Apple$ and Orange$

Let’s do a little comparison on Measure W—Yes verses No.

How much is the water system worth?

Yes: The city has an estimate by a state- licensed appraiser for $55 million.

No: Golden State paid a retired PhD a large sum of money to say that it is worth at least $200 million. They also paid an engineering firm to come up with a total replacement price of nearly $223 million.

Apples vs. Oranges: That is like purchasing a new car for $55,000 versus going to the parts department and ordering it one piece at a time then hiring a mechanic to assemble it for four times the price.

Who should run the water system?

Yes: The city will run it with transparency by elected officials.

No: Golden State uses well-paid executives who answer to shareholders, not you.

Apples vs. Oranges: Wouldn’t you rather own your home? In doing so, you know how much your payments will before  the next 30 years and you can set your budget as such. While renting maybe less expensive for the moment, there is no guarantee it will stay so. Your land-lord can raise the rent at any time or sell to someone outside the area or country.In a short time, you would probably be paying far more than if you had purchased your own home.

Who is paying for Measure W?

Yes: With over 1,300 endorsers, local residents have donated $29,623 as of October 18, 2014.

No: Eight individuals from Claremont have endorsed no and Golden State anteed up $367,556.34 through October 18,2014.

Apples vs. Oranges: Residents of Claremont have donated $.08 to every dollar of rate money that Golden State threw into the No campaign. None of the eight endorsers for No have donated a single dollar to the cause.Figures and information for this letter were compiled from the Form 460 that is filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Nowhere on that filing were any distributions to Rodney Smith or the engineering firm of Hatch Mott MacDonald, who made those extravagant statements as to the value of our water system, declared. Makes you wonder how they were paid.

Bill Buehler
Treasure, ClaremontFlow