College Avenue was closed late Friday morning through the afternoon as the city cleaned up after a prank in early February that went awry. College Avenue commuters awoke Monday morning, February 4, to find a makeshift crosswalk drawn across the roadway in white spray paint with the word “(s)troll” beckoning pedestrians across. The message remained emblazoned on the street, though campus safety officers had since blocked each side of the walkway to discourage pedestrians from using the fake crosswalk.
As the budget continues to boom, so does development. The council lent its approval to a 4.2-acre housing development at Base Line Road and Mountain Avenue. Previously owned by the Claremont Unified School District, the property was purchased by developer DR Horton for $6.2 million last February. The Claremont Unified School District still owners an adjacent lot, currently home to the CUSD Service Center. Figuring out what to do with that property has been a hot topic of debate recently for both school officials and residents.
The new part-time detective position is not the only boost to the Claremont Police Department’s ranks. Police also have a brand new, 4-legged staff member.
Dodger the drug dog, a one-year-old British Lab, made his council debut on Tuesday night, much to the delight of onlookers, accompanied by Claremont Officer Sean Evans. Dodger was equally excited, jumping up to greet the councilmembers, taking a particular interest in Councilmember Sam Pedroza to a chorus of laughs.
“Didn’t you take something out of that suit?” Mayor Larry Schroeder joked.
Mayor Larry Schroeder and Council Member Corey Calaycay meet with constituents on Tuesday following the monthly Claremont Chamber of Commerce weekly networking breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel. The breakfast featured speeches by the candidates for city council, including Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Calaycay. The third candidate, Michael Keenan, did not attend the meeting. Read our complete coverage. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
College Avenue will be closed between Fourth and Sixth Streets on Friday, February 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The city of Claremont is calling for the street closure as maintenance crews work to cleanup after a street vandalism last week.
Claremont’s budget success is coming back to the community in the form of a new part-time police detective. The Claremont City Council approved the $30 an hour, $32,500 a year job Tuesday.
In the wake of the passage of the Public Safety Realignment Bill in October 2011, police are seeing an increased number of low-level offenders released from county jail. In Claremont alone, police have seen a 10 percent increase in arrested persons who are either on active parole or probation.
During an evening at Pilgrim Place described by several of the more than 250 attending as “energizing,” 9 students from the Claremont Colleges were honored and 2 were selected to receive this year’s prestigious $10,000 Napier Awards for creative leadership.
Rachel Conrad and Caitlin Watkins, seniors at Pitzer College, were the top honorees with projects dealing with the basics of water and food, a fitting fulfillment of Davie Napier who had instructed that people should “Work, in whatever work you do, to stop the weeping…to heal the wounds of the human family.”
After scheduling problems forced the city of Claremont and Golden State Water Company to cancel their first negotiation meeting late last month, the city says the discussion with the for-profit water company has been rescheduled to take place later this week.
A closed meeting with Golden State Water officials will take place this Friday, February 15, with the discussion centered on issues surrounding the local water system, according to City Manager Tony Ramos in his latest city update.
Cold temperatures and a fast paced winter storm brought snow down to the 2500 foot level in the San Gabriel Mountains looking up Saturday morning. Warmer temperatures and wind are expected to grace the Southland this week as highs sneak back up into the 70s by Thursday. Skiing in the mountains is excellent as lifts are open at all locations. Just another Southern California winter! Check out our updated story. COURIER photo/Catherine McIntosh
Claremont residents were placed on heightened alert last week after the Los Angeles Times reported that a local burglar ring had been targeting the homes of subscribers on vacation. The burglars had allegedly obtained the list of vacationing subscribers from Duane Van Tuinen, 51, of Azusa, a repairman contracted by distributors of the major local newspaper.
Residents were mailed sample ballots this week for the city of Claremont’s upcoming election, to be held on Tuesday, March 5. Three candidates are running for 2 open seats on city council: Michael Keenan and incumbents Corey Calaycay and Larry Schroeder.
Sample ballots are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Hindi and may be viewed by visiting www.lavote.net. To vote in the election, Claremont residents must be registered by February 19.
The city of Claremont Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Program reserves dates each year for local non-profit organizations interested in hosting community events at substantially reduced rates. Applications for events that will take place between January 1 and December 31, 2014 are now being accepted. Applications are subject to the review and approval of the Community Use Committee.
For an astonishing 96 years, Wolfe’s Market has been an archetypal mom and pop, handed down from father to son for generations while continuing to provide quality food and service to the Claremont community.
A few years ago—with the store hit by a double-whammy of a crippling recession and the arrival of some stiff competition in the form of 2 new local grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts—current owner Tom Wolfe wasn’t sure the longstanding enterprise would make it to 100. Buoyed by family support and enthused by a new direction, however, Mr. Wolfe is more optimistic than he has been in years.
The city of Claremont may be delving deeper into the digital world. The Claremont City Council will evaluate social media outlets on Tuesday as it explores adopting policy regarding the city’s online activity.
Though the council was due to discuss a city social media policy last month, the item was held off after some council members voiced concern about becoming too involved in certain aspects of social media. During the city’s priorities workshop, Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali specifically addressed his concerns with involving the city in sites like Facebook.