The Claremont Unified School District has extended the deadline for the final sale of a vacant lot at 2475 N. Forbes Ave., a 9.7-acre parcel once home to the now-defunct La Puerta Intermediate School.
The school district awarded the surplus property to Brandywine Homes of Irvine, Calif., who bid $18,875,000 in December with the hopes of developing a luxury 59 home complex at the site. CUSD and Brandywine have since entered a period of due diligence, during which the developer may choose to pull out of the deal with CUSD if it is determined financially unfeasible.
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities are starting early at the Pomona Fairplex with IrishFest, taking place this weekend, March 7-9.
IrishFest features family-friendly activities with shopping, food, green beer, games and traditional entertainment including Irish dancing and Celtic music. Kids can enjoy the medieval Kid’s Castle, which includes a course at knight school, and make Irish crafts like Blarney Stones, Celtic knot bookmarks and pots of gold.
Taylor Morrison of California, LLC, developer of the Citrus Glen at Pitzer Ranch housing development at Base Line Road and Monte Vista Avenue, is now accepting prescreening applications for two of the project’s seven affordable housing units. These spaces are available to moderate income households. Interested persons may contact Taylor Morrison’s sales team for Citrus Glen to start the pre-screening process
The La Verne City Council voted unanimously at its Monday, March 3 meeting to move forward with a study analyzing the feasibility of potentially becoming Claremont’s new water system operator.
La Verne’s decision comes a week after the Claremont council’s approval of the study. All local council members voted in favor of the inspection with the exception of Councilmember Corey Calaycay, who abstained because he is already a paying customer of the La Verne utility.
Crime in Claremont is at a 34-year low.
A total of 936 assaults, thefts and related Part I crimes—violent crimes against persons and those against property—were recorded in 2013. Last year’s rate, representing a one percent decrease from that reported in 2012, is the fourth lowest recorded in Claremont in more than three decades, according to the city’s annual crime report recently submitted by the Claremont Police Department.
The city of Claremont was a welcome stop for weary travelers on Tuesday.
Locals gathered at Larkin Park to greet a pack of protesters completing a 3,000-mile journey on foot from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, all part of the Great March for Climate Action. Once organized, Claremonters opened their homes providing food and a night of rest for the tired group.
The trek kicked off last Saturday from Wilmington, California, just outside Los Angeles, where an estimated 1500 gathered to call attention to the effects of the climate crisis. The torrential downpour did little to dampen spirits as around 50 marchers began the first leg of the cross-country caravan in the name of political reform.
The storms rushing through Claremont and Southern California over the weekend also brought clear skies and a colorful sunset Sunday. In fact, the air was so clear, one could see the Goodyear blimp hovering over Los Angeles and Hollywood for the Oscar festivities from Base Line Road and Padua Avenue. Be sure to check our COURIER photo gallery from the week in review. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
A stolen credit card led Claremont police to a gold mine over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, police responded to the Double Tree Hotel, 555 W. Foothill Blvd., where a man had used a stolen credit card to pay for his stay and more than $300 in room service. Christian Gutierrez, a 36-year-old transient, was contacted and found in possession of at least 100 Social Security numbers, driver's licence and credit card numbers, acording to Claremont Lieutenant Shelly Vander Veen.
With guns drawn, two Los Angeles County Sheriff department SWAT officers prepare to enter a yard on Santa Barbara Drive on Thursday afternoon while searching for a fugitive who was hiding in the area. The suspect held authorities at bay for over two hours until he was finally captured around 3:30 p.m. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundenff
The verdant canopy of pines, oaks and elms, a source of pride for Claremont homeowners, sets the city apart from its neighbors. The drought and escalating water prices, however, have locals questioning our once steadfast nickname—the City of Trees.
The area’s urban forest has been at the forefront of local discussion of late, as residents band together to protect Claremont’s lush landscape. Advocates like the recently-formed Tree Action Group have played a key role in ensuring a more defined plan is put in place for the city’s leaf-scape
Motorists on Bonita Avenue dodge large palm fronds that were blown from nearby trees by Friday morning’s storm. Local reports put the 24-hour rainfall at just over an inch but rain is predicted for the rest of the weekend. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundenff
The Claremont City Council unanimously approved the use of $150,000 of the city’s unassigned General Fund money for its defense against Golden State Water.
The water company filed a lawsuit against the city of Claremont in December, alleging the city has not complied with the California Public Records act, which declares all public records in the state of California to be open and available to anyone. Golden State executives claim the city has not been compliant or transparent as claimed.
Stamp Your Heart Out owner Joan Bunte embraces longtime customer Susan Sasaki moments after Ms. Bunte locked the shop’s door officially closing her 25-year-old business. Ms. Sasaki has been shopping at the Village craft store since it opened and wanted to be the last customer. Ms. Bunte will retire from the retail trade but will continue her involvement in the Village Marketing Group. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The Claremont City Council took another step toward water system acquisition on Tuesday night, approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the cities of Claremont and La Verne as the City of Trees looks to its neighbor as a potential water system operator. The council voted 4-0, Councilmember Corey Calaycay recusing himself from the discussion because he is a customer of the La Verne Water Department.