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September 10, 2003 The Julian News 5 JOYS OF COUNTRY LIVING by Vee Lumpkins, Senior Contributing Writer 1. Another hot summer month has come and gone, but August 2003 did bring us some wonderful rains. The first week was lovely as there was still moisture around the trees after the rains of the last two days of July. Days were a bit cooler. The second week it turned hot and stayed hot until the end of the month. On the 15th of the month, we received a bit of rain, just .05" in my gauge. On the 19th, we received a total of 1.50" as of 5 p.m. with lots of thunder and lightning. The next day, the 20th, more rain, thunder, and lightning with a total of 1.25" when the storm ended. On Tuesday, the 26th another afternoon shower; and we received 1.15" as of 4 p.m. The next day a little more with .05" registered in my gauge. This totals four inches of rain for the month of August. These rains were very welcome, especially due to the fact that earlier in the month several arson fires were started. We were able to breathe a bit easier with all the rains. 2. We had many days of lovely cloud formations and lots of threatening clouds that showed promise of good rains. On the 27th, there were beautiful, mountain-high peaks of white clouds at sunset. At dusk when it was beginning to get dark, the setting sun was still shining on the peak of the mountainous white cloud with a rosy hue. Itwas a lovely scene. 3. Sometimes I awaken before dawn and watch the sky from my bedroom window that faces east. On the morning of the 25th, there was a golden sliver of the moon in the east where the sun rises. As it grew lighter and lighter, the moon still wanted to be seen. It was almost at sunrise when it finally faded out of view. It's interesting to watch the various phases of the moon. 4. We had the loveliest, huge sunflower bush blooming in the planter at the Town Hall. It grew and grew so tall and had so many blossoms. A couple of days ago, it just vanished. We don't know if someone dug it up or if it toppled over. It was really a thing of beauty to see each day. 5. Itwas a good thing I was driving slow , . , . beyond a curve on Manzanita on my way home when seven turkeys were leisurely crossing the street single file and not in any hurry. We need boulevard stops along this road for the turkeys. The very next day, a mama turkey had three tiny babies following her as she crossed the street. I think she was teaching them how to cross busy streets. They followed herup a hill. Things have been pretty busy at the Town Hall. The crafters had a two- week show the last two weeks of the month with lots of lovely things on display. The seniors used the kitchen for our senior lunch pro- gram. August has been our cricket month. Every night they give us an all-night concert, and they wind up their concert at dawn when it gets light. One morning when I was outdoors after 7 a.m., there was one lone cricket still singing. I enjoyed the solo. Kids are back to school already which signals the end of summer vacations. It seems most schools have opened early this year all over. The pears on my pear tree were all beginning to ripen. I did enjoy some of them. One day at the middle of the month, the tree was stripped -- bare -- not one pear or any trace left. The birds were enjoying them, but I think some animal took most of them, maybe a raccoon. However, it's alright. I have been enjoying the wonderful peaches at Meyers Fruit Stand. 10. I've gotten all my firewood ready for the winter months. It's good to be prepared as we never know how soon cold weather will set in. Days are already getting shorter, and night sets in about 8 p.m. It's time to turn the calendar over and say goodbye to August, a hot month but with good rainfall it brought us. Now we're looking forward to the new month of September and all the activities it holds for us. *****I'M GLAD I LIVE IN JULIAN***** The one and only KATIE NUNLEY, a dear sweet friend, left us on August 29 for Higher Ground. Those of us who knew her will always remember Katie. Remodeling Services/Custom Homes ROGER RAINES CONSTRUCTION GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR LIC. NO. 31S108 CUSTOM HOMES, REMODELING, ADDITIONS, DECKS, ETC. FREE ESTIMATES OVER 30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE ROGER RAlliES (760) 765-0749 [ SPLITTING THE ROLL, SPLITTING CALIFORNIA by Jon Coupal The relationship between grassroots taxpayers and the business community has, at times, resembled a roller coaster. Virtually all the business organizations in California (agriculture was a notable exception) opposed Proposition 13 in 1978. Since then, business groups have moved from outright hostility to grassroots taxpayer interests to at least some instances of sympathy. Nonetheless, until just a couple of years ago, the standard modus operandi of corporate California was to "go along to get along" -- in other words, feeding the alligator of big government. Open and direct confrontation by the business community to liberal policies can still scarcely be found. And look what happened. While businesses have struggled, state government has grown 36% in three years. At taxpayers' expense, bureaucracies have ballooned like the high-tech companies of the '90s with one major difference -- government isn't accountable to stockholders. What is the reward reaped by California businesses for this complacency (and sometimes complicity) in the extraordinary rise in power of big government interests? An absurd workers' camp system; sky-high unemployment insurance premiums; regulatory requirements that make no sense; and of course, higher taxes and fees. The biggest threat to California businesses-- large and small --is the so-called "split roll." Since 1879, all property in California has been taxed at the same rate. Whether residential, agriculture, manufacturing, apartments, or retail, the rule is that they all pay the same rate. When Proposition 13 passed in 1978, it lowered this rate to 1% of value for everybody. Split roll proposals would treat commercial property differently from residential properties. These proposals would either tax businesses at a higher rate or redefine "change of ownership" in a way that businesses would lose one of Proposition 13's most valuable protections: tax certainty. (Under Proposition 13, taxes can rise no more than 2% per year, but the property can be reassessed to full market value when it changes hands. This provides property owners with predictability of future tax liability.) Higher taxes are in no one's best interests. Therefore, grassroots taxpayers should oppose splitting California's property tax rolls. We should recognize that which has been lost on much of the business community: the interests that we have in common are larger and more powerful than the interests that separate us, Many homeowners, pointing to anti-taxpayer proposals actively supported by big business, ask why should we help them? After all, didn't the high tech billionaires finance the first major erosion in the two-thirds vote, Proposition 39? The answer is yes, but two wrongs don't make a right and supporting higher taxes on any segment of California society is wrong. Secondly, let's not assume that the business community in California speaks with a single voice. The billionaire boy's club financed Proposition 39, true. But many major business groups opposed it, and small businesses in California recognize the importance of Proposition 13 as much as homeowners. For grassroots taxpayers to support split roll as an act of revenge on big business would result in massive collateral damage to innocent small businesses. Third, the damage not only would be collateral but self-inflicted as well. Opponents of split roll have a good point when they say that higher costs to businesses are passed on to consumers, employees, and stockholder (retirees). In any event, if the tax-and-spend crowd is successful in driving businesses out of California, that leaves ordinary citizens and homeowners as the last target remaining. Fourth, many business groups are starting to see the light. They have fed the alligator and now the alligator is chewing on their leg up to the knee. Their epiphany is the realization that giving campaign contributions to those who would destroy them is not a good idea. Likewise, sacrificing some other group or interest for an immediate short-term gain may delay the alligator; but sooner or later, all alligators get hungry again. HJTA is embarking on a campaign to bring the business community into a position of strongly and publicly supporting Proposition 13. Many businesses -- especially the small ones-- are already with us. For others, it might take more time. But the stakes are too big for anyone to sit on the sidelines. Whatever one thinks of the recall, it provides all citizens and interest groups in California an opportunity for self-reflection. It is our hope that all business groups will rise to the challenge to defend Proposition 13 and the two-thirds vote to raise taxes. If we don't, when the ship of California sinks, we'll all still be on board. Jon Coupal is an attorney and president of WEINVITEYOUROPINIONI Theviewsexpressed bycontributing I the Howard Jarvls Taxpayers Association -- writers are not necessarily those of The Julian News or its I California's largest taxpayer organization with management. We invite all parties to submit their opinions and offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento. He can comments to The Julian News, All contributed items are subject to I bewww.reachedhjta, org.thrugh the association's website, editonal approval prior to acceptanse for publication. I POPE TREE SERVICE Trained Experts Difficult Removals Artistic Trimming YOUR PROTECTION CALIF. ST. LIC. #074192 Chris Pope C0liD0 AND TOWNHOUSE BUYERS URGED TO INVEST IN HOME INSPECTIONS Julian, CA, August 20 -- Many people who want to invest in real estate but don't want to necessarily own their own single- family house opt to purchase a condominium or townhouse, where common-area maintenance and landscaping as well as community space such as pools or playgrounds are often part of their monthly maintenance deal. In these situations, there is individual ownership of one's unit combined with shared ownership of common facilities. "However, just like buyers purchasing their own single-family house, it is wise to invest in a home inspection of a condo or townhouse to get an overview of the structure and condition before purchasing so that one can assess if the condition is reflected in the list price or if major repairs are neede;:l and who will be responsible for them," says Joe DeMars, Julian-area franchise director of HouseMaster, one of the leading home inspection companies in the U. S. and. Canada. "For example, buyers purchasing a condo are sometimes unaware that while certain aspects of the routine maintenance decisions are handled by an elected board and common reserve fund, many problems that anse - particularly on the interior of the unit - will often have to be resolved with additional money, beyond the monthly maintenance fee, that comes directly out of the new owner's pocket," explains DeMars. "Some maintenance issues include leaky plumbing fixtures or a faulty heating system." In fact, these issues often have to be fixed quickly- allowing for little time to get the most cost-effective contractor estimate -- in order to eliminate the chance that something wrong in that unit may lead to damage in someone else's or danger to its occupants since walls and/or floors directly connect to adjoining units. Buyers of shared properties should also know how old the buildings or development is and what major repairs have already been done. Also, it's important to keep in mind that although you may not be responsible for repairs to common elements such as exterior roofing, they still affect you nonetheless. Since all units are built around the same time, when one begins to have problems often all other units follow. "When the roof of one unit goes, it is likely that many others will follow suit," adds DeMars. "Buyers need to do their research," advises DeMars, "first determining the age of the common elements which may not be included in the inspection and finding out what size reserve fund is available for future replacement. If proper reserves have not been set aside, you could be forced to cough up the necessary funds to get the job done." Since it's often hard for buyers to differentiate between their responsibilities and the management's, HouseMaster outlines some of where the owner's maintenance responsibilities commonly are: Typical Individual Unit Owner Concerns AC compressor (6-10 years) AC condenser (10-15 years) Double glaze windows (10-30 years) Boiler (18-25 years) Furnace 115-20 years) Kitchen appliances (5-15 years) Faucets/valves 110-15 years) o Plumbing fixtures "The home inspection should not be forgone when buying these types of properties -- it is best to go in with all eyes open," concludes DeMars. 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