The congregation at the Claremont United Church of Christ, Congregational, has said goodbye to Senior Pastor Rob Patton, who resigned from his post earlier this month. He submitted his resignation after a prolonged medical leave.
“I cannot fully express my emotions connected with this transition,” Rev. Patton wrote in a letter to the public.
Rev. Patton came to CUCC in April 2008 after serving at St. Stephen United Church of Christ in his native Ohio.
Wolfe’s Market, 160 W. Foothill Blvd., was targeted in an early Thursday morning burglary. Three crooks, dressed in light colored sweat suits and masks, entered the town specialty store and deli by prying open the front door, according to the police report. They made off with the store safe in a white late model, 4-door vehicle. Any information on this crime should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411. We will report more information as it happens.
Claremonters may have said no to 7-Eleven on the city’s portion of Foothill Boulevard, but it hasn’t stopped the Big Gulps from coming close to town.
Upland is moving forward with plans to build the convenience store known for its soft drinks and Slurpee’s on Campus and Foothill Boulevard just 5 miles down the road from where a similar store was proposed in Claremont. The nearly 3,000 square foot building is expected to open this spring.
"It's revenue for the city, and by golly we all know we need the revenue,” said Upland Councilwoman Debbie Stone in late December.
On Wednesday, January 23, City Manager Tony Ramos traveled with Finance Director Adam Pirrie, Community Development Director Brian Desatnik and Successor Agency Counsel Tom Clark to Sacramento to meet with the California Department of Finance (DOF).
The purpose of the meeting was to challenge the DOF determination that property located at Base Line Road and Towne Avenue, currently the subject of a purchase agreement with City Ventures, LLC, is not considered a housing asset.
Councilmember Joe Lyons speaks about the city’s efforts to buy the water company on Tuesday during the annual State of the City luncheon at Candlelight Pavilion. The city council painted a rosy picture of Claremont’s future during the event which offers civic leaders an opportunity to hear directly from our elected officials. Read our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Craig Bradshaw, city engineer for the city of Claremont for the past 25 years, is on administrative leave, city officials confirmed on Friday. Further details and the length of his leave have not been released.
The confirmation was made a few days after the Claremont City Council met in closed session to discuss the “potential discipline/termination” of a public employee on Tuesday. Mr. Bradshaw was hired as Claremont’s city engineer in 1994 after serving as an associate civil engineer with the city for 6 years previous.
Street maintenance isn’t the only improvement being made to Claremont’s newly relinquished portion of Foothill Boulevard. While some changes to historic Route 66 are taking place underfoot, other changes are taking place over head in the form of elevated, multicolored promotional signs.
The Old School House complex received a recent upgrade with the installation of 2 multi-tenant monument signs, each an estimated 12 feet tall. The lofty signs have gathered attention in recent weeks as changes in the city’s sign ordinance are finally realized.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has granted an extension for those who want to protest the proposed countywide Clean Water, Clean Beaches tax initiative. If approved, the measure would charge residents an annual fee to help pay for water quality projects.
The city of Claremont, CUSD and the Pomona Valley Protective Association (PVPA) joined with other municipalities, school districts and organizations across the county to add their voice in opposition against the Clean Water, Clean Beaches tax, which would cost the city an estimated $102,703 a year.
The Clean Water fee is expected to cost the average single-family homeowner in Claremont $54 a year of what city officials believe will add up to $1,539,658 annually for residents.
For Fred and Nadia Saca, the Mediterranean diet is not a trend. It’s a way of life, and the source of a thriving family business.
Since 1992, Saca’s Mediterranean Cuisine has provided Claremonters with fresh and healthy meals, using Ms. Saca’s traditional family recipes.
The menu hasn’t changed much since Saca’s first opened its doors: crisp falafel, creamy hummus and baba ghanouj, tangy tabouleh, savory shawerma and sticky-sweet baklava.
It’s the kind of food that Mr. Saca, who moved to Houston, Texas from Lebanon in 1955 at age 10, grew up eating, and which his wife has prepared for their family since the couple was married in 1975.
The first water negotiation meeting scheduled to take place between Golden State Water Company and the city of Claremont has been canceled.
After about a month of pause in the water discussion, City Manager Tony Ramos announced the city’s intent to meet water company officials at the city council meeting Tuesday night. Golden State Water officials confirmed on Wednesday that a meeting was scheduled to take place between city and water company representatives in the form of a conference call Friday, January 25. Legal counsel would be present for both sides.
Claremont residents and administrators took a night off on Thursday for a special house party.
About 400 Claremonters and dignitaries gathered at Taylor Hall to recognize Claremont’s Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) reaching its goal of retrofitting 130 homes. Claremont leads Los Angeles County as the city with the most home energy retrofits.
Through CHERP, Co-founder Devon Hartman, above, and volunteers built an organization to work with homeowners in making home performance improvements to their homes. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
On Thursday, January 17 2 minors with a serious appetite for alcohol made off with multiple bottles of the hard stuff over a 3-day burglary binge at Claremont’s local Stater Bros. market, located at 1055 W. Foothill Blvd. One minor conducted most of the crime, acting alone in 2 of the burglaries, performed on January 15 and 16. On day 3, January 16, he brought along a male accomplice. It turns out luck only lasts so long.