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December 2, 2009 California Commentary Most Lawmakers Are Failing Us by Jon Coupal Each fall, the Legislature adjourns so lawmakers can return home and tell their constituents what a marvelous job they are doing. Many, who are focused on reelection or higher office, will have to spin a really good yarn to convince voters that their performance merits more time in Sacramento. A story of accomplishment will be a hard sell for those who approved $12.6 billion worth of new tax increases last February. That equates to a $1200 increase for a family of four at J time when they can least affo'd it. The only "success" of t~e Legislature has been to reinfo:ce California's reputation as haling the worst tax and regulatory climates in America. The sate's unemployment rate is now at 12.5 percent, and 3.7 million workers are either unenployed or underemployed. ThaWs a full 19% of the workforce wlo wants a full time job and doesn't have one. Of course income ard sales tax revenue has declinec drastically since the tax hikes, es legislators fail to understand tPat increased taxes will negatvely .impact consumer behaver. Because of that and other unrealistic revenue assump~ons, California is now facing a S21 billion deficit over the next tvlo years. Further compounding their culpability, most Sacranento politicians chose to igno'e the clear lesson of the 1991 tax increases, which produced less revenue for the following two years. A recentpoll shows that voters sense tha( lawmakers are failing them. T~e Field Poll found that only 13 percent of the state's registered voters approve of the Legislature's performance, the lowest rating since the survey group started measuring opinions of t~at institution in 1983. Excuses like, "it's the national I~F.D. econorw" won't wash. California has become a laughingstock and the national poster child for govenment mismanagement. Hovever, there are a few lawnakers who will legitimately beable to claim "it was the other g~ys" who got us into this mess. To sort out who are the ' nalefactors and who are good stewards of the voters' confidence, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association tracks the votes of all lawmakers on taxpayer related measures and issues its annual HJTA Legislative Report Card. For the 2009 session, 35 bills were used to evaluate and grade voting records and over half of lawmakers are failing. Out of 120 members of the Legislature, 73 received a grade of "F" for 2009. On the other end of the spectrum, 29 received a grade of "A." Only two, Assembly Members Joel Anderson and Diane Harkey, received perfect scores. Lawmakers have to work very hard to fail. Voting for taxpayers' interests just over 30 percent of the time earns a better grade. Sadly, many of these politicians are so dedicated to picking taxpayers' pockets that they have no shame. Some may actually regard their "Fs" as a badge of honor. The Legislative Report Card is designed to help Californians gauge how their own state representatives are actually performing based on what they have done, not on what they say, and to hold them accountable. To view all grades and the methodology on which they are based, go to legislative/report-cards/. Jan 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 of taxpayers' rights. by Mike Marland Weekly SUDOKU by Linda Thistle 4 1 1 6 3 9 7 4 3 Superior Court Seeks Grand Jury Applicants From Throughout San Diego County The San Diego Superior Court is actively seeking dedicated individuals with sound judgment from throughout the county to serve on the 2010/2011 San Diego County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury investigates citizen complaints and performs its traditional function as a "watchdog" over government agencies. It does not conduct criminal investigations. Applications are now available by telephone at 619-450-7272 or in person at the San Diego Superior Court civil business offices and in the Central (downtown), North, South and East branches of the court. You may also download an application from the San Diego Superior Court's website at www. or the Grand Jury's website at www.sdcounty. The 19-member body will work four days a week, approximately six hours a day, from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 at the Hall of Justice located in downtown San Diego. A small stipend per day, plus mileage, and downtown parking are provided. All application forms must be received by January 15, 2010. Qualified candidates will be nominated for a random drawing tentatively scheduled for June 4, 2010. The random drawing gives each supervisorial district equal representation by population. Candidates must (1) be U.S. citizens, (2) be at least 18 years old, (3) have sufficient knowledge of the English language and (4) have lived in the county for one year prior to selection. All candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check. Individuals meeting the above requirements are encouraged to apply: The first big solar power plant opened in California in 1982. The first geothermal power plant also opened in California in 1921. *** Liquid vitamin D supplements from - Wellesse are for children who need more vitamin D. They're available at Costco, Walgreens and other fine retailers. For more information and a $2.00 coupon, visit www.wellesse. corn or call (800) 232-4005. 