Sanitation fees are on the rise and so are water rates. Now, another Claremont utility is joining in with the recent price increases.
With a 4-1 vote, the Claremont City Council approved a 1.28 percent, or $2.03, increase associated with the county’s Landscape and Lighting District (LLD). This increase comes on the heel of a similarly priced increase in June 2012. Currently, there is $2.75 million in estimated landscape and lighting needs, a $96,023 rise from last year due primarily to the rising cost of other utilities, officials say.
“Mostly due to water increases,” Management Analyst Cari Sneed explained further.
In the 1800s, it was a ticket office. In the 1950s, it was home to Claremont’s Folk Music Center and through the 1980s, it was Shrimps. Today, it’s all about tacos for the little white house on First Street as John Solana of The Back Abbey and Union on Yale adds a third venue to his Claremont restaurant repertoire.
In partnership with Erik Johnson—general manager of The Back Abbey—Mr. Solana debuts “Petiscos” taco house this Monday, June 3. Through their latest culinary venture, the local restaurateurs welcome the Claremont community into the backyard of one of the Village’s oldest buildings for South American-inspired cuisine.
On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget for 2013-2014. Preliminary views of the state budget indicate Claremont will not be adversely affected should that revised budget be enacted, according to City Manager Tony Ramos.
“In the past, local assistance for public safety or Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funding has been a target of the state. However, the May revise does not propose to reduce this funding at this time, and the city should receive its allocation of $100,000 in 2013-2014,” Mr. Ramos said.
James Sink, chairman of Claremont’s Architectural Commission, has come a long way since constructing Lego structures. Though he admittedly hasn’t left behind the plastic blocks of his past, Mr. Sink now dedicates much of his time to edifices that are slightly larger and more subdued in color.
The lifelong Claremont resident has made a name for himself throughout Los Angeles County as a principal engineer for HMC Architects, most notable for designing residence halls and other structures for universities and colleges
Cyclists participating in RCS Sport’s Grand Fondo Giro d’Italia, a fundraising bike ride to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation, will be come through Claremont this Sunday, June 2.
The section through Claremont is part of a 94-mile route starting and ending in Pasadena. It’s estimated 200 cyclists will come through Claremont between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as part of the ride.
Five Village homes were targeted in a crime spree that began on Friday, May 26, and spilled over into the Memorial Day weekend. A sweep of homes along Yale Avenue, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Streets were all burglarized.
Claremont Police Department investigators developed a possible suspect vehicle description through interviews and arrested 53-year-old Lund Colton today, Wednesday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m.
Claremont detectives canvassed the neighborhood earlier today looking for the suspect vehicle and found the driver acting suspiciously in the area.
Workers with Nocturnal Cleaning freshen up the outside of one of 2 new skilled nursing homes on Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s open house at Mount San Antonio Gardens. The new development, called Evergreen Villas, will be California’s first Green House facility that provides skilled nursing in an environment that is more like a home than a hospital. Evergreen Villas will be open for tours this afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. with a dedication to follow. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Korean War veteran John Serpa and his wife Marge recite the Pledge of Allegiance on Monday during Memorial Day Services at Oak Park Cemetery in Claremont. The traditional event honored the men and women who died in military service with speeches, placing of flowers tributes and lastly the playing of “Taps.” Congresswoman Judy Chu spoke at the event and called for action on the backlog of medical claims by veterans returning from current conflicts. More in our next edition. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council’s discussion on gun violence took an unexpected turn on Tuesday night when the council’s 3-2 vote effectively gave Mayor Pro Tem Joe Lyons the power to sign the Mayors Against Illegal Guns petition should Mayor Opanyi Nasiali decline. “We appoint a mayor every year by the council and I believe that the mayor should take direction from this council. It’s not an independently elected mayor,” Mr. Schroeder noted. “That person, when signing policy or signing procedure, should take the majority view of the council.”
The Claremont Police Department is looking to add a second police pooch to its ranks, and a local group is stepping in to help.
At a gathering held last Saturday, Keeping Good in the Neighborhood (KGNH)—a community watch group serving a portion of the north Claremont community—announced it will give its 2013 donations to the Claremont police force’s K-9 fund. Police personnel, KGNH neighbors and their 4-legged companions gathered in the shade of Higginbotham Park for the announcement.
The Pilgrim Place Festival may be half a year away, but Nijiko Bergh is ahead of the game. Ms. Bergh spends much of her time with paintbrush in hand at Pilgrim Place’s Pendleton Arts and Crafts Center, busy painting floral-embellished candlesticks, step stools and plates for this fall’s fair.
Ms. Bergh doesn’t like to rush the artistic process.
“She’s very precise and very accurate,” said fellow painter Nancy Reed. “I’m still learning but, Nijiko, she’s the master.”
Gun violence and illegal gun ownership are once again coming back to council. Tonight, the Claremont City Council will consider whether or not it’s appropriate for the Claremont mayor to sign on to the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. The coalition, composed of about 900 mayors throughout the country, supports keeping guns from those who choose to obtain them illegally. The discussion takes place on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Having the council adopt a stance on gun violence was first brought up by a group of residents at a council meeting in early March.
The students may have gone home for the summer, but the work is just getting started at Pomona College. School administrators are preparing for a summer of construction preparations with the demolition and renovation of the school’s longstanding Millikan Laboratory, one of Pomona College’s oldest academic buildings to remain standing.
Millikan Laboratory—located on College Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets—was built in 1958 as a segment of the greater Seaver Science Center. The facility was designed as part of the college’s mission to offer “unparalleled scientific instruction for undergraduates,” according to college history.
The change of venue for the Claremont Folk Festival, which will be held for the first time this year at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, is not the only unusual aspect of this year’s music extravaganza.
There is a surprisingly edgy name among the eclectic lineup: Henry Rollins.
Mr. Rollins first rose to fame during his 1981-1986 stint as the furious front man for the hardcore punk group Black Flag. He has gone on to become an award-winning spoken word artist, notably winning a Grammy Award in 1995 for Get in the Van, a 2-disc recording of his Black Flag memoirs. He is also a busy actor, the host of his own radio program (KCRW’s “The Henry Rollins Show”) and a regular blogger for the LA Weekly.
The Claremont connection? Mr. Rollins is acquainted with the Harper brothers, whose grandparents founded Claremont’s Folk Music Center.