Claremont City Council approved the
use of a Public Employees’ Retirement
System (PERS) Two Years
Service Credit, saving the city an estimated
$442,400 in retirement costs over the next 5 years. Without the use of the service credit,
the city would accrue PERS costs of about
$294,000 over the next 20 years.
“By paying it early, we will reduce the interest that’s
calculated over the next 20 years. We are basically prepaying
the bill,” said City Manager Jeff Parker when the
credit topic was first addressed at the September 27 city
Claremont City Council approved the use of a Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Two Years Service Credit, saving the city an estimated $442,400 in retirement costs over the next 5 years. Without the use of the service credit, the city would accrue PERS costs of about $294,000 over the next 20 years.
Santa Ana Botanic
transformed its lush gardenscape
into a classroom
for former inmates and
troubled job seekers looking
for a second chance.
RSABG teamed up with local
agencies to sponsor "Water Efficient
Landscaping,"Â a vocational program
to parolees and others hit hard by the
economic downturn. The program, which came to a
close this week, provided students
with a paid work-study experience in
the hopes of helping them find their
feet with a new skill set.
Known by some as "a difficult city to do business in," Claremont is looking to fix the stereotype. Several ordinance changes will be taking effect in the next few months that aim to make the process of setting up shop in the city of trees more business friendly. The changes, reviewed by the Planning Commission last week, were made in an attempt to be more flexible with preexisting code requirements, according to Brian Desatnik, director of community development.
A large group of beer fans mill about or wait in line for another
glass of beer on Saturday during the 2nd annual California
Beer Festival in Claremont. According to organizer Vincenzo
Giammanco, the festival attracted more than 1500 people to the city. See our photo essay. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
When Claremont resident Sharron
Neyer won the LA County
Fair’s “Best in Show” prize for
the third year in a row this summer, her first
thought was, “Seriously?” Indeed, the
judges were most serious in their selection,
deeming her beaded, collar-style necklace
the best of the best in the beaded jewelry
Taking inspiration from her daughter’s desire to wear
something special for her Cleopatra Halloween costume,
Ms. Neyer spent approximately 52 hours and
completed more than 5,000 stitches to create the piece
of jewelry, which she titled “Cleo.”
The recent visits of Animorphs
Grant and Click, Clack,
Moo: Cows That Type author
Doreen Cronin to Vista del Valle Elementary
School are part of an effort
to increase reading proficiency on
campus. “Authors don’t just stand out and when you see
someone, you’re not going to know that person is
an author like you would a policeman or a fireman,”
Ms. Cronin said.
Friends and physicians of
the Pomona Valley Hospital
gathered to celebrate its Stead
Heart and Vascular Center’s
25th anniversary Wednesday
evening, recognizing a quarter
century of excellence in cardiovascular
Stead Heart, providing cardiovascular
and stroke services, has served thousands
of patients in Los Angeles, Riverside, and
San Bernardino Counties since opening its
doors in 1986, and shows no signs of slowing
The Claremont Police Officers' Association (POA) has filed an Unfair Practice Charge against the city of Claremont.
The association is claiming the city has violated the Brown Act and did not "meet and confer in good faith regarding wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment," and has "interfered with intimidation, restraint, or discrimination against public employees" by violating officers' rights to "join or abstain from the activities of an employee organization."
As Golden State Water Company
proposes a new set of spikes in the
region's water prices, Claremont
plans to take a stand against the steadily
increasing burden on its residents.
The higher water rates, which may increase an additional
27 percent by 2015, have caused residents and
officials to question the burden the water company is
placing on its customers, said City Manager Jeff
Village West is preparing to close
down street access and make way
for the 2nd annual California Beer
Festival this Saturday, October 8, from
12:30 to 5 p.m.
Sweeping across First Street near The Packing House,
the creations of more than 60 microbreweries across the
Golden State will be flowing for Inland Empire beer enthusiasts.
The beer fest, which marks its 3rd and final tour stop
here in Claremont, looks to share the love of local craft
specialties with fellow Claremont beer connoisseurs.
Musician Rachel V. Huang performs Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata in F major during a concert at the
Scripps College Performing Arts Center in Claremont. Throughout the fall semester the departments of music at
Pomona and Scripps Colleges host free Friday afternoon concerts open to the public at Balch Auditorium. See our Calendar for more information on events around Claremont. COURIER photo/Jonathan Gibby
The Claremont clan took to deep-fried goodness and town regalia last Thursday as part of the Los Angeles County Fair's annual Claremont Day celebration. City staffers waved from floats while familiar faces milled around the fairgrounds to commemorate the wacky holiday, all while enjoying an opportunity to swap City Hall for a low-key "fun for all." "It's a great opportunity to be immersed in the pride of Claremont," said Sue Hyland, fellow Claremonter and member of the fair's board of directors. "It's a chance for the whole community to come together and enjoy." COURIER photo/Jonathan Gibby