It’s been three years since City Manager Tony Ramos took office and, by most accounts, Claremont is the better for it. Under his leadership, the city has seen an average budget surplus of over $1.5 million annually and an increase in the general reserve fund from 27 percent to 31 percent.
In 2013-14 alone, higher than expected residential and commercial development activity within the city resulted in a General Fund surplus of $2,830,093.
Bring back the “fanny pack!” Evey Canyon hikers beware—vehicles parked at Evey Canyon and Mt. Baldy Road continue to be targeted by thieves looking for an easy mark. On Monday, January 5 at least three cars, including a Hyundai, Honda, and Scion were broken into between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Two of the vehicles had the windows smashed by an unknown object with thieves taking each of the victims’ purses.
UPDATED: The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has released a composite sketch of a suspect in the double homicide of Armie and Shirley Isom of La Verne. The elderly couple was killed in the entryway of their home on Friday, December 26 at about 1 p.m.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male in his late-20s or early-30s. On the day of the crime, he was reportedly dressed in a dark-hooded jacket and carrying a large backpack.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect should call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
Activism remains alive and well in the Claremont as evidenced by Tuesday’s demonstration surrounding Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60), a new law that went into effect on January 1.
AB 60 requires that the Department of Motor Vehicles issue a driver’s license to any applicant who can prove identity, California residency and can meet all other testing requirements, regardless of immigration status.
Equipped with signs that read “Secure the Border” and “No to AB 60,” nearly a dozen members of Claremont-based “We the People Rising” stood outside city hall. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Cable Airport celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and there’s no better way to join in the celebration than during the 40th annual Cable Air Faire this upcoming weekend.
On Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, the largest family owned and operated public use airport invites fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts to be transported to 1945 as Cable Air Faire 2015 recreates the bygone era, showcasing “old time” antique planes and cars from post World War II.
After nearly a year of input from city officials, community members and park consultants, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP) Master Plan is beginning to take shape, with a draft scheduled for review in March 2015.
The process has been challenging, with hits and misses along the way, but residents remain hopeful their concerns will be addressed.
The most important conversations in life are often the most difficult to have—the Claremont Lincoln University is prepared we embrace the uncomfortable through a two-day summit titled “Uncomfortable Conversations.”
CLU will explore the meaning of life, the challenges of diversity, the ethos of ethics, and how to communicate those messages to the world. Be prepared to be challenged, questioned and provoked by the esteemed lineup of speakers.
The Scripps College Ceramic Annual, the longest continuous exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the United States, will open for its 71st year on Saturday, January 24, 2015 and will continue through April 5.
A selection of hybrid works, this exhibition represents both emerging and well-established artists and will feature an illustrated catalog with an essay by art writer Leah Ollman. The January 24 opening will begin with a special lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium. The talk will be followed by an opening reception at the Williamson Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m., which will include live music and light refreshments. These events are free and open to the public.
Unless you fancy cold, snowy winter weather, Claremont is going to be the place to be this week with high temperatures in the 70s for the next 5-6 days. A high pressure system moved in to block the arctic blast coming from Canada impacting most of the country. Temperatures will cool a bit for the upcoming weekend, but sunny to partly cloudy skies will remain. This is our first full moon of the year on January 4. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The year ended much as it began for the city of Claremont, in litigation with Golden State Water Company. Only this time, the water table has turned and it’s the City of Trees doing the suing. After years of discussion and hard work, Claremont has taken the next step in its battle for control of the local water system and filed an eminent domain lawsuit against its owner and operator, Golden State Water Company.
Boy, what a difference a year makes!
The Pilgrim Place Centennial Campaign—The Journey Forward—begins on Thursday, January 8, 2015, with a special Vespers service. The event commemorates the original signing of the Articles of Incorporation of Pilgrim Place, which took place 100 years ago on January 8, 1915.
The city of Claremont will be collecting Christmas trees for recycling, beginning January 5 through January 16, 2015.
City staff asks that residents remove everything from the tree, including the stand. Place the bare tree at the curbside by 6 a.m. on your regular collection day. Do not bag the tree. Trees over six feet tall must be cut in half.
There will be no trash collection on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1. Residents who regularly have Thursday trash pick-up should put their bins out for Friday morning.
For information, contact Community Services at (909) 399-5431.
The Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre in Claremont will host three concerts featuring guitarist Michael Ryan and an ensemble of musicians, singers and Irish dancers.
Shows will take place Friday, January 2, Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4. Tickets are $25.
This fun-filled show includes Irish cultural dance and music from Celtic music to the contemporary and lively Irish pub songs.
Those visiting the Claremont area for the New Year holiday and weekend will get a dose of clearing skies after a cold winter storm dropped rain and snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow levels went down to 5000 feet in the mountains. Cool weather with a high only the the 50s is in store for New Year's Day, but a warm-up will follow with temperatures warning to the 60s this weekend, and 70s next week. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger