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When the Claremont City Council approved its housing element last week, it also hit the pause button on a state law that can preempt local control over housing production. However, a Los Angeles County judge threw some uncertainty into the mix with a ruling last week that La Cañada Flintridge missed an important deadline to rezone land in its jurisdiction and as a result, was not in “substantial compliance” with housing element law. The finding was a core part of a lawsuit filed by Californians for Homeownership against the wealthy Los Angeles County city.

When Sonja Stump Photography closed its doors last year at 135 W. First St., many wondered what would take its place in the historic building it had occupied for 23 years. We need wonder no longer: wine tasting room and restaurant Grafted Cellars Winery is set to open soon at the Village location.

It’s fitting in a way that it took nearly eight hours to get the job done, but early Wednesday morning the Claremont City Council finally approved an update to the city’s housing element, ending a 20-month saga to bring the city back into compliance with state law.

Early Wednesday morning the Claremont City Council approved the long overdue housing element, ending a monthslong effort to update this important part of the city’s general plan.

Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority will highlight the installation of light rail tracks for the new 9.1-mile, four-station light rail project connecting Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 24.

The Courier obtained an email Wednesday from Eric Nelson, vice president, community development for Trumark Homes, expressing surprise at the recent decision by the Claremont City Council to change the fee structure associated with its inclusionary housing ordinance. The former La Puerta school site, is the proposed home of a future Trumark Homes development. Courier photo/Peter Weinberger

The title of this column is a reference to the long-running game show that first aired in 1956 and ran in various iterations through 2022. I was concerned only older people would get the reference, although I am pretty sure the demographic for the show has always been older.