Home Depot No Done Deal by wjj14051


									                          No, City Does NOT Require                                                                                                                 Proposed Wastewater Cease
                          Toters to Be Stored on Streets                                         Search Continues                                                      & Desist Order Called
                                        See That’s Life, Page 3                                  For Dixon Mom                                                         “Guaranteed Failure”
 California Newspaper                      Musings, Page 3
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Vol. 16, No. 14                                                             Dixon’s ONLY locally owned hometown newspaper                                                                        Week of April 2, 2008

       Blue Star Mom’s                                                    PlanningCommission Holds First Hearing
    Spaghetti Feed Saturday                                                           Home Depot No Done Deal In Dixon
                                                                                                  by Noam Diep Luom                                    to review certain aspects of the project to give the proponents direction
      at Veterans Hall to                                                   Eric Pilegaard, the owner of a 16 acre parcel next to Cattlemen’s
                                                                          Restaurant, and Scott Mommer who wants to develop the parcel, have
                                                                                                                                                       so they could prepare for a follow-up planning decision at the regular
                                                                                                                                                       May meeting.

          Aid Troops                                                      been waiting for over 2 years just to be told yes or no. According to
                                                                          Pilegaard, because of the long delay in the hearing process, he no
                                                                                                                                                         Chris Duncan, Yvonne McClusky, and Kay Cayler all stated they
                                                                                                                                                       weren’t ready to make a decision. Kevin Heeney went further criticiz-
                                                                          longer has Home Depot under contract. That does not mean that Home           ing the economic analysis, circulation plan, and a lack of embellish-
  The Blue Star Mom’s are an organization which has been in exis-
tence since 1942 supporting their sons and daughters who are serv-        Depot still isn’t interested, however that revelation shook up the Plan-     ments that would make the project more attractive. All of the discus-
                                                                          ning Commissioners who thought they were hearing a proposal cen-             sion was directed to the project as designed with Home Depot as the
ing on active duty in the armed forces. Their goal is to let the troops
know there is support for what our service people do and the support      tered around the hardware giant’s desire to enter Dixon.                     tenant.
is here in their own backyards. It is given as troops arrive and leave      After testimony from the property owner that he was directed by city         Another point made by several of the commissioners is that they
the States.                                                               staff to this specific property and that he was told by staff that they      wanted more architectural models to choose from including “premier”
  A flag was created to signify participation in the organization,        would not oppose such a project, Pilegaard purchased the property and        stores such as one in Irvine. Both Pilegaard and Mommer were at the
with a blue star on it for every individual within a family who is on     began the process. Opposition to the project has come primarily from         podium at the end of this discussion and appeared more than willing to
active duty. Several of these flags are seen around town at private       supporters of Ace Hardware which include the Chamber of Commerce             give the commission just about anything for which the commissioners
                                                                          and the DDBA. There arguments have been concentrated in the area of          were asking except for Kevin Heeney’s suggestion of moving the store
                                                                          unfair competition, resultant blight from closure of affected current        in 50 feet from the freeway to create a large landscape berm.
  The spaghetti feed is on Saturday, April 5th starting at 6 pm with
no host cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 pm, and a raffle at 8 pm.      businesses, and the contradiction of big box versus small town charm.
                                                                            Eight people spoke against the project during the public hearing
All proceeds, 100% of the money collected, goes out to the troops in
the form of packaging of donated items or to purchase items that are      phase. Devon Hart was typical of those, saying “I have love for Ace                  Dixon Public General Plan
                                                                          Hardware”. When questioned by commissioner Doug Uhlik as to her
in short supply or not donated.
  Packages are sent out to the troops four to five times per year. The
                                                                          “ideas for what business to bring in”, she responded that she had none              Update Meetings This Week
                                                                          but would research it if the commission wanted her to.                          Dixon residents are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming
moms also visit troops in the hospital at Travis besides keeping in                                                                                     “General Plan 101” meetings that will explain how the General
touch with them via email. They also participate in the annual Fair-        Jill Orr, representing both the Chamber and the DDBA as an officer
                                                                          of each, did mention and discuss two important issues with which the          Plan Update will affect the community. The meetings will be held
field Veterans’ Parade. The group is always looking for new mem-                                                                                        at the Dixon Senior Center, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., and the Dixon Fire
bers.                                                                     commission appeared to be wrestling. These were using the project
                                                                          parking lot as a pick up/drop off point for day labor and that the com-       Station, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
  Mike Gloege, a Blue Star Mom’s associate, wants to remind us all                                                                                        These meetings provide an opportunity for participants to learn
                                                                          parative economic impact analysis was flawed because of dated mate-
“You don’t have to believe in the war to believe in the soldiers.”                                                                                      about the General Plan Update and to share their views on how to
                                                                          rial. She also felt that a big box store would be “the end of small town
                                                                          character”.                                                                   maintain Dixon’s charm and quality of life while planning for an
                                                                                                                                                        enriching and sustainable future. City planners will also outline
    Dixon Youth Football & Cheer                                            Tony Tryba, the owner of Ace Hardware, was allowed to speak for
                                                                          some 20 minutes on a variety of points as to why the project should be        important stages of the two-year project.
       Sign Ups Start April 16                                            rejected. He concentrated on the issues of blight and already high va-
                                                                          cancy rate in existing smaller available buildings throughout Dixon.
                                                                                                                                                          Volunteers are also needed to comprise the General Plan Advi-
                                                                                                                                                        sory Committee (GPAC). The GPAC members, chosen by the City
  Dixon Rams Youth Football & Cheer will hold tackle football and                                                                                       Council, provide input to City leaders throughout the two-year im-
cheer sign ups from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Java California located at          Tryba finished by saying that “perhaps Home Depot will be a public
                                                                          nuisance” in referencing ordinances in San Diego and Bellingham               plementation of the Dixon General Plan Update. Attendance at
1440 Ary Lane in Dixon on Wednesday April 16th, Wednesday                                                                                               monthly meetings as well as extensive reading time will be neces-
April 23rd and Thursday April 24th. Tackle football players and           Washington limiting the size of buildings within their cities.
                                                                            Civic activist Michael Ceremello, who is also a columnist for this          sary. Volunteers from throughout the community are encouraged to
cheerleaders must turn age 7 prior to August 1, 2008 and not turn 16                                                                                    apply for the Committee through the Dixon General Plan Web site
prior to August 1, 2008.                                                  paper, responded as the “lone opposition to the opposition voice.”
                                                                          Ceremello did not fail to criticize the proponents either, requesting to      at: www.dixongeneralplan.com.
  Football players and cheerleaders need to bring a copy of their
                                                                          know where the condition was proposed by community development                                  General Plan 101 Public Meetings
birth certificate to sign ups unless they are a returning player or
cheerleader. Registration fees are $210 for the first child; $190 for a   director Dave Dowswell to return the site to its pre-development con-                              Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
                                                                          dition if the store were to fail. The main thrust of his comments was                                   Dixon Senior Center
2nd; $165 for a 3rd; and $115 for a 4th child.
                                                                          that competition is the American way and you can’t preclude a busi-                                      201 S. Fifth Street
  Cheerleaders must also purchase their own personal items. Schol-        ness from coming in that will compete with existing businesses.
arships are available for football and cheer. For scholarship informa-                                                                                                        Thursday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                            After testimony was completed, the commission went on to give
tion, contact Jeff Clay at jeffc@dprinc.com or Karen Clay at:                                                                                                                      Dixon Fire Station
                                                                          their views on how they would make the decision and then proceeded
                        kareneclay1@yahoo.com                                                                                                                                        205 Ford Way
  They anticipate having seven Saturday home games and will be                                                                                                     For additional information, visit the Web site at:
hosting a playoff game in Dixon this year. Each football and cheer
                                                                          Proposed Order Called “Guaranteed Failure”
team is allowed a maximum of 35 players. You may download the
registration paperwork from their website and complete it prior to           Council Discusses General
coming to sign ups.
  They are also accepting coach applications for football and cheer-          Plan, Wastewater Issues                                                              Search is on for Dixon’s 2008
leading coaches. All coaching applications may be downloaded off                                  by Michael Ceremello                                                  Mother of the Year
their website at www.dixonyouthfootball.org then faxed to Bill Carr                                                                                    • Enter your mother or ANY OTHER MOTHER who you believe
at (707) 693-6944. All coaches must be approved by the Dixon                A presentation was made at the      C&DO in 2005. It is also unclear         exemplifies the finest qualities of motherhood.
Youth Football and Cheerleading Executive Board prior to appoint-         March 25 Dixon City Council           exactly what projects would need
                                                                                                                                                       • Three age groups for those submitting entries: Grade 4 and under;
ment. Past participants who need to return football equipment             meeting by PMG, the consultants       to be done until the recently com-       Grades 5 through 8; and High school and adults.
should bring it to sign ups. Contact Jeff Clay at (707) 689-6883 or       managing the review and revision      pleted background ground water
                                                                                                                                                       • Essays should be about 350 to 500 words
jeffc@dprinc.com for information.                                         of Dixon’s general plan. Andrea       study is analyzed by staff, con-
                                                                          Elliot, Daniel Hamilton, and Eric     sultants, and the wastewater com-      • Great prizes awarded to winners by participating Dixon businesses
                                                                          Norris alternated in explaining       mittee.                                  and other Merchants
  Garden Club to Hear Master Gardeners                                    how the process would be han-            All of this was included in a 60    • Decisions of the judges are final.
  The garden Club will hold its monthly meeting April 9,2008 at           dled.                                 page document given to the Re-         • Essays must be submitted by 6:00 pm on Friday, May 2nd.
10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship hall of the Bethany Lutheran Church,           By the end of the discussion,       gional board as a response to the
located at 621 South Orchard Avenue Vacaville. Jennifer Baum-                                                                                                        Entries may mailed or brought to:
                                                                          the council decided to expand the     proposed C&DO. Attorney Greg-
bach, Sharon Rico and Betty Victor, Master Gardners, will provide
                                                                          committee and to extend the date      ory Newmark also asked for an
                                                                                                                                                                       Dixon’s Independent Voice
information on ornamental grasses and how to make them work in                                                                                                529 N. Adams Street, Suite C, Dixon, CA 95620
                                                                          to apply to be on it. Two public      option to be able to “opt out” of
your yard.
                                                                          workshops will be conducted on        projects that were proven unnec-
  The Club will hear a report on the progress of their Spring Back-
                                                                          April 2nd and April 3rd. Applica-     essary after the approval of the
yard Garden Tour, which will benefit the Blue Star memorial. The
memorial will be place at The Sacramento Valley Veterans Ceme-
tery on Midway Road.
                                                                          tions to serve on the committee-
                                                                          will be accepted until April 21st.
                                                                                                                C&DO. Cunningham stated that
                                                                                                                instead of hearing the C&DO in
                                                                                                                                                                         Mother of the Year
  Ten members of the Vaca Valley Garden Club will be opening
their backyards for this special event. Four homes in Dixon and Six
                                                                            Daniel Hamilton of PMG stated
                                                                          residents can apply via email or
                                                                                                                April, the regional board has car-
                                                                                                                ried it over to its June meeting so
in Vacaville. Their will be Master Gardeners at every home to an-         by using the city’s website as well   it can review the points made.                                     Official Entry Form
swer any questions about the plants.The date is Saturday April            as going to city hall in a more          Herb Cross gave three compo-                                        Sponsored by
26th rain or shine. You may purchase tickets at: Dixon Florist and        formal manner. It was empha-          nents of his report to the council.
                                                                                                                                                                      Dixon's Independent Voice
Lemiria Nursery in Dixon.Sweet Peas Nursery, Morningsun Herb              sized that there is a long time       The first was a recommendation
Farm and El Rancho Nursery in Vacaville. You will not want to             commitment of at least 18 months      to change how sewer rates are                           & Dixon Mothers’ Club
miss this garden tour, it is a tour for real gardeners, or looking for    and interested citizens need to       calculated, giving benefit to those
new ideas for your yard.                                                  know they must consistently at-       who use the system less. This             _______________________________________________
  For more information call Glenda at (707) 448-3311 or Phyllis           tend these meetings for the proc-     would be based on winter water
                                                                                                                                                          Mom’s Name and Age
(707) 678-2782.                                                           ess to be effective.                  usage when irrigation is at a mini-
                                                                            The other issue up for discus-      mum.
                                                                                                                                                          _________________________, DIXON,                 CA 95620
                                                                          sion was “matters relating to            The second recommendation
  Soroptimist Artists & Authors Event                                     wastewater.” These included the       was for the council to reconsider
         This Friday in Davis                                             wastewater committee charge, the
                                                                          draft cease and desist order, and a
                                                                                                                a draft letter to our state legisla-
                                                                                                                tors to address the problem of not
  Soroptimist International's Artists and Authors event will be held                                                                                      Mom’s Phone
this Friday at the Davis Senior Center, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Tick-       presentation by Herb Cross, who       being able to regulate the use of
ets are $12.50 at the door. Saturday is free. Sam Shane from Chan-        chairs the committee, on previous     existing water softening units.           _______________________________________________
nel 13 should be there to sign his book on baseball for kids. The         recommendations plus two new          Mayor Courville suggested send-           Nominator’s Name and Age (YOU)
author of a book about Delta and Dawn, the two whales that ven-           ones.                                 ing the letter out to a much wider
tured up the Sacramento River last year, will also be on hand selling       City engineer Royce Cunning-        audience, including mayors of             _______________________________________________
and signing her books.                                                    ham explained that if the city        surrounding cities and the League         Nominator’s Phone
                                                                          were to accept the time line pro-     of California Cities. That was an           Attach this form to an essay telling us why YOUR mom
                                                                          posed by the Regional Water           abrupt turnaround from her stance         should be MOTHER OF THE YEAR. Essays should be
 Solano GOP Women Meet Monday                                             Board’s staff, it would guarantee     when the matter was presented             about 350 to 500 words. Please include a recent photo,
  The Solano Republican Women Federated meets Monday, April               the city’s failure or “we are set-    last December.
7th at 11am at the Rancho Solano Country Clubhouse, 3250 Rancho                                                                                           preferably with her family.
                                                                          ting ourselves up for failure” he        Cross’ final comments were his
Solano Parkway in Fairfield. Our speaker is Director of Military                                                                                                 Mail or drop off this form and the essay to:
                                                                          said.                                 recommendation to keep the com-
Relations for Move America Forward, Deborah Johns. Optional                                                     mittee functioning by meeting on
                                                                                                                                                                          Dixon’s Independent Voice
lunch is $15. Reservations must be made by Thursday, April 3rd by           The primary cause of the delay                                                     529 N. Adams St. Suite C • Dixon, CA 95620
                                                                          is in doing an environmental im-      a bi-monthly basis. He affirmed
calling Cheryl Melton at (707) 421-9895.                                                                                                                                   By Friday, May 2, 2008
                                                                          pact report which should have         that salinity was the residual issue
                                                                          been required with the last           that needed to be addressed.
2 April 2, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dixon’s Independent Voice

                                                                                                     Correction About Garbage Toters                                                                                 DIXON FIRE LOG
      HUGE PARKING                                                                                   Last week’s re-write of a notice from the Dixon Police De-
                                                                                                   partment SHOULD have read: City Ordinance 9.01.020(X) re-                                            Sunday, March 23, 2008                    • 1153 Medical aid, 1300 blk Park-

        LOT SALE                                                                                   quires that homes and businesses DO NOT “store, keep or
                                                                                                   maintain trash cans, refuse cans, recyclable containers and/or
                                                                                                                                                                                               • 0509 smoke investigation, Midway

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rd at clement Rd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   0928 Debris fire, 400 blk E. Mayes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 1542 Medical aid, 800 blk N. Adams
                                                                                                   other such container in the front yard area or other visible yard
                                            Saturday, April 5th                                    area at times other than the day of collection or prior to 6:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                               •   0942 Smoke investigation, 500 blk
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Calmace Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 1637 Fire alarm, 100 blk N. Lincoln
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • 1655 Fire alarm, 1500 blk N. Lincoln
                                                                                                   of the day prior to the day of collection.” (The words “do not”                             •   2207 Medical aid, 400 blk La                   • 1702 Medical aid,1400 blk Midway
                                                                                                   were inadvertently omitted.)                                                                    Esperanza                                          Rd.
                                                        8:00 am                                      In other words, please keep all toters out of public view unless                                   Monday, March 24, 2008                    • 1919 Medical aid, 200 blk Dorset Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                               •   0100 Medical aid, 5400 blk Midway              • 1931 Fire hydrant leak, 200 blk E.
                                                      to 1:00 pm                                   it is garbage collection day. A violation of this ordinance can
                                                                                                   result in a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 fine for the second
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rd.                                                Dorset Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                               •   1128 Public assist, 900 blk Sievers            • 2208 Medical aid, 500 blk Devon-
                                                                                                   offense and $100 fine for each subsequent violation.                                            Rd.                                                shire
                   Cornerstone                                                                       We regret the confusion - especially since Ted Hickman and                                •   1629 Vegetation fire, 7600 blk Hwy             • 2213 Vehicle fire, Hawkins Rd at Pitt
                                                                                                   Mike Ceremello have mercilessly rubbed it in with comments in                                   113 South                                          School Rd.
              185 W. Cherry St, Dixon                                                              their columns this week. That’s what I get for giving Ted a hard                            •   1635 Medical aid, 2500 blk Duncan                      Saturday, March 29, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rd.                                            •   0213 Medical aid, 1200 blk Stratford
               All proceeds will go toward                                                         time because he spelled Dick Cheney’s name wrong!                                                   Tuesday, March 25, 2008                        Ave.
            Alamos, Mexico church mission.                                                           Well, at least we now know for sure that a lot of people do                               •   1706 Medical aid, 2500 blk N. First            •   0222 Medical aid, 600 blk N. First St.
                                                                                                   read these innocuous articles on the second page.                                               St.                                            •   0424 Medical aid, 1200 blk Stratford
                      Bake sale too!                                                                                                                                                           •   2113 Vehicle accident, I-80 at                     Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kidwell Rd.                                    •   0620 Vehicle accident, Hwy 113 at
              Donations will be accepted.                                                                                                                                                      •   2131 Medical aid, 200 blk E. Walnut                Fry Rd.
                                                                                                           DIXON POLICE REPORT                                                                 •   2152 Public assist, 7800 blk Becker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •   0804 Medical aid, 500 blk N. Wash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ington St.
                                                                                                         Sunday March 23 2008                  • 2005 Non injury hit and run, 500 blk          •   2256 Vehicle fire, I-80 at Hwy 113             •   1854 Medical aid, 500 blk College
                                                                                              • 0005 Reckless driver, 1300 blk W. A St.          Stratford Ave.                                    South                                              Way (DHS)
                                                                                              • 0320 Suspicious person, 1300 blk N.            • 2225 Loud party, 1500 blk Hannah Ct.          •   2315 Vehicle fire, 500 blk N. Wash-            •   2030 Medical aid, 100 blk N. First St.
                                                                                                  Lincoln St.                                         Wednesday March 26 2008                      ington St.                                     •   2150 Medical aid, Dorris Ct.

                                                                                              •   0805 Residential alarm, 200 blk W.           • 0045 Battery, 1100 blk Newgate Wy.                   Wednesday, March 26, 2008                   •   2219 Medical aid, 900 blk N. Adams
                                                                                                  Chestnut St.                                 • 1115 Arson, 300 blk Schooner Ridge Ct.        •   0744 Medical aid, 7300 blk Clement                 St.
                                                                                              •   1030 Residential burglary, 1200 blk          • 1430 Juveniles disturbance, 300 blk               Rd.                                            •   2259 Medical aid, 9100 blk Omo Ln.
                                                                                                  Linford Ln.                                    Pheasant Run Dr.                              •   1114 Pool side fire, 300 blk Schoo-                     Sunday, March 30, 2008
                              Idols                                                           •
                                                                                                  1050 Vandalism, 200 blk N. Fourth St.
                                                                                                  1135 Residential burglary, 800 blk N.
                                                                                                                                               • 1615 Prowler, 400 blk Morgan Ln.