4 9 8 6 3 2 5 8 7 9 6 3 7 2 8 4 5 3 1 9 1 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. The Julian News 13 DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: *** * Moderate ** Challenging *** HOO BOY! 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. HOMES, CABINS, LAND, RENTALS, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, VACATION RENTALS 2019 Main Street 760-765-0111 $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, ~, guest house over garage on 5 acres, horse barns, outbuildings and small fruit orchard. $285,000 Kentwood 2br, 1 ba, 864 sq, ft, knotty pine interior ,59 acres, $259,000 Whispering Pines, 2 br, 1 ba, + loft, Wood interior and soaring ceilings, 1 ba separate apt, downstairs, Double decks. 8459,000 In Town, 2bd, 2ba with separate 1 bd guest suite, built in 2003, Seriously Custom Home. $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. $225,000 Kentwood II 2 br, 1 ba 2 car garage, fireplace, hardwood, dual- glazed windows, A/C. As Heard On The Streets Of Julian by Eric Stamets Melamine Plates Now Thicker Since it was discovered that melamine was being substituted in China for protein in pet foods and subsequently killing the pets and especially since it was discovered that melamine was getting into milk and subsequently killing and harming babies in China, there have been several positive outcomes from the tragedy. First, Chinese justice has prevailed and there have been no long dragged out proceedings with American lawyers filing denials and concocting preposterous stories like an Illinois governor for the defense of their clients and probably all of the responsible business persons and government inspectors that allowed the harm to happen have already been executed. Second, the melamine dishes and trays recently imported from China that are so widely used here have arrived noticeably thicker and much stronger and don't break as easily as a result of there being so much more melamine available in China. Americans are getting a better deal and fewer babies are dying- who says the world isn't becoming a better place? qm 10 11 King Crossword ACROSS T-- 7 1 Some time- __ 4 Aesopian 12 story ~--~- 9 Bribe 12 Violinist's need 13 Forcefully 2~ 22 14 Mine output 2"E-~ 15 Lawyer, in the U.K. 31 17 Confederacy ~ leader 36 18 Opposite of "trans-" 19 Idea 45 46 21 Missing 4-'-U'-- 24 Hit with an open hand 25 Brazilian resort 26 Joke ~ 28 Lascivious 56 Conventual 31 Right angles 57 Wife's 33 Poorly lit address 35 Wear out 58 Lukewarm 36 Cut corners 59 Homer's 38 Talk and talk neighbor and talk Flanders 40 The Red or the Black DOWN 41 Dweeby type 1 Tummy 43 Tenant muscles 45 Maine city 2 Sticky stuff 47 Heavy 3 Pussycat's weight partner 48 Previous 4 Up against night 5 1839 mutiny 49 Card game site for recluses? 6 Slugger's 54 In medias - prop 55 Foolish 7 They have 29 30 52 53 ~m their pride quota 8 Sign up 32 Urban blight 9 "Only the 34 007's quaff self exists" 37 "Cheers" theory 39 Started a 10 Sandwich computer cookie 42 Danish 11 Hammerhead money part 44 -- rampage 16 Capades 45 Shoulder of locale a road 20 Lacking 46 State with slack certainty 21 War god 50 Stander's 22 Swindle loss 23 Reliability 51 Hostel 27 Showbiz job 52 Regret 29 Genealogy 53 This clue's chart place, aptly 30 Calendar enough 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. Weekly SUDOKU Answer L 9 g I. 17 6 8 8 8 L 6 L g 9 g # t' 6 8 ~ L L 9 ~' 9 9 Z I. g 6 6 t t~ g 8 L 9 9 ~ L g 6 ~ b 8 L g 9 L 8 6 t~ g t~ 9 8 L 6 S L 6 L 8 t~ g 9 L g Strange But True by Samantha Weaver It was Serbian electrical engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla who made the following sage observation: "One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane." You may be surprised to learn that in 1980, the mayor of Detroit gave the key to the city to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. If you're planning a trip to King Crossword - Answers Solution time: 21 mins. i N I 1 H V I s N I q 3 N O H H I a v J_ T v Minnesota anytime soon, you might want to stop in the townIlil VC tIS!!t-I|I * of Pipestone to see its claim lit to roadside-attraction fame: a 30-foot-long peace pipe. 1. Los Angeles If you think postage rates are getting high now, consider this: 2. To send mail by Pony Express originally cost $5 per ounce -- and that was when a dollar was worth a whole lot more than it is today. The World Health Organization does not include cockroaches on its list of insects hazardous to human health. It was in 2006 at a Christian youth conference in Atlanta that the world's largest recorded pillow fight took place, with some 10,000 teenagers taking part in : ...... the festivities. S0urce: Nationa[~ Association (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.