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CALWATCHDOG.COM The exodus of 4 million California residents in the last 20 years will continue to rise commensurately with higher taxes, until only state workers and welfare recipients are left.

May 15, 2012
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NEW: Jerry Brown twists out ‘pretzel palace’ budget

Monday, May 14, 2012 8:39 PM
He’s not kidding. I have lived here 60+ years and never seen anything like this. It has been going downhill for decades. People propped it up with fake property values, equity and credit. Instead of just living life enjoying the ocean, desert and mountains, most here had to live life like Robin Leeches “lifestyles of the rich and famous”. Well, even Nicholas Cage went bankrupt! Me? I’ll see you at The Wedge when the surf is up!
May 14, 2012
By Katy Grimes
SACRAMENTO–Setting the stage for the Legislature to pass another phony majority vote budget, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown presented a bleak picture of the state’s finances today during his May Budget Revision conference, and then challenged the press to come up with a better plan.
Despite his repeated claims that he was increasing austerity by calling for higher taxes, cuts to health and welfare programs, as well as a 5 percent furlough cut to state employees, Brown’s budget cuts will still not spare taxpayers.
The governor reported that California’s budget deficit has grown to nearly $16 billion, shockingly higher than the apparent guesstimates of $9 billion in January.
“The May Revision is based on the assumed passage of the Governor’s tax initiative,” the plan from the Department of Finance said. “The Governor’s proposal “temporarily increases tax rates on the highest income Californians, and temporarily increases the Sales and Use Tax rate by 0.25 percent,” resulting in the anticipated $8.5 billion in additional tax revenue to the state coffers.
And if you believe that the taxes are temporary, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Tax the millionaires… I mean the ‘affluent’

“Please increase taxes on the most affluent,” Brown asked. “It’s reasonable and fair.” What is not fair or even reasonable is that the voters have not been participants to the historic spending by the state. The increased spending and budget deficits, according to Brown, has gone on since Earl Warren was governor (1943-1953). The deficit spending is largely spent on welfare programs, including education welfare give-aways, and on growing state employee pensions.
The revised budget includes a $91.4 billion general fund spending plan, a one-time infusion of funds from the multi-state mortgage abuse settlement with large banks, Brown’s November tax initiative and more cuts.
Total spending in the state budget is $4.6 billion more than Brown’s January budget proposal, leaving many to ask if Brown’s call for more taxes is just to be able to continue increasing state spending.
“The budget is a pretzel palace of complexity.” Brown said.
Brown posted a youtube video over the weekend and said that the budget he signed last year was an improvement in ending budget deficits. But it still was dramatically unbalanced by $4.6 billion. ”By the time I leave here, California’s budget will be balanced and the state will be back on road to prosperity,” Brown insisted. ”I am a buoyant optimist.”

The tail is wagging the dog

Last week, the Sacramento Bee reported that SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said she had been in talks with Brown about the revised budget, and refused to agree to state worker furloughs.
Walker published a memo about the upcoming budget revise, as well as her demands for state workers. ”Under the previous governor, our input was not sought, in fact, it was dismissed. Under Gov. Brown, we have a seat at the table,” Walker’s memo stated. “We have offered our own proposals to deal with this crisis.”
Walker specifically recommended cutting private vendor contracts, eliminating the use of retired annuitants and, only if necessary, implementing a four-day, 40-hour work week.
Walker’s recommendations are coincidentally what Brown proposed in his May Revise budget. However, Brown said he will ask state employees to work four days a week, 9.5-hour shifts for a weekly total of 38 hours. This recommendation will undoubtedly be challenged by the state’s labor unions.

The dog is wagging the tail

The governor said that, if his tax initiative is not approved in November, K-12 schools and community colleges would be cut by $5.5 billion.
“Schools will suffer,” said Brown.
The University of California and California State University systems would split another $500 million cut–$50 million less than Brown proposed in his January budget.
The one positive cut in Brown’s revised budget is the proposed cuts to Cal Grants, which would result in the imposition of tighter high school graduation requirements and more stringent proof of family income.

