It may have been April 1 but Governor Jerry Brown wasn’t fooling around when, by executive order, he extended and increased water rationing for California residents.
Mr. Brown is calling for the State Water Resources Control Board to achieve a statewide 25 percent reduction in urban water usage through February of 2016. The 25 percent reduction by water suppliers to California cities will be based on amounts used in 2013.
For Claremont residents, who are among the highest water-users in the state, average summer use in 2013 from June to August fluctuated from 330 gallons to 350 gallons per day, well above the state average of 125 gallons. Be sure to check out our aerial video of the City of Trees. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The trial of Joseph Chandler Davall began Tuesday, following a tedious three-day jury selection process resulting in the appointment of 12 jurors— two men and 10 women—who will ultimately decide the fate of the alleged rapist.
The Coachella Valley date farmer is accused of attacking and raping a 12-year-old Claremont girl on March 21, 2014 while she slept alone in her home. The 35-year-old defendant has been charged with seven felony counts.
The fate of two controversial holly oaks on Green Street was sealed this week as workers from West Coast Arborists removed the trees on Wednesday, making quick work of the project and leaving little to no evidence they had ever existed.
In just over two hours, the trees were cut down, chipped up and hauled away.
“Since it rained last night the tree was soaked, so when it came down the amount of yellow dust was minimal,” said homeowner Alice Perreault. “That was an unexpected, natural gift.”
Paramedics attend to a man after removing him from a vehicle that flipped over Traffic was diverted for a short time on Foothill Boulevard on Wednesday, April 8 as Claremont police and Los Angeles County Fire responded to an injury accident near Berkeley Avenue.
According to an eyewitness who called 911, officers arrived to the scene around 3 p.m. after a charcoal-colored Ford Focus attempted to cross Foothill at Berkeley and was struck by a silver Hyundai Accent traveling west on the main thoroughfare. The impact of the collision caused the Ford to flip onto its side, resulting in the 76-year-old male driver and his 73-year-old passenger being sent to Pomona Valley Hospital after complaining of pain.
Celebrating spring each year means different things, to different people. For many families in Claremont, Saturday meant making that annual trip with the kids to Memorial Park for a potpourri of fun sponsored by the Rotary Club of Claremont.
During the morning hours the park turned into a mini-carnival that included arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pancake breakfast (with the help of that other club from Kiwanis), magic show, and of course the big event…the Easter egg hunt! Judging from the long lines for all the venues, this party was more popular than ever. Check out our video inside.
COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Vom Fass Claremont shop owners Kim Peeples and Denise Solis are smiling ear to ear after receiving the “Franchise Partner of the Year Award” during the company’s annual conference and awards ceremony held in Las Vegas on February 22.
According to a press release, the award is given to the franchise partners who most exemplify the Vom Fass philosophy, show dedication to memorable customer service experiences and showcase outstanding business acumen.
Since taking the reins of the Claremont Community Foundation at the first of the year, Executive Director Tabatha Abeyta has been getting the lay of the land.
Ms. Abeyta is in no hurry to nix longstanding events like the nonprofit’s annual Party Parade fundraiser. “I want to keep up all the traditional work the foundation has done for the past 25-26 years,” she said.
In fact, she has attended several of the events offered as part of this year’s Party Parade.
“I’ve done galas, but I’ve never done anything like this,” Ms. Abeyta marveled.
Emma Marshall came down to the Claremont Village on Friday for a spin class she attends on a regular basis. A little over an hour later, she found this large tree branch on top of her car at Second Street and Yale Avenue. There were no injuries and there was only slight roof damage to the car. Of course she had to wait for city crews to come remove the branch. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
The landscape of Village West will soon begin to take on a new form as the city and its residents prepare for the arrival of The Village Lofts, a four-story mixed-use project with residential apartments scheduled for completion in March 2017.
Demolition of a vacant industrial building, previously occupied by Rich Products Corporation and located at 127 Oberlin Ave., is slated to begin next week with construction beginning as soon as the demolition is completed.
On Thursday, March 26 three brazen residential burglaries occurred in the north portion of the city, reminding residents to remain alert and report suspicious activity to Claremont police, even in broad daylight.
Between 2:45 p.m. and 2:53 p.m., two male adults kicked in the front door to a residence located on the 3900 block of Northampton Avenue while the resident was home.
UPDATED: After nearly a year of incarceration, the man accused of attacking and raping a 12-year-old Claremont girl will stand trial for his alleged crimes with jury selection beginning on Friday, April 3 in Pomona court.
Joseph Chandler Davall, 35, faces seven felony counts, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child; one count each of forcible rape; sexual penetration by foreign object, criminal threats, first degree burglary, person; and assault to commit a felony during the commission of first-degree burglary.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) recently announced it will honor Charles Magistro, a pioneering physical therapist and professional icon, by naming the Rehabilitation Services Center in the soon-to-be opened Robert and Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion—the Charles M. Magistro Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Magistro led the effort in establishing PVHMC’s physical therapy and rehabilitation services department more than 60 years ago
City staffers pulled out all the stops for an open house in March, joining with program instructors and residents to celebrate the launch of the Claremont Human Services Department’s new logo and activities guide.
Greeting guests and residents as they approached the building was human services’ new vehicle, a 2015 Ford Explorer wearing the department’s new logo and eye-catching colors with pride