Recent talk over looming big-budget expenditures in the city of Claremont was not enough to draw large numbers to the first of two city budget workshops on Monday night. About 13 community members showed up to the Hughes Center, only about 3 of which were below the age of 55. Regardless of the sparse crowd, the nearly two hour meeting was filled with locals’ opinions on the city’s future spending. Much of the discussion, as expected, centered around residents’ thoughts on using bond measures to pay for big-budget items like the water system, a new police center and Larkin Park expansion.
Brandywine Homes will have its first review of plans for their Forbes Avenue housing development. On Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m., the Claremont Planning Commission will begin a preliminary review of the residential development to be located at the former La Puerta School site, 2475 Forbes Ave. The commission will review the plans, take public comment and provide direction to the developer. No formal action will be taken at the meeting.
The meeting takes place in the council chamber, 225 W. Second St.
For those who missed the annual Pilgrim Place Festival Show in November, you’re in luck. The cast and crew are back for a special encore performance on Sunday, February 9.
For the first time ever, the show is traveling outside the realm of the annual Pilgrim Place festival to bring to life the story of the Emancipation Proclamation for Black History Month. Hear the story while tapping your toes to the Pilgrim Pickers band at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave. For information, call the church at (909) 626-1201.
Just before 10 p.m. on Sunday, a man was driving south on Mills toward Base at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car. The vehicle collided with a curb, fixed sign and tree at the Vons Shopping Center. He was airlifted to USC for complaint of pain to lower extremities. The driver was not driving under the influence, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek. No one else was harmed. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
With Common Core Standards being put in place for the 2013-2014 school year, the Claremont Unified School District will be holding informational meetings on various campuses. The parents in the community are invited to attend to better understand what the standards mean for their children.
Common Core is a list of expectations as to what students should know as they advanced through the grade levels.
The city of Claremont has begun preparations for its 2014-16 budget. The public is invited to take part in the process.
A community budget workshop will be held on Monday, February 3 at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., and on Monday, February 10 at Blaisdell, 440 S. College Ave. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. At the workshops, city staff will present an overview of the budget and lead discussions among residents on budget priorities.
For more information, call (909) 399-5460.
In preparation for the 37th annual bike marathon at El Roble Intermediate School, students are asked to attend tryouts on Tuesday, February 4 or Thursday, February 6 at 2:45 p.m. at the school’s track. El Roble students may get more information during school hours at opportunity time on February 4 and 6 in the dance studio.
The bike marathon is scheduled to begin at noon on Thursday, May 8 and end on Friday, May 9 at noon. El Roble’s Bike Marathon began 37 years ago when several El Roble teachers and students wanted to raise money for a Claremont charity.
Should the city of Claremont acquire its water system, officials might be looking for a little help from their neighbors.
According to a Draft Environmental Impact Report released by the city late last week, Claremont officials are in talks to have the city of La Verne assume responsibility for the city’s water system should it be obtained from the current owner, Golden State Water Company.
“The city does not intend to operate the system and will not create or expand any city departments to do so,” the document states.
Tuesday night’s city council meeting was proof that citizen-driven policy has power in the city of Claremont. After nearly three hours of discussion between council members, Claremont residents and city staff, the Claremont council decided to restart the process of updating the housing element of the city’s general plan, despite repercussions of missing the mandated February 15 state deadline. The decision was made in order to more adequately involve Claremont citizens in the process after complaints.
Hard work with cookie dough sales, gift wrap and other school fundraising activities provided a sweet incentive for Our Lady of the Assumption students this week.
The school kids traded books for back flips as part of a special Madd Gear BMX demonstration on school grounds. Students safely watched Ricky "Macho Man" Mosley, above, soar through the air as he and other professional riders flew upwards, flipping and tucking with precision—to the relief of Principal Bernadette Boyle who bravely played a part in the afternoon’s stunts. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
With Common Core Standards being put in place for the current school year, the Claremont Unified School District will be holding informational meetings on various campuses. The parents in the community are invited to attend to better understand what the standards mean for their children.
Common core is a list of expectations as to what students should know as they advanced through the grade levels.
Between the well-traveled residents of Pilgrim Place and the Claremont Colleges, the fabric of Claremont is made up of residents with many interesting stories. Nan Miller and Isabelle Teresa Huber are no exception—maybe only in the fact that theirs are available at your local bookstore.
Their 38 years of friendship began as PTA moms, and although their kids are now grown with children of their own, Ms. Miller and Ms. Huber continue to be fast friends. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Preparations are underway for Claremont’s 2014-2016 budget cycle.
While economic uncertainties have forced government cutbacks when it comes to social services, Claremont officials are renewing their commitment to funding community programs.
The Claremont City Council continued to drive city interests forward earlier this month by adding its approval to funding for the city’s Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG).
After identifying additional properties available as possible low-income housing sites, City Manager Tony Ramos has expressed his intent to send the Housing Element Update back to the planning commission for a second review.
On January 7, the planning commission approved sending the Housing Element Update to the city council for approval. The announcement that the update will be sent back to the commission will occur at the Tuesday, January 28 city council meeting.