Oak Park Cemetery, the farmers’ market and community block grants are among items on Claremont commission and council agendas this week.
The Claremont City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22 to discuss a $137,204 budget for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The council will vote on authorizing a merit bonus of $10,048.50 for City Manager Tony Ramos, as well cashing out 2 weeks vacation pay for $7,729.66 for a total of $17,778.16 in addition to his annual salary.
Wheeler Steffen, a staple name in Claremont’s real estate market for more than 50 years, will not exist as Claremont residents know it, at least in print. The longtime town real estate office recently announced its partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty, connecting Claremont with a new global niche.
But while the stone sign in front of the Foothill office might be boasting a new name, Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty, owner and broker Paul Steffen says the Claremont community shouldn’t expect much change.
“It’s just better,” Mr. Steffen said simply. “Serving the client has always been the basis of our operation, but now we have opportunities beyond what we could have ever done before.”
While Claremonters saw the activity and heard the hum and roar of engines in the sky during the 38th annual Air Show last Saturday and Sunday over Cable Airport just to the east in Upland, a group of young people were thinking of the future.
Mt. San Antonio College students Nick Brown, Josh Gordon, Jessy Devine, Siddhee Kasudia, Erik Coleson and Josualeth Rodriquez, Chaffey College students Cody Ash, J.J. Benis, Ray Rawls, John Reeves, Desire Stevens and Miguel Viramontes, and prospective pilots Chris Byers and Carlos Valladares, along with the Orange Coast College Flight Team, have all been recipients of $500 scholarships from the proceeds of the 2012 show.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Southern California Edison (SCE) is asking Claremont residents to be on alert after recent reports of a telephone scam.
The scammer is pressing callers for payment of late electricity bills, according to Edison employees. If the customer doesn't pay immediately through a prepaid cash card, the scammer is threatening to disconnect their electric service.
Edison reminds customers to always request worker identification from a stranger claiming to be an Edison employee either on the phone or in person.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Claremont Architectural Commission’s 32nd annual Excellence in Design Awards. The awards program recognizes recently completed building projects in Claremont that best exhibit the City's standards of design excellence.
Awards are presented in several categories including new construction, restoration, landscaping, signs, sustainable development and more.
Due to illness, the Claremont Manor’s poetry reading, previously scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m., has been cancelled. For more information on other Manor events, visit www.claremontmanor.org or call 626-1227. The Claremont Manor is located at 650 Harrison Ave.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department hosted the 3-day training session through Friday along with the Claremont Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and SWAT, preparing local agencies in the event a shooting take place here. Five volunteers posed as bodies were strewn across the steps of Garrison Theater Wednesday morning as a siren boomed in the distance. Then a short silence followed by gunshots and screams. It was all part of the scene created by the county’s first responders as they conducted an active shooter training at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It’s not uncommon for curators to warn patrons against touching works of art on display. Curators of the dA Center for the Arts’ latest show, however, are encouraging the opposite. “Artisans of Musical Design,” led by 2 of Claremont’s own, beckons visitors to get up close and personal with the musical crafts on exhibit through January 26.
Handcrafted guitars hang from the ceiling, beckoning for a strum, while wooden drums await eager hands in the gallery’s center COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Local water issues and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park top the city’s priorities heading into 2013. “The water issue is going to remain a major focus of the city and the city council,” said Councilmember Sam Pedroza, who initiated adding water to the top of the city’s list of priorities. “Water is a very big issue that is going to monopolize a lot of our staff time and rightly so because it impacts not only Claremont today, but Claremont in the future.”
Despite the arrest of a trio of Bonnie Brae Avenue burglars early last week, the residential and auto capers continue throughout Claremont.
The owners of a home in the 3400 block of Yankton Drive continue to work on compiling a list of stolen property in a residential burglary reported Thursday evening, January 10. The Claremont police were dispatched to the residence around 6:40 to investigate an activated alarm. Officers arrived to find the rear door kicked in and several rooms ransacked, according to the police report.
From the city: Late last year, Golden State Water Company, the for-profit water company that serves Claremont residents and businesses, released an economic study they commissioned in an attempt to discredit the city’s potential acquisition of the Claremont water system. Dr. Rodney Smith, who has also recently contacted media outlets attempting to portray the city’s recent offer to purchase the water system as inadequate and a risk to city finances, prepared the study.
“Regardless of the public affairs campaign being waged by Golden State Water, Claremont will continue to base all decisions related to the potential acquisition of the water system on facts and independent analyses," said City Manager Tony Ramos.
The Claremont School of Theology will host the 12th annual Whitehead International Film Festival January 18 through January 21.
The festival was created to reflect the doctrine of Alfred North Whitehead, a British mathematician and philosopher whose process philosophy emphasized the connectedness of everything in existence.
“Given this interdependence, we are each responsible for contributing as much as we can toward the common good,” event organizers note on the Whitehead film Festival website. “Intercultural appreciation and understanding is a component of the common good that can be fostered by viewing and discussing excellent films produced around the world.”
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park’s expanded parking lot may not be finished, but the Claremont City Council isn’t waiting to fix traffic issues on Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road. With the council’s vote Tuesday night, sections of street parking on the 2 Wilderness Park thoroughfares will soon be restricted.
Beginning with the opening of the expanded north parking lot at North Mills Avenue—set for February, depending on weather—all parking on Mills Avenue north of Pomello Drive will be restricted, along with that on Mt. Baldy Road from Mills Avenue to Via Padova.
David Wilson may not be your typical artist, paintbrush in hand and canvas in place, but his masterpieces have been among the town’s most visible, seen up and down the streets of Claremont for the last 25 years.
As the owner of Pigale Optical Parlor, Mr. Wilson lives for giving his customers the gift of improved sight while relishing the artistic flair that comes along with his job.
“It’s jewelry, ” he says of his array of eyewear, much of it custom-made and manufactured in his tiny Claremont boutique. “Of course now there is a technical side, we have to make them work, but what we sell is jewelry.”