Kathleen Trepa first stepped foot in Claremont about 2 years ago, scouting out the city as a potential fit for her college-age daughter. At the time, she didn’t know that Claremont would become her own perfect fit.
“I thought, ‘This is a community like home to me,’” said the New England native. “‘I would really like to live and work for this town’...and the stars just aligned for me.”
Ms. Trepa has finally made the move to Claremont as she steps into her post as the city’s new director of community and human services, taking up residence in a Claremont apartment as she settles into her new hometown.
Construction on the pay parking lot at the Wilderness Park is on hold, awaiting review and approval of the plans from the LA County Flood Control District (LACFCD).
Early last week, the city of Claremont was contacted by a representative from the LACFCD regarding the construction of the new parking lot for the Wilderness Park, claiming it was unaware of the construction project, according the city manager’s report.
According to the report, LACFCD requested that the city stop construction until plans could be reviewed by its representatives.
Recent dialogue with a Claremont property owner is helping to dispel residential concerns regarding a multi-unit complex proposed for a vacant space at Vista Drive and Indian Hill Boulevard.
Following a meeting held last week, officials from The Olson Company—in escrow for the unused plot—have been able to find common ground with residents of the adjacent neighborhood despite initial disagreement on the best use for the vacant south Claremont lot.
The source of a pungent smell plaguing the Southland communities is likely caused by a mix of hot air and pollutants trapped in the atmosphere, according to Claremont fire officials.
Investigation continues into the rotten-egg odor that has been reported in communities throughout Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Fire officials maintain that there is no specific hazard associated with the smell.
Silhouetted against a spectacular sunset, Claremont resident Krishan Gulati plays his guitar on top of a giant pile of rocks adjacent to Mount Baldy Road on Sunday in Claremont. Mr. Gulati had never played guitar from this lofty perspective before, but he said his house was noisy and he was looking for some peace and quiet. The vantage point was also an ideal place to take in the sunset, which was enhanced by the tropical moisture that has lingered in the area lately. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
For Susan Schenk of Sustainable Claremont, Winston Churchill’s advice that “success is going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm” is also the key to cultivating a green thumb and successful garden.
“It gives you the chance to try something new,” the plant-savvy Claremonter explained sitting in her lush backyard garden, the product of her successes and failures over the past several decades. COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
Discussion of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park resumes Tuesday, September 11, as the Claremont City Council meets for the first time following the August recess. Councilmembers will review options for a new pathway to be constructed into the park.
In late June, the council directed staff to explore moving the existing pathway from the east side of Mills Avenue to just inside the existing row of oleanders on the west
“In order for California to flourish once more, we need to return to a 2-party system with proper checks and balances. We need a seat change.”
It is with this ideal that Republican Donna Lowe takes the leap from Claremont Commissioner to candidate for the State Assembly’s 41st district. If elected, the businesswoman and mother of 2 plans to bring her strong convictions and dedication to her district to overhaul the way California is doing business.
Claremont Place has a number of events planned for its commemoration of Assisted Living Week, September 9-15, themed “Art for the Ages” and open to the community.
On Sunday, September 9, Claremont Place will host “Art for the Generations,” a Grandparents Day celebration beginning at 3 p.m. Guests are invited to artfully decorate ice cream sundaes, enjoying the treats with their grandchildren while sharing stories from years gone by.
A series of thefts from cars swept the Claremont area earlier this week with 2 common threads: unlocked doors and stolen electronics. A briefcase with a company computer and multiple credit cards was stolen early Tuesday morning from an unlocked car parked in the 2500 block of King Way. Later that day an Apple iPod was stolen from the glove box of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Alamosa Drive.
Though plumes of smoke remain a fixture above the San Gabriel Mountains as the Williams Fire rages on, US Forest service representatives assure the public containment is within reach.
As of late Thursday morning, the Williams Fire—which began in the Glendora/Azusa mountainside —was 44 percent contained with an estimated full containment on Thursday, September 13 at midnight. More than 1100 personnel including the US Forest Service, Cal Fire and multiple municipal fire departments remain on hand to combat the flames, which have spanned an estimated 4180 acres just east of Glendora.
The Claremont City Council and its commissions will conclude summer recess tonight with a meeting of the Police Commission at 7 p.m. at city hall, 225 W. Second St.
The committee’s agenda is light, but notes that it will introduce a new commissioner and select the commission’s chair and vice-chair.
Council resumes its regular schedule beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber.
This is the second installment of the COURIER’s candidate profile series.
To Jack Orswell—Republican and 27th Congressional District candidate running for election this November—the key to change is through conversation, namely the kind that is not currently taking place in congress.