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Cal Poly Pomona’s annual Pumpkin Fest returns this Saturday, October 1 and will run until Sunday, October 30.

After nearly eight years of consciousness raising, coalition building, pandemic-related delays, and a complete revamp of its initial product, Claremont’s remarkably ambitious CHERP Solar Works began making solar panels at its Pomona facility on September 14. The nonprofit has its eye on the lofty goal of revitalizing economically disadvantaged communities through the creation of thousands of manufacturing and field jobs at solar panel factories across the country.

Three Valleys Municipal Water District Division III board member Brian Bowcock is up for reelection this November, and instead of walking away from nearly two decades of work, he wants another go-round to conclude his efforts. “I’d like to get reelected simply because I’d like to finish some of the projects that we started,” he said. “It’s something that I definitely want to do: complete everything.”

Mayor Pro-tem Ed Reece is proud of the accomplishments the City of Claremont has achieved in the four years he has been on the council, but he also wants people to know the job is not complete. That’s why he’s running for re-election in District 2. “I think there is a lot that still needs to be done,” he told the COURIER. “When I came into office we were looking at a $2.5 million structural deficit, and last year we declared a $4.2 million surplus. That is one step toward maintaining the financial health of the organization. There is a lot more to be done in the area of financial health, as well as in things like [The California Public Employees’ Retirement System], streets, public safety and, of course, looking at all the opportunities to maintain our trees and our infrastructure.”

In 2019, Cadiz, Inc., a privately held water company based in Los Angeles, made a $805,000 grant to Claremont-based Three Valleys Municipal Water District. The money was to pay for an environmental impact study of an extremely lucrative project Cadiz was proposing that would extract 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from an aquifer beneath the Mojave Desert, process it, and sell it to water suppliers in Southern California, including, presumably, Three Valleys.

Claremont resident Javier “Javi” Aguilar is worried. Aguilar, a candidate running to take Division III incumbent Brain Bowcock’s seat on Three Valleys Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors, is concerned about current and future generations in the area due to recent decisions by the board. “We’re going in the wrong direction in terms of water policy,” he said.

On Tuesday the Claremont City Council gave its seal of approval to a committee’s vision for reforming safety at Claremont’s public schools. However, it’s likely the council will have to consider the issue again before any changes go into effect. By a 4-1 vote, the council agreed with the recommendations of the School Resource Officer Working Group, which had been given the task of “reimagining” the on-campus safety program, including the future of the school resource officer position.

Saturday, October 1 Steven Llanusa, a Claremont Unified School District Board of Education member and candidate for Trustee Area 4, hosts a meet and greet from 2 to 3 p.m. […]

Friday Noon Concerts, jointly sponsored by the Pomona College and Scripps College departments of music, are held weekly in the Balch Auditorium, 1030 N. Columbia Ave., Claremont, and being at 12:15 p.m.

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Police looking for a suspect in a murder investigation ordered three people out of their car at gunpoint Thursday afternoon after a traffic stop in front of Claremont High, resulting in a 30 minute lockdown at the school. The 3:56 p.m. incident was preceded by one of Claremont’s license plate reader cameras picking up on a Toyota Yaris that had been flagged by police in Victorville in connection with a murder investigation in that city. Victorville authorities cautioned CPD the person they were looking for was armed and dangerous.

Members of the School Resource Officer Working Group, Lynn King-Tolliver, left, and Medina Collie listen to comments from the Claremont City Council on Tuesday. After some lively debate, the council voted 4-1 to approve the group’s recommendations to reimagine school safety in Claremont, including keeping the school resource officer. Seated behind King-Tolliver and Collie are assistant to the city manager Katie Wand, police captain Mike Ciszek and police chief Aaron Fate. The recommendation now heads to the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education for a vote. Check this Friday’s COURIER for an in-depth story on the council action.

It’s hard to find a more picturesque setting for a fall event than the Claremont Depot lawn along First Street.

Our high temperature was 94 in Claremont on Monday, and by 5 p.m., it was still 90 degrees outside. So much for normal fall temperatures. It’s happened so often now, […]

In his spectacular new book, “Natural Consequences: Intimate Essays for a Planet in Peril,” Char Miller explores our relationship with a changing climate here in Claremont, providing a fascinating backstory to a crisis unfolding in real time.

It’s been just over 100 days since the Claremont City Council voted to affirm a level two water supply shortage.

The six city council candidates from left, Peter Yao, Ed Reece, Maura Carter, Jennifer Stark, Jed Leano and Aundré Johnson, wait for the first question Thursday during a candidate forum sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. The candidates were queried about Claremont’s strengths and weaknesses, their vision for business growth, and the apparent recent increase in unhoused people in the area. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff