City officials join members of the Claremont community boarding a Metrolink train to downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to attend the Metro planning and programming committee meeting. Metro staff had authored a study to evaluate the benefits or costs of eliminating Claremont’s Metrolink station however they recommended last week that the station be retained. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont police detective Erik Orozco reads the book Pete the Cat during Story Time with a Cop on Tuesday at the Claremont Public Library. Four officers were scheduled to read books that were chosen by the children‘s librarian Vee Elliott. The event was a variation on the Coffee with a Cop public outreach meetings that Claremont Police started last year. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city council last week heard an update from Human Services Director Anne Turner about the city’s efforts to combat homelessness.
The city acts as a “super-referral” system, Ms. Turner noted, meaning it contacts homeless individuals in the city and attempts to direct them to local and regional groups for assistance, including the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), Tri-City Mental Health, Volunteers of America and Foothill Family Shelter.
Claremont will be going to the polls this summer to vote on a police station bond measure, and two Claremonters will spearhead the campaign.
Betty Crocker, who runs the neighborhood watch program Keeping Good in the Neighborhood (KGNH), and Ed Reece, chair of the city’s police commission, are convening a committee to get the word out about the proposed station.
Tara Schultz will officially become Claremont’s new city manager.
Ms. Schultz’s contract was unanimously approved Tuesday evening during the first city council meeting of the new year. The council also heard an update on Claremont’s homeless services and approved an art installation to be located in front of city hall. Ms. Schultz, who was in attendance with her husband, youngest son and her parents, was all smiles as she thanked the city and the council.
Claremont may keep its Metrolink station after all, according to a recommendation on the agenda for next week’s Metro planning and programing committee meeting.
According to an agenda list posted by the “SOS – Save Our Metrolink Station” Facebook page Wednesday evening, the committee is expected to receive and file a “final report on the Claremont Metrolink Station Study with staff recommendations to keep the Claremont Metrolink Station open and proceed with a staff level task force."
On Thursday, January 4 a safe was stolen from a home on the 2100 block of San Benito Court. Around 3 p.m., two suspects shattered the rear patio door of the home and gained entry, ransacking the place and making off with the safe. A getaway driver was waiting, and the three thieves fled from the scene. The two thieves who broke into the home are described as Hispanic men.
With areas of Claremont getting up to three inches of rain from the storm system that blew through Monday and Tuesday, it was a great opportunity for significant snow in the San Gabriel mountains. Although several inches did fall, nicely blanketing the mountains with a coat of white, this system was too warm for any substantial snow. The good news is the Mt. Baldy ski lifts are open for business, with most runs open (top of photo). If you’re ready to take the family up to play in the snow, get up there quickly before much of it melts.
Each year the Boy Scouts of America create a Tournament Troop of 50 scouts to carry banners in the Rose Parade. Claremont's own Eagle Scout Jack Campbell, above, started the new year with a bang by representing our community in fine fashion as the only scout selected from the City of Trees. In the months leading up to the parade, scouts participated in several events including logging in miles of practice carrying their selected banners. Jack was selected to carry the Founder's Award banner, which was awarded to the entry from Burbank called "Sand-Sational Helpers."
The Claremont City Council is set to vote on the terms of a three-year contract for incoming city manager Tara Schultz. Ms. Schultz was selected by city staff after a review by a citizens’ panel, a professional panel and the city council.
Under the terms of the contract, Ms. Schultz will be paid $211,000 annually, including a $1,000 per month paid into the city’s deferred compensation plan.
Folk and Americana musician Rick Shea will be performing at Folk music Center in Claremont on January 20th. Mr. Shea, who has also performed at the Claremont Folk Festival, said he feels fortunate to be part of the Folk Music Center’s extended family. The show is at 7:30 but doors open at 7:00.
The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meets at 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. Speaking at the free and open meeting is Amanda Zarr, who is returning to Claremont after playing Beatrice in Ophelia’s Jump’s summer production of Much Ado About Nothing at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater.
Pooch Park renovations are complete but city staff will continue to monitor the turf to be sure it is properly established prior to the park’s opening. During the closure, residents may visit other pet-friendly Claremont parks, including the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, Thompson Creek Trail, Lewis Park walking trail and Rancho San Jose Park.
For information, contact Community Services at (909) 399-5431.