The goal of the “Model Minority Reality Project: Dispelling Asian American Misconceptions” is to initiate a conversation about the realities of living with “model minority” stereotypes. In an effort to open up dialogue, a panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 1775 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont.
Candidates for the Claremont City Council have been invited to participate in two forums this week—one on Monday night hosted by the League of Women Voters and a second on Tuesday at Claremont High School.
Claremont, the eastern gateway to Los Angeles County and the western ingress to San Bernardino County, is a border town. But the City of Trees sits astride another, less widely known but equally important boundary: the urban/wildland interface. The north Claremont foothills are a transition zone or “ecotone” between two ecosystems, coastal sage scrub and chaparral. It’s fertile ground, biologically speaking, and it’s where Paul Faulstich does his work, makes his art and follows his passion. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With four events completed, candidate forum season is in full swing in Claremont.
The six city council candidates—Michael Ceraso, Zach Courser, Jed Leano, Douglas Lyon, Ed Reece and Jennifer Stark—pleaded their cases to the public during three candidate forums hosted by Active Claremont, Sustainable Claremont and the Claremont Senior Services.
Both the Active Claremont and the Sustainable Claremont forums were well attended.
On Monday, October 1 a home burglary suspect is on the run after getting away from Claremont police in a high-speed pursuit. Police were called to a home on the 800 block of Culmore Street around 11:30 a.m. after a neighbor claimed to witness a residential burglary, Lt. Walters said. When police arrived, they found a white four-door sedan driving away from the scene on Towne and Butte, and gave chase.
The Claremont city council has officially come out against Proposition 6.
The narrow 3-2 vote solidified the city’s stance against the ballot measure, which would repeal SB1, a recently-enacted law better known as the gas tax. Councilmembers Sam Pedroza, Joe Lyons and Larry Schroeder voted in favor, while Mayor Opanyi Nasiali and Mayor Pro Tem Corey Calaycay abstained.
A burglar had to be rescued after getting stuck in a chimney while trying to break into a Claraboya home. Claremont officers responded on September 29 to a home on the 700 block of Via San Simon regarding a man heard screaming for help, the Claremont Police Department said in a release. After officers arrived, they found the screaming was coming from the chimney.
We may in for some great sunset viewing through the weekend, as weak storm systems will blow through the Claremont area. That means not only cool fall like weather, but a chance of rain each day until Sunday. Highs for those days will be in the mid-70s, with lows in the 50s. There's a 40 percent chance of rain each day, with the best chance in the evening hours. In the meantime, keep those cameras handy around 6:15 p.m., 15 minutes before sunset.
Claremont will welcome three new councilmembers this November, ensuring a new majority. Terms of office for city councilmembers are staggered, with three members elected at one election, and two the next. This year’s election is Tuesday, November 6.
Residents who are registered to vote by mail should receive materials between October 8 and October 30. Visit lavote.net to request a vote by mail ballot or to find a ballot drop-off location.
Zach Courser wants to bring his know-how in public policy and local government to the Claremont city council.
A Claremont McKenna College professor who specializes in government and public policy, Mr. Courser is running for city council for a second time, and has big ideas on what he can bring to the City of Trees. He is the current chair of the Traffic and Transportation Commission, and is also on the board of Claremont Heritage.
Pitzer College graduate Michael Ceraso has dedicated his career to serving underfunded candidates in underserved communities. He takes elections seriously and aims to increase voter turnout—and engagement—as a candidate for city council.
He sees deficits in the consensus-building process as the city’s biggest challenge.
Jennifer Stark is running for city council on a platform of bringing people in the city together.
The current Traffic and Transportation Commissioner is also on the board of Sustainable Claremont, Claremont Heritage and a co-founder of Syrian refugee resettlement group Claremont Canopy.
“Like everybody who is running, I love Claremont,” Ms. Stark said.
Jed Leano’s motivation for running for council was driven by three key areas—homelessness, sustainability and services for Claremont’s aging population.
The seven-year Claremont resident and community and human services commissioner owns his own law practice that provides representation in all immigration matters from deportation defense, green card applications, work-related visas, naturalization applications and immigration appeals.
Ed Reece wants to bring his success in the business world to the Claremont City Council.
Mr. Reece is the CEO of ISN Global, an information technology group that is based in Claremont.
“We haven’t seen a business person on council in a long while,” he said. “And I think I can bring skill sets and knowledge as an employer, as one who manages a budget, a P&L, a balance sheet—I think I can bring those skills to council.”