DEM) 700,364 66% US REPRESENTATIVE 27TH DISTRICT JUDY CHU (DEM) 54,605 60% MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY 41ST DISTRICT CHRIS HOLDEN (DEM) 40,718 63% SUPER OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON 481,464 51% SHERIFF JIM MCDONNELL703,662 74% STATE MEASURE 1—WATER BOND YES746,26569% STATE MEASURE 2—STATE BUDGET YES725,01869% STATE MEASURE 45—INSURANCE NO599,75256% STATE MEASURE 46—DRUG TEST DRS. NO679,09263% STATE MEASURE 47—SENTENCES YES672,72463% STATE MEASURE 48—INDIAN GAMING NO625,22359% COUNTY MEASURE P—PARCEL TAXLEVY YES645,88962% CLAREMONT MEASURE W YES6,11671%NO2,45228% Supporters of Measure W react to early polling results showing the measure easily passing Election Nightin Claremont. With 6,116 votes in favor and 2,452 opposed, the passing of the measure will allow the city toborrow up to $135 million in revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the water system.  Friends of Oak Park annualmeeting to be held Saturday Friends of Oak Park Memorial Cemetery in Clare-mont, Claremont’s memorial park for more than 100years, will recognize the service of a number of peo-ple at its annual meeting on Saturday, November 8 at2 p.m. at the cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave.Along with recognition of the retirement of long-time Oak Park Manager Reuben Ross, the services of retiring board members Mary Ann Barkey, Dan Gale,Dr. Charles Lieb, Nancy Oostmeyer and LarryWheaton will be noted.The public is invited to join in the observance atthe cemetery, which recently marked a small expan-sion of the grounds. Masonic charity ball to benefitchildren’s hospitals Dust off your ball gown and polish your glass slip-pers: it is time for the first-ever Masonic black tiecharity ball. Join the Claremont Masonic Lodge on Saturday,November 15 as they raise money for the City of Hope, Children’s Cancer Research Center in Duarteand the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles.Both facilities provide care and treatment to childrenfrom around the world, regardless of ability to pay. Guests will enjoy a dinner of prime rib, stuffedchicken or mahi mahi, followed by a night of dancingto live music by Smooth Touch. Everyone is re-quested to dress in Vintage Hollywood Glamour. The ball will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel,555 Foothill Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. and continueuntil midnight. Tickets are $65 per person or $130 percouple. For those who cannot attend, donations of anysize may be mailed to Masonic Charity Ball, PO Box401, Claremont, CA 91711. For information, call(909) 816-6983. Committee on Aging Thanksgiving food drive Join the Claremont Committee on Aging in ourfight against hunger throughout the community! Toget involved, simply donate food items to one of many drop-off locations throughout the communitythrough November 14. All items collected will directly benefit the 4,500clients served each month by the Inland Valley HopePartners Family Stabilization Program and FoodPantry. For information, call (909) 399-5488 or visitvisit www.claremontseniors.org. Public art banner competition The city of Claremont invites residents of all ages,including students attending Claremont schools andthe Claremont Colleges, to enter the Public Art Ban-ner Competition. The theme of the competition is“Enjoy Claremont.” Artists must submit a color de-sign, 10” x 21,” drawn to scale of their srcinal art-work. The actual size of the banner will be 20” x 42.”Banner designs should be submitted to the HughesCommunity Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., no later thanJanuary 5, 2015. Selected artists will receive $250 award and willbe provided with a canvas banner on which to painttheir srcinal artwork. Selected banners will be dis-played throughout the Claremont Village annually inApril. For information, visit www.ci.claremont.ca.usor call Melissa Vollaro at (909) 399-5358. Claremont COURIER/Friday, November 7, 2014 4 CITY NEWS Wednesday, October 29 Apparently you can’t get everythingyou want at Walmart. Around 1:20p.m., an unknown male driver pulledover near College and Arrow Highwayto ask a woman for directions to the re-tail giant. When the 25-year-old femaleapproached the vehicle, she wasshocked to discover the man masturbat-ing inside the car. The victim immedi-ately fled the scene and reported thecrime to police. The unknown suspectis described as a 21-year-old whitemale, 5’10” and 150 pounds withblonde hair, driving an older-modelbrown vehicle. ****It was all about the Benjamins for aLa Verne teen short on cash and com-mon sense. The 17-year-old male en-tered Rhino Records around 3 p.m. andlifted a men’s wallet embellished withan image of a one hundred dollar bill.When he attempted to leave the store,the $10.89 item set off the alarm andalerted employees of the theft. Employ-ees detained the boy until officers ar-rived on scene, who then arrested himfor shoplifting. Thursday, October 30 Thieves put the “trick” in trick-or-treat after they made off with a 130-pound pumpkin at Pomona College thenight before Halloween. Around 7:30p.m., a Frary Dining Hall employeealerted campus safety that four un-known suspects were spotted pushingthe two-foot-by-two-foot squash out of the hall on a skateboard. It’s unknownwhat happened to the $65 pumpkin, butapparently stealing it was easy as pie. Friday, October 31 A party at The Hub was a hubbub of activity at Claremont McKenna Col-lege on All Hallows’ Eve. Around 11p.m., Claremont police were called tothe location to assist campus safetywith an intoxicated student. HartadinataHarianto had previously been escortedout of the party after allegedly fondlinga staff member working the door andstating he wanted to have sex with her.Officers arrived on scene and asked Mr.Harianto for his identification to whichhe presented his ATM card, followedby his CMC student ID. The 20-year-old New York resident smelled of alco-hol, was slurring his words and becameargumentative with police. He was ulti-mately arrested for being drunk anddisorderly. A couple of hours later at the sameparty, 21-year-old Mason McDowellwas arrested for battery following analtercation with a partygoer he hadbumped shoulders with in the crowd.The Los Angeles man, a student at an-other college outside of Claremont,pushed the first victim from behind,causing him to fall into a second vic-tim. Both men suffered facial lacera-tions. Mr. McDowell was later releasedwith a written promise to appear incourt. Saturday, November 1 A black cat that crossed paths withClaremont police aided in her own ar-rest after an officer discovered her inthe back of his patrol unit following an-other call for assistance on Yale Av-enue. According to Lieutenant MikeCiszek, officers responded to a batterycall at Walter’s around 1:20 a.m. wherethey arrested 26-year-old Kayvan Fard.The Los Angeles resident had been in-volved in an altercation with anothercustomer and when security intervened,he punched them in the face. Mr. Fardbriefly lost consciousness after the fightand had to be transported by ambulanceto Montclair Medical Hospital. Whenthe officer returned to his vehiclearound 2 a.m., he heard heavy breath-ing coming from the rear of the unitand saw 25-year-old Vanessa Zambranopassed out in the back seat. The SanMarcos resident was dressed in a blackcat costume and it’s unknown how sheended up in the police car. She was ar-rested for being drunk and disorderly.****Jealousy reared its ugly head at theClaremont Club, resulting in the arrestof an Azusa woman for battery. Jacke-line Perez was fighting with herboyfriend, insisting he looks at womenwith large breasts when she doesn’thave them, when the verbal altercationturned physical. The 20-year-oldwoman allegedly struck the male victimin the chest and head, and then injuredhis right eye socket with the back of herhead. Based on the statement of the vic-tim, officers booked Ms. Perez and shewas later released after posting bail. A Colton man arrested for public in-toxication ended up in the hospital withadditional charges after being trans-ported to Claremont Police Departmentfor detoxification. Cain Ortega waspicked up by officers at El Rancheroaround 9:30 p.m. and brought to thestation to sober up. About an hour intohis visit, the 25-year-old man began as-pirating on his own vomit while lyingon his back and began to choke. LACounty fire and paramedics respondedand while loading him onto the gurney,Mr. Cain became violent and stuck theofficer. After arriving at Pomona ValleyMedical, Mr. Cain allegedly became vi-olent towards the medical staff and hadto be restrained in a four-point harness.He was arrested for being drunk anddisorderly and resisting an officer aswell as battery on a peace officer. Sunday, November 2 A Claremont driver was found to beat fault for causing an injury accidenton the corner of Foothill Boulevard andMountain Avenue, leaving one vehicleoverturned and sending its driver to thehospital. The 23-year-old driver of aToyota Corolla failed to yield to on-coming traffic and collided with a Nis-san Versa at the intersection. TheNissan flipped on impact, deploying theairbags and injuring the 50-year-old fe-male driver. The Covina resident com-plained of chest and back pain and wastransported to Pomona Valley Medical.The driver of the Toyota suffered a bro-ken collarbone but refused transport. —Angela Bailey news@claremont-courier.com POLICE BLOTTER Cafeteria worker pleads not guilty  A Claremont High School cafeteriaworker accused of having a sexualrelationship with a 16-year-old stu-dent appeared in Pomona court for arraign-ment on Monday and entered a plea of notguilty. Vanessa Antonia Tinoco, 33, has been charged withtwo felony counts, oral copulation of a person under 18and unlawful sexual intercourse. She was arrested in theschool administration building last month after someonewho had become concerned about the interactions be-tween the lunch lady and the male student alerted schoolauthorities. According to police, the Food Service Assistant hadbeen communicating with the male student for approx-imately the last year and said she had sex once with theminor in an undisclosed location in the city of Pomona.The felony complaint states the alleged crimes tookplace on or between August 1, 2014 and October 7,2014. Ms. Tinoco remains in custody at Century RegionalDetention Facility in Lynwood, held on $70,000 bail. A pre-preliminary hearing date has been set for De-cember 4.If convicted as charged, the Pomona resident faces amaximum sentence of three years and eight months instate prison. —Angela Bailey news@claremont-courier.com OUR TOWN

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