The decisions we make at the polls on November 6 will have a big impact on the state of education.
One significant ballot measure is Governor Jerry Brown’s Prop 38, which proposes a constitutional amendment creating temporary taxes to fund public safety and education in California.
Should it pass, Californians will face a quarter-cent increase in sales tax for the next 4 years. For the next 5 years, state income tax rates will also be raised for people making more than $250,000.
Claremont residents will see a slight spike in sanitation fees for the first time in 4 years beginning August 10.
The Claremont City Council unanimously approved raising sanitation rates due to a 2 percent increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI.) Council members saw the increase as necessary to sustain ongoing operations, particularly given the need to replace sanitation vehicles, which are estimated at $795,882 through 2013-2014.
Friday morning, June 22 proved unlucky for teenage burglars attempting to get away with stolen goods in Claremont. Neighbors came to the rescue in separate incidents to aid Claremont Police in catching crooks. A resident in the 300 block of Geneva Avenue contacted police after witnessing a man attempt to break into a neighbor’s Volkswagen Beetle around 6:45 a.m.
Traffic passes a speed limit sign Monday night on College Avenue adjacent to Oakmont Outdoor School in Claremont. In response to a recent radar speed survey, the Claremont Traffic and Transportation Committee will review a series of proposed speed limit increases during its Thursday 7 p.m. meeting in the city council chambers. The changes would bring the city into compliance with state standards. But many residents are unhappy increased speeds may bring increased accidents. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont is beginning the next step in potential acquisition of its water system.
Mayor Larry Schroeder announced the decision after a closed session between the city council and consultants hired to determine costs associated with the acquisition. Up to $250,000 of general reserve funds was allocated to explore the possibility of purchasing the city’s water system. A utility consultant, appraiser and financial consultant were among hiring expenditures.
Visitors to John and Karen Neiuber’s Indian Hill home may have trouble knowing where to look.
Built in 1908, the Craftsman-style home features furniture from the Arts and Crafts period that flourished locally between 1860 and 1910. It is also brimming with mementos from the couple’s travels to China and Mexico as well as original artwork and installations, much of which has been created by the Neiubers themselves.
Claremont’s First Street Gallery presents post-aPOPalyptic, the center’s latest art exhibition, opening Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. The exhibit will run through August 24.
Post-aPOPalyptic is a group show featuring a mash-up of pop culture-inspired imagery and post-apocalyptic themes.
As the city of Claremont’s Village West takes one step forward with proposed new development, officials are taking necessary preparations to help the city’s Peppertree Square with an unanticipated step backward.
A Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market expected to anchor the soon-to-be-renovated shopping center announced late last week that it is halting plans for a new location in Claremont.
A hole in the wall has become the Claremont community’s window of literary opportunity.
The gaping hole, a longtime fixture on the north side of The Press Restaurant’s brick building, has been transformed into the town’s Free Little Library, part of a book-sharing program that is sweeping the globe.
Claremont’s Free Little Library—an undertaking led by Anne Seltzer, owner of A Brush with the Past: Art Gallery and Vintage Treasures—is one of thousands of miniature reading nooks worldwide.
Sharon Messick kisses her dog Shelby, with fellow dog lover Sharon Jones, left, during Doggy Disco on Friday at the Zoom Room in Claremont. The party brought dog owners together as part of Take Your Dog To Work Day, which also promotes adopting pets from local animal shelters. Zoom Room partnered with Inland Valley Humane Society to put on the event with 100% of the proceeds going to the shelter. More photos in Wednesday’s calendar. COURIER photo by Cameron Barr
This project is currently out to bid, with a bid opening date of Tuesday, June 26. This project will accommodate approximately 137 parking spaces encompassing nearly 1.7 acres at the north end of Mills Avenue using Pomona Valley Protective Agency (PVPA) property. Access to the park will be made available during construction, except for limited periods for grading and paving.
The author Robert A. Heinlein once wrote, “Butterflies are not insects. They are self-propelled flowers.”
Regardless of your taxonomic view, both flowers and butterflies are visible in abundance this summer at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). Visitors can view the latter up close through July 29 in the Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion.
Now in its third year, the living display features a host of area-native butterflies in all stages of development, from egg to caterpillar and from chrysalis to fluttering adult.
Their names are nearly as colorful as their wings: California dogface, monarch, pipevine swallowtail, gulf fritillary, mourning cloak and cabbage white. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Traffic and Transportation Committee will review a series of proposed city speed limit increases this Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225. W. Second St.
The review is being brought before the commission after the results of a recently completed Radar Speed Survey. The last survey was completed in 2005.
The proposed speed limit changes are needed in order to comply with state standards, according to a news release. The state requires the speed limit on a street to be as close as possible to the 85 percentile, or the speed that 85 percent of the traffic is traveling either at or below. To comply with these standards, a proposed 5 miles per hour (mph) increase will be added on 11 city streets:
The city of Claremont is well-known for its grand Independence Day celebrations, engulfing the entire city in festivities from dawn to dusk. The staple Freedom 5000 race, parade and patriotic fireworks display are just a sampling of how Claremonters do Fourth of July up in a big way.
This year’s celebration, however, is getting a little bit bigger.
Claremont will ring in the red, white and blue a few days early with its first patriotic musical event at the Claremont Depot from 6 to 7:30 p.m. next Sunday, July 1. The concert is free and open to the public.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff