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September 1, 2010 California (000mmentary The Spawn of Enron Giving Millions to Save AB 32 by Jon Coupal This is a warning to all local government officials throughout the state of California: Do not ask for whom the Bell tolls, it tolls for thee. The scandal surrounding Bell -- a mostly low-income community of 40,000 in Los Angeles County -- where the city manager was taking down an eye-popping salary of almost $800,000 a year and city council members were paid $100,000 annually for part time work that consisted primarily of one meeting per week, has outraged taxpayers, not only in California, but across the nation and throughout the world. Almost daily there are new revelations of self-enrichment and misconduct by Bell officials. Turns out, additional pay and benefits for the now-forced- out $800,000 city manager brought the value of his annual compensation package to $1.6 million and, now that he is retired, he may draw nearly $30 million in pension benefits. Besides the astoundingly lavish pay, the city was providing nearly a million dollars in loans to top officials. To get approval for these self- serving schemes it appears that city officials may have committed election fraud. To pay for all this booty, the city imposed an accelerated program of parking enforcement -- including impounding vehicles - as well as levied an illegal property tax. What may be the most distressing is that city leaders were able to hide their compensation from public scrutiny for a number of years -- even a recently appointed council member who was being paid one tenth of what his insider colleagues were receiving was unaware of the criminal behavior going on at city hall. Bell residents found out how badly they were being cheated only after a whistle-blower alerted the LOs Angeles Times and reporters began an investigation. It would be reassuring to know that the actions of Bell officials are the exception and not the rule. But, regrettably, that is not the case. A number of Bell's neighboring cities have witnessed prosecutions for corruption over the last decade. For example, the City of Maywood is now under investigation and, further up the coast in Ventura County, the FBI has just raided the Oxnard City Hall. This level of public pillaging has been going on for decades. For example, the County of Los Angeles itself engaged in massive pension spiking more than ten years ago when upper management wrongly started adding all kinds of perks to "retirement eligible compensation," a favorite method of officials to give themselves far more than that to which they would otherwise be entitled. In reality, the only difference between Bell and what is going on in dozens of other California cities is not the level of corruption, but the extent of the greed. While many local officials continue to serve honestly and in good faith, all must recognize the heat is on. Bell is a game changer, and taxpayers are not going to relent until there is complete transparency regarding the compensation for both the politicians and the government employees. And the transparency must include not just pay, but all benefits including pensions. Stonewalling will not be tolerated. Three times in the last 18 months, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association attorneys have prevailed in court over jurisdictions that refused to release information regarding retired government workers who are taking in more than$100,000 annually in taxpayer-guaranteed pensions. The latest HJTA success occurred in Orange County and, as a result, residents now know that among those receiving six-figure pensions are former sheriff Mike Carona, convicted of witness tampering, and former treasurer Robert Citron, convicted of skimming $89 million while leading the county into bankruptcy. They also know, thanks to an analysis by the Orange County Register of the newly released pension information, that four percent of retirees, are receiving 13 percent of the pension payouts. HJTA is filing another lawsuit this week against a large California city which has likewise Kaaren Terry Janet Gastil Carre St. Andre Sheo'fl Stricklaml cell 619-417-0481 cell 760-445-1829 cell 619-922-9687 cell 760-604-2226 R.ED. by Mike Marland Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 5 1 9 5 6 4 7 2 6 3 8 7 7 6 8 4 2 5 4 8 6 1 3 7 4 9 2 3 9 1 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 *** HOd BOY! 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. fought tooth and nail to keep its citizens in the dark. This major coastal city will assuredly lose its case like all tlhe others. Additionally, to guarantee that all government employee compensation information is always readily available to taxpayers, HJTA will pursue legislation requiring that this information be made available on-line. Those who believe they should be able to hide their pay, benefits and pensions from their employers, the taxpayers, can go to Bell. Jan 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. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Mayor Sanders Proposes Telethon For City Of San Diego San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders recently noticed the outpouring of financial assistance for the devastated country of Haiti through a telethon. Not wanting to diminish in any way the severity of destruction and the human suffering going on in Haiti, he is proposing a telethon for the City of San Diego before it becomes the financial equivalent of a Haiti disaster. Together with the current economic decline and the fact that someone promised liberal pensions to retiring city employees with money they didn't have, the city is on a very short timeline before it gets sucked into a financial black hole, much to the ruin of the citizens of San Diego and the retired ciity employees alike. With the telethon demonstrating how fast you can raise over $50 million, he figures why not give it a try. He has to work fast, though, He needs to get his idea off the ,ground before Gov. Schwarzenegger hears about it and decides to have a telethon for the financial disaster in the State of California. The governor would be at a distinct advantage with bigger star drawing power than the mayor. The Black Ball Line in New York advertised in 1818 that it was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to England. It also publicized the idea that it was concerned with the comfort of its passengers. King ACROSS T-- -- 1 Antelope's  __ playmate  2 5 Stinging T---- insect 9 Police officer 12 Leer at 13 Caketopper :2 22 23 14 Sapporo 2"-5---- sash 15 Group with a 30 job   17 Swab the 33 'decks 3- 18 Picnic Invaders 38 39 19 Hamstrings 4-2----- 21 Doesn't have 24 Staffer 4-8-- 25 Lotion additive 51 26 Non-noble   30 Doctrine 51 Angeles 31 Lions' prides preceder 32 Spy novel 52 Eye part org, 53 Lairs 33 Subway patron DOWN 35 Actress 1 "What's up, Gilpin -?" 36 Lhasa - 2 Id counter 37 Burdened part 38 Mold and 3 Shady tree mildew 4 Unoriginal 40 Yoked team movie? 42 Moreover 5 Skater 43 Town Katarina 48 Altar 6 Perform- affirmative ances 49 Neighbor- 7 Witness hood 50 A Great Lake The Julian News 13 HOMES. CABINS. LAND. RENTALS. 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Buckley Jr., a graduate of Yale University, once made the following controversial remark: 'Td rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University." The first auctions in recorded history were held in 450 B.C. in Babylon. Sadly, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the items up for sale were humans. The Goodyear company, known today for its automobile tires, was originally founded to produce rubber clothing and, oddly, musical instruments. Ellen Axson Wilson is reported to have exchanged approximately 1,400 love letters with her husband, President Woodrow Wilson, during their marriage. You might be surprised to learn that in 1952, the CIA conducted a study of UFO sightings, and concluded that the objects were a threat to national security. The report stated, "the reports of $694,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 2 car, 2460 sq.ff. 2 story, 4.32 acres, Large barn and corrals. $469,900 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq, fl,, 4,42 acres, Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling, Undeveloped Land $39,500 Harrison Park Lot .49 acres- ready to go! 9 10 11 14 17 w 28 29 32 45 46 47 -- ii 27 4O 10 Reed creation Instrument 34 Gasoline stat 11 Gladys 35 Gave a bad Knight's review to backup 37 Romanian 16 -- and outs money 20 Commotion 38 Go belly up 21 Secular 39 Destroy 22 As well 40 Portent 23 Shock 41 Opening troops day? 24 U.S. 44 Raw rock 26 Censor of 45 Anger old Rome 46 Sardine con- 27 Inseparable tainer 28 Green land 47 "Absolutely" 29 Reason for a tarp 8 Earlier bouts 31 Rodgers & 9 Began Hammerstein 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. [sightings] convince us that there is something going on that must have immediate attention." If you're family is like one-third of families across the country, you have a Scrabble game in your home. It's been reported that the world's oldest piece of chewing gum is more than 9,000 years old. After that long, though, I wonder how they could tell what its original use was. Experienced boot makers reportedly can get three pairs of the footwear out of a single ostrich hide. When Ruth and Fred Midler were naming their newborn daughter in 1945, the were inspired by classic film actress Bette Davis. But they changed the pronunciation. Thought for the Day: "1 thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him." -- Mark Twain (c) 2010 King Features Synd. Inc. Age - that period q[ liJb in which we compound /'or the vices that we still cherish by reviling those that we no longer have the enterprise to commit. - Ambrose Bierce Laziest Coun{ries' 1. USA 4. Turkey 6. Poland 7. 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