The city of Claremont has taken the next step in its battle for control of the local water system and filed an eminent domain lawsuit against its owner and operator, Golden State Water Company.
“There’s December 7, and then there’s December 9,” said water acquisition advocate Freeman Allen. “It’s a very memorable day in Claremont!”
The complaint for eminent domain was filed concurrently with Notice of Lis Pendens – Action in Eminent Domain on Tuesday, December 9 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
John Holloway, one of several attorneys representing Claremont, said Golden State’s legal counsel would not be served until Monday, after which the water company will have 30 days to respond.
Chanukah starts on Tuesday, December 16 this year. Temple Beth Israel will commemorate the Festival of Lights with a latke dinner from 6 to 7:15 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. with a Chanukah Shabbat Evening Service. Temple Beth Israel is located at 3033 N. Towne Ave. in Pomona. For information, call (909) 626-6937.
The filing period for candidates wishing to run in the March 2015 Municipal Election concluded on Monday with only three names Claremont residents know well.
Joe Lyons, Opanyi Nasiali and Sam Pedroza, all incumbents, were the only candidates to file papers putting into question whether an election will even be necessary.
According to the city website, when in a situation such as this, Elections Code allows the Claremont City Council to either make the appointments or decide to hold an election.
Ares Lanuza, 1, is not as happy as his sister Isis, 4, to be visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday during the Holiday Promenade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Claremont Village. The yearly event is the traditional kick off to the holiday shopping season in Claremont. Be sure to check out our holiday slideshow. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Foothill Boulevard may begin to look much different in the New Year as many of the iconic trees that line Route 66 in Claremont have been identified for removal due to their declining condition.
Root rot, significant pest or disease infestation and compromised tree structure have already claimed the lives of 10 trees along the boulevard, with an additional 28 trees—including 27 Eucalyptus and one Brazilian Pepper—scheduled for removal in January as part of the Foothill Boulevard Master Plan.
Claremonters love their outdoor spaces. Mild weather provides residents with evenings of movies and music in the park, youth sporting events and other recreational activities that make this community a quaint place to live. However, the lighting conditions at many of the city’s parks are subpar and not conducive to the California-style living residents have come to adore.
City staff set out to improve those conditions in December 2013 when they retained A&F Engineering to develop a master plan for improving the lighting systems at 21 of Claremont’s parks. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont residents and Golden State Water ratepayers are invited to speak on Monday, December 8 at the upcoming California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) public hearings regarding the water company’s current rate increase application.
Testimony on the proposed rate increase will be heard during two public hearings in Claremont. The hearings will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Taylor Hall, located on the corner of Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps Drive.
The Arco AM/PM Gas Station at the corner of Foothill and Claremont Boulevards was robbed on Tuesday, December 2 at approximately 6:49 p.m., according to a press release from the Claremont Police Department.
The suspects approached the counter, simulated a handgun under their clothing and demanded cash from the register. The clerk complied and handed the men an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Claremont Police Department. The robbers then fled on foot east through the parking lot.
Claremont resident Elizabeth Bruce shares an umbrella with her son Adam while running errands on Tuesday in the Claremont Village. The first significant storm of the season hit the Inland Valley early in the morning with steady rain through out the day. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
VIDEO UPDATE: It was a beautiful, clear, cool Thanksgiving morning and over 2300 hundred runners were getting ready to work up a sweat for yet another Claremont Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5k. As the popularity of the event continues to soar—there were 1600 runners last year—the competition is a comfortable fit for runners of all levels and ages. The run starts along First Street, heads east and then north through the Claremont Colleges and the classic scenery of the City of Trees. All times were posted and Jorge Maravilla of Claremont was this year's winner, in a time of 15:21. See our ENTIRE STORY link to the unique video of the event.
This year, the Claremont Community College will host its 14th annual Secret Santa Event. The nonprofit organization has played Santa to more than a thousand needy children since 2001. The event includes presents, dinner, entertainment and a visit with St. Nick.
This year, the group has added something special and will provide 100 new guitars for 100 needy children. The addition of musical instruments comes from the desire of the volunteers to provide meaningful experiences for the children.
The Rembrandt Club is hosting its 34th annual Holiday Tea and Bake Sale on Saturday, December 6 from noon to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Seaver House, located at 305 N. College Ave. on the corner of College and Bonita avenues in Claremont.
The Claremont City Council unanimously adopted two resolutions of necessity during a public hearing on Tuesday evening, authorizing the city’s proposed acquisition of Golden State Water Company’s Claremont District Water System by eminent domain to move forward. Special council Ken MacVey, Paeter Garcia and John Halloway from Best Best & Krieger were on hand to explain the nature and scope of the public hearing and to answer any questions brought forth by the council.
Students at the Claremont Colleges took to the streets in solidarity on Tuesday during a march in protest of a decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen Michael Brown. Claremont students, faculty and community members were invited via Facebook and word of mouth to meet in front of the Claremont Colleges’ Honnold Mudd Library where they made signs and spoke of the significance of the event.