Bears of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park have discovered a gigantic picnic basket: the dumpster at the Padua Hills Theatre. Bears frequent this smorgasbord, and are becoming habituated on the scraps. Throughout October, a mom and two cubs have been visiting the dumpster daily. I recently found the tiny cubs trapped inside the recycle bin while their agitated mom paced atop the container. I inserted a ladder into the bin to let the cubs climb out.
Black Bears have a voracious appetite, are incredibly curious, and have an amazing sense of smell
We Claremont voters are being bombarded by expensive, slick mailers paid for by Golden State Water Company to try to convince us to defeat “Yes on W.” In the mailers, they seek to confuse us with numbers from city studies. I thought that it might be illuminating to study the company’s own reports to their stockholders and required public filings. All of the following was found on the Internet.
Fifteen years ago, at time when California was confronting a statewide power shortage, Hercules (a small town in Northern California) came up with a bold plan to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective electric service to some of its residents - by creating the Hercules Municipal Utility (HMU) as an alternative to the existing service provided by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), a for-profit corporation.
On November 4, voters in Claremont will be asked whether to approve Measure W, the local water bond, which would authorize the city of Claremont to borrow up to $135 million to purchase the Claremont water system currently owned and operated by Golden State Water Company.
You’ll remember last June, the city council unanimously voted to place a revenue bond measure before voters for the purpose of acquiring the water system. The revenue bond is the end product of years of research and work done on behalf of the city council exploring alternatives to a privately-owned water system in Claremont.
Golden State has run a tough campaign in defense of their assets. While we don’t take issue with free market economics, we’re opposed to a company that makes a life necessity a vehicle for ever-increasing profit. For this reason, the Claremont COURIER newspaper staff urges Claremont residents to vote yes on Measure W.
For those of us who read the pages of the COURIER each week, we know that water has been a hot topic in Claremont for many years. I’ve stayed on the sidelines and, until now, have only shared my thoughts with family and close friends.
I’m writing this piece because Measure W, the $135 million bond measure on the November ballot, will cost Claremont families much more than we’re already paying today. Ask yourself, why would you place $135 million in debt on the community if it would result in higher water bills for all residents for decades?
Well, is anyone surprised that another Golden State-backed group (“Stop the Claremont Water Tax”—more on that name below) has emerged to oppose our buying the water system?
Unfortunately, like the former group, this one has also misunderstood the publicly-available information, resulting in misleading assertions in last week’s Viewpoint. If we conduct a “thoughtful engagement of issues based on facts,” as they suggest, it would show the following to be true.