The City of Claremont and Golden State Water came to a compromise last week in the ongoing dispute over Claremont’s water system. The five-page agreement between the parties adopted at a special city council meeting on July 31 is evidence that both sides are capable of coming to the water table and making concessions for the greater good of Claremont.
Signed by Mayor Joe Lyons on Monday, August 4, the agreement requires the city to release financial feasibility documents and revise the ballot question to seek approval of $135 million in bonds rather than $55 million as previously stated.
UPDATED: Claremont Police question a man who reportedly was a passenger in a vehicle that drove the wrong way on Claremont Boulevard causing a collision Wednesday afternoon. The driver is suspected to have been drunk. Witnesses at the scene said that an aging Chrysler PT Cruiser was headed north on Claremont Boulevard when it jumped the median near Arrow Highway and continued north in the southbound lanes. A work crew installing a pipe had one southbound lane closed which forced the vehicle to use the remaining lane. He narrowly missed a bus and another vehicle before crashing into a grey sedan.
Good eats, live music and a blockbuster movie under the stars made for a great evening at Memorial Park on Tuesday night as residents of all ages come out to celebrate Claremont’s National Night Out.
The event kicked off with a concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and performed by local favorite, The Happy Crowd. Band members Hai Muradian, Kenny McSpadden, and Professor "Smartie" Martie took to the stage and got Claremonters up on their feet and dancing to songs like, “Say Something Nice About Someone” and “Around in a Circle.” COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Mount Baldy resident Brian Daniel digs his silver Kia sedan out of the mud on Monday one day after a flash flood surrounded the vehicle with mud and debris. A thunderstorm dropped as much as four inches of rain over 90 minutes on the mountain community swelling the creek, damaging cars and buildings. One man died in the flood when his vehicle was swept away further up Mount Baldy creek, several homes in the area were deemed uninhabitable and four hikers had to be rescued. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Surprise thunderstorms caused major flooding in the San Bernardino Mountains apparently originating near the Claremont area on Sunday afternoon. COURIER readers captured photos of flooding in the foothills and some backyard rain gauges topped the two-inch mark. The storm caused heavy flooding in the Mt. Baldy area, but the worst flash flooding was in Forest Falls. The much needed rain made a quick exit as skies cleared and cooler, yet more humid conditions prevailed. This week Claremont temperatures will be in the upper-80s, with lows in the 60s. No rain is in the forecast through the weekend. COURIER photo/Catherine Fleming
In May of 2000, the unthinkable happened. A young woman ran a stop sign and broadsided Celeste Palmer’s SUV, causing it to roll. The accident left her, at age 50, bereft of a lifetime of memories.
Ms. Palmer sustained a traumatic brain injury, which left her with anterograde as well as retrograde amnesia. Not only is she unable to recall her pre-accident past, she has difficulty making new memories.
She didn’t recognize her three children and—as someone who no longer remembered how many times a day to brush her teeth—had to consciously relearn her mothering skills in order to care for her 13-year-old son.
The Claremont School of Theology will host a screening of the documentary film Lloyd & Marion, including a Q&A session with the film’s subjects, Lloyd and Marion Wake, as well as filmmaker Amelia Chua.
The screening will take place on Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m. at Mudd Theater, located on the CST campus. A reception will take place immediately afterwards.
Lloyd & Marion depicts the story of Lloyd and Marion Wake—a Japanese American couple whose relationship blossomed following their experiences in internment camps located in the American west during World War II.
UPDATED: In a move that warranted much discussion between Claremont’s legal counsel, residents and city council Thursday night, the city entered into an agreement with Golden State Water Company.
In the five-page agreement drafted between the City of Claremont and Golden State, the city agreed to release financial feasibility documents and revise the ballot question to seek approval of $135 million in bonds rather than $55 million as previously stated. In exchange, Golden State agreed to abandon the citizen initiative petition drive that would require the city to seek voter approval for all bonds issued in connection with the acquisition of the water system.
As the battle over Claremont water begins to boil, a new group has sprung up to add its voice to the conversation. Say hello to Claremont FLOW—Friends of Locally Owned Water.
Uncomfortable with the thought of a life necessity being in the hands of a for-profit company, Claremont FLOW is calling on the citizens of Claremont to take a stand against Golden State Water Company (GSW). COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Preserving the natural resources of the San Gabriel foothills while advocating for passive recreational use of these areas is a mission the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy (CWC) takes seriously.
The grassroots organization with its extensive local support is one of several working directly with the city and its consultants to help design a cohesive master plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
Tim Harrison has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Claremont for 2014-15. The club is known for making many contributions to the Claremont community, including running one of the city’s largest charitable events, A Taste of Claremont. Mr. Harrison who was born and raised in Claremont, is vice president and branch manager of Broadview Mortgage in Upland, and continues to be an active volunteer.
One of Claremont’s oldest residents suffered a major setback this week. A heritage live oak tree estimated to be more than 100-years-old lost one of its two primary branches on Sunday, leaving behind a large wound and the fate of the tree’s future in question.
Claremont police received a call around 11:45 a.m. that the eastern branch of the heritage tree had fallen, knocking down cable lines and impeding traffic. Claremont’s city yard on-call staff as well as the LA County Fire Department responded to the scene and spent roughly six hours working together to remove the fallen limb.
California’s state mascot, the Golden Bear, embraces nine-year-old Emma Humphries and six-year-old Kylie Cheetwood on Monday during the weekly concert at Memorial Park. The bear visited Claremont to help promote a statewide competition called Cool California Challenge, where citizens cut energy use to gain points for their city. Claremont is currently in first place ahead of Riverside with about one month to go in the competition.
It was a splashdown at Claremont’s City Council meeting Tuesday night when councilmembers voted to reject the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Golden State Water Company (GSW) and Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA).
“My colleagues and I rejected the proposal as it was not a legally enforceable document nor in the best long-term interest of the ratepayers,” said Mayor Joe Lyons in a press release issued by the city. “We are calling on Golden State Water to come to the table and negotiate directly with the city and provide residents with a real solution to the community’s on going water rate increases.”