Given that a majority of Claremont residents feel it’s time for a new police station, one might think 2018 is finally the year Measure SC will pass. I still think it has a chance, but unfortunately, with minimal help from the Claremont Colleges.
On the surface, the community is saying all the right things. It’s not that the Colleges didn’t donate, and $750,000 is a lot of money. It’s money that is desperately needed and I know the city appreciates the donation.
But for some reason, the Claremont Colleges are stuck using a formula that doesn’t come close to the contribution they should be making.
In 1911, the speeding controversy in Claremont became known county-wide and drew the attention of the Los Angeles Examiner. The newspaper published a cartoon and an editorial:
“The little college town of Claremont is suffering from an acute attack of too much Johnson,”?wrote the Examiner. “In a spasm of reform, Claremont recently appointed pugnacious J.A. Johnson, City Marshal, and now the representative citizens are nervously lying awake at nights...