A promotional tourism video launched this week by the Discover Claremont campaign caused a stir among residents. The commercial, produced by Wallop Films, sought to entice Los Angeles residents to visit Claremont. Resident comments about the commercial were generally unfavorable. “Awkward” and “weird” were common descriptors and the overriding reaction—based on the 60 or so comments on the COURIER Facebook page—was that the film simply didn’t capture the spirit of Claremont.
A review of the city’s mid-year financial report indicates that Claremont is on course to stay within the 2014-15 budget adopted by city council last summer.
Financial Director Adam Pirrie delivered the news at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “I’m pleased to say at the midpoint of the fiscal year that revenues are generally on track to meet or exceed budgeted amounts, and expenditures are in line with where we would expect them to be at this point of the fiscal year,” said Adam Pirrie.
A suspicious fire and explosion at Motel 6 resulted in one suspect hospitalized with severe burns. A Claremont officer on site at the motel was contacted by Los Angeles County Fire around 6:30 p.m. following an explosion and small fire in a motel room.
According to Det. Isaac Reyes, a witness in an adjoining laundry room heard a loud explosion followed by smoke coming through the wall. The witness ran to the room to see what had happened, but was dismissed by a woman who said all was fine. That was not the case.
Elena Griza, manager of the Claremont Village Green senior apartments, shows an old COURIER clipping to Bob Kern recently at the Bonita Avenue complex. Mr. Kern helped Ms. Griza coordinate getting the complex certified under the City of Claremont’s Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. The copy of the COURIER showed Claremont Village Green on the day it opened in 1963. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Bridges Auditorium will host the 13th annual Garba with Attitude (GWA) event on Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. GWA is a national intercollegiate Garba/Raas (Indian folk dance) that is the premiere competition of its kind in the country and the only exposition of its kind of the West Coast.
The Claremont High School Theatre Department will present William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” on Thursday through Saturday, February 26, 27 and 28.
The play follows the true-life story of Helen Keller, a blind, deaf and mute child who—frustrated by her inability to communicate and spoiled by her parents—has become a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child. When a young woman named Anne Sullivan is hired as Helen’s governess and teacher, teacher and child are both in for an epic battle of wills. The result is no less than miraculous.
An unwavering commitment to ensuring the city lives within its means while maintaining the values of the community has been Opanyi K. Nasiali’s guiding principle.
In the four years he’s served as a Claremont city councilmember, Mr. Nasiali has worked in cooperation with his colleagues and city staff to stabilize the city’s finances without increasing taxes, reform city pensions and attract new business development.
Ophelia’s Jump will present a German-themed Valentine’s Day event this Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m.
The local repertory company invites you to “das Kabarett der Liebe,” a Weimar cabaret featuring food, wine and music. Entertainers performing works by greats such as Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht will wind their way through love’s highs and lows through song and comedy.
Tickets for this event, which will be held at the Women’s Club of Claremont (343 W. 12th St. in Claremont), are $35. For tickets and information, call the box office at (909) 624-1464 or visit www.opheliasjump.org.
Augie’s Coffee Roasters and à la minute have teamed up to enliven the Claremont Packing House, opening their doors on December 9, 2014. With their shared passion for organic products and unique ideology about thoughtful creation, their store is causing a culinary revolution in the City of Trees.
This new partnership is a veritable match made in heaven.
The past year has seen significant changes in Claremont’s business scene. A number of places have closed their doors including Casa del Salsa, a Mexican restaurant that graced the Claremont Schoolhouse property for more than a decade. As the saying goes, when a door closes, a window opens. A number of new establishments have hung out a shingle in Claremont, including two side-by-side shops in the Village West area, the music-themed clothing boutique Playlist Clothing and the Stix Rideshop. They are located at 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Augie’s Coffee House and the á la minute ice creamery, above, have set up shop shared space at the Claremont Packing House.
If the effectiveness of Claremont’s law enforcement has ever been called into question, one just needs to review the city’s 2014 crime statistics to know the department’s partnership with the community makes a difference.
Claremont burglaries are the lowest they’ve been since 1999 and for the second year in a row, the city has experienced an overall four percent reduction in Part I crimes compared to the previous year.
Construction began this week on retrofit improvements to the two multi-tenant monument signs at the Old School House, located on Indian Hill and Foothill Boulevards, according to the city manager’s report.
The signs have been removed and will be reinstalled sometime in mid-February.
The retrofit design received approval from the architectural commission last summer, and is intended to help address community concerns and inconsistencies with the previous sign construction.
Workers contracted by the city of Claremont continue their work taking out trees along Foothill and Indian Hill Boulevards. Most have been deemed dangerous due to poor health and is part of a larger plan for the maintenance of Foothill within the city limits. Some traffic delays are to be expected, but no road closures. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Famous foodie and Claremont McKenna College alumna Claire Thomas will speak on “Turning Your Blog into a Brand” on Thursday, February 19 at 6:45 p.m. at CMC’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum (385 E. 8th St. in Claremont).
Ms. Thomas is the founder of the food blog the Kitchy Kitchen, the host of ABC’s “Food for Thought with Claire Thomas” and author of 2014 book The Kitchy Kitchen: New Classics for Living Deliciously. For information, call (909) 621-8244.