Reason number 622 why the Town of Claremont is financially insane.
The Town of Claremont wants to increase taxes (or have a bond measure) to pay for their school system, but they don't want to attract businesses that'll pay for them? Instead, they'd rather forgo the $12,000 to $21,000 annual sales tax revenue from a 7-Eleven, thanks to the Planning Commission's 6-1 no vote on a 7-Eleven at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Mills. (hat tip: Claremont Insider.)
The grounds for their no vote seems the height of NIMBYism.
I quote from The Daily Bulletin:
Commissioner Jeff Hammill said one of the letters he received was against the project because it would bring people who drink alcohol, eat junk food and smoke cigarettes.Gasp! You mean, college students?! (My bet, this being Claremont, what the letter writer really meant was low-class people and we absolutely cannot have any of those dirty, dirty low-class people in this town, can we?)
Of course, do remember, you tax things that are inelastic (i.e. addictive goods) because the burden of it will fall more heavily on the consumers, than the producers, meaning a more stable tax revenue for the town of Claremont, than say, expensive dinners or Yogurtland. (Which, by the way, is more addictive than cigarettes.)