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May 26, 2010 California Commentary Welcome to the Real World by Jan Coupal In the real California, taxpayers and homeowners are struggling to survive. Unemployment is 12.6% and those lucky enough to have jobs are having their hours and benefits cut. Credible threats of foreclosure hang over the heads of millions of homeowners and even a slight bump in their personal financial situations could result in them living on the streets. In the real California, small businesses are faring just as poorly. Thousands of shuttered shops fill strip malls and main streets throughout the state. While some indicators suggest that the residential real estate market has bottomed out, the same cannot be said for commercial property. A tidal wave of foreclosures looms on the horizon. But in fantasy California, nothing is wrong. Employment is secure, budgets are at or close to historic highs and an air of entitlement continues to be the norm. New programs continue to be enacted without concern about future costs. Sure, in fantasy land, some have had to take one day a week off but that has allowed and extra day of skiing at Lake Tahoe. And, of course, health care benefits and pensions continue to be the highest in the nation. All is glorious in fantasy California - also known as government. Well, after decades of warnings from those in the private sector, those in fantasy land are about to get a rude awakening. Governor Schwarzenegger&apos;s new budget revision, also known as the "May revise," is chock full of harsh realities. Starting with a $19 billion budget shortfall (larger than the entire budgets of several states) and ending with wholesale termination of social welfare programs including CalWorks, it is readily apparent that those in charge of state government are quickly running out of gimmicks to paper over the problem. Another harsh reality for the tax-and-spend lobby is that, unlike last year when a budget deal forced a massive new tax increase on Californians, that option is not available this year. Part of that deal was to put an extension of the $12 billion tax increase to the voters to see if they would accept another $16 billion in higher taxes in exchange for a weak spending limitation measure. Despite being backed by the collective political elite from both parties, voters rejected the tax increase last May by a 2-1 margin. What all this means is that, for the first time, those who want bigger government and more perks for public employees are faced with the harsh reality that we have limited resources and that - gasp - we are actually going to have to prioritize spending. In otherwords, those in government, and those employed by government, are going to get a taste of what it is like in the real world. Perhaps not completely, as the generous pension benefits they receive are entitled to some measure of protection and most government programs will continue to receive sufficient funding to remain operational. But the rest of society is fed up with the entitlement mentality of those in government and will demand more efficient use of our tax dollars. How this plays out will be interesting. For the tax and spend lobby, there will be a huge competition between public employee unions and those advocating for preserving social programs for California's most vulnerable. Given who provides the most amount of campaign contributions to the legislators in control, it would be foolish to bet against the unions. But if nothing else, this competition for tax dollars will help expose the true nature of public employee unions as just another special interest, not an altruistic force for social justice. Jan Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association - Cafifomia's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. Kaaren Terr)' .lanet Gastil Ltrre St. Andre cell 619-417-0481 cell 760-445-1829 cell 619- 922-9687 Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. -- Albert Einstein R.ED. by Mike Marland r!'-ouND- c Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 4 8 3 5 1 5 6 9 6 2 1 4 7 2 8 8 5 ' 4 6 7 5 2 5 9 1 3 1 5 6 2 3 7 9 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. County Ads Self-Serve. Kiosk To Help Speed Up Land Use Process Technology Will Shorten Lines for All Customers The Building Division of the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) has introduced another new service to make it easier for customers visiting our land use offices: a computerized self-serve kiosk that will automatically direct many customers to the correct counter. Until now, all land use customers have started out at DPLU's manned central information booth, where staff members determine which counters customers need to visit, and in what order. The central booth serves an important function because many customers have complicated business that can entail visiting several counters in varying orders. However, regular customers who understand the land-use process, and inexperienced customers who have simple business, can get stuck waiting in line while staff members help people with complicated business. The self-serve kiosk will help avoid that problem and speed up the process for all customers. With the click of a few buttons, the machine will direct experienced customers and those with simple business to the right counter, automatically "queue" them up for service and print them out a service ticket. As a result, those customers won't have to wait to find out where they need to go, and customers with more complicated business will enjoy shorter lines at the central booth. The self serve kiosk is the latest improvement that DPLU has introduced to make the land use process easier for customers. Last year, the Building Division improved its permit process by cutting the number of lines customers needed to wait in, speeding up the process by allowing applications to be reviewed sooner, and offering pre-application meetings to identify project issues early. The department also introduced online tools to help customers conduct business without having to come to County offices, including links to: research property and building permit histories, check developer deposit accounts, estimate building permit and plan-check fees, and file some building permit applications. Those tools and more can be found under "Online Services" at www. sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu. Find the good--and praise it. -- Alex Haley The Julian News 13 MOISteN HOMES, CABINS, LAND. RENTALS, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. 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 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 washerdryer, As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Julian Residents Demand Writer Take Vacation After reading in the Julian News about what's really going on in the town of Julian, the State of California and the rest of the world, Julian residents have demanded that a certain writer take a break. One person said, "1 mean I watch the TV news and I read in the San Diego Union about how grotesque and messed up everything is. Do I have to understand why too? Give me a break." On Hiatus - For those of you who are unaware, Eric Stamets is the owner of the Warm Hearth on Main Street. For the last four years he has been comminuting up an down the hill to various medical facilities fighting cancer. He had prepared a number of columns in advance so they could run without interruption. He is again undergoing a series of aggressive therapies and has asked if he can take a break until his strength returns. We are keeping Eric(and Linda) in our prayers as he continues to put up a battle for his life. ACROSS  m 4 5 -- continued from page 1 1 Yuletide drink 9 middle schools, two are high 4 Sch. org.   schools, and two are K-12 school 7 Tittle districts. One of the winners is 8 Stumbles 14 a career center, another first in 10 Fess uP11 Devours l --i 2  the 12-year history of the NSOC 13 "Here today, program. Most National Winners gone are located in suburban settings, tomorrow" l although three are urban and celeb   I three are located in a rural area. 16 Turneror 128  353o A number of the NSOC have Koppel student populations that may 17 Overact be decribed as low-income; 5 18 Expert have one-third or more of their choice students eligible for free-and 20 Obtains reduced-price lunch. 21 Spectrum The 2010 NSOC represent 11 creator 4o states. Three states have two or 23 Sprite more National Winners: Missouri $ 710,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 car, 2460 sq.ff. 2 story, 4.32 acres, Large barn and corrals. reactions 26 Gives temporarily 28 Oktoberfest souvenir 29 Redhead's secret? 30 Use 31 They're often connected 32 Pigpen 34 "Holy cow!" 35 Eastern potentate $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, (3), Florida (2), and Pennsylvania (2). In 2010, 29 states participated in the State Schools of Character awards program, a preliminary step in reaching the national competition. All 15 National Winners were from one of these 29 states and named State Schools of Character in their states. 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