The battle between Claremont and Golden State Water has trickled into unchartered territory as Claremont City Manager Tony Ramos and Rodney Smith, president of Stratecon Inc., campaign to discredit one another through a series of mailers.
It started on May 20 in a letter to Mr. Ramos where Mr. Smith, the author of an economic study that sought to outline costs associated with the city’s purchase of the water company, requested that Mr. Ramos retract statements made in his April 25 mailer to residents. In the April 25 mailer, Mr. Ramos questioned the objectivity of Mr. Smith’s study.
Claremont parents and kids 5 and under have a bonus way to stay cool this summer. The community wading pools reopen for the summer season beginning this Monday, June 17. The pool at El Barrio Park is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Wheeler Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while the Memorial Park pool is open Monday through Friday. Operating hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Friday, August 23. For more information, including weekend rentals, call 399-5490.
The Claremont City Council will discuss ongoing litigation between the city and longtime Village eatery Pizza ‘N Such in closed session tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 18, at 5:15 p.m. before the regular council meeting.
Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such, recently filed a lawsuit against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees paid by the Verbals to the city.
The fourth annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Over 30 Village businesses will serve as craft beer and food tasting sites with several offering non-alcoholic beverages, Live musical performances will be located throughout the Village.
Advance tickets are $35 per person and, if available, are $40 the day of the event. Tickets are non-refundable.
Claremont Heritage has announced the that it will bestow the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award and the Cultural Heritage Award at this year’s annual gala, Gatsby at the Garner, set for Saturday, June 29 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Garner House in Memorial Park. The event will include cocktails, dinner, an auction and live jazz music.
The recipient of the Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award for 2013 is The Tucker Schoeman Venture (architects) for outstanding preservation of historic homes and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings
Visitors of Claremont’s Joslyn Senior Center are becoming particularly productive with their morning cup of coffee, and it’s not because of an extra jolt of caffeine.
Program coordinators at the popular senior center have repurposed normal coffee table chatter with the recent introduction of Coffee Talk, a free lecture series presenting topics of importance to seniors and their families. The program kicked off with a healthy cooking demonstration and Q&A last Tuesday.
“The purpose is continued education,” said Shannon Glaudi, senior recreation leader at the Joslyn Center.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
New crosswalks and bike lanes worth $165,000 may be making their way into Claremont neighborhoods.
The traffic calming measures were suggested instead of raising speed limits on 10 designated street segments throughout the city of Claremont. Though the speed limits will rise if these measures prove ineffective, Interim City Engineer Loretta Mustafa holds out hope.
“What we need is really a small decrease in speed, just 1 or 2 mph on most of these streets to bring down the speed limit.” Ms. Mustafa said. “That’s what we are looking to do here.”
There’s nothing like a butterfly to make your imagination take flight. You can currently view a slew of the flying insects at the Rancho Santa Anta Botanic Garden’s (RSABG) annual Butterfly Pavilion.
What distinguishes the Pavilion at RSABG—open daily through July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—from other such displays is it gives visitors the opportunity to view California native butterflies up close and personal. Nearly all of the critters flitting about, lighting on plants and visitors and dining on nectar and slices of fruit were collected locally, either in the Garden itself or up at Baldy
Patricia Cabral writes a message on a union poster left in memory of Michael Rodriguez on Wednesday in Claremont. Ms Cabral worked with Mr. Rodriguez at the American Red Cross and came to the impromptu memorial to remember her co-worker who was killed by a train at this location the day before. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Sanitation fees are on the rise and so are water rates. Now, another Claremont utility is joining in with the recent price increases.
With a 4-1 vote, the Claremont City Council approved a 1.28 percent, or $2.03, increase associated with the county’s Landscape and Lighting District (LLD). This increase comes on the heel of a similarly priced increase in June 2012. Currently, there is $2.75 million in estimated landscape and lighting needs, a $96,023 rise from last year due primarily to the rising cost of other utilities, officials say.
“Mostly due to water increases,” Management Analyst Cari Sneed explained further.
In the 1800s, it was a ticket office. In the 1950s, it was home to Claremont’s Folk Music Center and through the 1980s, it was Shrimps. Today, it’s all about tacos for the little white house on First Street as John Solana of The Back Abbey and Union on Yale adds a third venue to his Claremont restaurant repertoire.
In partnership with Erik Johnson—general manager of The Back Abbey—Mr. Solana debuts “Petiscos” taco house this Monday, June 3. Through their latest culinary venture, the local restaurateurs welcome the Claremont community into the backyard of one of the Village’s oldest buildings for South American-inspired cuisine.
On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget for 2013-2014. Preliminary views of the state budget indicate Claremont will not be adversely affected should that revised budget be enacted, according to City Manager Tony Ramos.
“In the past, local assistance for public safety or Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funding has been a target of the state. However, the May revise does not propose to reduce this funding at this time, and the city should receive its allocation of $100,000 in 2013-2014,” Mr. Ramos said.
James Sink, chairman of Claremont’s Architectural Commission, has come a long way since constructing Lego structures. Though he admittedly hasn’t left behind the plastic blocks of his past, Mr. Sink now dedicates much of his time to edifices that are slightly larger and more subdued in color.
The lifelong Claremont resident has made a name for himself throughout Los Angeles County as a principal engineer for HMC Architects, most notable for designing residence halls and other structures for universities and colleges
Cyclists participating in RCS Sport’s Grand Fondo Giro d’Italia, a fundraising bike ride to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation, will be come through Claremont this Sunday, June 2.
The section through Claremont is part of a 94-mile route starting and ending in Pasadena. It’s estimated 200 cyclists will come through Claremont between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as part of the ride.