In the year following encampment on the steps of Claremont City Hall, the city’s Occupiers have shifted focus from protest to action.
While the tents and demonstrations remain only a memory, members of Claremont’s Occupy group continue to improve upon its mission of fair economic structure. With a renewed focus on taking down the nation’s “big banks,” at least locally, their work is proving fruitful.
After months of prodding, the city made its search for a new bank official Monday, sending out a newly approved Request for Proposal (RFP) for banking services.
Kimberly Neal wipes away a tear while praying with her sons Ryan and Sean as well as her husband Jason on Friday during a Prayer Vigil for Newtown, Connecticut at the Claremont United Church of Christ. The 30-minute service was an opportunity for community members to express their sorrow or anger following the mass killing earlier in the day at Sandy Hook Elementary School. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
While there is certainly truth in the age-old adage that “times have changed,” Yiannis Greek Restaurant on Yale attributes its long-lasting legacy in Claremont to the fact that it hasn’t.
As the Claremont Village bursts with new economic life, and Claremont businesses come and go, Yiannis remains untouched.
Walking into the dimly lit restaurant today, the cedar storefront appears just as it did when the cafe-turned-Greek mainstay reopened in the 1970s, and the decorations and menu are also the same. Stella Gianakos’ famous homemade baklava remains as delicious as ever, hand prepared and baked to a fine golden brown courtesy of the 83-year-old on a daily basis.
Claremont officials are calling into question the motives behind a movement opposing the city’s water acquisition.
Marko Mlikotin, president of the California Alliance to Protect Private Property Rights (CAPPPR), entered the city’s water discussion with the recent initiation of a campaign titled “Stop the Claremont Water Grab.” A similar campaign, “Stop the Ojai Water Grab,” has surfaced in the Ventura County city, also in the process of water acquisition.
City Manager Tony Ramos warned residents Tuesday about Mr. Mlikotin’s efforts, alleging that River City Communications, the PR firm that Mr. Mlikotin heads, is posing as a local group dissuading the city from purchasing its water system.
Austin Frederick gives Santa a hug after receiving a stack of gifts on Wednesday at AbilityFirst in Claremont. Staff at AbilityFirst provided employees at DarrasLaw with wish lists so they could buy a single gift for each student, but the firm decided to buy all of the gifts on the students' lists. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
“As we have stated many times, the Claremont water system is not for sale,” said Denise Kruger, Golden State Water’s senior vice president of regulatory utilities. “It is disappointing that city officials are prepared to continue spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that can be better directed elsewhere.”
Claremont officials and Golden State Water representatives will now head into negotiations following the water company’s rejection of Claremont’s $54 million dollar offer. When these conferences will commence is unknown at this time.
Ray and Terri Riojas changed more than locations when they moved their business from 4th Street to Harvard Avenue 3 years ago. They changed directions.
At The Hair Cottage, they spent their time snipping and styling hair, occasionally taking a break to sell something from their growing stock of merchandise. At their new business, Rio de Ojas—which means “river of leaves” and is a play on their last name—the situation is reversed.
The Claremont City Council Tuesday unanimously approved 12 sets of rotating park hours for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The opening and closing of the parking lot will correspond with those times.
The Wilderness Loop’s hours will rotate based on the year’s fluctuating dawn and dusk times. The park will be open as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 8:30 a.m. in the summer months with hours ranging from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the fall and winter. Operating hours of the Thompson Creek Trail will remain the same, open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Twenty-four percent of 7th graders at El Roble report having felt sad or hopeless during the past 12 months, and 29 percent of CHS freshman, 34 percent of juniors and a staggering 40 percent of students at San Antonio High and Community Day schools say they face despondency, according to a survey released by the Claremont Unified School District last week.
With statistics like these in mind, the Claremont Youth and Family Committee is taking action on a plan to improve the city’s overall mental and physical well-being in the coming year.
A man left in critical condition after a solo DUI crash in Claremont last week has died, according to police.
Found with severe head wounds after being thrown from his friend’s truck, the man was transported to the hospital on Saturday, December 2. While his health was reported to be improving as of last week, police were notified of his death Monday night.
Claremont Get About driver Noureddine Bellili dedicates his time transporting seniors and the disabled to appointments, classes and beyond, while also working a second part-time job for the extra income.
For those of Claremont Senior Service’s Enrichment Center Adult Day program—3 days a week for seniors with mild to moderate dementia—Mr. Bellili somehow finds the time to be an ice cream man and friend as well as a driver during his 12-hour workdays.
Mr. Bellili’s visits over the last 5 years have become an occasion to look forward to for the seniors and volunteers, and not just for the sweet treats Mr. Bellili dishes out on his own dime. The driver has become a source of companionship and friendship for the seniors who might have otherwise gone without. His attention to detail, especially in times of economic hardship, prompted program coordinator Angelika Pittet to submit Mr. Bellini for the COURIER’s search for the city’s “Good Neighbors.”COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Sustainability has a reached a new level at Pilgrim Place. The senior community in Claremont received notice that 2 recently constructed buildings, the Norton Garden Apartments/Administration Building and the Friendship Court/Amistad Apartment Building, received a gold rating from LEED.
LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a nationally recognized program of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), which sets guidelines and standards for building structures that are environmentally sensitive and sustainable.
Lily Marrujo, 1, is not too happy to be on Mrs. Claus' lap while posing for a photo with her sisters Andrea and Sophia as well as their uncle, Eric Marrujo, Friday night at Claremont City Hall. Friday was the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Claremont Village with carolers, a visit from Santa and the tree lighting. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
While it might be assumed that a perk of owning a bike shop is the chance to take a spin at leisure, it couldn’t be farther from the truth for Corey McCroskey, owner of Pomona’s beloved Coates Cyclery, located on the border between Pomona and Claremont. Kept busy managing retail, repairs and other duties at the Inland Empire’s largest—and possibly longest-living—bike shop, Mr. McCroskey admits he is lucky to be able to fit in one ride per week.
It’s part of the duty the avid cyclist and 11-year shopkeeper takes in stride as he looks to inspire the next generation of cyclists. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff