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], The Only Weekly Newspaper Serving the Backcountry Communities of Julian, Cuyamaca, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley,  Mt. Laguna, Ranchita, Sunshine Summit, Warner Springs and Wynola. Volume 28 - Issue 35 Wednesday April 10, 2013 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Come Meet America's Ambassador of Possibility Awakening the possibility in every soul! "Success is creating b state of mind that allows you to achieve whatever it is you want." The Julian Branch Library is honored to be hosting Mark Victor Hansen as a special guest speaker at the branch on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00 AM. We hope that you will join us at the tibrary to hear a world-renowned author and entrepreneur speak on how he went from bankruptcy to an extremely successful businessperson and sought after inspirational speaker. In the area of human potential, no one is better respected than Mark Victor Hansen. For more than thirty years, Mark has focused solely on helping people from all walks of life reshape their personal vision of what is possible. His powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide. You may know Mark as "that Chicken Soup for the Soul guy." A cultural icon started in 1990, Mark and his business partner Jack Canfield created what TIME magazine called, "the publishing phenomenon of the decade." With more than 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold around the world and over 40 licensed products in the marketplace, it is one of the most successful publishing franchises in the world today. With his endearing charismatic style, Mark captures his audienCe's atiention as well as their hearts. With his one-of-a-kind technique and masterful story-telling ability, he is one of the most dynamic and compelling speakers of our time. Mark's credentials include a lifetime of entrepreneurial success and an extensive academic background. He is a prolific writer and has been on numerous best selling lists including New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, with books such as The One Minute Millionaire, Cracking the Millionaire Code, How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your life, The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, and Dare to Win, in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has made a profound influence through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. The Chicken Soup idea was just one of many that has propelled Mark into the worldwide spotlight as a sought-after keynote speaker, best-selling author and marketing maven. The author of many books such as The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, The Miracle of Tithing and others, Mark has an extensive library of audio and video programs in the areas of big thinking, sales performance, wealth building, marketing, publishing and personal and professional development. The first two books in Mark's millionaire series co-authored with Robert Allen are The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth and Cracking the Millionaire Code; Your Key to Enlightened Wealth. They are destined to inspire the creation of one million millionaires this decade. He has appeared on Oprah, CNN and.The Today Show. He has been quoted in Time, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, New York Times, and Entrepreneur and has had countless radio interviews, assuring our planet's people that "You can easily create the life you deserve." As a philanthropist and humanitarian, Mark works tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA, and many others. He is the recipient of numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an organization that honored Mark with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award for his extraordinary life achievements. In the year 2000, The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honored Mark with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. Each year, this association honors American leaders who personify the virtues and principles inherent in the success stories written by nineteenth century American author Horatio Alger, Jr. As an award winner, Mark's extraordinary life achievements stand as a powerful example that the free enterprise system still offers opportunity to all. In 2004, Mark was inducted into the Sales & Marketing Executive International's. Hall of Fame, receiving the Ambassador of Free Enterprise award. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Visionary Philanthropist for Youth Award by Covenant House of CA. continued on page 7 PRESORTED STANDARD Julian News - - U.S. POSTAGE PAID Change Service Requested  - - PERMIT NO. 30 j -- JULIAN, CA l,l,,i,llli,,,ill,i,,l'i1,,lll .... l,,lil00li,l,,00,li,llil,lli00llll Small Town Papers TF. 217 W Cola St Shelton WA 98584-2263 www.JulianNews.com A Tie Equals Independence F,re Board Splits 2/2 On Joining County by Michael Hart The stage was set at the Wome's Club last Thursday (April 4) for the showdown that the 50 plus in attendance had been waiting for. Would the board of directors of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District join forces with the County's Fire Authority or remain as we currently exist as an independent District reliant on volunteers. It was the only item on the agenda for this meeting and that meant that it was the only item the board (Alan Marvin, Janet Bragdon, Aida Tucker and Chairman Jack Shelver, Betty Gibson was not present) would discuss. Although the public made there feelings know in the "Public Comments" before the board began to address the issue. Steve Sheppad read aloud the following letter to the board: "TO: Board of Directors Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District As a member of this community who duly elected you to serve our best interests with regard to fire and life safety issues that affect our community I am forn3ally demanding the following: 1. A formal forensic audit be commissioned immediately to examine the financial activities of the district for the last four (4) years and that said audit be made available to the citizens of this community upon completion. 2. In the event that any resignations be submitted from current board members that they Chairman Shelver read the "Proposal to join the San Diego County Fire Authority" and asked fora motion, memberAlan Marvin "So moved" and the chairman opened discussion. At this point member Aida Tucker asked to read the following statement: , "1 want to make a statement before I place my vote. The past few months have been some of the most difficult in my several years on this board. This board was faced with trying financial times like I'm sure every single fire district in the country has been experiencing. In addition to ,*he tough economy, our district has had to deal with the major loss of property tax income from the fires. In recent years we have taken several financial hits to our budget including a lawsuit, a couple of worker's comp claims that have almost doubled our insurance rates, and the loss of a county management contract which offset some of our office and salary costs. These are all things that happen in the course of fire district business and are NOT a product of board decisions, just a bad run of luck for our district. When we ran on trying times, it was our duty and our responsibility as an elected board of representatives to look at EVERY VIABLE OPTION available to us. An option from the County Fire Authority has been on the table for many years since we started accepting the 60,000 dollar per year station budget and dispatch costs from be accepted with limitations as the.county. We didn't know what follows: .... , the details of that offer and I a. Board md'mbers shall b=lon't think the County did either the intention of moving us forward in a truly positive direction-on my committee that includes Johnny Hake, Eva Hatch a high school student, and Patricia Landis. We have a lot of work to do but I know we have some great people on board to support the department. With that statement, my decision today will be based solely on facts and information and what I feel is best for our great little town, not pressure from the nasty rumor mill." Member Bragdon said "1 concur with Aida, and thank you for those of you who understand the pressure we have been under." Then after asking for more discussion, and there being none. Chairman Shelver instructed the district secretary to call the role for a vote. Member Marvin - yes Member Bragdon - No Member Shelver - Yes Member Tucker - No With Member Gibson Absent A tie, before the crowd could react Chairman Shelver stated, that he had anticipated such an outcome and had checked with the district's legal council, and as he suspected, a tie vote on an action item means no action. rom this vote the CFPD would no longer be in discussion with the County Fire Authority. At which point the audience erupted in relief and applause. The chairman then made a statement to the audience that "It is time to disPose of the rancor and get on with business...We have a fire station to build. We have volunteers that need to be nurtured, assisted and aided. We have a lot of a lot of business to attend to and a lot of healing to do." The board will now move forward with the major issues that are facing the district, including building the new fire station and securing a new Chief, finding solutions to the budget shortfall and insuring that the district can remain independent. There is also the issue of the County's "Administrative" funding to the District which was promised to remain at current levels ($100,000 per year) for the next five years. Heating the rift that currently exists in the community may be the biggest issue facing the current board. There are those who do believe that joining the Fire Authority was the right thing to do, and though they were not as vocal or as organized they are still out there. There are also a number of people who seem to want to make this an "Us against Them" issue, that somehow the board is acting against the community, or. trying to destroy the volunteers. The vote is in, some board members may not have agreed with it, but they will continue to act in the best interest of the community. There is another one item meeting of the district board scheduled for April 22 at 9 am in the Women's Club, this time the budget will be on the agenda. With the projected shortfall and uncertainty over future revenue that should once again bring a full house to the meeting. If there is one thing that has been made very clear Fire Board meetings are not being ignored the way they had been for many years. That is not a bad thing, people paying attention. held personally liable for any malfeasance, improprieties, or illegal activities that may have occurred during their tenure. 3. Any persons who are or were employed by the district during the time of the audit who are deemed to be complicit in any activities as outlined above shall be held personally liable for those activities, 4. Any agreement that goes against the interests and desires of this community be declared null and void until a vote of the community is undertaken. The sorry state of affairs of this vital life safety component of our community must be corrected as soon as possible. Respectfully, Stephen R. Sheppard, Shareholder COPIES TO: Supervisor Dianne Jacob, The Julian News, Julian Volunteer Firefighters Assn." Lisa Elkins-Goodman accused the board of holding secret meeting with the County over the issue of joining the authority, which prompted board member Janet Bragdon to question her sources and a lively back and forth on the Brown act ensued before chairman Shelver stepped in and took control, reminding everyone that boards was only there to listen during this portion of the meeting. Ms. Elkins-Goodman also presented a letter expressing her intent to serve on the board when a vacancy became available. She asked about the vetting process, and was informed that the board vetted all candidates. After two more public statements the board moved to the item all were in attendance for. until we approached them. It has always been my goal to keep our district independent but due to the tough situation we were in, I tas willing and frankly required to look openly and honestly at any option. I want to say I TRULY appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from so many of our neighbors who recognize what a tough decision we have to make. As a 24 year resident of Julian, I am well aware of the vicious rumor mill that can start and how facts get distorted as people gossip. These rumors and gossip have sadly risen to the level of defamation of character and slander in my opinion. These personal attacks are unfitting of Julian, our small friendly town. I especially want to thank those people who recognize that this board is also a group of volunteers, unpaid and in the true spirit of community which is neighbor helping neighbor. We are doing the best that we can with the information we have had at every step of the way. I want to thank the people who realize that we aren't accountants or lawyers and we aren't baclroom dealing politicians with hidden agendas; but just Julian locals trying to do what's right. I want to thank my fellow board members especially Jack Shelver who has taken the,brunt of many of these nasty rumors and attacks for encouraging me to see this decision through and also for providing a valuable wealth of knowledge to this board. I want to thank Janet Bragdon for working diligently on the budget issues to ensure we have the option of remaining independent with our currer]t level of income. I want to thank the community members who joined the committees with Julian Eagles Athletics Spring Sports Baseball 04/11 3:30pro away @Vincent Memorial 04/16 3:30pro away @Mountain Empire 04/20 2:00 pm road Guajome Park Academy @ Petco Park Showcase 04/23 3:30pm away @Calipatria 04/24 3:30pm HOME San Diego Jewish Academy 04/29 3:30pm HOME Liberty Charter 04/30 3:30pm HOME Vincent Memorial 05/02 3:30pm HOME Mountain Empire 05/07 3:30pm HOME Borrego Springs 05/09 3:30pm HOME Calipatria Softball 04/11 3:30 pm away @Vincent Memorial 04/16 4:00 pm away @Mountain Empire 4/16 04/18 3:30 pm HOME Borrego Springs 04/23 3:30pro away @Calipatria 04/25 3:30pm away @Warner 04/30 3:30pro HOME Vincent Memorial 05/02 3:30 pm HOME Mountain Empire 05/07 3:30pm away @Borrego Springs 05/09 3:30pro HOME Calipatria Track & Field Friday, April 12, 2013 Redhawk Small Schools Invitational @Mountain Empire HS Field Events Start: 3:00 Track Events Start: 3:30 Friday, April 19, 2013 Citrus League Meet #2 - Vista HS Field Events Start: 3:30 Track Events Start: 4:00 Friday, April 26, 2013 Escondido Invitational- Escondido HS Field Events Start: 3:15 Track Events Start: 4:15 Golf Tuesday Apr. 16 @ League Tri-Match #5 Thursday Apr. 18 League Tri-Match #6 Tuesday Apr. 23 @ League Tri-Match #7 League Tri-Match #7 TBA Thursday Apr. 25 @ League Tri-Match #8 League Tri-Match #8 TBA Tuesday Apr. 30 * @ League Tri-Match #9 League Tri-Match #9 TBA Thursday May. 02 * League Finals a's DI PERC ,CIIF JIIU [IIA.N %AlkT|ilJl00DAli, Y AIkDI00I[ 11] = ,I00!=7I Y,OIUil00 ]II,I00I00IRIS