Los Angeles County Fire crews work to knock down a small brush fire Thursday night above the Claraboya neighborhood in Claremont. Multiple units from Claremont and neighboring communities responded to the blaze just after 8:30 p.m. Claremont police closed Mountain at the base of Claraboya and were only allowing residents into the area. As the fire initially threatened to come down the hill, police asked residents of Via Santa Catarina to evacuate, however, the blaze never threatened any homes. About a dozen engines lined a fire road to the west of the fire to keep it from threatening homes at the High Point development. As of about 10 p.m. the fire was contained according to news reports.
Claremont voters will have to wait another year before they see a police station measure on the ballot.
The Police Facility Ad Hoc Committee set a ballot date for June 5, 2018, approved the police station site plans and narrowly-approved a general obligation (GO) bond funding mechanism during the June 28 meeting at the Hughes Center.
A 20-year-old Rowland Heights man created quite a scene at Espiau’s, Union on Yale, Pizza N Such, Blaze Pizza and Eureka Burger, after he took food off diners’ tables and threw it at them, Det. Reyes said. Manuel Avila also reportedly asked female diners if they wanted to “see his beef.”
Late fees and other library fines can pile up, discouraging or even preventing some readers from visiting the Claremont Library. Fortunately for them, the County of Los Angeles Public Library has launched the Great Read Away, which will allow all library cardholders age 21 and younger to read off any outstanding fees and fines.
Claremont resident Bryan Bergmann and his son Desmond wave to the crowd during the Fourth of July parade on Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont. The pair were part of the ever popular kids on bikes contingent that traditionally go first during the parade. Festivities in Claremont went all day with the Freedom 5000 5k race, pancake breakfast, fun activities in Memorial Park, the parade and finally the fireworks show at Pomona College. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Rotary Club of Claremont ushers out president, installs new one.
The Rotary Club of Claremont held its annual farcical roast (good-natured debunking) of the outgoing club president John Allen last Friday.
Mr. Allen cheerfully withstood the well-meaning insults and sight gags from a group of fellow Rotarians—including from Buff Wright, right—the reward for a job well done.
Five people, including a minor, were arrested Wednesday after a special needs courtesy clerk was struck in the face during a strong-armed robbery at Vons last Friday.
Selena Montez, 20; Stevie Montez, 18; Candace Sykes, 19; Ryan Anderson, 18; and a 16-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy, burglary, dependent adult abuse and a gang enhancement.
Denley Investments and Management looked to the Claremont City Council for a second chance to save the beleaguered Village Lofts project. It didn’t happen. The council voted unanimously to deny the Los Angeles-based development firm’s appeal of the voidance of the project. The Village Lofts, a planned four-story mixed-use development with live-work lofts, parking, retail spaces and apartments, was set to be built north of First Street between Cornell and Oberlin Avenue.
During a meeting on Thursday, June 22, the planning commission reviewed and recommended to the Claremont City Council a tract map for a condo development on the site of the vacant Claremont Inn.
This project has been in development since 2006, and the plans have changed significantly over the years.
The current plans involve the demolition of the Claremont Inn and the construction of a new 30 unit, three level, Spanish-style condominium building.
Sam and Barbara Mowbray, Claremont’s 2017 Honored Citizens, are involved in such a wide variety of organizations and causes throughout Claremont that they can barely keep track of them all.
Nevertheless, Mr. and Ms. Mowbray say that they were surprised to receive this prestigious distinction from the city. “The first thought that came into my mind is that I could easily come to fifty people without even thinking about it who have done as much as I have at various times."
Community Senior Services, a nonprofit social service agency, is this year’s Honored Group for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
CSS’ mission is to promote independence and enhance the quality of life for seniors aging in their own homes. Programs and services include transportation options such as Get About, Dial A Ride and mileage reimbursement, as well as companionship.
Paul Cooper was planning a vacation with his family to Texas when he got the phone call from the city’s Independence Day Committee, asking him to be the next grand marshal in the upcoming Fourth of July parade.
“They actually called me one night at home,” he said. “They said, ‘Hey, we wanted to know one, are you going to be in town? And two, you’ve been nominated and voted on by the committee to be the grand marshal.”
The annual Claremont Fourth of July Celebration has some changes this year but promises to hold true to tradition in every other way.
Information, game and selling booths at Memorial Park will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year, with the good ol’ hometown parade at 3 p.m. The earlier parade start should give folks a little more time to barbecue and swim in the afternoon before the fireworks show gates open at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to check out our July Fourth special edition Friday, both in print and online. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
One of the more popular hikes in the area is climbing to the peak of Mt. Baldy at 10,064 feet. In fact, the hikers above are almost at the top as they ascend the final segment of the hike. Along the way, hikers must cross Devil's Backbone, an area where the trail is thin and 1000 foot vertical drops hang on both sides of the path. It can be quite dangerous with high winds or snowy conditions, but walkers can navigate safely with caution. We take you through an aerial ride up the mountain to see some incredible scenic views, over 9000 feet above seal level. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger