UPDATED: In a move that warranted much discussion between Claremont’s legal counsel, residents and city council Thursday night, the city entered into an agreement with Golden State Water Company.
In the five-page agreement drafted between the City of Claremont and Golden State, the city agreed to release financial feasibility documents and revise the ballot question to seek approval of $135 million in bonds rather than $55 million as previously stated. In exchange, Golden State agreed to abandon the citizen initiative petition drive that would require the city to seek voter approval for all bonds issued in connection with the acquisition of the water system.
As the battle over Claremont water begins to boil, a new group has sprung up to add its voice to the conversation. Say hello to Claremont FLOW—Friends of Locally Owned Water.
Uncomfortable with the thought of a life necessity being in the hands of a for-profit company, Claremont FLOW is calling on the citizens of Claremont to take a stand against Golden State Water Company (GSW). COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Preserving the natural resources of the San Gabriel foothills while advocating for passive recreational use of these areas is a mission the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy (CWC) takes seriously.
The grassroots organization with its extensive local support is one of several working directly with the city and its consultants to help design a cohesive master plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
Tim Harrison has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Claremont for 2014-15. The club is known for making many contributions to the Claremont community, including running one of the city’s largest charitable events, A Taste of Claremont. Mr. Harrison who was born and raised in Claremont, is vice president and branch manager of Broadview Mortgage in Upland, and continues to be an active volunteer.
One of Claremont’s oldest residents suffered a major setback this week. A heritage live oak tree estimated to be more than 100-years-old lost one of its two primary branches on Sunday, leaving behind a large wound and the fate of the tree’s future in question.
Claremont police received a call around 11:45 a.m. that the eastern branch of the heritage tree had fallen, knocking down cable lines and impeding traffic. Claremont’s city yard on-call staff as well as the LA County Fire Department responded to the scene and spent roughly six hours working together to remove the fallen limb.
California’s state mascot, the Golden Bear, embraces nine-year-old Emma Humphries and six-year-old Kylie Cheetwood on Monday during the weekly concert at Memorial Park. The bear visited Claremont to help promote a statewide competition called Cool California Challenge, where citizens cut energy use to gain points for their city. Claremont is currently in first place ahead of Riverside with about one month to go in the competition.
It was a splashdown at Claremont’s City Council meeting Tuesday night when councilmembers voted to reject the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Golden State Water Company (GSW) and Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA).
“My colleagues and I rejected the proposal as it was not a legally enforceable document nor in the best long-term interest of the ratepayers,” said Mayor Joe Lyons in a press release issued by the city. “We are calling on Golden State Water to come to the table and negotiate directly with the city and provide residents with a real solution to the community’s on going water rate increases.”
Ms. Lennear—who got her big break as one of the Ikettes with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue and went on to perform back-up vocals with some of the most notable music acts of the 1970s—will make an appearance at Rhino Records on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m. .
Ms. Lennear, a local who lives with “her front door in Pomona and backdoor in Claremont,” is not exactly new to the Claremont Colleges. She earned a degree in French literature from Pitzer College.
If Monday night’s Sustainable Claremont meeting is any indication, Claremont residents will overwhelmingly approve the city’s $55 million bond measure slated for the November ballot.
After his presentation on the November water bond measure, Freeman Allen, co-chair of Sustainable Claremont, posed the question, “By a show of hands, how many of you support the city’s bond measure?” Of the approximate 50 people in attendance, 43 indicated they would approve the city’s measure. Only two residents were opposed, with one gentleman adding that he was “on the fence.” An additional six stated they were still undecided.
UPDATED: The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP) is one step closer to a master plan, thanks to Claremont residents who dedicated their time and energy to administer surveys to park visitors on behalf of MIG Consultants.
MIG has been given the daunting task of completing a comprehensive master plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The goal is to develop a blueprint to manage the park that will balance environmental preservation, recreational needs, neighborhood impacts and funding considerations for years to come.
Canvassers on behalf of Golden State Water Company started making the rounds last week, circulating a petition for a separate measure calling for voter approval on the city’s water bonds. At around 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, two canvassers—an unidentified male and female—arrived to the Claremont home of Pat O’Malley. His wife, Shelley, had just finished giving their baby a bath when she passed by the family’s home surveillance monitor and witnessed the couple at their front door.
After watching the monitor for a moment, Ms. O’Malley couldn’t believe her eyes. The man was groping the woman, right there on the O’Malley’s front porch.
A hummingbird feeds on an agapanthus recently in north Claremont. Residents got a brief break from the high temperatures earlier this week, with even a slight sprinkle on Monday. Unfortunately, the clouds gave way to hotter days and higher humidity as the days passed. The weather this weekend will stay dry with temperatures rising to the upper 80s, with lows in the 60s. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
As the November 4 election moves closer on the calendar, Claremont residents are thirsty for information on the water revenue bond measure and it appears Golden State Water Company is offering the first drink from the fountain.
The city of Claremont contends it can support $80 million in bonds to go toward the purchase of the water system based solely on money collected from residents water bills. A bond measure for an additional $55 million, should the city need it, was filed by city officials and will appear on the November ballot.
There’s a new business making its mark on Claremont. Last month, Victorious Gallery became the first ink shop to open its doors in the city in years.
Your parents may not have any tattoos, but this is definitely a mom and pop enterprise.
Hector Javier “JP” Paramo and Diana Avila are a great advertisement for the possibilities of online dating. They fell head over heels in love and soon brought their respective families—Mr. Paramo’s two children and the two of Ms. Avila’s kids who are not yet grown—together, Brady Bunch-style, at his Rancho Cucamonga home.
The couple not only found that they were romantically compatible. They were also both entrepreneurial-minded and in search of the perfect business opportunity. Tattoos fit the bill.