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Claremont COURIER/Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Dear Editor:The July 25 reader’s comment submittedby Douglas Lyon challenged readers to citewording in the Constitution that prohibitseven non-denominational prayers at a city-sponsored event.His challenge requires citing SupremeCourt rulings, since such questions have al-ways needed court consideration and rulings.For example, the Supreme Court held thata religious invocation, instituted by schoolofficials, at a public school graduation vio-lated the Establishment Clause (
Lee v. Weis-man
, 505 U.S. 577, 112 S. Ct. 2649, 120 L.Ed. 2d 467 .However, since he refers to “very flawedSupreme Court rulings,” his challenge can-not be taken seriously. Obviously he be-lieves that only his opinions are worthy of consideration. Hardly the basis for any seri-ous search for the truth.
Green vs. greed
Dear Editor:Last April, then Mayor Sam Pedroza ac-cepted a prestigious Green Award on behalf of Claremont as the first city in Californiato be so honored for its sustainability efforts.With diminished crops and higher foodprices resulting from record-setting temper-atures around the country, being a GreenCity is something that we can all support.Not long after accepting this GreenAward, Mr. Pedroza and CouncilmembersJoe Lyons and Larry Schroeder endorsedChris Holden, city councilman for the cityof Pasadena, in his run for the 41st Assem-bly district. Mr. Holden has been raised onpolitics during his life as the son of longtimeLA Councilman Nate Holden.What exactly caught the eye of Mr. Pe-droza and the city council that led them to en-dorse Mr. Holden? After all, the
withheld its endorsement of Mr.Holden during the June primary and insteadendorsed 2 other candidates. (See
“Endorsements on Tuesday’s ballot,” June 2.)Should the many concerns cited by Mr.Holden’s own backyard newspaper serve asa heads up to Claremont voters?Perhaps the thought process of Mr. Pe-droza and the 2 city councilmembers, stillbeaming from their acceptance of a GreenAward, went something like this: “ChrisHolden is a Democrat. So, Holden must be“green.” We are a Green City. Therefore,let’s endorse Chris Holden!”Mr. Pedroza and the councilmembersought to know that their support of Mr.Holden doesn’t quite line up with the ad-mirable, green standards of our city.When Mr. Holden says he is “green,” hemust be referring to the color of all themoney his campaign has been receivingfrom Big Oil. Should Mr. Holden ever wina Green Award, it won’t be for the same rea-sons that Claremont worked so hard to winthat award.Having been a certified bean counter in aformer life, allow me to get out a pencil andpaper to do some political accounting.1. Chevron has been the largest contribu-tor to the Political Action Committee (PAC)called “California for Jobs and a StrongEconomy” (CJSE) per www.electiontrack.com.2. CJSE has been the largest contributorto the PAC called “Alliance for California’sTomorrow” (ACT) per www.election-track.com.3. In the last few weeks running up to pri-mary election day, ACT spent approxi-mately $129,000 attacking a key campaignopponent of Mr. Holden’s while reportedlymaking the largest donation to the Holdencampaign (
Pasadena Star News
, “LateCampaign Contributions Fuel Attack Ads,”June 16, 2012).Did you follow that?Money moves from Chevron to CJSE toACT to Mr. Holden’s campaign, directly orindirectly, through attack ads againstHolden’s opponents and through outrightcontributions. Yet, our Green City’s politi-cians seem okay with all of this.In the meantime, Mr. Holden often getscredit for running a “positive” campaign asa major oil company funds PACs that do Mr.Holden’s dirty work. These PACs seem towrap themselves up in cozy names in an at-tempt to fly under the radar as to their fund-ing sources that help dictate PAC actions.By accepting funds from these PACs, Mr.Holden appears to envision a tomorrow thatwill feature more gas stations and freeways.I would think that particular tomorrowwould be beneficial to Chevron.Speaking of freeways, Mr. Holden hasbeen a staunch proponent of one of theworst freeway projects in the entire country(Read the 2004 report, “Road to Ruin,” byFriends of the Earth at www.foe.org). Thisproject is better known as the 710 freewayextension in South Pasadena.The 710 freeway extension is projectedto double traffic flow and substantially in-crease particulate pollution in adjacent com-munities. More pollution = more gas usage.Score another point for Chevron.By endorsing Mr. Holden, our city’spoliticians have shown an indication of theirtrue color, but I am not so sure that theircolor is all that green.
The Claremont City Council andall commissions have commencedsummer recess. City meetings will re-sume in September. All regular cityservices continue through the recess.City Hall, located at 207 HarvardAve., is open for regular businessMonday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to6 p.m. Residents with questions maycall 399-5460 during normal businesshours.To leave a recorded comment 24-hours a day, call the city’s citizencomment line at 399-5389.
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