While Claremont, California has garnered itself a reputation as a small, sleepy town known more for its trees than its trouble, here at the Claremont COURIER we might have to disagree. 2012 proved to be a landmark year characterized by a strong boost of economic development, construction and a few city squabbles. Fires and snakes and a bear, oh my! Here’s a look back at Claremont’s year in headlines.
While the issues have not been easy, City Manager Tony Ramos looks back on 2012, his first full year as Claremont’s city manager, with a sense of pride and accomplishment. It’s working through the challenges and seeing the positive end results that have made the past year’s work meaningful, he asserts. As he looks forward to tackling more difficult matters in 2013, water acquisition included. Mr. Ramos recently took a moment to look back.
Here’s the recap: we were a hopping little town this year. We protested and grieved, held marches and celebrated, and donated our time and money.
Claremont had no shortage of news and events in 2012. A passersby may see Claremont and think we’re a sleepy little college town but, as any resident can attest, we’re an industrious bunch.
The COURIER writing staff (all 2-and-half of them) produced nothing short of 971 news and feature stories for the year, not including the hundreds, even thousands, of Our Towns. For such a small writing staff, they certainly showed their stuff this year. All of which was posted on our website in one way or another. This edition is our review of 2012 from Claremont, California. We know 2013 will certainly be another memorable year.
This year’s thought provoking Nativity at the Claremont United Methodist Church included a chain link fence and no trespassing signs around the traditional manger scene. A sign on the fence asked viewers to think about the Christmas celebration and those around us who are excluded, unwelcome, rejected and oppressed. Last year’s Nativity, which displayed silhouetted cutouts of same-sex couples, was vandalized. COURIER photo Steven Felschundneff
On Wednesday, December 26 at approximately 1:13 p.m., an unknown suspect forced entry into a residence in the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue. There is no suspect information at this time.
Also on Wednesday, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., an unknown suspect forced entry into a residence in the 2600 block of Bonnie Brae. A suspect entered a residence in the 2200 block of Bonnie Brae between 2:30and 3:30 p.m. through an open door. Items were stolen from both locations.
The short winter storm that blew through the region left clear skies and an orange sunset looking west from Mt. Baldy Road on Christmas Eve. Temperatures will remain in the low 60s for the rest of the week with a chance of rain on Wednesday. Happy holidays from the staff of the Claremont COURIER. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Attorneys for Thomas Gary Amberson, PsyD, a Claremont psychologist accused of lewd conduct upon a child earlier this month, have been granted additional time to review their client’s case. The arraignment was pushed back as Mr. Amberson’s attorneys desired more time to look over their client’s case before entering a plea, according to police. The Claremont psychologist will return before a Pomona Courthouse judge on January 16 for the arraignment and a bail review.
They say good things come in small packages.
The adage holds true for the slew of toys gathered by the students of Sumner/Danbury Elementary School to benefit Toys for Tots this holiday season. From baby dolls to Barbies and from Nerf guns to Hot Wheels cars, they will brighten Christmas for local kids who might otherwise have gone without presents.
It also applies to third grader Axel Garcia Jr., an 8-year-old with a heart for kids who are less fortunate, who came up with the idea for a school-wide toy drive. On hearing his son’s plan, Axel Garcia Sr. stepped in to add the sponsorship and philanthropic heft of the local Kiwanis, of which he is a member. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
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.