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This Saturday in Baghdad, Iraq the Barnich Sports Field will be dedicated by State Dept. Ambassador Hill. This is meaningful to me because the field was built and named in memory of Terry Barnich, my first boss after college who until his death by a roadside bomb last summer was the Deputy Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office in Baghdad. I last spoke with Terry a couple of years ago when he was back in Chicago after having been in Iraq for several months. He was upbeat about the work he was doing and fervently believed in the mission of helping the Iraqi people develop the stable democracy they deserve.
You’ve likely heard about the Citizen Power Initiative, commonly known as Paycheck Protection, that backers are working to qualify for the November ballot. The measure would prohibit the state government from withholding from public employees’ paychecks any money that is to be used for political purposes. Fundamentally, it would transform what has been since 1978 an involuntary system of workers funding public employee union political warchests — money that then gets funneled back into friendly politicians’ campaigns, to the benefit of the public union masters and detriment of the taxpayers. If the Citizen Power Initiative passes, public employee unions would have to – wait for it – actually ASK for their members’ political contributions, just like every business and pro-taxpayer group in the state. The language of the ballot measure has been written to conform to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of a similar law in Idaho.
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You may have caught this article in today’s U-T regarding area water districts’ dilemma over the fact that San Diegans have taken their water conservation campaigns to heart. In some districts water usage is down 20 percent or more over the same period last year, causing water district revenues to fall accordingly. As such, many district managers say their boards may have to consider rate increases as a way to make up the lost revenue brought on by the very conservation efforts they mandated we make!
I’m thrilled that the old Red County SD has been resurrected into the SD Rostra!
With all of the weighty issues being debated in Sacramento this fall, not to mention the early onset of wildfire season, it’s tempting to overlook the goings-on at the California Commission on the 21st Century Economy. Chairman Gerry Parsky and his fellow commissioners will likely wind up recommending the largest wholesale changes to the state’s system of taxation in a generation and the proposals on the table couldn’t be more controversial. The op-ed piece below originally appeared on NBCsandiego.com.
The Time is Ripe for Reform