A house divided against itself cannot stand, and City Councilman Sam Pedroza cannot stand for a city divided among its residents.
As Mr. Pedroza enters his third term on Claremont’s city council, one of his primary aspirations remains to erase the perceived boundaries that divide the city and unite the community once and for all.
“It’s definitely been my issue from day-one that I want to get away from the idea that there’s a south Claremont and a north Claremont,” he says.
The city’s contractor will be pruning shrubs and plants in the Village right-of-ways this month. Pruning dead foliage will improve plant health and control plant size where space is limited. Pruning in the winter helps ensure that plants produce healthy leaves and flowers in the spring. Plants may look distressed for about a month after pruning, but should improve rapidly after that.
Next week, the Claremont High School Theatre Department will dramatize one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in history.
The students will present William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” the true-life account of one woman’s effort to free a deaf, blind and mute child from the shackles of ignorance and rage. The play, which is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life, will be performed on February 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Author and cyber security expert Richard Clarke delivers a speech Tuesday evening as part of the ongoing speaker series at Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Mr. Clarke, who spent 30 years working for the United States Government, talked about the growing threat that hackers pose to both the American government U.S. corporations. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A Beijing teen missing from a Claremont hotel since Friday, February 13 was found safe and sound in West Hollywood on Monday, thanks to the keen eye of a concerned citizen.
According to Lieutenant Jason Walters, 16-year-old Jin Wuwei had taken a bus from Claremont to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon after telling his mother he was going to tour the Claremont Colleges. Jin was found sitting on a bench on the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard when someone recognized the teen from local news broadcasts and contacted authorities.
Here, Jin's mother, Geng Jipeng, shows hand-out flyers used to aid in the search for her son. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In politics they say “follow the money,” and Larry Schroeder has been doing just that for nearly 40 years. With a background deeply rooted in finance, it’s no wonder the council often defers to him for leadership when it comes to making the tough financial decisions needed to keep the city moving in a positive direction.
Sitting on the front porch of his Claremont home, Mr. Schroeder made it clear to the COURIER that economic and environmental sustainability are top priorities
The Candlelight Pavilion will present Mel Brooks’ laugh-out-loud musical “The Producers” beginning on February 27.
The story follows down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, who come up with an outrageous moneymaking scheme. They will cozy up to “little old ladies” with deep pockets, procuring financial backing for a production so terrible, it is sure to be the most notorious flop in history. The show, they reason, will close after one night, leaving them free to skip town with millions of dollars.
A promotional tourism video launched this week by the Discover Claremont campaign caused a stir among residents. The commercial, produced by Wallop Films, sought to entice Los Angeles residents to visit Claremont. Resident comments about the commercial were generally unfavorable. “Awkward” and “weird” were common descriptors and the overriding reaction—based on the 60 or so comments on the COURIER Facebook page—was that the film simply didn’t capture the spirit of Claremont.
A review of the city’s mid-year financial report indicates that Claremont is on course to stay within the 2014-15 budget adopted by city council last summer.
Financial Director Adam Pirrie delivered the news at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “I’m pleased to say at the midpoint of the fiscal year that revenues are generally on track to meet or exceed budgeted amounts, and expenditures are in line with where we would expect them to be at this point of the fiscal year,” said Adam Pirrie.
A suspicious fire and explosion at Motel 6 resulted in one suspect hospitalized with severe burns. A Claremont officer on site at the motel was contacted by Los Angeles County Fire around 6:30 p.m. following an explosion and small fire in a motel room.
According to Det. Isaac Reyes, a witness in an adjoining laundry room heard a loud explosion followed by smoke coming through the wall. The witness ran to the room to see what had happened, but was dismissed by a woman who said all was fine. That was not the case.
Elena Griza, manager of the Claremont Village Green senior apartments, shows an old COURIER clipping to Bob Kern recently at the Bonita Avenue complex. Mr. Kern helped Ms. Griza coordinate getting the complex certified under the City of Claremont’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. The copy of the COURIER showed Claremont Village Green on the day it opened in 1963. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Bridges Auditorium will host the 13th annual Garba with Attitude (GWA) event on Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. GWA is a national intercollegiate Garba/Raas (Indian folk dance) that is the premiere competition of its kind in the country and the only exposition of its kind of the West Coast.
The Claremont High School Theatre Department will present William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” on Thursday through Saturday, February 26, 27 and 28.
The play follows the true-life story of Helen Keller, a blind, deaf and mute child who—frustrated by her inability to communicate and spoiled by her parents—has become a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child. When a young woman named Anne Sullivan is hired as Helen’s governess and teacher, teacher and child are both in for an epic battle of wills. The result is no less than miraculous.
An unwavering commitment to ensuring the city lives within its means while maintaining the values of the community has been Opanyi K. Nasiali’s guiding principle.
In the four years he’s served as a Claremont city councilmember, Mr. Nasiali has worked in cooperation with his colleagues and city staff to stabilize the city’s finances without increasing taxes, reform city pensions and attract new business development.