The Claremont City Council will take a vote on Tuesday, March 25 to begin eminent domain proceedings for the acquisition of the city’s water system.
The city’s legal team issued a notice of hearing this week declaring its intent to take a vote on eminent domain during the regular open session of the city council, being held at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd. The city will also be taking public comment on an environmental impact report regarding the water system acquisition.
With the council’s vote, the city would adopt a resolution of necessity, setting into motion a six-month deadline to file an eminent domain lawsuit.
Spring forward was characteristic of more than just this week’s time change. The city got off to a roaring start on preliminary recommendations for its Foothill Boulevard master plan on Monday with more than 50 people crowding into the city’s Citrus Room to provide input on proposed changes to Claremont’s historic highway. “The one aspect of Foothill Boulevard that I like versus other communities is that you have a different look to the street as you pass through the city. The volunteer trees, its all a part of that spontaneity,” said Claremont resident Douglas Lyon. “The plans we have here are just sort of cookie cutter or over-regimented and it doesn’t give you a sense of belonging to the place anymore. I don’t want to lose that sense.”
A woman was left puzzled after a case of hitchhiking gone wrong on Tuesday morning. The woman told police she had paid a stranger $100 to drive her from a San Bernardino hotel to Los Angeles. The pair stopped at the Claremont/McDonald’s so the woman could buy the driver some oil for the car. When she returned with the oil, however, her ride was nowhere to be found and neither were her belongings.
Three years after the merging of the city’s community and human services departments, the Claremont City Council has ordered the departments be separated once more.
Community and human services were first combined in 2011 as the city of Claremont looked to reduce its spending in times of financial uncertainty. The corresponding commissions were also merged. “While it is a credit to all our staff...that operations have continued and minimum concerns or complaints have been heard regarding the initial merger, executive staff has observed the strain that having only one director over such a wide responsibility area has had on overall department operations,” said city manager Tony Ramos.
Tri City Mental Health Services will kick off Green Ribbon Week next week, with a free special event on Monday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Road in Claremont. The first annual Green Ribbon Week is being held in an effort to fight the stigma of mental illness by encouraging discussion. In addition to encouraging locals to wear lime green ribbons, Tri City officials will host a variety of free events featuring short films and speakers.
Outgoing Mayor Opanyi Nasiali exchanges seats with newly-selected Mayor Joe Lyons on Tuesday during the Claremont City Council meeting. Council Member Corey Calaycay, in front, was chosen by his colleagues on council to serve as mayor pro tem. Mr. Calaycay noted that with the appointment of Mr. Lyons, it was the first time in Claremont history that all sitting council members had at one time been mayor. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont officials are looking to conduct another department reorganization. The Claremont City Council on Tuesday will evaluate the possibility of separating the Community and Human Services nearly three years after the departments merged. The discussion takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St.
The distant Santa Ana Mountains, and the urban valley below, are clearly visible Sunday evening from Cobal Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Santa Ana like wind conditions over the weekend provided clear skies and very warm temperatures throughout the Inland valley which was perfect weather for outdoor recreation. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Books were the order of the day on Monday at Mountain View, when the local elementary school commemorated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.
The nationwide reading extravaganza is celebrated each year in conjunction with the March 2 birthday of acclaimed children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Check out our other images from Claremont in our special photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Unified School District has extended the deadline for the final sale of a vacant lot at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., a 9.7-acre parcel once home to the now-defunct La Puerta Intermediate School.
The school district awarded the surplus property to Brandywine Homes of Irvine, Calif., who bid $18,875,000 in December with the hopes of developing a luxury 59 home complex at the site. CUSD and Brandywine have since entered a period of due diligence, during which the developer may choose to pull out of the deal with CUSD if it is determined financially unfeasible.
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities are starting early at the Pomona Fairplex with IrishFest, taking place this weekend, March 7-9.
IrishFest features family-friendly activities with shopping, food, green beer, games and traditional entertainment including Irish dancing and Celtic music. Kids can enjoy the medieval Kid’s Castle, which includes a course at knight school, and make Irish crafts like Blarney Stones, Celtic knot bookmarks and pots of gold.
Taylor Morrison of California, LLC, developer of the Citrus Glen at Pitzer Ranch housing development at Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue, is now accepting prescreening applications for two of the project’s seven affordable housing units. These spaces are available to moderate income households. Interested persons may contact Taylor Morrison’s sales team for Citrus Glen to start the pre-screening process
The La Verne City Council voted unanimously at its Monday, March 3 meeting to move forward with a study analyzing the feasibility of potentially becoming Claremont’s new water system operator.
La Verne’s decision comes a week after the Claremont council’s approval of the study. All local council members voted in favor of the inspection with the exception of Councilmember Corey Calaycay, who abstained because he is already a paying customer of the La Verne utility.
Crime in Claremont is at a 34-year low.
A total of 936 assaults, thefts and related Part I crimes—violent crimes against persons and those against property—were recorded in 2013. Last year’s rate, representing a one percent decrease from that reported in 2012, is the fourth lowest recorded in Claremont in more than three decades, according to the city’s annual crime report recently submitted by the Claremont Police Department.