There was no rest for the weary as the Claremont City Council faced a full agenda for their first meeting of 2017.
The council highlights included voting unanimously to take charge on combating the Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer, denying a request to cut down a Eucalyptus tree, approving a raise for the city manager and green lighting the creation of a new Committee on Human Relations during the January 10 meeting.
The council also approved a bonus for City Manager Tony Ramos, but not without protestations.
The bonus comes on the heels of a positive evaluation for Mr. Ramos. It will be a 10 percent bonus, or $21,952.10, a one-time merit award that is not reportable as compensation under the city’s retirement agreement with PERS, according to city documents.
With almost constant rain all day Thursday, Claremont will be looking quite green from the foothills to city parks as a series of storms this week brought almost 2 inches of rain to the area. Snowfall has been limited around the Mt. Baldy area, as only 1-3 inches is expected to stick except in higher elevations. There will be a stray shower blowing through Claremont on Friday, but most of the rain and snow will be reserved for the mountains. The weekend and into next week is looking beautiful with high temperatures in the 60s, lows in the 40s, under partly cloudy skies. This storm system dropped enough rain where Northern California declared an end to their drought conditions. The situation has improved in Southern California, but we are not quite there yet. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
On Friday, January 6 thousands of dollars in goods were stolen from two homes on north Claremont. In one house, on the 1700 block of Sumner Avenue, burglars entered through an unlocked sliding glass door and ransacked the home, making off with $15,000 worth of jewelry and Taiwanese currency.
San Antonio Regional Hospital celebrated the New Year with the opening of its new 52-bed emergency department and 92-bed patient tower. The hospital’s new Vineyard Tower not only provides the latest medical technology and advanced care delivery systems; it offers patients and their families the comfort and convenience of private accommodations.
A unique combination of community faith groups and educational institutions has come together to present an inspirational musical event that has been called “a once in a lifetime experience sure to inspire and not soon forgotten,” on Saturday, January 21 at 7: 30 p.m. at the Mudd Theater at the Claremont School of Theology. The evening will feature “The Pursuit of Harmony,” a collaboration between Michael Hunter Ochs, an award-winning Jewish American singer/songwriter from Nashville and Alaa Alshaham, a highly successful Palestinian Muslim songwriter and peace activist and resident of the West Bank.
The Democratic Club of Claremont will hold the first of its monthly luncheons in 2017 on Friday, January 13 with speaker Ivan Light, emeritus professor of sociology at UCLA, discussing “Political Correctness.”
The meeting will be held at Darvish Restaurant, 946 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. The meal begins at noon with the talk by Mr. Light at 1 p.m. The meal, a Persian buffet, costs $17, which includes non-alcoholic drinks, tax and tip. Everyone is welcome.
The city of Claremont will continue collecting holiday trees for recycling through Friday, January 13. Residents are reminded to remove everything from the tree, including the stand. Place the bare tree at the curbside by 6 a.m. on your regular trash collection day. Do not bag the tree. Trees over 6 feet tall must be cut in half. For more information, contact Community Services at (909) 399-5431.
Workers are now a full week into the process of tearing down the cottage homes at the corner of Bonita and College avenues. They have gutted all four residences and have taken the roof off of two as of Tuesday afternoon. Demolition is the first step in getting the site ready for the future Pomona College Museum of Art. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
As the sun sets over Mt. San Antonio Gardens on Saturday evening and with a classic beautiful warm California winter day Sunday, its hard to imagine it all will change, and change quickly. By the time we all wake up Monday morning, the first of several weather systems will have already brought rain that will last through Thursday. Unfortunately for skiers, the temperatures will remain warm, limiting snowfall to higher elevations over 7000 feet in the Mt. Baldy area. For Claremont, rain is expected every day with high temperatures will hover around 60, with lows in the upper 40s. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The Southern California mountains were blanketed with over a foot of snow New Year's morning, as several fast moving storm systems continued to race through the area from Claremont to Big Bear Lake, bringing all sorts of winter weather. And it's not over. This weekend will bring warmer temperatures, but more rain that will continue into next week. On Sunday, the highs will actually reach unseasonable 70s. On Monday, the temperatures will drop, but will make way for even a bigger system with more rain. Not a lot of snow in the mountains because of the warm-up, with snow only dropping at higher altitudes. Check out our cool video shot New Year's morning in Big Bear after a fresh dusting. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont wants to reboot its Committee on Human Relations, months after an anti-Muslim letter shocked the community.
The Community and Human Services Commission voted unanimously Wednesday evening to recommended restarting the committee, which was dissolved in 2013 after a lack of a quorum. The recommendation will now be sent to the city council for review.
Abraham Prattella is one of eight people running for Claremont City Council. A realtor and former pastor, Mr. Prattella has called Claremont home for more than 25 years. Now, he’s running for city council as a way to give back to the community. The COURIER will publish a Q&A for each city council candidate running in Claremont's election in March.
A Duarte man was arrested twice in two days, once for drug charges and resisting arrest during a traffic stop and another for prowling in a back yard. Police pulled over a car driven by 25-year-old Anthony Edwards for expired tags around 9:20 p.m. Mr. Edwards initially gave a false name to police, which rang up as being on felony probation.