Claremont City Government News

The owner of a property in the Claremont Village has been granted permission to tear down three historic structures to make way for two new apartment buildings. However, one local woman wants the project stopped, or at least slowed down.

On Tuesday the Claremont Planning Commission approved a trio of resolutions which collectively move the proposed South Village transit-oriented development project one step closer to breaking ground. Two of the resolutions were largely procedural: approving the tract maps and the abandonment of Santa Fe Street as a public right of way. The third generated far more discussion as it dealt with parking, one of the more contentious aspects of the project.

If this were a year ago, we might be reporting on Jeff Hanlon’s “unlikely” victory in last week’s election to the Division III seat on Three Valleys Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors.

Claremont’s Laemmle 5 Theatre will host two screenings of “Only in Theaters,” the new documentary about the long history and recent travails of Laemmle Theatres, at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19. The 1:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q and A with Laemmle President and CEO Greg Laemmle and the film’s director, Raphael Sbarge, which will be moderated by COURIER editor Mick Rhodes.

Public officials and veterans, including Assistant City Manger Jamie Earl, left, City Manager Adam Pirrie, council member Corey Calaycay, council member Jennifer Stark, Rudy Recinos, Ira Kwatcher, and Dave Mushinskie […]

On an Election Night when the nation was evenly divided, voters in Claremont appear to have chosen consistency by reelecting all three sitting council members. By 4:23 p.m. Thursday council member Jennifer Stark had claimed 74.4% of the votes in District 3, a full 48 percentage points ahead of her opponent, Maura Carter, who ran a very subtle campaign. The race in District 4 had tightened somewhat on Wednesday, but with 58% of the vote Mayor Jed Leano holds an insurmountable 16 percentage point lead over his challenger, Aundré Johnson. The vote tally in that race stood at 1,106 to 809. Meanwhile, in his race with Peter Yao, Mayor Pro Tem Ed Reece held at 54.3%, while Yao was at 45.7% buy a full percentage point. Reece led by 127 votes, 808 to 681.

After a tumultuous campaign, Brian Bowcock’s 19-year run as the Division III Board Member for Three Valleys Municipal Water District is over. Challenger and political newcomer Jeff Hanlon is the winner of that race. Though the results aren’t yet final, Hanlon, with 51.4% of the 15,296 votes counted thus far, has defeated Bowcock, who has netted 33.4% of the ballots. Javier Aguilar is in third place with 15.2%.

Last week Claremont released an update of the state required framework which details its plan for future development in the city. On November 2, Claremont’s planning staff published the second draft of the city’s sixth cycle housing element, including both an interactive and a PDF version of the opportunity site map, which pinpoints locations in the city where future housing might be built.

Friday, November 11: At 11 a.m. in Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., the City of Claremont and American Legion Keith Powell Post 78 will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony. For details visit

Claremont Unified School District Board of Education President and Trustee Area 4 candidate Steven Llanusa hosted an election night party at his Claremont home. Seen here at the party talking with fellow board member Nancy Treser Osgood, Llanusa led opponent Aaron Peterson by nearly 150 votes, 880 to 731, as of 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. Results are updated at, type “Claremont” in the contest search bar.

It’s Election Day, and polls are open at Claremont’s voting center at Taylor Hall, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., until 8 p.m. Claremont voters will decide on Measure CT, City Council races in Districts 2, 3, and 4, who will represent Trustee Area 4 on the Claremont Unified School District’s Board of Education, and the highly charged race for the Division III seat on Three Valleys Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors.

Mayor pro Tem and Claremont City Council District 2 candidate Ed Reece and restaurant owner Jose Harro host a 7:30 p.m. election night party at El Ranchero restaurant, 984 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont. Light appetizers will be served and all are welcome. RSVP suggested via

Three Valleys Municipal Water District Division III board member Brian Bowcock says he was unaware of an October 18 $1,000 personal donation to his campaign from the CEO and president of Cadiz before it was brought to his attention by one of his opponents at the board’s November 2 meeting. And though he contends there is nothing illegal about accepting the money from Cadiz’s Scott Slater — a friend for more than three decades — he will nonetheless likely recuse himself from Cadiz matters going forward.

Claremont Unified School District Board of Education President and Trustee Area 4 candidate Steven Llanusa hosts a get together with refreshments from 4 to 5 p.m. at the north basketball court at Lewis Park, 881 Syracuse Dr., Claremont. RSVP not required.