Tuesday night’s city council meeting was proof positive that water remains a constant concern for Claremont residents.
Following ceremonial matters on the council’s agenda, including the introduction of Architectural Commissioner Robert Perry and the recognition of Francine Baker for her many years of volunteer service as the city’s art coordinator, Mayor Joe Lyons opened up the room for public comment on items not listed on the agenda. Water dominated the discussion. C
As Claremont voters decide whether or not the city should be authorized to issue water revenue bonds up to $135 million to pay for the acquisition of the water system, the committees—both for and against Measure W—have been working overtime to parlay their message into a deciding vote in their favor. The committees’ efforts are noble, their messages clear and one thing is obvious, sharing that message with Claremont voters doesn’t come cheap.
It was a big-old love fest when the popular alternative rock band Weezer showed up at Rhino Records to sign copies of their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
The main event at the popular Claremont music emporium was a table where lead singer and guitarist Rivers Cuomo was stationed, armed with a Sharpie and bookended by bassist Scott Shriner and guitarist Brian Bell. Drummer Patrick Wilson was nowhere to be seen, and the guys—known for their catchy hooks and infectious harmonies—didn’t sing a note. COURIER photo/Jenelle Rensch
Active Claremont will host a community forum on Measure W, Claremont’s water bond initiative, on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe room at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
A Claremont FLOW representative will present its case as to why Claremont residents should vote yes on the bond, and Donna Lowe from Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA) will present reasons to vote no. This is a good opportunity for those who have not made a decision to become better informed before casting their ballots in the general election on November 4.
There will be refreshments following a Q and A session. The meeting is open to the public.
Pilgrim Place, a senior community for those serving in religious or charitable organizations, has received the Claremont Colleges’ 2014 Community Partner of the Year Award.
The award is given annually to Claremont community members who contributed significantly during the past academic year to enhance relations with the seven Claremont Colleges and their students.
UPDATED: According to a news release from Claremont Police lieutenant Karlan Bennett a commercial burglary occurred Saturday at approximately 4 a.m. at Salon Luxe located at 937 W. Foothill Blvd in Claremont. A suspect smashed the glass front door of the business and stole cash, merchandise and a surveillance camera. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, wearing a LA Dodgers hat, black-rimmed glasses, gray shirt, blue jeans and dark gloves. The suspect’s left forearm is covered with tattoos and he also has what appeared to be a tattoo or scar on his right jaw line. There was no vehicle seen. Anyone with information on this crime can call Claremont Police at 399 5411.
In view of the haze-shrouded San Gabriel Mountains, President Barack Obama declared 346,117 acres of San Gabriel Mountains national forest land the nation’s newest national monument. The more than 540 square miles of the San Gabriel Mountains – stretching from rugged areas of the Angeles National Forest to Telegraph Peak, north of Rancho Cucamonga – are now designated as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Judy Chu, right, spent one and a half years drafting a bill on the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers, conducting stakeholder meetings and earning the support of the San Gabriel Council of Governments.
UPDATED: A Claremont High School cafeteria worker has been arrested and charged with having sexual relations with a 16-year-old student.
Claremont police arrived at Claremont High School on Monday around 2:15 p.m. and arrested Vanessa Antonia Tinoco in the school administration building after someone who had become concerned about the interactions between the 33-year-old lunch lady and the male student alerted school authorities. After questioning, Ms. Tinoco admitted to the relationship. She did not resist arrest when police took her into custody.
UPDATED: Bonita Avenue between College and Harvard Avenues was flooded Tuesday morning as part of water main construction on College. The temporary flood was caused when Golden State Water Company had to flush out the pipe they recently installed clearing out chemicals, including chlorine, that are part of the construction process. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After a four-day closure due to high fire warnings, the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park has reopened. The park remained closed to the public Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5 as a result of extreme heat and Santa Ana winds.
Those planning on visiting the park should use caution as extreme drought conditions in the state have not only increased the danger of fire in the area but has also forced wild animals farther down the foothills. Over the past few weeks, there have been various wild animal sightings, including mountain lions, along the San Gabriel Mountain Range and a few in local neighborhoods. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area will host a pro and con forum to discuss matters up for vote in the November election on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Ave. For more information, email or call the League office at firstname.lastname@example.org. lwvnet.org or (909) 624-9457.
Grading construction at the new development site at the southeast corner of Base Line Road and Towne Avenue continued last week.
With this construction, city staff reports that a number of questions and concerns have arisen regarding the recent watering activities at the site. The watering of the construction area is necessary to ensure that the dust from the grading operation is completely controlled.
The Claremont Chamber of Commerce will host the 33rd Village Venture Arts and Crafts Faire on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by Claremont Toyota and Claremont Volkswagen.
With an estimated 15,000 people in attendance each year, the streets of the Claremont Village will be filled with more than 450 booths selling unique art, original crafts, apparel, business and organization information, food and entertainment.
So just what is Claremont’s water system worth? If you ask Golden State Water Company, it’s $222 million. In a second analysis of the city’s system, released by Golden State on Tuesday, water company representatives have given Claremont’s system its highest price tag yet, albeit in draft form.
“Golden State Water Company estimating Claremont’s water system value at $222 million is either fantasy, incompetence or wishful thinking,” stated Claremont resident Joe Farrell.