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Claremont Votes to Support Proposition 30

Much to delight of supporters, the council voted in favor of a resolution in support of the proposition. But some objected to the council taking sides on a state measure.

As the dark cloud of budget cuts looms over school districts across the state, Claremont became one of the few area cities to take stand on the issue.

The council voted on Tuesday in favor of a resolution supporting Proposition 30, a measure that would add a quarter cent to the sales tax and increases personal income tax on annual earnings of more than $250,000 for seven years.

The resolution passed with council members Sam Pedroza, Joe Lyons and Mayor Larry Schroeder in favor and council member Corey Calaycay and Mayor Pro-tem Opanyi Nasiali abstaining.

Residents who spoke at the meeting came down on both sides of the issue. Most who opposed the resolution said they saw no reason the city should endorse a state proposition, as it had no direct impact on the city. Speakers asked the council, if they took sides on this, why not take sides on other propositions.

Pedroza, who asked the issue be placed on the night’s agenda, said he was motivated to support the proposition for two reasons. First and foremost, it was important to several residents, who asked them to put it on their agenda.

The second reason is because of the way the proposition is written, he said. If Prop. 30 does not pass, funding for schools will be cut in January.

That is no idle threat, he said.

“(Arnold) Schwarzenegger was the best Democrat governor we ever had and (Jerry) Brown is the best Republican governor we’ve ever had because Brown is … we know that he says what he’s going to do,” Pedroza explained. “He killed out redevelopment agencies. That was all Brown. And I know, we know, that this governor will do what he says he’s going to do if Prop. 30 doesn’t pass.”

If the proposition does not pass, schools could be left hurting. So much of Claremont’s identity is tied to the schools in the districts. The property values are bolstered by the quality of education, he said.

Claremont Unified School District officials say they will lose millions if Proposition 30 fails to pass.

Stacy Barber October 26, 2012 at 05:23 AM
NO on Prop 30! I have two kids in Claremont schools, but I will not vote to raise our taxes. Our taxes keep going up and up!! Once they're up they never come down. Our State Gov. is broken and they need to fix it from the inside, not with more taxes. Why is the burden always on the tax payer and not the ones in Gov. recklessly spending our money? And why is it that Gov. always scares us into raising our taxes with the threat of cutting funds to our schools? Why don't they cut other needless programs? They need to find another way to keep the money for our schools.
Caryn Mason October 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
S.B. Lady, I've heard similar complaints from people making less than $250,000 per year. People making less than $250,000 get an extremely mild tax increase from 30. You might spend more on your kids taking care of them during the ~15 furlough days imposed by the school than you would on Prop 30.
Caryn Mason October 26, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Your solution to this corruption is to do what? Let the schools and other social services weaken? Our economy is fragile and our schools are too good to let fall apart. I strongly urge you to vote YES on 30.
Stamford Bridge October 26, 2012 at 01:16 PM
30 = YES....We need to swallow this nasty pill, but when we get a chance, vote every lying, disgusting dirtbag Dem outta office. Lets face it, the scumbags like Fabian Nunez of California have created ths mess. It's time the people take Cali back and vote in a bipartisan government.
Ewan Whatarmy October 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm sorry, Ms. Mason, but if we give any more money to any broken system, it's only going to prolong the real solutions from being addressed. How do we fix corruption? Frankly, I do not know, but I do know that the longer we pretend "money" is the solution to problems, the longer it will take us to realize it is only a temporary bandaid and the wound will remain open. PULL THE BANDAID. VOTE NO ON 30.

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