Readers comments: June 3, 2022

Construction signs present and future
Dear editor:
Recently, the COURIER ran a notice as a courtesy to the City of Claremont (“Residential construction sign regulations”; April 29, 2022) reminding “…residents and local contractors of regulations regarding the presence, size and placement of construction signs…within the city.”

Given the surprise many have felt about upcoming proposed projects, and with so many building sizes and types now deemed “by right” under existing and new zoning laws, is it now the time for the City of Claremont to require the posting of large applicant-paid signage on the sites of proposed developments?

The current rules involve sending out a letter to property owners within 300 feet and posting a laminated letter-size piece of paper at the property if a public meeting is to be held on the project. Contrast that with the large (4′ x 6′) signs posted in the City of Upland on West 11th Street between Monte Vista and Central where two large housing and warehouse projects are in the review stage. It’s a common practice in many parts of this country to do this.

As neighbors, we need to know what is happening in our area. Please tell us.
Erik Griswold

Response to “Expressing our condolences” (COURIER: May 20, 2022)
Dear editor:
Regarding the recent published statement submitted regarding the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shirren Abu Akleh, I would like to clarify that this was a collaborative effort undertaken by participants in the Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group for Mideast Peace that came from a spectrum of perspectives, and not the result of the work of one individual (me). It was not intended to be a blanket statement by each individual member of the working group (a mostly ad hoc body of approx. 50 clergy, lay faith leaders and secular individuals), and not every point in the statement was fully affirmed by each contributor. However, we think it does responsibly express the overall consensus of our group that the full circumstances of Ms. Abu Akleh’s death need to be thoroughly examined by independent investigators.

To know more about our organization please go to our Facebook site.

Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group for Peace in the Middle East.

You can read our mission statement and see all the events we have sponsored.

For the past 15 years we have provided educational programs in our community in an attempt to present balanced and accurate information about this complicated issue and promote engagement and dialogue for the sake of peace.

Please watch for future events and join us as all are welcome to attend.
Reverend Dr. Thomas Johnson

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