Apparently there was a city council meeting on September 14th to decide the fate of parking on our fair campuses. According to councilmember Corey Calaycay, the Claremont City Council voted unanimously for a proposal that would ban parking for freshmen and sophomores at the colleges. The Claremont Currents has more. I quote below:
A review of the proposed ordinance shows that the City of Claremont began formal consideration of the proposal in 2009 when it met with concerned citizens and stakeholders, including representatives of the Claremont Colleges. The city’s summary of the bill states that each school’s administration “expressed support for the general concept.” During the public comment period, administrators at Harvey Mudd and CMC submitted letters expressing support for the proposal. [Editor's note: Of course they did.]
The proposed ordinance does not explicitly require that the Colleges ban freshmen and sophomores from bringing cars to campus, but the support of administrators indicates that if passed, a ban would be likely.
One Harvey Mudd student submitted a comment at a council meeting, but an informal survey by Currents showed that most were unaware of the process. In July, the City of Claremont ran two ads in the Claremont Courier and notified “affected property owners” (the Colleges) and 500 property owners near the campus. [Editor's note: Right, because it's so far to hold a meeting when there are no students on campus.]Oh what a surprise! Our student government is as per usual, asleep at the switch. What a pity we haven't got impeachment proceedings that we can issue against them. As it currently stands, there will be limited TNCs (with no corresponding reduction in student fees); the loss of an entire speaker from a party; and now no more parking for freshmen and sophomores. Incompetence thy name is ASCMC.
There is no record of any attempt by the city to contact any student governments or notify the student population of the proposed ordinance.
Let the record show that I was against banning freshmen and I'm surely against banning sophomores. It'll have a negative effect on our campus and it'll have a negative effect on the surrounding area. The City of Claremont will reap what it sows with this: fewer students going downtown to see movies, eat at restaurants,
What I recommend: Register to vote in Claremont and let's make this a political issue.