As we witness events unique for this generation, I cannot help but feel Americans need to show the world how we can bridge our differences and unite as a nation.
On Wednesday, I watched 500 people march to the Claremont police station and peacefully, passionately express their views on police brutality. They joined groups all over the nation doing the same thing.
It’s been more than two months but the memory remains intense. Before there was even a stay-at-home order or talk of wearing cloth masks in public, my first adjustment was rather pedestrian: I put the winter exams for my university classes online. But when coronavirus soon made clear that our spring term would begin and end online, I realized that my colleagues and I were in store for a much more formidable challenge.
This coming Tuesday, May 12, the Claremont City Council will consider the next phase of planning for the Village South Specific Plan (VSSP). In our state, planning decisions are meant to be local, and they’re meant to be an open process of community input, expert research and continuing discussion. In the current VSSP draft, written by city staff and their consultants, the building height limitations that are proposed are not viable.