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10 The Julian News Real Estatel 00all Matthew Pitman, broker, SRES 760-212-8661 www.sandiegochoicere.com - broker@sdchoicere.com 1459 Hollow Glen Rd - cA BRE 17217s0 "Hoorayz... For Apple Dayz" " i/'i : At about 19,000 signatures ,the Secretary certified the petition. Fair enough, the people of Houston will have this decided at the ballot box. At this point City Attorney David Feldman steps in and declares that there are so many inconsistencies in the petition that he declares that in excess of 30,000 are invalid and reduces the number of acceptable signatures to about 15,000 thereby throwing the issue off by Bill Fink the ballot. Govern ment, People, Courts, Constitution I'll lay this out as simply as I can. Houston's Mayor Annise Parker spearheaded the "Houston Equal Rights Ordinance" in her city earlier this year. Provisions of the HERO included the usua classes based on race, religion, sex, marital status, etc. but added to the city's equal rights provisions "gender identity" and "sexual orientation". Now, under normal situations I don't think a lot of people would have issue with this. They might not readily accept someone's life style or life issues but I think that most people would feel that if you're not bothering me and you're up to the job when it comes to fair hiring and housing then knock yourself out. One of the provisions though, would allow one with gender identity or sexual orientation issues to have equal access to "public facilities". Public facilities mean BATHROOMS. The Houston City Council passed the ordinance by a vote of 11 to 6. The ordinance passed on May 28, 2014 and according to the document that was passed, "there exists a public emergency" the ordinance would go into effect two days later. Now most people I talk to, especially those with children, don't feel comfortable with members of the opposite sex in their bathroom. While there are those among us that have legitimate orientation issues, they make up a small percentage of the population. To my way of thinking, unless you've made the ultimate commitment to undergo the surgical and hormonal requirements to change sexes, I have a simple solution. If you're male, use a stall in the men's room. If you're female use the stall in the ladies room. First, you'll have your privacy and second, the vast majority of the public won't be discomfited. Above and beyond that, our children won't be confused and we will reduce the chance of perverts taking advantage of the situation. I know this may seem a little old fashioned and simplistic but if the really important issues of discrimination in housing and hiring and opportunity are addressed then maybe the small community of those with gender identity and sexual orientation issues might be a little more sensitive to the way the vast majority feels. Enough of what I think. Houston is incensed. Taking issue with the City Council, a petition drive was started to place the issue on the ballot. Houston requires 17,269 signatures to place an issue on a ballot. In short order 55,000 signatures were submitted to the City Secretary "Clerk" Anna Russell. Not lying down, "plaintiff and conservative activist Jared Woodfill" and "anti-gay activist Steven Hotze, along with Pastor F.N. Williams Sr. and Pastor Max Miller" filed suit against Mayor Parker (who is a gay activist) and the city declaring that "City Secretary Anna Russell followed her legal duty and verified a sufficient number of signatures to force a referendum before City Attorney David Feldman illegally inserted himself into the process." Feldman replied "The fact is, that given my role as defined by law, I'm supposed to give advice to city officials, whether they be elected, appointed or just employees," What has Houstonians livid, in replying to the suit, the city has subpoenaed the sermons and papers from four Pastors from the city's churches even though they are not party to the suit claiming that if they used their pulpits to engage in political dialogue in raising awareness to gather signatures for the petitions, they are fair game. The Pastors acting as one, have basically said bring it on, they are not turning anything over to the government and claim a violation of their first amendment right, as has their legal counsel who are citing constitutional issues in this intriguing case. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott who is running for Governor has come down on the side of the petitioners. In a strongly worded letter to City Attorney Feldman he wrote, "Whether you intend it to be so or not, your action is a direct assault on the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment .... "the litigation discovery process is not a license for government officials to inquire into religious affairs." "Your aggressive and invasive subpoenas show no regard for the very serious First Amendment considerations at stake." Now the Mayor's office claims that neither she nor Feldman knew anything about the sub poenas as an outside law firm was handling the case. I think this is a weak attempt at plausible deniability: Abbott wasn't buying any of it either saying "these