Obamacare is here. After years of back-and-forth battles on Capitol Hill, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which will require most American citizens to carry insurance by 2014, whether through an employer, the state or a private institution—is set to take effect in a matter of months. Enrollment for ACA coverage, however, began this week.
The date might be set, but the details remain murky, with lingering questions as to how the new legislation will affect the millions of Americans who will now be mandated to have medical coverage
Since 2008, funding from the Older Americans Act has declined, despite the spike in the nation’s senior population. The result has left cities across the country with no choice but to make cuts to senior programming.
Claremont, however, has taken a reverse approach.
While many cities downsize, one way Claremont has added to its senior services is with the addition of Ashley Nielsen, the city’s case manager for older adults whose sole job is to provide free services and case management to Claremont’s senior population.
With the government shutdown, Inland Valley Hope Partners is requesting the community’s help in providing for the area’s needy.
The local nonprofit is looking for individuals, schools, companies and places of workshop to assist in hosting food drives or donating food items to help those in need of assistance, but unable to receive help with federal services on pause.
Images from the art installment David Michalek: Slow Dancing, are projected onto screens hanging from Bridges Auditorium on Thursday at Pomona College. Three giant screens display figures shot in extremely slow motion as part of a larger exhibit of the artist’s work on display at Pomona College Museum of Art. The display will continue tonight and tomorrow from 8 to 11 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Reverend Henry Atkins has traded his priestly apparel for an entirely different set of dress, one that comes with a pair of nunchucks and boxing gloves.
The new look and mindset suit him. On Saturday, the 74-year-old Pilgrim Place resident became the oldest recipient of the Sekai Black Belt Academy’s brown belt distinction, just one level below the coveted title of black belt.
When asked why an Episcopal priest would turn to kickboxing and martial arts, a frequently asked question, the reverend answers with a smile: “I was tired of turning the other cheek.” COURIER photo/Steven Felschudneff
Stop by Claremont’s Cahuilla Park with the kids to check out the recreation area’s new jungle gym. The local playground reopened last week after a month long closure, during which an estimated $65,000 in playground equipment was installed.
The new setup was deemed necessary in order to address safety concerns with the old equipment and to bring the community facility up to date with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to city officials.
On Tuesday, September 24 a drive down Mt. Baldy Road led to a fatal fall on Tuesday night just outside of Claremont. Around 11:30 p.m. near Shinn Road in Mt. Baldy, a Toyota veered to the left of the roadway, colliding with a retaining wall and light pole before falling 150 feet over the side of Mt. Baldy Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
After a yearlong lull, the city of Claremont is breaking its silence on the waterfront.
Officials recently announced that a town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 at Claremont’s Taylor Hall to discuss information on the city’s potential water system purchase. To date, the Claremont Council and city administrators have remained tight-lipped on the subject of water acquisition, with documents regarding the Water Acquisition Feasibility Study kept under wraps.
Claremont city officials including City Manager Tony Ramos, left, Council Member Sam Pedroza and Senior Management Analyst Brad McKinny throw Mardi Gras beads to the crowd on Thursday during the Claremont Day parade at the Los Angeles County Fair. The weather this weekend could not be better, so if you haven’t visited the fair yet, this weekend is your last opportunity, as it will close September 29. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
UPDATED: As the city moves forward with a new multi-million dollar proposal for the purchase of Claremont's water system, the city also proceeds on another long-term council priority and expected 7-digit expenditure, the construction of a new police facility.
The council unanimously directed staff to work with consultants on creating a detailed cost forecast for a new police station with the goal of including a parcel tax measure on the ballot in 2014. The recommendation, provided by a Police Facility Feasibility and Site Analysis Ad Hoc committee appointed in 2012, was made based on findings that the current facility does not meet state code requirements, is seismically questionable and may no longer be viable in the case of a serious local emergency. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
“Be passionate! Be courageous! Be your very best!” The words were halting, but the message was eloquent and strong as former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords, a member of the Scripps College Class of 1993, returned to the campus to become only the third recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Medal, the college’s highest level of recognition.
Claremont officials are looking to change the way the city does business, at least in terms of the city’s review and approval process.
A series of major changes to Claremont’s municipal code will be heading in for commission and council review next month. Among them is a proposed change to simplify the new business review process.