Cuts to the Courts

California courts are already burdened with a crumbling infrastructure. Brown’s revised budget will make this worse. He proposed cutting $544 million from the state’s trial courts, $300 million from their reserves and $240 million by further delaying court construction.
This is bad news for the overburdened court system, which has already delayed the construction of several much-needed courthouses, as well as decades of deferred maintenance.
Brown also proposed increasing court employee retirement contributions from 5 percent to 8 percent.
And Brown is asking for another cut to In-Home Supportive Services, and further cuts to Medi-Cal hospitals and nursing homes.

Responses to the May Budget Revision

“Tax revenue is up two years in a row, but not enough to satisfy the spending demands of Sacramento Democrats,” retorted Assembly Republicans. “It will be interesting to see if the liberal majority in the Legislature accept the Governor’s cuts, or reject them as they did earlier this year when they blocked the Governor’s health and welfare reforms and grew spending by $1 billion,” wrote Assembly Minority leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Biggs.
However, there was no acknowledgment by the governor of the steady exodus from California over the last 20 years, resulting in the substantial loss of tax revenues. Four million taxpaying residents have left the state in search of less government intrusion, fewer regulations and lower taxes.
“Our government is not structured to quickly and effectively respond to an economic crisis of this magnitude,” said Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
”We are so balkanized that the people don’t know who collects the taxes and who provides the services.”
Steinberg also admitted that “the share of corporate income tax paid in California has fallen by nearly half since 1981. Personal consumption in California has fallen by the largest percentage since 1980,” Steinberg said.
“Amazingly, a year and a half into Brown’s governorship and we still hear nothing of the unemployed,” said California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. “California will continue to face chronic budget deficits because so many people remain out of work; the conversation about revenues should always begin with how to restore jobs. So many people are wondering when Brown will offer plans to make California competitive, so that business will return to this state and bring jobs with them.”
Before the ink was even dry on the Governor’s speech, California Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski called for a review of corporate tax breaks. Calling for voters to approve Gov. Brown’s tax initiative in November, Pulaski said, “The state has to eliminate the maze of loopholes, carve-outs and tax-dodges that corporate lobbyists have written into law over the years…”
“It’s high time that our system reflects the interests of middle-class Californians, not the special interests of corporate CEOs and their lobbyists,” Pulaski said. But he said nothing about the special interests of union lobbyists, union attorneys and union politicians.
It is hard not to ask if Brown’s tax increases will force more to exit the state and further deplete California of tax revenues, especially whe California tax increases take hold, and federal tax cuts expire.
One Twitter follower asked, “Is this the perfect storm for financial ruin?”
The elephant in the room looms large: Is California hoping for a bailout? Are we too big to fail? Some say that $5 trillion in new debt under Brown’s turn as governor makes a bailout impossible, leaving only tax and fee increases.
The exodus of 4 million California residents in the last 20 years will continue to rise commensurately with higher taxes, until only state workers and welfare recipients are left.
Brown said the state and the nation has been living beyond its means. “There has to be a balance and a day of reckoning,” Brown said. “This is the day of reckoning…We have to take our medicine.”
“What government does is good,” Brown said. “I did my best.”
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A Great Son with great passion and desire gets answer he wanted!

May 14, 2012
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This blogsite is named for the newspaper my grandpa White owned in the 1920’s, “The Burbank Tribune”.

Today I am writing about my son Dustin. He was born in 1980 and has been through a lot of adversity, but also a lot of great things also. He has great passion for life, the things it offers and for people.

Dustin at work in Lee’s comic store, “Comic Quest” when young.

He has wanted to go to art and grapix schools for years and has been through the ups and downs of developing his skills, he is mostly self taught in art, painting, sketching and sculpting etc. and also the visual graphix programs like Maya and others too numerous to mention, he has studied them all on his own, I myself have watched the real “Agony and Ecstasy” in Dustin’s life.

Yesterday he told me that he had applied to the institute of which he has a great desire to attend, “Gnomon School of Visual Effects”.

http://www.gnomonschool.com/

He checked and arranged his Portfolio and sent it in and got an ‘acceptance’. My son’s comment was that they usually told people to do more classes and work on certain areas, but his was reviewed and deemed ready for acceptance. I am so proud of my son and his pursuit of his passions even in adverse situations!

http://www.wix.com/dustinwhite/prestige9#!portfolio|c9kd

The Writer/Director JJAbrams said of Gnomon:

“I only wished the Gnomon existed when I was a kid. I would have applied and had I gotten in, I would have attended. It’s that brilliant nexus of imagination and practical reality; a place where dreamers learn to realize, share and bring to life the visions in their heads. The latest and greatest technology is meaningless without inspired instruction. This is what Gnomon has in spades. There professors and founders are people who truly inspire. They just don’t teach the ‘how to’- they give  you context, understanding and expectations of ‘how to on the job’.  Theirs is a practical approach to actually working on film, video and gaming. It’s that amazing ideal, where art and making a living peacefully co-exist. You can certainly become a successful working artist without Gnomon, but with their pedigree placement stats, culture and track record, why take that chance?

JJAbrams

CEO Bad Robot Productions

creator of: Cloverfield, Lost, Felicity, Alias, Fringe

Director of: Star Trek, Mission Impossible III

Dustin’s Resume:

Dustin White

http://www.linkedin.com/in/dustinwhite9                                                                                                        909.709.6599

http://www.wix.com/DustinWhite/prestige9                                                                                               Dustinwhite999@gmail.com

 

Mission Statement: Current goals are set on working for a professional and positive business environment that would be willing to give me the opportunity to further my skills and interests while continuing to advance in design knowledge and skills for myself and the advancement of the company.

Summary: A Hardworking dedicated and qualified graphic designer, with over 3 years of industry experience in print design, sign production, web and multimedia. 10 years of retail, sales, office and various other types of employment skills, including impeccable customer service and interpersonal skills which has always proven successful every place I have been employed at. A strong background in traditional and visual arts and communications, yet

Experience:

First Press, Hollywood CA

Graphic Design Internship and Freelance Graphic Designer                                                                          2010 – 2011

  • Communicating & collaborating with clientele and various vendors to ensure satisfactory layouts for the content of the publications.
  • Layout and color correct/retouch photos for use in flyers, direct mail, leaflets and signage that promote client’s business capabilities.

Image 1 Design Works, Anaheim CA

Mid-Level Graphic Designer                                                                                                                                      2009 – 2010

  • Responsible for conceptualizing the overall look and design of business for special marketing and advertising events.
  • Implemented innovative ideas to company such as time sheet software to ensure accuracy and reduce errors with payroll records.
  • Employed new project procedures, including altering existing print layouts in order to save company resources and mediums.
  • Created and printed mass in-house store flyers alongside operating card cutting, multi-fold document and mass copier machines.

Flash Film Works, Hollywood CA

3 month Internship as Rotoscope Paint Artist                                                                                                           2008 – 2009

  • Compositing Training in Fusion including image stabilization and color correcting of film scenes.
  • Rotoscoping elements such as actors and objects in scenes requiring backgrounds or other elements to be removed and or replaced with separate live moving frames of action sequences.
  • Digital “dustbusting” which consisted of restoring and correcting by removing and retouching minor imperfections in film frames.
  • Digitally repainted and cleanup areas of film frames such as background elements including sky and undesired areas of the frame.

Blue Engravers, Long Beach CA

Graphic Designer                                                                                                                                          2007 – 2008

  • Operation of high tech plotters/vinyl cutters, industrial laminators & large engraving machines.
  • Attended conventions, press conferences and trade shows to network and promote business and update knowledge on newer print mediums and materials in the industry.

Xgraphix, Loma Linda CA

Junior Graphic Designer                                                                                                                               2005 – 2006

  • Designed color schemes and look of stationery, logos, business cards and identity for numerous clients.
  • Recreated existing logos from jpeg/bitmap to vector files.
  • Generated vehicle wrap layouts and decal lettering for mobile advertising.

Education

Long Beach City College, Long Beach CA                                                                                                          2011 – Present

B.A. Computer Science Degree (pursuing though Online Courses)

 

Theory and working knowledge

Typography, Color Theory, Illustration, Storyboard design concept, Layout, Animation principles and techniques

 

Skills:

Adobe Creative Suite, Pixologic Zbrush, Autodesk 3D design Software, MS Office

I am so proud that you are following your passions in life and breaking through all adversity,

Love from your Dad


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