The sun peaks through the trees during sunset at Vail Park off off Grand Avenue in Claremont Monday. The park is open, but the main soccer field remains closed for the next two weeks to finish summer reseeding. The Claremont area weather through the weekend will remain normal for this time of year. That means sunny skies, highs around 90, and lows in the 60s. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
One group says 1.4 million people use the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park each year; the other thinks 900,000 is more accurate. Either way, something needs to be done.
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan project was launched in January 2014 and by the looks of things, it couldn’t come fast enough. The city-owned 2,023-acre preserve, with its 20 miles of fire roads and single-path trails extending deep into the hills and canyons of the San Gabriel foothills, continues to attract a mountain of visitors, creating the challenge of finding a balance between resource protection and park use.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has announced the 2014 Fourth of July honorees. This year’s grand marshal title goes to two residents, Mary and Fritz Weis. The honored citizens are Rosie and Leo Bister, and the Friends of the Claremont Library have received the honored group distinction.
Youth nominations go to this year’s theme contest winner Pierce Barnum, a third grader from Sumner Elementary. The National Anthem will be sung by Anita Mathias, a junior at Claremont High School.
The Independence Day Committee is working to finalize details of Claremont’s festival. Look for the COURIER’s upcoming Fourth of July special edition for details.
Alba Honoré Cisneros has pieced together a life doing what she loves.
The sun is glinting on the glass tiles of some prominent new public art projects she has created, including a mural celebrating the area’s natural beauty and agricultural history at the Citrus Glen housing development on the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Base Line Road.
The mosaic features lemon trees, neat rows of crops and hardy native plants thriving in fertile blonde soil, while Mt. Baldy stretches towards a clean blue sky.
A free bicycle safety class sponsored by the City of Claremont and the Claremont Senior Bike Group will be held on Thursday, June 19 at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The class will be taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors and is open to kids from 4th grade and up and to Adults. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Participants will learn how to safely ride on city streets. Interested parties need to reserve a spot in the class by contacting Tom Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Claremont Unified School District will be serving free breakfast and lunch to all children from one to 18 years old at three school sites.
Again, there is no charge for lunch. For more information, call (909) 398-0358.
A water revenue bond slated for the November ballot received a green light from city council Tuesday night, despite a request from Golden State Water Company (GSWC) to put a plug in it.
City staff has said it can support an $80 million purchase price through current revenues collected from water bills. The proposed bonds would give the city an additional $55 million toward the potential acquisition of the Claremont water system, should the system’s price tag exceed the $80 million. Check out the link to the official Golden State Water memorandum statement at the end of the story inside.
A boy struck by a Claremont police vehicle on June 9 while walking to school returned to classes the following day with minor injuries. The Condit Elementary School student was in the crosswalk around 8:20 a.m. when the officer, attempting to stop a speeding motorist, hit the boy at the intersection of Scripps Drive and Mountain Avenue.
According to an eyewitness, the unnamed officer had turned on his lights and chirped his siren before beginning his pursuit of the driver.
“Then I heard a thud.”
With head in hand retiring teacher Ken Kirkwood is serenaded by his colleagues during an end of the semester assembly on Tuesday at El Roble Intermediate School. Mr. Kirkwood’s fellow teachers dressed in beards, wire rim glasses and knee high socks as they sang a special tribute to the 37-year El Roble veteran. The costumes were inspired by Mr. Kirkwood’s standard work attire, which has added to his reputation as a fixture at the school. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The man accused of assault with a deadly weapon against a Claremont police officer that shot him entered into a plea agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney today in Pomona Superior Court. Dressed in a blue jail-issued jumpsuit, Marcel Esparaza Herrera was escorted into the courtroom in handcuffs and took a seat at the defendant’s table. “I’m sorry for all I’ve done to you guys,” he said, adding, “Don’t cry ma, I’m good. God is good, I’m getting another chance to restore my life.”
Pedestrians cross Mountain Avenue at Scripps Drive adjacent to Condit Elementary School on Tuesday one day after a Condit student was struck by a Claremont police cruiser in the intersection. Parent Lisa Chen called it, “A dangerous intersection.” and thought the city could make it safer by having red signals on both streets while pedestrians are crossing. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The man accused of raping a 12-year-old Claremont girl appeared in court Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty. Joseph Chandler Davall was arraigned in Pomona Superior Court on seven felony counts in Los Angeles County, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child; one count each of forcible rape; sexual penetration by foreign object; and assault to commit a felony during the commission of first-degree burglaries.
Under the city of Claremont’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, new residential developments are required to set aside 15 percent of the new units for affordable- to moderate-income households.
Currently, three new residential developments are accepting applications for their affordable units. Interested residents should review the pre-application checklist on the city’s website for information regarding the program details and qualification requirements, and follow up by contacting the sales officer at the desired development.
A Claremont teacher, frustrated by what he sees as persecution on the part of the Claremont Unified School District, now faces termination.
Over the past months, Claremont High School social studies teacher Dave Lukkarila has sent hundreds of updates on his struggles with CUSD administrators, teacher’s union representatives and school board members to the personal email accounts of nearly 200 members of the district community. See the full statement on this issue by CUSD Superintendent Jim Elsasser after the story inside.
In late March of 2012, Mr. Lukkarila was placed on paid administrative leave, pending dismissal under the Education Code.