UPDATED: A passerby stops on Tuesday to look at an impromptu memorial erected for two Upland women who died in an automobile collision early Saturday morning on Foothill Boulevard in Claremont. The victims were identified as Joanna Munoz, 19, and Monique Magana, 20. A third occupant, an 18-year-old female from Upland, was transported to USC Medical Center with moderate injuries. The driver, Artisha Wright, 21, also from Upland, has since been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury.
The city of Claremont has begun preparations for its 2014-16 budget. The public is invited to take part in the process. A community budget workshop will be held on Monday, February 3 at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., and on Monday, February 10 at Blaisdell, 440 S. College Ave. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. At the workshops, city staff will present an overview of the budget and lead discussions among residents on budget priorities. For more information, call (909) 399-5460.
Three students from Claremont High School are leading a “Teens for Jeans” campaign as part of the Fairplex Junior Fair Board team. Seniors Kate DesCombes and Dakota Zuccioni along with Junior Sasha Hough represent CHS as part of this clothing drive.
The number one item requested at homeless shelters is a pair of jeans
The Pomona Valley Toastmasters will be celebrating its 80th anniversary with a celebration to be held on Monday, January 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Manor Hall at the Claremont Manor, 650 W. Harrison Ave.
The public is invited to join in the festivities, which will include refreshments. Tickets are $10 per person by cash or check. RSVP by calling (909) 596-2911.
A fatal accident at 12:52 a.m. Saturday shut Foothill Boulevard in both directions between Dartmouth and Amherst in Claremont. Reports indicate that a black sedan was traveling east on Foothill at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and collided with an electric pole, losing the right front wheel and spinning into the middle of the street where it came to rest. According to police, there were four people in the vehicle, two of whom died. Two Upland residents, Joanna Munoz, 19, and Monique Magana, 20 died in the crash.The driver, Artisha Wright, 21, of Upland, escaped without assistance, but was injured. Police determined she was driving under the influence of alcohol. An unnamed fourth passenger is currently being treated at USC Medical Center. There have been no criminal charges yet. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Unconfirmed reports indicate that the search for an injured hiker or hikers has been called off and the park has been reopened. The Claremont Police Department has not provided information, however, sources report that the park is reopened and that the search resulted in no one being located.
The LA County Fire Department has temporarily closed the Claremont Wilderness Park as search and rescue teams work to rescue an unidentified male who fell down the canyon on the Cobalt Canyon side, according to Claremont police.
Unhappy with the city of Claremont’s refusal to provide the details of its water acquisition feasibility study, Golden State Water Company is taking matters to court.
The water company filed a Writ of Mandate with the Los Angeles Superior Court on December 20 to require the city of Claremont to release documents surrounding the financial impact of a water system takeover.
The water company claims the city has not complied with the California Public Records Act.
We’ve been here before. Tempers are once again flying among north Claremont residents over the mere mention of a low-income housing project above Foothill Boulevard.
At its Tuesday, January 7 meeting, the planning commission recommended sending Claremont’s updated housing element to the city council for approval. The update identifies a 5.9-acre parcel of land, opposite Chapparal Elementary School on Mills Avenue, as a potential location for future low-income housing.
As firefighters continue to work on the now over 1700 acre Colby fire north of Glendora, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory for portions of Los Angeles County, including Claremont. There have also been reports of phone connection issues for Verizon customers, including Von's on Base Line Road in Claremont. Officials have reported that three individuals have been arrested in connection with the fast moving blaze. Although the hills north of Claremont are not threatened, with high temperatures around 80 degrees, the fire will not be contained until this weekend. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont is requesting state help as it seeks to make improvements at local parks.
With the Claremont City Council’s unanimous approval, city administrators move forward in applying for $260,000 from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in order to give a much-needed makeover to Wheeler Park.
In celebration of Dale Bros Brewery’s 11th anniversary, the Upland-based brewers will host the “Brews and Bros Craft Beer Festival” next week with proceeds benefiting the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF). The event, to be held Saturday, January 25 from 1 to 5 p.m., will feature 25 local breweries and more than 50 brews, as well as live music provided by local bands Powerflex 5 and The Dogs.
Police received calls regarding an unusual traffic hazard on Saturday. Around 9:30 a.m. a wayward hot air balloon made an emergency landing in the Claremont High School parking lot, mere feet away from a light pole, according to police. The balloon had taken off from Cable Airport as part of the annual air show.
The operator planned to land at The Claremont Colleges, but as he explained to officers, “I go wherever the wind takes me."
Claremont officials will host a meeting to discuss the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Road.
The project team of traffic engineers, landscape architects, arborists, and planners will present preliminary findings on the project and seek input from the public on how the roadway should be maintained and improved in the future.
It was easy to see how Danbury Elementary School students were thrilled with the roar of plane engines on Friday, January 10 at the Cable Airport. As part of the weekend-long air show, stunt pilots were able to use Friday afternoon as a sort of practice time.
The organizers of the Cable Air Show continue to reach out to special needs students and seniors from surrounding communities to see the pilots test the air for the weekend. This “Special Program for Special People” has been a tradition for the past nine years.