Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA) made a splash earlier this month when the unknown citizens group entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Golden State Water Company, putting them smack dab in the middle of a water fight that’s consumed Claremont for years.
Many residents and city officials speculated the group didn’t really exist, a few even suggesting that perhaps CAWA was concocted by Golden State Water in an eleventh-hour bid to prevent a proposed water revenue bond measure by city council from going to a vote. But CAWA does exist and they want to be taken seriously.
As the residents of Claremont begin gearing up for a summer of fun, the city council is winding down a very busy fiscal year with two matters recently brought before the council and returned to city staff for further consideration. The Tree Policies and Guidelines Manual and 2014-15 funding for Community Based Organizations came before the council again Tuesday night.
The city will launch its Monday Night Concerts in the Park series, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Claremont, on July 7. The free weekly events regularly lure 3,000 to 5,000 people to Memorial Park.
Although the concert officially runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., concertgoers begin arriving as early as 6 p.m. to select a space and enjoy dinner in the park. You can bring a picnic or purchase a variety of treats from The Kiwanis Club snack bar, which features concessions like burgers, hot dogs, nachos, drinks, popcorn and frozen yogurt donated by 21 Choices.
Claremont’s 5th annual craft beer walk, Claremont Village Blues & Brews, will be held on Saturday, June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Guests will enjoy craft beer tastings and food samplings at more than 40 Village businesses and rock out to live music performed at numerous venues. Tickets are $45 per person if purchased in advance, $50 the day of the event. Advance purchase is encouraged as this event may sell out. Ticket-holders will receive a map of participating businesses, beer pilsner, 18 beer pour tasting tickets and a wristband at check-in.
Pitzer College recently completed a major renovation of its president’s house and the project has received LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council. The home, which is located at 739 Harvard Ave., is the first single-family residence in Claremont to receive this environmental honor.
Chico's in Claremont is once again supporting the nonprofit Shoes That Fit by hosting an in-store fundraiser in the on Thursday, June 26 from noon and 5 p.m. All shoppers should mention Shoes That Fit at check-out and 10 percent of the purchase will be donated to Shoes That Fit to help children in need.
The sun peaks through the trees during sunset at Vail Park off off Grand Avenue in Claremont Monday. The park is open, but the main soccer field remains closed for the next two weeks to finish summer reseeding. The Claremont area weather through the weekend will remain normal for this time of year. That means sunny skies, highs around 90, and lows in the 60s. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
One group says 1.4 million people use the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park each year; the other thinks 900,000 is more accurate. Either way, something needs to be done.
The Claremont Hills Wilderness Park Master Plan project was launched in January 2014 and by the looks of things, it couldn’t come fast enough. The city-owned 2,023-acre preserve, with its 20 miles of fire roads and single-path trails extending deep into the hills and canyons of the San Gabriel foothills, continues to attract a mountain of visitors, creating the challenge of finding a balance between resource protection and park use.
COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The city of Claremont has announced the 2014 Fourth of July honorees. This year’s grand marshal title goes to two residents, Mary and Fritz Weis. The honored citizens are Rosie and Leo Bister, and the Friends of the Claremont Library have received the honored group distinction.
Youth nominations go to this year’s theme contest winner Pierce Barnum, a third grader from Sumner Elementary. The National Anthem will be sung by Anita Mathias, a junior at Claremont High School.
The Independence Day Committee is working to finalize details of Claremont’s festival. Look for the COURIER’s upcoming Fourth of July special edition for details.
Alba Honoré Cisneros has pieced together a life doing what she loves.
The sun is glinting on the glass tiles of some prominent new public art projects she has created, including a mural celebrating the area’s natural beauty and agricultural history at the Citrus Glen housing development on the corner of Monte Vista Avenue and Base Line Road.
The mosaic features lemon trees, neat rows of crops and hardy native plants thriving in fertile blonde soil, while Mt. Baldy stretches towards a clean blue sky.
A free bicycle safety class sponsored by the City of Claremont and the Claremont Senior Bike Group will be held on Thursday, June 19 at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The class will be taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors and is open to kids from 4th grade and up and to Adults. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Participants will learn how to safely ride on city streets. Interested parties need to reserve a spot in the class by contacting Tom Shelley at email@example.com.
The Claremont Unified School District will be serving free breakfast and lunch to all children from one to 18 years old at three school sites.
Again, there is no charge for lunch. For more information, call (909) 398-0358.
A water revenue bond slated for the November ballot received a green light from city council Tuesday night, despite a request from Golden State Water Company (GSWC) to put a plug in it.
City staff has said it can support an $80 million purchase price through current revenues collected from water bills. The proposed bonds would give the city an additional $55 million toward the potential acquisition of the Claremont water system, should the system’s price tag exceed the $80 million. Check out the link to the official Golden State Water memorandum statement at the end of the story inside.
A boy struck by a Claremont police vehicle on June 9 while walking to school returned to classes the following day with minor injuries. The Condit Elementary School student was in the crosswalk around 8:20 a.m. when the officer, attempting to stop a speeding motorist, hit the boy at the intersection of Scripps Drive and Mountain Avenue.
According to an eyewitness, the unnamed officer had turned on his lights and chirped his siren before beginning his pursuit of the driver.
“Then I heard a thud.”