Scripps College receives $5 million gift for women’s leadership center

Scripps College received a $5 million gift to establish a LASPA Center for Leadership on Monday.

Lori Bettison-Varga, Scripps College president, announced the gift Monday in a news release after Eileen Schock Laspa and Jude Laspa made the keystone gift.

“The Laspas have lived a life marked by leadership and service in the public and private sectors,” Bettison-Varga said in a statement. “Their remarkable legacy of service will carry forward with the work of the Center. Their transformative gift will impact the College and its students for generations to come. We are thankful for this wonderful gift.”

The center, which will have a nationwide search for a direction soon, will incorporate programming that focuses on 21st century leadership that includes public service, action, analysis, scholarship and leadership.

According to the release, the center will “provide students with new opportunities to work closely with extraordinary leaders, especially women, in areas such as, art, science, business, education, media, government and social entrepreneurship through strategic national and international partnerships and a visiting practitioners and scholars program.”

From 1996 to 1999 Eileen Laspa served as a Scripps Colelge trustee and graduated from the university in 1967. Jude Laspa graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1965.

“We are very pleased to help make the Leadership Center a reality as a resource to help enrich the educational experience at Scripps College and to better prepare our students for productive and impactful lives in whatever career field they follow,” said Eileen Laspa in a statement.

Officials said additional fund raising for the center will continue including seed funds for programming, support for the center’s physical location on campus that is to be determined and endowment funds to secure the center’s future.

Video: NASCAR replica car performing spin with Claremont principal inside

Replica NASCAR from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana performs spins with Oakmont principal Stacey Stewart as passenger on March 11 at Oakmont school.

The spins, or donut, is typically performed after a NASCAR driver wins a race. Stewart said she received permission for the car to perform the spin.

Here’s the video …

Tickets available for CEF Toyota Prius raffle

Claremont Toyota has donated, for the third year in a row, a Toyota Prius to be raffled off by the Claremont Education Foundation.
CEF is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to promote quality public education in the Claremont Unified School District, according to its website at
Tickets, at $20, may be purchased in various locations including school offices and City Hall, at 207 N. Harvard Ave.
The raffle, which started on Nov. 16, ends on April 21.
For more information, head to

Spelling bee production continues on March 14, 15 & 16

CLAREMONT – “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will continue on March 14, 15 and 16 at Sycamore Elementary.
The Claremont High School theater program is putting together the program with choreography from DJ Gray, a former Sycamore student who is now a Broadway performer that worked on the original production before it hit Broadway.
Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door.
Sycamore is at 225 W. 8th St.
For more information, contact CHS Theatre at 909-624-9053, ext. 30463 or contact Krista Carson Elhai, director of Claremont High School Theatre at or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

NBC mentions Claremont in report on older adults

CLAREMONT – NBC Night News recently televised a story on older adults who are re-living their college years by settling into areas where they can take free lectures, attend university classes and more, according to Ramos’ weekly update.
Featured were participations of the Claremont Senior Program College Auditing Program and Pomona College. or 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

Resident, group help capture prowler

CLAREMONT – A resident and neighborhood community group were thanked during a Feb. 26 Claremont City Council meeting for their help in catching a prowler.

Betty Crocker and the group Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood were thanked at the meeting and city manager Tony Ramos gave more information in his Feb. 28 weekly update.

Police responded to a prowler call from a resident Feb. 26 and an on-duty Claremont officer was able to find a possible stolen vehicle believed to be associated with the call.

The Riverside Police Department was asked to contact the owner to see if the vehicle was stolen, according to City Manager Tony Ramos’ Feb. 28 weekly update.
During the wait for the response, a perimeter area was created with the La Verne Police Department and a yard-to-yard search was held north of the school district’s yard on Base Line Road.
While searching the yard, a resident told police about two suspicious persons which officers detained. Both were from Riverside.
Riverside police to Claremont the vehicle was stolen overnight.
A third suspect was found hiding in bushes, and all three admitted to stealing the vehicle, according to the update.
The area is the core of the Keeping the Good in the Neighborhood group.
Crocker worked closely with  police  using the group’s phone tree, e-mail and website to alert and keep residents updated.
The notifications and residents reporting the suspicious activity, according to the update, were key to arresting the suspects. or 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

Electronics recycling event March 16

A free electronics recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 16 at El Roble Intermediate School.
The school is at 665 N. Mountain Ave.
Computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, MP3 players, ink and toner cartridges, printers, microwaves, cables and wires, laptops and more will be accepted.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the El Roble garden. or 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

Padua Hills Theatre accepting applications for non-profit community events

The Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Committee is accepting applications for events that take place between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014, according to a city of Claremont website news release.

The city of Claremont’s Padua Hills Theatre Community Use Program, according to the release, reserves dates each year for local non-profit organizations intersted in hosting community events at lower rates.

The community use committee reviews and approves the applications.

Those agencies awarded a community use date will receive a more than $5,550 event rental package.

Currently, there are nine community use days available throughout the year to accommodate weekday and weekend events.

The applications must be submitted to the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont by 5 p.m. March 18 for priority consideration.

An optional meeting will be held at the Padua Hills Theatre at 11 a.m. March 5 to tour the site and answer questions.

To RSVP for the event, contact management analyst Lauren Marshall at 909-399-5356 or

Photos of the facility are available for viewing at the Chantrelles Catering website at

For more information, or an application, head to, 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

Library to hold variety of programs this month

The Claremont Public Library will host a range of programs in February, according to a news release.

The first program is Paint, Color, And Clay! From 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at the library.

Parents and caregivers are asked to drop in at the library between 10 a.m. and noon to enjoy art activities with their toddler or pre-school aged children.

Another program for adults is a Social Security Workshop which will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

Representatives from the Pomona social security office will give a short summary with a slide show of their new product “my Social Security Your Online Account … Your Control.”

Afterward, a one-on-one consultation for any Social Security issues people have will be held.

Preschool Storytime takes place from 11:30 a.m. To 12:15 p.m. Friday with play, stories, rhymes and songs for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. 909-483-8549 or on Twitter @ClaremontNow

Claremont City Council candidates forum Feb. 23

CLAREMONT – Active Claremont and the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area are hosting a Claremont City Council candidates forum on Feb. 23, according to a news release.

The forum will start at 11:30 a.m. and be held inside the Padua room at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd.

For more information, contact 909-624-4796. or on Twitter @ClaremontNow