A woman was left puzzled after a case of hitchhiking gone wrong on Tuesday morning. The woman told police she had paid a stranger $100 to drive her from a San Bernardino hotel to Los Angeles. The pair stopped at the Claremont/McDonald’s so the woman could buy the driver some oil for the car. When she returned with the oil, however, her ride was nowhere to be found and neither were her belongings.
Three years after the merging of the city’s community and human services departments, the Claremont City Council has ordered the departments be separated once more.
Community and human services were first combined in 2011 as the city of Claremont looked to reduce its spending in times of financial uncertainty. The corresponding commissions were also merged. “While it is a credit to all our staff...that operations have continued and minimum concerns or complaints have been heard regarding the initial merger, executive staff has observed the strain that having only one director over such a wide responsibility area has had on overall department operations,” said city manager Tony Ramos.
Tri City Mental Health Services will kick off Green Ribbon Week next week, with a free special event on Monday, March 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Road in Claremont. The first annual Green Ribbon Week is being held in an effort to fight the stigma of mental illness by encouraging discussion. In addition to encouraging locals to wear lime green ribbons, Tri City officials will host a variety of free events featuring short films and speakers.
Outgoing Mayor Opanyi Nasiali exchanges seats with newly-selected Mayor Joe Lyons on Tuesday during the Claremont City Council meeting. Council Member Corey Calaycay, in front, was chosen by his colleagues on council to serve as mayor pro tem. Mr. Calaycay noted that with the appointment of Mr. Lyons, it was the first time in Claremont history that all sitting council members had at one time been mayor. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont officials are looking to conduct another department reorganization. The Claremont City Council on Tuesday will evaluate the possibility of separating the Community and Human Services nearly three years after the departments merged. The discussion takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 225 W. Second St.
The distant Santa Ana Mountains, and the urban valley below, are clearly visible Sunday evening from Cobal Canyon Road in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Santa Ana like wind conditions over the weekend provided clear skies and very warm temperatures throughout the Inland valley which was perfect weather for outdoor recreation. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Books were the order of the day on Monday at Mountain View, when the local elementary school commemorated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day.
The nationwide reading extravaganza is celebrated each year in conjunction with the March 2 birthday of acclaimed children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Check out our other images from Claremont in our special photo gallery. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Unified School District has extended the deadline for the final sale of a vacant lot at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., a 9.7-acre parcel once home to the now-defunct La Puerta Intermediate School.
The school district awarded the surplus property to Brandywine Homes of Irvine, Calif., who bid $18,875,000 in December with the hopes of developing a luxury 59 home complex at the site. CUSD and Brandywine have since entered a period of due diligence, during which the developer may choose to pull out of the deal with CUSD if it is determined financially unfeasible.
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities are starting early at the Pomona Fairplex with IrishFest, taking place this weekend, March 7-9.
IrishFest features family-friendly activities with shopping, food, green beer, games and traditional entertainment including Irish dancing and Celtic music. Kids can enjoy the medieval Kid’s Castle, which includes a course at knight school, and make Irish crafts like Blarney Stones, Celtic knot bookmarks and pots of gold.
Taylor Morrison of California, LLC, developer of the Citrus Glen at Pitzer Ranch housing development at Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue, is now accepting prescreening applications for two of the project’s seven affordable housing units. These spaces are available to moderate income households. Interested persons may contact Taylor Morrison’s sales team for Citrus Glen to start the pre-screening process
The La Verne City Council voted unanimously at its Monday, March 3 meeting to move forward with a study analyzing the feasibility of potentially becoming Claremont’s new water system operator.
La Verne’s decision comes a week after the Claremont council’s approval of the study. All local council members voted in favor of the inspection with the exception of Councilmember Corey Calaycay, who abstained because he is already a paying customer of the La Verne utility.
Crime in Claremont is at a 34-year low.
A total of 936 assaults, thefts and related Part I crimes—violent crimes against persons and those against property—were recorded in 2013. Last year’s rate, representing a one percent decrease from that reported in 2012, is the fourth lowest recorded in Claremont in more than three decades, according to the city’s annual crime report recently submitted by the Claremont Police Department.
The city of Claremont was a welcome stop for weary travelers on Tuesday.
Locals gathered at Larkin Park to greet a pack of protesters completing a 3,000-mile journey on foot from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, all part of the Great March for Climate Action. Once organized, Claremonters opened their homes providing food and a night of rest for the tired group.
The trek kicked off last Saturday from Wilmington, California, just outside Los Angeles, where an estimated 1500 gathered to call attention to the effects of the climate crisis. The torrential downpour did little to dampen spirits as around 50 marchers began the first leg of the cross-country caravan in the name of political reform.
The storms rushing through Claremont and Southern California over the weekend also brought clear skies and a colorful sunset Sunday. In fact, the air was so clear, one could see the Goodyear blimp hovering over Los Angeles and Hollywood for the Oscar festivities from Base Line Road and Padua Avenue. Be sure to check our COURIER photo gallery from the week in review. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger