August 19, 2008 |
In Claremont -- the college town at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains where thousands of acres of citrus groves once thrived -- the locals have taken lemons and made lemonade. The booming citrus industry began in this leafy hamlet in 1887 when the Santa Fe Railroad arrived, but as tract housing supplanted citrus ranches in the early 1970s, the town's many packinghouses closed and were demolished. The College Heights Lemon Packing House, built in 1922 on the railroad tracks just west of Claremont Village, is the last one standing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2008 |
There may be a little less beauty in downtown Claremont if the City Council pushes through a restrictive ordinance on salons. Under the proposed ordinance, any new hair, nail, skin care, and tanning salons and day spas in Claremont Village would be restricted to second-floor or alley locations. Backers of the proposal said the rules are needed to prevent an over-concentration of beauty businesses in the downtown area.
November 29, 2007 |
Claremont and Pomona are a good hour's drive east from Westside art hubs, but they're nevertheless a destination for gallery hoppers. The two cities in the Pomona Valley can be a study in contrasts, with Claremont having been rated by Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the U.S., while its southern neighbor has served as the butt of many a joke. But art, and convenient Metrolink stops, unite them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2007 |
Xavier Alvarez, the newest director of Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Claremont, had a personal story so harrowing he came to be known as the "Rambo" of the water board. He said he was a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps. In 1979, he rescued the U.S. ambassador during the siege of the embassy in Tehran. He was shot twice, hanging from a helicopter, removing the American flag on the way out.
July 1, 2007 |
Were it not for the wildfire that gutted their Claremont house, Deb and Vern Jahnke still might be buying fixer-uppers, flipping them and then moving on to the next. After the Grand Prix fire of 2003 incinerated their 1948 post-and-beam home -- remodeled with lots of glass and wood-shingle siding -- the couple's first thought was to "sell the lot and get out of here," Deb recalled.
March 18, 2007 |
FOR as long as most Claremont old-timers can remember, the College Heights Lemon Packing House has been a fixture on First Street. Built along the railroad tracks in 1922, the corrugated metal structure was designed to store and pack huge quantities of fruit. With vast open spaces, iron trusses, saw-tooth skylights and a 400-foot loading dock, the building served its intended purpose for half a century.