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Golden State Water tries to drown Claremont ballot measure
Golden State Water tries to drown Claremont ballot measure

Self-preservation is the most basic instinct in nature. For Golden State Water Co., it also has a price: $300,000. That's about how much the water system is spending to defeat a Claremont ballot measure enabling the city to try to seize its local water system by eminent domain and convert it to a municipal service. The San Dimas-based corporation is overwhelming the opposition, which has assembled a war chest of about $30,000. For Golden State, that's chump change: The firm collected $359 million last year from water customers in 75 California communities and recorded a profit of $48.6 million. "They're obviously trying to maintain an asset they think is quite...

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