During my short trip to the Los Angeles area, I stayed at the most unique hotel I’ve ever slept at: The Queen Mary. This luxury cruise ship was built in 1936. Lots of famous people traveled on it. During World War 2 it transported troops to Europe. In 1967, the City of Long Beach bought it. Later it was converted into a hotel. Some say it is haunted, but I didn’t run into any ghosts.
Photo by Yang and Yun’s Album
Photo by Olivier Bruchez
Photo by Eleventh Earl of Mar
See you Tuesday. I’m heading south for some sunshine.
I really don’t know why this news story isn’t getting more attention. The Peoples Republic of California is now paying state vendors with IOUs. These same state vendors do not have a clear path to convert these IOUs into money to meet payroll and other expenses. The same banks that defrauded the state for years are now refusing to accept these IOUs for payment.
Photo taken outside an ATM in San Diego yesterday.
The State of California is committing fraud and this is going to have devastating effects.
- Lawsuits – Any money the State of California thought it could save by kicking the can down the road will be eaten and more as these vendors descend on court houses. It is going to be a lawsuit frenzy in the Golden State.
- More Layoffs – If vendors can’t pay their employees and the state can’t pay them, then that will trigger more layoffs. Then the already cash-strapped California will have to pay unemployment benefits to those laid off. Someone didn’t think this through.
- Services Shutdown – If these vendors are being issued non-convertible tender, many will stop services until they get paid for services rendered. A lot of vendors work directly with protecting the safety of the citizens of California. Those planes that put out wildfires need to serviced.
- Pay Up Front - California just became a credit risk. Going forward all vendors will demand payment up front. No money, no work.
When you rip people off, they go on strike. The California situation reminds me of the book Atlas Shrugged. Only this time the strike is not being initiated by excessive regulation, but by lack of payment. I’m sure other state legislators are watching this closely. If they can avoid tough decisions by issuing paper promises, they will do the same.
Let us review the facts:
- California represents 13% of GDP.
- California can not pay its vendors.
- California is issuing IOUs and banks are not accepting them.
- President Obama has indicated there will be no federal bailout for California.
- History tells us “where California goes, so goes the country”.
If you are long in the stock market now, you are a fool. The most important state to our nation’s economic health is nowcommitting financial fraud. This can not end well.
Once again I must remind you that I’ve moved to Washington. I’m not paying to have Silver Surfer registered another year in the Peoples Republic of California. I’ve signed two documents already stating as such. I thought this issue was closed back in October.
Unfortunately I received yet another nasty letter from one of your henchmen at the DMV. Even though you clearly know I live in Bellevue, Washington, I’ll sign this one as well. I’ll foot the bill for yet another stamp. But it ends here. All future letters from the California DMV will be sent to the trash.
Sorry Arnold. I know you need the money now in California. Having me leave the state was probably a huge hit to the economy. …Well at least to shrimp burrito sales.
Just before I left the Peoples Republic of California, I received a notice to renew my license plate tags. Since I was heading to the Evergreen State, I placed that paperwork in the circular file. Upon arriving to the Seattle Metro area, I promptly got my Washington drivers license, plates and updated my auto insurance.
I followed the rules. Or did I?
Nope. California sent me a nasty letter called a Notice of Intent To Suspend. It was a lot of threatening verbiage about them sending Commando units to my front door to collect their license fee. Or something like that. I didn’t read it.
This is what I learned about the California DMV. Not only are you required to check in when you arrive, but you are also required to check out when you leave.
…you can check out any time you like. But you can never leave. (Sorry, had to be done)
I’ve already been called for regular jury duty twice since moving to California. Now I’ve been summoned to appear at the Federal courts for jury duty. This isn’t the 3 day jury trail. They want me for an entire month. The month of August. The month I’ll be up in Seattle.
I would have been happy to serve, but they were too late.
Why is there a picture of our burnt-out ATM on this post? That made me laugh! What an idiot that was…
No reason other than it is a cool photo.
A whole month on the grand jury is ridiculous! That’s way more of a time commitment than is reasonable.
Having said that, I’ve served on regular jury duty a couple of times and the grand jury once. The grand jury duty is very interesting work…you hear a non-ending stream of cases all day long. Mostly you’re just rubber-stamping the recommendations of the DA but there are exceptions and occasional witnesses in odd cases. It’s a lot busier and more interesting than the mostly-sitting-around-doing-nothing of regular jury duty. Grand jury duty here is only 1 week though…or maybe it was 2 weeks…it’s been a while.
Yesterday we visited the Channel Islands National Park. This National Park just outside of Ventura, California does not have an entrance fee like most parks. However, you will need to hire an outfitter to take you to the island which is 20 miles off the coast. We went to the island of Santa Cruz with Island Packers.
On the way to Santa Cruz, we saw 2 whales. Visibility was better than our 2001 whale watching trip in San Diego, but not as great as Maui.
If you decide to visit the island, be sure to pack your food and beverages. There is no snack bar on the island. You also may want to confirm with Island Packers that the boat you will be on isn’t being chartered by 100 elementary school children on their end of the school year act like animals field trip.
We hiked the Scorpion Canyon Loop and the Cavern Point Loop.
Photo Gallery For The Channel Islands – Santa Cruz
Just returned from a quick trip to just north of Los Angeles. Met up with former San Diego bloggers Joe and Leah and had a good chat about web stuff.
Afterwards we went to Ventura, which was quite nice. National Geographic Adventure had a story about Ventura last year which sold me on visiting a classic California surf town. I don’t have a good photo of Ventura and the wonderful sunset.
Today we went to Santa Barbara, which I had seen since my March 1999 first California visit. Not many people were out and about at 10 AM. Perhaps this is more of an evening town?
Any chance to go check out Ojai?
We drove through Sunday night around 8 PM. The town was mostly shutdown. Very small. Little shops. Looks like a lot of horse owning people live in the area. It was too dark to really see the town.
Can’t get over the coffee, man. The coffee was awesome.