As 2012 wraps up, heightened activity on city agendas is providing a visual reflection of the past year’s activity in the city of Claremont.
The city moves forward in the commission process with 2 major developments—the Village Lofts, located on the corner of Oberlin and First Street, and a proposed multi-house development at Indian Hill Boulevard and Vista Drive. While the latter represents one of the more recent city projects to gain speed, the Village Lofts project is almost shovel-ready after making its way through the commission process for nearly a year and a half.
Claremont voters eager for another chance at the polls with the upcoming municipal election might be left disappointed, as this year’s bid might not happen.
As of Monday evening—a week before the nomination period for Claremont City Council comes to an end—the city had only received nomination applications from Mayor Larry Schroeder and Councilmember Corey Calaycay, both re-running for office. No other candidate had filed or even picked up an application, according to City Clerk Lynne Fryman.
Claremont’s asking price of $54,076,000 for the purchase of the city’s water system “is but a fraction of the fair market value of Golden State Water’s assets,” said attorney George Soneff in a statement rejecting the city’s offer sent last week.
Mr. Soneff further alleges that the city’s offer is “legally defective.”
Mr. Soneff of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLC, sent the letter to the city on behalf of Golden State Water Company. In the letter, Mr. Soneff suggests that—based on the city’s low estimate, and exclusion of the price of water rights—the city did not conduct an appraisal based on the system’s fair market price.
The city of Claremont has joined the ranks of more than 250 other communities throughout the country honored as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Larry Scheetz of Cycle Claremont and the Claremont Senior Bike Group presented the award to the city council Tuesday evening.
The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) dedicates itself to promoting the benefits of cycling and helps communities focus on improving transportation choices, health and sustainability
A leaf rests on the windshield of a car during the storm that came through Claremont this weekend. The Inland Valley recorded over an inch of rainfall in areas as a series of rainstorms blanketed the area beginning last Thursday. Forecasts for this week, however, indicate clear skies and warmer temperatures. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city’s historical society, preserving Claremont’s past for the last 30 years, has announced its plan to embark on a $250,000 fund-matching campaign, opening Memorial Park’s Garner House to the community in a way it hasn’t been in decades. Announced at city council on Tuesday, the “Our House” campaign will officially kick off with a fundraising night this Monday, December 3. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has joined the ranks of more than 250 other communities throughout the country honored as a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Larry Scheetz of Cycle Claremont and the Claremont Senior Bike Group presented the award to the city council Tuesday evening. More news with entire story link.
With the allure of high-tech public infrastructure and advanced security systems also comes the fear of personal encroachment. To date, Claremont has 36 stationary and 3 mobile Automated License Plate Reader cameras tracking the license plates of law-abiding citizens and criminals to the tune of 3600 images per minute, according to a recent presentation by Lieutenant Mike Ciszek.
“It’s just one more tool to help us,” Mr. Ciszek told Active Claremont members in an earlier presentation.
Sore losers and President Obama’s next steps were just some of the topics covered by political reporter and TV pundit Eleanor Clift, who spoke Thursday evening at Scripps College’s Garrison Theater.
Ms. Clift is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group, a long-running roundtable political affairs program that airs on public television that she describes as “a televised food-fight.” She is generally the one woman on the program and regularly the lone liberal voice. As such, she is used to a certain level of acrimony from her fellow panelists such as Pat Buchanan, Clarence Page, Mort Zuckerman and John McLaughlin.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday night allocated $1.8 million in surplus monies to various city reserve funds including the establishment of an account for the city’s potential water acquisition.
The council unanimously supported placing $300,000 of this money in the water acquisition reserve fund, which will require council approval before use.
“It’s really putting our money where our emphasis is,” said Councilmember Sam Pedroza. “It’s showing we are serious about this.”
‘Tis the season for small business, or so it would seem for the mom-and-pop shops of the Claremont Village as holiday shopping kicked off in full force last weekend. Joanne Crombie, salesperson at Claremont Village Treasures, also noted the recent surge to business, due in part, she believes, to the home decor boutique’s new location. Since moving from First Street to Yale, the shop has seen an overwhelming improvement she said, and their holiday shopping experience benefited as a result. Sales for one individual alone were near $600, she said. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
There were smiles and tears last Wednesday as dozens of volunteers gathered at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church to prepare for the 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Meal.
The smiles shone on the faces of participants who knew their work would result in 3000 turkey lunches for people who couldn’t afford a hot meal, or who would otherwise be spending Thanksgiving alone. The tears stemmed from the 200 pounds of onions being steadily chopped by volunteer sous chefs, to be tossed into enough stuffing to fill 30 catering trays.
A piece of Pomona College history was once again on the move last week, but not in one of the college’s typical gallery exhibitions. The center of the latest traveling display is a historic, 30-square-foot building.
Known to many as the Replica House, the little, white one-story structure was removed from the Pomona College campus in the middle of the night last week as the campus prepares for the construction of its new studio arts facility. Purchased by Claremont resident Bruce Mills, the old-town structure has been transplanted to a hilltop at the end of Mills Avenue in a coincidental example of shared names.
Golden State Water Company has begun a $2 million infrastructure improvement project in Claremont. The company will drill and equip a new well at its Indian Hill plant. Construction should be complete and the well operational early next year.
“The new well is needed to replace an older well that has been de-activated,” said Golden State District Manager Ben Lewis.
Because the project involves 24-hour activity, sound walls have been installed around the perimeter of the construction to reduce noise.