Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 12/20/2010 10:08:48 PM PST

CLAREMONT – This city dealt with some contentious issues in 2010 including an affordable housing complex and a bond measure that provided for a David vs. Goliath matchup.

Among the top stories in 2010 in Claremont:

Voters on Nov. 2 defeated Measure CL, a $95 million school bond measure to issue general obligation bonds to repair and upgrade Claremont Unified School District schools. If it had passed, property owners in the district would have paid about $45 per $100,000 of assessed value for 30 years. Measure CL received only 39.5 percent support.

Some locals considered Measure CL a David vs. Goliath contest as firms outside of the district’s boundaries contributed the bulk of the monetary support to get the school bond measure passed on Election Day. The Support Claremont Schools Yes on CL campaign committee received more than $109,800 in contributions, while Claremont Taxpayers for Common Sense had raised less than $4,000, according to financial disclosure forms.

The defeat could be attributed to a rough year for local bond measures throughout the country as well as Los Angeles County, said Doug Johnson, a research fellow with Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute.

“This is definitely a surprisingly large defeat for this measure considering what we usually expect from Claremont,” Johnson said.

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