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May 5, 2010 California Commentary Give Local Government Budget A recent political cartoon showed an obese pig (representing unions) gorging itself on food. He is speaking to a skeleton, (representing taxpayers) and saying, "All you need to do is tighten your belt." That pretty much sums up the way things are in California. Public employee unions are riding roughshod over taxpayers who, from the perspective of the unions, are nothing more than birds to be plucked. In California, many political outcomes are determined in advance because the game is rigged. Because unions effectively negotiate their fat contracts with themselves (government) the process of collective bargaining has been turned on its head. As in Las Vegas, the house always ends up the winner. Bargaining with yourself works out well, right up until the point when the private sector can no longer afford these extravagant demands. Then yourgovernment benefactors become your enemies. Data gathered from the Franchise Tax Board and Board of Equalization shows that it takes 25 taxpayers making the average private sector salary of $55,000 to fund the average state employee who makes $90,000, including benefits. With 12.6% unemployment rate and $20 billion budget deficit, the unsustainability of this situation is self evident. A new front has been opened in the battle over excessive union influence and it is being fought locally. In 2008, the City of Vallejo filed for bankruptcy seeking to get out from under massive debt and pension obligations it could no longer afford. Rather than work with local governments to help municipalities maintain solvency, unions are attempting a brazen power play that-strips away municipality budgeting control and is the clearest example yet of unions utter failure to recognize the plight of taxpayers in our struggling economy. Union backed Assembly Bill 155 (Assemblyman Tony Mendoza) AB 155 says that Control by Jon Coupal a state agency, the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC) would have to first approve any municipal bankruptcy filing, despite having no expertise in bankruptcy law. The Commission could also mandate that labor contracts be kept whole as a condition of approving a filing. The result will be yet another unelected state government agency dictating fiscal policy to local government. AB 155 is a very big deal to the unions and they have pulled out all the stops to jam it through the Legislature. The bill was originally held and stopped in the Senate Local Government committee last year because the swing Democrat vote, Lois Wolk, refused to ignore the broader public interest. For this, she was removed from the committee by the union controlled Senate leader, Darrell Steinberg, and replaced by Mark DeSaulnier who authored the same bill last year. This switch guaranteed the passage of AB 155, and its likely transition to the Governor's desk. Of course, part of the blame for all this must also fall on local governments who willingly acquiesced in giving these inflated compensation packages despite repeated warnings from taxpayer groups for more than two decades. To be clear, municipal bankruptcies should be avoided because the long term fallout to communities can be severe. But local governments must be able to control their finances and access to all the tools necessary to restore their fiscal health. By eliminating an effective management tool, AB 155 will severely curtail the ability of cities, counties, and special districts to provide basic services to their residents. If the choice is between that and voiding a fiscally bankrupting union contract, we'll take the former every time. 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. R.ED. by Mike Marland by Linda Thistle 7 1 3 6 9 1 6 4 1 1 4 7 4 7 4 1 4 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 * ** HOO BOY! 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Bailey's Saturday continued from page 5 Steve were loosely acquainted through surfing and a mutual friend, they never performed together. Dennis too was drafted, and served a tour of duty in Viet Nam. After returning from the war, he began writing music and performing in local coffee houses with Gary Grissom, also a guitarist and songwriter from the OB neighborhood. Darrell Killingsworth grew up in Long Beach, California, and graduated from Richard Henry Dana High School. Darrell has played drums and percussion for numerous LA area bands over the years. He is also an accomplished guitarist. An incredible turn of events brought Darrell into Steve's world a mere two years ago. Darrell was welcomed to the extended Music Family that Steve, Dennis and other area musicians had been a part of for years. He was one of the missing puzzle pieces to what would later become the Pescaderos band. Tommy Sanchez walked out of "a dark backcountry night and into the Dodge Valley Oasis where the Pescadero Pickers were performing as the house trio. A local acquaintance approached Steve and asked if Tommy, his buddy, could set in on a harp number. Steve reluctantly agreed, and brought the stranger to the mike near the end of the evening. Tommy blew the roof off the place. We signed him to a lifetime contract. Tommy's hometown is Escondido, California. The Pescadero.s have been discribed alternately as OB's best boogie band and a rippin blues act that puts it down hard and with panache'. Come on over to Bailey's Saturday night and party with the home folk and a band from Ocean Beach. The music kicks off at 8 and as always the cover charge goes directly to the musicians (who thank you for your support). The Julian News 13 HOMES 0 CABINS LAND RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street www.julian-realestate.com 760-765-0111 $710,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 car, 2460 sq.ft. 2 story, 4.32 acres, Large barn and corrals. $259,000 Whispering Pines, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, fenced 1/2 acre, wrap-around deck with built-in play equipment, dual pane windows, FA/AC $159,000 Kentwood II- 2 bedroom, 1 bath 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual-glazed windows, FA/AC. $469,000 Julian Estates 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft., 4.47 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. Whispering Pines- $245,000 Income Opportunity, Live in top unit and help make your payments with downstairs rented, Upstairs: 2 bedroom, 1 bath, large open floor plan with loft, wall of windows looking into the forest and large deck, Wood burning stove, all appliances including washer/dryer, Downstairs: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen, large deck all appliances including washer/dryer. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Iceland Volcano ACROSS T'-- ~'- ~-- 1 Elevator man _..__ __ 5 Playground 12 game 1"~- -- -- 8 Uncertain 12 Rid of rind 1-8""---- --- 13 Inseparable 14 Exposed 15 Egress 24 25 26 16 Atmosphere ____ __ 17 32 18 20 22 23 24 27 32 33 34 35 38 39 40 42 45 49 5O Pedestal occupant Drop from the will Computer- to-phone links Nourished Nov. follower Musical phrase Pollution filter of a sort Greek H Vitamin stat Fish eggs MySpace rival Without acting Mess up Type measures Prophet whose donkey scolded him Awkwardly stiff Cowheaded goddess Lawyers' 35 39 42 43 49 53 56 On Mar 6, 2010, Iceland held a referendum on whether to pay guarantees made by their old government to U.K. and Dutch banks on a 3.8 billion Euro loan that went bad. 93% of the voters said, "Heck, No!, we're not bailing out any failed banks." Now the Europeans are trying to see if maybe they can at least get the second shoe to drop. The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland that disrupted airlines cost them and collateral businesses billions in lost business has left many countries and businesses reeling. This time the Europeans are not waiting for a few Icelanders to vote. In keeping with the airlines' policies, such as, if you use a Kleenex, you have to pay a fee, the European consensus is "It was Iceland's volcano that caused all the problems so it's their fault and this time they are going to pay." The airlines will be sending representatives, all who seem to be named Vinnie, to Iceland from house to house and believe me, the Icelanders will pay if they know what's good for them. All major credit Crossword org. 6 Blackbird 52 Nibble 7 Bacterium 53 Biography 8 In the same 54 Solidify place (Lat.) 55 Faris of 9 Jack, e.g. "Scary 10 Gift-tag word Movie" 11 Longings 56 Back 19 Lindbergh muscles, book briefly 21 Praise in 57 Squid squirt verse 58 Authentic 24 Ump 25 Call -- day DOWN 26 "Nip/Tuck" 1 Newspaper offering page 28 Commotion 2 Cab 29 One-sided 3 Camera part contest 4 Ignite 30 Fa-la 5 Bidirectional connector 9 10 11 _---...----- .---- 46 47 48 31 Crucial 36 Obliterates 37 Support provider 38 Weather map line 41 Criminal's procedure (Abbr.) 42 Check 43 One side of the Urals 44 Creche trio 46 Eat in style 47 Sicilian spouter 48 Actress Patricia 51 Stiller or Stein cards will be accepted. If they have any pillows or blankets in their home, they will have to pay extra. Also any planes landing or taking off in Iceland will pay a volcano surcharge. When it's all said and done the Icelanders will get back to the basics and not have fancy bank failures. If the volcano doesn't melt all the ice, they can still export the product they're best known for- ice. 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. SPOOKY SLEEP DISORDEtlS 1. Nightmare Disorde " 2. Sleepwalking 3. Night terrors 4. Sleepy hallucinations 5. Exploding head syndrome 6. Sleep paralysis 7. REM behavior disorder 8. Sleep-related eating disorder 9. Sexsomnia 10. Insomnia Source: American Sleep Association 2010 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. -- King Crossword - Answers Solution time: 25 mins. ,~,k ,k 'Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his. - Benjamin Franklin Library Hours Monday closed Tuesday 9:00 - 8 Wednesday 9:00 - 6 Thursday 9:00 - 6 Friday 9:00 5 Saturday 9:00 5 Weekly SUDOKU Answer LL6Sgg P 8gg6 ggzL 9 tr L g g L S 8 S g 8 g L 6 6 9 g L Z g 9 Iz6 9 9 g 8 L L 1850Highway78 z t g f] 6 S 9 , 765-0370 J) 9 I,Z g g 6 ,1 "1