                                                                                                                                                 1705 Arrest, Donald Wilder (36) of            •
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ner Ridge Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1128 Medical aid, 100 blk N. Lincoln
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  •   0344 Structure fire, 7100 blk Midway
                                                                                                  First St.                                      Dixon, warrants                                   St.                                            •   0547 Medical aid, 8200 blk Winters
                                                                                              •   1900 Commercial alarm, 200 blk N.            • 1820 Neighbor dispute 1100 blk Wood-          •   1835 Medical aid, Sycamore Ct.                     Rd.
                                                                                                  Jefferson St.                                  vale Dr.                                      •   2042 Medical aid, 200 blk East D St.           •   1405 Medical aid, 7400 blk Locke
       Sermon Titles Thru the Month of April                                                  •   1910 Domestic violence, 1900 blk N.          • 2320 Arrest, Fred Rollin (48) possession              Thursday, March 27, 2008                       Rd.
                                                                                                  Lincoln St.                                    of controlled substance.                                                                         •   1432 Medical aid, 400 blk McKenzie
                         Sundays Services:                                                    •   2110 Juveniles disturbance, Lassen Ct.               Thursday March 27 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1022 Fire alarm, Holly Ct.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1550 Medical aid, 1300 blk West H              •   1527 Structure fire rekindled, 7200
                                                                                                          Monday March 24 2008                 • 0730 Vandalism, Plaza Ct.
                        9:00 Contemporary                                                     •   0820 Residential alarm, 900 blk Hillview     • 0815 Violation of court order, 900 blk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blk Midway Rd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1822 Medical aid, 700 blk Evans Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                               •   2157 Medical aid, 1000 blk West B
                                                                                                  dr.                                              Jeffery Ln.
                         11:00 Traditional                                                    •   0920 Vehicle burglary, 400 blk La            •   1305 Residential alarm, 200 blk Holly Ct.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   St.                                            •   2048 Structure fire, 7200 blk Midway
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Friday, March 28, 2008                        Rd.
                                                                                                  Esperanza                                    •   1340 Vandalism, 700 blk Stratford Ave.
                                                                                                                                                                                               •   0903 Medical aid, 200 Blk Stratford            •   2331 Medical aid, 1000 blk Vaughn
                                                                                              •   1205 Suspicious circumstances, 1300
            Dixon Community Church                                                                blk N. Lincoln St.
                                                                                                                                                   1530 Loud music, 900 blk N. Adams St.
                                                                                                                                                   1635 Residential burglary, 400 blk N.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ave.                                               Rd.
                                                                                              •   1350 Battery report at PD
               955 East A Street                                                              •
                                                                                                                                                   Fifth St.

                (707) 678-1981                                                                •
                                                                                                  1535 Grand theft, 200 blk W. Broadway
                                                                                                  1545 Attempted residential burglary,
                                                                                                                                                   2040 Prowler, 500 blk Morgan Ln.
                                                                                                                                                   2245 Barking dog, 600 blk S. Almond St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Heavenly Gifts & Hobbies
                                                                                                  1500 blk Palmer Ct.
                                                                                                  1600 Vandalism, 400 blk La Esperanza
                                                                                                                                                             Friday March 28 2008
                                                                                                                                               • 0030 Loud party, 600 blk Spruce St.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Give a Gift for a Lifetime …
                                                                                                  1900 Commercial alarm, 100 blk N. First
                                                                                                                                               • 1015 911 hang up, 300 blk N. Washing-
                                                                                                                                                 ton St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       … and beyond!
                      Pregnant? Worried?                                                          St.                                          •
                                                                                                                                                 1600 Physical fight, 1000 blk N. First St.
                                                                                                                                                 1720 Loud music, 200 blk E. Walnut St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Inspirational Books, Music,
    We can help! All services are free & completely confidential.                             •   1950 Verbal dispute, 200 blk W. D St.
               FREE PREGNANCY TEST 449-8991                                                   •   1955 Vandalism, 400 blk S. Adams St.         • 1725 Verbal dispute, 200 blk N. First St.                       Gifts for all Occasions
    Decision Counseling, Free Maternity & Baby Clothes & Equipment,                                      Tuesday March 25 2008                 • 1835 Intoxicated male, 1400 blk Ary Ln.
            Information on Pregnancy, Adoption & Abstinence                                   •   0245 Commercial alarm, 1800 blk N.
                                                                                                  Lincoln St.
                                                                                                                                               • 1840 Residential burglary, 200 blk Bo-
                                                                                                                                                 wen Ln.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          529 N. Adams St. Dixon
               Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center
             138 South Orchard, Vacaville, CA 95688
                                                                                                  1530 Fraud report, 400 blk N.Adams St.
                                                                                                  1640 Vandalism, 300 blk Fitzpatrick
                                                                                                                                               • 2140 Disturbance, 1400 blk Valley Glen
                                                                                                                                               • 2330 Loud party, 1100 blk N. Lincoln St.                        678-8914
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                                                 That’s Life                                                                                                           Musings
                                                   By Ted Hickman                                                                                                      By Mike Ceremello
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                                                                                                                                                   Public Service Announcements?
                                                                                                                      I couldn’t help but notice the little article in the   ess. If she could think, she should realize it was a
                Put Your Garbage Cans IN front yard!                                                                IV last week about garbage toters. It seems that
                                                                                                                    someone needs to proof read these things before
                                                                                                                                                                             confirmation of the city’s past vision and therefore
                                                                                                                                                                             accomplished its task quite well. As for Dixon’s
           Bet You’re A Criminal!                                   Let’s Talk Wild Turkey                          they are put in the paper. According to the article      vision, just exactly what is it?
  We have a couple of really good proof readers,            Turkey (wild ones, no not the country or that kind      the City Ordinance 9.01.020 Section X requires             I am not talking about the Southwest, Brookfield,
unfortunately they don’t work for the paper and have of Wild Turkey either) season started last Saturday.           “that homes and businesses store, keep, or main-         or Pulte developments. I am not talking about
no way of telling us about any possible mistakes until This is the next chance for a lot of us outdoors people      tain trash cans...in the front yard or other visible     Genentech or the Northeast Quadrant or Home
after the paper comes out… At least I think this one to have some serious thinking time. After duck                 yard area...” Actually, the fact is that the ordinance
                                                          season ends, with no more immediate funerals, and                                                                  Depot. What do the citizens of Dixon want Dixon
is a mistake… if not most of you are criminals.                                                                     prohibits you from storing these cans on your own
                                                          quiet time in a stand deer hunting still months away,                                                              to be in 20 years or more? Is it necessary to square
  According to last weeks Dixon Police Reports, turkey hunting gives us time for quiet solitude and                 property where you choose in those locations.            off our map view by annexing additional property?
“City Ordinance 9.01.020 (X) requires homes and reflection.
                                                                                                                      Of course, this ordinance is never enforced            Do we even want to grow?
businesses store, keep or maintain trash cans,
refuse cans, recyclable containers and/or other such
                                                            A half an hour before sunrise Saturday I, like          unless someone complains. So once again you                Seems to me that before we look at additional
                                                          dozens of other Dixon area folks, was sitting             have a city ordinance used by one neighbor to har-       growth, we might want to finish off the areas we
containers in the front yard area or other visible
                                                          camouflaged in a bunch of knee high grasses behind        ass another neighbor. How do I know this? Once           have previously annexed as well as address the
yard area at times other than the day of collection some brush listening to a dozen or so “toms” gobble
or prior to 6:00 p.m. of the day prior to the day of and watching them strut. Shortly, when the ruckus              again I have become the target.                          infeasibility of bringing back the moribund old
collection.”                                              died down and everything was quiet I started                It makes no difference that almost everyone else       downtown.
  I have a call in for Dixon                                                        thinking about just how         on the street also keeps their containers out. As a        Maybe you don’t believe in that. Maybe you
Police Officer Ray Mince to                                                                                         result of his complaint, I told Dana Buchner, the        want Dixon to become a Vacaville or Davis.
see when the police department                    “Dear IRS:                        lucky we are. If you’ve
                                                                                    never heard turkeys gobble      City’s new code enforcement officer, that it was         Maybe you own land you want developed.
is going to start enforcing this
new law. (I’m guessing it will
                                         I would like to cancel just before sunrise, heard a                        discriminatory to force only one person to comply.         Jack Batchelor’s actions were again ambivalent.
                                                                                    bull elk bugle, a cock          So she made out a dozen notifications and passed         On the plus side, he wanted an extension of the
start with the new campaign           my subscription. Please pheasant cackle, male quail                           them out on my street only. Sorry, kid, but I can        deadline to file to be on the committee until April
that includes wearing bike                                                          call or the sounds hundreds     walk around the corner and find examples of this
helmets, not talking on phone          remove my name from or thousands of ducks and                                on any and all streets in our town.
                                                                                                                                                                             21st. On the negative side, he was pushing for the
while driving, wearing seat                                                         geese make as they take                                                                  same old groups to be represented on the commit-
belts and not running stop signs
                                           your mailing list.”                      flight off the water to head
                                                                                                                      Several interesting observations came out of this      tee as for the city manager selection one. Someone
which was to began Tuesday - I                                                      for feeding areas…you           trivial whining. First, my neighbors all quickly         needs to tell Jack that the DDBA and the Chamber
know, another belated April fool’s joke).                 haven’t really lived.                                     complied except one who still has his new blue           of Commerce are essentially the same group who
  You other folks who have been hassled by your             You noticed I didn’t say anything about killing         obnoxious toter next to his garage. Second, the guy      accomplish little for the businesses of Dixon. Fra-
neighbors for leaving your Christmas lights up and anything. I’ve become an outdoor expert on hunting               who complained has his toters visible in his side        ternal organizations also represent a similarity of
leaving your garbage cans out from one collection and not killing…not by choice, but that doesn’t                   yard area because of his chain link fence. This is       viewpoints. A minor presence of these entities
day to another now have the last laugh I guess… you matter. I’m also trying to perfect the shoot and                still a violation by the way. Third, it brought to my    should hold a backseat to those who are the aver-
have been right all along. All of you other folks (my release method. “Remember”, I keep telling myself,            attention the number of people who store their tot-      age resident of Dixon.
first wife Linda included) who pick your cans up “It’s the going not the getting” that matters. Good                ers for convenience outside of their yard area. Af-        This point was made by Mike Smith who
immediately after collection and hide them along thing we can buy our food at the market.                           ter all, who wants to move those cans any further        claimed you can have “ten different groups with
side the house may be looking at jail time and/or a             The point is you can do all of these things         than you have to?                                        the same mind set.” So how do you ensure diver-
fine. If you’ve been hiding your cans I guess you within minutes of Dixon. The Yolo Bypass has the                    As a short aside, when I questioned a councilman       sity? How about an interview process? The mayor
now need to display them proudly in your front birds, Grizzly Island have the birds and Elk,                        at the last meeting as to what was happening with        interviews candidates for city commissions. Why
yard… have the kids draw flowers or something on anywhere in the country has the pheasants and quail                those 150 or so people who wanted to opt out but
them if you find them unsightly.                          and just about anywhere on Gibson Canyon or                                                                        not have a public meeting where all council mem-
                                                                                                                    weren’t allowed to do so, he responded that he was       bers can question people’s motives and skills?
  I understand this ordinance (talked about behind Pleasants Valley Road just outside of Vacaville,                 waiting to see what they did with their unwanted
close doors at city council meetings under the “Green turkeys can be found, seen and heard.                                                                                    The answer is it is unnecessary. Batchelor al-
                                                                                                                    blue toter. He suspected that they would be left in      ready has his mind made up to put those who agree
Act”) is known as “the slob ordinance” and has been         By Berryessa are bears (yes black bears that we
                                                          personally run across several times) bob cats and         the street. Unfortunately that sort of civil disobedi-   with him on the committee. Courville will do like-
kept a secret for years until exposed in last week’s
                                                          mountain lions. The sound of an elk bugle and a           ence is not the trademark of the sheep of Dixon.         wise. Just look at their picks for the city manager
  Somebody on our street called the police mountain lion’s scream are two things, if you hear                         I do think this would have been a great statement      committee.
department to complain (gee, the neighbors say, like them, that will make the hairs on the back of your             of displeasure with our government forcing their           Only Gomez and Smith picked the less than ob-
no one could figure out who that was huh?) Then the neck stand up and are things you will never forget.             will on those who don’t wish to participate. The         vious. Diversity can only be truly had in this way.
stuff really started rolling down hill. I was besieged      I’m hoping to get some details on a Dixon bow           blinding blue color certainly would be noticed.          Again, this is still about exclusivity versus inclu-
by neighbors pulling “Dixon police Department hunter who, with his young son in tow, shot a turkey                    One other thing I saw was that there are a few         siveness which is to say good old boy cliques ver-
notification of public nuisance” out of their mail this past weekend up near Lake Berryessa and when                homes that have two gray dumpsters along with            sus giving wide ranging input. This isn’t a com-
boxes with several yelling at me, “Don’t they have he went to retrieve it found it in the mouth of a                their recycling containers. Ron Wilson made the          pany town any more or at least that is what we
anything better than this to do.” To which I of course mountain lion…which reportedly looked at him and             comment that there wouldn’t be much left in his          should be saying.
answered, “Actually, no they don’t. That’s what code his son (with turkey in mouth) put the bird down and           gray toter once recycling was instituted. Not so
compliance officers do…respond to citizen walked away…Hopefully I’ll have the story for you                                                                                    The wastewater discussion was likewise not in-
                                                          shortly.                                                  from personal observation as I saw gray toters still     tended for any action. Out of the recommendations
complaints and hand out notices.”                                                                                   overflowing along with 3 other toters in front of
  My friends and neighbors didn’t want to hear my           My Job Is To Get people Talking                                                                                  given by Herb Cross, sending a letter to our legis-
                                                                                                                    one house. Must be that we believe in conspicuous        lators was eagerly grasped by the mayor. Someone
logical answer to their rhetorical questions. Probably      Want to know why I get the big bucks to do this
                                                          column? Because I stimulate de-scussion, de-bate          consumption in Dixon.                                    needed to remind her that this was the same letter
90 per cent of our block received this little ticket like
things saying, “Garbage containers stored in public and even de-anger in a few folks.                                 Another side point, as to Wilson’s demand that         she rejected a couple of months ago.
view on non-collection day.” My red neck neighbor           In the past couple of weeks the people involved in      all toters be turned sideways, was made by a work-         Maybe it was the regional water board’s
yelled, “What the hell this town turning into another the wastewater (that’s sewage, toilet or whatever)            ing garbage man. He complained that the sideways         $220,000 fine. Maybe it was the complaint that
Davis?” To this I tried to explain some of the assaulted me over the fact that I had the audacity to                can is not reinforced on those sides which results       Dixon has been doing nothing under almost twelve
differences between the two cities but the natives point out we (the taxpayers) now have to pay about a             in broken lids, broken cans, and more time to do         years of her leadership or lack thereof. Whatever, I
wanted blood and weren’t interested in me answering quarter of a million dollar fine while their drive to           the job. Another observation was that given this         just had to congratulate her for finally coming on
their rhetorical questions either… they just wanted to save us from ourselves, drags on and on. They of             was done to prevent cans from blowing over in the        board. Still have to give credit when it is due.
bitch to someone. I advised all of them to put their course blame the city, county, state, federal                  wind and blocking the path of those on sidewalks,
cans on the front yard like the paper said or risk governments, France, Mexico and the UN and claim
                                                                                                                                                                               It was extremely interesting to see attorney Greg-
                                                                                                                    how many people do we actually see out on the
another ticket for NOT having them in view until the they are right and everyone else is wrong… could be                                                                     ory Newmark’s responses to the draft tentative
                                                                                                                    streets on these extremely windy days and how
authorities figure out if they want to keep an eye on I suppose BUT YOU STILL GOT US FINED A                                                                                 cease and desist order. I found little to disagree
                                                                                                                    many are in wheelchairs? Of course, if you had
them or they want them to become invisible…no one QUARTER OF A MIL. So email and call again                         modified the cans as I suggested all sides would
                                                                                                                                                                             upon and a few items I hadn’t thought about. The
thought that was too funny or took me seriously…but telling me what long hard work you done and the                 have been satisfied.
                                                                                                                                                                             most interesting was to place an opt out clause in
they did to cool down a little.                           great solutions you’ve come up with and that the                                                                   the C&DO for projects if the city can prove they
                                                          state department and their employees overseeing this        The point of this whole puzzle is whether or not I     are unnecessary. Again it all comes down to prov-
  I found out the code compliance department has process are idiots and you deserve a pat on the back.              will comply with the ordinance when it is only
issued about 6o pre-tickets so far for this particular                                                                                                                       ing that the city is either polluting the shallow
                                                            OK, I give up… here. PAT… Pay All Taxpayers             being enforced on one street. Of course Dana told        groundwater table or it isn’t.
violation responding mostly to complaints. One of
                                                          back the quarter of a mil you got us fined… Happy         me I could do her job for her and make up a list of
the officers told me, “When we investigate a                                                                                                                                   While the editors over at the Vacaville Repeater
                                                          now? I acknowledged all of the months of hard work        addresses of people not following the law.
complaint we can’t very well hand out the notices to                                                                                                                         complain that we in Dixon should just do some-
                                                          you’ve done and the only visible results you’ve             I refused even to file a complaint against the guy
one person and ignore all of the others in the same obtained. So now more people are talking more                                                                            thing because we have taken so long, I will con-
area with the same violation”…well at least that                                                                    who complained about me. His neighbor, the mo-           tinue to remind them to mind their own business.
                                                          about this and that is good.
makes sense.                                                                                                        ron who complained about my truck when he had a          After all, doesn’t Vacaville have a $160 million
  The next thing you know Officer Mince will have                      Whose Ox is gored?                           likewise inoperable vehicle in his front yard, took      treatment plant that still isn’t compliant?
to go door-to-door to tell the vast majority of folks       Along those same lines Jill FIE (fingers in             a similar approach. You shouldn’t throw stones
                                                                                                                                                                               I say you finish the research before any project is
(in at least two languages) to put their Christmas everything) Orr, the President (even though she                  when you live in a glass house.
lights back up because they are making the few lazy doesn’t have an actual business downtown) and Dan
                                                                                                                                                                             designated. Why in the world would you do some-
                                                                                                                      This is just another example of an unnecessary         thing that is unnecessary? According to Newmark,
folks (who refuse to take them down) look bad… Ayala (who is paid a lot of money for 20 hours of                    law used to micro-manage the behavior of our citi-
aaah… local government at its finest.                     work a week) both called to ask just what I meant                                                                  even lining the ponds is unnecessary. I will wait
                                                          about the Downtown Dixon Business Association             zens. If the city can’t enforce the law city wide,       until the facts are in before making any final con-
           Top 22 Blond Questions                         (DDBA) not participating in Lambtown.                     then they need to get rid of it.                         clusions.
  1. Why does it take longer to build a blonde              I explained very carefully (Jill is blond you know)       By the way, my cement mixer which was identi-            Again I will ask why wasn’t this done back in
snowman?                                                  that the Dixon Unified Merchant/Businessmen have          fied as construction equipment has now been re-          2002 when you were examining options, mayor?
      A. You have to hollow out the head.                 a chance (wait a minute that acronym spells out           tired to its new job as lawn art. Sometimes it is        Why wasn’t it done 12 years ago in 1996 when the
                                                          what?) to get part of the annual Lambtown Festival        better to let sleeping dogs lie ...                      city got its first C&DO? Does the term incompe-
  2. Why won't they hire blondes as pharmacists?
                                                          back downtown by simply sitting down with the                                      *****
      A. They keep breaking the prescription bottles Lambtown folks and “getting er dun” (using an                                                                           tence ring a bell?
in the typewriters.                                       Elmira vernacular). That was the point (and still is)       There were only two items on the agenda for the          As for Batchelor, who evidently was attempting
                                                                                                                    last council meeting. One was to give direction to       to get rid of the committee, you shouldn’t have to
  3. What happened to the blonde Ice Hockey team? of the little piece I wrote.
                                                            The downtown folks have wanted Lambtown back            staff about the General Plan update and its citizen      ask whether or not there is a project. For someone
      A. They drowned in spring training.                                                                           committee. The other was to review the wastewa-
                                                          downtown (sounds like the makings of a hit song)                                                                   who knows so little about the subject, it might be
  4. Why did the blonde scale the chain link fence?       since it left. Now with just the slightest bit of         ter committee’s charge, its recommendations to the       best just to let the committee to continue doing the
      A. To see what was on the other side.               cooperation and willingness to work together it can       council, and a report on the attempt to get a new        job that staff and consultants should have been
                                                          be made into a two day affair with a “pre-                cease and desist order.                                  directed to do a decade ago.
