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  • Tom Villanueva embraces family friend Theresa Caravalho while packing up his life’s possessions with his wife Susan, left on Monday in Claremont. The Villanueva family lost their home to foreclosure late in 2011 after failing to secure a loan modification

    Tom Villanueva embraces family friend Theresa Caravalho while pa...

  • Susan Villanueva becomes emotional as she retells the story her family’s efforts to save their home from foreclosure on Monday in Claremont.

    Susan Villanueva becomes emotional as she retells the story her ...

  • Tom Villanueva gives a passing motorist a television from his home on Monday in Claremont. Mr. Villanueva, and his wife Susan, have lost their home to foreclosure and are reducing their belongings as they face eviction.

    Tom Villanueva gives a passing motorist a television from his ho...

  • Susan and Tom Villanueva, with their children Abbey, Avery and Andrew, take a break from packing on Monday in Claremont. The couple had been fighting foreclosure for several years but finally lost their home late last year.

    Susan and Tom Villanueva, with their children Abbey, Avery and A...

  • Tom Villanueva removes a hand made happy birthday greeting from the wall of his Claremont home on Monday. Mr. Villanueva children made the greeting for his birthday last month.

    Tom Villanueva removes a hand made happy birthday greeting from ...

  • A portrait of Susan and Tom Villanueva’s children hangs over the fire place in their south Claremont home.

    A portrait of Susan and Tom Villanueva’s children hangs over t...

  • Susan and Tom Villanueva pack up some of their belongings on m=Monday as they get ready to lave their recently foreclosed Claremont home. The couple and their three children are looking for a rental home in Claremont but as of Monday had few leads.

    Susan and Tom Villanueva pack up some of their belongings on m=M...

  • A small American flag decorates the front yard of Susan and Tom Villanueva’s south Claremont home as the couple prepares to move out on Monday.

    A small American flag decorates the front yard of Susan and Tom ...

  • Randy Scott of the grassroots political group Claremonters against Outrageous Water Rates listens to the city attorney speak during a special meeting of the Claremont City Council on Thursday at the Alexander Hughes Community Center.

    Randy Scott of the grassroots political group Claremonters again...

  • Members of the public listen to former mayor Ellen Taylor speak on Thursday during a special meeting of the Claremont City Council at the Alexander Hughes Community Center.

    Members of the public listen to former mayor Ellen Taylor speak ...

  • Claremont resident Don Bentley addresses the council during public comments at a special meeting of the Claremont City Council on Thursday at the Alexander Hughes Community Center.

    Claremont resident Don Bentley addresses the council during publ...

  • Claremont High School senior Tim Deters answers a question from Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza on Thursday during a break in the special Claremont City Council meeting at the Alexander Hughes Community Center.

    Claremont High School senior Tim Deters answers a question from ...

  • City Manager Tony Ramos answers a question from the council on Thursday during a special meeting of the Claremont City Council.  Thursday night’s meeting was Mr. Ramos’ first in his new role as city manager.

    City Manager Tony Ramos answers a question from the council on T...

  • Jay and Maria Brandt, with their daughter Saphira, are co-owners of Sekai Black Belt Academy in Claremont. The Brandts recent won numerous awards at the National Blackbelt League Super Grands World Games in Sacramento.

    Jay and Maria Brandt, with their daughter Saphira, are co-owners...

  • Jay and Maria Brandt, with their daughter Saphira, are co-owners of Sekai Black Belt Academy in Claremont. The Brandts recent won numerous awards at the National Blackbelt League Super Grands World Games in Sacramento.

    Jay and Maria Brandt, with their daughter Saphira, are co-owners...

  • Claremont resident Jay Brandt received this ring when he won the 2011 Chinese forms Kenpo world championship during the recent National Blackbelt League Super Grands World Games in Sacramento.

    Claremont resident Jay Brandt received this ring when he won the...

  • Jay Brandt leads a class of 10 to 14-year-old students on Thursday at Sekai Black Belt Academy in Claremont. Mr. Brandt won the 2011 Chinese forms Kenpo world championship during the recent National Blackbelt League Super Grands World Games

    Jay Brandt leads a class of 10 to 14-year-old students on Thursd...

  • Sekai Black Belt Academy students Mason Gardner, left, Scott Borchers, Xena Hourany, Gaby Hourany, and Sergio Perez practice their kicking technique during a White Tiger class at the Claremont studio.

    Sekai Black Belt Academy students Mason Gardner, left, Scott Bor...

  • Xena Hourany, bottom, tries to escape the control of her sister Gaby Hourany on Thursday during a self defense class for 10 to 14-year-olds at Sekai Black Belt Academy in Claremont.

    Xena Hourany, bottom, tries to escape the control of her sister ...

  • Sekai Black Belt Academy students Mason Gardner, left, Scott Borchers, Gaby Hourany, Xena Hourany and Sergio Perez watch as teacher Jay Brandt demonstrates a kicking technique during a White Tiger class at the Claremont studio.

    Sekai Black Belt Academy students Mason Gardner, left, Scott Bor...

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