Claremont Police Captain Jon Traber hugs his wife Kris as his police colleagues say farewell to the veteran officer on Thursday, his last day on the job. With lights and sirens blaring, the entire police force escorted Captain Traber to the city limits where he announced on the police radio that he was 10-7, or out of service. Captain Traber said he has no formal plans for retirement other than a trip to the river, work around his house and fix up his Jeeps. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It’s the final weekend to tally those points for the 2014 CoolCalifornia City Challenge and your contribution has never been more important. The City of Trees has slipped into second place behind Riverside, yet again, and the contest will conclude on Sunday.
Time is running out!
As of Friday, August 29, Claremonters participating in the challenge have accumulated 1,509,758 points compared to Riverside’s 1,653,341 points.
The Los Angeles County Fair kicks off this weekend celebrating 92 years of creativity and innovation with brand new attractions, creative food choices and live tunes to soothe your soul.
What began as a beet and barley farm in 1922 has now become one of the largest county fairs in the country. With just over 1.5 million guests annually, the 487-acre Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) begins its month long fiesta on Friday, August 29 and runs through September 28.
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There isn’t a person in Claremont who doesn’t have an opinion about the city’s attempt to acquire the water system from Golden State Water Company. There are, however, only nine who were paid for those opinions.
What remains unclear is, who was footing the bill?
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The recent history Claremont’s Human and Community Services Department has been one of stops, starts and restructuring—a history made even more complex by financial strains and revolving management.
As 2010 kicked off, Claremont’s community services department, after serious financial difficulty, went through a restructuring that included laying off employees and trimming its budget by about $500,000 in a two-year period.
By July of 2010, Pat Malloy, the interim director for the department, announced he would leave his position by the end of the year.
Claremont Police Chief Paul Cooper, left, California Highway Patrol Captain Steve Urrea, Betty Crocker, Los Angeles County Sheriff Captain Don Slawson along with Claremont Police Captain Jon Traber take the ALS ice bucket challenge on Monday in front of the Claremont Police Station. COURIER photo/Steven felschundneff
When it comes to shopping and dining, there’s something for everyone in Claremont.
The city is full of longstanding gems, whose continuity and charm provide a small-town feel.
Wolfe’s Market is just shy of a hundred years old, Some Crust has been the Village’s go-to bakery since 1916 and the Village Grille has been serving up all-American food since 1949.
A group of Orientation Adventure councilors greet the incoming class of freshman students as they run down College Avenue on Sunday at Pomona College. The Enter Here run is part of the orientation week for the Class of 2018 that will include placement testing, enrollment and field trips. Classes begin on Tuesday September 2. More pictures in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
For those who are virtuoso or interested in the field of music, Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (CYMO) will be holding auditions starting August 30 through September 14 for a fee of $15. CYMO is a Los Angeles Philharmonic premier youth orchestra dedicated to preserving symphonic music for future generations through its young musicians. Therefore, it offers annual events for orchestra members such as public performances at Disneyland and Bridges Hall of Music at Pomona College.
Transgender activist Janet Mock will speak at Claremont McKenna’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Monday, September 15 at 6:45 p.m.
Ms. Mock is a contributing writer to Marie Claire, the former editor of People.com and an advocate for LGBTQ rights and social justice. In 2011, she came out as transgender in an article in Marie Claire. This past February, she released her memoirs, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, which became a New York Times bestseller.
Keeping the Good in Our Neighborhood (KGNH) will host their seventh annual Crime Watch Street Faire & Car Show on Saturday, September 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature food trucks, live music, a beer and beverage garden, a kids’ corner, raffle and a silent auction. Public safety partners, including the Claremont Police Department, will be on hand.
From its humble beginnings, Claremont has utilized its ordinances as a measure to provide guidelines for residents and businesses. Without them, we’d likely see a very different city. The city’s first ordinance was passed in October of 1907. It should come as no surprise, Claremont’s Ordinance No. 1 scheduled the bonds and salaries of the city’s first officers. The clerk, marshal and recorder were required to sign bonds “conditioned for their faithful performance of their respective duties...in the penal sum of $500,” the document states.
Claremont boasts a city-style police force with a small-town feel thanks to Claremont’s own, Police Chief Paul Cooper.
One look at Claremont Police Department’s $2 million dollar mobile command center and it’s obvious that this isn’t Andy Griffith’s Mayberry. With the right kind of leadership and a dedicated chief, however, Claremont feels more like a hamlet than a metropolis.
“As a Claremont resident all his life, Paul brings a unique perspective to his role as chief,” says City Manager Tony Ramos. “When making decisions for the department's future, he carefully weighs the long-term effect on the community, knowing the decisions he makes will impact him both as a resident and the police chief.”
It’s official. Claremont’s water revenue bond has been given a name: Measure W—as in “winning” or “waste of money”—depending on what side of the water table you sit.
City staff received notification of the selection on Monday, August 18 after submitting several name choices to the County of Los Angeles, which ultimately chose Measure W as the name to appear on the November 4 ballot.
The ballot measure, which will require a “Yes” or “No” vote, will be printed and read as follows: