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January 27, 2016 The Julian News 13 California CQmmentarv Be Careful What You Sign by Jon Coupal Armed with a clipboard and a smile, they stand on the sidewalk in front of popular stores and public buildings. "Want to support schools?" or "Do you want to end poverty?" they call out to passersby. Those who respond positively are asked to sign a petition to place a measure to accomplish the stated goal on the ballot• These are signature gathers, usually paid by the interests advancing the initiative they tout• They are not obligated to fully explain who would actually benefit from the passage of measure which, more times than not, is the sponsor of the initiative• And they do not have to volunteer if the initiative would raise taxes• In fact, for tax increase measures, saying that the proposal would hike taxes is likely the last thing they would admit. However, even if signature gatherers are, at times, misleading, this does not justify further weakening the People's right to initiative, referendum and recall, as some suggest• As with all matters relating to government, it remains the voter's responsibility be informed and to ask questions -- and questions should be asked before signing a petition in support of a measure that Could result in a major change in state law. The tools of direct democracy are worth preserving. They vest the citizenry with the power to be the legislature of last resort when sitting lawmakers prove to be indolent, incompetent or corrupt and unable to properly carry out the most important business of the public. One has only to look back to 1978. When the Legislature and then Governor Brown refused to act, back to Thomas Jefferson, who advocated for its inclusion in the Virginia state constitution. Its implementation in California is credited to Governor Hiram Johnson• Johnson was elected in 1910 on an anti-Southern Pacific Railroad platform at a timewhen most members of the Legislature where bought and paid for by the railroad. (An ironic historical footnote: Shortly after taking office Johnson paroled notorious Southern Pacific train robber, Chris Evans.) In a 1911 special election, California voters approved the initiative process which allowed regular folks to be involved in making laws and broke the stranglehold of the railroad had on the Legislature. The politicians, none of whom like to share power, have been disgruntled ever since• Of course, the fact that politicians don't like the people's initiative, referendum and recall rights, that are embedded in the state constitution, may be one of the best arguments that these rights must be retained. However, the key to a vibrant and effective initiative process is an informed public• So if asked to sign a petition, be wary. Read the initiative summary that is required to be printed at the top of the petition form• There are initiatives in circulation right now that would increase income taxes and undermine Proposition 13 protections for taxpayers• If there is a tax increase included, you may still decide to sign, but at least you will know the impact of your decision in a state where we already have the highest income rate, the highest state sales tax and were we rank in the top four in total tax burden• In other words, caveat emptor• HOMES. LAND. RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT . VACATION RENTALS www.julian-realestate.com 3 Bedroom Home with Finished Attic in Historical District Ready for your personal renovations. Inviting 2BR, 2+BA Manufactured Home Large 1/2 acre corner lot covered with Pine, Oak, Cedar, Sequoia. Underground utilities including cable. Oversized 3 car garage with bath and guest quartrers potential. Home is constructed on permanent foundation. Spacious laundry and mud room. Dog run. New roof this year. 12x20 tuff shed for additional storage. Pristine Home On 4.26 park-like acres. 3 bd room, 2 bath, 2 car garage, hard wood, granite, 2 wells and huge steel building. Close to town and totally private. Pine Hills 1 acre lot w/water meter. ...... $ 65,000 Cuyamaca Woods 2.5 Acres - privacy, view ..... $ 43,000 1 Acre, Gentle slope ........ $ 50,000 2.5 Acres - Driveway, pad, water meter a0d view ............ : ...... $ 85,000 2.63 Acres - Borders State Park, Private., ........ ............... $135,000 8 Acres - Excellent well, seasonal creek, fabulous views and privacy.,.. $110,000 Oakland Road 8+ Acres - Close to town, driveway, pad, approved for 3 Bedroom, terraced for voters placed on the ballot and Jon Coupal is president of 5 Acres - Beautiful Views orchard ................... $ 239,000 approved Proposition 13, anthe Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Large decks w/ views + Privacy Electric, Wynola Estates • Association -- California s largest answer to escalating property • • well, septic.Live-in while building dream Julian Estates Property 2.5 Acres - Large Oaks with water meter, ...... , .... grass-roots taxpayer orgamzatlon zaxes were ii(era,y forcing . dedicated to the protection of home. 402 sq. ft, 1 br, 1 ba. tiny home w/ 6.14 acres with septic layout and large approved grad ng plan,, a,pproved s..ep[i..c layout, House plans incluc]ecl ~ l~,uuu mahy from their homes• Proposition 13 and the advancement referendum" Support fOrin our countrythe legislatiVegoesof taxpayers' rights. lIWasher- dryer hookups, trees in exclusle$ 091000gated community, , • ' "", I 's' W _ --EingCrossword -- I •/-1 Answers e ,a L=lllImJ - I Ill| -11 r....& 11 II Solution time: 21 mins. bVsama~ la ½pavpr ~,~.~ I/ IIlVI I N S I I~ i~ i l~ N V S ...... 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If YOu're afraid of going insane, you're lyssophobic; if it's disease that frightens you, you're nosophobic; cremnophobia is a fear or precipices. There's even a word to describe the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth: arachibutyrophobia. And finally, you may at this point be suffering from sesquipedalophobia -- the fear of long words. • Located in the Sierras at 8,000 feet above sea level, the town of Bodie was once the second-biggest city in California. These days, it's deserted for most of the year, but every summer more than 200,000 people travel to the upper altitudes just to see the slowly decaying town, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the ghosts that reputedly inhabit every crumbling building that remains. • Alcoholic beverages are pretty widespread across cultures. There's even a recipe for Eskimo wine: "Put a seagull in a bottle. Fill with water• Let it ferment in the sun." 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