When it comes to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and plans for the Gold Line light rail system, Claremont is once again getting left behind.
The MTA Thursday approved changes to the multimillion dollar Measure R transit expenditure plan without including the most up-to-date information on the Gold Line’s Foothill extension, despite pleas from Claremont officials and other local legislators.
Like fireworks? An array of sites, both near and far, are exploding with opportunities for summer enjoyment, many of them inexpensive or even free and many suited to the entire family.
The COURIER has done some sleuthing to track down some of the season’s must-attend events. Take a look at our list to find happenings that will make you want to save the date.
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The city of Claremont has implemented several pedestrian and bicycle safety upgrades to signalized intersections along the Bike Priority Zone. Among these tools are the video detection systems at signalized intersections. With the video detection systems, cameras are strategically positioned to detect vehicles and bicycles without the provision of loops. The cameras detect bicyclists and allow for a longer time to cross the street. The cameras replace the road loops that were used previously and preserve the roadway surface.
Starting on Monday, July 8, Southern California Edison will be replacing an existing vault on the north side of Second Street, just east of the library driveway. The work will require the closure of Second Street, between Harvard and College Avenues, for up to 3 weeks.
Preliminary work on this section of Second Street will take place on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2. The street will remain open for these 2 days.
A temporary power outage will be required beginning at midnight on Sunday, July 7, which is expected to last until noon that same day.
College students may have gone for the summer, but they aren’t the latest roadway obstacle for regular College Avenue commuters.
City officials have closed part of College Avenue after a sinkhole appeared on the southbound lane of the Village roadway, just north of Fourth Street. Officials have blocked off College from Fourth to Sixth Street, as maintenance workers survey and fix the damage. It is unknown when the street will be reopened.
Other segments of College Avenue will be closed this summer as part of other construction projects. Fourth Street between College Avenue and College Way will be blocked off to cars as Pomona College continues work on the second phase of the college’s Fourth Street/Marston Quadrangle Pedestrian Walkways Project. COURIER photo/Collette Weinberger
Claremont’s Shelton Park is receiving a much-anticipated musical tune-up.
The Claremont City Council approved plans for the construction of a $100,000 performance stage to be built in the northeast corner of the small Village park, located at Bonita and Harvard Avenues.
The Village Marketing Group, a subcommittee of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, will lead the fundraising efforts. Mayor Opanyi Nasiali kick started the fundraising by handing over a $100 check following the council’s unanimous vote.
“Now you only have to raise $99,900,” Mr. Nasiali quipped.
Behind every successful business and service organization in Claremont is a dedicated group of volunteers. In many of these cases, there is also another common factor: Sonja Stump.
It’s hard to name an event or committee that hasn’t had some influence by the helping hands of Ms. Stump. As chair of the Village Marketing Group, she has added her touches to the Village Wine Walk, Friday Nights Live and the upcoming Craft Beer Walk. She has ensured Election Day goes off without a hitch as a polling place volunteer for the past 30 years. And Ms. Stump is not amiss in mentioning her beloved roles with both the Pomona Valley Workshop and Pomona Valley hospital, where she works alongside her husband, Bob Fagg.
The Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, president elect of the Claremont School of Theology, responded on Wednesday to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s twin rulings in defense of same-sex marriage.
He applauded the high court’s decision to strike down part of 1996’s Defense of Marriage Act and to dismiss an appeal supporting Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriages in California.
San Antonio High School has been on an upward swing in many ways over the past years.
Attendance at the local continuation school, which had grown to 88.78 percent by the 2011-2012 school year, continues to improve. Suspension rates have fallen in the last 2 years.
Come this fall, Principal Steven Boyd, who has been instrumental to such successes, will trade his place at the helm of San Antonio and the associated Community Day School for a position at the district office.
At a recent school board meeting, several community members expressed dismay at Mr. Boyd’s removal from the school.
The Village Marketing Group has a new cause on their radar, one that will bring a little extra entertainment to the typically tranquil Shelton Park, located at the corner of Bonita and Harvard Avenues. The Claremont City Council Tuesday, June 25, will review the group’s proposal to build a stage at Shelton Park, 100 W. Bonita Ave.
Marketing group members have focused efforts on raising money for a new band stage to be constructed at the little corner park, and had planned on gifting the stage to the city.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26, Claremont businessfolk will take an afternoon break for accolades at the annual Claremont Chamber Awards and Installation Luncheon. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Claremont DoubleTree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd.
The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dr. Lucinda McDade the eighth executive director.
Dr. McDade is the Judith B. Friend Director of Research at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) and chair of the Claremont Graduate University Department of Botany; positions she has held since 2006.
She served as the RSABG interim executive director from November 2012 until May 2013.
With the appointment, Dr. McDade becomes the first female executive director since Susanna Bixby Bryant founded the Garden in 1927. Ms. Bryant served as executive director from its formation until 1946.
By now everyone in Southern California is aware of the Supermoons that lit up the sky this weekend. Sunday, June 23 was the official date where the moon was going to be the brightest, even though it was difficult to tell from earlier in the weekend. Photographing the moon proved difficult because it rose later in the evening just after 8:30 p.m. The dark sky made it impossible for the camera to expose correctly for the moon and ambient light. In this case, I let the moon go bright so you could see part of the palm tree near my North Claremont home. Take a picture of the moon? Check out our Facebook page and post. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
At their last meeting, members of the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education gave direction to the architects at Flewelling & Moody to draw up plans for placement of a new Service Center on the grounds of the CUSD District Office at 170 W. San Jose Ave. in Claremont.
At the Thursday, June 20 school board meeting, James Moreto, principal/architect of Flewelling & Moody, presented the board with a few options for placement and configuration of the district’s center of operations.
The estimated construction cost for the southwest corner option is $1,405,410 plus a soft cost of $252,974 for unexpected contingencies, making for a total project cost of $1,658,384, according to Mr. Moreto.