The back and forth between Golden State Water and the city of Claremont continues today with the release of a study outlining 3 possible scenarios for the water company takeover.
According to local water consultant Rodney Smith on behalf of Golden State Water Company, a $54 million water system purchase means a water bill increase of $469 annually for Claremont residents. Mr. Smith makes this assertion and many others regarding the city’s potential water purchase in his feasibility study released Wednesday, December 19.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, the city of Claremont released a statement in response to the report provided by Golden State Water Company. “It’s troubling that Golden State is continuing to hire consultants to make misleading claims, release baseless information, and establish so-called community groups and websites, in an effort to avoid the facts related to the City’s offer to purchase the water system in Claremont. But given the excessive profits, executive salaries, and Board Member compensation that Golden State is attempting to protect, one might understand why the company would go to such lengths,” said Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos.
Volunteer Kathleen Noll lights a luminaria on Thursday at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont. The event called Luminaria Nights at the Garden features live music, hot apple cider, cookies and over 700 candlelit luminaria. The event, which costs $5, runs Thursday through Saturday ending this weekend. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
California is revolutionizing skilled nursing, and Claremont’s Mt. San Antonio Gardens (MSAG) is leading the movement.
Over the weekend, the local retirement community unveiled construction on the state’s first pair of “Green House” retirement facilities, community-style homes for those in need of specialized nursing care. The 2 new houses, now halfway finished, are expected to open this April.
The multimillion dollar project—dubbed the Evergreen Villas because of the trees that grow on the property—began in March, replacing 4 single-family homes on land adjacent to the Gardens on Harrison Avenue and Taylor Drive.COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In the wake of Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, people across the country are struggling to make sense of the massacre.
The gunman, a troubled 20-year-old named Adam Lanza, didn’t just kill 26 people, 20 of them children. He also extinguished the sense of security that kids and their parents associate with school.
Kids living in Claremont and attending schools here may, like those in every community, be experiencing sadness and fear, as well as some pressing questions
In the year following encampment on the steps of Claremont City Hall, the city’s Occupiers have shifted focus from protest to action.
While the tents and demonstrations remain only a memory, members of Claremont’s Occupy group continue to improve upon its mission of fair economic structure. With a renewed focus on taking down the nation’s “big banks,” at least locally, their work is proving fruitful.
After months of prodding, the city made its search for a new bank official Monday, sending out a newly approved Request for Proposal (RFP) for banking services.
Kimberly Neal wipes away a tear while praying with her sons Ryan and Sean as well as her husband Jason on Friday during a Prayer Vigil for Newtown, Connecticut at the Claremont United Church of Christ. The 30-minute service was an opportunity for community members to express their sorrow or anger following the mass killing earlier in the day at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
While there is certainly truth in the age-old adage that “times have changed,” Yiannis Greek Restaurant on Yale attributes its long-lasting legacy in Claremont to the fact that it hasn’t.
As the Claremont Village bursts with new economic life, and Claremont businesses come and go, Yiannis remains untouched.
Walking into the dimly lit restaurant today, the cedar storefront appears just as it did when the cafe-turned-Greek mainstay reopened in the 1970s, and the decorations and menu are also the same. Stella Gianakos’ famous homemade baklava remains as delicious as ever, hand prepared and baked to a fine golden brown courtesy of the 83-year-old on a daily basis.
Claremont officials are calling into question the motives behind a movement opposing the city’s water acquisition.
Marko Mlikotin, president of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights (CAPPPR), entered the city’s water discussion with the recent initiation of a campaign titled “Stop the Claremont Water Grab.” A similar campaign, “Stop the Ojai Water Grab,” has surfaced in the Ventura County city, also in the process of water acquisition.
City Manager Tony Ramos warned residents Tuesday about Mr. Mlikotin’s efforts, alleging that River City Communications, the PR firm that Mr. Mlikotin heads, is posing as a local group dissuading the city from purchasing its water system.
Austin Frederick gives Santa a hug after receiving a stack of gifts on Wednesday at AbilityFirst in Claremont. Staff at AbilityFirst provided employees at DarrasLaw with wish lists so they could buy a single gift for each student, but the firm decided to buy all of the gifts on the students' lists. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
“As we have stated many times, the Claremont water system is not for sale,” said Denise Kruger, Golden State Water’s senior vice president of regulatory utilities. “It is disappointing that city officials are prepared to continue spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that can be better directed elsewhere.”
Claremont officials and Golden State Water representatives will now head into negotiations following the water company’s rejection of Claremont’s $54 million dollar offer. When these conferences will commence is unknown at this time.
Ray and Terri Riojas changed more than locations when they moved their business from 4th Street to Harvard Avenue 3 years ago. They changed directions.
At The Hair Cottage, they spent their time snipping and styling hair, occasionally taking a break to sell something from their growing stock of merchandise. At their new business, Rio de Ojas—which means “river of leaves” and is a play on their last name—the situation is reversed.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday unanimously approved 12 sets of rotating park hours for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The opening and closing of the parking lot will correspond with those times.
The Wilderness Loop’s hours will rotate based on the year’s fluctuating dawn and dusk times. The park will be open as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 8:30 a.m. in the summer months with hours ranging from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the fall and winter. Operating hours of the Thompson Creek Trail will remain the same, open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Twenty-four percent of 7th graders at El Roble report having felt sad or hopeless during the past 12 months, and 29 percent of CHS freshman, 34 percent of juniors and a staggering 40 percent of students at San Antonio High and Community Day schools say they face despondency, according to a survey released by the Claremont Unified School District last week.
With statistics like these in mind, the Claremont Youth and Family Committee is taking action on a plan to improve the city’s overall mental and physical well-being in the coming year.