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Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Dear Editor:I was surprised at your editorial of May 22 [Peter Weinberger’s My Side of the Line.] If “Now is the time to vote in-cumbent in November,” it must be be-cause things are going so well.I, for one, am not happy with the wayCalifornia is going. I am not happy thatwe are laying off our teachers at all lev-els, from elementary schools to the Uni-versity of California. That is our nextgeneration that we are selling down theriver.We are running out of money eventhough we are the 7th largest economyin the world.We are running out of money becausewe love Proposition 13, don’t we?Proposition 13 is ruining our state; weare dismantling California for a dreamof a California that never existed.I have lived in California as an adultsince 1948, and it was a pretty goodstate then; good schools, good universi-ties and few prisons.By all means, vote the incumbents inif you are happy the way things aregoing. People, if you want to destroyCalifornia, no one is going to stop you.
Kudos to customers and localvolunteers for supportingwater conservation event
Dear Editor:A recent event in Claremont is a greatexample of how a community can worktogether to make good things happen tosupport water conservation.During a Golden State Water Com-pany (GSWC) high-efficiency toilet(HET) exchange event at ClaremontHigh School, local teens helped GSWCdistribute 795 free HETs to Claremontcustomers. During a similar event inClaremont last year, 324 toilets weregiven away.About 27 percent of indoor water usecomes from flushing toilets. It’s esti-mated that these HETs will save thou-sands of gallons a month and hundredsof dollars per year for a household of four.Pulling off such a successful event re-quires help from a lot of people. Cus-tomers needed assistance as HETs wereloaded into vehicles on the day of thedistribution. Two weeks later, thosesame customers needed assistance asthey dropped off their older toilets forcollection at the high school.The Claremont High School SoftballBoosters and Band Boosters workedhard and deserve recognition for theirsupport of this project. For their efforts,Golden State Water Company made afinancial donation to Claremont HighSchool based on the number of toiletsreturned.And of course, our customers deserverecognition for participating. Each cus-tomer made arrangements to have theirold toilet removed and the new one in-stalled.Thank you Claremont customers andvolunteers for your efforts. Together, wecan make a difference and ensure a reli-able supply of water for our future.More information about how to savewater and save money is available atwww.gswater.com.
District ManagerGolden State Water Company
In support of furlough days
Dear Editor:We were heartened to see such anoutpouring of support for Claremont’swonderful teachers at the CUSD BoardMeeting on Thursday, May 20.It was clear that as a community weprize our teachers and don’t want to loseany of them due to the current budgetcrisis. The overriding sentiment at themeeting among teachers, parents andadministrators was that maintaining cur-rent class sizes is of paramount impor-tance—it is the by far the best option forour children.Unfortunately, there is no pain-freepath to that goal. The district has only afew options in front of it—the statemandates a 3-year balanced budget, andall of our current available reserves willbe depleted over the course of thatbudget.Because those reserves will only funda portion of the district’s ongoingdeficit, the only way to avoid teacherlayoffs and higher class sizes is throughsalary rollbacks or shortening the schoolyear through furlough days.While it will undoubtedly be a hard-ship to teachers, parents and children,we fully support shortening the schoolyear so that no teacher has to be laid off and class sizes can remain at currentlevels.We also support buying back fur-lough days as the first priority if thebudget situation changes and additionalmoney becomes available.We commend our teachers for speak-ing out in favor of preserving the qual-ity of education in our district, and wecommend our administrators for steer-ing us through this economic crisis withsound, far-sighted financial decision-making, and for publicly committing tokeeping all of our teachers with the im-plementation of 6 furlough days.We encourage the quick resolution of this issue through an agreement be-tween the teacher’s union and the dis-trict administration.
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