For Oscar and Sandra Torres, opening a second Elvira’s Mexican Grill in Claremont was a no-brainer.
After all, many customers at their Upland restaurant were Claremonters who practically begged the couple to open a location in the City of Trees.
They couldn’t have picked a better location—the second iteration of Elvira’s (pronounced El-VEE-rah), named after Oscar’s late mother, opened on Friday, June 16 at the Old School House.
Following a report by a third-party group, the city is planning to improve a number of aspects of the transportation system, including a single phone number for all inquiries, a new website and a new driver. The plans were presented to the Community and Human Services Commission on Wednesday, June 7. The commission passed the plans unanimously, directing them to be sent to the city council for final approval.
On Friday, June 16 police are looking for a group of people who reportedly robbed a teenager during a massive fight that broke out during a party. Police were called to a home on the 300 block of south Mountain Avenue around 11:25 p.m. on a report of a brawl, and when they arrived they found “a large fight in progress."
At 9 a.m., with the sun already blazing overhead, the campers at La Casita Girl Scouts camp file up the steep hill overlooking the campground and circle around the flagpole for the pledge of allegiance and camp cheer.
Afterward, they break off into small groups, some going to archery, some to the newly-installed ropes course and others to various other games and activities. COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff
Elena Eduarte and Sidney Frescas beat the heat on Tuesday by swimming around the wading pool in Claremont’s Memorial Park. The pool was closed for two years due to the drought but the city decided to reopen it this year. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until August 11. The year’s first big heat wave is in full swing this week the temperatures predicted to reach 100 on Tuesday and Wednesday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Donna Bernard has been installed as the new president of the University Club of Claremont, the club that offers “the most intellectually stimulating luncheon in town.” Dr. Bernard is a former school superintendent.
Mel Boynton is the new vice president, and Wes Hawks, Lucy Lynch and Rich Phillips were elected to the Board of Directors.
The Claremont City Council passed a group of agreements outlining employee benefits.
The roughly 135-page memoranda of understanding (MOU), passed as a consent calendar item—which means it was part of a group of items deemed non-controversial by city staff and passed with a single vote—caps off months of negotiation during closed session with members of the city council and several city employee associations.
A large pine tree fell Sunday afternoon completely blocking the sidewalk and partially obstructing Forbes Avenue. Police responded shortly after 4:30 p.m. and eventually had to close the street to traffic until the tree was removed from the roadway at 7:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Even a start time of 5 p.m. could not stop Mother Nature from bringing on the heat to the Claremont High School 2017 graduation ceremonies on Thursday. With temperatures hovering around 95 degrees all afternoon, the names of 590 graduates from CHS, 14 from San Antonio High School and 41 from Claremont Adult School, were carefully read as they received their well-earned diplomas. At the end of the event, hundreds of family members gathered on the football field for pictures and hugs. You could easily tell the class of 2017 was ready to move on with their next phase of life. More photos and video Friday. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Landscape tax, the Paris Agreement and Facebook were hot topics at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
The council narrowly approved Mayor Larry Schroeder’s request to join the Climate Mayors, a body of city leaders led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti that seeks to address issues regarding climate change and the effects of greenhouse gases.
John Vincent Coppini, 45, was identified after police reviewed surveillance footage taken from The Chama, which the suspect attempted to burglarize on May 12, and Xerxes for Gents, which was burglarized on May 30.