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VILLAGE SOUTH SPECIFIC PLAN | Citizen Questionnaire  

Village South Specific Plan - Citizen Questionnaire
The Vision
The City's intent is to proactively plan for an area of the City that is underutilized due to existing development that is largely inconsistent with both the current zoning as well as long term changes in regional land use patterns.  The purpose of the Specific Plan is to do something to address these issues, whether it is to simply reinforce existing zoning or create entirely new zoning based on a new community vision for this area.  In addition, it is expected to plan for improvements to surrounding transportation facilities in order to address changes related to the future Gold Line extension.  Finally, the plan is anticipated to create design guidelines to help ensure the area contributes positively to the character of Claremont.

The City of Claremont embarked upon the Village South Specific Plan in March 2017, with the support from the Metro Transit Oriented Development Planning Grant Program. The creation of the plan will take two years and will be an iterative process with the community, property owners and agencies to develop a development framework for the future expansion of Claremont's Village.

Planners for the Village South Specific Plan have begun work developing new zoning, development standards, and design guidelines for 17 acres of underutilized industrial and commercial land located just south of the Village.  As a first step in the process, City staff and consultants are conducting interviews and seeking comments from all interested citizens regarding the future of this important but underutilized portion of the City.  If you are interested in providing your thoughts, please complete the attached questionnaire, which also includes photos and a brief description of the project.

Completed questionnaires may be sent to City Hall, attention Principal Planner Chris Veirs, or emailed to

Gold Line Community Meeting Update


The 12.3-mile, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair is breaking ground in October 2017 and will take about 8-9 years to build. Six new stations will be added to the Metro Gold Line System, including one in Claremont. Each station will connect to the expanding rail network throughout Los Angeles County, as well as the Inland Empire.

To update the community about the Foothill Gold Line and the timeline for construction, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority hosted a well-attended community information meeting this past Monday, July 24th.

Architect John Bohn was on hand to explain some of the concepts for a possible raised track and parking structure.  There will be more community meetings and continued discussion - Please get involved in your community and make a difference!



FRINGE OF THE FRINGE | Opening Reception

July 29, 2017 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | dA Center for the ARTS 
252 Main St Pomona, CA | 909-397-9716 |

Check out the Fringe of the Fringe at the dA Center for the ARTS in Pomona - over a week of superb programming !!


Wednesday, August 2nd | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Benson Theater at Pitzer college


Steven Cahill will give a presentation about his unique photographic journey around the world, and talk about his many years creating art in and around Claremont.  Photography was not his only artistic outlet.  Steve is also an accomplished musician, and he and Chris Darrow (who is also an accomplished photographer) started to play acoustic music together when they were both teenagers.  He and Chris played in the Mad Mountain Ramblers (an honest to goodness old time string band), a band formed by David Lindley in the early 1960's.  Steve went on to play on a number of Chris' albums and currently plays in the Squeakin' Wheels a local Folk / Americana band that often plays around Claremont.
Steven Cahill has also had a long career in education, including a teaching appointment at Pitzer College, Claremont, California, and a technical position in the Art Department at the University of California, Riverside. He has taught courses in photography, video, and digital imaging at Pitzer College and UC Riverside.

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Produced by Claremont Heritage with special thanks to Pitzer College
FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK | Photography Exhibition
Chris Darrow & Steven J. Cahill

Saturday, August 5th | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Ginger Elliott Center at Claremont Heritage
840 N Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711

Summer Abroad - Panoramic Images by Steven J. Cahill
I am a lifelong photographer who went from developing film in the basement as a kid, through gaining and using professional photo skills, on to simultaneously freelancing, teaching and creating Fine Art work, and currently am adapting to the possibilities the digital world.    Early on, I had a desire to capture a wider view with the camera than was normally possible, and combining frames to do this seemed like a good possibility. It worked fairly well just putting the pictures in a line for viewing, but the mismatches of perspective kept them from being one integrated image. While making prints from these early negatives, it was possible to adjust the images by trial and error to make a better fit, but this required backbreaking darkroom work to get them to assemble properly.

Steven J. Cahill 

Indian Summer - Images by Chris Darrow
Indian Summer is my favorite time of the year. The intensity of the summer heat has given way to a softer, gentler warmth, ready to break into the coming of Autumn. There is a chill in the air at night and, some say, that Indian Summer can't really begin until the first frost appears. The days begin to shorten and the light is spectacular. Quite often there is a haze in the air that cause the sunsets to become a thing of wonder and grace. I live near the foothills of a 10,000-foot mountain in southern California called, Mt. Baldy, officially named Mount San Antonio.  The city has taken much of the rural areas around my hometown of Claremont,
yet the Angeles National Forest and remnants of the former citrus industry still provide a glimpse of what our terrain can produce.

The attempt of these photographs is to indicate that there is still a vast and beautiful
landscape, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of urban sprawl, that one can enjoy. I purposely decided to only photograph the region near where I live.   I have limited the pictures to somewhere I can travel to by car, in fifteen minutes or less. It's usually less.

Chris Darrow

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