Claremont Insider: Claremont City News

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Claremont City News

Upcoming Events


The Claremont City Council will be holding its first meeting of 2008 tonight in the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center. The main piece of business on the agenda is the Base Line Rd. affordable housing project draft Environmental Impact Report. Over the weekend, we covered some things to watch at the meeting.

The council will vote on whether or not to approve the EIR.

The public portion of the meeting begins at 6:30pm. The Base Line Project portion will begin no earlier than 7:00pm.

Alexander Hughes Community Center
1700 Danbury Rd.
(909) 399-5490


The city also will be holding workshops for the development of its 2008-2010 budget. The first will be held on January 17th at 7:00pm at the Joslyn Senior Center. That meeting will be the City Council and City Commissioners Budget Workshop.

In addition to the Council-Commissioners workshop, the city will hold two neighborhood workshops for residents interested in participating in the process.

Here's the full budget workshop schedule:

  • Thursday, January 17th, 7:00pm
    City Council and Commissioner Budget Workshop
    Joslyn Senior Center
    660 N. Mountain Ave.
    (909) 399-5488

  • Thursday, January 24th, 7:00pm
    Neighborhood Workshop
    Alexander Hughes Community Center
    1700 N. Danbury Rd.
    (909) 399-5490

  • Thursday, January 31st, 7:00pm
    Neighborhood Workshop
    Blaisdell Community Building
    440 S. College Ave.
    (909) 399-5367


Los Angeles County residents can clear their garages and storage sheds of motor oil, pesticides, paint, car and household batteries, medicines, fluorescent bulbs, and electronic waste (cell phones, computers, monitors, keyboards, etc....) at the free Countywide Household Hazardous Waste Roundup at the Claremont City Yard on Saturday, February 9th, from 9:00am to 3:00p.m.

The city's website says you are limited to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of materials per vehicle.

Household Hazardous Waste Roundup
Claremont City Yard

1616 Monte Vista Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711


The city is also having a couple upcoming neighborhood forums. This is your chance to get out and speak with your council representatives on a semi-informal basis, depending on the councilmember. (Remember to curtsey or bow to Ellen Taylor, and don't forget to say, "Pleased to meet you Ma'am." Also, only speak to Ellen when you are spoken to.)

Really, though, the forums are good opportunities to let your councilmembers know what's on your mind. No need to be intimidated. They're just regular folks like you and us, putting on their pants one leg at a time.

Just make sure not to confuse the hazardous waste roundup with the neighborhood forums. We know Claremont Council meetings used to have toxic atmospheres, but the environment's much more open now, thanks to all of you readers out there.

The next neighborhood forums are:
  • Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00pm
    Blaisdell Community Building
    440 S. College Ave.
    (909) 399-5367

  • Tuesday, February 19th, 7:00pm
    Claremont Public Library
    208 Harvard Ave.
    (909) 621-4902


The city also reports that Verizon crews will be beginning an 18-24 month project to upgrade service in the area so that Claremonters will be able to have access to fiber optic service (FiOS). This will mean faster and better voice, Internet and video services through Verizon and will involve installing fiber optic cables to service the area.

The work will be begin south of Arrow Hwy., and will move north later in the year. The city says residents will receive notices befpre the construction work starts. You can contact the following with questions:

  • Janet Guerra, Verizon Public Relations
    (909) 623-0076

  • Ray Uytingco, Verizon Project Manager
    (909) 982-2914

  • Juan Martinez, FTTP Area Manager, OSP Construction
    (909) 620-5249

Claremont's Engineering Division will monitor and inspect the work. You can reach Engineering at (909) 399-5465.