Sustainability and heritage were the topics of the night as the Claremont City Council race kicked into high gear Monday.
The forum, hosted by Sustainable Claremont and Claremont Heritage, is one of six throughout February, which will allow voters to get to know the eight candidates vying for two open spots on the council. The 10 questions ran the gamut from the candidates’ personal contributions to sustainability and heritage to what the city could do in the future to improve in these areas.
Janis McMaken Weinberger, owner of the Claremont COURIER newspaper and longtime advocate for senior services in Claremont, died Thursday, February 2 at Pilgrim Place Health Services Center. She was 90 years old.
In addition to her work at the COURIER, Ms. Weinberger worked tirelessly with the Claremont Community Coordinating Council, among other organizations.
Claremont resident Michael Keenan is hoping to bring his knowledge of sustainability and the environment to the city council. Mr. Keenan’s aims are to make Claremont a charter city, claim eminent domain over both the water and the electrical systems and do more to fight climate change.
Claremont police arrested a suspected burglar after arranging to purchase some of the stolen goods online.
The initial burglary occurred between February 1 and 2, when a homeowner on the 600 block of Huron Drive discovered her home had been broken into, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department. Following the burglary, the victim discovered her stolen property, including a pair of earrings, was being sold online.
After an extensive investigation and hunt for a child sex predator, on January 31, Claremont Police Detectives arrested 32-year-old Glen James Anderson for possession of child pornography and sex acts with a minor. The investigation began in 2015, when Claremont police officers responded to a call regarding a 15-year-old female student seen leaving a school campus with an adult male. She was later seen being dropped off by the same man.
Co-moderator David Shearer of Claremont Heritage receives a new question during a candidate forum on Monday at Pomona College. The event, which was the first in the election, was co-sponsored by Heritage and Sustainable Claremont. Seven of the eight candidates for two open seats attended. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Corey Calaycay is running for re-election to the city council. A resident of Claremont for 43 years, Mr. Calaycay wants to continue to bring his experience and knowledge to see a number of city projects to completion.
"I continue to have a great passion for serving this community; I enjoy working for the community," Mr. Calaycay said. "This year, I will be celebrating 43 years as a continuous Claremont resident. I believe both my time here as a resident and my experience on those boards has provided me a unique insight into the history, culture and values of Claremont that make this community the community we all know and love."
Claremont isn’t going down without a fight, at least when it comes to taking over the water system.
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appeal the decision against the city by an LA Superior Court judge. The city cited a mandate from the public, who overwhelmingly voted in favor of a measure to embark on the takeover.
Everything changes, nothing is immune, but some places seem like they have always been there and always will. Coates Cyclery in Pomona is one of those institutions, and that makes it even more jarring that in a few weeks the 82-year-old bike shop will be gone.
Just outside Claremont’s city limit, Coates has been our local bike shop, where generations have purchased their first beach cruiser or discovered the love of more serious cycling. Coates owner Corey McCroskey announced the closing last Monday with a simple sign in the window, a quick note to people on the shop’s email list and a post on Facebook. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
For the last several weeks, the COURIER has published city council Q&As with each of the candidates running for office in the March 7 municipal election. We posed eight different questions to the candidates on topics we feel are important to Claremont voters. Our interviews with candidates Zachary Courser, Anthony Grynchal, Abraham Prattella, Larry Schroeder, Corey Calayacy, MIchael Keenan and Murray Monroe are published here in the order they were conducted. The interviews can also be found in the last six print editions. The Claremont COURIER newspaper will publish its candidate endorsement online early next week.
Due to damage from water runoff and debris from recent storms, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be closed until Wednesday for repair. It's not that the trails are washed out for hikers and bikers. Some of the river beds are simply too rough for crews to cross in case of an emergency. Without this access, the city will shut the park down until the hot spots are repaired. The COURIER will update the progress to reopen the park as news develops. You can also check out the Claremont city website for further updates. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
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