As planning for Village South moves along, the city received feedback from Claremont’s sustainability wing last week.
Principal Planner Chris Veirs held a question and answer session with members of Sustainable Claremont and the general public at the Pomona College’s Hahn Building on July 23. “I feel like I’m coming back home,” Mr. Veirs said. “I used to come to every one of these dialogs.”
Thirty-seven Claremonters have applied for a role on the next police station citizen advisory committee. The names of those who applied were revealed after an application period closed on Monday, July 23. The city is looking for a committee to assess next steps and craft a winning ballot measure ahead of the March 2020 election.
Claremont police officers arrested a man suspected of stealing mail from the post office and trying to flee from officers on foot.
An officer was in the Village just before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning when they noticed 25-year-old Emiliano Gonzalez Zamora of Perris “acting suspiciously” around the post office at 140 Harvard Ave., according to Lt. Karlan Bennett of the Claremont Police Department.
The LA County Fair is offering Claremont residents discounted tickets to the Fair on Thursday, September 13.
Claremont residents may purchase tickets for $6.60 compared to the regular admission price of $14. Tickets for Claremont Day must be purchased online using the promo code “Claremont” by September 11 at 11:59 p.m. Ticket information may be found at lacountyfair.com/buytickets.
The pedestrian and bicycle improvements constructed along Towne Avenue from the 210 freeway to Base Line Road, have been completed with the installation of “No Right Turn” LED signs (blank-out signs).
These signs, as well as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, were funded with a Safe Routes to School Grant.
Customers who came over to Yiannis last Sunday for their last meal at the restaurant were surprised to learn it's going to be open through Sunday, August 5. Because of the incredible outpouring of support after the COURIER story about the restaurant last week, owner Greg Gianakos decided to stay open another week to connect with the customers who supported the establishment for decades. You may even see other family members including Greg's mother Stella who helped open Yiannis was back in 1962, see photo. Also included is Stella's other son Jim, who teamed up with Greg for years to serve those one-of-a-kind Greek dishes.
The Claremont Police Department invites residents to attend National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd.
The police department, in collaboration with other community groups, will have several exhibits on display, as well as games and prizes for the kids.
Mayor Opanyi Nasiali’s bid for “Living within our means” to become the official operational slogan for Claremont failed on Tuesday evening.
Mr. Nasiali, who used the slogan in his election campaigns in the past, introduced it as something to think about when it comes to financial stability, sustainability, trust in city government and city management.
“I think it’s an easy item or slogan that everyone can appreciate and relate to,” Mr. Nasiali said.
Roger Bradley, the Claremont community services director, will be leaving the City of Trees for a position in central California.
Mr. Bradley will be starting his new position as the assistant county manager for Kings County. He’ll start the new job on August 27, and his last day in Claremont will be next Thursday, August 2.
If you’re driving across Arrow Highway, it would be hard to miss Sarah Barnes’ art installation.
The front yard of her home is adorned with thousands of paper butterflies seemingly pouring out of a cage from the floor. Two parents are seen kneeling at either side of the cage; the mother with her hands in the air, and the father looking down with his hands clasped in prayer. The phrase, “Families belong together” adorns the bottom of the cage.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Last week, the Community Services Department and Sustainable Claremont began marking sites for the 2019 reforestation program.
Work began north of Base Line Road with crews marking green dots on the face of the curbs where new trees will be planted. Staff will be marking vacant sites that were identified in the tree inventory that was completed this spring.
Longtime Claremonter Sam Mowbray died Thursday, July 19 at San Antonio Regional Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 74 years old. Mr. Mowbray was a founding member of the ED Net, now known as the Claremont Educational Foundation, served for four terms on the CUSD board of education and was a member of the Claremont After School Program (CLASP). He was also an active member of the Rotary Club of Claremont. He was photographed paying a fine, above, at a recent Claremont Rotary meeting. Be sure to check out the photo gallery of Mr. Mowbray.
Councilmember Sam Pedroza made a surprise announcement at the tail end of Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The three-term councilmember was initially planning to run for re-election in November, but changed his mind.
“I decided to take a break to focus on my family, career, health, and tend to deferred maintenance on my home,” he said.
Gus’s Barbeque, one of the oldest restaurants of its kind in Los Angeles, opened a second location in Claremont June 25, and one need only check out the oversized patio to see that it seems to have struck a chord.
“It’s been fun,” said Gus’s co-owner, John Bicos, 34, who owns the restaurants with his brother Chris Bicos. “We’ve had a great response from the community. We started off busy and things have been going great.”