The Claremont home where a man was fatally shot Wednesday was a “ticking time bomb,” according to a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous because the situation at the home may still be dangerous. That neighbor, who lives about a block away said that she heard people yelling frequently at the home. COURIER photo/Andrew Alonzo
All around Claremont there are signs that the “long cold lonely winter” of staying at home and the seemingly endless disruption to our local economy is coming to an end. The most dramatic being, of course, when the county officially advanced the orange tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Monday.
True, 4,000 watt searchlights won’t be strafing the night sky, and a red carpet will not be part of the deal, but make no mistake: Claremont hosts a very significant movie premiere today. Fanfare or not, film lovers are rejoicing the return of Laemmle’s Claremont 5, the sorely missed movie theater in the heart of Village West, which is opening its doors for the first time in more than a year. The first film to hit the screen will be Mank, at 4 p.m.
The contentious plan to build a residential community at the former La Puerta Middle School site received its first public review Tuesday night during the Claremont Planning Commission meeting. Although not technically a “public hearing” because the commission was just receiving presentations on the project and would not be taking action, there were nonetheless 165 people attending the Zoom meeting, according to Chair Leigh Anne Jones.
Readers who grew up in the 1970s might be tempted to think Cheech and Chong had come to town after a house full of marijuana caught fire at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday. When the fire department entered the home, they discovered not only an attic fire, but a large marijuana grow as well.
This sculpture called “Moses” by former Folk Music Center owner Charles Chase was saved from the chipper by quick acting neighbors two weeks ago. The artwork was in the front yard of a home on Twelfth Street that workers were clearing as part of a renovation project. Moses was moved to another home in the area and now the neighbor are looking for a permanent location to place the eight foot tall sculpture. COURIER photo
The Claremont Helen Renwick Library is scheduled to reopen on April 19 one of the first in the L.A. County library system to get the clearance for in person services. The library, seen above in 2108, will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity and must observe public health protocols such as masking and physical distancing. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city is partnering with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to offer the vaccine to 150 residents on Wednesday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hughes Community Center. There will be a walk-up clinic outside on the basketball courts
Claremont volunteer Jennifere Hele hands a goodie bag filled with 15 colorful eggs containing various candies and a coloring sheet to three of the 500 people who happily attended the drive-thru Eggstravaganza outside the Alexander Hughes Community Center on Saturday. The cars lined up over half-a-mile as volunteers handed out the Easter goodies between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. In atttendance was Mayor Jennifer Stark, Mayor Pro Tem Jed Leano, and Claremont City Council members Ed Reece, Sal Medina—and Corey Calaycay who stood beyond the cars and wished everyone a very Happy Easter. COURIER photo/Jessica Aitken
The city of Claremont announced recently that two longtime employees, Jamie Earl and Melissa Vollaro, who have been filling in as interims for the last few months, will both be offered permanent positions.
Ms. Earl will be the city’s next assistant city manager, a role she has been performing on a temporary basis for five months since the departure of Chris Paulson in November.
The Claremont Police Department has issued its annual tally of the city’s crime data, showing violent crimes remained unchanged from the previous year, while some property offenses have increased significantly. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted crime data across the board. With schools closed and residents telecommuting or just out of work, people were home much of the year, which discouraged certain criminal activity.
For Claremont the news means that our many restaurants can increase the indoor dining capacity from 25 to 50 percent. Bars which have remained closed, can now open outdoors with many restrictions. Movie theaters, gyms and museums can all increase their capacity with masking and other restrictions. On Thursday, county residents 50 and over could make appointments to receive the coronavirus vaccine and by April 15 residents 16 and over qualify. There are also numerous opportunities for walk-ins, especially with CVS.
Last Thursday afternoon, Claremont police dispatched the city’s park rangers to help retrieve the dog, which was with its owners on Potato Mountain. The quickest route to Potato is via a fire road access off Mt. Baldy Road. However, when rangers arrived at the locked gate guarding the Evey Canyon fire road they found none of their keys worked. And that's where the story began. Photo by Arin Hodge.