A Claremont High School candidate debate last week brought city issues to the ears of the city’s young people, but the road leading up to it was not without controversy.
Dave Chamberlain, who teaches speech and debate at CHS, was looking for a way to get kids more involved in local politics, so his students came up with the idea of hosting a debate.
One of the students involved in the planning was Zayn Aga, a CHS senior. Zayn, as it turns out, is also a volunteer with Zach Courser’s campaign for city council.
Forum season ended with a bang on February 24 as the seven city council candidates made their final case to the public at Pitzer College.
The forum, co-sponsored by Pitzer as well as the Claremont chapter of the League of Women Voters, was the final event before the March 7 election. The two-hour forum addressed many important topics that were touched upon in prior forums.
The first question was appropriate for the setting—What can the candidates do, if elected, to strengthen town and gown relations?
Claremont police officers were called to the office of Peter Igler, DDS at 615 W. Foothill Blvd. for a reported burglary on March 3 at about 6:15 a.m. An employee from an adjacent business reported the crime. Upon arrival, police found a door with the glass smashed on the east side of the business. When officers entered the business the alarm activated, but no call from an alarm company was received. It is unknown if there is any property loss at this time. Anyone with information should contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.
If you enter the Village on a Friday afternoon, it’s not hard to spot them.
Scores of teens, mostly from El Roble Intermediate and some from Claremont High School, make their way to the Village most afternoons when school is out to mingle, socialize and sometimes get into trouble.
“We come here every day just to hang out,” said Suzie Antillon, who was walking with her friends.
The city offers a variety of classes and activities for children and adults. To view a complete class description or to register, call the Hughes Community Center at (909) 399-5490 or visit claremontrec.com.
Mixed Media Art instruction will include composition, design, pattern making and types of materials that can be used indoors and outdoors. Classes will be held at the Hughes Center on Mondays from March 6 to March 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 12 to adult may participate and the cost is $60.
The 2017 Independence Day Committee is holding auditions on March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center (1700 Danbury Rd.) in search of the next National Anthem Contest winner.
From a unique vantage point high in the air pointing south, just before reaching Mt. Baldy Village, you can see Baldy Road wrap along the hillside all the way to Mt. San Antonio dam. To the left is a brisk running stream, headed in the same direction, emptying into the dam miles below in the top of the picture. This winter has been a wet one, but Claremont will be having a sight cool down this weekend from the warm temperatures during the week. There’s even a slight chance of rain on Sunday, with highs in the mid-60s. But it definitely feels a little like spring out there with current temperatures reaching the 70s. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Our founding fathers never envisioned a person like President Trump running the
country, but were clearly forward-looking in protecting our individual rights as citizens. That includes the press. Or as we now call them, “news media.”
But let’s be honest, this president needs to be fact-checked big-time. According to several websites that track accuracy of presidential statements, three-quarters of Trump’s statements have factual errors.
The city of Claremont has to pony up nearly all of Golden State Water Company’s legal fees, totaling $7.4 million, the judge ruled.
Judge Richard Fruin of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled on February 15 that Claremont is on the hook for over nearly all that Golden State Water Company (GSW) has billed them following Claremont’s loss in the eminent domain trail in December. GSW’s initial fees totaled around $7.69 million.
The candidates for Claremont City Council continued to make their case to the people as the March 7 election draws closer.
Seven of the eight declared candidates were on hand at the Alexander Hughes Center last week for the Active Claremont candidate forum. The standing-room only crowd in the Padua Room heard the candidates’ positions on topics ranging from public safety to the water trial.
On Friday, February 17 an elderly Claremonter fell victim to a common scam involving a thief pretending to be his grandson. The thief, posing as the grandson, called the victim and relayed he was in jail and needed $7,800 to pay for bail and other fees.
It was easy for the COURIER staff to reach consensus on endorsing Mr. Courser. He is conscientious, decisive and, if elected, will undoubtedly bring new life to the city council. With cancelled elections and a string of unqualified candidates in recent years, Mr. Courser arrived at the perfect time.
On Thursday, February 23, a candidates’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters will begin at 7 p.m. at Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium, 1050 N. Mills Ave. The event will be moderated by Cynthia Reul, the League’s Vice President for Voter Service, and is free and open to the public. All seven candidates will be in attendance. This is the final candidates’ forum before the Tuesday, March 7 election.
Sometime between 7 p.m. on February 16 and 10 a.m. on February 17, unknown suspects burglarized Artistic Expressions at 212 W. Foothill Blvd. The suspects pried open the front door of the business, gained entry to the store and stole approximately $10,000 in silver jewelry. There is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411.