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The City Council is comprised of five members elected at large for four years. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are elected directly by the City Council from among its members. The Mayor is the presiding officer at council meetings, with the Mayor Pro Tem filling that role in the Mayor's absence. Both the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem have the same voting power as any other councilmember.

The terms of office are staggered, with three members elected at one general municipal election and two at the next. Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years.

COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE

Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.
Council Chamber, 225 W. Second Street

            Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.
Please check the posted agenda or call the City Clerk for the most current information.
All meetings are open to the public, except special closed sessions that deal with personnel and some legal matters.

City Council Members

Mayor Larry Schroeder

Schroeder webMayor Larry Schroeder is serving his third term on the Claremont City Council (Mar. 2017 - Nov. 2020). He previously served on the Claremont Community Services Commission, to which he was appointed to in 2007.

Larry was born in Michigan City, Indiana. In 1971, Larry moved to Southern California where he met his wife, Laurie. They were married in 1972 and moved to Claremont in 2002 when they were looking for a community where they would eventually retire. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Larry has 10 years (1971-1980) of experience in banking and 26 years (1980-2007) of experience in city government. From 1988-2007, he was Finance Director for the cities of Glendora and Lakewood. Larry also has 17 years of experience in economic development. From 1997-2007 Larry held the positions of Treasurer, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Member of the Claims Committee for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

Larry serves as the Council representative to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Independent Cities Association, and Southern California Council of Governments. He is the alternate on the Metro Gold Line Phase II Committee. He is also the Council liaison to the Committee on Youth and Family.

From 2004-2009, Larry taught a course in public budgeting at the University of La Verne; he currently teaches at Cal Poly Pomona. Larry holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (1971), a Master's degree in Public Administration (1986), and a doctorate degree in Public Administration (2008). Larry retired as a public sector employee in 2007.

Mayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali

Nasiali webMayor Pro Tem Opanyi Nasiali is serving his second term on the City Council (Mar. 2015 - Nov. 2018)

Born in rural Kenya, Opanyi worked for the Kenyan parliament before coming to America to study urban planning at Cal State University Northridge. He completed his Bachelor in Urban Studies and went on to receive his Masters in Urban Planning and Public Administration. After graduating with his Masters, he returned to Kenya and worked as a Planning Officer for several municipalities. He and wife Kathryn returned to the United States where he worked in the private sector in land development and as a consultant for site acquisition and government approvals of telecommunication projects.

Opanyi and his wife Kathryn have lived in Claremont since 1986. Opanyi has been active in the community and served as a Traffic and Transportation Commissioner and member of the Mayor's Economic Sustainability Committee.

Opanyi serves as the Council's representative on the League of California Cities Selection Committee, LA County Sanitation District #21, and the Chamber Economic Development and Government Relations Committee. He also serves as an alternate for the California Contract Cities Association, Independent Cities Association, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito Abatement District, Foothill Corridor Design Authority, and Six Basins Water Master Board. Opanyi also serves on the League of California Cities Employee Relations Policy Committee.

Councilmember Sam Pedroza

Councilmember Sam Pedroza is serving his third term on the Claremont City Council (Mar. 2015 - Nov. 2018). He was first elected in 2007 and again in 2011, each time as the highest vote-getter. The City election in 2015 was uncontested. He served his rotational term as Mayor in 2011-2012 and 2016-2017.

His interest in livable community efforts from a regional perspective are expressed through the boards on which he serves on behalf of his City. He is the Chair of the Foothill Gold Line Joint Powers Authority and the City representative to the General Assembly of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Regionally active, he serves on three COG Committees, which include Transportation, Water Resources and Environment, Energy & Natural Resources. He is the COG representative to the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board where he serves as Vice-Chair. His work on the Gold Line will help extend the light rail train from Pasadena to Claremont. He was appointed by his neighboring city colleagues to the SCAG Regional Council Board representing District #38, which includes the cities of Claremont, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona. He is the COG’s representative to the Los Angeles Division of the League of California Cities. He also serves on the Foothill Transit Board, appointed by Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Sam's community involvement started before being elected. He served on the Claremont Community Services Commission and chaired the Claremont Youth Sports Facility Committee. He held board positions on the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and Claremont Heritage. Sam was also active with the acquisition of Claremont’s last remaining open spaces, Johnson’s Pasture.

Sam was born in Los Angeles and raised in Bassett, an unincorporated neighborhood in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from Bassett High School, Sam attended Rio Hondo Community College and Mt. San Antonio College. He transferred to San Diego State University where, in 1992, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. He later continued his education and, in 1997, earned his Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA. Upon graduation, he worked for various elected officials and in the water industry.

Currently, Sam is a Senior Environmental Planner for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. His responsibilities include government relations, outreach, and public relations. Sam and his wife Julie moved to Claremont in 1996 where they are raising their two boys.

Councilmember Corey Calaycay

Corey Calaycay web

On March 7, 2017, Councilmember Corey Calaycay was elected to his fourth term as a member of the Claremont City Council (Mar. 2017- Nov. 2020). He previously served two one-year terms as Mayor of Claremont from March 2015 - March 2016 & March 2009 - March 2010.

Corey was born in Chicago. Not long, thereafter, his family moved to Claremont where he has resided for the past forty-three years. He is a parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. He attended the United Church of Christ Pre-School, Foothill Country Day School, and Webb School of California. He went on to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Business Administration in 1992.

In 1990, he ran his first race for Claremont City Council at age nineteen. While he did not win, he garnered a strong 2,382 votes. He ran unsuccessfully again in 1992 and 1994 before finally receiving the nod of the voters in the election of March 2005. At his installation on March 16, 2005, Councilmember Calaycay remarked that his 15-year journey to City Council brought new personal meaning for him to the old adage, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."

Corey had been an active leader in the community in the years prior to his election. He served on the County of Los Angeles Local Suppression of Drug Abuse in Schools Advisory Committee and is Past-Chair of the City of Claremont Library Task Force, Past-President of the Friends of the Claremont Public Library, Past-Treasurer and Past-President of the Claremont Educational Foundation, and a founding member and Past-President of Active Claremont.

Corey has over ten years of experience working for the California State Legislature and has had the opportunity to serve constituents in more than thirty communities in the region around Claremont including parts of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange Counties. He has worked for former Assemblyman Bob Margett (59th District), former Assemblyman Bob Pacheco (60th District), former Assemblyman Todd Spitzer (71st District), and former State Senator Bob Margett (29th District).

Councilmember Calaycay serves as the City Council representative to the 210 Foothill Freeway Corridor Design Joint Powers Authority. He is Chairman of the Foothill Transit Executive Board, Vice President of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the County of Los Angeles Public Library Commission.

Councilmember Joe Lyons

Councilmember Joe Lyons is serving his second term on the Claremont City Council (Mar. 2015 - Nov. 2018), and serves as the Council representative to the Tri-City Mental Health Governing Board and the Pomona Valley Transit Authority. Joe also serves on the Six Basins Water Master Board and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Governing Board.

Joe was born in Fresno, and raised in the suburbs of Boston until his mid-teens when the family moved to San Diego. Upon graduation from high school, Joe went on to earn Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Microbiology from San Diego State University, and later earned a Ph.D. in Immunogenetics from Vrije Universiteit Medical School in Amsterdam. He began his career in medical research at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (1972-1983), and recently retired from the position he helped create in the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at the City of Hope National Medical Center (1983-2009). Joe has been a Claremont resident since 2002 and lives in a committed relationship with his beloved life partner, Sharyn Webb—between them they have nine grandchildren.

The proud father of four sons, Joe was actively involved at all levels of the youth sports and other organized activities in which his boys participated. He was founding president of the San Dimas High School Academic Boosters Club, and was a community member on a number of school advisory boards, including the WASC Accreditation Committee. More recently, Joe served on the Boards of the Pomona Valley Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Inland Valley Chapter of Death Penalty Focus, and was a delegate to the Tri-City Mental Health Center's Mental Health Services Act Planning Process. Joe currently Chairs the Board of the Inland Valley Recovery Services.