Friday, June 08, 2007

Fridge Change – I like Mine Cold – Paraphrasing Reuters

Fridge Change – I like Mine Cold – Paraphrasing Reuters

June 8, 2007

Reuters reported today that Louisiana representative William Jefferson pleaded not guilty on Friday to making and taking payoffs for helping to arrange business deals in Africa.

Jefferson was accused of soliciting millions of dollars in bribes from nearly a dozen companies.

According to the indictment, an

FBI witness gave Jefferson $100,000 in cash intended as a bribe for an unnamed Nigerian official in 2005.
It said Jefferson put in his home freezer $90,000 of the cash, which was separated into amounts of $10,000, wrapped in aluminum foil and concealed inside various frozen food containers
Seems like the indictment has already found the lawmaker guilty: What with using inflammatory terms such as describing money stored for safekeeping as “concealed inside various frozen food containers” – what if I like mine cold? That is, what if I do not like to store my money under a mattress?

Might this simply be just another conspiracy from those who do not like the status quo? Go figure!

Argument for Term Limits

Hello All: Corruption is probably the best argument for term limits. Somehow when these characters stay in office too long they get fat and happy. A life time in office always seems to lead to corruption. We are certainly seeing it in the CAPO schools with long time Board Members Draper and others. Draper along with Fleming turned out to be crooks with their family members on district contractor’s payroll at exorbitant salaries. Fleming’s 18 year old son was apparently paid $85,000 to be a ditch digger working at a school building site. Draper’s daughter was a Consultant to the district through some strange arrangement. Does any one really think these were not quid pro quo deals? HELLO, there is a reason Fleming has been indicted on three felony counts and the assistant superintendent in Capo has also been indicted. There is a culture of corruption in the CAPO school district supported by long time school board members who need to resign.

I have mixed feeling about term limits for CZ Board Members because some times it is hard to get qualified candidates to run; but maybe three terms is enough. One of my staff members who lives in Newport is in an HOA that allows for two terms and then the Board Member must wait a year to run again. The logic there is that if there is monkey business, other new Board members will find it. JM


CZ Master Association Fork On the Road
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Auditioning For a New Board or Getting Ready for the 2008 CZ Elections
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Winds of Change in Coto de Caza?
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As we continue to make the case for a leader volunteer to close the management divide between the Varo/Mezger position and the one proposed by Joseph Morabito, we thought the Beatles could help with the music:

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Taxes, Taxes, err Community Investments, Now Invest $26,000 To See Where Coto de Caza Taxes Go!
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