The Grinch who stole 2020 delivered another unwelcome surprise during Tuesday’s Claremont City Council meeting when it was revealed the tree that is the centerpiece of the Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony would have to be cut down.
During her city manager’s report Tara Schultz, who is not the Grinch but just the messenger, said that city staff had been monitoring the tree for some time and had come to the conclusion that it posed a public safety hazard.
Everyone in the state of California will receive a vote by mail ballot which can be returned through the United States Postal Service, postage paid. Ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by November 20 will be counted by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder County Clerk. The deadline for the clerk to receive ballots has been extended 14 days to allow for the volume of ballots anticipated to travel through the postal system.
The Claremont City Council denied an appeal filed in August for the Colby Circle housing development by a 4-0 vote. Councilmember Ed Reece recused himself due to a conflict of interest. New plans for the 96-unit development were presented by the developer, Intracorp, who had purchased the property from Claremont Star LLP and its owner Harry Wu in 2019.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles county continue to drop in a hopeful sign that the county will soon be able to lift some of the business restrictions put in place by the current health order. However, for that to occur, the case rate still needs to be significantly lower.
The number of new coronavirus cases has steadily decreased through August and September according to a news release from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Last week the average daily number of new cases was 800, compared with over 2,000 just a month ago. However, public health officials warn this number may be artificially low because testing was hampered by the hot weather and closed testing sites.
Many parents advise their kids to get an education and have a solid career in place before pursuing their dreams. Others urge them to follow their passion and the money will find them. Some are lucky enough get both. “I just fell in love with volunteering,” said Stacy Mittelstaedt, director of volunteers for Claremont-based senior services nonprofit AgingNext.
If one imagined that Claremont Police Commission meetings during 2020 were going to be difficult and sometimes contentious affairs, that certainly was the case last Tuesday when the commissioners ran into their first public complaints over the largely ceremonial process of choosing a chair and vice chair for the upcoming 12-month period.
Most people traveling along Indian Hill Boulevard in the Village undoubtedly noticed the strange announcement on the Laemmle Claremont’s marquee: “Now open The Reverse Orangutan coffee shop.”
Come again? What exactly is a “Reverse Orangutan?” First, it’s the name of a pop-up coffee shop that has taken over the Laemmle’s lobby while the theater is closed due to the coronavirus. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Sustainable Claremont hosts a free online Sustainability Dialog with representatives of regional bike share program GoSGV from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 21. GoSGV offers transportation options to the San Gabriel Valley through shared-use electric assist bicycles. The program was created by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) and is operated by Gotcha, a national private shared-mobility firm.
These photos are part of a series showing how fires polluted the air around the Claremont area. The clear Bonnie Brea Avenue image from the fall 2019, compared to the same polluted angle from last Saturday. Being born and raised in Claremont, I witnessed many extreme weather days that are still easy to remember. There was the time while in class at El Roble we started to hear screaming from all around the school. We open the door only to find it was snowing. Not just a little, but enough to accumulate about an inch or so. It was exciting and we all ran around like we never had seen snow before. Each year it would always seem to get hot in September, reaching extreme highs up to 105 degrees...not 113! COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont police stop drivers heading north on Mount Baldy Road while an Angeles National Forest fire crew passes on the left on Friday evening north of Claremont. A fire was reported at 5:40 p.m. in the canyon just below the town of Mount Baldy. According to the National Situational Awareness fire map, the blaze started on private land, and is called the Sunset Fire. The COURIER has called both fire and police officials for more information. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Southern California is dealing with its worse air quality in 26 years. The main cause are the fires that seem to be everywhere, spewing tons of smoke and ash in the air. Thursday the air was so thick at sunset, you could not even see across the Claremont Wilderness Park. Definitely not a day to be outside doing any sort of physical activity. Weather forecasters warned that an unusually extreme heat wave was headed our way—and they were certainly correct. Now with high temperatures in the 90s, the Bobcat fire to our west continues to burn with no end in sight. The COURIER will continue to follow the fire threat throughout the weekend. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Halloween 2020 will be a mere ghost of its former self due to a set of regulations issued by Los Angeles County Public Health on Wednesday.
Health officials are warning that Halloween traditions such as door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume parties are high risk activities that will further the spread the coronavirus.
Be sure to check out all the virtual meetings for this year's election. Active Claremont will host an online forum for the upcoming CUSD school board election at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 17. Candidates participating include Kathy Archer, Bob Fass and Chris Naticchia. This will be an opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions on a wide array of issues concerning the school district.