Listening to the opposition to Measure W puts me in mind of two quotations.
First: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”(George Santayana).
In 2010, Golden State asked the Public Utilities Commission for an increase in revenues of 32.67 percent. In 2013,Golden State asked for a 24.54 percent increase. They were granted increases of more than half their requested amounts—double-digit increases. Our water rates have doubled in the last five years. Why would anyone think that this pattern will stop?
Second: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” (Albert Einstein)
We objected to every rate case brought by Golden State Water and still our rates went up in double digits, a tiered structure was introduced, we had a WRAM charge added, and we were lumped in with far-flung cities to form Region III. Why would anyone expect that continued objections to Golden State and the California Public Utilities Commission would get us anywhere?
Our memories are good and our sanity is just fine. Let’s eliminate the problem and ensure that the water system is run to benefit Claremont. Vote yes on Measure W