College Avenue, between First Street and the Metrolink tracks, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10.
Maintenance crews will be working to remove 6 trees adjacent to the tracks. The removal is needed to “create an open line-of-sight for the microwave communication network as required by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) passenger safety enhancement initiative,” according to a city news release. Any questions on the closure should be directed to the city’s Engineering Division at 399-5465.
Legislation pertaining to the city’s housing codes is at the top of the agenda for the Claremont City Council’s first meeting in April, to take place this Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The council will first consider adopting a new set of inclusionary housing requirements, a set of rules mandating city developments to include a specified number of moderate- or low-income housing opportunities.
The current inclusionary housing requirements were adopted in 2006, but given changes to state mandates since that time, staff considers adopting a new set of requirements important in order to be reflective of those changes.
Police are searching for answers after a major traffic collision at Baseline and Padua Avenue this past weekend.
First responders arrived on scene to find a driver trapped inside her car with major injuries. Fire department personnel were able to remove her from the car and she was immediately airlifted to USC Medical Center for treatment. A passenger in another vehicle was found with moderate injuries and transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance, according to police. Police are conducting investigation as to the cause of the incident. More will be reported in a future edition of the COURIER.
Two unknown suspects entered the AM/PM Gas Station located at 701 E. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont at approximately 2:15 a.m. on April 6.Both suspects produced handguns and demanded money from the cash register. The suspects then fled on foot westbound towards Claremont Boulevard.
Based on wittiness statements, the Claremont Police Department believes that these 2 suspects are responsible for a number of other armed robberies that have occurred since March 30 throughout the Inland Empire. Similar armed robberies have occurred at convenience stores in the cities of Jurupa, Redlands, Mentone and in Rancho Cucamonga.
Police describe the suspects as:
An 18- to 22-year-old black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, grey pants, wearing black and white Adidas tennis shoes. The weapon is described as a grey handgun.
The second suspect is also described as an 18- to 22-year-old black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and brown pants. The second suspects weapon is also described as a grey handgun.
Anyone with any information regarding this or similar robberies are encouraged to call the Claremont Police Department immediately at 399-5411.
At their Thursday, April 4 meeting, the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education approved a resolution to issue pink slips to 5 classified employees who, come June 14, may not have jobs.
“It is with a sad heart that I bring forth this resolution,” said Kevin Ward, assistant superintendent of human services, emphasizing that the district’s recommendation stems from continuing financial uncertainty. The positions that stand to be eliminated include 2 adult school aides, 2 computer instructional assistants, one from Condit Elementary School and one from Mountain View, and a paraeducator (formerly classified as an educational assistant) at Condit.
The Claremont healing center Kindred Spirits is all about balance, beginning with the harmonious division of work struck by proprietors Persis and Chuck Newland.
Mr. Newland is the resident mineral expert, ready to recommend the perfect stone or crystal to raise your vibration. He is also in charge of preparing handmade incense, infusing the smoky sticks with essential oils to honor the natural world, cleanse your aura, draw good fortune or just smell good.
Ms. Newland is the extrovert of the pair, using her “gift of gab” to deliver intuitive readings that resonate so deeply with clients, they are often moved to tears. See our photo gallery at the end of our story.
Claremont parks and recreation staff and their years of work into the restoration of Sycamore Canyon Park are not going unnoticed.
The California Parks and Recreation Society District 13 recently acknowledged the city of Claremont with a Going Green Award for its endeavors with the restoration project. The prize honors excellence in planning and design when it comes to facilities and parks that promote recreation and protect environmental resources.
The journey to rebuilding Sycamore Canyon has been years in the making, a daunting task after the 2003 Grand Prix Fire left much of the area ravaged and overrun with debris.
The first step in making a difference is making some noise, and Fair Trade Claremont and Traffick Free Pomona don’t plan on keeping quiet.
The 2 social justice groups are joining forces once again on Tuesday, April 9 to host a free screening of Not My Life, a documentary focused on the global reach of today’s continued slave trade. Filling up the seats of the Laemmle Theatre is the initial step in their battle towards a slave-free world.
“Raising awareness is the first step to eradicating human trafficking,” said Tamiko Chacon, pastor of social justice at Pomona First Baptist.
Preparations are underway for the city of Claremont’s annual Earth Day celebration, to be held this year on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include live entertainment, workshops, art displays, kids’ activities, a bike rodeo and green building tours, including the Uncommon Good Whole Earth Building and buildings at the Claremont Colleges.
Preparedness was the order of the day on Tuesday when members of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) conducted a training exercise at the site of the old La Puerta Junior High School.
CERT trainer Dennis Smith said he picked the spot, which was closed as a middle school in 1978 and continued to be used for a number of subsequent years for adult school classes, because he “knew it would be kind of in a shambles.”
Here was the scenario being enacted: A large earthquake has rattled the Los Angeles area. See our story and special photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Elaine Ulmer, a second grade student at Chaparral Elementary School, was selected as the winner of this year's Fourth of July Celebration Theme Contest. According to Elaine’s wishes, “Claremont Rocks the Fourth” this star-studded Independence Day.
Award-winning author Rebecca Skloot will speak at Claremont McKenna College's Athenaeum tomorrow, Wednesday April 3, at 6:45 p.m. The talk is free and seats are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Ms. Skloot is known for her New York Times Bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), which the Friends of the Claremont Library's chose as the selection for last year's On The Same Page book series.
Claremont Police Corporal Hector Tamayo and Officer Jeff Ting cite a cyclist for being in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park after hours on Friday. Police are stepping up enforcement of the hours as part of the park's overall changes, including the new parking lot and no parking zones. Over the last couple of weeks, police have issued close to 150 tickets, which are $50 each, to park visitors who stay past the posted hours. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Police Department continues to investigate a lab experiment gone wrong in north Claremont Friday evening.
Claremont dispatchers received an emergency call around 6:30 p.m. A witness claimed to have heard an explosion and scream for help in the 1900 block of Judson Court. Officers arrived on scene to find a man suffering from burns to his body after a chemical experiment blew up in his face, according to Claremont Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. The man was allegedly in the process of turning marijuana into hash oil, Lt. Ciszek confirmed.