An anonymous donor from southern California
has committed $75,000 to match gifts on a 2:1
basis to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s
2011-12 annual fund Executive Director Patrick Larkin
announced last week.
The matching gift program, in essence, triples a
donor’s contribution. For example, a gift of $250 will be
matched with $500.
Occupy Claremont will not be packing up its tents, at least for the time being. More than 50 residents filled the City Council Chamber Tuesday night to address the city council before recessing into closed session to discuss legal issues surrounding the city's Occupy encampment. "This is the largest showing I've seen for a closed session," remarked Mayor Sam Pedroza of Tuesday night's crowd. A majority of the 22 people that came forward during public comment vocalized support for Occupying Claremont's City Hall.
Occupy Claremont will not be packing up its tents, at least for the time being.
More than 50 residents filled the City Council Chamber Tuesday night to address the city council before recessing into closed session to discuss legal issues surrounding the cityâ??s Occupy encampment.
â??This is the largest showing Iâ??ve seen for a closed session,â? remarked Mayor Sam Pedroza of Tuesday nightâ??s crowd.
A majority of the 22 people that came forward during public comment vocalized support for the occupiers at city hall.
In the wake of rain, wind, and opposition,
Occupy Claremont continues to
The cityâ??s Occupy movement began its stance in
front of the City Council Chamber last month, joining
in the nationwide protest against economic and
social inequalities. Despite city councilâ??s Tuesday
night meeting to discuss the future of the City Hall
encampment, an end to Occupy Claremont is not in
the cards, at least not for Occupiers.
Nearly 2 years after receiving a
$1.8 million technology grant,
Claremont's new police communications
tower and center at the city yard
is set for completion this Christmas.
Construction of the project began in June with the
goal of providing a more effective tool for interagency
"We want to bring together police and fire agencies
across the region,"? said Chief of Police Paul
The elaborate holiday light display at George and Alice Kerner's North Towne Avenue home is reflected in the rain soaked sidewalk on Monday in Claremont. The Kerners estimate they have over 22,000 lights in their yard that includes 12 Christmas trees, numerous wreaths and 2 angels. They began putting the decorations up November 1st, but winds blew much of the display down. So it wasn't until 6 days ago they were able to complete this impressive holiday spectacle. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Five hours of public comment in front of an administrative law judge Tuesday featured the testimony of more than 100 disgruntled customers of Golden State Water Company's Region 3. The comments were part of public hearings held by the California Public Utilities Commission Tuesday. "When your water bill is more than your car payment there's something terribly wrong," said Claremont resident Gil Dickason. "It's beyond a felony. This is a felony rate."
Lisa Adams, an alumna of Claremont
High School, Scripps College
and Claremont Graduate University,
knew beyond a shadow of a doubt at
age 10 that she was going to be an artist. It
was 3 years later (and more than 4 decades
ago now), that an epiphany illuminated her
path and helped shape her artistic voice.
The life-changing moment happened
while peering inside the window display of
what is now Raku in the Claremont Village,
marveling at a painting by Claremont's
own abstract painter, Karl
"I thought 'Oh man, that's a painting. You mean you can make paintings that don't have any representational things in them?' That was a huge idea for me," recalled
Claremont's newest restaurant,
Union on Yale is opening up
for business this week offering
up European favorites in the
comfort of the Claremont Village.
With its bocce ball court and cozy
nooks, co-owners and best friends
John Solana and Mark Perone hope
to make their old world eatery a
Comfort and sincerity are the aims of this European-
inspired dining experience aptly named for the
bonds created by coming together to share a meal.
"Union is about friends and family, it's about
spending time with those you care about," Mr. Perone
said. "We want people to come here and feel
As protest encampments and â??tent
citiesâ? continue to gain momentum
throughout the country, some locals
are calling for the permanent shut down of
Claremont City Council will discuss the Occupy encampment
at a special closed session this Tuesday. The
meeting was called to address complaints received in
regard to the City Hall encampment over the past week.
Claremont is offering an alternative
way for residents to get into the
giving spirit this holiday season.
Project Adopt—the city’s newest community service
program—kicked off this month, offering locals the
chance to put on their gardening gloves and spruce up
their favorite hometown hangout spots.
Similar to programs like Adopt A Highway, locals will
select an area in the city to focus their services: whether
picking up trash, planting flowers, or bringing in a piece
Claremont City Council
has approved the
merger of the Community
and Human Services
Commissions, the final step in
a restructure of city departments.
Combining the 2 commissions was
recommended following the merger
between the community and human
services departments last June, and
would promote better cross-communication
between the department and its
A group of local children show an array of emotions as Santa Claus makes an appearance at the tree lighting ceremony Friday evening in Claremont. Claremont kicked off the traditional holiday season with several holiday attractions including a skating rink, live music, tree lighting and of course, a visit from Santa Claus. See our special photo essay from the events.