The damaged remains of a vandalized
nativity installation depicting
3 couples, including 2 gay couples,
was the target of what Claremont Police
are calling a hate crime that occurred
at Claremont United Methodist Church
last week. The church has decided the
scene will remain outside this week as part
of its annual staple in celebration of the
holidays each year.
Though beyond repair, the meddled art piece is left
as a symbol for its parishioners, a reminder of the
need for compassion in the new year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
High priority economic development
projects for the city, like the
remodel of Peppertree Square,
may be in jeopardy.
Claremont and more than 400 cities across California
are being forced to dissolve their redevelopment agencies
after a state Supreme Court decision made last
week. Claremont's agency will be shut down next
month, according to Mayor Sam Pedroza.
Nominations are now
being accepted for the
31st annual city of
Claremont Architectural Commission
Excellence in Design
Awards. The awards program
recognizes recently completed
building projects in Claremont
that best exhibit the city’s standards
of design excellence.
The COURIER has a decades old tradition of publishing only the best photography as we cover Claremont each year. 2011 was no different, as staff photographer and photo editor Steven Felschundneff led the way with another fine year of visuals that document the people and places in our unique city. Be sure to check out our photo gallery with even more images.
As spectators walked by in what looked like large airplane hangers, it was all serious business for the hundreds of volunteers preparing the many floats for the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena on January 2. Building a float is a yearlong process, where the design and construction work starts early each year. But the real detail work comes during the last week before the parade as the thousands of flowers must be clipped, prepared and finally attached to each float in the most delicate of ways. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
From neo-Nazis to negotiations, new
faces and familiar ones, 2011 has
been anything but quiet for the cozy
town of Claremont. The COURIER has
opened up the vaults to get a glance at some
of this year’s most newsworthy happenings.
Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza has
been named Chairman of the Metro
Gold Line Phase II Joint Powers
Authority (JPA). He is taking over for Doug
Tessitor, who has served as JPA’s chair for
the past 3 years.
The JPA serves as an advisory board for the Gold
Line Foothill Extension project, which looks to span
from the current end of the line in Pasadena through the
city of Montclair.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ordered Golden State Water Company to refund $9.5 million to its customers in a decision finalized last week. Claremont residents are among thousands of ratepayers from Region 3 who will get a tiny piece of the profit.
Approximately $400,000 will be refunded to Golden State Water’s estimated 100,000 Region 3 ratepayers. A decision will be made in early 2012 to determine how the refunded money will be shared.
Claremont is moving forward with
a conceptual master plan to revamp
the city’s Joslyn Center,
which has provided senior services to the
city of Claremont since 1985.
The city, consistent with its 2010-2011 priority of
improving senior facilities to the community, approved
the development of the $45,000 site plan in
July. The city council and human services commission
reviewed the conceptual plan last week.
The California budget crisis continues
to create an uncertain future
for public education throughout
the state. Yet Claremont will have enough
resources to survive mid-year cuts during
the current school year, according to a
budget update by Claremont Unified
School District Assistant Superintendent
The Rotary Club of Claremont held
its annual Bikes for Kids event last
weekend, providing 27 brand new
bicycles, helmets and locks to local elementary
school children in need.
The 13th annual giveaway took place at the Old
School Houseâ??s Casa De Salsa where 27 eager school
kids gathered to take a spin on their custom-fit bikes.
Ronald Evans shows dread in his face as he portrays Ebenezer Scrooge meeting the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come during a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol Saturday at Pilgrim Place. Mr. Evans played each character in the play, changing his voice to match each new persona in the well-loved story of redemption and the spirit of Christmas. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city will move forward
with the first of 2 expansion
projects to address parking
issues and the growing popularity
at the Claremont Hills Wilderness
Originally proposed as a $1.5 million venture,
city officials will construct the parking
lot expansion in 2 phases to lower initial
costs. Phase one is expected to begin in