[UPDATED: Wednesday, November 5, 1:30 p.m.] There’s a whole lot of celebrating going on in Claremont as voters overwhelmingly passed Measure W at the polls Tuesday night, moving the city one step closer to acquiring its water system.
With 6,116 votes in favor and 2,452 opposed, the passing of the measure will allow the city to borrow up to $135 million in revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the local water system currently owned and operated by Golden State Water Company.
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A Claremont High School cafeteria worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student appeared in Pomona court for arraignment on Monday and entered a plea of not guilty
Vanessa Antonia Tinoco, 33, has been charged with two felony counts—oral copulation of a person under 18 and unlawful sexual intercourse. She was arrested in the school administration building last month after someone who had become concerned about the interactions between the lunch lady and the male student alerted school authorities.
A billboard truck advertising for the No on W campaign turns from Foothill Boulevard to Indian Hill Boulevard on Friday in Claremont. The campaign for Claremont’s water bond comes to an end on Election Night when voters will have the final say. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In her latest poetry collection, Open 24 Hours, Suzanne Lummis distills the grime of life in a Los Angeles tenement into celluloid silver. Her imagination feeds on car wrecks and neon. A fortune cookie serves as a writing prompt, and a literary foul becomes a stroke of genius.
The poet Lynn Emanuel calls the book “a glittering, mordant, ravishingly clever book,” adding that it’s as much about life as a writer, as it is “about the shifting lives of those who live just on the edge in LA.”
City Manager Tony Ramos noted in his report that there are some major changes coming to southern Claremont, with renovation work and the rebranding of several hotels off the 10 freeway.
“The Howard Johnson’s property has closed escrow, and the new owner will be taking on the property and renovating it,” he said. “In the interim, it will be branded as an off-brand name and then a new brand name will come in. The names of those hotels can’t be disclosed yet until their period that is coming to an end is finalized.”
Hotel Claremont will also be renovated, bringing with it the potential for new properties.
The City of Trees and PhDs can add another moniker to its list—Cool California City. Chris Veirs, the city’s principal planner, revealed the prestigious title as well as a $22,797 prize awarded by California Air Resources Board after Claremont took second place in the CoolCalifornia Challenge.
“The city’s performance in this competition is the result of a unique and very successful partnership between the city of Claremont and Sustainable Claremont,” Mr. Veirs told the council.
Yes or No on Measure W? That’s the $135 million dollar question that Claremont voters will finally have answered on November 4.
A “Yes” majority vote will move the city closer to acquiring the water system from Golden State Water Company (GSW), a purchase that could cost between $55 million and $135 million and potentially several years in court.
With only a handful of days remaining before the election, proponents both for and against the measure continue to educate voters on the pros and cons of acquiring a water system that GSW says isn’t for sale.
At the recommendation of city staff, the Claremont City Council accepted a $150,000 check from Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) President Eileen Aranda for the construction of the new Shelton Park performance stage under a gift agreement with the city.
The announcement came Tuesday night during a city council meeting where Corey Calaycay served as Mayor Pro Tem, as Joe Lyons was absent due to a family matter.
In June 2013, the council unanimously approved construction of the Craftsman-style stage that will offer a wide range of events for the community.
On Sunday, November 9 at 1:30 p.m., the League of Women Voters will host the next event in its Food for Thought Community series.
David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College, a five-time recipient of the Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching will discuss “The November Election: What Does It All Mean?”
On Saturday, October 25 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride took a detour through Claremont and ended with a Disney DUI. Kaprish Thomas, dressed as Minnie Mouse with ears and all, was driving around 2:30 a.m. when officers witnessed the vehicle make a right turn on a red light near Indian Hill and San Jose. Police conducted a traffic stop and what they saw warranted more than just an E-ticket.
Dozens of local students got a glimpse of a cool cosmic event last Thursday, thanks to a visit by an Oakmont parent who is an enthusiastic member of the Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers.
Mathew Wedel arrived to Oakmont School, where his son London is in 4th grade, about a half-hour before school let out and just as the sun began to be swallowed by shadow.
It was a partial eclipse of the sun, and Mr. Wedel, who is president of the PVAA, wanted to make sure that the kids in Oakmont’s Best After School Learning Program (BLAST) got a good look at a rare event.
Assemblyman Chris Holden updates the Claremont community on new legislation in Sacramento during his annual visit to the City Council on Tuesday. Mr. Holden highlighted the push for upcoming measures on the November ballot including the state water bond Proposition 1, which is a priority for Governor Jerry Brown. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: A preliminary hearing for accused rapist Joseph Chandler Davall went forward as scheduled Monday morning, with the alleged victim taking the stand in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
With the defendant present in the courtroom, the young girl recounted the violent sexual assault she endured this past March while sleeping in her Claremont home.
Dressed in an oversized gray sweatshirt with her long, dark hair piled high on her head, the preteen told the court she had been at a friend’s house earlier in the evening when her father and his friend picked her up to take her home.
The Claremont Museum of Art will host the 11th annual Padua Hills Art Fiesta on Sunday, November 2 with an outdoor art show, art and craft demonstrations, music and more. This year’s exhibition will feature original Fiesta artist John Svenson.
Some local residents still recall the popular Art Fiesta held through the 1950s. Since 2011, the CMA has continued the tradition with Claremont area artists showing their work under the shady olive trees of the beautifully restored Padua Hills Theatre.