Claremont economy hits the rocks, literally

Some people think Claremont only sells expensive frou-frou items. But according to City Manager Jeff Parker’s weekly report (kindly forwarded by reader Phil Carty), City Hall is now pushing a consumer product at a rock-bottom price.

“The City has FREE rocks that have been collected from the Padua Avenue Park project site during the grading process,” Parker writes, “and Claremont residents are invited to pick up the reclaimed rock.”

Claremont residents only, eh? Ha ha, you Uplanders will have to look elsewhere for your free rock.

As if the benefits of free rocks weren’t obvious, Parker puts an environmental spin on the deal:

“These materials will not only make an attractive addition to your garden or landscape, but also reduce waste while promoting increased sustainability and utilization of local resources.”

Now how much would you pay? Unless you’re anti-sustainability, visit the lot in the 4100 block of Padua Avenue.

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  • Ramona

    Will you front me with your Claremont ID, D-Bomb?

    And remember to tote those rocks home in your reusable shopping bag!

    Stock up. The holidays will be upon us before we know it. Put a bow on that reusable shopping bag and you have the ideal gift for those folks we all know who are as dumb as a bag of rocks.

  • Linda Frost

    Only Claremont residents? Are they afraid there will be such a run on rocks that they wont have enough to go around? What Claremont resident doesnt already have a bumper crop? For that matter, why would any local resident need Claremont rocks? Are they special? They did get the price right, though. Only in Claremont.

  • David, love you and love the blog. But, you need to know something. When I founded this great valley I laid claim to each and every rock that rolled down from Mt. Baldy. So Claremont is just giving away my rocks — I will have my attorneys contact them to stop this potential criminal act.

    Thanks for blogging, David. I would have not known that my rocks were being stolen, I mean being given away, without my permission if it was not for you and this blog.

    Keep up the great work and come and visit me sometime, I stand guard over Euclid Avenue as you know.


    [Yes, it’s been too long since we’ve gotten together. I know you don’t travel much from Upland City Hall so I’ll have to come to you. — DA]

  • judi

    If Claremont would be willing to ship their excess boulders to downtown Pomona, they could have a “Rocks at the Fox” event.

    You started it…

    [I did, I did. — DA]

  • Paul Ochsner

    As a local Claremont mason, I can tell you, this is a good deal. River rock has been getting scarce these days and they have been imported from as far away as Banning. Word is, a local masonry contractor had “exclusive” rights to pick up stone in north Claremont because they do a lot of local city work. Apparently the economy has slowed them down and they can’t process all this stone at one time.

  • Bob Terry

    Oh, dear Georgie. I wish the King of Spain and the Govenor of California who granted my dear great x7 grandfather (Ignacio Palomares) the land grant to this wonderful piece of real estate would have had the cosmic vision to include the god awful nuggets of crap that fill this valley. If we would have been better farmers instead of ranchers then who knows what we would be “harvesting” as we speak. Chaffey, Phillips, Meserve, Rochester…you owe me big time!

  • Tonight on Fox News: Angry crowds descend upon Claremont in protest of unwarranted government intrusion into free-market rock sales industry. Critics allege that rock giveaway is part of nefarious healthcare-related plot to kill elderly & infirm.

    [Can rock rationing be far behind? — DA]

  • Bob T

    Well you know…they are fat free.

    [Not to mention gluten free, vegan-friendly and kosher! — DA]

  • Susan Tarvin

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I love Claremont rocks.

    I am a lifetime Claremont resident, raised on a 33-acre citrus ranch in north Claremont (now known as King and Armstrong homes). These rocks are special to me. My family has been in Claremont for 100 years and my grandson is a fifth-generation Claremonter. My grandfather came over as an immigrant (legal) in the early 1900s and worked for McKenna and other growers, hauling the rocks out with a mule team for the citrus groves to be planted. He helped create those wonderful rock piles that were aplenty in the early days of Claremont.

    My husband and I are collecting and adding these beautiful ‘Claremont potatoes’ to our property to save water, improve aesthetics, and sustain my heritage as well as the city’s. So if you see a couple with a trailer picking through the huge rock pile, it’s probably us!

    I really enjoy your columns. They are always great!

    [Awww. Nice hearing from you, Susan. — DA]