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October 1, 2014 The Julian News 13 California Commentary How About An Exam For Office Seekers? Given the horrible decisions recently being made by elected officials, why don't we subject candidates for public office to a simple exam with the grades to be posted in the ballot pamphlet? Here are few questions that might be asked. For those running for trustee in one of our over 1,000 school districts: "Given a choice of spending $14,000 on 200 new student textbooks or $14,000 on a top-of-the-line espresso machine, which would you choose?" For those running for a seat in the California Legislature: "Does a state agencies' practice of transferring employees in and out of positions for the purpose of inflating the departments' budgets reflect good public policy?" And for those running for a Los Angeles City Council seat: "Do you support the use of taxpayer dollars to settle frivolous lawsuits like the recent payout to trash collectors to compensate them for being denied the right to take naps in their trucks?" The question for school board candidates is inspired by the Castro Valley Unified School District which just spent $14,000 to buy an espresso machine. School board members describe it as an "investment" in the school. One board member defended the purchase saying the espresso machine will allow the district to cater its own events. Castro Valley residents may be surprised to learn that their school board has gone into the catering business. Our question for candidates for the state Legislature is justified because it took an investigation by Jon Coupal books to collect tens of millions,of dollars budgeted for the unfilled jobs. While lawmakers fell all over themselves blasting this practice, there is little reason to believe that anything will change. The question for city council hopefuls has as its origin the agreement by the Los Angeles City Council to pay $26 million to settle a suit by trash truck drivers who had been barred from napping in their trucks by city employment rules. Not only is this a lot of taxpayer money to fork over without a fight, it identifies the city of Los Angeles as an easy mark and invites additional frivolous suits. These are just samples of the foolishness for which government officials are responsible. Political insiders are likely to dismiss them as "small matters that are no big deal." But the failure to do small things right can have major consequences, just as the defective bolts installed in the new Bay Bridge (a problem that was detected in time) could have led to death and injury for hundreds of people. Small things done poorly have the effect of reducing the efficiency of government, increasing its costs to taxpayers, and reducing the confidence the voters have in elected officials, making real progress on solving public problems more difficult. In addition to passing an exam to prove they are qualified to have the public's trust, maybe new officeholders should be reminded of the importance of doing small things well by being presented with a plaque with the words of legendary Coach John Wooden: "Little things done well is probably the greatest secret to by the Sacramento Bee to success." get lawmakers to respond to Jon Coupal is president of the problem of state agencies the Howard JarvisTaxpayers repeatedly transferring workers - some transfers lasting only a few days - for the sole purpose of keeping vacant positions on the Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights. 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Views to Pacific Ocean ( ,I Cuyamaca Woods 2.5 Acres - privacy, view ..... $ 47,000 1 Acre - Gentle slope ........ $ 50,000 2.5 Acres - Driveway, pad, water meter and view ................... $ 85,000 2.63 Acres - Borders State Park, Private.. ....................... $135,000 8 Acres - Excellent well, seasonal creek, fabulous views and privacy.... $110,000 139 Acres - Remote, private, three (3) legal parcels ..................$ 499,900 Oakland Road 8+ Acres - Close to town, driveway, pad, approved for 3 Bedroom, terraced for orchard ................ $ 239,000 Ranchita 13 Acres - Very usable, level to mountainous ....................... $ 60,000 Wynola Estates 2.5 Acres - Large Oaks with water meter, approved grading plan, approved septic layout, House plans included... $149,000 In 1985, Astronaut David Griggs used a Duncan Imperial Yo-yo on live TV from the deck of the Space Shuttle, ACROSS ~ _7-- 1 Snapshot 4 Dog own- 12 er's ordeal 8 Cougar 12 "Le Coq 13 Spread 20 21 selection TE 14 On 15 Hive 29 honcho 32 17 Carry on 18 Actress de Matteo 19 Leading 37 man in the 41 theater? 20 "Odyssey" 46 companion piece 22 Competent 24 Massages 25 Slaked 29 Every last crumb 30 Kama follower 31 Before 32 Interrogate 34 Delany or Carvey 35 Reveille's opposite 36 Burdened 37 Houdini or Potter 40 Prima donna 41 Supposed super-berry 42 Montreal dweller 46 Galvanizing 6 stuff 47 Catch sight 7 of 8 48 "Yo!" 49 Rewrite, 9 maybe 50 Information 10 51 -- out a 11 living 16 DOWN 19 1 Promptly 20 2 Debtor's letters 21 3 Convincing 22 4 Filleted 23 5 Goya's 25 "Duchess 26 of --" 27 1 R ~ IIIml /lllmh ~ I~l m It was French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Given the notoriety Las Vegas enjoys as a place for quick weddings, you might be surprised to learn that, technically, it is illegal in that city for a mustachioed man to kiss a woman. In 1923, a man named Frank Hayes earned the distinction of becoming the first (and so far only) person to win a horse race posthumously. Hayes was actually a trainer rather than a jockey, and he was riding a 20-1 underdog named Sweet Kiss. It seems that Hayes suffered a heart attack in the midst of the race, but his Crossword m m--..--~ -- 5 6 7 40 10 27 44 ,._---- Ball-bearing28 Campus item bigwig Weeding tool 30 Remain 3.26 light- 33 Not lenient years 34 Jay's rival Hexagonal 36 Neighbor of state Sudan Relocate 37 Visibility Mimic hindrance Historic 38 L0w-pH times 39 Hindu Arm bone princess Baghdad's 40 Cabinet div. country 42 Proof abbr. Humdinger 43 Dos Passos Cars trilogy Swiss capital 44 "A mouseF' Witticism 45 Catcher's Migraine place Sea flier 2014 King Features Synd_ Inc, body stayed in the saddle while Sweet Kiss beat the odds to cross the finish line first. For the rest of her life, the horse he rode was nicknamed "Sweet Kiss of Death." In his spare time, Jim Cummings, a successful voice actor, calls sick children in hospital wards and talks to them as some of his most famous characters, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Some state names have come to the English language through roundabout routes. Take Alaska, for example. The state name comes from the Aleut word "alaxsxaq," which in turn comes from the Russian meaning "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed." Those who study such things say that even fish can have distinct personalities. Within a single species, scientists have observed that some fish are quite adventurous, willing to go to great lengths to obtain food or a mate, while others are much more timid, eschewing daring feats altogether. Thought for the Day: "If a man does his best, what else is there?" -- General George S. Patton @ 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc. Weight-Loss EXERCISES l. Kettle Bell 2. Walking 3. Running ,t. Zumba 5.Swirming 6. TRX 7. Elliptical tramer Weekly SUDOKU Answer I 6 L t' L g 8]9 g L t~ 8 9 6 L] S 8 L 9 g 6 b I. 6 9 8 L g 6 9 Z L g 88# ~; g 8 17 Z L 9 6 Z 6 I. 9 I~ S g 8 9 8 g 6 L 17 L tl 8 L g 9 6 Z -- Crossword -- Answers Solution time: 27 mins. 3~3 A3H H39 IIg N30 i-- -- VNV 3U3 03H III U3H i-- i 3AV dO.L VNF1 !V I O =1 S N I Z n VOV -- ii WVH s lll o 3no / -'I-IV n 8nu V I l I _11 3 3no 3 HOG 1 D I d 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc.