The evolution of a water bill
Dear Editor:The explanation of our water billspublished in the COURIER on Wednes-day, October 10 induced me to runthrough my Excel budget files since1994. Here are the interesting results Idiscovered.From 1994 through 1997, I paid anaverage of $600 per year for water. In1998, the bill jumped to $800 per yearand then remained between $800 and$850 per year until 2006.In 2007, the bill rose to almost $1000followed by $1500, $1400, $1250,$1550 and $1750 anticipated this year.I believe that the jump in 1998 wasdue to the “energy crisis” that Texas en-trepreneurs were putting Californiathrough. I believe that the amazing jumps beginning in 2007 mark thetakeover of water delivery by GoldenState Water and its parent corporationAmerican States Water Company.The essence of our situation is that wehave lost any semblance of local controlover our water utility, and the PublicUtilities Commission that should be pro-tecting us from corporate greed is look-ing in the other direction.When GSW “defends” their ratehikes, they always announce that theyhave to replace infrastructure. We wouldall love to hear how much of our aginginfrastructure they have actually dealtwith so far.Interestingly, in our neighborhoodalong Mountain Avenue, we have beenthrough an “algae bloom” during the last2 years (May through July), which theyseem incapable of dealing with, whileour water tastes like it came from a pondand the shower smells like a sewer.As for the data above, I have lived inthe same house with pretty much thesame landscape watering needs for 35years. When I first came to live in Clare-mont in 1961, our water bills were ap-proximately $5 per month. Claremontwater came almost entirely from Mt.Baldy, and you could tell when westarted using Colorado River water in thefall of many years because it would leavea salty deposit on the sidewalk.Since the 1960s, we have lost controlof our own water because of the enor-mous amount of development (that hasmade a few people very rich) all over theInland Empire. Now we have lost furthercontrol because of a corporate buyout. Itis hard to believe, in the present politicaleconomy, that anything will be doneabout this.
Candidate speaks out
Dear Editor:It is my duty to bring to your attentionimportant issues that concern you andthat directly affect us as Californians.Sacramento has not been doing its job of serving you and watching out for yourbest interests—this must stop.I am running for State Senate not as acareer politician, but as a concerned cit-izen who wants to cross the aisle to getthings done. I’ve been visiting with res-idents in Claremont who have expressedthat Sacramento has not addressed thatour broken education system will onlyhurt our future and that excessive spend-ing will bankrupt us.Current legislators do not have theright priorities and lack the vision neces-sary to turn around California’s econ-omy. Sacramento needs to wake up andrealize money comes from hardworkingtaxpayers who believe that substantialfiscal reform is the only path to eco-nomic stability.My priorities are jobs and education,because California was once the GoldenState where opportunities were plentiful.Putting us on the right track is why I amasking for your vote in November. Thelegislature has not focused on the valuesI promise I will bring to you—biparti-sanship, service to community, commit-ment to education and fiscalresponsibility.
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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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