A small group of curious onlookers watch as a Los Angeles television crew broadcasts live on Monday in front of the Claremont United Methodist Church. The church’s public Nativity, which shows a depiction of a dying Trayvon Martin, has become an international news story since it went up over two weeks ago. The display was created by Claremont resident John Zachary who has crafted other thought provoking Nativities at the Foothill Boulevard location over the last seven years. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Work crews clean up the street while repairing a broken water main Monday at the intersection of Base Line Road and Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont. According to officials at the scene Golden State Water Company first noticed the break on December 25th and determined that the pipe belonged to Three Valleys Municipal Water District. The repair, which is expected to be complete by Tuesday, necessitated the closure of both eastbound lanes on Base Line just west of Indian Hill. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
After nearly a year of silence on the topic, Claremont officials took a step forward in potential water system acquisition in October, offering Golden State Water Company $55 million for the purchase of the city’s water system.
This marked the second offer the city has made to the privately owned water company. Last November, Claremont officials presented Golden State Water with a $55 million proposal. Golden State administrators rejected both offers, maintaining, “The system is not for sale.”
It is safe to say that taste buds have been tingled this year in food. With new restaurants opening their doors, old favorites getting a second chance and the first ever Restaurant week being hosted in the city, food got the celebrity treatment in 2013.
Hello and goodbye are more than just formalities. They speak to a year’s worth of notable changes in the City of Trees. Like in years past, 2013 brought with it a mixed bag. Locals reluctantly bid farewell to longtime local staples like the Claremont Golf Course and the Strawberry Patch, and a rise in commercial crime caused serious concern. However, not all of the headlines were heavy. Here’s a look back at 2013’s most notable adieus and rewarding welcomes.
Ali Mirage, 76, of La Verne, died the morning of Friday, December 27 after a collision with a vehicle on his bicycle while traveling east on Base Line Road near Mills Avenue. Claremont police shut down Base Line Road from Bonnie Brae Avenue, east to Mills Avenue until 4:30 p.m. The driver, who police report is a 54-year-old female, was not cited or arrested.
What a great and interesting year for the Claremont real estate market! Compared to the year prior, we saw significantly less inventory, with homes selling in less time, for more money. We saw interest rates jump a full percent over the course of a week this spring, where they are now holding relatively steady. We saw equity return to those who were previously “underwater” on their mortgages.
While the night before Christmas is usually a quiet time in the local Jewish community, this year, Claremont’s Laemmle Theater is hoping to attract many of its members with a special sing-a-long presentation of the classic film Fiddler on the Roof, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.
City officials are not just preparing to head into the New Year, they are also gearing up to head to court over an unresolved dispute with a long-time Claremont Village eatery.
In August 2012, Mike and Sue Verbal, owners of Pizza ‘N Such restaurant in the Claremont Village, filed a complaint against the city of Claremont alleging city officials violated an agreement made in regard to more than $150,000 of in-lieu parking fees.
City facilities will be closed next week as Claremont employees head home for the holidays. City offices will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed until Monday, December 30. City offices will close early again on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed until Monday, January 6.
Hikers can now claim their 2014 parking permits for the Claremont Wilderness Park.
Passes are available at both city hall and the Hughes Center. Before stopping by, fill out a permit application, available on the city website, and bright it with you. For those living outside the city of Claremont, passes may be renewed each calendar year and are pro-rated.
The holidays started early in the Inland Valley this year thanks to Lew Gleason. This local took on the role of Father Christmas for the seniors of REAL Connections, a Community Senior Services program that connects seniors with volunteer members to create a network of support for those who remain in their homes.
But this Kris Kringle is no jolly giant in a velvety red suit and his ride is slightly smaller than a sleigh. This year, Santa Claus came to town on a Harley. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
City facilities will be closed next week as Claremont employees head home for the holidays. City offices will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24 and remain closed until Monday, December 30. City hall will close early again on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed until Monday, January 6.
In 2011, Claremont experienced a severe windstorm that caused a number of trees to fall. Southern California Edison developed a reforestation program to begin replanting trees throughout the affected region. As part of the program, Southern California Edison has offered a limited number of 15-gallon trees to Claremont residents free of charge.