As most Claremont residents got
ready to ring in the new year, the
Villanueva family prepared for
Susan and Tom Villanueva, along with their 3 children,
are among the latest wave of families hit by the failing
economy, unable to reach an agreement on their mortgage.
"There are so many people like us out there afraid to talk
about what is happening to them. It's hard...and you always
think that it won't happen to you," Ms. Villanueva said.
The city of Claremont has lowered its flag to half staff in honor of Judy Wright, former mayor and Claremont historian, who died Saturday, January 6th at 12:55 a.m. after going into cardiac arrest last week. An obituary will appear in an upcoming edition. Service arrangements are pending.
The Claremont Police Officer's Association has filed a complaint against the city of Claremont and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce claiming its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated at this year's Village Venture. The summons was served last week from the United States District Court Central District of California in a lawsuit brought forward by the CPOA.
According to the summons, by forcing the CPOA to shut down its booth at Village Venture, which is described as "a public event freely and openly accessible to the public."
The Claremont City
Council has approved
the use of up to
$300,000 of general reserve
funds to further the fight
against proposed water rate increases
by Golden State Water
Company. The money will also
be used to explore the possibility
of purchasing the city’s
The decision was made unanimously
in front of more than 150 people Thursday
night gathered at a special meeting
held in the Hughes Community Center.
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.