After being forced to close down its encampment earlier this year, Occupy Claremont is remaining resolute with plans to become a catalyst for change in the community.
Occupiers have renewed their focus on changing policy addressing homelessness, foreclosure and corruption in the banking industry. City officials and workers for the Service Center for Independent Living (SCIL) are answering their rally cry, by helping the group to explore options for city programs that address these issues.
Paramedics had to attend to a pregnant woman who was a passenger in a stolen vehicle that was involved in a
minor traffic collision in the Claremont Village. Claremont police were involved in a short
pursuit with the vehicle that ended when the blue Honda Civic rear-ended a parked Volvo on Bonita between
Harvard and Yale. The driver was taken into custody, according to officials at the scene. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Planning Commission will meet Tuesday night, April 17, to review a conditional use permit for a new martial arts studio to be located in the Claremont Promenade shopping center. The proposed new business is part of the city’s continued focus to revitalize the shopping centers along Auto Center Drive.
If approved, Tao Martial Arts Center will take its place just west of the new Super King Markets and a soon-to-be-built Chase Bank with drive-thru, which received approval in January.
Claremont’s Oversight Board, successor
after the dissolve of the city’s Redevelopment
Agency, will have its first meeting
this Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m.
The meeting is open to the public and will
take place in the Citrus Room at Claremont
Items to be discussed include the election
of a chair and vice chair, adoption of
board rules, the administrative budget and
the obligation payment schedules for the
dissolved Redevelopment Agency.
Residents and nonresidents continue
to be at odds over changes to the
Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.
With increased popularity and approval to expand
parking, among chief concerns is the issue of overcrowding
of the city's "open space."
While many were initially pleased with the city's purchase
of Johnson's Pasture, preserving Claremont's undeveloped
natural landscape, some are starting to
question whether there is enough enforcement to keep
the undeveloped space at its best.
Public art and music collide in Claremont this month.
Claremont's Rhino Records was selected as one of 30 venues across Los Angeles County to take part in "Play Me, I'm Yours," a public art display that takes decorated pianos and scatters them in cities throughout the world for all to play and enjoy.
Three weeks of 24-hour piano playing available to the public, sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), kicked off Thursday.
"It celebrates the true spirit of music and encourages people to take a part in that," said Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving for LACO.
A group of walkers start the 5-mile loop trail early one morning at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. The park’s popularity has increased substantially in the last few years, which has prompted the city to build a pay parking lot to be completed by September. Many Claremonters believe paying to park is necessary to defer costs since the majority of users come from other cities. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Despite the devastation caused by a Claremont house fire over the holiday weekend, a local neighborhood is coming together to pay it forward as one of its own struggles to cope with the loss of her home.
Anna Petrovich, 86, watched as her Kirkwood Avenue home went up in flames Sunday afternoon, and once again early Monday morning in an unexpected turn of events. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
By just one vote, members of the Claremont Police Officers Association have rejected the city’s latest contract offer.
The proposal was turned down 19 to 18 at a general meeting of the CPOA held Friday, according to Detective Rick Varney, who serves as the association president.
The contract was taken back to its general membership for a vote after its negotiation team gave tentative approval late last month. Just as the association team thought the long stretch of rejected contracts, impasse and lawsuits between their association and city was over, they were proven wrong.
Claremont Manor Care
Center held a unique
last weekend commemorating
more than 400 years of life.
About 40 guests gathered to honor
Adele Grizzard, Rada Stout and Stella
Weigle as each celebrated a centennial
birthday. Phyllis Mahler was also recognized
as she turned 101 on April 1.
Centennial birthday parties are a favorite
of the Manor's staff, always
pleased to recognize the full lives of
their residents. Celebrating 4 centenarians
at one time, however, is a rarity,
according to Armando Carnigal, Manor
Claremont-based nonprofit Dial-A-Ride will continue to receive proper funding through the year, despite a spike in demand.
Claremont City Council unanimously supported its continuation through 2012 with a $30,000 allocation to help pay for the transportation program’s increased membership. The money will come from Prop A funds, given to the city on an annual basis to provide services to the community supporting health, safety and accessibility regulations.
For the Pearces and the Merrills,
"Good fences make good neighbors"
proverb according to the Oxford Dictionary
of Quotations, and a line in
Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall"),
is very true. But not in the idiomatic
good thing you're over there and we're
over here kind of way. Far from serving
as a barrier between the 2 couples on
Hood Drive, their shared fence serves as
a sort of residential water cooler, a place
for loitering and chatting about, well,
anything: gardening, sustainable landscaping,
local politics, children and
grandchildren, church happenings and
"Nothing heavy, just pleasant things, things we're
into and interested in," said Claudia Pearce, director
of public relations for the Claremont School of Theology.
With about 100 participants,
Yield Up!, an
crusade held Sunday, April 9 in the
Claremont High School gym, had
a relatively small turnout.
Nonetheless, 17 teens and young adults
came forward during the culminating altar
call to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ.
Their decision was preceded by more than
2 hours of Christian rock music punctuated
by emotional appeals from Ruben Reyes,
youth outreach director at Granite Creek
Community Church in Claremont.