For the past 15 years, the City of Claremont has researched options for replacing the Police Station on Bonita Avenue. The existing station no longer meets the needs of the Police Department and community.
The City, with the assistance from citizens, developed and revised conceptual plans for a new police station from 2014-2018. To pay for the cost of building a new station, the City Council placed a parcel tax before voters on November 3, 2015 and a General Obligation tax before voters on June 5, 2018. Both Measures PS and SC failed to get the 2/3 vote needed to pass.
On June 26, 2018, the City Council unanimously decided to form a Citizens Advisory Committee to advise the City Council on possible actions to address the condition of the station. To get a diverse group of residents for the Citizens Advisory Committee, the City advertised for applicants with a range of opinions on the previous measures. The Mayor selected Committee members in August.
The Committee will meet monthly from August of 2018 to June of 2019. All meetings will be noticed and open to the public. Staff is requesting the Committee make a final recommendation in May of 2019 to present to the Council in June of 2019.
The objective of the committee will be to review and advise the City Council on the following issues related to the Police Station:
- Identify issues of concern raised during two previous ballot measures.
- Review Police Department needs and conceptual plans for the replacement of the existing station.
- Analyze possible funding for the replacement of the station.
- Identify alternatives to building a new station.
In addition to establishing the Committee, the City Council directed staff to research companies and methods of engaging the community and gathering their opinions. Community input will be essential to deciding the future of the station.