Savannah Ellis, 16 holds her sister Scarlett, 10, so she can read from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Saturday during the Banned Books Readathon at the 2011 Village Venture. The readathon was sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library to educate the public about the value of literacy and first amendment rights. This was all part of yet another successful Village Venture for the city of Claremont. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council will discuss the police impasse in open session next week for the first time since negotiations began. The city proposes the council adopt a resolution that will have police paying 6 percent of their Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) contribution within the first year. This PERS amount will replace the previously proposed 3 percent. The 1.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will still be a part of the contract. As a resolution adopted by the city council draws nearer, emotions are being stirred on both sides of the line.
Crossroads, a transitional housing
program for formerly incarcerated
women, is making itself at home
at a new spot in south Claremont.
In addition to the group’s Harvard Avenue house, the
nonprofit is expanding to a 4-bedroom home on San Jose
Avenue to accommodate the program’s growing numbers.
Claremont volunteers are hard at work fixing the
new abode for its future residents, scheduled to move in
Around 40 students and film connoisseurs
gathered over the weekend
for the 5 Second Film
Festivalâ??s inaugural film lecture series,
inviting notable industry professionals to
share their secrets with the Claremont
Attendees gathered in the Claremont University Consortiumâ??s
Administrative Center on Sunday afternoon to
listen to a presentation by film composer and Pomona
College alumnus Nathan Wang. Mr. Wang shared his experience
in film scoring and working with notable industry
names such as Steven Spielberg, John Williams,
Hans Zimmer, and Jackie Chan. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A series of traffic accidents caused problems for Claremont commuters Tuesday morning.
Claremont Police received a call around 7:28 a.m. regarding a solo motorcycle accident near the intersection of Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue. The motorcyclist, who was westbound on Base Line Road, slammed on his brakes for stopped traffic and lost control of his bike, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen. Though the motorcyclist was still conscious, he was flown to USC Medical Center for possible head injuries.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and government,
community, public health and law enforcement
partners will once again hold its National Prescription Drug
Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29. The free and
anonymous event will take place at sites throughout southern
Former students and educators of Claremont High
School are invited to the school’s All-Class Centennial Reunion
taking place Saturday, October 29, at The Packing
From 6 p.m. to midnight, CHS alumni will flood the
city’s historical landmark to celebrate a milestone of its
own: 100 years of education in the Claremont community.
Reunion guests will enjoy entertainment, historical exhibits,
and raffle prizes at the centennial event.
Claremont City Council approved the
use of a Public Employees’ Retirement
System (PERS) Two Years
Service Credit, saving the city an estimated
$442,400 in retirement costs over the next 5 years. Without the use of the service credit,
the city would accrue PERS costs of about
$294,000 over the next 20 years.
“By paying it early, we will reduce the interest that’s
calculated over the next 20 years. We are basically prepaying
the bill,” said City Manager Jeff Parker when the
credit topic was first addressed at the September 27 city
Claremont City Council approved the use of a Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Two Years Service Credit, saving the city an estimated $442,400 in retirement costs over the next 5 years. Without the use of the service credit, the city would accrue PERS costs of about $294,000 over the next 20 years.
Santa Ana Botanic
transformed its lush gardenscape
into a classroom
for former inmates and
troubled job seekers looking
for a second chance.
RSABG teamed up with local
agencies to sponsor "Water Efficient
Landscaping,"Â a vocational program
to parolees and others hit hard by the
economic downturn. The program, which came to a
close this week, provided students
with a paid work-study experience in
the hopes of helping them find their
feet with a new skill set.
Known by some as "a difficult city to do business in," Claremont is looking to fix the stereotype. Several ordinance changes will be taking effect in the next few months that aim to make the process of setting up shop in the city of trees more business friendly. The changes, reviewed by the Planning Commission last week, were made in an attempt to be more flexible with preexisting code requirements, according to Brian Desatnik, director of community development.
A large group of beer fans mill about or wait in line for another
glass of beer on Saturday during the 2nd annual California
Beer Festival in Claremont. According to organizer Vincenzo
Giammanco, the festival attracted more than 1500 people to the city. See our photo essay. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff