With President Obama and Congress having failed to reach a deal on Friday, March 1 to stave off across-the-board cuts to federal funding for domestic and defense programs, the Claremont Unified School District stands to lose $134,000 per year, according to CUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Lisa Shoemaker.
The good news is that while most of the wide-scale cuts to federal programs, known as sequestration, go into effect immediately, education will have a grace period. Districts across the nation will have until July 1, 2013, the start of the new fiscal year, to figure out how to operate with a 5.9 percent reduction of federal funding for Title I, Title II and Title III programs as well as for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Charles and Debra White, both former athletes, are no strangers to the principles of steadfast discipline and hard work, fundamentals they have transferred to their lives as parents to 11-year-old Payton, a student at Claremont’s Danbury Elementary School.
When doctor’s diagnosed Payton with cerebral palsy and said he would never crawl, let alone walk, those natural instincts kicked in.
“They sat us down and told us he would have a laundry list of problems: he would never be able to sit up, never be able to chew food, never be able to crawl or walk. It was just a list of never, never, nevers,” Ms. White recalled. Check out more family stories like this in our Today's Parent special section. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
If you want a luxe look that stands out from the crowd, but don’t want to brave the crowds, The Chama is the place for you.
Those who duck into this longstanding Claremont boutique find exclusive brands you may have heard of, like the Lady Primrose skincare line and Brighton accessories. The shop also carries things you won’t find anywhere else in these parts. Take, for instance, the Yoakam, Texas-based Double D Ranchwear, a line founded by a mother and her 3 daughters, which True West magazine recently described as “western boho with a gypsy soul.”
Their trees’ fate may be on the line, but residents of the Claremont Club neighborhood haven’t given up hope.
On Tuesday, March 26, the Claremont City Council will consider the removal of 59 pine trees, some towering 50 feet, along the city’s Club housing tract, located adjacent to Claremont Boulevard and Monte Vista.
A petition from a group calling itself “Protect Claremont Trees” began circulating last month as locals fervently call on others to help stop a proposed tree replacement program from taking away the character of their Claremont Club neighborhood.
“Isn’t Claremont the City of Trees and PhDs?” questioned Club resident Tonya Bennitt.
It’s the prank that keeps on pranking.
City crews continue with their repeated attempts to remove a makeshift crosswalk painted across College Avenue earlier this month. The city will try to cover the graffiti further beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 1, at 8 a.m. College Avenue between Fourth and Sixth Street will be closed for the project.
Inland Hospice recently announced its merger with the Claremont-based Visiting Nurses Association Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California (VNA), effective last month. “The Inland Hospice’s programs represent a valuable and necessary service to our communities,” said Marsha Fox, president and chief executive officer of the VNA. “We are honored to carry these programs forward and want to assure our communities that they represent an important addition to VNA’s family of services and programs.
Claremont likes to keep it local when it comes to providing ways to help those in need. The distribution of Community Development Block Grants, the opening of Courier Place Affordable Housing and participation in the Los Angeles area homeless count are just a few of the ways.
The city may soon be able to add another means of local support to that list.
“We are fortunate that CGU stepped up to the plate to do this,” said City Manager Tony Ramos in adding his support to the council’s decision to give those that most need these plans the opportunity to do so locally instead of having to go out to Pasadena or LA to do so.
“Global warming is here. It is worse than it looks. But there is a way out,” said Dr. James Hansen addressing both his central message and the prescribed title of his talk given to a packed house at the Claremont United Methodist Church Sunday. “There is a big gap between what the scientific community understands and what the public, the people who need to know, know,” Mr. Hanson said. “It’s not obvious to the public, but we have actually reached a point that is actually a planetary emergency.”
Although our full moon was technically on February 25, it still has made quite a presence at night since then. The February full moon is called the Full Snow Moon because it's traditionally the month of heaviest snowfall. It's also something most Claremonters don't worry about unless hitting the ski slopes. Native Americans also called it the Hunger Moon because it was so difficult to hunt during the month. This photo was taken along Base Line Road at the 210 freeway overpass. Our next full moon is due March 25. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights (CAPPPR) is stepping up its game with the city of Claremont by filing a second request for public documents regarding the city’s action to purchase Golden State Water Company. CAPPPR has given the city until Friday, March 1 to respond or it will move for a court order demanding the city comply.
In a letter dated January 9, CAPPPR made reference to its initial public records request of November of 2012 where it sought information “regarding [the city’s] plan to forcibly seize a private company by eminent domain.”
The candidates for city council, Corey Calaycay, left, Michael Keenan and Larry Schroeder listen to an audience member’s question during a League of Women Voters and Active Claremont candidates’ forum on Saturday at the Hughes Community Center. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont Police detain a suspect Tuesday morning on Winthrop Avenue in Claremont. According to police reports, Aimga Magallanes, 18, Ryean Jones, 18 and Shawn Doty, 24, were trying to ditch a car in the 2300 block of San Joaquin Court when a resident became suspicious. The police were called and the trio was taken into custody. Photo courtesy of Don Matz.
Local agencies are joining together to put burglary suspects behind bars. Around 1 p.m. on Sunday Claremont police were alerted of a vehicle driving down Mills Avenue associated with a burglary in La Verne. Police were able to identify the car through the city’s Automated License Plate Readers, which are placed on select intersections throughout the city and track license plates with those associated with outstanding crimes or wanted individuals throughout Los Angeles County. Photo by Michelle Bivans
“50-Fifty” is not only the name of Claremont’s latest eatery, an Asian fusion restaurant that opened in Village West earlier this month. It’s the phrase owner Joyce Johnson fondly uses in embracing her established life in the United States while paying tribute to her Thai roots.
With her latest concept, Ms. Johnson shares a little of her proud mixed heritage, bringing together a bit of her favorite Thai and Asian cuisine with what she has come to know and appreciate across the globe.
Ms. Johnson mixes the offerings on her menu between expected Asian-American dishes—fried rice, noodle and stir-fry—and a variety of her own fusion creations.