Cold temperatures and a fast paced winter storm brought snow down to the 2500 foot level in the San Gabriel Mountains looking up Saturday morning. Warmer temperatures and wind are expected to grace the Southland this week as highs sneak back up into the 70s by Thursday. Skiing in the mountains is excellent as lifts are open at all locations. Just another Southern California winter! Check out our updated story. COURIER photo/Catherine McIntosh
Claremont residents were placed on heightened alert last week after the Los Angeles Times reported that a local burglar ring had been targeting the homes of subscribers on vacation. The burglars had allegedly obtained the list of vacationing subscribers from Duane Van Tuinen, 51, of Azusa, a repairman contracted by distributors of the major local newspaper.
Residents were mailed sample ballots this week for the city of Claremont’s upcoming election, to be held on Tuesday, March 5. Three candidates are running for 2 open seats on city council: Michael Keenan and incumbents Corey Calaycay and Larry Schroeder.
Sample ballots are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese and Hindi and may be viewed by visiting www.lavote.net. To vote in the election, Claremont residents must be registered by February 19.
The city of Claremont Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Program reserves dates each year for local non-profit organizations interested in hosting community events at substantially reduced rates. Applications for events that will take place between January 1 and December 31, 2014 are now being accepted. Applications are subject to the review and approval of the Community Use Committee.
For an astonishing 96 years, Wolfe’s Market has been an archetypal mom and pop, handed down from father to son for generations while continuing to provide quality food and service to the Claremont community.
A few years ago—with the store hit by a double-whammy of a crippling recession and the arrival of some stiff competition in the form of 2 new local grocery stores, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts—current owner Tom Wolfe wasn’t sure the longstanding enterprise would make it to 100. Buoyed by family support and enthused by a new direction, however, Mr. Wolfe is more optimistic than he has been in years.
The city of Claremont may be delving deeper into the digital world. The Claremont City Council will evaluate social media outlets on Tuesday as it explores adopting policy regarding the city’s online activity.
Though the council was due to discuss a city social media policy last month, the item was held off after some council members voiced concern about becoming too involved in certain aspects of social media. During the city’s priorities workshop, Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali specifically addressed his concerns with involving the city in sites like Facebook.
Claremont residents Princeton Alexander and his wife Laura get ready to enjoy 2 backyard burgers Thursday evening at The Back Abbey. The couple, who recently moved to Claremont, were visiting the eatery for the first time and said the burgers were excellent. The COURIER looks at 4 Claremont restaurants that specialize in gourmet burgers ranging in price from $5 to $13. Check out our complete profile of all the great burgers made in Claremont. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Southern California law enforcement remains on high alert this afternoon as the search for a former LAPD officer accused of killing 3 and wounding several others continues.
Police began the search for Christopher Dorner, fired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008, after linking him to the murder of a former police captain’s daughter and her fiancé over the weekend. Mr. Dorner opened fire on officers in surprise attacks early Thursday, leaving one dead and another in critical injured. Evidence has linked Mr. Dorner’s presence throughout southern California over the past couple days, from San Diego County Wednesday night to San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties on Thursday, but police have yet to track him down.
Students at the Claremont Colleges now have an additional reason to take their time crossing College Avenue, thanks to an unknown vandal. College Avenue commuters awoke Monday morning to find a makeshift crosswalk drawn across the roadway in white spray paint with the word “(s)troll” beckoning pedestrians across. The message remains emblazoned on the street, though campus safety officers have since blocked each side of the walkway to discourage pedestrians from using the fake crosswalk. The vandals may be feeling smug about the prank, but the last laugh may be on them. Police have found the white spray paint can and will be dusting it for prints. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Jim Brown, of J.Brown Violin Maker in the Claremont Village, may have abandoned his career as a musical educator long ago, but the luthier and musical aficionado has spent more than a decade making up for lost time.
Through their small Claremont mom-and-pop, now in its 16th year, Mr. Brown and his wife Debbie have dedicated thousands of hours, and countless dollars, to Claremont’s young musicians. Each year, the local violin maker matches donations raised at the Claremont School of Music’s Play-a-thon (this past year to the tune of $1500) and makes regular fixes to students’ instruments while taking on 60 percent of the cost himself
Just 3 months after voting in the United States’ general election, Claremont residents are preparing to return to the ballot boxes again next month, this time for an election a little closer to home.
On Tuesday, March 5, Claremonters will cast their votes in the city’s latest biennial municipal election. This year’s race features 3 candidates vying for 2 open seats, each with a 4-year term, on the city’s 5-member council. Democrat Michael Keenan faces off against 2 incumbents: fellow Democrat Larry Schroeder, current mayor of Claremont, and Republican Corey Calaycay, the longest-sitting member of Claremont’s current city council.
Despite navigating a curveball thrown by the state finance department last August, Claremont officials remain optimistic that plans for the city’s latest housing development will continue to move forward as planned.
Claremont representatives—including Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos, Finance Director Adam Pirrie, Director of Community Development Brian Desatnik and Successor Agency Counsel Tom Clark—traveled to Sacramento late last month to dispute the department’s ruling that the proposed Towne Avenue and Baseline Road development be turned over to the state.
Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District has introduced legislation that would amend part of the state water code pertaining to the timing in which elected directors of municipal water districts are sworn into office.
The existing state statute requires that newly elected members not be sworn in until the first Monday after January 1, nearly 60 days after the election.
A new Claremont Museum of Art arts education project, called ARToon will give voice to a generation of middle school students through the art of cartooning. The program, directed by Lori Evans Lama in collaboration with El Roble Intermediate School, launched yesterday, February 5 and will continue for 6 weekly after-school lessons culminating with a public exhibition and display on the Art Wall at the Packing House in April.