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Ooto00er SPOTL I G *.e.,an .ews ,, AN OPEN LETTER TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE ON POLITICAL NEWS, OPINIONS AND CONCLUSIONS!?! JULIAN CUYAMACA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT lee I ''---- This is the time of year that most of unexpectedly as it is based on someone I WE IN:lTEYmOUReOPlil?NlnsTahne dvc:meexpetssd:yntrbutwisn.gwritc:rstr:.eutntiem:sryutb::t%h;Ju;: o/ moa::cgeepmaennct  Werpnu;il:l.oPnarties you are accustomed to receiving a letter else's need. from the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection As a district we have been very suc- District requesting donations. All year we cessful in procuring grants from a variety THE RIGHT TO PAY FOR BUT NOT ENJOY PUBLIC LANDS by Senator Bill Morrow, 38th District Since 2000, Californians have approved billions of dollars of public bonds under the umbrella of "Safe Neighborhood Parks." Proposition 12 and 40 bond acts generated a total of $4.7 billion These bond acts were sold to California voters as a means to fund local and regional parks. Is the state using all this money to fund local and regional parks? NO! Of the $4.7 billion, approximately $3 billion or 63.5% is slated for various state agencies for other projects. An analysis of these projects indicates that these dollars are being spent on "habitat preservation projects," which often include land acquisitions. (See following analysis of Propositions 40 and 12.) Analysis shows that only $845,600,000.00 of Proposition 12's $2,100,000,000.00 goes towards the advertised use. $1,254,500,000.00 goes toward projects the public cannot access or use. Of Proposition 40's $2,600,000,000.00 only $870,000,000.00 are used for the advertised purposes, leaving $1,730,000,000.00 of your money being used for public inacces- sible purposes. Since 2000, the state has approved the expenditure of over $460.2 million for the purchase of 280,030 acres of land. In FY 2000/2001, the state approved approx- imately $124 million for 90,264 acres in land acquisitions for habitat protection or conservation In FY 2001/2002, the state approved $176.5 million for 120,063 acres in land acquisitions. Through May of 2003 the state approved $160.1 million for 69,693 acres in land acquisitions. Is it appropriate that state acquire hundreds of thousand of acres of land from "willing sellers" for habitat protec- tion? Is it appropriate that the state provides grants to conservancies for land acquisition and conservation "easements? '1 the pu61i(;-a[Jowe(] Yea: " sonable access to these lands? Have management plans been developed through public participation? It is rea- sonable to ask these questions because Proposition 12 has a provi- sion in Public Resources Code Section 5096.350 (b) which states: "Not more than 5 percent of the funds authorized for expenditure by this section may be used for public access and wildlife- oriented public use projects." This means that of the $265.5 million, only about $13.3 million may be spent on public use projects This is only one example of the direction that the state is going in providing hundreds of mil- lions of dollars for habitat preservation with out WhaUblic access. You Don't Know Can Empty Your Wallet What is the actual cost of these Propositions? Proposition 12 and 13 Bond Acts passed when the state was awash in revenue. Proposition 40 and 50 Bond Acts passed the state and wiped out the surplus. The question worth asking is: is the cost of these bonds more than was estimated to the public on the ballot? The ballot also indicated that the cost to maintain these parks and land acquisitions could be as much as $10 million annu- ally. What has been the actual cost to the state and local communities to manage and maintain these public land acquisitions? A total of $400 million was allo- cated for matching grants to communi- ties for new park projects. However, counties and cities are not willing to establish parks without the ability to provide routine maintenance and long- term capital improvements. In Fresno County, a $1.5-million new park project for a rural community was approved, provided that a funding source is established for the maintenance and future capital improvements. The pro- ject never went forward because the OFFICE Business Services / Copies / Fed Ex / UPS / Notary 1459 Hollow Glen Rd Julian, CA 92036 | NOTNIY ] (760) 765-2620 F=, 76o00J800 I COPIES COLOR CORES Irutu Fro EX UPS SHIPRNGAN:KAGING CONRDENAL FAX OFFICE SUPPLIES ING I.NTING RESUtS FLYERS & NOTICES * ANSWERING SERCE  AND AT&T PAYPOINT I o  BUSINESS & TAX  I VELLUM eusuqss C/,ROS & Ruesr STAMPS IOLUtJHES SECRETARIN. & COMPUTER SERVIS -- Open  8:30-'3:00 community would not agree to the dollars needed to maintain the new park through the formation of a special district that would add $30 annually to their property tax bill. As noted in the bond acts, the state is required to appropriate from the General Fund amounts that pay both the principle and the interest on bonds as they are due. How many bonds have been sold and at what cost to the General Fund? These bond acts also allow the Director of Finance to withdraw from the General Fund any amount of unsold bonds that does not exceed the authorized bond amounts. Has the Director of Finance accessed the General Fund to cover land acqui- sitions or conservation easements under Propositions 12 and 40 for which bonds have not been sold? Pssst! Hey, You Wanna Buy A Bridge? The public has been sold a bill of goods. Californians have financed billions of dollars of land they will never use, which is like buying a house they will never live in and their children will continue to pay the mortgage. As evi- denced by the passage of these bond acts, the public believes in and wants local and regional parks and open space for recreation and conservation. However, the billions of dollars spent on habitat protection will never provide access to what the public thought they were buying for themselves and future generations. mansion on the Florida coast? You may not like the humidity there; but for $4,000,000, I would trade earthquakes for hurricanes. I would also buy my Rolls Royce in Miami instead of Bev- erly Hills, and I would hire my help in Palm Beach and not Newport Beach. The cost to California would be enor- mous. In fact, the last time we raised taxes on the rich ('92-'93), we lost money because the rich moved out of state. We had to reduce taxes ('94-'95) in order to bring them back; and once they came back, we had massive sur- pluses. It makes sense if you think about it. People with money usually have money because they are smart about how they spend their money. There are few things as portable as a rich person and his money. Try to raise taxes on them and they move and they take their taxes with them. Bad policy is bad politics. Solving problems by raising taxes on the rich will not work because they are smart people, and they will never pay those taxes. The problem in this state is that these types of solutions have been touted as good policy by the leftists who control the legislature and the Governor's office. Now you know why we have a huge, seemingly intractable, budget problem. Assemblyman Ray Haynes represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes portions of Western Riverside County and Northern San Diego County. For more infor. motion carl our office at 909-699-1113. RHETORIC AND REALITY -- WHY TAXING THE RICH DOESN'T WORK by Assemblyman Ray Haynes The day he signed his multi-million deal with Nike, Tiger Woods became a Florida resident. He had lived in Cali- fornia his whole life -- first in Orange County then in Palo Alto. Why move to Florida? Well, California has a 9.3% tax on any income over $79,000. Flor- ida has no income tax at all. To Tiger Woods, that means he saved about $4,000,000 .in taxes by moving. He could buy a real nice house in Palm Beach for $4,000,000. When Shaquille O'Neal moved from Florida to Los Angeles to pay for the takers, he demanded a 20% increase in his pay from the team to make up for the higher California taxes he would have to pay. These are just two examples of the fallacy being perpetrated right now that taxing the rich can solve our budget crisis. It can't, for one simple reason -- if we tax the rich, they'll move and take their taxes with them. Today, 10% of ihe taxpayers pay 75% of the income tax. In fact, 32,000 taxpayers (the number of people in California that earn over $1 million per year) pay one-third of all the income taxes in California. That doesn't include the sales taxes and property taxes they pay (rich people tend to buy more stuff than poor people do). It doesn't include the lawyers, accountants, small busi- nesses, car dealers, boat docks, per- sonal employees, and hundreds of others who earn money from these rich folks and pay taxes to the government on the income they make. Rich people add a lot to our economy and thus add a lot to our tax base. So why do my left-wing friends -- THE CAR TAX IS THE SQUEAKY WHEEL by Jan Coupal & Trevor Grimm Each month a new ripple of anger sweeps across our state as one-twelfth of California car owners open their bills from the Department of Motor Vehicles and find that their car tax has been tripled. No one wants to take responsibil- ity for this $4.5 billion tax increase. State officials confuse the issue by talking about "tnggers," prior legislation, and state deficits. But make no mistake -- Governor Gray Davis signed the tax-increase authorization in June, and it was implemented without the approval of the legislature. For years, many drivers assumed that what they were paying the state each year was to cover the cost of registering a vehicle and that any addi- tional funds went for roads and serv- ices to the car-owning public But in fact, the largest portion of most auto owners' bills is the Vehicle License Fee (VLF), which is used by the state to subsidize local services totally unrelated to automobiles such a mental health care So while the VLF may incorporate the word "fee," this is a misnomer because this fee is actually a tax on vehicles. For most car owners, as they reach for their checkbooks, arguments over the semantics of tax law may seem trivial, but the outcome can mean billions of dollars more or less to the motoring public. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a lawsuit chal- lenging the hike in the car tax absent a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature. Under Proposition 13 (Article 13 A, et seq., of the California Constitution) "..any changes in state taxes enacted for the purpose of particularly the three socialists, Bus- increasin- revenues whether b" y .. y tamante Camejo, and Huffington ' ,-- increased rates or changes in the want to increase taxes on the rich. It method of com^utation must be makes for good sound bites It is easy m as   an Ac  " " " p eo ov [ passea ov not less for political types to say "1 won't tax you than tw^ 'rds of NI -^mb^r "- ^'^^'ed I!1 tax tha! guy, and you don't hke to each of the two houses of the leg- him oecause nes a rlcn snoo anyway. .., o^ ,, In fact, their proposal would, according ,,atu;.. with the .... w d ^^'; . , U[ VLI" e are _=d,,, to the Leg=slatwe Analysts Office, ,.