Historic homeowners in Claremont looking to apply for the city’s Mills Act tax abatement program will now be subject to yearly fees.
The annual $217 expense is just one of several changes to the program’s criteria and procedures unanimously approved by the Claremont City Council last week. The changes were enacted after a resolution drafted by the architectural commission in September.
Through the newly-introduced fees, given support by Claremont Heritage, city officials hope to make up for costs associated with the staff time used in annual reviews of the historic homes on contract.
All the things Karl Benjamin valued most—art, music, family, and friends who had become like family—were in evidence at a celebration of his life held Saturday, October 13 at Bridges Hall of Music.
Mr. Benjamin, a renowned abstract painter and longtime Claremonter, died in July at the age of 86
The memorial offered an opportunity for the community to say goodbye and to acknowledge the depth of his artistic and personal impact.
Scenes from Mr. Benjamin’s life and images of his canvases, known for their vivid juxtaposition of colors and shapes, were projected on a screen accompanied by Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” while a hushed crowd gathered in the 600-seat venue.
For many Americans, water is the new oil. It was a point raised by Professor Brian Thomas at a dialog on water ownership held at Pomona College Monday evening, and hardly disputed by the crowd of city officials and community members.
Along with the rising price of gas and property tax, water rates have doubled and in some cases tripled in cities across the country. Fed up with rising rates amid water company profits, many cities like Claremont are weighing their options when it comes to taking over their local water system from investor-owned water companies like Golden State Water.
However, before taking the leap from private to public, Mr. Thomas warns it is vital for cities to really understand the extent of the potential risks involved.
Elvis impersonator John Reade Fisher sings Jailhouse Rock on Friday during Mountain View Elementary School’s 50th anniversary celebration. The party had a 1950s theme with music and costumes from the era. A large crowd of current students, parents and alumni braved the cold for a party that included live entertainment, food trucks and carnival games. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
Karl Benjamin’s wife Beverly Benjamin, her daughter Kris Jones and son-in-law Bob Jones listen to a eulogy on Saturday during Mr. Benjamin’s memorial service at Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont. The noted painter and Pomona College professor emeritus was remembered during the hour-long service as a dedicated artist and devoted family man. More in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundenff
It was quite an active week for house burglaries in Claremont. Several of those reported ended in close calls, but many of them did not. While burglaries and attempted burglaries spanned the city—above Foothill and below Arrow, according to police reports—no arrests had been made in any of the incidents.
Two homes in north Claremont were targeted Thursday, October 4. Between 1:45 and 3:45 p.m. a burglar kicked in the rear door of a home in the 900 block of Miramar Avenue and ransacked the house, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen
Meet owls, opossums, spiders and plants who rule the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden at night on Saturday, October 20 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public. Guests are asked to bring a flashlight as nighttime lighting at the Garden is limited.
A special members-only event will be held Friday, October 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Guests coming for the members- only night will receive a free RSABG logo flashlight. Offer good while supplies last.
The Claremont City Council has opted to temporarily forego speed increases to 10 city streets—including Mountain, College and Scripps Drive—as it evaluates traffic calming measures instead. Measures include additional street striping and playground speed zones. The city will also explore a potential 15 mph or extended school zone area.
The unanimous council decision was reached after a lengthy discussion Tuesday night.
Dark clouds from the fall season’s first rainstorm collect over Padua Park on Thursday in Claremont. The storm is not expected to result in significant rainfall but may include thunder, lightning and hail. COURIER Photo Steven Felschundneff
As Claremont officials are busy working through details of the potential water acquisition—due before the council in closed session Tuesday, October 23—some residents are finding themselves equally occupied attempting to decode the terminology in their water bills.
“We get an email at least once a week with questions on water bills,” said Hal Hargrave of the grassroots organization Claremonters Against Outrageous Water Rates. He noted that questions range from inquiries about acronyms to why billing periods change.
“It’s all very confusing and it’s hard to interpret,” Mr. Hargrave said.
With the details in Claremont’s water bills as varied and numerous as the questions running through residents’ heads, Golden State officials sat down with the COURIER to answer questions surrounding the average water bill. COURIER photo illustration/Steven Felschundneff
As officials across the region are seeing red in their city budgets, a local Organization of hospitality professionals is continuing to employ new marketing plans in order to keep Claremont in the black.
Claremont’s Tourism Business Improvement District (BID), a coalition of Claremont hotel and motel managers, is marching forward with its latest plan to attract consumers to Claremont. “Discover Claremont Weekends,” a new program offered jointly by BID and Metrolink, offers a package deal with round-trip tickets to Claremont and a room reservation at any of the 5 Claremont hotels through December 31
After an inspection of the Claremont High School campus—spurred by 2 separate complaints from a faculty member—the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has deemed CHS to be in violation of 4 state statutes.
The citations and notification of penalties were issued on September 20 and subsequently posted in the faculty staff room. The district has nearly 2 weeks left before it must address the OSHA citations.
For Claremont Heritage board members, the architecture that defines the city’s homes is as notable as the culture and history of the people living within them. From the historic Arbol Verde to modern Claraboya, Claremont’s neighborhoods are an integral part of its heritage.
This year’s Claremont Heritage Home Tour, set for Sunday, October 14, looks to capture the essence of close-knit Claremont by providing a glimpse into its early homes and inhabitants