With just days left to capture those last votes, Measure SC campaigning heated up over the weekend. Some Claremont residents received anonymous text messages over the weekend cautioning voters to vote no on Measure SC, the June 5 ballot measure that seeks to allow the city to obtain up to $24 million in bonds to fund construction of a new police station.
Work crews began storm drain construction at the intersection of College and Bonita avenues on Monday in the Claremont Village. The project is expected to last seven to eight business days and requires a full street closure of College between Bonita and Fourth Street, according to the weekly city manager’s report. Temporary traffic control measures will be in place with detours posted and motorists are encouraged to use Claremont Boulevard as an alternative to College. COURIER Photo/Steven Felschundneff
Many Claremont voters are preparing to officially weigh in on Measure SC, among other initiatives and candidates, on Tuesday, June 5.
Shelley Desautels, Claremont’s city clerk, said the city will provide 11 polling locations Tuesday to its 21,219 registered voters, of whom 10,058 are on permanent vote-by-mail status.
This special municipal election—which cost the city about $55,000 after approval by the council on February 27—includes primaries for the US Senate, House and a lot more.
The T. Willard Hunter Speakers’ Corner is a treasured event at Claremont’s Independence Day celebration. In honor of our country’s First Amendment, Speakers Corner provides a forum for residents in our community to speak about almost any subject from personal to global.
Past speeches have focused on literature, politics, religion, history, travel and personal fulfillment.
The erstwhile three-story Griswold’s Hotel is finally coming down.
Pieces of the long-vacant building are slowly being taken apart by construction crews, in a relatively small space just north of the Buca di Beppo parking lot. The entire roof and most of the top floor is gone, and pieces of wood are piled up at the foot of the building to be collected for recycling. COURIER video/Peter Weinberger
The Boy Scouts are officially no more. The 118-year-old organization voted this month to drop the “Boy” from its name, and will be known as “Scouts BSA” beginning in February, 2019.
This move is the latest in a trend toward inclusivity. Last October, Boy Scouts of America voted to admit girls into its ranks beginning in 2018, and an upstart den in Claremont was among the earliest adopters of this new policy.
The Claremont City Council and Public Art Committee unveiled a new sculpture in front of City Hall on Tuesday. Los Angeles artist Sijia Chen, a visual artist concentrating in large-scale painting, sculpture and installation, created the newest edition to the City’s Public Art program. Adding to our City of Trees, “Arbor,” is inscribed with every species of tree growing in Claremont. Ms. Chen said the piece was inspired by Claremont’s “rich and vibrant cultural values.” COURIER photo/Rachel Fagg
Paul Banic, a 53-year-old Fontana resident, was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property and identity theft. Sometime during the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 23, the suspect—later identified as Mr. Banic—entered a residence on the 4100 block of Oak Hollow Rd. through an unlocked door while the resident was asleep.
Whole Foods Market 365 opened its Upland location Wednesday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at 2153 W. Base Line Rd. The 30,000 square foot store is the ninth Whole Foods Market 365, and the first Whole Foods Market store in San Bernardino County.
The store will offer products free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.
Store features for Upland include The Bar and Noodle by Kikka Sushi, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
During public comment, a local resident offered a large reward for his cat, who has been missing for more than a year.
Lee Glassman implored the council and those in attendance for help, and said he had successfully sued his “nemesis” and was granted $500 from a judge. The money will be used as a reward to get the cat, named, Callie, back.
“I’d love my baby back, I haven’t seen her in a year and a half,” he said.
City Manager Tara Schultz announced the city will be getting $7 million in grant money to cover a sizeable chunk of the upcoming Foothill Boulevard improvement project.
The grant, which is provided by money from SB1, better known as the gas tax, will go toward the project to beautify Claremont’s main east-west corridor.
The community is invited to the Friends of the Claremont Library annual end-of-the-year celebration of more than 60 years of assistance to the Claremont Library.
The gathering takes place on Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Claremont United Church of Christ Louise Roberts room, 233 W. Harrison Ave.
American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 Commander Allen Rodriguez salutes the American flag during Claremont’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at Oak Park Cemetery. The American Legion with the City of Claremont and the Friends of Oak Park Cemetery sponsored the 45-minute event. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff