Vanessa Tinoco, the Claremont High School cafeteria worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student, has formally resigned from her position with the Claremont Unified School District.
The former lunch lady submitted her letter of resignation on February 5 and received ratification from the Board of Education during a meeting held on February 19.
A vehicle drives through storm runoff on Monday along Mount Baldy Road in Claremont. A sudden downpour swept through the area in the early afternoon with heavy rain and even some hail. The squall added to the rain that fell over the Inland Valley over the night, the first measurable rainfall in many weeks. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
No matter where you live, every man’s home is his castle, but when you look at recent crime statistics around the country it becomes obvious why castles have moats and drawbridges and hot tar. In Claremont, the Committee of Safe and Healthy Housing has become a knight in shining armor of sorts for residents, managers and property owners living in some of the 29 apartment communities throughout the city. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The United States is vulnerable to cyber-attacks of every ilk, from theft to all-out war. This was the message delivered Tuesday evening at Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum by Richard Clarke, CEO of the Good Harbor Security Risk Management company.
Mr. Clarke, whose talk was called “Cybersecurity in 2015: from Theft to Destruction,” brings a lot of experience to bear on the subject.
A house divided against itself cannot stand, and City Councilman Sam Pedroza cannot stand for a city divided among its residents.
As Mr. Pedroza enters his third term on Claremont’s city council, one of his primary aspirations remains to erase the perceived boundaries that divide the city and unite the community once and for all.
“It’s definitely been my issue from day-one that I want to get away from the idea that there’s a south Claremont and a north Claremont,” he says.
The city’s contractor will be pruning shrubs and plants in the Village right-of-ways this month. Pruning dead foliage will improve plant health and control plant size where space is limited. Pruning in the winter helps ensure that plants produce healthy leaves and flowers in the spring. Plants may look distressed for about a month after pruning, but should improve rapidly after that.
Next week, the Claremont High School Theatre Department will dramatize one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in history.
The students will present William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” the true-life account of one woman’s effort to free a deaf, blind and mute child from the shackles of ignorance and rage. The play, which is based on Helen Keller’s autobiography The Story of My Life, will be performed on February 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Author and cyber security expert Richard Clarke delivers a speech Tuesday evening as part of the ongoing speaker series at Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Mr. Clarke, who spent 30 years working for the United States Government, talked about the growing threat that hackers pose to both the American government U.S. corporations. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
A Beijing teen missing from a Claremont hotel since Friday, February 13 was found safe and sound in West Hollywood on Monday, thanks to the keen eye of a concerned citizen.
According to Lieutenant Jason Walters, 16-year-old Jin Wuwei had taken a bus from Claremont to Los Angeles on Friday afternoon after telling his mother he was going to tour the Claremont Colleges. Jin was found sitting on a bench on the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard when someone recognized the teen from local news broadcasts and contacted authorities.
Here, Jin's mother, Geng Jipeng, shows hand-out flyers used to aid in the search for her son. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
In politics they say “follow the money,” and Larry Schroeder has been doing just that for nearly 40 years. With a background deeply rooted in finance, it’s no wonder the council often defers to him for leadership when it comes to making the tough financial decisions needed to keep the city moving in a positive direction.
Sitting on the front porch of his Claremont home, Mr. Schroeder made it clear to the COURIER that economic and environmental sustainability are top priorities
The Candlelight Pavilion will present Mel Brooks’ laugh-out-loud musical “The Producers” beginning on February 27.
The story follows down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, who come up with an outrageous moneymaking scheme. They will cozy up to “little old ladies” with deep pockets, procuring financial backing for a production so terrible, it is sure to be the most notorious flop in history. The show, they reason, will close after one night, leaving them free to skip town with millions of dollars.
A promotional tourism video launched this week by the Discover Claremont campaign caused a stir among residents. The commercial, produced by Wallop Films, sought to entice Los Angeles residents to visit Claremont. Resident comments about the commercial were generally unfavorable. “Awkward” and “weird” were common descriptors and the overriding reaction—based on the 60 or so comments on the COURIER Facebook page—was that the film simply didn’t capture the spirit of Claremont.
A review of the city’s mid-year financial report indicates that Claremont is on course to stay within the 2014-15 budget adopted by city council last summer.
Financial Director Adam Pirrie delivered the news at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “I’m pleased to say at the midpoint of the fiscal year that revenues are generally on track to meet or exceed budgeted amounts, and expenditures are in line with where we would expect them to be at this point of the fiscal year,” said Adam Pirrie.
A suspicious fire and explosion at Motel 6 resulted in one suspect hospitalized with severe burns. A Claremont officer on site at the motel was contacted by Los Angeles County Fire around 6:30 p.m. following an explosion and small fire in a motel room.
According to Det. Isaac Reyes, a witness in an adjoining laundry room heard a loud explosion followed by smoke coming through the wall. The witness ran to the room to see what had happened, but was dismissed by a woman who said all was fine. That was not the case.