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Tdap booster required for all incoming seventh graders

Claremont Unified School District students entering seventh through twelfth grades will need to have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) to register for the 2011-12 school year.

The assembly bill (AB 354) was signed into law on September 29, 2010 and is effective for the incoming seventh through twelfth graders for the 2012-13 school year and for incoming seventh graders each year after.

Information on the Tdap can be found at the district website at www.cusd.claremont.edu. The Department of Health and Human Services’ list of possible side effects can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm.


Mayor to give talk at Claremont Manor luncheon

Claremont Mayor Larry Schroeder will speak on issues impacting Claremont in a talk on Tuesday, July 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Claremont Manor.

Topics at the luncheon will include the financial status of Claremont, the expansion of the Wilderness Park and the availability of the city council members to the general public. He will have a brief question-and-answer session after his presentation.

Seniors over the age of 60 are invited to attend. A complimentary luncheon will be served, free valet parking will be provided and tours of the Manor will be available after the mayor’s presentation.  

The Claremont Manor, located at 650 Harrison Ave., has provided retirement accommodations with several levels of care available to its residents since 1949.

This will be an opportunity for the senior citizens of the community to meet the mayor and learn more about what the local government is doing for  the people of Claremont. 

Seats are limited and reservations are required. Call Suzan Nassab, 626-1227 ext. 154, to make reservations.


From the city manager’s office

Building permits issued in June

The Building Division issued 101 permits during the month of June. The total construction valuation was $1,953,188.


Police continue to issue citations at Wilderness Park

The police department has increased enforcement of posted hours at the Wilderness Park. Visitors entering the park before dawn or leaving after dusk are subject to a $50 fine. Daily park hours are posted at the entrance of the park and on the city’s website.


Packing House sign program amendment 

The Packing House property owner is proposing additional signs to aid in providing exposure for the  existing businesses within the Packing House. In 2006, signs approved for the Packing House were primarily aimed at providing exposure for the tenants with direct exposure to First Street. 

The remaining businesses within the atrium area and on the second floor had little-to-no exposure from First Street. The proposed signs include a freestanding multi-tenant monument sign, as well as several directional, directory and building-mounted signs to provide additional exposure for those businesses located within the interior tenant spaces of the Packing House. This item was slated for Architectural Commission design review on July 11.


Outdoor uses and special outdoor use permits

Special Outdoor Use Permits (SOUPs) allow for outdoor uses such as seating and displays of items in the city’s commercial districts.

Outdoor displays of 6 square feet or less do not require a permit by the city; however, displays for restaurant or retail uses larger than 6 square feet, and any form of outdoor seating for restaurants, require review and approval of a SOUP. Permits are renewed annually and could aid in providing additional exposure for commercial businesses within the city.

All sidewalk sales are subject to the general standards for outdoor uses with the following additional standards:

A. A sidewalk sale may be conducted only by the  business(es) located within the building that fronts the right-of-way or property where the sale is to be located.

B. A retail business is permitted up to 12 sidewalk sale days per year provided the sale events comply with all applicable  standards. The 12 sale days may be consecutive or spread throughout the calendar year.

C. The city may prohibit sales at certain times. At least 10 days prior to having a sidewalk sale, or before advertising for a sidewalk sale, a business owner must obtain approval of date(s) from Planning Division staff.  The city may prohibit a sale event at certain times to prevent a conflict with community events, filming, street or sidewalk repairs, utility repairs, other special events or an excessive number of sidewalk sales in very close proximity to each other on the same dates.

D. Sidewalk sales may not extend into any parking area, except if the sale occurs before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. and if Planning Division staff determines that the use of the parking area is necessary for the sale to occur and the event will not impact other businesses or city operations. The use of a parking area after 8 a.m. and before 6 p.m. requires a Special Use & Development Permit or a Special Event Permit.

E. Sidewalk sales shall not be subject to parking requirements.

Businesses may contact the Planning Division at 399-5470 for more information or visit the city’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.