Court Issues Tentative Ruling Granting Golden State Water Company over $7.5 Million in Claimed Litigation Expenses and Costs
A new insect is threatening Claremont’s Urban Forest. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is a new insect that surfaced here in California just a few short years ago, and has now made its way into Claremont with the potential to kill many of Claremont’s stately trees. The insect carries a pathogenic fungal disease that can kill trees. There is a wide host of trees that the borer goes after, but the most susceptible trees that are of concern in Claremont are the California Sycamore and Coast Live Oak trees.
On Tuesday, January 31, the City Council voted to proceed with preparing an appeal of the water decision made at the trial court. On December 9, 2016, Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled against the City of Claremont in its eminent domain case to acquire the Claremont Water System from Golden State Water. The decision came after six weeks of trial and a detailed objection brief from the City.
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The City Council passed a resolution "Affirming the City's Long Standing Commitment to Diversity and Safeguarding the Civil Rights, Safety, and Dignity of All People" on January 24, 2017. The Council listened to 109 speakers before casting their votes.
Staff has begun to mark off and prepare select sidewalk locations for repair.
01/05/2017 7:50 AM
Mayor Sam Pedroza issued a statement on the Court's decision against the City in its eminent domain case.
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The City filed its objections to the Judge's Tentative Decision in the City's Right to Take trial for the Claremont Water System on November 23, 2016. The City expects the judge to review the objections and issue a final decision at the end of December.
11/30/2016 1:58 PM
Over the weekend, several mosques in the Los Angeles were sent hateful letters. The Islamic Center of Claremont, located on Garey Avenue in Pomona, received one of the letters. The Mayor sent a letter of support to the Islamic Center on November 29, 2016. The City of Claremont and Claremont Police Department want to express our support for our Muslim community and reassure our residents that hate and racism will not be tolerated in Claremont. Claremont remains a safe and inclusive community that embraces diversity and respect for all people.
11/29/2016 5:10 PM
On November 16, 2016, the City Council held a special City Council meeting to discuss the litigation in closed session. During the closed session, the Council conferred with the legal team on the City’s response to the Statement of Tentative Decision. The City Council directed legal counsel to prepare a response to the Tentative Decision identifying any inaccuracies, omissions, and errors of law. The City’s response will cite evidence and testimony presented during the trial supporting its proposed acquisition of the system and related benefits. The Judge will then have an opportunity to reevaluate the Tentative Decision and issue an order or judgement. Read the Statement
11/17/2016 5:49 PM
The Honorable Judge Fruin of the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a tentative decision in the City’s eminent domain case to acquire the Claremont Water System. Judge Fruin’s decision favors Golden State Water, finding it in the public’s best interest for the system to remain as a private investor-owned utility. The City has fifteen days to submit comments arguing against the tentative decision. A final decision will be issued once Judge Fruin considers the comments submitted by both parties. Should the final decision be against the City, the City Manager will forward a recommendation to the City Council to discuss the appeal process.
11/10/2016 5:19 PM
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, City Manager Tony Ramos announced the appointment of Captain Shelly Vander Veen as the new Chief of Police for the City of Claremont. Captain Vander Veen will assume the duties of Chief on November 23, 2016 following the retirement of Chief Paul Cooper.
11/08/2016 7:30 PM
New Sanitation Vehicles will replace existing trucks that have exceeded their useful life.
On July 26, 2016 the City Council reviewed two design concepts for the bridge. Both designs featured wider openings for traffic and pedestrian walkways then originally proposed. The cost of constructing a bridge with a wider opening was an estimated $5-6 million that the City would be responsible for paying. The Council voted 4-1 to keep the crossing at street level citing the lack of City-funding and community support for the bridge.
07/21/2016 5:43 PM
Arrest of Burglary Suspect - 7/13/16
07/13/2016 2:10 PM
The new play equipment at Wheeler Park Playground Project (626) Vista Drive) has been installed. The southern playground was updated with a new play structure designed to accommodate children ages 2-12. The new equipment was selected through a community input process involving Wheeler Park neighbors and Claremont After School Program (CLASP) participants.
04/28/2016 1:08 PM
William Lyon Homes, the developer of the Meadow Park project at the southeast corner of Towne and Foothill, has stopped construction while they evaluate the market. The developer anticipates making a decision on how they want to move forward by June. In the meantime, City staff is monitoring the property closely and will be making sure that it continues to be maintained. The sales office parking lot has been closed off and the property has been secured. The City will continue to provide updates on this project as plans progress.
04/28/2016 1:07 PM
The results of the CoolCalifornia Challenge are now official, and Claremont has secured first place and the title of “Coolest California City”! More than 500 Claremont households participated, earning over two million points—nearly twice as many as our nearest competitor, Long Beach. Over $51,000 in prize money will be awarded to Sustainable Claremont, to implement sustainability programs in the Claremont community.
04/14/2016 11:08 AM
For the past several months, residents have been reporting that the Metrolink trains are using louder horns as they approach rail crossing locations within the City.
04/07/2016 11:39 AM
In January of 2016, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) presented City Council with a proposal to construct a grade separation at Indian Hill Boulevard to accommodate the Gold Line light rail line
02/23/2016 11:14 AM