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July 28, 2010 The Julian News 13 California Commentary Welcome Back to Sacramento, Jackie Goldberg! by Jon Coupal In Sacramento, what's old is new again. It's like Jackie Goldberg, the bombastic Assembly member who termed out in 2006, never left. In July of 2003 eleven of the most radical members of the Assembly, known as the "progressive caucus," met to discuss the budget stalemate. In private conversation these lawmakers strategized on how a delay in passing the budget could help a government employee union sponsored initiative that would lower the two-thirds vote to pass both the budget and tax increases. Assemblyman Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) stated his desire to "precipitate a crisis," that might persuade voters to lower the two-thirds vote threshold needed to pass a spending plan. Ultra-liberal Jackie Goldberg (D-Los Angeles) suggested that the Democrats should force a crisis sooner rather than later. "It seems to me if there's going to be a crisis, the crisis should be this year," she said. We know about this secret 2003 budget strategy of the most liberal Democrats in the Legislature because the microphone in their caucus room was left on and their machinations were broadcast throughout the Capitol. Exactly seven years later, with Goldberg long gone from the Legislature, Speaker John Perez is carrying on in her spirit. We know this because his confidential memo to Democrats ordering them not to negotiate on the budget has become public. Is there any question that Perez. is taking a page from Goldberg's playbook by using a self-created crisis to help promote a ballot measure that would make it easier for the Legislature to spend money? Is it just coincidence that Perez is trying to covertly obstruct passage of which would allow a budget to be passed, along with any taxes contained in an appropriations bill, with a simple majority? Proposition 25, backed by former Senate leader John Burton, would give the tax- and-spend gang in the state legislature carte blanch to carry on taxing and spending as usual, only more so. It would eliminate the two-thirds vote to pass a budget, that has been in effect since 1933, and make it easier to circumvent Proposition 13's requirement of a two-thirds vote to increase state taxes~ So the budget impasse in Sacramento is much more than just an honest disagreement on priorities. It looks like Perez' desire to manipulate voters into approving an ill conceived ballot measure this November is a major component of his obstructionist behavior. Jackie would be proud. Taxpayers hope this year there will be a second parallel with Jackie Goldberg's scheming to precipitate a crisis to gain passage of an anti-taxpayer measure. Her favored measure, Proposition 56, the pathologically misnamed "Budget Accountability Act," went down in flames when voters realized that it was a self-serving effort by lawmakers and their public employee union allies to institutionalize irresponsible spending and taxation. Voters have proven their wisdom on these measures when they have the facts. Sorry Speaker Perez, but when they learn the truth about Proposition 25, being promoted with the innocent sounding title of "The On-time Budget Act," voters reaction is likely to be just as negative. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- Cafifornia's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets The previously published articles in this column have had not all, but the most important gossip heard in Julian. They were printed in the Julian News and then read and thrown away or used for starting wood stove fires. There are relatively few fish heads wrapped in Julian, but the articles have seen the bottom of a few bird cages and been used to housebreak more than one puppy. We are especially indebted to the bank and post office waiting lines as a prime place for overhearing information, but some articles would have been more complete and accurate if the lines were a little bit longer. We would also be profusely thanking Lew LaDou, but drinking only water, milk and apple cider, we hardly ever go to Lew's and therefore miss out on much of the information available there. Lastly many thanks to Eric Stamets for agreeing to be the front man for this endeavor so that we didn't have to reveal our true identity. Julian CERT / Teen Cert Sunday, August 1 thru Thursday, August 5 at Jeremy's on the Hill you have an opportunity to support Julian's CEnT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Teen CERT. What a great way to support this important local group and have a great time dining at Jeremy's on the Hill. The Santa Ysabel Casino will have their wheel of fortune and will be donating free play coupons and Jeremy's has live music on the patio every Monday and Thursday night at 6:00pm. 25% of all profits will go straight to our local CERT. For reservations, please call a state budget when voters are Proposition 13andthe advancement Jeremy's on the Hill at 760-765- scheduled this November to of taxpayers'rights. 1587 decide the fate of Proposition 25, R.F.D. by Mike Marland I 14E'B GONNA ~ ~=:==~ICOOKT~E l~ AwA~ Fl~OfVl GF~ITIN'Mt~ SOLO _ ~ [ ILA'TE. ~~[CIJdCKEN,), CE~:PfIFICAT~ON ON ~J f FOO. FOR m THOtJ gHT smoot ios from f'real provide a full serving of all natural fruit and are a source of vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, zinc and iron plus fiber. * * * For more information, visit www. freal.com or call (877) 367-7325. Do not ask yourself what the world needs," ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -- Harold Whitman by Linda Thistle 7 8 4 7 3 1 7 7 3 4 6 8 9 .8 4 7 1 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] 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. South Africa is the second largest exporter of citrus in the world and exports only the "best of the best" citrus to the U.S., guaranteeing delicious, nutritious and easy-to- peel fruit. For recipes, facts and tips, visit www.summercitrus.com or find South African Summer Citrus on Facebook. 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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 $669,000 Truly custom in Julian Estates, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, den, 2 car garage on 6.89 acres. 2 master suites, one handicap accessible. Mature forest plus orchard. Horse properly. $710,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 t/2 bath, 2 car, 2460 sq,fl, 2 story, 4,32 acres, Large barn and corrals. Whispering Pines - $229,000 $469,900 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft., 4.42 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. Strange But True by Samantha Weaver It was famed 20th-century Canadian-American economist John Kenneth Galbraith who made the following sage observation: "It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought." In Switzerland, it's considered to be bad luck to tell anyone your baby's name before he or she is born. It's been estimated that, around the world, 16 million tons of rain fall every second. Do you ever yawn just because you saw someone else do it? It seems that humans are the only animals so affected. If you've spent a great deal of time in the Scottish highlands, you might be familiar with the term "sgiomlaireachd." Evidently, the habit of dropping in at mealtimes is common enough there to require a word to describe it. Statisticians claim that the more money a man makes, the more likely he is to cheat on his spouse. Mascara was invented by a chemist named T.L. 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Deaf people who suffer from Tourette's syndrome swear in sign language. Those who study such things say that automatic teller machines are three times more likely to be robbed between 6 and 9 p.m. than at any other time of day. Thought for the Day: "If you're not scared or angry at the thought of a. human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work." -- John Alejandro King (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. -- William James -- ~ Crossword - Answers Solution time: 27 rains. Weekly SUDOKU , Answer S 9 L 6 L 8 L 6 8 It9 L L 8 6 Z 9 8 g Z L g 9 6 6 L 9 L 8 g S 6 L 8 9 g L 9 L 6 g g L 8 8 L 9 L 6 g t'8 L 6 9 Z Best l. Porsche 2. Acura 3. Mercedes-Benz 4. Lexus 7. Hyundai @ 2010 by King FeatuCes Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved.