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November 19, 2014 The Julian News 13 Ca,,,orn,aComm.n,a. I[I Reprieve forProp13byJonCoupal MOLINTAIN FARMS R/ B ow ot ean.Carnans theendorse onto theHJT00 11100O'9 00a.nS,ree, "'1 have read dozens of analyses Political Action Committee- did HOMES . LAND . RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS from experts and partisans very well. So much, in fact, that alike about the of most oftheendorsedcandidates www.]ul]an-realestate.corn - - November 4th's election, won, even those whom the Analyzing the national scene is pundits thought had little chance not rocket science. Republicans romped and Democrats took a shellacking. But understanding the impact here in ever-so-blue California is a bit more complicated. While it is true that Republicans, who tend to be more taxpayer friendly, did not win a single statewide seat, the news for fans of Proposition 13 is actually quite good. Rather than focus on the statewide races, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association was laser focused on using our political muscle to prevent the tax-and-spend majority party from securing the dreaded two- thirds supermajority in both the California Senate and Assembly. The reason why a two-thirds supermajority is so dangerous is two-fold. First, under Proposition 13, taxes imposed by the state cannot be imposed without the two-thirds vote. As long as the minority Republicans hold firm against tax hikes, Californians will be protected. (And it's not like California needs higher taxes. We already have the highest income tax rate, the highest sales tax rate and the highest gas tax in America). Second, it takes a two-thirds vote of each house to place a proposed amendment to the California Constitution on the ballot. Had the majority party achieved the supermajority, it could have placed anti- Proposition 13 measures on the ballot at will. But, because the Democrats were thwarted in their efforts, they will have to convince their political allies - principally the public sector unions - to spend several million dollars to collect the necessary signatures to qualify such a proposal. Another observation about this year's election is that, as if there were any doubt, the branding of Proposition 13 has never been stronger. Both true Proposition 13 defenders and pretenders used Proposition 13 as a talking point in their campaigns. Turns out that those candidates who were true Proposition 13 of victory. That Proposition 13 itself was such a centerpiece of this election cycle is astounding. This landmark measure was on the ballot more than 35 years ago and yet incumbent legislators who had bad Proposition 13 votes while in the Legislature suddenly felt vulnerable. A former legislator who was openly anti-Proposition 13 lost badly to an HJTA endorsed candidate, Janet Nguyen, in a contested Senate seat. Her opponent, Jose Solorio, was in such deep trouble that Governor Brown cut one of his very few television ads this election cycle in a failed attempt to save him. As in 1978, Jerry Brown was bested by Proposition 13. But to those who think that these political victories allow us a chance to rest, think again. Already, the enemies of Proposition 13 are conducting extensive political research - both polling and focus groups - to determine how best to dismantle these critical taxpayer protections. And left leaning anti-taxpayer groups have intensified their efforts to convince local governments and school district boards to pass anti-Proposition 13 "resolutions." These resolutions may be non- binding, but our adversaries are laying the groundwork for a repeal of Proposition 13 in 2016. That much is very clear. But for now, let's enjoy the victories just achieved. Just in time for the coming holiday, taxpayers and homeowners in California have much to be thankful for. And while we realize our reprieve will be short and that we must prepare for battle anew in a few short weeks, these victories give us the much needed hope that California can, once agaifi-l-become the Golden State it once was. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement Whispering Pines Fully fenced 1/2 acre, 3 bdr, 2 ba., dou- ble glazed windows, forced air and wood stove. The price is $259,000. Pristine Home On 4.26 park-like acres. 3br, 2ba, 2car garage, hard wood, granite, 2 wells and huge steel building. Close to town and totally private. $499,900 139 Acres Rugged, remote and private. Three (3) legal parcels, Four (4) approved building sites. Hiking/Horse trails thru-out. Panoramic views to Pacific Ocean. Includes wild, untouched rural landscapes. Hunters Camp? .... Artist Retreat?... Personal Shangri-La?... Good water area... Needs well. $499,900 Vacation Rental For Sale 2 bedroom vacation rental home with views of lake and ocean. Asking $379,000 Solar Home - on 9 Level, Usable Acres. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2700 sq. ft. with 2 attached 2 car garages, Barn, RV Pad, Wrap Around Deck, Hot Tub, 2 Zone Heating and Air Conditioning. Many Custom features. Views to Pacific Ocean $785,000 defenders - meaning they had of taxpayers'rights. R.ED. by Mike Marland "E)A),W IT'S A - "-=  IT RF_.PREEM'FS ' "/ L I BARNS 1 I T4ING, IL'I;M[--- e, UDGI" / /El " On November 5th in Ottery Saint Mary in Devon, England, people carry huge burning barrels of tar on their backs. They run with the burning barrel until the heat and weight become too much or the barrels break up Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 6 2 1 3 7 5 1 9 3 7 9 4 8 6 7 2 5 4 1 1 5 3 7 2 9 5 3 8 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 ,5 Acres Vacant land, views, gentle slope, well and electricity. $119,000 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. Available Land 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 Strange It was noted American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who made 'Ll-,l the following sage observation: "The truth is more important than the fa?ts." You might be surprised to learn that the Ford Mustang, an icon of N[ig American automobiles, was originally named the Torino. | l.orde If you live in Arkansas, you can reflect on the fact that your state 2. 5 Seconds is home to the only diamond mine in North America. of Summer Popular Science magazine once dipped its toes into predictions -- and got it all wrong. In 1898, it published an article stating, "The energy 3. Justin necessary to propel [an airplane] 4. Martin G; would be many times greater King Crossword than that required to drive a train 5. Fifth of cars at the same speed; hence 6. ACROSS as a means of rapid transit, flying 1 1960s could not begin to compete with 7. Earl hallucino- the railroad." The magazine can 8, Shawn gen be forgiven its lack of foresight, 9. Becky G, 4 Traffic noise though, considering the fact that 8 -out the first powered airplane flight 10, ChJefEq (supple- didn't even occur until five years merited) Source: Billboard 12 Have bills later. 13Winglike Tofu has the distinction of 0weSr d 14 Not yet being the most hated food in  m final, in law America. 15 Energy Method, a company that Solution time: 24 rains. 16 Getup makes eco-friendly home- -I vlsISl.L 3 v t] I 17 Criterion 3 U 3 d Io u s n I 18 Charlie cleaning products, has at their 0 91alolo i i ul Sheen's headquarters a brainstorming N v l a 13 Ils a a 91 brother room whose walls, floor and IIII1 II 21 Nolonger ceiling are completely covered G 31UlVlal z , el chic in live. growing grass. The n ulnllGa O HI 22 Round purpose? To bring the outdoors a v Io N 13 a S a I Table address 47 Swelled 6 Relaxation alumni in, and to "keep Method weird." ll sl ll 23 Church song head 7 Ironed 32 Stare Those who study such things z 3  3 w 3 26 Corral 48 Works with 8 Sign up stupidly say that a $1 million lottery .L S r 3 l, 3 s I ^ I 27 Taxi 49 Let fall 90 Chicken -- 34 Mainlander's prize is actually worth about i s I t IN u v N O I 30 Bay 50 Before Being, to memento $468,000, once taxes and fees (] 3 I 13 a 3 s q [ 31 Marry 51 Wild party Brutus 35 Camera are deducted. 32 Mentor 52 Collections 11 Airhead settings Weekly SUDOKU 33 Coloring 53 Bando of 19 Enjoy the 36 Newly baked The next time you're visiting Answer agent baseball hammock 37 Foppish Great Britain and someone offers 34 Tina's"30 20 Can material neckwear you a dish called powsowdy, you 9 tT 8 I /. I. 6 ; Rock" role DOWN 23 Third 38 Food might want to politely decline. 6 I. 8 9 i g 17 /. 35 Got along 1 Popular topic degree? 39 Bart's sister Unless you're an adventurous I; /.  17 6 8 I. 9 36 Shriner's with lyricists 24Sauce 40 Works of eater, a broth made from sheep's chapeau 2 Take to the source tribute heads probably won't appeal. 8 I. g /. t, S  t: 6 37 Cleo'sslayer pool 25 Idolater's 41 Green acres *** 6 Z t  9 t 3 8 38 Miami Sound 3 Actress emotion 42 Lawyers' Machine Moore 26 Dispensable income Thought for the Day: "If you 11   6 e 9 z i lead 4 Silver-white candy 43 Taj Mahal haven't got anything nice to say Z 9 6 8 i  17 45 Amusement metal 27 Mongrel city about anybody, come sit next to park attrac- 5 His work 28 Exist 44 Yule refrain me."  t/ 9 L 1. 6 ! tion inspired 29 Bloom-to-be -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth L 8 6   I. 9 g 46 Puerto- "Cats" 31 Hogwarts 2014 King Fcatures Synd., Inc. 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc. 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc. November 19, 2014 The Julian News 13 Ca,,,orn,aComm.n,a. I[I Reprieve forProp13byJonCoupal MOLINTAIN FARMS R/ B ow ot ean.Carnans theendorse onto theHJT00 11100O'9 00a.nS,ree, "'1 have read dozens of analyses Political Action Committee- did HOMES . LAND . RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT VACATION RENTALS from experts and partisans very well. So much, in fact, that alike about the of most oftheendorsedcandidates www.]ul]an-realestate.corn - - November 4th's election, won, even those whom the Analyzing the national scene is pundits thought had little chance not rocket science. Republicans romped and Democrats took a shellacking. But understanding the impact here in ever-so-blue California is a bit more complicated. While it is true that Republicans, who tend to be more taxpayer friendly, did not win a single statewide seat, the news for fans of Proposition 13 is actually quite good. Rather than focus on the statewide races, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association was laser focused on using our political muscle to prevent the tax-and-spend majority party from securing the dreaded two- thirds supermajority in both the California Senate and Assembly. The reason why a two-thirds supermajority is so dangerous is two-fold. First, under Proposition 13, taxes imposed by the state cannot be imposed without the two-thirds vote. As long as the minority Republicans hold firm against tax hikes, Californians will be protected. (And it's not like California needs higher taxes. We already have the highest income tax rate, the highest sales tax rate and the highest gas tax in America). Second, it takes a two-thirds vote of each house to place a proposed amendment to the California Constitution on the ballot. Had the majority party achieved the supermajority, it could have placed anti- Proposition 13 measures on the ballot at will. But, because the Democrats were thwarted in their efforts, they will have to convince their political allies - principally the public sector unions - to spend several million dollars to collect the necessary signatures to qualify such a proposal. Another observation about this year's election is that, as if there were any doubt, the branding of Proposition 13 has never been stronger. Both true Proposition 13 defenders and pretenders used Proposition 13 as a talking point in their campaigns. Turns out that those candidates who were true Proposition 13 of victory. That Proposition 13 itself was such a centerpiece of this election cycle is astounding. This landmark measure was on the ballot more than 35 years ago and yet incumbent legislators who had bad Proposition 13 votes while in the Legislature suddenly felt vulnerable. A former legislator who was openly anti-Proposition 13 lost badly to an HJTA endorsed candidate, Janet Nguyen, in a contested Senate seat. Her opponent, Jose Solorio, was in such deep trouble that Governor Brown cut one of his very few television ads this election cycle in a failed attempt to save him. As in 1978, Jerry Brown was bested by Proposition 13. But to those who think that these political victories allow us a chance to rest, think again. Already, the enemies of Proposition 13 are conducting extensive political research - both polling and focus groups - to determine how best to dismantle these critical taxpayer protections. And left leaning anti-taxpayer groups have intensified their efforts to convince local governments and school district boards to pass anti-Proposition 13 "resolutions." These resolutions may be non- binding, but our adversaries are laying the groundwork for a repeal of Proposition 13 in 2016. That much is very clear. But for now, let's enjoy the victories just achieved. Just in time for the coming holiday, taxpayers and homeowners in California have much to be thankful for. And while we realize our reprieve will be short and that we must prepare for battle anew in a few short weeks, these victories give us the much needed hope that California can, once agaifi-l-become the Golden State it once was. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association -- California's largest grass-roots taxpayer organization dedicated to the protection of Proposition 13 and the advancement Whispering Pines Fully fenced 1/2 acre, 3 bdr, 2 ba., dou- ble glazed windows, forced air and wood stove. The price is $259,000. Pristine Home On 4.26 park-like acres. 3br, 2ba, 2car garage, hard wood, granite, 2 wells and huge steel building. Close to town and totally private. $499,900 139 Acres Rugged, remote and private. Three (3) legal parcels, Four (4) approved building sites. Hiking/Horse trails thru-out. Panoramic views to Pacific Ocean. Includes wild, untouched rural landscapes. Hunters Camp? .... Artist Retreat?... Personal Shangri-La?... Good water area... Needs well. $499,900 Vacation Rental For Sale 2 bedroom vacation rental home with views of lake and ocean. Asking $379,000 Solar Home - on 9 Level, Usable Acres. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 2700 sq. ft. with 2 attached 2 car garages, Barn, RV Pad, Wrap Around Deck, Hot Tub, 2 Zone Heating and Air Conditioning. Many Custom features. Views to Pacific Ocean $785,000 defenders - meaning they had of taxpayers'rights. R.ED. by Mike Marland "E)A),W IT'S A - "-=  IT RF_.PREEM'FS ' "/ L I BARNS 1 I T4ING, IL'I;M[--- e, UDGI" / /El " On November 5th in Ottery Saint Mary in Devon, England, people carry huge burning barrels of tar on their backs. They run with the burning barrel until the heat and weight become too much or the barrels break up Week y SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 6 2 1 3 7 5 1 9 3 7 9 4 8 6 7 2 5 4 1 1 5 3 7 2 9 5 3 8 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 ,5 Acres Vacant land, views, gentle slope, well and electricity. $119,000 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. Available Land 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 Strange It was noted American architect Frank Lloyd Wright who made 'Ll-,l the following sage observation: "The truth is more important than the fa?ts." You might be surprised to learn that the Ford Mustang, an icon of N[ig American automobiles, was originally named the Torino. | l.orde If you live in Arkansas, you can reflect on the fact that your state 2. 5 Seconds is home to the only diamond mine in North America. of Summer Popular Science magazine once dipped its toes into predictions -- and got it all wrong. In 1898, it published an article stating, "The energy 3. Justin necessary to propel [an airplane] 4. Martin G; would be many times greater King Crossword than that required to drive a train 5. Fifth of cars at the same speed; hence 6. ACROSS as a means of rapid transit, flying 1 1960s could not begin to compete with 7. Earl hallucino- the railroad." The magazine can 8, Shawn gen be forgiven its lack of foresight, 9. Becky G, 4 Traffic noise though, considering the fact that 8 -out the first powered airplane flight 10, ChJefEq (supple- didn't even occur until five years merited) Source: Billboard 12 Have bills later. 13Winglike Tofu has the distinction of 0weSr d 14 Not yet being the most hated food in  m final, in law America. 15 Energy Method, a company that Solution time: 24 rains. 16 Getup makes eco-friendly home- -I vlsISl.L 3 vt] I 17 Criterion 3 U 3 d Io u s n I 18 Charlie cleaning products, has at their 0 91alolo i i ul Sheen's headquarters a brainstorming N v l a 13 Ils a a 91 brother room whose walls, floor and IIII1 II 21 Nolonger ceiling are completely covered G 31UlVlal z , el chic in live. growing grass. The n ulnllGa O HI 22 Round purpose? To bring the outdoors a v Io N 13 a S a I Table address 47 Swelled 6 Relaxation alumni in, and to "keep Method weird." ll sl ll 23 Church song head 7 Ironed 32 Stare Those who study such things z 3  3 w 3 26 Corral 48 Works with 8 Sign up stupidly say that a $1 million lottery .L S r 3 l, 3 s I ^ I 27 Taxi 49 Let fall 90 Chicken -- 34 Mainlander's prize is actually worth about i s I t IN u v N O I 30 Bay 50 Before Being, to memento $468,000, once taxes and fees (] 3 I 13 a 3 s q [ 31 Marry 51 Wild party Brutus 35 Camera are deducted. 32 Mentor 52 Collections 11 Airhead settings Weekly SUDOKU 33 Coloring 53 Bando of 19 Enjoy the 36 Newly baked The next time you're visiting Answer agent baseball hammock 37 Foppish Great Britain and someone offers 34 Tina's"30 20 Can material neckwear you a dish called powsowdy, you 9 tT 8 I /. I. 6 ; Rock" role DOWN 23 Third 38 Food might want to politely decline. 6 I. 8 9 i g 17 /. 35 Got along 1 Popular topic degree? 39 Bart's sister Unless you're an adventurous I; /.  17 6 8 I. 9 36 Shriner's with lyricists 24Sauce 40 Works of eater, a broth made from sheep's chapeau 2 Take to the source tribute heads probably won't appeal. 8 I. g /. t, S  t: 6 37 Cleo'sslayer pool 25 Idolater's 41 Green acres *** 6 Z t  9 t 3 8 38 Miami Sound 3 Actress emotion 42 Lawyers' Machine Moore 26 Dispensable income Thought for the Day: "If you 11   6 e 9 z i lead 4 Silver-white candy 43 Taj Mahal haven't got anything nice to say Z 9 6 8 i  17 45 Amusement metal 27 Mongrel city about anybody, come sit next to park attrac- 5 His work 28 Exist 44 Yule refrain me."  t/ 9 L 1. 6 ! tion inspired 29 Bloom-to-be -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth L 8 6   I. 9 g 46 Puerto- "Cats" 31 Hogwarts 2014 King Fcatures Synd., Inc. 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc. 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc.