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Old 05-11-2008, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by L-88 View Post
I love living in California. The bride and I moved here from Maine 10 years ago, and it just keeps getting better.
Where do you live?
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:18 AM
Location: South Bay Native
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Originally Posted by Christine Joan View Post
Great point, but it isn't just taxes that keep going up here. Every time I turn on the news I hear about the utility companies, DWP, Edison, seeking to raise their rates. A while ago, there was a news report over how at DWP, the company paid for some type of nursing program that isn't offered almost anywhere else, that seemed rather expensive and excessive. Now every time I pay my utility bill I think about paying for workers at DWP to have benefits that many of us, well at least me, consider to be a bit over the top for a utility company to offer their employees. Instead of cutting costs, the utility companies simply raise rates. Frankly, I would prefer for them to try to cut costs. I'm tired of my rates going up.

Of course, I'm tired of paying ever increasing taxes too, but my gripe is mostly with the federal government, not state.
The program you speak of at DWP is their contract work for the "lactation consultant". They pay $50K a year for this person to come in 16 hours a week to show the ladies how to nurse their babies and pump their breasts. All of which they could be getting from the already-provided healthcare coverage. It is also provided free from groups like La Leche League.

I think it's a total crock.

Got milk? : L.A. Now : Los Angeles Times
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:08 PM
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Default Marilyn220 You don't get it

California houses more prisoners than any other state. I find that to be a problem. Maybe the "three strikes" law needs to be re-examined.

Other states that adopted Cali's "3 strikes" law have regretted it severely and are trying to overturn it. Massive overcrowding is a danger to the guards. People aren't supposed to live 4 to a cell. It's not normal and will make you crazy (if you haven't lost it already).

Of course California houses more prisoners than any other state. Did you consider the population? According to the World Almanac California has 36,457,549 people with a prison population of175,111 and Texas with the next largest population of 23,507,783 has a prison population of 172,889.

California is not even in the top 10 of the highest incarceration rates, Louisiana holds that title. Don't blame it on the "3 stirkes law", put the blame where it lays on the criminals that don't get it the first 2 times. You should be thankful that those criminals are in prison where they belong. They could be on your street or hurting another innocent! Thank the people of California for voting to make our streets safe from violent offenders.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:17 PM
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Default Amen to that!

Originally Posted by 18Montclair View Post
What do you expect? We send millions of dysfunctional, spoiled, rude brats to school and expect our teachers to work miracles.

Im sorry,
but at least half the problem with our schools is what happens at home. Or in many cases, what doesnt happen at home.

You are so right with this one!
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Old 10-12-2008, 01:06 PM
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This is a good forum. You all see crystal clear whats going on but the powers that be obviously see things differently. There needs to be a way to circumvent the government so we can go back to policing ourselves. In fact, its the only thing that's left for us to do because one day we wont be able to run to the next city to live a better life.

America, in the future, could turn into Gotham city (in Batman) but in our case there's no Batman.
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