Robert Ainsworth, commander of American Legion Post78, left U.S. Army Captain Douglas Groce applaud the comments of Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza during the annual Veterans Day observance on Friday in Memorial Park. Mr. Groce gave the keynote address at the event which was attended by over a hundred people. Veterans Day, which is celebrated in many countries, started out as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I but was changed in the 1950s to honor all veterans. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: The eminent domain case against Golden State Water hit a major roadblock today after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin decided it is in the best interest of the city of Claremont for the water system to remain under a private, investor-owned utility.
Both parties have 15 days to submit comments arguing for or against the tentative decision, according to a press release from the city of Claremont.
There’s a new bug in town, and it’s threatening the city’s Heritage Trees.
The Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer, or Shot-Hole Borer for short, is a new insect that has been infecting mostly sycamore and coastal live oak trees throughout Claremont.
“It has the potential to make quite the negative impact on our urban forest,” Community Services Consultant Dave Roger said.
After nearly a year of searching, Claremont has promoted one of its own to helm the police department.
Captain Shelley Vander Veen was officially unveiled as the Claremont Police Department’s new chief during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Chief Vander Veen is the first female police chief in Claremont’s history.
Lucy Chinn, left, Sorrel Stielstra, Katherine Arboleda and Molly Arboleda participate in a candlelight vigil on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards Wednesday night in Claremont. About 50 people attended the event, which was organized by the local MoveOn.org chapter to, “reject the messages of hate promulgated by Donald Trump,” according to a news release. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
As of Thursday, there are still a few stray, last-minute mail-in ballots to be counted. Still, it appears the community spoke, and spoke loudly, on Tuesday in favor of measure G. The $58 general obligation bond—intended to fund repairs and upgrades at Claremont’s aging school sites—got a yes vote from some 65 percent of the city’s voters. All the initiative needed to pass was 55 percent.
Bob Fagg hands a sticker to a voter after she submitted her ballot on Election Day in Claremont. Polling places across Claremont were busy on Tuesday as one of the longest and most contentious elections comes to an end. Polls remain open until 8 p.m. in California’s General Election. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Myrna Elliott visits with artist Aleta Jacobson as they look at paintings by Sandra Garcia at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday. The Event, which was sponsored by the Claremont museum of art featured works by a number of noted artists, art and craft demonstrations, festive foods and live music. photo by Catherine McIntosh
Matthew Nutt, CHS class of 2012, recently graduated from the LAPD Police Academy. Mr. Nutt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps July 23, 2012 and was promoted to Corporal in 2014. He spent seven months on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit out of Okinawa in 2013.
The general election is Tuesday, November 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the city. There are 17 state propositions in this election, as well as the local school facilities bond Measure G. Our website will be updated as news happens throughout the election on Tuesday.
Pilgrim Place is hosting their 68th annual Pilgrim Place Festival on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature a craft fair and bazaar, entertainment, food and drinks, and admission is free. Pilgrim Place is a senior community for those who have spent their careers serving others through religious or charitable, nonprofit organizations. All Festival proceeds will benefit residents in financial need. Pilgrim Place is located at 625 Mayflower Rd. in Claremont. For information, visit pilgrimplace.org.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on—and it just may be the only thing we can all agree on—it’s that this year’s election cycle has been surreal.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Larry Wilmore. “It really is like a [Salvador] Dali painting. I mean, that clock is just melting all over the place in this election. It’s unrecognizable at this point.”
The Claremont City Council’s decision to formally oppose Proposition 57 was not without its share of criticism.
An online petition has been circulated in the past week admonishing the council for taking a negative stance against the proposition, which would allow early release of low-tier offenders, give judges the final say over whether a juvenile is tried as an adult and expands good behavior and parole statutes.
At the November 3 meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, the school board will vote on a resolution to hold all future school board elections in November of even years.
The resolution comes in response to Senate Bill 415, the California Voter Protection Act, which became effective in January 2016. The bill aims to remedy two problems with off-cycle elections: low voter turnout and higher costs.