CLAREMONT - Attendees here could listen to Corey Calaycay and Larry Schroeder talk for three minutes but not Michael Keenan at a City Council candidates event Tuesday morning.

Calaycay and Schroeder, both incumbents, attended the Claremont Chamber of Commerce-hosted event and networking breakfast but Keenan didn't attend over a lack of time for a discussion.

"I politely declined," Keenan said in a phone interview after the event as he knocked on doors and tried to collect votes in the city. "Three minutes? What do we got, 22 days left? Usually there's a real forum in January."

Two seats on the Claremont council are up for election on March 5. While Schroeder is the current mayor, the post is rotated in Claremont by council appointment and not a separate vote.

Maureen Aldridge, CEO of the Chamber, said Keenan missed an opportunity because of how important business is to the city with regard to merchants in the downtown Claremont Village, local restaurants and bringing in visitors.

Calaycay and Schroeder used their three minutes to describe their accomplishments and why they felt they should be elected to the City Council.

Another candidates forum, hosted by Active Claremont and the League of Women Voters of the Claremont area, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23 inside the Padua Room at the Alexander Hughes Community Center.

Keenan, who has made three previous unsuccessful attempts to run for council, said he would be at the forum.


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"For sure, in the true sense, that's a forum," Keenan said.

In May, Keenan was sentenced to three years' probation after being found guilty of trespassing at an organic garden at Pomona College. Keenan had said he was upset by a lack of public access to the garden.

The Hughes center is at 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont.

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