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April 21, 2010 California Commentary For "Protected Class," Tax Day Is Like Christmas in April by Jon Coupal Government employees have been described as "America's Protected Class" for very good reason. For the most part, they are immune from the same competitive pressures that face those employed in the private sector. While the rest of us worry about hanging on to jobs, public employee union members complain when they don't get a hefty increase in salary and benefits every year. Their excessive pensions, as just reported by the Sacramento Bee, have put California in a state of functional bankruptcy. For this "protected class," Tax Day, April 15th, is the biggest holiday of the year. How important is it to them? Think of a five-year-old on Christmas morning surveying Santa Claus's largess. After all, the middle of April marks the deadline for most taxpayers to deliver their contribution to the truckloads of cash that Californians send to Sacramento every year. Although taxes are up, increasing the burden on nearly overwhelmed taxpayers, state revenue is down - yes, the two are directly connected - and services will have to be cut. Still, public employees soldier bravely on whistling a happy tune knowing they are the highest paid state workers in the nation. Recession? What recession? While private sector unemployment is at 12.5% -- and that does not count those who have given up looking - employment for government employees is at 100%. Thanks to their sponsors in the Legislature, state employees continue to be largely shielded from the consequences of the worst economy in 75 years. So how is it that while families are threatened with losing everything, employees in government continue to prosper? It is the power of the public employee unions who are responsible for electing the majority in the Legislature through their deep war chests and ability to turn out volunteers to elect their candidates. This is why, at both the state and local level, when the unions sit down to negotiate new contracts, they are faced on the other side of the bargaining table by representatives they are responsible for electing. Lest one believe that this is simply more unfounded union bashing, a recent study demonstrates a direct correlation between a state's debt level and its degree of public sector unionism. The Cato Institute, after collecting and analyzing the data, concludes that "the states with the highest per-capita debt also happen to be the states with the largest government union workforce." Obviously, public sector compensation, especially benefits, will be one of the most pressing challenges faced by our next governor. And irony of ironies, it one of the major candidates, Jerry Brown, who in his last incarnation as governor signed the law that empowered the public employee unions with the collective bargaining rights that have, over 30 plus years, made these unions the most powerful political entity in state. So, as taxpayers mail off their annual contribution to the welfare fund for public employees, they should be thinking about which gubernatorial candidate has the backbone to stand up to the government employee unions. By making the right choice, taxpayers may actually find themselves with something to celebrate for a change. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. Kaaren Terry Janet Gastil Carre St. Andre cell 619-417-0481 cell 760-445-1829 cell 619- 922-9687 Is Derailed Signing With SONY Sony records has been courting our own local band, Derailed. Inside sources tell us Sony's been throwing aroubnd huge dollar ammounts trying to lure the band into a contract, which, if signed the band would no longer able to post songs on UTube or iTunes or do the charity work they're so famous for, like the peoples of Antartica Concert. States bass player Ross "these guys don't get it, it's not about the money, sure we could sign and make gazillions of dollars, but our music would suffer, face it somne goon in a three piece suit knows squat about music. We like what we do and how we do it." Drummer Wayne (pumping his fist in the air) yells out "we're not selling out to the man" Calmly lead singer Lawren add "it's not going to happen" Lead guitarist Roy said smiling ""Sony can kiss my big white ... ", "Yea, what they said" laughs gutiarist Adam. The saga continues. Weekly SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 7 9 3 2 5 6 4 8 5 4 6 5 3 1 2 4 7 4 8 1 2 9 8 7 8 5 7 9 6 1 1 9 5 Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: * * Moderate ** Challenging **-k HOO BOY! 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. County's General Plan Update Takes Biggest Step Planning Commission Endorses Draft General Plan Documents - Sends It To Board Of Supervisors San Diego County's first complete upgrade in 30 years of its growth and development plans took its biggest step yet Friday when it was endorsed by the San Diego County Planning Commission. The General Plan Update will take its final step this fall when it is brought to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for Consideration. "This action represents a huge milestone for our General Plan Update," said Eric Gibson, director of the County's Department of Planning and Land Use. "Now we can work toward bringing this important plan to our Board of Supervisors this fall." General Plansguidecommunity development. Generally, they set the philosophy and policies that determine what gets built where --- how communities will accommodate growth while preserving character and protecting what the community values. The General Plan Update would improve the County's current General Plan by balancing growth with the need to limit traffic congestion, protect the environment and reduce the need to expand infrastructure and essential services. The Update would accomplish that in part by redistributing 20 percent of future growth to western unincorporated communities with established infrastructure such as such as roads, fire protection and sewer services. The draft General Plan Update was developed with broad public input from builders, business owners, environmentalists, farmers, industry professionals, homeowners, landowners and renters. The universal service fund (USF) helps phone companies buiM and maintain telephone infrastructure. Congress and the FCC have set their sights on bringing broadband to all Americans through the National Broadband Plan. Reducing USF could threaten the quality of communications in rural communities and result in skyrocketing telecommunication bills. The Julian News 13 HOMES. CABINS 0 LAND. RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street www.julian-realestate.com 760-765-0111 $710,000 - Julian Estates 3br, 2 1/2 ba, 2 car, 2460 sq,ft, 2 story, 4,32 acres, Large barn and corrals, i i.liiii!ii ii!,,i,!,?il)!iii:ili!:i,i! $259,000 Whispering Pines, 3br., 2ba., fenced 1/2 acre, wrap-around deck w/built-in play equipment, dual pane windows, FA/AC $299,990 - Cuyamaca Woods 2br, 2 ba, 2 car, 3,3 oak filled acres w/ views. Solar & generator, $499,900 Julian Estates - 3br, den, 2 ba, 2 car, 2200 sq. ft., 4.47 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. For Lease - Lake Cuyamaca with views $1,600 per mo, Furnished home, 2br, 2ba, garage, 2 decks with bonus room, 2 fireplaces, pellet stove plus FA/AC $179,000 Kentwood II- 2 br, 1 ba 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual- glazed windows, A/C. $50,000 Shelter Valley 2.73 acres, well, electric meter, fenced. For Lease - Lake Cuyamaca with views $1450 per mo, 3br, 2ba, Large Deck, Stainless appliances, wood burning stove, FA/AC As Heard On The Streets of Julian by Eric Stamets Casino Banner On Corner Of Washington and Main -- King Crossword - Answers Solution time: 25 mins. The fence that goes along the sidewalk at the old Standard station on Washington St. has been an ideal place for banners advertising ll local upcoming events for some time now. After the date of the event, n i O the banner comes down and when a new event warranting a banner HI J- is upcoming, a new banner goes up for a couple of weeks. Everyone v_. N drives by there at some time so it seems like a good way of getting the Of O word out without being buried among all the notices at the post office /I bulletin board. However, now in a prime location on the fence there is ,k! o NI:I what seems to be a permanent banner with no dates advertising the v i Santa Ysabel casino, almost a sidewalk level billboard, which I would guess doesn't meet the historical review standards for Julian. 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The subliminal message is "come and lose your money at the casino instead of spending it at businesses in Julian and getting something for your dollar." I'm sure the appropriate letters have been sent to the casino management for removal. I anticipate that the casino's response will be to remove it and |. offer to build a billboard like they 2. built on Hwy 79 in Santa Ysabel high enough to be outside of 3. C the Historical District. To make 4. it more palatable they would 5. B place their ad facing Main and Washington and on the back side 6, facing the telephone company 7. building put a notice similar to the 8. P1 one in Santa Ysabel for people 9. leaving the casino with no money to shop local and support their 10, B; local Julian businesses. 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