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November 4, 2009 California Commentary We're All Mad Here When the Cheshire Cat told Alice, "We're all mad here," he could have been expressing how two of California's most prominent officials view voters. In a recent San Francisco speech, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a group of educators that the term limits law -- Proposition 140 approved by voters in 1990 -- was "crazy." Voters knew exactly what they were doing when they approved term limits. They wanted to put an end to having an imperial state government dominated for decades by the same handful of legislative leaders who had been elected by a fraction of California voters. They wanted to change a system in which the status of its leaders more closely resembled a monarchy than a representative democracy. However, our governor, who swept into office promising to "blow up the boxes" and reform Sacramento, allowed himself to become co-opted by the system, especially after losing his reform agenda at the polls in 2005• Further eschewing his populist mandate, last year he endorsed Proposition 93, term limits "reform" that would have "grandfathered" a handful of newfound powerful friends allowing them to serve an addition term. Again, the voters showed they were serious about limiting a politician's time in office by voting "no." Still, this expression of disrespect for the voters by a lame duck governor, who has become known for saying one thing and doing another, while flitting from one issue to the next,. is of small consequence. More unsettling is the disdain for the voters' judgment shown by our sitting California Chief Justice Ron George. Recently, George traveled to Massachusetts to tell the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that the initiative process , is responsible for Cal fornia s . dysfunctionaT"state government•" He warned of the "dangers of direct democracy" and said "California's lawmakers, and the state itself, have been by Jon Coupal two-thirds vote of the Legislature and are not required to be placed on the ballot -- his hostility to this taxpayer protection provided by Proposition 13 is clear. Even more alarming is the timing of the justice's remarks because there is a case currently pending before the California Supreme Court involving the interpretation of the two-thirds vote requirement for state taxes under Proposition 13 (California Farm Bureau Federation v. State Water Resources Control Board). That case has been fully briefed and is currently awaiting oral argument. As a matter of course, members of the judiciary rarely make public statements regarding cases before them that they have yet to resolve. The initiative process was placed into our state constitution a hundred years ago so that the public could take action when lawmakers proved indolent, incompetent or corrupt. In the late 1970s, when people were losing their homes due to double- digit annual tax increases, and the Legislature refused to act, the voters used the power of the initiative to qualify Proposition 13 to limit annual increases in property taxes. To prevent lawmakers from arbitrarily using other means to reach into taxpayers' pockets, the measure required a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve state tax hikes, a threshold that was achieved in 1991 and in February of this year. Without the initiative process, taxpayers would be stripped naked of protection and find themselves totally at the mercy of those in government who have shown themselves more concerned about their status and perks and rewarding their friends than in serving the public. Those in government who question the citizens' wisdom in the use of the initiative process should take note. Voters are not crazy, but as H0ward Jarvis would say, "We are mad as hell" and if we need to go back to the initiative to make corrections to state government, we will. Chefs Corner continued from page 6 pulsing 2 or 3 times after each addition until some of the dough forms into a ball• 2. Scrape the dough out on to a lightly floured cutting board• You should be able to gently press any remaining pieces of the dough into a ball. Handle the dough as little as possible or it will become tough• Divide the dough into two equal parts• Gently flatten into round disk shapes and wrap them in plastic wrap. 3• If using the dough immediately, allow it to chill at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Chilling allows the dough to relax, become more elastic, absorb any remaining liquids, and will ensure that the crust will be flaky. To freeze dough: Wrap dough in plastic wrap and then in two layers of aluminum foil• When ready to use, thaw dough completely in the refrigerator before rolling out on a lightly floured surface• Fudgy Pecan Pie This pie is the best of both worlds: The center is similar to a pecan brownie, and the filling and the flaky crust is like a wonderful pecan pie• You may want to double the recipe and freeze one for the holidays. 3 eggs 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup baking cocoa, sifted 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup chopped pecans 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell Whipped cream, optional Pre-heat oven to 350 F. ln a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and butter together for 2 to 3 minutes• Add the corn syrup, sugar and placed in a fiscal straitjacket by a Jon Coupal is president of cocoa, and beat for 2 minutes• • • the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Add the flour and the salt, and steep two-thirds vote imposed at ........... ............. Assoclaoon -- LJamornla's largest mix until smooth. Stir in the me DallO[ DOX TOr raining [axes. grass-roots taxpayer organization vanilla extract and the nuts. Although George misstated dedicated to the protection of Pour the mixture into the the law -- state taxes require a Proposition 13 and the advancement of taxpayers' rights, pie shell. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until set, except for a R.F.D. by Mike Marland quarter-size circle in the center. KMBIWEn,@E:,} Cool completely. Garnish with whipped cream,,ifdesired. Angela Shelf Medearis is known | as The Kitchen Diva and is the ~~~!~ executiveproducerandhostof"The Kitchen Diva!" television cooking show. Her latest cookbook is "The New African-American Kitchen•" by Linda Thistle 1 4 4 7 1 7 6 1 7 1 7 4 4 1 4 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 * ,k Challenging *** HOO BOY © 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. Visit her Web site at www.divapro. com. The Kitchen Diva! is brought to you by.Eggland's Best Eggs, www. egglandsbest.com. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. ACROSS 1 Harvest 5 Crafty 8 One of Henry Vlll's Catherines 12 Shrek is one 13 Go like the wind 14 Hodgepodge 15 French fries, e.g. 17 Turnpike payment 18 Curvy letter 19 Scepter 20 Relieve 21 Trench 22 Sticky stuff 23 Take ten 26 Baby food 30 Blueprint 31 The whole shooting match 32 Nevada city 33 Whodunit 35 Make pigtails 36 Sphere 37 Luau staple 38 O'Neill's specialty 41 Columnist Smith 42 Energy 45 Hindu royal 46 Grand view 48 Teensy bit 49 Superlative ending 50 Rainbow 51 Kelly or Raybum 1 ? 12 --...-- ,-.... 15 18 38 39 t 45 52 Personal question? 53 Prohibits DOWN 1 "Clue" weapon 2 Ids' counterparts 3 The "A" in "A&E" 4 Pod occupant 5 "Phooey!" 6 Told a big one 7 "Of course" 8 A little of everything, on "Jeopardy!" The Julian News 13 MOOti'F HOMES 0 CABINS * LAND ° RENTALS. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 0 VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street 760-765-0111 www.mtnfarms.com $520,000 Julian Estates, 3br, den, 2 ba, 2 car, 2200 sq. ft., 4.47 acres. Wood Interior, Lodge Feeling. $319,000 3 br, 2 1/2 ba. plus 1,200 sq. ft. guest house over garage on 5 acres. 2 horse barns, outbuildings and small fruit orchard. $459,000 In Town, 2bd, 2ba with separate 1 bd guest suite, built in 2003, Seriously Custom Home. $285,000 Kentwood 2br, 1 ba, 864 sq, ft. knotty pine interior .59 acres. $295,000 Julian Townsite. 2 br, 2 ba, on .85 acre. Within walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. $249,000 Kentwood, 1 bd, 1 ba with large loft. All wood interior, large deck, completely furnished. $259,000 Whispering Pines, 2 br, 1 ba, + $225,000 Kentwood II 2 br, 1 ba 2 car loft. Wood interior and soaring ceilings, garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual- 1 ba separate apt. downstairs. Double glazed windows, A/C. decks. ...................... I rd © As Heard On The Streets Of Julian © Weekly SUDOKU by Eric Stamets Answer Floozies Arrested For Being s L 8 , c 6 z g 9 L 6 L G 9 g Too I"l ..,,,.,. r'OOL7 e 9 g z t, L Last week the sheriff arrested 4 floozies on charges of being floozy 9 I. /. 8 £ 6 in front of town hall. Every year at the Melodrama, the Melodrama floozies hang around the front of the town hall and encourage people 8 6 It17I.S 9 Z to see the Melodrama, which is a traditional Julian fund raiser. This /.g 6 9 I.it8 would seemingly provide a good cover for any other floozies in the area. However, the Melodrama is over for this year and these floozies g S 9 I.L t,8 6 were hanging around at night trying to see if anyone wanted to get I./. 8 £ 6 9 S t, floozy. It is assumed that these floozies are imposters because the g 6 ¢39 = L ItI. Melodrama has only fine upstanding floozies associated with it and they would not be out at that hour. Julian's Pension Fund Crossword ) ..-.- ->6 41 m 9 Burn soother Austin 10 Streamlet Powers 11 Somersault 31 Wall St. 16 ,Silly Rabbit's wheeler- desired dealer cereal 34 Mound stat 20 Weep loudly35 Long-popu 21 Marceau lar clown forte 37 Mottled 22 Cowboy's pony sweetie 38 Party pooper 23 Spinning 39 Assess meas. 40 In due time 24 Tarzan 41 Whip portrayer 42 Brazilian Ron rubber 25 Part of UNLV 43 Eastern 26 Thickness potentate 27 Meadow 44 Just say no 28 Half of bi- 46 Church seat 29 Chic,to 47 Eve, orignally @ 2009 King Features Synd.. Inc. Julian's mayor announced with a great deal of sadness, that as a result of all the upheavals in the T-" ?6- l-T- financial system, Julian's pension fund is insolvent. It will directly affect the mayor and he said he ---------- may have to keep running (and ____.._. winning) for years, because now he doesn't have enough to retire on. If he is cleared in his indictment, future campaign _>7 .,8 ~9 contributions will certainly ease -----" "--" the pain since he can use the -- -- -- contributions to buy food while he is campaigning to stay in office, which is all of the time. And if he 42 43 44 is away from home and stays at .... his girlfriend's house that should qualify for per diem too. It might --- -- --- work out also, because there are __ __ ___ a few projects coming up that will need to have someone buy some influence. Tax Tias Reporting If your business receives more than $10,000 in cash, from any one source, whether in a single transaction or in related transactions within the year, you must file Form 8300. "Cash" is a dirty word in a credit-based society, because IRS assumes only criminals deal in cash. Tax Tips courtesy of On-Line Bookkeeping Attendance* 1. Michigan 2. Tennessee 3. Ohio State 4. Penn State 5. Georgia 6. LSU 7. Southern Cal 8. Florida 9. Oklahoma 10. Auburn *per game average Source: NCAA tit @ 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved, -- King Crossword -- Answers Solution time: 21 mins.