Voting NO is not enough

California voters kill budget measures
The "big five" elected leaders -- Schwarzenegger and the legislative chieftains from both houses -- are slated to begin closed-door meetings today...

There's the source of your problem, and it is going to be more of the same. These are the people whose job it has been to keep the state financially healthy, whose job it was to make sure that they did not spend more than they had, and whose job it was to plan for a rainy day.

Instead they spend, and spent and spent, and they fought the Governor when he tried to make needed cuts. Again and again and again. They have had their chance. This last ditch attempt to get the voters to allow them to keep spending has failed. Their caucusing to defeat the opposing party has kept them from working for the people.

Now it is time to remove every last one from office - and failing that, since it cannot and will not happen, strip them of their party associations and affiliation for as long as they hold elected office. Force them back to work for the people they so wanted to serve, and not the party the ended up serving.

Police bust McKinleyville pot garden

A large marijuana growing operation in McKinleyville was raided Thursday by Humboldt County sheriff's deputies, who reportedly found more than 900 marijuana plants growing inside the residence.

According to information from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, authorities arrested two suspects -- Justin David Anderson, 33, and Melissa Marie Frawley, 32 -- on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sales.

After authorities raided the residence on the 1000 block of Kinglet Avenue in McKinleyville, where they found a marijuana growing operation inside the garage attached to the residence.

Deputies seized a total of 901 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from sin inches to four feet in height from three separate grow rooms. During the search, deputies also reportedly located four pounds of processed marijuana and two pounds of concentrated marijuana, or hash, from the inside of the residence.

According to HCSO information, police also located $15,710 in cash inside a safe in the residence. That money was seized for asset forfeiture, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Both Anderson and Frawley are being held in the Humboldt County jail on $20,000 bail.

The Times-Standard
Posted: 05/09/2009 02:43:20 PM PDT

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