The city of Claremont is holding a couple more public gatherings today and tomorrow, one much more festive than the other.
ONE MORE BUDGET WORKSHOP
The first, beginning tonight at 7pm, is the City Council/Commission Budget Workshop. If you're free, go on over to the Padua Room of the Alexander Hughes Community Center and check it out. It should be interesting to hear the our elected and appointed officials discussing how we should deal with a sour economy, a local sales tax base overly dependent on Claremont Toyota, possible declines in property tax revenue, an overly generous and potentially budget-breaking CalPERS city employee pension plan, and more. (On that last point, don't expect too much frank talk. The meeting is, after all, being coordinated by those same city employees.)
Also, don't forget to take the budget survey posted on the City website. If you haven't attended one of the workshops, it's your chance to have a say in the municipal budget process. We recommending first going through the budget presentation that's also posted to educate yourself on where the money comes from and how its allocated.
Council/Commissioner Budget Workshop
7:00 - 9:00 PM
1700 Danbury Rd.
Hughes Community Center, Padua Room
NINETY-SOMETHINGS PARTY IT UP
On a much lighter note, if you're 90 or older, the City is having it's annual birthday party tomorrow afternoon in your honor. The festivities start at 2pm, again in the Alexander Hughes Center:
90 + Birthday Party
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Alexander Hughes Community Center
1700 Danbury Rd.
Calling all individuals 90 years and older! Join us for entertainment and cupcakes in your honor. Special guests of the birthday honorees are $2, space is limited; reservations and prepayment are required.
CATCH PIZZA-N-SUCH ON NBC
Tony Krickl tells us that, if you missed it, you can catch the NBC Today Show bit that visited Pizza-N-Such in the Claremont Village. The feature, which aired February 10, highlighted something called "menu engineering" - the way of using human behavior to design menus to boost sales. Krickl writes on his COURIER City Beat blog:
Film crews from the show visited the Village restaurant in January to look at their new menu design and interview "menu engineer" Gregg Rapp. Pizza 'N Such owners Mike and Sue Verbal and their daughter Laura took a crash course from Rapp to help beef up their menu.
Here's the video: