California’s Redevelopment Agencies
(RDA) dissolved a little over a
month ago. It’s a day City Manager
Tony Ramos says he will never forget.
“It was kind of like when Prop 13 passed,” he said
during an interview at City Hall this week. “We will
never forget. It’s just one of those days.”
In the days following the February 2 dissolvement,
the RDA has been a hot topic for city officials as they
prepare the state-mandated successor agency to proceed
with disbanding the agency and its financial obligations.
City Councilman Corey Calaycay
had the "spot-on" word for Thursday's
ceremony at Oak Park Cemetery:
Starting off the month of March, the Claremont City
Council, a number of members of the Friends of Oak
Park Cemetery support organization, city staff and a
smattering of the public gathered at the cemetery for a
ceremonial groundbreaking for what is scheduled to be
a one-acre expansion and a number of additions to the
Nearly 9 years after devastating fires
ripped through the Claremont hills
and surrounding area, ending in a
$17.5 million lawsuit against the city, the
fallout has finally reached an end.
A $540,000 claim has been cleared against the attorney
representing the group who filed a lawsuit against
Claremont. The Los Angeles Superior Court of Pomona
ended the claim, filed by 2 residents represented by the
attorney, late last month.
A crowd gathered off College Avenue and First Street Tuesday afternoon, despite wind and cold weather, to celebrate the grand opening of Claremont's Courier Place Apartment Homes. Jamboree Housing Corporation, Housing Development Director Michael Massie, second from left, and Claremont city officials pose during the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Courier Place on College Avenue in Claremont. The affordable housing project is the realization of a long-time goal for the city.
A Claremont Police officer was transported to the hospital early Saturday morning after falling into a planter of cacti during a foot pursuit. Police located a stolen Honda Civic driving south on Towne Avenue near Foothill Boulevard at 12:30 a.m. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver immediately pulled over and both he and the passenger got out and took off running.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s has hired Scott
LeFleur as its new horticulture director. Mr. LeFleur
succeeds Susan Jett, who accepted the position of associate
director of horticulture for nursery operations
March is the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts of America. Council-wide, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles will participate in a community service project on March 10 to celebrate the momentous occasion.
Claremont will participate in the festivities at the Claremont Library with a historical overview of Girl Scouting in the United States and even locally. Join local troop leaders as they discuss how Girl Scout Cookies have been sold and distributed through the decades. Girl Scout Cookies will also be available for guests to enjoy.
The event will take place on March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Claremont Library Meeting Room located at 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont.
While the saying goes ‘it takes a village,’ in Claremont’s case many would argue that continuing to foster Claremont’s rich history is due to Claremont Heritage, a local nonprofit dedicated to historical preservation. Despite the recent loss of historian and Claremont Heritage figurehead Judy Wright, and amid possible challenges due to rotating executive directors over the past several years, town preservation team says it hasn’t lost that focus.
The Southern California Gas Company
is alerting customers to be aware
of persons haven been recently posing
as Gas Company employees. According
to the city’s website, the imposters
distract an unsuspecting customer by
performing “gas leak inspections”
while an accomplice burglarizes the
The Gas Company wants to assure
all customers that all of its employees
carry proper identification when called
out to a job.
Claremont memorials marking the spot where the homeless have died over the past 4 years can be found in all corners of the city. Many, like a bench at the Depot or the steps of city hall, are places commonly visited every day, but are not often noticed. Marchers with Occupy Claremont hope to put an end to that.
More than 50 gathered to silently march across the streets of Claremont Sunday night, remembering the homeless who have passed away along those roadways.
More than 20 local nonprofit organizations will appear before the Claremont Community and Human Services Commission beginning Wednesday to appeal for city funding through the Community Based Organization (CBO) and Homeless Programs.
Both programs provide an opportunity for the city of Claremont to help aid local nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing for the needy in the local community.
Yeah Samake, a leading presidential
candidate in the African nation of Mali,
will visit Claremont Graduate University
(CGU) on Wednesday, March 7, to tell
the story of his rise from poverty to public
Mr. Samake, a Mormon convert, is
running for president in a North African
country that is 90 percent Muslim. If
elected, he would become the first Mormon
head of state in the world. He would
also lead a developing country that is
locked in a battle against political corruption
and al-Qaeda-backed religious
When local artist Betty Davenport
Ford was 4, she sculpted
animals out of sun-softened
crayons. Her tiny, talented hands also
found bliss in the paraffin wax her mother
used for canning. At age 15,
she began training at Scripps
College after lauded sculptor
Albert Stewart observed her potential.
The next summer, encouraged by Millard
Sheets to enter, she won second prize in
the LA County Fair sculpture competition.
Now close to 90, Ms. Davenport
Ford is still sculpting and will reflect upon
her artistic life at the American Museum
of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) next Saturday,
The Claremont City Council adopted an amendment to
a previously-approved housing complex to be built on the
southwest corner of Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue.
The amendment will allow the developer to construct
more houses than originally planned on the vacant 3.35-