Claremont City Manager Tara Schultz answers a question from an audience member Saturday morning during a forum on Measure CR sponsored by the City of Claremont. During the roughly 45 minute meeting the city delivered a short presentation on the budget and the measure that would raise the sales tax by .75 percent. sales tax. City officials are engaged in a last minute push to get Measure CR passed during a special election early next month. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
With just weeks to go before Election Day, both supporters and opponents of Measure CR are staying positive.
Measure CR seeks to add three-quarters of a cent to the current tax rate in Claremont of 9.5 percent, for a new total of 10.25 percent.
The city and supporters of the measure have said the tax is needed to maintain current service levels, warning that certain programs and services might be cut if CR does not pass.
For the 11th consecutive year, the faith communities of the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys are poised to demonstrate their commitment to respect, unity and understanding across religious, racial and ethnic lines through the staging of an Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace this Sunday, October 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the City of Knowledge Islamic School, 3285 N. Garey Ave., in Pomona.
On Tuesday, October 8 an Upland man was arrested after he was caught stealing a bicycle from the Claremont Colleges. Officers were called to 230 Bonita Avenue in front of Blaisdell Hall around 12:45 p.m., and found the suspect, 22-year-old Marco Lopez, leaving the scene on the bike, Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department said. Police followed Mr. Lopez to Fremont and Moreno Street in Montclair.
The Claremont city council gave direction to city staffers Tuesday evening on how to regulate short-term rentals.
Short-term rentals, such as AirBnbs or VRBOs, are technically banned in Claremont, but the rule is not often enforced due to staffing issues, the city said. Around 54 of them currently exist and operate within the city, according to Assistant to the City Manager Jamie Earl.
The city will hold a community meeting to discuss the three-quarter cent sales tax measure that has been placed on the November 2019 ballot. The meeting will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 10 a.m. in the Padua Room of the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
Claremont nonprofit Crossroads, Inc., which helps formerly incarcerated women reenter their communities, is hosting a fall shoe drive through October 30.
The charity is soliciting the community to donate new or gently used shoes in all sizes, which will be sent to micro-entrepreneurs and organizations in developing nations where they can be resold and repurposed.
The Gold Line finalized a design-build deal with Kiewit-Parsons and celebrated in a lively ceremony at Pomona City Hall last Friday. But whether or not the light rail gets to Claremont is still the $450 million question, as that leg of the line remains unfunded.
The $805.6 million deal with the joint venture, first announced in August, is a big milestone for the project as it secures a builder for the extension.
On Friday, October 30 a Claremont Colleges student was arrested after allegedly getting into a scuffle with Campus Safety during a party at the Smith Campus Center at 170 E. Sixth Street.
According to Stan Skipworth, assistant vice president for campus safety, officers were assisting a “severely intoxicated patient” at the location just after 11 p.m.
Claremont Craft Ales was awarded a gold medal for its American IPA beer, Station 101, last week at the 33rd 2019 Great American Beer Festival competition in Denver, Colorado.
The GABF is the world’s largest commercial beer competition, recognizing the best brews in the United States. It includes 107 beer categories covering 174 different styles.
Claremont High School’s high-achieving Chamber Singers will place another feather in their cap next year when they perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York City International Music Festival.
The singers have brought home numerous awards at national and international festivals over the past few years, but the April 18-23, 2020 trip will mark the first time they’ve been invited to the prestigious New York competition.
The Board of Directors of Pilgrim Place is pleased to announce Ronald Bolding as its new Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Ron has just completed eight months as the Interim President and CEO of Pilgrim Place and begins his new role immediately.
Ron has extensive experience in providing health to elders, most recently he completed 12 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inter Valley Health Plan, providing strategic vision and expertise to this $290 million enterprise.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a house fire in Live Oak Canyon Monday evening. The fire was first reported around 6:34 p.m. at a home on the 4500 block of Live Oak Canyon Road, Sgt. Peter Shupe of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The blaze is believed to have started in the detached garage of the home, and spread to the main house, Sgt. Shupe said. Nearby brush that was ignited by the fire was extinguished as of 7:45 p.m. Both structures were burned to the ground, he said, and the damage is estimated to be around $700,000. More updates as news develops. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger