State and county school officials moved to officially endorse Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, on Friday.
Heavy-hitting school chiefs now lending their support to Prop 30, which will be on the November 6 ballot, include Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Los Angeles County Superintendent Art Delgado and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy.
The proposition aims to offset education and state public safety cuts.
There is nothing common about Ruth Bobo, who touched countless lives during her nearly 4 decades as a Claremont High School English and creative writing teacher. With her Alabama accent, her passion for literature and her warm and humorous engagement with students, she remains a Claremont icon 7 years after her retirement.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Bobo, 75, is facing a problem that is increasingly common among seniors. With mounting heath concerns, including rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, gastro-intestinal difficulties and vision loss, she now requires 24-hour in-home care. But she has help from Arin Allen, a hard working gentleman who has made Mrs. Bobo his personal cause. Tell us about your own Ruth Bobo story on the Courier Facebook page. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
“I strongly believe we need to take a position. Claremont is specifically not listed in a funding measure that all Claremont people are going to be paying for,” Sam Pedroza said.
Councilmembers Opanyi Nasiali and Corey Calaycay abstained, a stance Mr. Calaycay says he has taken on endorsing election issues since his days working for the state legislature.
“It was very clear that we could not take a position on any initiative on behalf of a legislator even if that legislator, on his own time, was taking a position,” Mr. Calaycay said. “I draw a very firm line as an elected official after that experience by not involving our city in any way in endorsing an election issue.”
A new canine will be coming to the aid of Claremont police in the coming months with the city council’s unanimous approval to reinstate the police department’s K-9 program.
The police will welcome a new narcotics-trained police pooch 12 years after Claremont’s original K-9 program came to an end. The city’s K-9 unit previously operated between 1989 and 1998 with 2 German Shepherd patrol dogs named Mollog and Dusty. The program came to an end after a patrol dog bit a child while its handler was visiting a friend off-duty.
The belief that the third time’s the charm did not exactly ring true for a woman scamming businesses in a complex off Foothill and Claremont Boulevards Monday afternoon. The female entered Blue Fin Sushi & Teriyaki and purchased a drink with a $20. After purchasing the beverage, she decided she no longer wanted the drink and requested her money back. The cashier gave her the $20 back, which she placed in her bra.
Every summer as neighbors are off at the beach or basking in the sun, Lenny Davis is busy at work, his mind set on the fall and his Halloween trinkets. His hours of hard work come to fruition every October when the Davis home on 999 Scripps Drive is decked out with a motorized casket, pirates and handcrafted barbed wire fencing, effectively transforming the home into a pirate graveyard. A fog machine and a TV playing the original Dracula on Halloween night will complete the look. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A slurry seal project on residential streets in the northern section of the city will begin on Monday, October 29. The contractor will replace damaged curbs, gutters and asphalt, fill larger cracks with a hot rubberized material and apply an asphalt coating to the pavement surface.
Slurry seal fills the hairline cracks in the pavement and prevents the intrusion of water into the sub base. Slurry seal also rejuvenates the oils in the pavement and keeps the membrane pliable and thermoplastic in nature, preventing it from becoming brittle and susceptible to cracking
More than 500 walkers, with posters and pets in tow, took to the streets Sunday as Inland Valley Hope Partner’s Walk for the Hungry returned to Claremont for its 39th consecutive fundraising 5K.
Technicolor balloons and shirts brightened up an otherwise gloomy afternoon as a record number of participants crowded behind the starting line at the Claremont University Consortium for the local food bank’s annual fall fundraiser. The threat of rain didn’t seem to dampen spirits as walkers from all over the Inland Empire showed up to bring awareness to the area’s growing food and shelter needs.
Claremont’s Traffic and Transportation Commission will review additional parking restrictions Thursday in an attempt to manage continued complaints with regard to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
The city is recommending that parking be restricted on Via Catarina—located near the Wilderness Park in Claraboya—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The recommendation is being made upon a request by Via Catarina homeowner David Jacks and a petition signed by 4 other Via Catarina residents.
The Claremont City Council has directed staff to make an offer to Golden State Water Company for the purchase of its water system.
City Attorney Sonia Carvalho made the announcement Tuesday night after more than 2 hours of closed session deliberation. Councilmember Sam Pedroza made the motion with a second by Councilmember Joe Lyons and unanimous approval by the council.
“The city’s negotiator has been directed to make an offer not less than the fair market value as determined by the appraisal determined by the city council,” said Sonia Carvalho
Much attention goes to Claremont High School’s annual homecoming game, where the stakes are high and the homecoming queen is crowned, and to the much-anticipated dance that follows.
There is another traditional homecoming staple, however, for which CHS students and staffers pull out all of the stops—and the creeps and ghouls.
The Memorial Park bandshell stage was decorated for the ceremony, held last Friday afternoon, with a mural featuring a shelf of eerie potions plus an arch of purple, white and black helium balloons. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
It's no surprise this year's Village Venture special section has a Halloween theme. It not only includes some wonderful stories on Claremont home decorations, spooky reading lists for the kids, an event calendar with a Halloween focus. And of course, we have 4 pages of Village Venture information including easy-to-read maps to find you way around the Village during the event this Saturday, October 27. Look for our Wednesday edition for all the details. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff