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
Attorneys for Thomas Gary Amberson, PsyD, a Claremont psychologist accused of lewd conduct upon a child earlier this month, have been granted additional time to review their client’s case. The arraignment was pushed back as Mr. Amberson’s attorneys desired more time to look over their client’s case before entering a plea, according to police. The Claremont psychologist will return before a Pomona Courthouse judge on January 16 for the arraignment and a bail review.
They say good things come in small packages.
The adage holds true for the slew of toys gathered by the students of Sumner/Danbury Elementary School to benefit Toys for Tots this holiday season. From baby dolls to Barbies and from Nerf guns to Hot Wheels cars, they will brighten Christmas for local kids who might otherwise have gone without presents.
It also applies to third grader Axel Garcia Jr., an 8-year-old with a heart for kids who are less fortunate, who came up with the idea for a school-wide toy drive. On hearing his son’s plan, Axel Garcia Sr. stepped in to add the sponsorship and philanthropic heft of the local Kiwanis, of which he is a member. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The back and forth between Golden State Water and the city of Claremont continues today with the release of a study outlining 3 possible scenarios for the water company takeover.
According to local water consultant Rodney Smith on behalf of Golden State Water Company, a $54 million water system purchase means a water bill increase of $469 annually for Claremont residents. Mr. Smith makes this assertion and many others regarding the city’s potential water purchase in his feasibility study released Wednesday, December 19.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, the city of Claremont released a statement in response to the report provided by Golden State Water Company. “It’s troubling that Golden State is continuing to hire consultants to make misleading claims, release baseless information, and establish so-called community groups and websites, in an effort to avoid the facts related to the City’s offer to purchase the water system in Claremont. But given the excessive profits, executive salaries, and Board Member compensation that Golden State is attempting to protect, one might understand why the company would go to such lengths,” said Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos.