There is little question that the California education system is in trouble. By 2010, per-student spending at public schools in the state had slipped to 35th in the nation, according to statistics released by the US Census Bureau on June 21.
Education Week painted an even bleaker situation in its 2011 Quality Counts report, rating California 47th in per-student spending.
The former figure is being cited by Governor Jerry Brown and Pasadena-based civil rights attorney Molly Munger as they press for the passage of their respective tax measures, which will both have a place on the November ballot.
Claremont’s policy on event requests was called into question this week after a complaint alleging the misleading billing of a patriotic concert held at the Claremont Depot last Sunday.
The star-spangled recital, which promised a variety of musical tunes reminiscent of the American forefathers, left a sour note for some who felt the inordinately Christian tone was excluding and its original billing misrepresented. Members of the Community and Human Services Commission who were present at the concert, raised the issue because their approval was given with the assertion the recital would be strictly patriotic in nature with the exception of an occasional reference to God in some of the songs.
In a scenario rather akin to the ‘other shoe dropping,’ the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region announced last Friday that the Claremont facility on Indian Hill Boulevard, known for many years as the chapter house, is being sold, necessitating relocating health and safety classes that are normally held in that space.
A press release from the office of Monica Diaz, director of communications, was sent on June 29 announcing the changes. It stated “there will be no change in the way disaster services are provided to the Claremont community.”
On Monday, July 2 a car salesman was killed Monday morning during the test drive of a classic hot rod on the eastbound 210 freeway in Claremont. A prospective buyer of a 1962 Ford Hot Rod was driving the vehicle 40 to 45 miles per hour when he lost control of the car and crashed into a light pole near Towne Avenue, according to a news release. The salesman was ejected from the vehicle, which did not have seat belts, and landed on his head. The driver was partially ejected from the car and sustained injuries to his neck and back.
The city of Claremont is beginning the next step in potential acquisition of its water system.
Mayor Larry Schroeder announced the decision after a closed session meeting between the city council and consultants hired to determine costs associated with the acquisition.
Up to $250,000 of general reserve funds was allocated to explore the possibility of purchasing the city’s water system. A utility consultant, appraiser and financial consultant were among the hiring expenditures.
Claremont resident Ken Corhan blew out the candles of his 50th birthday cake a little over a decade ago with a unique wish in mind. Albeit 13 years later, and with challenges peppered along the way, his wish has finally come true.
At 63, Mr. Corhan has completed an ambitious mission, competing in 8 marathons across all 7 of the world’s continents. The journey has taken his wife, Suzanne Hall, and children—Chad, 19, and Laura, 23—across glaciers, The Great Wall and along the world’s tallest mountain.
When Mike Alpert, president/ CEO of The Claremont Club, rides through the crowd during Claremont’s Fourth of July parade, he may feel a bit uncomfortable, and not just because of the summer heat.
While Mr. Alpert is honored by his selection as Grand Marshal for the annual event, he generally prefers anonymity to accolades.
“Mike is great at initiating and great at the vision, and then he steps back and never wants to take credit for anything,” said Hal Hargrave, vice president of the Be Perfect Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the financial and rehabilitative needs of people with spinal cord injuries.
Anthony Modyman and Bailey Sanin share the same oversize shirt as they run a lap on Friday during a 24-hour relay for Claremont High School cross country runners at CHS. The combination boys and girls teams held the Olympic-themed event to raise money for Inland Valley Hope Partners. In addition to the philanthropic goal the run also was intended as a bonding experience for returning students and a way for incoming freshman to meet their future teammates. Due to the Fourth of July holiday there will not be a Wednesday edition of the COURIER so see Saturday’s edition for a full story.
When Claremont’s 64th annual Fourth of July celebration culminates in a burst of fireworks, some brand-new hands will be launching the pyrotechnics.
For the first time, Claremont has contracted with Bay Fireworks, a New York-based company that organizes July 4 fireworks displays for communities across the country.
The Fourth and the preceding week-and-a-half is a busy time for the pyrotechnicians. CEO Dennis Brady Jr. estimates that by the time the red, white and blue dust settles, Bay Fireworks will have produced 600 patriotic programs.
Among the assortment of dedicated service groups and nonprofits throughout the city, Sustainable Claremont’s tireless community advocacy has earned special recognition amid the fanfare at this year’s Independence Day Celebration.
Sustainable Claremont will proudly bear the event’s coveted title of 2012 Honored Group, recognition for outstanding service to the Claremont community. The local nonprofit, only in its third year, is already gaining widespread attention for its leadership in partnering with local government, schools and others toward preserving the city’s charm and progressive nature.
“Take your vitamins,” Sam Pedroza, chairman of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension, advised Claremont residents anticipating the Los Angeles County light rail’s connection to its eastern-most city. That completion is still 38 years away and counting, he says.
The Metro Transportation Authority (MTA) approved a ballot initiative Thursday to extend Measure R funding for another 30 years without funding for the Foothill Extension through Claremont.
The Claremont Senior Program will continue its free Claremont Avenues for Lifelong Learning (CALL) program, which is designed to permit those 60 years of age and older to audit courses at the Claremont Colleges during the Fall 2012 semester.
A schedule of classes and applications are now available at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave. or online at www.ci.claremont.ca.us under the “Seniors” tab on the left side of the city’s home page.
Proposed speed limit increases to 11 local streets are advancing to the Claremont City Council next month. The Traffic and Transportation Commission gave the proposal a favorable recommendation at the end of a lengthy meeting Thursday night. The review is expected to go before the council Tuesday, July 10.
The Claremont Traffic and Transportation Commission lent its approval to the speed limit increases with the additional recommendation that the city evaluate ways to encourage safe speeds like community outreach programs and driver feedback warning signs that display a car’s speed.
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce commemorated its 90th anniversary Wednesday at its annual award luncheon by celebrating the businesses that have helped define the Chamber over the near century of its existence.
But city businesses weren’t the only ones honored. Claremont-based Shoes That Fit received special recognition as the Chamber’s first annual Nonprofit of the Year. The award was introduced befitting Claremont’s abundance of volunteers and charitable organizations.