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September 15, 2010 California Commentary Fighting For Taxpayers In The Capitol: Against The Odds by Jan Coupal and David Wolfe One of the most famous quotes from the American Revolution was uttered by sam Adams: "It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." As fiscal conservatives in a fiscally irresponsible state, we at Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association often find ourselves in the minority when trying to advance pro-taxpayer principles in the legislature - especially with our current crop of politicians. While HJTA may be better known for our initiatives and victories in the courtroom, some might overlook the fact that we also maintain a fulltime lobbying presence in Sacramento. Our top legislative priority every year, of course, is stopping the direct attacks on Prop 13. As part of the California Constitution, however, Prop 13 cannot be amended or repealed by statute - only by a proposed constitutional amendment emanating from the legislature with a two-thirds vote of each house. While fiscal conservatives in the Legislature don't come close to a majority, they do constitute (barely) more than a third. Because of that, and because hundreds of thousands of our members sign petitions to their legislators demanding that Prop 13 be protected, we have successfully stopped these efforts to weaken or repeal California's most popular law. But in addition to these proposed constitutional amendments are literally hundreds of bills that affect taxpayers. Some are very technical and involve complex fiscal or regulatory issues. But HJTA is frequently the only voice on behalf of ordinary citizens which engages on these matters. To illustrate, the following report from HJTA Legislative Director David Wolfe, is for the final day of the legislative session that just ended on August 31st. HJTA Legislative Report for August 31st Positive outcome on five. bills HJTA targeted on the final day of session: AB 1998 (Brownley): This bill was featured earlier in the year in another HJTA column. A classic 'nanny .government' proposal, AB 1998 was the infamous "bag tax" bill which have added nearly a billion dollars of costs to consumers and killed a thousand jobs. AB 1998 was defeated 14- 21 in the Senate. AB 2483 (Coto): AB 2483 failed to clarify that fees for groundwater charges were subject to an election under HJTA's Proposition 218. Because this issue is the subject of active HJTA litigation (North San Joaquin) we asked that the bill be tabled. Because of numerous drafting errors and other problems, it failed to receive sufficient votes to get off the Senate Floor. AB 155 (Mendoza): Would have imposed burdensome state process prior to a local government declaring bankruptcy. Sponsored by government employee unions, this bill would have made it nearly impossible for a local government to renegotiate oppressive union contracts. In a rare alliance with the League of California Cities and the California Special Districts Association, we were able to keep the measure from coming up for a vote before midnight on August 31st. AB 1718 (Blumenfield): A bill to reestablish the property tax postponement program as a voluntary program run by the counties. While HJTA was originally supportive of the bill, an undefined, uncapped "fee" was inserted in the bill against the interests of homeowners. Moreover, this bill was jammed through the Legislature with virtually no transparency. It was completely rewritten in July and received no committee hearings in the Assembly. HJTA worked hard to draw attention to the bill and we were thankful for the speeches given by our legislative allies including members Ted Gaines and Diane Harkey. Although this measure was ultimately approved, there remains a high likelihood of a gubernatorial veto. SB 1398 (DeSaulnier): This bill transferred over $2 million from special districts in Contra Costa County to the Oakley Redevelopment Agency in order to incentivize and site a power plant. As a property rights organization, HJTA has long been suspicious of complex redevelopment projects. Here, the Public Utilities Commission last month denied PG&E's application to build the power plant, leading us to question whether the bill was necessary or even whether the plant would be built in Oakley. Our greatest concern with this bill was that it reflected an unwarranted exception to carefully crafted protections enacted into redevelopment law, especially as it relates to the requirement that a portion of revenues be used for housing. Jan Coupal is President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. David Wolfe is the Association's Legislative Director. Kaaren Terry Janet Gastil Carre St..Indre Shervll StricMaml cell 619-417-0481 cell .60-445-1829 cell 619-922-968" cell "60-604-2226 Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 2 6 3 9 4 8 9 5 3 4 7 8 6 1 5 7 4 6 9 2 3 1 5 4 8 6 2 1 5 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. @ As Heard On The Streets Of Julian @ by Eric Stamets Casino TV Ads Under Investigation Some San Diego county casinos were recently citied for deceptive advertising. A TV ad showed some beautiful, excited young ladies standing in front of slot machines, jumping for joy with a lot of money. Investigators scoured several casinos to find what they had viewed on the television, but as a rule found only dour older women sitting on a stool pushing quarters into a noisy machine as fast as they could. Upon being informed ofthis finding, the casinos in question decided to do something about the veracity of their advertising to avoid the wrath of the authorities. In order to produce the glee of a young woman jumping up and down after winning, the casinos are introducing the card game of "Spoons" to achieve the desired effect. The investigators acknowledged that the casinos' changes to their format will undoubtedly produce reactions comparable to the TV ads and that the case is now closed. Letters continued from page 2 our GREAT school district"s". We are so blessed in this community as a whole. And, as for why I took this job. Because I like kids. Quite simply I want what is fair and consistent for all kids. My rewards and pay have been fantastic. I got to hand students their diplomas. I got to be a part of a five member team that goes beyond that team to a much greater team of 50 or so people working together to try and collectively educate, promote, and take pride in this place we call Julian High School. I have graduated from here, worked here, raised children thru here, had my parent's, sisters, aunties, uncle's, cousins, and best friends graduate from here. I quite simply care about this school. I did vote in favor of trying to obtain this bond because I believe it is consistent and fair to the students as a whole. And that is part of the decision making process of my job. And iii! i!i/ : Susan Slaughter and Stacy (Slaughter) Peyakov in 1998 Julian News File Photo ACROSS 1 Method 4 Scent 9 Proof letters 12 Raw mineral 13 Apple pie maker's device 14 Guitar's cousin 15 Huge Asian snake 17 Still, in verse 18 -- de plume 19 Avaricious 21 Renounce 24 Deserve 25 Meadow 26 Parched 28 Dining room need 31 Diplomacy 33 Pouch 35 Feeder filler 36 Egyptian crosses 38 "-- favor, sefor" 40 Compass dir. 41 Cadna 43 Actor Liam 45 Cantan- kerous 47 Kans. neighbor 48 Evening hour 49 "The Sign" band (1994) 54 Sprite The Julian News 13 HOMES. CABINS, LAND. RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street www.julian-realestate.com 760-765-0111 $65,000 - Move In Ready Mobile Home in Julian Townsite. Great- condition. Must see to appreciate, $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. unlike years of past, I believe this is a good thing now for our district. I believe in my other board members. I believe in our administration and staff. And I have not changed...I just have to ask myself what is the question at hand ..... I encourage you to ask questions & vote. My time on this board is at a close this December and I want to Thank the People in this community who have supported me throughout these years. And especially my mother for putting the "S" in TEAMS for our 12 years together. You truly are my board member hero! Stacy Peyakov 00trange BUT00TRUE It was author, journalist and political consultant Vic Gold who made the following sage observation: "The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced." The record for the longest space flight in history is held by Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov. In 1995 he completed a 438-day stay aboard the Mir space station. It's commonly believed that Eskimos have 50 or more words 10 11 Czossword 1 2 3 12 15 II Great Locale, ample parking, easy access, well on properly, 2 well- maintained buildings and a 700 sq.ft. Cabin that can be used as an office or rental. Known as the Julian Feed Store. This commercial site has endless possibilities for your business. Proposed building site for an additional 1300 sq.ft, bldg. For more details and maps, please contact Sheryll Strickland at 760- 765-0111 or 760-604-2226(ce11] Offered at $739,000 $694,000 - Julian Estates 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 both, 2 car, 240 sq.ff. 2 story, 4.32 acres, Large barn and corrals, 29 30 $469,900 Julian Estates - 3 bedroom, den, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2200 sq. ft., 4.42 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. Undeveloped Land $39,500 Harrison Park Lot .49 acres - ready to go! 52 53 45 46 m 8 54 57 55 Chatter 9 Hive leaders style 56 Jewel 10 Supple- 34 Mean 57 Born mented, with 37 Angelic 58 No fan "out" figure 59 H-deux-O 11 Contradict 39 Short coat 16 Wildebeest 42 Wetsuit DOWN 20 History material 1 Stir-fry pan chapters 44 Recede 2 "Entourage" 21 Sask. 45 Microwave, role neighbor e.g. 3 Japanese 22 Legume 46 Anger money 23 Type of clive 50 Chow down 4 Agreement 27 Mouth, 51 Time of your 5 Tenants slangily life? 6 Sphere 29 O'Brien's 52 The Red or 7 Become one predecessor the Black 8 Noah's land- 30 Paradise 53 Ostrich's ing site 32 You, old- relative @ 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. for different types of snow but no word for just plain snow. In point of fact, that statement is misleading, as the Eskimo language is composed largely of roots and suffixes that can be combined in virtually unlimited ways. Everyone knows that China is the most populous country on Earth today, with nearly 20 percent of the world's population. But you might not realize that there are now more people living in China than lived on the entire planet 150 years ago. A recent item in this column stated that Henry Heimlich believed peanut butter to be the food upon which people most commonly choke. As it turns out, that quotation did not come from Dr. Heimlich. Don't be mistaken, though -- according, to the American Academy of Pediatrics, peanut butter is a high-risk food. The IRS reportedly spends $2.45 for every $100 in taxes it collects. Thought for the Day: "1 believe in evidence. I befieve in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll befieve anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more sofid the evidence will have to be." -- Isaac Asimov (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. for o]d 1. Cloth diapers 2. Acoustic guitar 3. Conventional warfare 4. Natural childbirth Hardcover book "SR.. mail  :'r// 7. Landline 8. Broadcast TV 9. Hard copy 10. Silent movie Source: www.merfiam-webster.com 2010 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. -- KL, tg Crossword - Answers Solution time: 21 rains. Illnlllololllol lellovllolulvlvll Weekly SUDOKU Answer i 6 9 J t  t 8 L t 8 S 6 i L 9 k L P 8 9 L S i 6 9 G L t 9  6 I t t i 6 9 8 L  6  9 L t  t 9  I 6 9 t  L 8 8 9 g Z 6 t S L L t S 8 6 9 i