A look ahead

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 12/20/2010 10:08:45 PM PST

CLAREMONT- Eight candidates seeking three seats on the City Council will keep the attention of Claremont voters early in 2011.

The large number of candidates is the result of two of three incumbents – Peter Yao and Linda Elderkin -failing to file for re-election in the vote on March 8.

Elderkin decided against running because she wants to spend more time with her family.

Yao did not run because he was appointed to the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission.

“There will certainly be a change with (at least) two new council members,” City Manager Jeff Parker said. “We’ll be looking at that.”

Those in the race are incumbent Sam Pedroza, Joseph Armendarez, Robin Haulman, Rex Jaime, Michael John Keenan, Joseph M. Lyons, Opanyi K. Nasiali and Jay N. Pocock, said City Clerk Lynne E. Fryman.

Other issues in the coming year include taking over responsibility for Foothill Boulevard, additional supermarkets and expanding city-owned open space in the mountains:

Parker said the city is in negotiations with Caltrans to have the agency relinquish oversight of Foothill Boulevard to Claremont.

“We would like to see that completed this next year,” Parker said on Monday. “It’s fairly significant for improvements on Foothill Boulevard and being in control of it and not having to ask Caltrans every time to get the road fixed.”

More open space, specifically Jose Cuevas’ 160 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains next to Johnson’s Pasture, is also on the agenda.

“If that were to be acquired through state funding processes, which there are at least some dialogue going on right now about that, we would certainly take on the responsibility of managing that and putting it into the Wilderness Park area,” Parker said.

Another goal for 2011, Elderkin said, is opening grocery stores in south Claremont. Super King Markets, which signed a lease to occupy the former Albertsons store that’s been vacant since 2007, south of the 10 Freeway, would create more than 150 jobs. Market officials have not set a timeline for opening. City officials have said an opening could take three to six months.

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