Claremont COURIER/Saturday, June 2, 2012
nother smoke shop may be mak-ing its way to Claremont. OnTuesday, the Claremont PlanningCommission will review a conditional usepermit for MW Smoke Shop to set up res-idence in the Claremont Promenade Shop-ping Center at 444 Auto Center Dr. Thecenter is just south of the 10 freeway alongIndian Hill Boulevard.If approved, this will be the third smokeshop located within the city of Claremont.Smokers’ Boutique currently operateswithin Peppertree Square (southeast cor-ner of Indian Hill Boulevard and ArrowHighway), with Cigarettes for Less in theVons Shopping Center on the southeastcorner of Base Line Road and Mills Av-enue.The applicant, Marwan Naber, hasowned and operated a similar smoke shopin the city of Huntington Beach for the last10 years. His proposed second location inClaremont would follow suit with his firstestablishment: it will specialize in the saleof cigarettes, cigars, other tobacco and to-bacco-related products, and will include acigar room with humidors. The shop willserve as a “point-of-sale” retail only, withno designated “smoking lounge” or smok-ing area on the lease space.City staff is recommending the com-mission add specific stipulations on thelease to restrict the excessive use of signson the building, as well as prohibit sales orsidewalk displays outside the location.“Staff does not believe that tobaccoproducts, as well as associated advertisingdisplays, are appropriate outdoor uses forthe project site,” states the staff report.Slightly farther up Indian Hill Boule-vard at Peppertree Square, the planningcommission will also review a conditionaluse permit for the sale of beer and wine atPeruvian eatery Kikiryki Restaurant. Inaddition, the commission will review theEnvironmental Impact Report for Clare-mont McKenna College’s master plan.Associated actions with the master plan in-clude a code amendment, general planamendment, zone change, conditional usepermit and development agreement.The Claremont Planning Commissionmeeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Coun-cil Chamber at 225 W. Second St. The fullagenda can be viewed at www.ci.clare-mont.ca.us.
Fundraiser focuses on fun and Claremont preservation
or Claremont Heritage, there is no better way tohonor the city’s past than to host an evening enjoy-ing the trees, buildings and scenery that continue tokeep Claremont a beacon of historical significance alongthe foothills.
Claremont Heritage is calling its patrons together for a night of dancing,merriment and celebrating preservation Saturday, June 16 for its yearlysummer gala and fundraiser. The party takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. at thePomona College Smith Fountain Courtyard.This year’s event, Party in the Piazza, is an open-air Italian affair that in-cludes cocktails and Tuscan treats as well as silent and live auction itemsto benefit the organization’s continued mission of preservation. The $80ticket, $85 for non-members, grants partygoers entry into the annual sta-ple for the town historical society. It also gives locals the chance to honorboth town history and organizations across the city striving to continue toinstill that same ideal.“People don’t realize what we have here in Claremont in terms of ar-chitectural preservation. It’s an important part of our cultural fiber, it iswhy Claremont is so special,” said Executive Director David Shearer. “Wecould look to a number of cities not so far away that have not paid atten-tion. You can drive through those cities and tell the difference.”Each year, a location is selected to reflect the city’s history. It was held
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Thursday, May 24
A 26-year-old Montclair man’s crimedidn’t go over quite as expected Thursdayafternoon. Daniel Salas entered the Star-bucks at 201 Yale Ave. and asked thebarista for a glass of water. As the baristawas distracted, Mr. Salas grabbed a cou-ple of music discs on display. He left andimmediately went over to Rhino Recordsto sell the CDs, but the music store did notaccept the sale. Meanwhile, the baristahad noticed Mr. Salas take the merchan-dise and called the Claremont police, whofound him outside the record store. Mr.Salas admitted to the $28.17 swindle andwas arrested for burglary.
Friday, May 25
Claremont College construction took asignificant hit last week. Property worthover $10,000 was stolen from a construc-tion site located at Foothill and ClaremontBoulevards. The thief, who remains un-known, stole saws, a nail gun and otherconstruction equipment.****A man arrested for indecent exposureat a Claremont public park Friday after-noon claimed he was only indulging him-self on his way home from work. How-ever, that was only part of the unusual po-lice report taken around 3:45 p.m. in the100 block of Sweetbriar Drive. JasonBray, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga wasfound masturbating in the park wearingonly a pair of pink high heels. Mr. Braysaid he was on his way home from workin Pasadena when he decided to stop atthe park with an urge to masturbate. Hehas no other connection to Claremont.
Saturday, May 26
A picklock was apparently left unsatis-fied after breaking into the vacated Har-vard Square Cafe between Saturday, May26, at 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. the followingday. The alarm keypad had been force-fully removed from the wall and smashedto pieces on the floor. Other than the key-pad, there was no damage to the buildingand no items reported stolen. There is nosuspect at this time.
Sunday, May 27
A false alarm landed a Santa Monicaman in jail Sunday night. Police re-sponded to Sprouts Farmers Market at835 W. Foothill Blvd. around 10 p.m. re-garding a suspicious man sleeping at atable. When police awoke Ronald Stark,50, he asked for a paramedic to be calledfor a medical condition he would not dis-close to police. The paramedics werecalled, but when they arrived Mr. Starkwas uncooperative and verbally abusiveto the first responders, according to Lt.Vander Veen. It was determined that Mr.Stark did not have a medical conditionand instead was found to be under the in-fluence of alcohol. He was arrested forpublic intoxication and held at the Clare-mont jail to detox.
Monday, May 28
Just hours before volunteers and run-ners descended on Pomona College forthe Run for the Red, police were called tocampus for a different and unexpected oc-casion. Witnesses contacted police afterseeing a reported dumpster fire nearCarnegie Hall at 425 N. College Ave. Alarge pile of carpet was found on fire inthe middle of the parking lot. The fire de-partment responded and extinguished thefire, but no suspects or further evidencehave been found at this time.
Claremont police have caught a manin connection with competing auto bur-glaries near Mt. Baldy Road and EveyCanyon. Earlier this month, police ar-rested 2 other men for allegedly break-ing into at least 6 cars in the same area.Despite the arrests, break-ins contin-ued to occur in the canyon area, alertingpolice to the potential of another set of crooks, according to Lieutenant ShellyVander Veen. At 5 p.m. on Thursday,May 24, in the same location as the otherburglaries, a man witnessed 2 subjectsdrive off in a white Oldsmobile afterbreaking into his vehicle. Similar toother incidents in the area, the car’sdriver-side window had been shattered.Stolen were an iPod, wallet, PSP hand-held game and cell phone.With information provided by the wit-ness, the Claremont police were able totrack the burglars’ vehicle to a residencein Pomona. The next day they contactedthe residents of the home and found LuisCampos, 22, in possession of the man’sstolen property as well as other stolenitems. Though Mr. Campos was arrested,the second subject has yet to be identified.
Competing crooks continue car burglaries in Mt. Baldy area
Commission to consider permit for third city smoke shop
Evan Smith levels the frets on a new acoustic bass on Thursday at the Folk Music Centerin Claremont. The Folk Music Center earned the Cultural Heritage award for its impact onthe preservation of musical instruments and for its workshops, performances and classes.