A painted lady butterfly feeds on a statice flower on Monday in North Claremont. The butterflies made big news last week as the migrated through the southland and a few apparently have settled in for a while. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
As governor Gavin Newsom amps up the pressure to address the state’s housing crisis, Claremont is working to get its housing element back in sync.
Claremont was one of 47 California cities singled out by Mr. Newsom as being out of compliance with state housing standards. The reason, according to the state, is its housing element—a document that shows the city’s plan to meet its housing needs.
It may be this spring we can call the City of Trees, the City of Green because of the spectacular display of color in the foothills north of Claremont. I've photographed the Claremont Wilderness Park many times, but have never seen such vivid color, especially this early in the year. All the winter rain will also bring on a lush wildflower bloom, which is beginning to happen now. So keep your eyes open, since warm weather is coming only adding to these wonderful scenic views. COURIER video/Peter Weinberger
Guess what’s back on the west side of College Avenue? Construction crews quickly moved three huge palm trees back to their regular home on Pomona College Museum of Art property on the west side of College Ave and Second Street. The palms have been resting near the college's tennis courts, just east of the museum. As progress continues, the museum is really starting to take shape, although there's much work still to be done. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Four-year-old Nathaniel Bonilla of Claremont kicks off his week each Monday with his favorite activity—watching the trash trucks rumble down his street. But there’s one Claremont city sanitation worker who goes above and beyond.
On Friday, March 8 a Pasadena man was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto after he was seen checking door handles on the 4400 block of Amundsen Branch. A witness allegedly saw 30-year-old Johnny Espinoza checking the cars on the block and leaving in a silver Toyota Prius. Police caught up to the Prius, finding it was stolen out of Alta Dena.
The Claremont Film Festival will host an evening of short films and film experts beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at 1525 W. 13th St., Upland. Guests will be treated to tasty treats. The event benefits the Claremont Community Foundation as part of the foundation’s Party Parade, which supports the work of deserving organizations in Claremont.
Claremont Chief of Police Shelly Vander Veen was recognized this week as one of the 41st Assembly District’s “Women of Distinction” by Chris Holden’s office.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Holden has selected women who are “passionate leaders who work to improve the lives of thousands of individuals throughout our district and beyond,” his office said in a press release.
Claremont’s “senior statesperson” and Pilgrim Place resident Marilee Scaff died Friday in her sleep. She was 104. Ms. Scaff has been a cornerstone of life in Claremont for more than 70 years and is one of the last links to the generation that saw the city grow from a sleepy farm town to the busy cultural hub is today. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A burned clothes dryer stands in front of a home on Notre Dame Drive on Thursday morning a day after the home was damaged by fire. On Wednesday at about 6:30 p.m. the fire department was called after a witness spotted smoke coming from the rear of the home. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Crime in Claremont has decreased by about three percent, according to new data shared by the Claremont Police Department.
Police Chief Shelly Vander Veen presented the new part 1 crime data to the council during last week’s meeting. Part 1 crime includes murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson.
Two men were arrested for DUI, following crashes over the weekend that damaged a tree and a sign in the Claremont Village.
On Saturday, March 2 at 11:19 p.m., officers were called to Indian Hill Boulevard and First Street, where they discovered an overturned car, according to the news release from the city of Claremont.
Butterflies are often viewed as powerful symbols of change, hope and life. As the rains subsided for a moment or two last week, many Claremont residents enjoyed not only a fluttering creature in their home garden, but thousands of butterflies migrating west.
“We’re seeing an unusual number of painted ladies,” said Paul Faulstich, professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College.
Since 1982, Roger McNamee has believed technology to be a force of good. The 62-year-old Silicon Valley titan was not only an early investor in Facebook, but also mentored its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
He got his start when tech’s primary focus was government. The Space Shuttle was literally the hot new tech vehicle, and the personal computer industry was in its infancy.
“I was a little like Zelig, a little like Forrest Gump—I found myself either at or adjacent to many of the most interesting things that happened,” Mr. McNamee said.