^^^,, .... .^.,,,, ...... - o w,., a ,,-u=.,,uu ,= na wnere, increase the taxes of the rich by 25 %. you ask, does the California constitu- That plays to all the worst emotions in ...... ,. ..... , ...... tuu ,',y [u,',[ ,', =u increase neeos a all of us, and it is bad policy, two-thirds vote? Answer: NOWHERE. Why? Think of what you would do if In a 1996 decision the California you had tha! kind of money and could Supreme Court in Sinclair Paint Cam- move any pace you wanted to move. pany vs State Board of Equalization, would you pay $4 000,000 to live in ^,. ,h.; ^ ,,, .... ;. ^ ^,. ...... ,, .... .4 Cahforna or put that $4 000,000 into a , in connection with governmental regu- & BUSINESS SERVICES Your Specialty Your Specialty THIS SPACE AVAILABLE $90.00 3-MONTH CONTRACT CALL: (760) 765-2231 THIS SPACE AVAILABLE $90.00 3-MONTH CONTRACT CALL: (760) 765-2231 latory activities -- such as a fee col- lected to pay for the cost of registering and licensing vehicles -- and is "OK" without a vote, to the extent that such a "fee" does not exceed the reasonable cost of providing the services neces- sary to the activity for which the fee is charged and which is not levied for unrelated revenue-raising purposes. Does the regulatory activity of the Department of Motor Vehicles in reg- istering and licensing motorists' vehi- cles require the collection of more than $4 billion dollars per year to be raised by the VLF in its "hiked" form? Obvi- ously not. By their very complaints, local bureaucrats make clear that the money collected by the VLF will pay for serv- ices not related to the registration and licensing of motor vehicles and that it is nothing more than "unrelated revenue- raising." Therefore, the VLF really is a car tax and subject to the strictures of Prop. 13. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has listened to two justifi- cations for the car tax increase by state officials. Arguments that the VLF is a fee -- or that if it is a tax, it can be increased without a two-thirds vote of the legislature because the increase is actually the elimination of a tax rebate -- are clearly self-serving and spe- cious. The organization also takes the position that a successful outcome for taxpayers in the suit to overturn the car tax increase will not relieve the state of its obligation to local government. While taxpayers have asked for expedited consideration of their suit, many new higher car tax bills may have been paid before there is a legal resolution. In the meantime, Gov Davis has come to the realization that it was the car tax increase that generated hun- dreds of thousands of additional sig- natures to put the recall on the ballot. The heat is on, and both Gray Davis and replacement candidate Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante have come out strongly against the car tax. The state's top officials now want to increase taxes on income and on tobacco in place of the car tax. They say that this should not require a two- thirds vote as mandated by Proposition 13 because they are not "raising" taxes they are just "replacing" one tax with another -- this after they claimed the car tax increase wasn't a tax in the first place. If this seems confusing and disingenuous on their part, welcome to the world of Sacramento tax politics. Other candidates have noted the unpopularity of the car tax and come out against it, but only two -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Senator Tom McClintock -- have come out for its rollback without the strings of raising other taxes. They say that if Davis can raise the car tax with a stroke of a pen, then they should be able to eliminate it just as quickly. If one of these candidates wins the replacement race, taxpayers may not have to wait for the result of a pro- tracted legal battle to achieve car tax relief. However, with Schwarzenegger and McClintock dividing the taxpayer vote, the result could just as easily be a Governor Cruz Bustamante who is committed to raising taxes by another $8 billion or the maintenance of the existing higher car tax if Davis is retained. have continued to provide the Advanced Life Support Ambulance for our area. The volunteer firefighters continue to dedicate an incredible amount of time to ongoing training and responding to you and your neighbors emergencies. These emergen- cies occur at all hours of the day and night and this dedicated group drops whatever they are doing and responds to help resi- dents and total strangers in their time of need. Unlike other service organizations, in this community, volunteer firefighters can't plan their volunteer time; it comes of sources. That coupled with the com- munity's outstanding generosity last year, enables us to forgo an organized request for donations this year. Our winning bid for the continuance of the ambulance service necessitates the construction of a new station for Julian capable of housing our ambulance crew and the equipment we have acquired over the past few years: Without the continued support of the com- munity we would not be the quality volun- teer fire department that we are. We look forward to future years of continued ser- vices and mutual cooperation. SANTA YSA00300L I='O00L S1'0100 [Formerly D&M Gas] 303.$ I l.likway '7 S 1 r crest Adventure 1 assos (A..ua!  ])ai) "1 repano *Gas * ])iosol * lco Snacks "geer G Sda "ATM Machbe NOURS 3:30 a.m.--9 p.m. M=n.--Yfi. 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sat.  Sun. b/o accept mest ir debit a.d crcdlt cards. 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