  5. How did the blonde die drinking milk?
                                                          Lambtown” celebration on Friday downtown before             The general plan update discussion seemed to             One final note on the current conflict with the
      A. The cow stepped on her.                          the sheep show moves to the fairgrounds on                center around who would be on this committee and         Regional Board: the local taxpayers group took the
  6. How did the blonde burn her nose?                    Saturday.                                                 how many people would be involved. There are             fight to the Little Hoover Commission last week.
      A, Bobbing for French fries.                          Even Jill understood this (after 15 minutes) but was    two workshops that will be held on April 2nd and         Three of us spoke of the “alternate universe” the
                                                          still complaining Lambtown had never invited her to       3rd so you may not read this in time to remember
  7. Why do blondes have more fun?                                                                                                                                           Board is living in. Those on the commission had
                                                          a meeting. You may have heard me yell into the            to attend one of them. The general plan is a guide-
      A. They are easier to amuse.                        phone, “Jill get over it! Call someone, set a meeting,                                                             no questions of us, but plenty of questions for the
                                                                                                                    line developed by the community to ensure Dixon          governmental agents having a “love fest” in falling
                                                          bury the hatchet (maybe I shouldn’t have said that - it
  8. What do you call 20 blondes in a freezer?                                                                      of the future is what the citizens of the present        all over themselves to praise their counterparts. It
                                                          could make me an accessory… I’ll have to check
      A. Frosted flakes.                                  with Officer Mince) and concentrate on what’s best        hope it will become or stay.                             seems the commissioners are more than aware of
  9. What is it when a blonde blows into another for both groups.” I’ll keep you informed of this                     In this respect it is very important that those who    what has been occurring and we simply added a
blonde's ear?                                             ongoing curiosity as the exciting details unfold.         live in Dixon and have moved here because of             confirmation of their concerns.
      A. Data transfer.                                     That’s a total of five people who bitched at last       what it is, raise their voices now so there will be        To those of you who say you can’t fight city hall,
                                                          week’s column including my buddy Mike whose               no surprises down the road. Of course the largest        or the State, I will simply say “when did you ever
  10. Why did the blonde resolve to have only 3 stuff appears on the “far right” on this page. That                 fight will be over residential development and in-
                                                                                                                                                                             try?” To those of you whom we are fighting, I re-
                                                          leaves about 19,995 who either took the pieces for        creasing the boundaries of our city limits. Some         peat someone else’s immortal words “we have
      A. She heard that 1 out of every 4 children born what they were, (part April 1 fodder, part truth)            believe that Dixon will stagnate and die without
were Chinese.                                                                                                                                                                only begun to fight!”
                                                          didn’t really care one way or the other, or who don’t     growth, others like it just fine the way it is.
                                                          read this column. The latest surveys show this                                                                       And to Pam Creedon, executive officer of the
  11. Why did the blonde put make-up on her                                                                           When it comes to the all important visioning           central valley regional water board, who wasn’t
                                                          column is the most read written piece in this zip code
forehead?                                                 week after week…. The survey was done by me               process, I continue to hear the same nonsense from       allowed to rebut our testimony even though she
      A. She wanted everyone to know that she could sitting at the table outside of Wal-Mart disguised as a         your mayor regarding Vacaville’s 18 month excur-         had raised her hand in the attempt, all I can say is
make up her mind.                                         heavy set black woman on Tuesday (April 1st got it        sion on the subject. Courville claims that after         “now you know how we feel”.
         (The last 11 will be present next week).         Jill?)… fooled you didn’t I?                              spending all this time on creating a vision, nothing       “What goes around, comes around”... and we are
                                                                                                                    was changed. This to her was a failure of the proc-      just beginning...
4 April 2, 2008                                                                                                       Dixon’s Independent Voice
                                                                                      BUTCH & DOUGIE by Alex Howell
                                      Riley Reviews
                                   Film reviews by Tim Riley
                             Math Geniuses Become
                             Exciting Counting to “21”
                   21                      exceptional skills rather quickly
             (Rated PG-13)                 alienate the team’s blackjack prod-
    Counting cards while playing           igy, the mercurial and arrogant
 blackjack in Vegas casinos isn’t          Fisher (Jacob Pitts), who proves
 illegal, but it would be unwise to        exceedingly resentful at becoming
 try to convince a pit boss on the         second fiddle to the newcomer.
 finer points of the law. According        The estrangement between the two
 to “21,” you could end up in the          card players kicks in the right note
 hotel basement, facing the business       of tension to spice up the plot. Oth-
 end of the fists of a casino en-          erwise, we just have to marvel how
 forcer, which in the case of this         Choi (Aaron Yoo) and Kianna
 movie arrives courtesy of the very        (Liza Lapira) go about the task of
 intimidating Laurence Fishburne.          playing spotters, flashing signals
 Since the mob has given way to            about a table being hot or whether
 corporate sharks, ejection from a         it is time to flee in haste.
 casino is more often a case of being         The signal-calling doesn’t come
 asked to leave and never return.          fast enough to save Ben from a
    Loosely inspired by Ben Mez-           particularly nasty encounter with
 rich’s book “Bringing Down the            Cole Williams (Laurence
 House,” the story of math geniuses        Fishburne), an old school security
 at M.I.T. who beat Vegas at its           specialist with a knack for finding       GOLDEN YEARS by Bill Murrays
 own game, “21” is an obvious              card counters just by simple obser-
 dramatization that seeks to punch         vation and gut instinct. Before get-
 up the caper with high stakes ac-         ting caught, Ben and his crew are
 tion, close calls with security staff     very audacious, but since the kids
 and the glitzy seduction of the           are perhaps too smart for their own
 glamorous Vegas lifestyle. Brilliant      good, they get caught up in the idea
 college students succeeded at rak-        of their perceived invincibility.
 ing in millions by card-counting,         “21” turns on a character study of
 but they likely ran the operation as      how the mild-mannered Ben is
 a well-oiled machine that stuck to a      swept up by the glitzy lifestyle.
 serious business model. As a movie        More than just being seduced by
 is wont to do, “21” glamorizes Ve-        the heady rush of gambling, Ben
 gas as if it were on the payroll of       also has a showdown with the pro-
 the Chamber of Commerce.                  fessor over his authoritarian style.
    The linchpin of the “21” caper is         In the end, “21” strains to find a
 shy, brilliant M.I.T. senior Ben          reasonable climax to the mounting
 Campbell (Jim Sturgess), who’s            tension induced by turmoil within
 been accepted to Harvard Medical          the ranks and the unraveling of the
 School but either needs to win a          team’s anonymity. As if playing
 coveted scholarship or must cough         cat-and-mouse with the casinos is
 up $300,000 for tuition. On both          not exciting enough, the plot winds
 counts, Ben’s prospects look bleak        up with a series of double-crosses
 until he’s noticed by unorthodox          that seem forced and gratuitous.
 math professor Micky Rosa (Kevin          And yet, “21” is fun to watch be-
 Spacey), who runs his classroom as        cause Kevin Spacey is chewing up
 if students were contestants on           the scenery as usual.
 “Jeopardy.” Actually, the professor             DVD RELEASE UPDATE
 is on the lookout for talented pupils        To be sure, there are plenty of
 with an aptitude for numbers.             newer film titles being released on
    Moonlighting as the head of a          DVD. I choose instead to point out
 card-counting ring, Professor Rosa        the new Collector’s Editions on
 recruits Ben to his inner circle of       some old favorites, which are
 gifted students who take weekend          closely timed to the start of the
 trips from Boston to Vegas for fun        baseball season. “Bull Durham” is
 and profit. Clandestine meetings          the comedy classic about sex and
 take place at night in vacant class-      sport that follows a minor-league
 rooms, as Rosa instructs his              baseball fan (Susan Sarandon) and
 charges on the intricacies of count-      the love triangle she creates in the
 ing cards and employing strategies        clubhouse between an up-and-
 to evade detection by casino secu-        coming pitcher (Tim Robbins) and
 rity. Ben is quickly attracted to the     the mentor catcher (Kevin Costner)
 cause by the presence of smart and        assigned to him. The Collector’s
                                                                                      STORMFIELD by Wes Alexander
 sexy teammate Jill Taylor (Kate           Edition contains five all-new be-
 Bosworth). It’s not surprising, then,     hind-the-scenes featurettes. The
 that they later find more in com-         true story of the “Black Sox” scan-
 mon than just a deck of cards.            dal of 1919 where the Chicago
 What’s a caper without the roman-         White Sox threw the World Series
 tic angle that threatens the whole        is sharply realized in the underrated
 setup?                                    “Eight Men Out.” Lastly, acting
    Seduced by more than a pretty          legend Gary Cooper stars as the
 girl and a ton of money, Ben              legendary Lou Gehrig in “Pride of
 pushes the limits of his mathemati-       the Yankees,” featuring seven
 cal abilities. In the process, his        brand new featurettes.

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ACROSS                        47 Student's home, for     12 Refuge
 1 Sticky stuff                   short                  13 Facial features
 6 Old                        49 Principles              18 This, to 4 Down
11 Beverage                   51 Immature                23 Region in India
14 Busy                       55 Contest before the      25 Dull blade
15 Rankled                        main one: abbr.        27 Spoke to a group
16 Period of time             57 Boy's name              29 __ tires
17 Newcomen's 1712            59 Depot: abbr.            31 Comical Kett
    invention                 60 Race                    32 Classroom item
19 Compete                    61 Prohibitionist          33 Novel estate
20 Afternoon gathering        64 Insect                  34 Eur. language
21 Words in a ratio           65 Diplomat                35 Anatomical tissues
22 Maddens                    66 Distributed 52          37 19 Across successfully
24 Passionate                 67 Oui                     40 Military Equipment
26 Idea                       68 Laurel and others       41 Salvation __
28 Fruit                      69 Girls' names            43 Minerals used in paint
30 Spun                                                  44 Rich cloth
33 Covers a floor                                        46 So. Am. nation
                               1 Dinner in Rome, pre-
36 Knowledgeable                                         48 Final notice
38 Amerindian                                            50 St. Elizabeth Ann __
                               2 Showy flower
39 Ended in __; had no                                   52 Main religion of Indo-
                               3 Word with in or bed
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is a good time to take steps to de-
termine the current value of your
real estate, whether it's home or
investment property.
  There is no single procedure to
outline. Property valuations are
handled differently in each state.
Sometimes even in each county or
  New York State's Office of Real
Property Services, for instance,
reports that communities in New
York State have two different
ways of valuing real estate: 100%
of current market value or a per-
centage of market value.
  The assessed values are spelled
out on the tentative assessment
roll, which is released on May 1 of
each year in most communities.
You have the opportunity to look
up your property. If you decide the
value is no longer correct, you can
follow the instructions in the
ORPS pamphlet entitled "What to
Do If You Disagree with Your
  California's unique situation
  California has a unique situation.
On June 6, 1978, California voters
passed Proposition 13, tying prop-
erty taxes to purchase price in-
stead of current market value. It
was a revolutionary concept,
spearheaded by Howard Jarvis and
Paul Gann, two private individuals
who'd had enough of soaring
property taxes as the market prices
rose along with California's for-
  Now, 30 years later, homeown-
ers who bought their homes at the
height of the market are undoubt-
edly paying property taxes on
phantom home values. Are they
locked into the purchase valua-
  No. According to Christina Sciu-
pac, the Property Owners Advo-
cate for Los Angeles County,
there is a special provision, called
Proposition 8. It allows homeown-
ers to file a request for a tempo-
rary decline in value after a mar-
ket crash, earthquake, disaster or
any other valid reason.
  You can file the application be-
tween July and November. You
will find the new application for
2008/2009 on the assessor's site
this summer. Visit the site.
  Sciupac cautions applicants that
this is not a permanent reduction
in your property taxes. Your prop-
erty's market value will be re-
viewed each year. If there's an
increase in value, your property
taxes will increase.
  For some folks, especially those
homeowners who got the benefit
of the Proposition 8 reduction af-
ter the Northridge earthquake or
other earthquakes, it has seemed
as if their property taxes were ris-
ing outrageously - and quickly -
over the last few years. One
woman wrote to AARP The
Magazine recently, saying she
wished she had never asked for
the reduction. It caused her to lose
the protection of Proposition 13.
  Not so, says Sciupac. The valua-
tion only rises until it reaches the
original, purchase valuation. Then
it locks back in. After a sharp cut
in taxes, the annual increases can
feel like painful hits. So, even in
California, it's worth getting your
property's value downgraded.
  What do you do, in general?
  First, find your state or locality's
assessor's Web site to get specific
instructions. Look for the applica-
tion or instructions for the proce-
dure to challenge your assessment.
If you can't find the site easily on
your own, drop by Assessor.com
to find a link to your state asses-
sor's Web site. See the site:
  h t t p : / / w w w . a s s es s o r . c o m /
  Just in case you're expecting an
argument, get some objective
proof that your home declined in
value. If you've recently refi-
nanced, your lender insisted on an
appraisal. That would help. Some
homeowners with long-term eq-
uity lines have just gotten letters
from their lenders cutting the

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