Residential reminders: new program applications, election info

Election info
On October 7, Los Angeles County voters began seeing vote-by-mail ballots. Claremont voters will decide Measure CT, city council races in Districts 2, 3, and 4, candidates for CUSD Board in Trustee Area 4, and the Division III seat on Three Valleys Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors.

Completed ballots can be dropped in the mail (no postage necessary), at one of several Vote-by-Mail Drop Boxes in the county, or at polling places.

In Claremont, ballot drop boxes are located outside Claremont Helen Renwick Library, 208 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont, and near the main entrance of the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont.

Los Angeles County residents can also vote at any center in the county. Polls will open at Taylor Reception Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, on Saturday, October 29. Polls will remain open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, November 8. On Election Day, the hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Submitted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 8. For more information, contact the Claremont City Clerk’s office at (909) 399-5460.


Business incentive program
Prospective and existing business owners in need of financial help are invited to apply for the city’s new job creation and business incentive program. The program provides a forgivable loan to business owners in exchange for creating a position for a low-income employee.

Qualifying new or existing businesses “wanting to expand its gross floor area by 50% or more” may apply, according to the city. In addition, businesses must fall under one of the following categories: retail, quality food establishments or an entertainment business that sells concessions and/or food items.

Funds can only be used for interior or exterior improvements, to purchase equipment, furniture, and/or fixtures, and to pay for working capital. Businesses must also fulfill the job creation requirement. For each $25,000 awarded to a business, it must hire at least one new full-time equivalent employee.

For more information, call the community development department at (909) 399-5323, or email


Energy efficiency grant
Residents needing home energy repairs are invited to apply for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments new Energy Efficiency Grant Program. According to the city, grants worth up to $5,000 can be used to make needed home energy efficiency repairs or upgrades determined by an energy efficiency review by SGVCOG.

To schedule a free energy efficiency review, visit

“Eligible applicants must be owner-occupants of a single-family home whose combined gross household income does not exceed 80% of the Los Angeles County median income,” read a city post.

Further details can be found at

For more information, call (909) 399-5323 or email


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