lawyers acted in the City's name, and you are responsible for their actions." He goes on to say, "Religious institutions and their congregants should never have to worry that a government they disagree with will attempt to interfere in their religious affairs. Instead of safeguarding that trust,. you appear to have given some of the most powerful law firms in Houston free rein to harass and intimidate pastors who oppose City policy." Last Wednesday Mayor Parker suspended the HERO until the issues are resolved in court. Amazing what the power of government will do if you're not watching. Amazing what a United people can do especially when they have the Constitution in their back pocket. "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearfu master." George Washington "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson "No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent." Abraham Lincoln "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." John F. Kennedy Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Open Mic at the Legion on Friday the 24th. Public is invited, food and drink available at a great price (make sure you have ID). Bring your instrument or come for a listen. Music starts at 7pro. Ask Pastor Rick Religion In The News Supreme Court Upholds Firing Of Ohio Teacher For Display Of Religious Items The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Ohio public school science teacher who was fired for promoting the theory of creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom. The justices let stand an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found the Mount Vernon school district had grounds to fire John Freshwater in 2011 for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a praying president. The state court said the district infringed on Freshwater's First Amendment rights by ordering him to remove his personal Bible from his desk, but found he was insubordinate for keeping the other items. Freshwater's attorney had argued that the firing violated the teacher's free speech rightsl Source: Associated Press, summarized by Pastor Rick Ask Pastor Rick What does the Bib/e mean by abomination? The New Testament word for abomination is bdelugma (pronounced, bdel' oog mah). It denotes an object of disgust, repulsion, and abhorrence. In Scripture it is used primarily to denote things associated with idolatry and gross ungodliness. The Hebrew equivalent was often used of rites and paraphernalia associated with the wicked conduct of pagan religions. You will be happy to know that when we get to heaven, there will be "nothing unclean and no one who practices abominations and lying" (Revelation 21:27). Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. Direct all questions and correspondence to: PastorRick@ julianchurch.org or Hillside Church, Religion In The News, Box 973, Julian, CA, 92036. (Opinions in this column do not necessarily express the views of Julian News, its editor, or employees.) Letters continued from page 2 Duplissey Luers, a local CPA, we confirmed that the financial health of our fire department is strong and we will not be incorporated into the County Fire Authority. Chief Marinelli negotiated a new ambulance contract along with a significant subsidy from the County to ensure its financial independence. We purchased a new urban interface fire engine that is perfect for our community. And, we have the necessary approval .from Caltrans to proceed with building a new fire station to be completed by Summer 2015. The grand finale for 2014 would be the passing of PROP "P". Julian-Cuyamaca has a perfectly fine ambulance service with excellent firefighter- paramedics. The problem is that 2013 statistics show that the time the Julian ambulance was out-of- District transporting a patient was equal to six weeks. Increased calls in 2014 probably mean that the cumulative duration is approaching two months. During that time there is no paramedic available in Julian to respond to a medica emergency. PROP "P" will provide the funding to hire three firefighter- paramedics. This is a huge deal because it means Julian- Cuyamaca would have a paramedic in the District 24-7. And, in the event of a structure fire or medical emergency, a firefighter-paramedic (with the support from Volunteers and Reserves) would be out the station door in less than one minute. That means a life or home could be saved! I endorse and fully support PROP "P" and hope every Julian- Cuyamaca voter will choose "YES" for this proposition on the November 4th ballot. James Baker Please Vote NO On Prop P. Many of you will remember about the middle of 2013 when our fire department was faced with a takeover by the county or a loss of county funding that would have drained the department's reserves in short order. Due to the hard work of the current board, we were able to keep our department, the county agreed to continue the threatened funding, and a new ambulance contract was awarded to our department with a higher subsidy eliminating losses to the district. Because of these major accomplishments our fire department is no longer threatened with insolvency. Why then Prop P? The main argument from the proponents of Prop P is "Raise the level of service" and "Enabling Julian to have the next level of emergency care" (see here http://votersedge.org and here http://www.yesonpropp.com). To accomplish this, Prop P would hire one paramedic/firefighter fulltime 24/7 and one part-time supervisor (see here http:// jcfpd.com/uploads/Low-lncome- PROPOSITION.pdf), Part-time supervisor? We currently have a part-time chief and a part-time medic supervisor. Why add a new part time supervisor for three new firefighters/paramedics? Wouldn't it be wiser to have a full-time chief? Yet this position is written into the law and could not be changed or eliminated unless another proposition was passed. The main rational for the firefighter/paramedic position is improved service when our ambulance is on another call, specifically in case of a stroke or trauma. The first thing to understand is that a paramedic staffed fire engine could not transport a patient. They would still have to wait for the out-of- area ambulance to transport the patient. Second, the vast majority of trauma patents are motorcycle accidents who would not be paying the tax. Third, from the data I have and from those individuals I have talked to, there has not been a case of a stroke patient waiting for an out-of-the- area ambulance in the recent past. There just are not that many stroke calls. I think we would all agree that response times are too long. From the new station (when it's built) to Pines Hills will be about 15 to 20 minutes, to Cuyamaca Woods about 30 minutes or more. To improve response times on the south side of the district, the Cuyamaca station needs to be staffed. Yet there is not word one in any of the campaign literature for Prop P that even mentions the fact that our district is a two- station district. If we are to remain an independent volunteer district, our first priority should be support for the volunteers and reserves that staff our stations. Yet there is scant mention of the volunteers in either the campaign literature or the proposition itself and no mention at all of the reserves who staff our stations.' The reserves are comprised of men and women looking to be professional firefighters and EMT/medics. Many come from as far away as Orange County and Los Angeles. Providing the reserves with a stipend to cover the cost of travel and uniforms should be a top priority for any future funding increase but this is not addressed in Prop P at all. To throw hundreds of thousands of dollars at a .mostly October 22, 2014 nonexistent problem and a minor increase in service is not in the best interest of all the residents of Julian. We can do better! Please Vote no on Prop P. Thanks, Michael M. Hatch Eagles Win continued from page 9 for an incompletion and Holt ran for 10 and a first down at the Julian 20. Away Diaz lost 4 on first down and followed up with another negative 3 on second down. Diaz was in for Ramirez and attempted a downfield pass. Frosh DB Ozzy Martinez stepped in front of the Wildcats' receiver and picked off th pass He got !'to the Eagles 47 before he was brought down. : On the Eagles first down from their 47, Streamer got the ball and did what he does best. 53 yards and another Eagles TD. The PAT didn't happen. With 9:06 to go in the game, Julian 47, Warner Springs26. :Diaz took the energized Skyler's kick at his 8 and the soggy spotted field' tripped him up. Holt was stopped for no gain ty a fired up Eagles defense. Coach White has most of the Eagles freshmen in on defense ad Will Hatch makes a good tackle ona much bigger Diaz alter a 15 yard pickup. Diaz managed a quick 32 yards on his next carry, but fumbled the snap onWarner's first down in Julian terr'tory. Hatch nailed Diazagain afte a ten yard pickup and Kellen and Nill brought down Holt after a 15 Yard pass reception. The Wildcats are driving as Diaz completes a short 5 yarder to Biliunas, On the play another Wildcat goes down with an injLry. The Wildcat had a bad knee injury. Another injury time out. After 10 or so minutes had elapsed in the time out, the officials conferred with Coach White aqd a Warner's official and the clock was started and allowed to wind down. The game ended so a ,medical helicopter could land on the field to transport the injure player. Our Eagles won their second gameln a row. It was a hard fought game that was marred by the injuries to three Warner Springs players. Your Julian Eagles are hoping for the best outcome for the Warner's players. ' Your Eagles are home next week to take on the San Pasqual Academy Dragons at 2:30 PM in Eagles Stadium. It will also be Staff Appreciation Day Come on out and support our Eagles. See you at 2:30. 3223 Hickman PI., Julian, CA 92036 See Photos on www.realtor.com Julian View Home Remarkable ValueS699 000 Custom Gourmet Kitchen Kitchen w/Fireplace and Nook Granite Countertops Dumbwaiter - Garage to Pantry Whole HOuse Water Filtration Hand Crafted BuiR-ins 3492 Sq. Ft, 4 Bdrms, 3.5 Bath 2.52 AC. 2 Barns, Fencing 6 Decks, Cathedral Ceilings. 2 Car Garage w/Work Shop 3 Fireplaces, Metal Roofing Floor to Ceiling Wood Windows The Best Real Estate Co. 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