On Wednesday, July 29, the Claremont Architectural Commission will host a public hearing to review plans for the construction of “The Commons,” a proposed real estate development at the northwest corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.
Another Claremont tradition that will have to be skipped this year is our much loved Monday evening concerts in the park. However, thanks to the city of Claremont, the Kiwanis Club and Claremont Lincoln University, we can still enjoy the music even if we can’t be together.
Although the Neowise comet may not shine as brightly here in the Claremont area, it can make interesting viewing for a once in 7000 year event. The comet can be seen when the northwest sky turns dark, sitting low in the horizon. It may be difficult to see with the naked eye, so using binoculars is highly recommended. Look up and find the big dipper in the sky, then gaze straight down towards the horizon to find the comet. Keep in mind it won't stay in the sky long, normally just an hour or so once the night sky turns dark. This wonderful photo was shot by Roger Baker, who photographed the comet near his home in Rancho Cucamonga. The camera was able to pick up more detail because of the eight second exposure and a telephoto lens. You should be able to locate the comet until July 26.
The city of Claremont’s confirmed coronavirus cases continue to climb at a steady rate mirroring the overall trend in the county
In its daily news release the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported that Claremont now has 199 cumulative COVID-19 cases, an increase of 44 cases, or 22 percent, in one week. Fortunately Claremont still has only three confirmed deaths and three cases in unincorporated areas.
The death of George Floyd continues to reverberate across the country, roiling the nation’s streets, including here in Claremont, and packing the most recent police commission meeting. The image of a crowded council chamber is, of course, a relic of the pre-coronavirus era; however, more than 50 members of the public signed on for a six-hour-long Zoom meeting on July 9. The meeting began with a statement from Claremont’s Police Chief Shelly Vander Veen, which included a pointed defense of her department and the professionalism of her officers.
In recent weeks the assertion that Black lives matter has appeared again and again in social media, news outlets, and private conversations, according to Derik Smith of The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Claremont. "Black people are at the center of global, national and local conversations about justice, society and governance,”?Mr. Smith said. Check out other zoom meetings coming this week in Claremont.
It’s likely that it will be a challenging few years for Claremont Unified School District (CUSD), as it faces inevitable budget reductions at the state level and high costs associated with implementing new instructional models for at least the 2020-21 school year.
However, the district’s financial situation for the upcoming year is better than initially projected, as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Lisa Shoemaker announced
Bardot’s restaurant, including its outdoor patio, was closed on Monday after the governor announced enhanced restrictions on places where people gather as part of the effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The order from Sacramento included the shuttering of many sectors of the economy that were already closed in Los Angeles County however the order now includes gyms, in-person worship services, offices for non-essential workers, nail salons and barbershops. COUREIR photo/Steven Felschundneff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, July 16 Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, a bipartisan bill that helps preserve community journalistic endeavors throughout the United States. Local news publications already faced financial difficulties before the onset of COVID-19. Now, in the wake of the severe economic consequences of the pandemic, the industry is facing further challenges to remaining sustainable.
A bike-share program may soon be returning to Claremont streets. The city council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance amending the Claremont Municipal Code in order to establish a three-year shared mobility pilot program and added to the Council’s 2020 Priority Goals and Action Items initiatives addressing policing and local business challenges.
Because of the coronavirus and other factors, the Claremont Meals on Wheels program is currently seeking additional volunteers to help pack and deliver hot lunches to seniors and other vulnerable adult residents of Claremont.
Volunteers are asked to commit to two 90-minute sessions per month for a total of three hours per month. Packers work from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and delivery drivers work from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Chrissie Paniagua and her husband Ned dine out at Aruffos Italian Cuisine on Monday in the Claremont Village. Earlier that day the governor issued a sweeping order that many business which had reopened in recent weeks must close again. Ms. Paniagua, who owns Magnolia Wine Bar on Foothill Boulevard, expressed concern that the pandemic would threaten the local shops that make Claremont special. She would like the city close down streets to allow restaurants to offer more seating. More in our next edition. COUREIR photo/Steven Felschundneff
In recent weeks the assertion that Black lives matter has appeared again and again in social media, news outlets and private conversations. In the effort to center Black perspectives at the local level, the Claremont Baha’i community is sponsoring a moderated series of conversations featuring Black Claremonters.
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise here and across California, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified today to align with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases. The daily July 13, LA County Covid-19 report stated 2593 new cases, 13 deaths and other analysis. The COURIER has included all the information in today's county health report, including an updated list of the virus numbers from every city in the county.