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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 35

San Bernardino, California
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Wednesday, May 28, 1986
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, , f - f-m. . .9 4 m TOM! If V . ELECTION '86 ELECTION '86 i ; A v I By JOE BRIDGMAN Sun Staff Writer ONTARIO The county's presiding municipal court judge says the attorney seeking to replace him in Tuesday's balloting lacks both experience and support in the community. Judge Kenneth L. Kloepfer was elected to his post in 1980 for a six-year term and is facing his first electoral challenge, from Upland lawyer Roger R. Remlinger. "I don't think it's a substantial challenge," Kloepfer says, "and I think that persons who review the backgrounds of both of us will see that it's an easy decision to be made. "My issue really is that he does not have experience." Kloepfer, known for giving repeat offenders tough sentences, has garnered endorsements from local law-enforcement groups including, he notes, the Ontario Police Officers Association, representing many of his opponent's former colleagues. Remlinger served in the Ontario Police Department as officer and detective for 12 years until going into his current law practice. Kloepfer also has the formal support of the mayors of all four West End cities Ontario, Ran- By JOE BRIDGMAN Sun Staff Writer ONTARIO A former police detective who went to law school at night and became a defense attorney is hoping to unseat a municipal court judge with six years on the bench. Roger R. Remlinger said he will bring a courtesy and fairness to the courtroom that he believes is lacking under incumbent Municipal Court Judge Kenneth L. Kloepfer. Kloepfer exercises a highhandedness in court that includes berating defendants and intervening in the examination of witnesses, Remlinger said. "The primary concern is lack of judicial temperament being able to handle the people, the staff, the attorneys, the defendants all with the same degree of respect," he said. "He is abusive and insulting in his courtroom, not only to defendants, but to witnesses and attorneys as well," Remlinger said. "He doesn't seem to treat the parties . . . with the respect and dignity that you would expect from a judicial officer." Kloepfer counters that his challenger is one of a small group of defense attorneys unhappy with the tough sentences he hands down to their clients. "As far as the operation of my. court, I think I've tried as many cases as any other judge, and the results are as fair, or fairer," Kloepfer says. Remlinger admits that he rep- cho Cucamonga, Upland and Montclair as well as many of the city council members in those communities. Kloepfer, 43, grew up in Ontario, attended Chaffey High School and went on to earn both his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Southern California. He returned to Ontario and worked in the county district attorney's office from 1967 to 1980, rising to become a chief deputy DA. As the county's presiding municipal court judge, Kloepfer is the administrative chief of the county's eight municipal court divisions. He was elected to the post by a unanimous vote of the system's 22 judges. In answering his critics, Kloepfer doesn't deny that he is tough on offenders and sometimes difficult to get along with in court. "Unfortunately somebody loses every case," he says. "Both sides don't always get what they want there are frustrated people that come out of court." "I'm considered one of the resents a group of attorneys dissatisfied with Kloepfer. "I was asked to run because of the problems they were having over there," he said. Specifically, he cites a ruling by Kloepfer in a misdemeanor case that was later appealed and overturned in county Superior Court. The trio of appelate judges agreed in their opinion that Kloepfer had been "abusive and insulting" toward the defendant, and called some of his conduct in the non-jury trial "shocking." Kloepfer says he believed the defendant, a young weightlifter accused of bullying a security guard in a department store, would benefit more from a tongue-lashing than a stiff jail sentence. Remlinger, 41, has worked as a private attorney in Upland since 1979. Prior to that he was a member of the Ontario Police Department for 12 years, six of them as a detective. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, Remlinger went to law school at the University of La Verne while working as a police officer in Ontario. "I've seen victims, suspects, Kenneth L. Kloepfer toughest judges in Ontario Municipal Court and some of the defense lawyers probably feel I've been too tough on their clients. My opponent is one of those," he says. "Some of them feel I'm prejudiced for the prosecution, but that's not true," he says. "I want a fair trial for everyone." Kloepfer says his strict administration in the Ontario division, where he served as supervising judge for two years, resulted in a 30 percent drop in the case backlog. He had a policy of allowing no more than two continuances in any case "unless there was an extraordinary reason" for the additional delay. Kloeper and his wife, Yolanda, live in Rancho Cucamonga and have two children, ages 6 and 3. Roger R. Remlinger courts, and worked with the district attorney's office all the time I was a policeman," Remlinger said. In private practice he has specialized in juvenile law, family cases and criminal defense. "I've defended some of the people I had arrested previously on my other job," Remlinger says. "They always said I was fair. "The majority of people I've run into, if you treat them the way they want to be treated, you avoid a lot of problems. Being on the street taught me to deal with people." Remlinger is a member of the Upland Planning Commission and secretary of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association. Raised in San Bernardino and a graduate of San Bernardino High School, he has been a resident of the county's West End for the last 20 years. He and his wife, Sandra, have a 17-year-old daughter. Fohi seniors come up 'cashless for CAPs' (Political Advertisement) His record on the bench is the reason why Judge Morris is strongly endorsed by law enforcement: FONTANA POLICE BENEFIT ASSOCIATION RIALTO POLICE BENEFIT ASSOCIATION SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SAFETY EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION (SE8A) PEACE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA (25,000 California Peace Officers) INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS (Fontana & Bloomington) . . . PHIL MORRIS for Municial Court Judge I b, schools until July. The delay was blamed on the newness of the program. This year the checks may not go out until fall, said Barbara Wilson, an Education Department consultant who supervises allocation of the CAP funds. Wilson explained that the state Board of Education is in the process of adopting a regulation to deny awarding funds to schools that are found to have deliberately manipulated test scores. That would include schools that purposely score low one year in order to make an improvement the following year and earn a reward. The ruling was made law by the state Legislature last year but it must be incorporated into the state Education Code by a vote of the Board of Education. A public hearing on the regulation is not expected until July. Meanwhile, state officials are questioning the test results of four schools that could be denied awards totaling more than $200,000. A decision on their eligibility, which can not be made until the regulation is adopted, is holding up disbursement of everyone else's funds, Wilson said. But there is a chance that the board could vote in June to release money to all but the suspect schools, Wilson added. "They will be reimbursed their money," she said. "There is no question about it. They earned the money and it will be there." Those purchases will include: A portable sound system for use at the June 17 graduation ceremony; $36 vouchers to each graduating senior to cover any school-related charge such as cap and gown or Disneyland Grad Nite tickets; a yearbook-signing party complete with catered food and a band; and T-shirt and mugs with a Class of '86 slogan. The money also will be spent on extra graduation decorations and a special senior edition of the Fohi Forum newspaper. Any leftover funds will be used for campus beautif ication and other future needs at the school. Student activity money is earned by the student body through such fund raisers as car washes, dances and bake sales. The school resorted to making temporary use of that money in lieu of the CAP award after Howell learned at last Wednesday's school board meeting that district funds could not be tapped. Howell had gone before the board to seek approval of the senior class shopping list, which was not completed until May 19. But the district's deadlines for issuing purchase orders already had passed. "It was a little surprising," said Howell, who then had to approve the temporary loan of student activity funds. "I just wanted to make sure we didn't disappoint 560 seniors." Last year the first for the "cash for CAPs" program the state Department of Education didn't disburse checks to winning By THERESA WALKER Sun Staff Writer FONT ANA The Fontana High School senior class must dip into the school's own student activity funds to pay for the benefits they had expected to reap from money awarded by the state for raising test scores. The graduating class learned in late April that it would get a $50,925 check for its performance on the California Assessment Program's "Survey of Basic Skills" taken last December. , r The Fohi seniors were among 12th-grade classes statewide awarded cash bonuses under the Educational Improvement Incentive Program. Known informally as "cash for CAPs," the incentive program rewards those schools that show improvement over the previous year's test scores. But the "cash for CAPs" checks are not in the mail and won't be before the pomp and circumstance is over for members of the Class of '86. This is the second year in a row that award-winning schools have been forced to draw upon school district funds or their own as in Fontana's case and then wait for reimbursement. "By going through the student activity funds we can go ahead and make our purchases," Fohi Principal Jay Howell said. s' ' i , - 4 1 R f I 5 "Vnuntynh J ,,- .. 14 SENIOR MENUS ' FECIAL 0 (Month of May) following locations: 16707 Marygold Ave., Fontana; 17696 Foothill Blvd., Fontana; Community Center, 6396 N. Citrus Ave., Fontana; Community Center, 214 N. Palm Ave., Rialto; 18285 E. Valley Blvd., Bloomington; 5111 Benito St., Montclair; Community Building, 5433 B St., Chino; Community Center, 225 E. B St., Ontario; Community Center, 9791 Arrow Hwy., Rancho Cucamonga. Money for Renf Why not add a pool for Summer? Want to buy a new R.V.? Add a room? Want to refinance another loan? Money's on Sale at Bank of Redlands! But remember our Mom's Special is only for the Month of May, so act NOW! Out tteiwmtify Oca fluctye FONTANA The following meals will be served this week to senior citizens from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Today Fried fish, macaroni and cheese, vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Thursday Oven-fried chicken, rice pilaf, vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Friday Salisbury steak, pas-lied potatoes, vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The meals will be served at the Fontana motorist involved in fatal Victorville crash VICTORVILLE - A 9-year-old Apple Valley boy died Saturday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Gerald Fuches, 50, of Fontana, said Jim Roden, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. Matthew Troyan was crossing Kiowa Road on a bicycle at the time of the accident, Roden said. The boy was pronounced dead at St. Mary Desert Valley Hospital. He was the son of John and Patricia Troyan. 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HIGHLAND AVE., SAN BERNARDINO-M1-2323 34299 YUCAIPA BLVD., YOCAIPA 797-9155 9699 SIERRA AVE., FONTANA 350-0519 member fdic Tfour nextdoor mt$bor. TWIN COUNTIES ALL-STAR BASEBALL CLASSIC Com l; Jim 13, 7 PM, livwwfc Sporti Comptn Oomt 2. Jun 14, 7 PM, Fncota FMd - fVrti Hill Pork Ooim 3. Jvm 1 3, Noon. Fhcoln, FWd PwtIi Mill Porti Copontond by:- SBVC Baieball Club & The Sun WANTED! Chili Cooking Contestants tor the Redlands Chili Cook-Olt June 14- Call 793-25W Co-sponsored by The Sun end The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Chili Cookers YucaipaJuly4 Call: 797-1175 S Yucaipa Elks & The Sun A teen is in trouble... can you help? Call: 383-3663 IM -OA UNOtft i ' i ' ' , i , j j j j j . j .j i .

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