The city council is moving full-steam ahead on placing a sales and use tax increase on the November 5 ballot.
The council voted 4-0 to pass the ordinance, placing the measure on the ballot Tuesday night. The measure seeks to increase the city’s sales tax rate by three-quarters of a cent, from 9.5 percent to the state cap of 10.25 percent.
According to witnesses, a flatbed truck that was part of the parade pulled off Harrison Avenue into the parking lot at the Joslyn Senior Center then suddenly accelerated, gaining significant speed before crashing into a flagpole, an arbor and bushes adjacent to the center. “I heard these girls scream and ran over, and I saw the flag pole come down,” said Upland resident William Gordon. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Police arrested a man after he led police on a pursuit in a stolen car. Officers tried to pull over a 2005 Honda Accord around 10:40 a.m. at Indian Hill and San Jose after discovering it had been stolen, Lt. Walters said. The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Gabriel Cortes, didn’t stop, and led police on a pursuit into Pomona.
Theater company Ophelia’s Jump and Claremont’s Pomona College will once again co-sponsor the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival from July 11 to July 21 at the college’s Sontag Greek Theater, an outdoor amphitheater originally built in 1910.
The festival opens this Thursday, July 11 with Taming of the Shrew.
Around 11:09 a.m., Claremont police responded to the local pharmacy on the 300 block of south Indian Hill Boulevard regarding three suspects observed running into the business wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, police said.
Police survey the scene where a truck that had just finished Claremont's Fourth of July parade crashed at the Joslyn Center on Thursday. Witnesses said the truck accelerated quickly once it got into the parking lot, crashing into a pole and some bushes. The driver was the only one injured.
After years of construction, Keck Graduate Institute’s new student housing buildings are just about finished.
Dubbed the “Oasis KGI Commons,” the two four-story buildings are the latest new housing and classroom facilities for the relatively young Claremont graduate school, which bills itself as “the first higher education institution in the US dedicated exclusively to applied life sciences.”
It was a day filled with celebrations starting in the early AM and ending with Claremont's traditional fireworks show at Pomona College. The festivities began with the Freedom 5000 race and the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, followed by the parade and the night time party with music and dancing, ending fireworks at Strehle Track. The COURIER staff documented these events with an epic video and cool photos showing all the activities from beginning to end. COURIER video/Matt Weinberger
Last week, the Claremont city council voted 4-1 to approve a 2.51 percent increase to the landscape and lighting district, based on the consumer price index. Mayor Corey Calaycay was the lone no vote.
That increase—which goes into effect this November—in translates to $4.40, according to city management analyst Cari Dillman, which will raise the LLD from $175.77 to $180.17 yearly.
Cindy Sullivan has been a familiar face around Claremont since arriving in 1983, logging countless hours as a vital volunteer for a wide spectrum of local nonprofits, civic and city organizations. And next week she’ll be honored for all that altruism as Claremont’s Honored Citizen at the Fourth of July Parade.
“I was absolutely shocked,” Ms. Sullivan said about learning of the honor.
Altruism is a concept near and dear to many Claremonters.
For more than a century our community has been committed to volunteerism. This, combined with our diverse and educated populace, has meant we donate our time, money and skills not just locally, but also to causes and organizations with a worldwide reach.
Take, for instance, freshman Claremont City Councilmember Jed Leano. His day job is immigration lawyer, a vocation that provides a skillset both useful and highly topical, given the Trump administration’s controversial stances on immigration.
After years as a tireless advocate for education and the Claremont hillsides, the city will be honoring Lissa Petersen as Grand Marshal of this year’s Fourth of July parade. The COURIER spent time with Ms. Petersen in the courtyard in front of the Laemmle Theatre, where she said she was “shocked and overwhelmed” by the news. A friend initially nominated her as Honored Citizen back in February.
A sunny Saturday didn’t stop dozens of Claremonters from attending the city’s first community meeting about a proposed sales tax increase.
Residents curious about the proposed measure filled the Hughes Center on June 22. The city is still in the early stages—the measure hasn’t been approved by council yet but is well on its way to becoming a reality.