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September 7, 2011 California Commentary Californians Should Say NO To Real Life Gordon Gekko by Jon Coupal It should come as no surprise that in last year's sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, "greed is good" Gordon Gekko came back as a green energy hedge fund manager. Real life green energy hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer recently published an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee urging the extension of billions of dollars in utility taxes to fund green energy programs. Steyer claims these taxes, which we all now pay but which harm low income citizens the most, will create thousands of new "green jobs." The tax in question is officially known as the "public goods charge," and was implemented 15 years ago as a supposedly temporary measure to fund subsidies for green energy programs. Today, because of this tax and many other costly green energy mandates and red tape, California's electricity costs are 50% higher than the national average. The politically connected Steyer and his hedge fund buddies are now pouring millions of dollars into lobbying efforts aimed at protecting green energy subsidies. What they don't like to say directly is that they have billions invested in green energy ventures that are only profitable to them if they can get politicians to give them massive handouts of taxpayer dollars. As for their claims that the corporate welfare they demand from you and.me will lead to a boom in green jobs, the New York Times reported last week, "federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show." Even worse, the costly energy that has resulted from the efforts of Steyer and company are a main factor pushing California's unemployment through the roof with our 12% jobless rate now the second highest in the nation. Affordable energy is crucial to economic growth. For example, manufacturing is an energy intensive industry that, in California, has been driven to the brink of extinction by out of control energy costs. Over the past 10 years, our state has lost 34% of its industrial base. And R.ED. these were good jobs with an average wage of $64,000 a year and which once offered a path to the middle class for the poor and disadvantaged. EDM Laboratories is one of many former California manufacturers now providing jobs in Texas. In an interview with the Orange County Register regarding EDM Laboratories' move, the owner cited electricity costs that had been $3,000 a month in California but were only $800 in Texas - and that's with a new building twice the size of the old one and running the air condition!ng full time. Besides killing quality blue collar jobs, the utility tax in question also disproportionately harms those who are already struggling to pay their bills and for whom every extra dollar they must spend is a hardship. As Steyer points out, the energy taxes he advocates might be good for venture capitalists, but regular citizens have not seen these taxes translate into lower unemployment rates for the many now looking for work and the nearly as many who have grown so discouraged that they've simply q uit trying. Steyer himself has a net worth of over $2 billion and, despite his professional public relations spin about a new green economy in California, his own Farallon Capital has chosen to make some of its biggest investments in solar manufacturing -- in China. That company makes solar panels there before selling to government institutions here who must buy them to comply with the mandates Steyer likes so much. Californians need jobs and this "temporary" utility tax needs to end to bring down our state's crippling energy costs. The "greed is good" hedge fund tycoons want us to think they're in business to save the world, but they're in the business of making money. That's rifle, but {axpayers aren't interested in giving them handouts. 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. by Mike Marland The Julian News 13 HOMES o CABINS 0 LAND RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT . VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street ii:~;~ ~i ~i~i!~i~ Panoramic View Home on 8.41 acres, 2 garages, 2,756 sq.ff. 6 bdrm/3 bath, remodeled. REDUCED 1"o $549,000 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft, 4.42 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. $399,000 2.53 level acreage of natural beauty with coy pond surrounds this 3Bd/1 1/2 bath home in Wynola Estates. 1813 sq.ft. REDUCED 1"o $375,000 www.julian-realestate.com 76o-765-o111 Rustic 2 Bd / 1 Bath Home in Kentwood II with separate guest cabin on naturally landscaped .28 acre lot. Close to Julian and easy access. 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Street, Julian Contest Chairman - Diana Garrett 760-765-3647 Committee members: Priscilla Webb, Audrey Turner, Barbara Mitchell, and Jan Mattias Time: Deliver entries between 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon, Judging Event Time: 1 PM, Award Winners Announced by phone Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle ACROSS 3~ 1 Loony 7 4 6 s Actress Sorvino ' 9 "That's a 15 laugh!" 9 5 2 12 Reed . p instrument 1 8 3 13 Black, in poetry 14 Hearty brew 3 7 15 Mouth organ 36 7 1 9 St;range BUTzTRUE It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: "The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it." About once a week, a frog will shed its skin. Then eat it. If you've watched many old Westerns, you've doubtless seen Native Americans scalping their enemies. You probably don't realize, though, that the brutal practice didn't originate with the Indians. 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Jackson was proud that he was known for obstinately sticking to his guns, so he started using the image of a donkey on his campaign materials, The Democrats have been using that symbol ever since. Thought for the Day: "Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts." -- Leo Rosten @ 2011 King Features Syndicate, Inc, WORST GOBS 1N ANER1CA l. Lumberjack 2. Dairy farmer 3. Taxi driver 4. Seaman 5. EMT 6. Roofer 7. Garbage collector 8. Welder 9. Roustabout Weekly SUDOKU Answer 9 6 8 L t~ S i~ I. t' g L 9 6 L 8 8 L /- ~ ~ 6 t' 9 L ~ 9 9 L 6 t' 6 t~ g L 9 8 ~ L L 9 6 t~ L 9 ;~ t' L 9 6 9 ~ L ~ g L L ~ 9 6 6 9 t~ ~ L L 9 King Crossword - Answers Solution time: 21 mins. i