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Water Decision Day

Dear Editor:

On August 9 and 10, after a long trial,

the city of Claremont and Golden State

Water Company (GSW) made closing arguments

before the judge who will decide

if Claremont has the right to take over its

local water system. The judge then had 90

days to rule on the case. That 90 days will

be up on November 8.

Last year, 72 percent of Claremont voters

chose to have the city try to purchase

the local water system from GSW, an unwilling

seller, using eminent domain.

The community was supportive in part

because GSW raised rates sharply and the

cost of water made Claremont a less desirable

place to live. GSW was also allowed

to set water rates on a regional basis, so

Claremont’s local needs became less relevant

while drought made local control of

water especially important. No city can

survive without water, and water should

not be under the control of an outside forprofit


In closing arguments GSW claimed that

the costs would be so high that rates would

have to go up, that Claremont had used

pretty words about local control but had

not offered specific projects to be implemented

if it had local control, and that

water quality would be better under GSW.

Management of the water system under

Claremont ownership would be contracted

out to the city of La Verne, so GSW cited

problems with lead in La Verne’s water.

In rebuttal Claremont’s attorneys argued

that GSW’s cost estimates were exaggerated,

and cited as an example GSW using

depreciation of the system as an expense

rather than as a financial benefit to stockholders.

The lead contamination in La Verne

water was a one-time incident in a small

area and was quickly corrected. La Verne’s

water quality is as highly rated as Claremont’s.

So how will the judge decide? Does it

make legal sense to rule that Claremont

does not have the right to take over the system

because it did not include enough detail

on specific projects to be implemented

under local control?

This will be a precedent-setting decision.

If Claremont prevails the next step

will be a trial to set the price to be paid, but

GSW is likely to use every legal challenge


November 8 will be a day of decision

for the whole nation, and more so for


Freeman Allen


Make America (and Claremont)

great again!

Dear Editor:

November 8 is an election with huge opportunities

or consequences. A “yes” vote

on Measure G and Proposition 51 are vital

to the public education facilities in both

Claremont and the state of California. The

most important resource we have is our

youth and it is vitally important that we provide

them with a 21st century education in

order to compete in our global economy.

I also firmly believe that it is time to

“drain the swamp” in Washington, DC and

put new private sector leadership in the

Oval Office. Donald Trump certainly has

his shortcomings, but he is a proven leader

with many innovative solutions to the

many problems facing this country.

I’m willing to give the self-made “bluecollar

billionaire” a chance. I believe Mr.

Trump’s strongest attribute is his ability to

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Intolerant hate

Basket of deplorables

Our Bigot in Chief?

—Robert R. Hale

Haiku submissions should reflect upon life

or events in Claremont. Please email entries




Agendas for city meetings are available


Tuesday, November 8

City Council

Council Chamber, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 9

Committee on Aging

Joslyn Center, noon

surround himself with great, hard-working

and honest talent to get the job done.

He also is certainly not afraid to make

personnel changes with under-performing

appointees or staff. This is a necessary

trait for the success of any organization.

Our Claremont school district facilities

and Washington DC both need a complete

overhaul to restore their past greatness

for the hardworking tax payers

which they serve.

Please vote yes for Measure G and

Proposition 51, and vote for Donald

Trump on November 8. Kris Meyer



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