From the vintage neon of the 1950s and 1960s to the recent towering collection of logos gracing the corner of the Old School House complex, the streets of Claremont are lined with the signs of the time.
Nearly as numerous as the trees about town are the tin 12-by-16s welcoming you into the city, forbidding you from parking, and kindly thanking you for not smoking. Whether eliciting a sigh, groan or guffaw, it’s hard to deny—those bits of metal are a part of the culture of Claremont, the City of Signs.
Check out our slideshow at the end of the story inside. COURIER photo/Collette Weinberger
The future of Claremont looks clear through the dust of construction planned for the coming years. Started earlier this summer, 8 new housing developments are planned for the city.
New construction will add more than 500 townhomes, single-family homes, condos and apartments to cater to a growing demand for homes in the Claremont area. All of the construction has a projected completion date in the next 3 to 5 years, if everything remains on schedule.
The city of Claremont is working hard to manage the crowds. But has the enormous increase in visitors at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park taken away from the outdoor experience?
You might think by getting an early start on a Saturday morning, the chances are good you’ll beat the heat and crowds. It’s not often that one can experience the great outdoors with some peace, quiet and solitude so close to home.
Think again. Check out our slideshow at the end of the story inside.
A teller at the Chase Bank on the corner of Fourth Street and Indian Hill Boulevard in the Village was victim of an attempted robbery just before 6 p.m. today, Friday, August 9, according to Claremont police.
The suspect passed a demand note to the teller, but she locked her drawer and refused to give the him any money. He then fled out the west doors on foot. It is unknown where he went from there.
The suspect is described as a male white in his late 40s, 5 foot, 8-inches tall with a skinny build and long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. At the time of the attempted robbery, he was wearing a blue baseball hat, reading glasses, a blue polo shirt and dark shorts.
Anyone with information related to the crime is asked to call the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
Inside the ALMANAC: Looking to the future, more specifically the next dozen years, Persis Newland—an intuitive who gives readings at Kindred Sprits, a Claremont healing center she co-owns with her husband Chuck—sees the world as striking a new balance.
She predicts the masculine energy that has prevailed for many years, typified by the United States’ ongoing state of war and the current sink-or-swim economic climate, will be tempered by greater feminine energy.
COURIER photo/Steve Felschundneff
Inside the ALMANAC: Claremont resident John Dick is fueled by possibility and having a hand in its creation. His questioning outlook and scientific acumen have given him the rare opportunity to shape a bit of the future.
This visionary mindset is part of what drove him to a career in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked as a physicist for more than 20 years before retiring in 2008.
“I have always been obsessed with understanding things—looking at things from scratch and truly understanding them,” he explained.
The city of Claremont is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to work with staff and the community to prepare a comprehensive master plan for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Monday, September 16 at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.
The master plan would update the current management plan for the wilderness park and incorporate into one plan the various documents and agreements that guide the operation and maintenance of almost 2000 acres of wilderness area owned by the city of Claremont.
Claremont Unified School District is in the midst of a symbiotic exchange with a nearby school district.
At the Thursday, August 1 school board meeting, it was announced that the district is taking advantage of Baldwin Park Unified School District’s offer of a free portable building. The portable, which is worth $250,000, just needs to be picked up from its current site before the Monday, August 12 start of Baldwin Park’s school year.
Normally, CUSD would have to contact and vet some 20 contractors before deciding on a company to transport and install the portable, a process that would take about a month.
It’s back to the drawing board for the Old School House monument signs, at least in look if not in stature.
Just months after the 12-foot promotional signs received approval by the architectural commission, officials are taking a second review due to deviations from what was initially approved.
“There are a couple things with the signs that weren’t built according to plan,” acknowledged Brian Desatnik, director of community development. “We need to work through these things with the owners. But it depends on the extent of the changes whether or not it will require additional review [at the commission/council level].”
Mother says you are what you eat. If that’s the case, I guess I’m a Ninja Slice, Rizi Bizi, Old Glory, Just Peachy Almond Raspberry Tart. And I’m just fine with that.
I wholly blame my current state on Claremont’s I Like Pie Bakeshop, which allowed me the chance to fulfill a dream—judging a baked goods competition—at Claremont’s first annual Pie Festival last weekend.
For this pie lover, Christmas came early as Village West and East were decked out in homage to my favorite sweet treats. In an unwelcome twist, my stomach decided to play on my metaphor like a bowl full of jelly as I waddled out of the judging room.
Congresswoman Judy Chu laughs at the comments of former Claremont mayor Ellen Taylor on Tuesday during a reception for Ms. Chu at the Hughes Center in Claremont. During a 36-minute talk, Ms. Chu discussed her priorities for the region including extending the Metro Gold Line and getting a National Recreation Area designation for the San Gabriel Mountains. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A memorial service for Algird Leiga, former Claremont mayor, will be held Thursday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 Berkeley Ave., Claremont. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 S. Sycamore Ave., Claremont. Mr. Leiga died Friday, August 2 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Mr. Leiga served on the Claremont City Council from 1990 to 2003 and was mayor from 1994 to 1997. As chairman and a founding board member of the Gold Line Construction Authority and an executive board member of Foothill Transit, he worked to develop and improve public transit.
Roy Zimmerman, a satirist known for his “funny songs about ignorance, war and greed,” will perform at the Folk Music Center on Friday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In songs like “Vote Republican,” "Defenders of Marriage” and "Creation Science 101,” Mr. Zimmerman—who has performed in 49 states in the last year—delivers a scathing and witty commentary on war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear. He has also been known to write the occasional idealistic folk song, as when he roots for the economic and spiritual recovery of the United States in “I’m In.”