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.
While the issues have not been easy, City Manager Tony Ramos looks back on 2012, his first full year as Claremont’s city manager, with a sense of pride and accomplishment. It’s working through the challenges and seeing the positive end results that have made the past year’s work meaningful, he asserts. As he looks forward to tackling more difficult matters in 2013, water acquisition included. Mr. Ramos recently took a moment to look back.
Here’s the recap: we were a hopping little town this year. We protested and grieved, held marches and celebrated, and donated our time and money.
Claremont had no shortage of news and events in 2012. A passersby may see Claremont and think we’re a sleepy little college town but, as any resident can attest, we’re an industrious bunch.
The COURIER writing staff (all 2-and-half of them) produced nothing short of 971 news and feature stories for the year, not including the hundreds, even thousands, of Our Towns. For such a small writing staff, they certainly showed their stuff this year. All of which was posted on our website in one way or another. This edition is our review of 2012 from Claremont, California. We know 2013 will certainly be another memorable year.
This year’s thought provoking Nativity at the Claremont United Methodist Church included a chain link fence and no trespassing signs around the traditional manger scene. A sign on the fence asked viewers to think about the Christmas celebration and those around us who are excluded, unwelcome, rejected and oppressed. Last year’s Nativity, which displayed silhouetted cutouts of same-sex couples, was vandalized. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
On Wednesday, December 26 at approximately 1:13 p.m., an unknown suspect forced entry into a residence in the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue. There is no suspect information at this time.
Also on Wednesday, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., an unknown suspect forced entry into a residence in the 2600 block of Bonnie Brae. A suspect entered a residence in the 2200 block of Bonnie Brae between 2:30and 3:30 p.m. through an open door. Items were stolen from both locations.
The short winter storm that blew through the region left clear skies and an orange sunset looking west from Mt. Baldy Road on Christmas Eve. Temperatures will remain in the low 60s for the rest of the week with a chance of rain on Wednesday. Happy holidays from the staff of the Claremont COURIER. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger