Friday, September 28, 2012

Claremont to host Drug Take Back Day

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The city of Claremont, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host its second annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Claremont Police Department. 
The CPD's free and anonymous service event is one of numerous sites being set up across southern California in an attempt to prevent drug abuse and theft. Unwanted pills can be dropped off in a designated container located within the front lobby with no appointment necessary. CPD is located at 570 W. Bonita Ave. Call the police department's front desk at 399-5411 for more information. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

National Voter Registration Day encourages voters to register early

Today, Tuesday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. The deadline to register is Monday, October 22 to vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election, but residents are encouraged to register early.
Those eligible to vote must be citizens of the United States and must be 18 years of age (or will be at the time of the election). Re-registration is required if you have moved, had a name change, or wish to make a change to political party. Voter registration forms are available at Claremont City Hall, the Claremont Library and the Claremont Post Office. 
Questions about voter registration should be directed to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office at (562) 466-1310 or by visiting Locally, residents may contact the city clerk's office at 399-5461 or 399-5463 for information.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Public comment sought for Gold Line impact report

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The public is invited to provide comment on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Metro Gold Line’s Azusa to Montclair track at a public meeting being held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in La Verne.

The Metro Gold Line’s Foothill Extension Authority Board released the completion of the EIR late last month for the estimated $800 million dollar transportation project. Tonight's meeting will take place at La Verne’s Hillcrest Meeting House, 2705 Mountain View Drive. Those unable to attend may submit comments by mail to Lisa Levy Buch at 406 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 202, Monrovia, CA 91016 or by email to Comments will be accepted through Friday, October 5.

The full report can be viewed on the Foothill Extension’s website at or at the Claremont Public Library, 207 Harvard Ave. For more information call 626-471-9050.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fair Trade hosts sweet doc screening

Claremont Fair Trade will host a documentary screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” this Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. The event takes place in the Claremont Forum, located at 586 W. First St. within the Old Packing House.

The 45-minute documentary follows award-wining Danish journalist Miki Mistrati’s investigation into child labor in the chocolate industry. Footage within the film reveals illegal trafficking of small children in the cocoa fields of Ivory Coast.

Discussion and a fair trade chocolate tasting provided by local Claremont retailers will follow the screening.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Claremont garden backdrop for open social gathering

Sierra Club members and friends are invited to take part in an appetizer and wine event at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Tuesday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m.
The Los Serranos Group of the Sierra Club will host the social gathering, which will continue at 7 p.m. in the Garden room with a story shared by Sierra Club member Brian Elliott. Mr. Elliott completed a month long canoe trip this past summer along the Colville River on Alaska’s north slope. Mr. Elliott will share his experience witnessing thousands of caribou migrating across the area as well as wolverine, grizzly bears, Arctic Fox, wolves and many nesting Rough-legged Hawks and Peregrine Falcons.
For more information visit the Los Serranos Group website at or contact Mary Ann Ruiz at 815-9379 or  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wilderness Park, water on tonight's agenda

Discussion of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park resumes tonight as the Claremont City Council meets for the first time following the August recess. Councilmembers will review options for a new pathway to be constructed into the park.

In late June, the council directed staff to explore moving the existing pathway from the east side of Mills Avenue to just inside the existing row of oleanders on the west. The approval of the hidden, 5-foot wide walkway was an attempt to help give neighboring communities additional peace and quiet while also managing the dangers of the high level of pedestrian traffic.

The council approved the project 4-1, eager to explore options that gave a solution to residents’ concerns.

“I feel for the neighbors, and with that type of foot traffic I can’t imagine what it’s like to live up there,” said Mayor Larry Schroeder at the June meeting. “These things do take time and I appreciate the neighbors being as patient as they’ve been.”

Staff now brings back the proposed design for final council approval. Pathway construction is estimated to cost about $79,400. The total cost for changes to the Wilderness Park now stands close to $354,400.

The city’s newest commissioners and Director of Community and Human Services Kathleen Trepa will be introduced prior to review of the Wilderness Park. A profile on Ms. Trepa will be presented in the Wednesday edition of the COURIER.

The city council resumes water discussions in closed session, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Public comment is welcome before the council adjourns into its private meeting. All items up for council discussion can be viewed in advance by visiting

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Weekend workshop advises on water-wise landscaping

Those interested in learning about water-efficient landscaping are invited to a free workshop this Saturday, September 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frontier Project, located at 1045 Ashford Street in Rancho Cucamonga. 

Hosted by the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, the weekend workshop will educate participants on what will be required to install a drought-tolerant landscape. A secondary free workshop on drought-tolerant plants will be hosted the following week at the Maloof Discovery Garden, 5131 Carnelian Street, Alta Loma. 

Hand outs, tours and snacks will be provided. To sign up or for more information, visit or call 626-2711. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Police seeking Claremont prowler

Police are searching for a peeping tom spotted last week in the 2200 block of La Sierra Way. The prowler was last seen peering into an open window of a home with her hands cupped to her eyes. When police arrived, they were unable to find the subject in question. She is described as standing about 5 feet 7 inches tall with broad shoulders, weighing about 160 pounds. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police at 399-5411. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Claremont Fair Traders seek wider representation

Fair Trade Claremont is looking to build a team to represent the organization at the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference from October 26-28 in Chicago. 
The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges and Universities as well as newcomers to the Fair Trade movement. The goal of the conference is to deepen the local grassroots commitment to Fair Trade around the United States and build partnerships locally that help facilitate life-changing benefits for farmers, workers and artisans around the world.
To register, book a hotel room or apply for travel stipends, visit Those who plan to attend are asked to contact Joe or Linda Michon at 625-3083.