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May 12, 2010 California Commentary Government Workers Ride Into A Golden Sunset On The Backs Of Taxpayers by Jon Coupal For those who work in the private sector, the dream of enjoying a comfortable retirement has become just that -- a dream. The impact of the recession continues to be brutal, especially on older workers. "More than seven-in-ten (72 percent) workers over the age of 60 who said they are putting off their retirement are doing so because they can't afford to retire," according to a recent survey by CareerBuilder. In California, with unemployment and under employment totaling over 21 percent - only Michigan with its decaying auto industry is worse off - older people being forced to work longer may regard themselves as lucky just to have a job. This is not a concern for those who enjoy the job security of working for California government. The highest paid public workers in all 50 states -- some of whom are able to retire as many 15 years earlier than the private sector average with pensions nearing full time-pay -- continue to be shielded from the impact of our dismal economy by their sponsors in the state Legislature. Even though the cost to taxpayers for public employee retirement benefits has increased by 2000 percent from $150 million per year to over $3 billion over the last ten years, most in Sacramento remain with their heads firmly planted in the sand. And if a $3 billion dollar shortfall does not seem like so much today, the future is revealed by a report released by Stanford University that shows California's public retirement plans are underfunded by $535 billion. That is an estimated liability of about $36,000 per household. Enter State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth with a modest legislative proposal designed to help protect taxpayers while continuing to assure the Kauren Ter O' Janet Gustil Curre St. Andre cell 619-417-0481 cell 760-445-1829 cell 619- 922-9687' retirement security of government workers. Hollingsworth's solution is to put the retirement system on a more actuarially sound basis, with changes to the benefits for newly hired workers. For new hires, and new hires only, his bill, SB 919, would require non-public safety public employees, who can currently retire at age 55 with full benefits, to work until age 65. It would extend the age for full retirement for public safety workers from 50 to 57, while removing milk inspectors and billboard inspectors from the public safety worker classification. And it would base retirement benefits on the average of the three highest years of pay, instead and the single highest year. Although Hollingsworth does nothing to interfere with the lavish guaranteed pensions for current government workers, expect the public employee unions to go "postal" and to lean heavily on client lawmakers who they helped elect, to kill any and all pension reform legislation. However, the union bosses would be wise to take this deal. They should beware the growing anger of those in the private sector forced to work harder and longer so that public employees can fully retire in comfort while still young enough to start a second career. The backlash is building and the result could be a much more draconian reform that would make the Hollingsworth plan look like a gift. After all, taxpayers are content to see government workers ride off into the sunset to a secure retirement, they just don't want to look up and find themselves carrying them there on their backs. 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. I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it. --Carl Yastrzemski R.ED. by Mike Marland AW, GZ. I ta-rt rr l, m wogT case o /i'LL uyE wuxrcvz laE:'S WNEN "TI4E FOL[ r-,,[151E.ING RIVALRh j Ill t.4AVIN, ONL DOUBLE IT!, OT, F_RS co,E }vtg,'Sl[ ' F.VER Eq. - _ 1 Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 8 1 4 1 3 6 4 3 5 8 9 9 2 6 6 1 8 3 9 7 7 2 4 2 9 9 3 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: * * * ,k Moderate -k-A- Challenging .-A-. HOO BOY! 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Letters continued from page 2 with a misdemeanor. The second time (and any subsequent times) it becomes a felony. The State of Arizona, absent competent border defense by DHL is taking it unto itself to protect its borders. Nothing more, nothing less. While there may have been an initial thrust o B&E our country to obtain the so-called "jobs that Americans won't do" This has evolved to immediately after the B&E obtain false social security numbers, false drivers' licenses in order to obtain food stamps, housing that they cannot afford, medical care, schooling in their language of birth and other hand- outs for which citizens have to ultimately pay the bill. The further evolution of this invasion is that criminals of all types, including the South American drug cartels and in proven cases Chinese as well as those from Islamic countries. In the latter case, virtually none are apprehended. One of the results has been the overcrowding of our prison system to the point that our State has seen fit to release other, citizen offenders. The Department of Homeland Security, whose responsibility should be foremost of that specific function, has, both under the Bush Administration and more blatantly under the current administration, comes up with something called biometrics which is touted to be the solution to our security. Yet, they refuse to control the borders of the States united in our Republic under the Constitution of our country to prevent the invasion from those who have no regard to our laws. It is currently physically impossible to obtain biometrics from the constant flow of illegal aliens of any type. Civil rights can and should be granted to legal citizens and to those who have our permission to visit our Country for various and stated purposes. Those illegals who have committed misdemeanors and felonies have the rights equal to the laws of their countries of origin. I suggest that Ms/Mrs King obtain a copy of the Mexican laws on illegal immigration. Those should be applied here as well. Lastly I challenge Ms/Mrs King that if someone should B&E her home/estate that she would provide that/those individuals with walk-around money, a job that she will not or cannot perform, provide for their education, medical care and of course the equivalent of food stamps. And she should consider conferring her family name on the person who illegally breaks into and enters her home/ estate. Samuel L. 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RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT o VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street www.julian-realestate.com 760-765-0111 $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 Whispering Pines - $245,000 Income Opportunily, 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. $710,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 car, 2460 sq,fl, 2 story, 4,32 acres, Large barn and corrals, As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Observation Tower To Be Built At Inspiration Point $159,000 Kentwood II - 2 bedroom, 1 bath 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual-glazed windows, FA/AC. 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 i car garage, 2200 sq. fl., 4.47 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. 4 5 6 13 16 2O 23 24 31 34 35 39 42 43 45 53 54 57 6O 7 Home of the Buccaneers 8 Regret 9 Shade pro vider 10 Tokyo's old name 12 Suburb of Phoenix 19 Conger, e.g. 21 Will Smith biopic 23 Carte intro 25 Winter forecast 26 Jab 27 Use a teaspoon 28 Traps 29 Related 30 Catherine 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Everyone in Julian knows that the desert lookout south of town on Hwy 79 is called "Inspiration Point" by nearly all, except for the people just passing through who see the sign designating it as "Vista Point". I wonder if David Lewis could give us a rundown on how it got the name "Inspiration Point" and when. The panorama from Inspiration Point takes in the Santa Rosa Mountains to the northeast, the Salton Sea with an elevation drop from here of over 4500 feet to below sea level to the east, the Chocolate Mountains beyond that and the lights of the Imperial Valley at night.. Finally the State of California has responded to complaints and has found funding that by law cannot be used to reduce the ridiculous deficit it has voted itself into, but can on be used for projects such as this. A problem has arisen because cars are getting much smaller and are closer to the ground. Much of the year ferocious winds buffet Inspiration 7 8 19-'-'---] t"'- Point and when these car owners - ---- drive out to Inspiration Point for 17 a fantastic view, they decide it is too miserable to get out of their car for a look. There are shrubs which border the parking _ 27 area and block the view from the -- -- comfort of their car and they can't -- see much. In response to their 36 complaints, the state is going to build an enclosed observation -- tower to enhance the "Inspiration __ Point experience". 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