City officials have rejected accusations of wrongdoing as cited in a complaint filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court by Mike and Sue Verbal of Claremont’s Pizza ‘N Such restaurant.
Last August, the Verbals filed the complaint claiming the city of Claremont had violated an agreement connected to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees the couple paid to the city in the early 2000s. The Verbals believe the city misused the money, which was intended to pay for development of parking for use by customers dining at their restaurant in the Village. Mr. Verbal says he later learned that his money was instead used for the 4-story parking structure just west of the Packing House on First Street in Village West.
Karen Gastineau got a pretty hairy surprise this past Saturday while hiking Claremont’s trails. The retired Claremont High School teacher was just leaving Burbank Canyon and heading down into Johnson’s Pasture when she saw a California black bear ambling up the path.
The bear was so close that all she could do was fervently hope that it would decide to get off the trail and move along. Ms. Gastineau, an avid amateur nature photographer, wasn’t so scared that she didn’t have the urge to document the experience. Photo by Karen Gastineau
Hosted by Joan Lunden, journalist, author and television personality, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 1 with a black-tie-optional gala to be held at the Sheraton Fairplex Convention Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.
For 75 years, the nonprofit Casa Colina has helped more than 210,000 people reclaim physical and cognitive abilities by providing advanced rehabilitation services after an injury or illness.
Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to promote economic development and revitalize communities has been approved in the Assembly Local Government Committee.
AB 294 creates a Joint Investment Partnership Program whereby the state can partner with local governments to invest in up to 25 critical infrastructure projects that an economic analysis determines will result in a net gain of general fund revenues over the life of the investment.
A brush fire burned approximately one-third of an acre in a vacant field just north of Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave., on Monday, May 13, at about 8:15 p.m. The fire is currently being investigated by the Claremont Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s arson investigation team, after reports that 2 juveniles were seen running from the field seconds after the fire started.
Fire engines from Los Angeles County and the Montclair Fire Department responded to the initial report and extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes, according to the Claremont Police Department. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call the Claremont Police Department immediately at 399-5411.
The next meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, set for Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m., will be dominated by some major kudos.
First up on the open-session agenda will be the presentation of the awards for the 2013-2014 CUSD Classified Employee of the Year and Teacher of the Year and recognition of El Roble Intermediate School for having nabbed a coveted 2013 Distinguished School Award. Presented by the California Department of Education, a Distinguished School award recognizes a school that has demonstrated “innovated education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
Business was booming for Claremont/LaVerne letter carriers last Saturday during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. A record 40,000 pounds of food was collected, according to area mail carrier Joe Marlow.
Businesses comprise a third of Mr. Marlow’s route, one of 60 serving the 2 cities. Despite the fact that he attends to fewer residences than many of his colleagues, his truck was still filled to bursting with donations, a telling sign of the event’s success. He heard from Upland mail carriers that it was also their city’s best year ever.
Sustainable Claremont’s Devon Hartman will discuss green homes at the US Green Building Council’s Green Community Breakfast Forum, to be held on Wednesday at the Ontario DoubleTree. The event takes place 8 to 11 a.m.
Ignacio Alvarez peeks over his shoulder to see the next step as he learns how to paint Matisse’s The Goldfish on Wednesday at Claremont Craft Ales. Many of the students have attended earlier classes at the pub, which has been held since October. During this month’s class students learned painting techniques as they reproduced Henri Matisse’s painting The Goldfish. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Soaring spring temperatures are a less than subtle reminder that the summer season is around the corner. With summer already on the mind, Claremont’s Community and Human Services Department has released the 2013 Summer Recreation & Activities Guide, available now at locations throughout the city.
Claremont High School class of 1966 alumni Rick Shank and Virginia Ornelas dance to The Answer on Friday at the 66th annual Our Lady of the Assumption Fiesta in Claremont. In addition to the live music the Fiesta also features food booths, carnival rides and a beer and wine garden. More pictures in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Peppertree Square Shopping Center is hopping, though tenants will admit much of that activity is happening in front of their shops rather than within. Fences went up around the business complex in February as construction crews began to re-grade parking, remodel existing buildings and create space for 2 potential anchors to the center, possibly a grocery or drugstore. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
On Tuesday, May 14, the Claremont City Council will review a proposal to implement a citywide sanitation increase to make up for budgetary shortfalls. The discussion takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, 225 W. Second St.
According to city policy, a minimum of 15 percent of the Sanitation Fund must be set aside for emergency or maintenance use. A recent review of fiscal year 2013-2014 finances revealed that needed vehicle replacements and other operational costs would put the Sanitation Fund below the required 15 percent minimum.