Claremont city officials including City Manager Tony Ramos, left, Council Member Sam Pedroza and Senior Management Analyst Brad McKinny throw Mardi Gras beads to the crowd on Thursday during the Claremont Day parade at the Los Angeles County Fair. The weather this weekend could not be better, so if you haven’t visited the fair yet, this weekend is your last opportunity, as it will close September 29. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: As the city moves forward with a new multi-million dollar proposal for the purchase of Claremont's water system, the city also proceeds on another long-term council priority and expected 7-digit expenditure, the construction of a new police facility.
The council unanimously directed staff to work with consultants on creating a detailed cost forecast for a new police station with the goal of including a parcel tax measure on the ballot in 2014. The recommendation, provided by a Police Facility Feasibility and Site Analysis Ad Hoc committee appointed in 2012, was made based on findings that the current facility does not meet state code requirements, is seismically questionable and may no longer be viable in the case of a serious local emergency. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
“Be passionate! Be courageous! Be your very best!” The words were halting, but the message was eloquent and strong as former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, a member of the Scripps College Class of 1993, returned to the campus to become only the third recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal, the college’s highest level of recognition.
Claremont officials are looking to change the way the city does business, at least in terms of the city’s review and approval process.
A series of major changes to Claremont’s municipal code will be heading in for commission and council review next month. Among them is a proposed change to simplify the new business review process.
On Wednesday, September 18 as Claremont residents hustled to work on Wednesday, burglars made a sweep of 3 local homes. A home in the 2100 block of Oxford Avenue was the first target, broken into around 10 a.m. while an elderly man was home. The victim described the burglar as a white or Hispanic male about 20-30 years old with brown hair.
The city of Claremont is moving forward with the installation of new audible signals and bicycle video camera detection at the intersection of Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard. For the past several months, the existing audible pedestrian signals at Bonita Avenue and Indian Hill Boulevard have been inoperable.
Local seniors are getting moving at Claremont's Joslyn and Blaisdell senior centers thanks to a new exercise program geared at building strength while addressing pain and fatigue.
Developed by the Arthritis Foundation, this low-impact exercise developed by physical therapists and aims to keep joints flexible, muscles strong, increase energy, help participants sleep better and improve overall quality of life.
David Hunter and his wife Nancy pose with their Brittany spaniel Rusty on Monday in Claremont. Mr. Hunter held vigil in the parking lot of Stater Bros. market for weeks after Rusty ran away in late August. On Friday the couple got Rusty back from a family in Ontario who thought they had found a stray dog. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: Given recent fire events in Claremont lately, it was easy to assume smoke seen Monday night from a brush fire in the mountains west was close to the city. Turns out, the now 250 plus acre blaze burned north of Azusa, starting at 5:52 p.m. As darkness approached, the fire continued and voluntary evacuations were recommended for some homes. By Tuesday afternoon, 70 percent of this fire had been contained. Increased breezes this afternoon have concerned fire officials, as a fire has started in the Lytle Creek area in San Bernardino County. More as news develops. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Brad Senkle, from Astreteck, LLC in Rancho Cucamonga, spent Monday with his partner servicing various license plate recognition cameras (ALPR) around the edges of Claremont. Contracted by the city of Claremont, some of the cameras were getting a new computer controlled power source for increased reliability. This will also unable the city to spot cameras that need repair, and even reset them from city hall. Most intersections will get 2-3 cameras upgraded, such as this one on Base Line Road and Padua Avenue. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Friends and colleagues of former Claremont Unified School District Superintendent Douglas Keeler and his wife Susan are invited to an open house on Monday, September 30 between 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the El Ranchero Restaurant, 984 W. Foothill Blvd. in Claremont. The Keelers will be in Claremont on a cross-country visit.
Superintendent Keeler served in the Claremont schools for 13 years from 1990-2003.
A special joint meeting of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education and the Claremont City Council will be held today, Monday, September 23 at 6 p.m. in the Richard S. Kirkendall Education Center, 170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont.
The League of Women Voters, at its 75th Anniversary Fall Opening Meeting last Sunday, presented its Caroline Beatty Award for Distinguished Service to Ellen Taylor, action chair of the Claremont league, for her many years of dedicated work both locally and statewide.