When one thinks of La Verne, they usually associate the city with the University of La Verne.
Were it not for the University, the city of La Verne would probably be unheard of. It is because of the students who attend this University that businesses are still alive in this city. We provide tax dollars as well.
While La Verne City Councilman Robert Rodriguez has claimed that the decisions that are made between the University and the city of La Verne are completed through the efforts of both parties, many situations in the past have contradicted his statement.
There are several examples that can be used to illustrate that the University and the city are in separate worlds.
First off, because of the complaints made by local citizens, the La Verne City Council assigned 15 parking spaces along B Street and declared them preferential parking. So the University lost parking spaces to a city that should have remembered that the student population is increasing and that those spaces are needed.
Residents complained that students were constantly ruining their privacy by parking in front of their homes. Later on, the Council decided that students could not park on Third Street between A and B streets.
Then last spring, city officials decided to paint parking spaces in the Wilson parking lot orange, making them open to the public. Too many spaces were taken and more tension between the city and ULV arose.
At the beginning of the school year, the La Verne Police Department exercised poor timing by using a heavy presence. While one person from LVPD claimed that the University knew the police would be present on the first day of school, director of Campus Safety and Transportation John Lentz said that he was not aware of the situation.
However, there is one area that both the University and the city share. That area is First Street, between D and E streets, also known as the home of the Oaks Residence Halls, the AAIC Building and the Barkley Building.
On one corner are homes. The residents there have started complaining that students walking back and forth to class are disturbing. Another problem deals with the area not being well lit. The alley needs to have its fate determined, either by converting it into a sidewalk for pedestrians or making it safer to drive through.
It is time that the University and the city work together on issues that involve both parties. Getting important tasks accomplished and disagreements settled instead of focusing on past tensions between the two parties, would benefit all involved.