Are we angry?
Dear Editor:I used to be very active in political life,back when I was young and had lots of energy and hope. I don’t pay enough at-tention to what is going on around menow, but this is my perspective on thewater issue facing me in Claremont.One day, some large landowners inClaremont decided to do something abouttheir high water bills. They could havetorn their water-thirsty landscaping outand fixed their leaks, perhaps even re-moved their huge pools. They could havecared more about deteriorating schools,city property and our failing infrastruc-ture, but they decided on a differentcourse. They got together with some of their friends on the Claremont City Coun-cil who held closed meetings (violatingthe Brown Act?) and decided to attemptto steal a private corporation’s propertyvia “eminent domain” and finance theplan by selling many millions of dollarsin bonds. All of this is happening withouta vote of the citizens of Claremont. I likevotes by the people.So, middle-class citizens of Claremont:how can you give a corporation $100 mil-ion to $150 million (Yes folks, it will notbe $55 million), hire people to run yournewly-acquired water company, (yesfolks, it takes lots of money, skill andknowledge of water) and also pay for thecoming increases in costs of water be-cause of the drought? I think it can bedone with a tremendous increase in yourproperty taxes to pay for it all! And, on top of that, you will still needmoney to fix your schools, police station,sewer system and, oh yeah, the deterio-rating water pipes torn up by age andthose trees you so love. I honestly invite you, the Claremonttaxpayers, to express how this can andwill be done.Wow! I sound angry. Is it the threat tomy retirement home property taxes? Is itthe improper use of the right of eminentdomain? Is it the closed secret meetings?Are you getting angry?
Dear Editor:Congratulations to Isabelle Huber andNan Miller. They have joined the leagueof published Claremont authors. I lookforward to reading their books and invitethem to donate a copy to the ClaremontLibrary’s Claremont Authors Collection.We now have bank of beautiful, glass-covered bookcases to house our collec-tion and the books we receive are enteredinto an online catalog for easy retrieval. I invite all Claremont authors—if youlive, work, attend school, or affiliate your-self with Claremont—to donate to ourgrowing Claremont Authors Collection.We welcome books by former Claremontauthors who have moved on. Also, if youown books by Claremont authors that youwould like to donate, we would appreci-ate your gifts. Please bring your books directly to thedesk with a note that they are being do-nated to the Claremont Authors Collec-tion, or call (909) 621-9485 to discussyour donation plans.
Lanore Pearlman, President
Friends of the Claremont Library
Claremont COURIER/Friday, January 31, 2014
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