In the world of arts, entertainment and feature stories, the COURIER covered a lot of ground in 2017.
We wrote about everything and everyone on our pages, from far away Poland (the Warsaw Uprising film at the Claremont Film Festival), to home-grown war heroes (Claremont WWII vet Jack Barrett), all the way out to Oklahoma for indie-rock giants the Flaming Lips.
Early in the year we published a feature on adorable chanteuse Janet Klein, who performed February 11 at the Folk Music Center. Ms. Klein was in town with her group, the Parlor Boys, playing a joyous set of early 20th century-style Americana.
From Village Venture to a new museum, to the Gold Line, 2017 was a busy year for Claremont—full of ups, downs and roadmaps for the city’s future.
The year began with Claremont mulling its decision to appeal the outcome of the water trial, and ended with the city dropping that appeal and agreeing to a settlement.
After an LA Superior Court judge ruled against the city in December 2016, the council vowed to fight on, issuing a formal appeal in February and retaining ace appellate firm Horvitz & Levy to guide them through the process.
The city council got a fresh look at a plan to revitalize Foothill Boulevard.
Principal Planner Chris Veirs presented the latest incarnation of the Foothill Boulevard master plan improvement project, which is set to beautify and drastically change Claremont’s main east-west thoroughfare.
The final design, which has been shopped around to various commissions all year, includes both open and protected bicycle lanes, new entry signs and bus shelters, drought-tolerant trees and bio-swales to collect storm water runoff. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Altruism. Compassion. Charity. Hope. These words are tossed around a lot over the holiday season. We buy gifts and prepare meals for our families and friends, all with the intention of showing people we care. The Blessing Box, Claremont’s 24/7, permanent, year-round free pantry, was born. It opened this summer on Sixth Street, between Harvard and Yale Avenues, behind Claremont United Church of Christ.
Roy Hernandez, a 30-year-old Montebello resident, and Monique Delgado, a 25-year-old Cypress resident, were apprehended Wednesday after Mr. Hernandez tried to run away from police on foot through a north Upland neighborhood.
The city of Claremont encourages citizen participation in its decision-making process, most notably through its active use of citizen commissions, committees and boards. These groups are designed to advise and assist the city council in dealing with specific issues.
There's no question Claremont residents are getting a good taste of winter with below average temperatures and strong winds. But something significant has been missing from this weather puzzle. Precipitation! We have not had any this season. The good news is the cold weather has allowed snow machines to produce the cold white stuff for thousands of skiers and snowboarders to play in. Up at Big Bear Lake, several main runs are open and well covered at Snow Summit. Although snow is not in the current mountain forecast, snow making will continue. At Mt. Baldy, the chair lifts are open for rides and the mountain is open on weekends for snow tubing.
Claremont police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Knight’s Inn Tuesday night.
A male suspect entered the lobby of the motel around 10:28 p.m. and robbed the clerk at gunpoint, police said. The robber demanded money and stole an unknown amount of cash from the register.
Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder reads a question from an audience member on Monday during a meeting to release the findings of the Claremont Metrolink Station Study. More than 300 people attended the meeting to make the case to save the station which the Metro Board is looking into eliminating to close a budget shortfall. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The final details of the upcoming police station measure were hammered out Tuesday night.
The council voted 4-1 to place the measure on the June 5, 2018 ballot, and 4-1 to finance it as a general obligation (GO) bond. Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali was the lone dissenter on both votes, favoring a parcel tax placed on a November 8 ballot.
Even with this long stretch of warm weather, fall is arriving in the City of Trees and there are color hot spots all over town. We focused on north Claremont this year, by cruising above Bonnie Brae and Miramar Avenues. With it getting dark so early this time of year, magic hour—warm light before sunset—starts as early as 3:30 p.m. Early sunsets however, have not helped keep the warm weather stay away as high temperatures have hovered around 80 for a couple of weeks now. By this weekend, temperatures will drop to around 70, with cool nights in the upper 40s. Still no sight of any rain in the forecast through the end of the year.
Claremont police arrested Scott Scholl, 53, of Claremont for a series of bicycles thefts that have recently taken place in the Claremont Village.
After an increase in bicycle thefts in the Village, the Claremont Police Department installed surveillance cameras at locations downtown. On December 8 at about 10:56 p.m., the Claremont Police Department responded to 250 W. First St., regarding a male who was seen stripping off various pieces of componentry from a bicycle locked to a bike rack.