Water and economic development are expected to remain at the forefront in 2013 as the Claremont City Council evaluates priorities and goals for the year ahead. The public discussion takes place at an 8 a.m. workshop this Saturday, January 12, in the City Council Chamber.
The council established a list of over 35 goals and priorities at its annual priority setting workshop in December 2011. That same list, slightly dwindled down as some of those priorities became reality, appeared before the city council in May.
In wake of recent changes to the city’s Dial-A-Ride service, Claremont residents are invited to attend an information session Tuesday, January 8, to learn how to best make use of the city’s transportation programs.
The free event, hosted by the city of Claremont, will provide details about each transportation service and the most cost effective way to use them. The educational session will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 Mountain Ave.
Patrice Zappa-Porter sings “I’ll Fly Away” as Cynthia Allaire plays guitar on Sunday during a memorial service for longtime Claremont resident Ray Collins at Shelton Park in the Village. Mr. Collins was one of the original members of The Mothers of Invention with Ms. Zappa-Porter’s brother Frank Zappa. A crowd of about 75 gathered on the clear but cold afternoon to remember Mr. Collins who had been a fixture in the Village for years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Among the proprietors of the town’s mom-and-pop stores, one stands out for her remarkable staying power and community involvement.
Joan Bunte, the owner of Stamp Your Heart Out—the go-to destination for local and visiting crafters’ stamping and scrap-booking needs—has become one of the most recognizable faces in the Village.
Along with providing a space for people to shop and to experiment with the latest crafting equipment and techniques, Ms. Bunte is one of the co-founders of the Village Marketing Group (VMG), which organizes activities to draw shoppers far and wide to the city of Claremont.
While questions about marriage equality and immigration aren’t typically related to Christianity’s depiction of Jesus in the manger, members of the Claremont United Methodist Church beg to differ. Their yearly nativity, displayed along Foothill Boulevard between Harvard and Indian Hill, is designed as a controversial conversation-starter.
This year’s display is no different, drawing attention to people who have been ostracized and oppressed in society, like impoverished families and undocumented workers.
Claremont residents have yet to see the bulk of the latest set of water increases pile on top of their water bills, but it won’t stop the increases from trickling in.
While the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) finalizes its decision on Golden State Water Company’s latest controversial appeal for water rate increases, the state regulatory body has directed that the current rates be extended on an interim basis until a final decision is approved.
The Claremont City Council will meet for the first time this year to discuss a longstanding topic of debate: the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Plans surrounding the park and its upgraded parking facilities are just one of many items that will keep councilmembers busy this Tuesday, January 8.
The council will vote to officially adopt new hours of operation for the Wilderness Park and its associated parking lots.
The Claremont City Council will hold its annual Priority Workshop on Saturday, January 12 beginning at 8 a.m. The workshop is an open public meeting in the City Council Chamber. Council will discuss work items and goals for the coming year.
The agenda, which is available on the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us, sets aside time for discussion and questions relating to the review of last year’s priority project list wherein council may opt to discontinue or move forward with projects from 2012.
Increased prices for Claremont’s Dial-A-Ride transportation service officially went into effect January 1, bringing prices with the nonprofit to double its previous fares.
Dial-a-Rides are now $1.50 for seniors, $2.50 for the general public, $4 for outside the city or after hours, $1 for a second rider and $1 for group service. The Claremont City Council approved the increased fees in September in order to be able to continue to provide the community with the increasingly popular program. Dial-A-Ride Claremont has provided inexpensive cab services to locals without transportation since 1985. An estimated 78,000 cab rides were expected in 2012 alone, according to Interim Assistant City Manager Colin Tudor last April.
The city of Claremont recently stated its intention to participate in the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The count will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The City is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with this important community effort. Volunteers will meet at the Joslyn Center at 8:00 p.m. the evening of the count to receive training, maps and materials, and their assignments. Teams of 2 to 4 volunteers will then be deployed to count specific blocks within Claremont. All Claremont routes will be counted from a private vehicle; therefore, no walking is required.
Even with small winter storms bringing rain to the Southland over the past week, snow was mostly found at higher elevations in the Mt. Baldy Ski Lift area. Things won't get much better for skiers over the next week, with the extended forecast bringing slowly warming temperatures and sunny skies to the region. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
After a series of home burglaries on Wednesday, December 26, homes in Claremont were hit again with a trio of break-ins on Sunday, December 30.
Between 2 and 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, an unknown suspect(s) forced entry into a residence in the 2400 block of Bonnie Brae Ave. The residence was ransacked and the suspect(s) fled undetected.
While Claremont, California has garnered itself a reputation as a small, sleepy town known more for its trees than its trouble, here at the Claremont COURIER we might have to disagree. 2012 proved to be a landmark year characterized by a strong boost of economic development, construction and a few city squabbles. Fires and snakes and a bear, oh my! Here’s a look back at Claremont’s year in headlines.