New Claremont Mayor Opanyi Nasiali congratulates outgoing Mayor Larry Schroeder while new Mayor Pro Tem Joe Lyons applauds on Wednesday during a special meeting of the Claremont City Council. Besides selecting the new mayor the council also certified the re-election of members Mr. Schroeder and Corey Calaycay. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The administrative law judge overseeing Golden State Water Company's case for a water rate increase has recommended that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grant the water company a 16 percent revenue increase for 2013 in the company’s Region 3, which includes Claremont. The judge also recommended a 2.7 percent increase in 2014 and 1.8 percent increase in 2015.
If given the final approval, these increased rates will help the water company reach $314.6 million in revenues in its Region 3, according to the decision published by the CPUC on Tuesday. A decision is expected at the CPUC's April meeting, according to officials.
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday as construction on the newly expanded north parking lot is completed. The parking lot will debut with the park’s reopening this Friday, March 22.
In addition to the mid-week park closure, Mills Road north of Mt. Baldy and the Wilderness Park’s south lot at Mills and Mt. Baldy will also be closed to traffic. Parking restrictions on Mills and Mt. Baldy along with enforcement of the new parking lot permits and metered parking will begin on April 1, according to the city.
A community forum to discuss the public art master plan is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. The city of Claremont is currently working with a consultant to prepare the plan, which aims to identify a unified community vision, clarify key themes and values and provide direction for the selection and placement of public art throughout the community.
The Claremont Unified School District Board of Education and the Claremont High School Theatre Renovation Committee invite the public to the opening of the newly renovated Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Recognizing that schedules are busy, there are several opportunities to join in the celebration. On Thursday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. a dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting will be held with guided tours. The ribbon-cutting and dedication will be repeated on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.
Redlands resident Raquel Brac, center, is surrounded by singing Claremont school children during a flash mob type of event on Sunday in the Claremont Village. About 150 students representing all of Claremont’s elementary schools descended on the public plaza in Village West to sing a song and to promote the Claremont Educational Foundation’s annual pledge drive. More in our next edition. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council will hold a special reorganization meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. A new mayor and mayor pro tem will be selection.
In contrast to other cities where a mayor is elected by a vote of the people, Claremont has long held a tradition of council members selecting the mayor from amongst themselves. Mayor Larry Schroeder will likely pass the torch to one of his fellow council members on Tuesday after serving a year as Claremont’s mayor.
In addition to the reorganization, Mr. Schroeder and Councilmember Corey Calaycay will be sworn back into office following their re-election earlier this month. The ceremony takes place in the City Council Chamber at 225 W. Second St.
Some Crust Bakery is such a Claremont fixture, it seems like it’s been here forever. For all intents and purposes it has, because this cozy bastion of good coffee and delectable baked goods has a decidedly venerable history.
When Larry and Sandy Feemster purchased the business in 1997, Some Crust had already been a Village staple since 1978. In fact, the Yale Avenue shop has been a bakery since 1916. Before that, it was a dry goods store founded in 1889. Those white-painted wooden shelves behind the counter, which are so familiar to the bakery’s regulars, date back to the store’s turn-of-the-century opening.
After 2 hours of back-and-forth debate, the Claremont City Council decided not to decide on gun control, at least for another couple weeks.
With Sam Pedroza absent from the Tuesday night meeting, the council supported refraining from a vote adopting a resolution in support of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 until all were present. The decision was made with a 3-1 vote. Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali cast the dissenting vote because he believed the council was ready to make the decision.
While Claremont residents have come to know and appreciate the historic nature of the US Bank building on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill boulevards, there is a new aspect to the old architecture that’s grabbing attention.
It comes in the form of photovoltaic paneling. Claremont’s U.S. bank is going solar.
Robert Franco of Champion Electric installs solar panels on a new covered parking area at the US Bank branch in Claremont. The bank leased the panels from Solar City as a way to offset their energy costs and create green power. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With a show of hands residents indicate which side of the assault weapon ban they support during the Claremont City Council meeting Tuesday evening. People on both sides of the gun control issue voiced their opinions about a proposal that would allow Mayor Larry Schroeder to sign a mayors’ petition supporting the national assault weapon ban. The council decided to delay voting on the issue until its next meeting due to the absence of Councilmember Sam Pedroza. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Hikers at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park started up the trail to enjoy last Saturday's sunshine only to receive an unpleasant surprise at the end of the loop. About 30 parking tickets were issued to Wilderness Park visitors on March 9, as no parking signs went up on Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road in anticipation of the newly expanded north lot.
However, it appears officers may have been a little too eager.COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Police Department responded to the Euro Café, located at 546 E. Base Line Rd., after the alarm went off. Officers arrived at approximately 2:40 a.m. last night, March 13, to find that the suspect(s) had smashed the front glass door to the business and removed money from the register.