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Local democrats at odds over money for political action committee

Recent litigation is fueling an unusual amount of activity in a midterm election year for local democrats, as officers of a local club’s executive board prepare for court over a money debacle. Several years of conflict came to a head last month when group members Rudy Mann, Zephyr Tate-Man and Bob Gerecke, representing the Inland Communities Democratic Political Action Committee (PAC), filed a complaint against the Democratic Club of Claremont (DCC), its president Gar Byrum and former treasurer Debi Evans for claimed fraud and breach of contract, among other allegations. The DCC has responded to the PAC’s lawsuit with litigation of its own, claiming the trio of PAC members are involved in “fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of fundraising funds.”

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CMC employee has zest for life

The salads, fruit and assorted entrees at Claremont McKenna’s Collins Dining Hall aren’t quite complete without one more ingredient added to the mix: Cheva M. Garcia. The 89-year-old Claremont resident has been a permanent fixture at the school’s lunch line since she was hired on in 1951. She remains the school’s longest standing employee, an honor she wears with pride. “This place is like my second home,” Ms. Garcia said. “These people are my family.” Meal service at CMC has changed over the years—from a mix of hors d'oeuvres to a family-style spread to the more traditional pick-your-pleasure cafeteria fare that is served today—but Ms. Garcia approaches her work with the same gusto. This is just one of the feature stories in Friday's Healthy Living special section. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger

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Guess what? Parking issues at the Wilderness Park remain unresolved

The parking restrictions continue to mount as use of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park steadily climbs. The Claremont City Council Tuesday night added additional permit parking-only zones on three residential cul de sacs next to the bustling wilderness area—Holyoke Place, Macalester Place and Forsyth Place. These permit parking zones are expected to sunset in September 2015, along with a slew of other wilderness loop parking restrictions, as the city works on an overarching master plan to solve lingering parking problems.

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Student artists display talent

Drawing and painting teacher Tamara Kirkpatrick helps sophomore Christine Hyun with a charcoal drawing last week at Claremont High School. Ms. Hyun’s work will be among 60 other students featured in the Sixth Annual Claremont High School Student Art Show next month at the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited to an artist’s reception on May 2 at 5:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff

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