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People love a good “bootstraps” success story, and while not a rags to riches narrative per se, Assistant City Manager Jamie Earl’s ascension to city hall has nonetheless been meteoric.

A dual agency sex work enforcement detail netted 16 solicitation arrests along Indian Hill Boulevard near the 10 Freeway on Friday, January 27.

Claremont police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation conducted the “sting” along Indian Hill Boulevard near the 10 Freeway, adjacent to the three hotels which have become magnets for sex work.

A 71-year-old hiker who slipped on ice and slid more than 50 feet into dangerous terrain at Mt. Baldy on Saturday was rescued quickly by helicopter, thanks in large part to a commercially available  satellite communication device.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Helicopter Air Rescue 306 hoisted injured Del Mar resident Abdollah Katbab, above the 8,000-foot level of Ice House Canyon Saturday morning after the hiker slipped while negotiating the area between Timber Mountain and Ice House Saddle.

On Tuesday evening about 20 Claremonters volunteered to search streets, alleyways, sidewalks, parks and other common areas to count the city’s unhoused population as part of the 2023 Greater Los Angeles Point-in-Time homeless count.

The count began at 8 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, where materials and 15 service maps were distributed among 11 teams. The Courier was partnered with Claremont resident and volunteer Rachel Forester and her husband, George Ambrocio in service area three, which included the Village, south Foothill Boulevard between Towne and Dartmouth avenues, and areas along First Street and Indian Hill Boulevard. After a three-and-a-half-hour search yielded six unhoused people, the team returned to home base.

The Claremont City Council unanimously adopted the rates for its cannabis business tax Tuesday, and in a tandem motion cleared the way to start collecting the tax on legal marijuana deliveries into the city.

Pomona College and the labor union Unite Here Local 11 have reached a contract agreement for the college’s dining hall and catering staff.

In a joint news release the organizations said they penned a four-year collective bargaining agreement on January 18 that would bring all the college’s food service workers to a minimum $25-per-hour wage. The employees overwhelmingly ratified the agreement in a union vote.

Children and families are invited to bring their bikes and helmets to Sycamore Elementary School, 225 W. Eighth St., Claremont, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, January 29 for the first ever Sustainable Claremont bike rodeo.

Parents and caregivers can sign their children up for this free event at

Andy Dale is getting nostalgic.

“Who woulda thunk that this craft brewing industry would last that long and just get bigger and bigger through the years?” said Dale, co-owner of Upland’s Last Name Brewing, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a free, all-ages bash from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at 2120 Porterfield Way, Upland.

Cal Poly Pomona professor and 1994 alumnus Steve Alas was recently named one of five recipients of the 2023 Wang Family Excellence Award.

Jin Chung, a 75-year-old North Hollywood man reported missing at 6 a.m. Sunday, January 22 after a hike at Mt. Baldy, was found safe Tuesday afternoon.

“This afternoon search and rescue members located missing hiker, Jin Chung,” read a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. “Mr. Chung suffered some weather-related injuries and a leg injury but was able to walk out with the assistance of the crew members. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.”

Claremont Courier Event Calendar: January 27, 2023 – February 28, 2023

British actor Julian Sands is one of two hikers currently missing in the Mt. Baldy area, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Sands was reported missing by his family on Friday evening, according to ABC-7 news.

“Due to the severe weather and alpine conditions, the search has been difficult and the use of air resources was limited over the weekend,” SB Sheriff’s officials said in a statement Wednesday. “The search is continuing with air resources and further updates will be given when available.”

California Senator Anthony Portantino and actor Jason Alexander will be among the guests at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 27 as Beatrice Casagran, of Upland-based theater company Ophelia’s Jump, MCs a rally to support funding for SB1116, the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund at The Antaeus Theater, 110 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205.

The intent of SB1116, which was passed September 29, 2022, is “to recognize the special circumstances and charitable nature of small nonprofit performing arts organizations while promoting job creation in the sector,” according to its text.

It was definitely a strange sight Sunday morning as construction crews completed finishing touches on the Vineyard Avenue overpass, leaving parts of the 10 Freeway a relative ghost town.

To finish the work, the freeway will close 10 p.m. to 10 a.m., January 22 and 23 between Vineyard and Archibald avenues in Ontario.

Claremont City Manager Adam Pirrie, second from left, joins the City Council: Jed Leano, left, Mayor Ed Reece, Jennifer Stark, Mayor Pro tem Sal Medina and Corey Calaycay in planting a southern live oak tree on Saturday in Memorial Park. The tree planting event was held to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the devastating windstorm that toppled trees, smashed houses and disrupted life in Claremont for days. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff