The welcome news about reopening our local businesses was tempered by the announcement from Los Angeles County Public Health that new coronavirus cases in Claremont had spiked from 45 on Monday to 56 on Thursday. Also on Thursday the county announced the first confirmed death in Claremont however no other details are known. In addition, Claremont now has an institutional outbreak involving 15 residents and five employees of Country Villa Claremont Healthcare Center who have tested positive for the coronavirus. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Bea Pappas, of Chino Hills and Kathy McCauley of Rancho Cucamonga eat lunch at Walter’s restaurant on Wednesday in the Claremont Village. Last Friday, Los Angeles County was given the go ahead to reopen barbershops salons and in person dining. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff.
A vocal but non-violent crowd collected in front of the Claremont Police Station on Wednesday to protest the killing of George Floyd, as well as the many other African Americans who have been killed by the police in America. More than 500 people marched west from the corner of Base Line Road and Mills Avenue to Indian Hill Boulevard and then to the rally at the police station. Once at the station the protesters observed nine minutes of silence, the same amount of time that officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
For nearly 60 years, when the flames of unrest burned, Gene Boutilier was there.
The 82-year old veteran activist and retired minister has since the early 1960s worked for peaceful resistance. He marched many times alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, to name just a few.
We’re with you
As we work to cover the news, the Claremont COURIER staff makes every effort to stay out of the story and to observe and document events as they transpire.
But as our nation, state and city anguish over the killing of George Floyd, so do we. As demonstrators march down our city streets, please know that as we work, we walk in concert with those fighting for equality and justice for black communities.
We hear you. We see you. And we are with you.
Coronavirus cases in the city of Claremont jumped by nine yesterday, bringing the total to 54 from the city’s first reported case on March 24.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 46 new deaths and 1,155 new cases countywide in since Tuesday.
Several businesses across the city have closed, or will close, early today due to a protest planned at 2 p.m. Organizers, who have not revealed themselves, have asked protestors to meet at Vons market on Base Line Road and to walk to the Claremont Police station on Bonita Avenue.
“We have no information that it’s threatening in nature,” said Sgt. David DeMetz of the Claremont Police Department. “We have plans in place to ensure their safety and that their First Amendment rights are exercised.”
Photo by Bob Fagg
Demonstrators gathered at the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards in Claremont Monday afternoon as part of a nationwide movement to protest the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. The protests started in Minneapolis last week, where Mr. Floyd died, however, by the weekend the sometimes violent clashes were happening across the nation with hundreds of thousands of participants. Locally, the demonstration was organized by Claremont Disarm Hate, a group of Claremont High School students formed last summer after the mass shooting in El Paso. Over one hundred people attended the 3:00 p.m. rally which became a march as the protesters walked down Indian Hill to Memorial Park. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Los Angeles County officials announced a curfew is in effect again tonight from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The order does not apply to those traveling to and from work, people in a medical emergency or police and fire fighters. Credentialed media, people working on a public improvement construction project and the homeless are also exempt.
Claremont resident Rob Titus crosses Yale Avenue after picking up a pizza and a salad from Pizza N Such on Friday in the Claremont Village. Los Angeles County officials announced earlier on Friday that they had secured a variance from the state of California that will allow barbershops an hair salons to reopen as well as in-person dinning at restaurants. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Becky Fikel Morgan co-owner of Heirloom Claremont will reopen her business on Friday. This week brought some contrasting news, with Tuesday’s announcement from Los Angeles County Public Health that church services and in-store shopping could resume, while also reporting 1,843 new coronavirus cases in a single day, the highest number so far. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Memorial Day in Claremont was a virtual snapshot of where this nation stands 10 weeks into the coronavirus pandemic.
On one side of town, the traditional Memorial Day observance was cancelled due to the still-in-place stay-at-home-order from the governor. At the very same time, the Wilderness Park was closed due to overcrowding.
A sanitation rate increase and extension of the lease agreement for the Claremont Museum of Art were among items moved forward by the council Tuesday night. Finance director Adam Pirrie also gave a somewhat somber report on projected general fund losses due to Covid-19. Claremont resident Jim Belna advocated for the city and council to consider contracting more cost effective sanitation services; one that would eliminate costly CalPERS benefits.
We missed the animals. Did they miss us?
With the reopening of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, we can once again venture out and hike in our celebrated chaparral. But what was happening behind locked gates, when the Park was closed to visitors? Paul Faulstich has some inkling. His on-going research in the CHWP caught some fantastic photos of undisturbed wildlife. Here are a few of his trailcam photos.