Black bear sightings have become somewhat commonplace in the City of Trees. Foothill communities, such as Padua Hills and Claraboya, are especially apt to have bear visitors in the fall and summer months during years without a significant amount of rainfall.
The drought conditions affecting southern California for the past several years have made it even more difficult for the animals to find sustenance in the Angeles National Forest. Their natural food supply is drying up, which means they’ve begun looking for other sources, often in our own neighborhoods.
Owners Roberto and Judy Flores have closed the doors on their beloved family-style Mexican restaurant, saying adios after nearly 13 years in business.
“We didn’t go out of business because we had no business,” Ms. Flores told the COURIER. “We closed because the property owner didn’t renew our lease.”
According to Ms. Flores, the restaurant lease was set to expire on December 31, 2014. The terms of the agreement dictated that the couple was to give three months notice if they chose to extend their lease beyond the scheduled end date.
It was a sushi smash-and-grab for thieves who broke into two Claremont eateries on Saturday, November 15 looking for more than Spicy Tuna Rolls. According to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek, unknown suspects caused $250 in damage when they smashed the glass front door at Hayato Sushi & Grill on Foothill Boulevard around 4 a.m.
Unless you are an Eskimo, Claremont is really the place to be this winter as much of the country digs out of serious winter storms bringing snow, cold and wind. Our weather has been near perfect with partly cloudy skies, high temperatures around 70 and lows near 50. The only downside is no rain is in the forecast. This photo was taken with a long telephoto lens from the top of Claraboya, showing the Puddingstone Reservior at sunset. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Keith Pohlman has taken it upon himself to light the Claremont Pooch Park with LED lights he buys at the hardware store as well as providing light up collars for many of the dogs. The Friends of the Claremont Pooch Park have been advocating for the city to install proper lighting at the park which is open until 9 p.m. seven days a week. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park is still closed as of Tuesday afternoon due to a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued the warning due to gusty winds and low humidity that has increased fire weather conditions in much of Los Angeles County today. The park will remain closed until tomorrow, Tuesday, November 18, at which time the conditions will be reevaluated. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Three city council members will be elected at the upcoming March 3, 2015 general municipal election, each to a full four-year term of office. Eligible candidates shall be residents and registered voters of the city.
Incumbents Joe Lyons, Opanyi Nasiali and Sam Pedroza have all pulled papers but have not yet turned them in, according to City Clerk Shelley Desautels. No one other than the three incumbents has pulled papers, she noted.
The Claremont City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 25 at its regularly scheduled meeting to consider a Resolution of Necessity– a resolution determining the necessity of the city’s acquisition of the water system and whether or not it is in the best public interest. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the council chamber at Claremont City Hall.
Spring Awakening, a contemporary rock musical inspired by Franz Wedekind's 1891 German play of the same name and portraying teenage self-discovery, will be performed at Pomona College on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. in Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont.
Along with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, you can get food for the soul at this weekend’s annual Pilgrim Place Festival, in the form of The Poetry of Aging.
Retired journalist and book editor Jean Lesher served as general editor for the 52-page chapbook, which will be sold for $5 at the festival’s Authors and Composers booth. It poses a single question: What does it feel like to grow old?
How much more energy-efficient could you become if you were in the running for a $5 million prize?
The good news is Claremont was selected as one of 52 communities to participate in the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP). The competition challenges US communities to work together with local government and utilities to develop and implement plans for innovative, replicable, scalable and continual reductions in the per-capita energy consumed from local natural gas and electric utilities.
Sustainability and water were the hot topics at Claremont’s city council meeting Wednesday evening with residents and city staff expressing their concerns regarding the drought and the effect on the city’s conservation efforts. In the presence of the entire city council, City Principal Planner Chris Veirs presented the Fifth Annual Claremont Sustainability Report Card that covers sustainability activities tracked during the 2013 calendar year.
On Tuesday, November 4 a criminal with a career in burglary might want to consider another line of work after police followed a trail leading to his arrest. Around 8:09 a.m., a suspect broke into a Toyota 4Runner parked and locked at Western Christian School. Using an unknown object to break the front passenger window, the burglar stole the victim’s purse containing her wedding ring, and fled the location undetected.
Dust off your ball gown and polish your glass slippers: it is time for the first-ever Masonic black tie charity ball.
Join the Claremont Masonic Lodge on Saturday, November 15 as they raise money for the City of Hope, Children’s Cancer Research Center in Duarte and the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Both facilities provide care and treatment to children from around the world, regardless of ability to pay.