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May 20, 2015 The Julian News 13 California Is NOt Disneyland by Jon Coupal At the Howard Jarvis competitors are the government Taxpayers Association (HJTA), employee unions. Because of 20 nU00VI0000--00Nue000000&apos;r00Ur0000--IV00N000000IVI0000NI'W0000IIUIN00INI00 11ll119MainStFeetwww-julian-realestate-cm 76(]'-7600-q we have seen Proposition 13 their ability to turn out members to blamed for just about everything, vote for the union label and their A national publication blamed the ability to use mandatory union dues for any political purpose, tax limiting measure for the not guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, while a high school physical education coach wrote in a community paper that the loss of shots by his track and field team was due to the lack of money to cut the grass, and this, of course, was due to Proposition 13. Now we're seeing attacks on HJTA sponsored Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, which makes the taxing process more democratic by allowing voters to decide on local tax increases and to assure property owners that they would have a meaningful say on new assessments, fees and charges. One such attack was a recent opinion piece, calling for the repeal of Proposition 218, because it robs voters of their "democratic power." This critic argued that, because Proposition 218 guarantees the voters' right to approve or reject new taxes, it prevents politicians from matching revenue to their spending, "...local officials can give big pensions to cops, but don't have the power to raise taxes to pay for those pensions." But this begs the obvious question: if officials are going to provide benefits to government employees that are unsustainable, wouldn't it make more sense to limit spending rather than having an open season on taxpayers who are already among the most taxed in all 50 states? Pundits who call for the repeal of Prop 218 are nafve. They see the state of our political environment as if it were from a sanitized civics textbook or perhaps like Disneyland, a well ordered theme park where fantasies can be made to come true. : .']-he Magic Kingdom may seem genteel, filled with reasonable and well behaved people, when viewed from a tower in the Sleeping Beauty Castle, but outside the park in Realville, a battle is raging between those who work hard to support themselves and their families and those who believe politics is an extension of a grand spoils system where taxes are the preferred weapon to extract ever more money from those who earn it. California politics is a bare knuckles contest where, by far, the largest and most powerful they are able to elect a majority to the Legislature, a majority that owes them allegiance. At the local level, they are just as influential, controlling a majority of votes on many city councils. And the unions do not adhere to Marquis of Queensbury rules. In San Diego they sent out goon squads to intimidate signature gatherers for a reasonable ballot measure to reform pensions. And in Costa Mesa, they went so far as to hire private detectives to follow city council members, who refused to roll over under union pressure, in an effort to find incriminating information about them. The result of this union power is evidenced by the recent bankruptcies of cities like Stockton and San Bernardino, where union-beholden council members voted increases in pay and benefits that were unsustainable. Ironically, had officials been able to raise taxes without going to voters as required by Propositions 13 and 218, the communities would be worse off because California taxpayers and businesses have learned that they can vote with their feet by fleeing to more tax friendly communities or states. Jurisdictions which lose their tax payers and are left with nothing but tax receivers don't do very well. In the real world of California politics, Propositions 13 and 218 are important checks against a corrupt political establishment that is beholden to special interests. So let's not pretend that this is Fantasyland. The only thing that California politics has in common with Disneyland is that most of the laws enacted that hurt taxpayers are downright goofy. 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The crested bellbird, (]iv a which can be found in the wetlands of Australia and Venezuela, lll throws its voice in order to misdirect predators, s iN N Bibliophiles beware: Using a public library can carry hidden TIv risks, as a 20-year-old woman in Wisconsin discovered when she o: 1 81El 3 King (:]:ossword i m 8 4 2 6 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! 2015 King Features Synd., Inc. 1 - 3 14 12 15 lll00 21 22 23 25 3T I 33 34 24 44 IIIV ii 9 10 tl 27 128 29 32 45 146 47 38 39 40 42 48 checked out "White Oleander" and "Angels and Demons." Heidi Dalibor never returned the books, and she didn't respond to letters or phone calls requesting that she return the books and pay the overdue fine. Eventually, Dalibor was arrested by local police, who handcuffed and fingerprinted her, and she wasn't released until her bail was paid. We've all heard the childhood tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, then 'fessing up because he could not tell a lie. Most history books don't mention other aspects of his childhood, though; for instance, did you know that our first president, when he was 10 years old, was a champion wrestler and long jumper? -- King Crossword -- Answers Solution time: 21 mins. 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This popular pastime was known as "monster spotting." Those who study such things say that the smallest vertebrate in the world is a type of carp: The Paedocypris progenetica grows to be less than half an inch long. Thought for the Day: "A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted." -- Helen Rowland 2. I.inois i i  3. C rado 4. Missouri 5. Nebras 6. South C 7. Pennsylvania 8. Iowa 9. South Dakota 10. Kansas Source: State Farm 2015 King Features Syndicate, Inc. 2015 King Features Syndicate, Inc.