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  1. RangerDan

    405 Freeway Closure

    Yes. If there are no glitches the 405 is scheduled to reopen at 5:00AM Monday. There are some concerns however including "dropping" half of a bridge onto the 405 lanes with only sand to protect against impact damage. If the lanes get torn up...it will really turn into a fun adventure. Dan
  2. RangerDan

    405 Freeway Closure

    It's almost here...the 500,000 car trips per day 405 freeway will be closed for the entire weekend between the 10 and 101 freeways. As a kid, did you ever have an ant farm and shake it up just to see the turmoil inside? This should be the adult version of that game. I am hunkering down in my home park and not venturing out until Monday... Dan
  3. RangerDan

    If you think why CA is broke is bad?

    they don't have lower threshold amounts for "capital improvements"? We have some measures for capital- $2500 or more, with an expected lifespan of over 3 years... of course, that dollar amount hasn't changed in 30 years, so while it used to seem like a bog number, now it won't buy a toaster oven Hey- auditors have to audit... they have to correct you, change what you do, and make you do more stuff, or else, they are useless I have a feeling that's the way a lot of agencies are= they basically do stuff, so they can exist. Somebody told me that a large percentage of what the IRS brings in, is spent on making sure the IRS keeps getting the money (audits, policing, etc) we had an audit at work- and without giving away details, they said we HAD to change some things... NO other facility within the system does it this way (it was an internal audit... members of ALL the other facilities make up this auditing team)... i was at a loss for words, so I spit it out in the most PC way I could "well... we were given direction by so and so to do it this way in 2002... if the other facilities aren't doing it (and you are ALL saying they aren't) THEY are in violation, and THEY need to change it back to the way we are doing it! two weeks and a hundred emails later, they confirm that I am right... oh yeah... they WERE doing it the same way as we were... SHEESH! dan- I have some plastic trashcans you can have... no charge... no paperwork Yea and plastic doesn't rust either! I guess I shouldn't bring up the fact that at one time they had to have "custom colored" trash bag liners that went for $.87 each, instead of just regular off the self ones for around $.20 Dan
  4. If you think the mega list of CA agencies is bad enough... Try hanging out with State Auditors who insist that replacing a rusted trash can isn't "maintenance"...but it should be listed as a "capital improvement project" including the reports and paperwork...and maybe CEQUA...to go along with it... Dan
  5. RangerDan

    Wonder why the State of CA is broke?

    And don't forget that then we will need an agency to study that agency....and so on and so forth. Sad thing is...they might really do it!
  6. EVER WONDER WHY CALIFORNIA IS BROKE? 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California Voter Registration * California Water Commission * California Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water Resources Control Board * California Welfare to Work Division * California Wetlands Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch * California Wildlife Conservation Board * California Wildlife Programs B ranch * California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) * California Workers Compensation Appeals Board * California Workforce and Labor Development Agency * California Workforce Investment Board * California Youth Authority (CYA) * Central Valley Flood Protection Board * Center for California Studies * Colorado River Board of California * Counting California * Dental Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of California (PacAdvantage) * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State of California * Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library of California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and Economy) * Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical Board of California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of the University of California * San Diego State University * San Francisco State University * San Jose State Univer sity * Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy * State Bar of California * Supreme Court of California * Teach California * University of California * University of California, Berkeley * University of California, Davis * University of California, Hastings College of the Law * University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles * University of California, Merced * University of California, Riverside * University of California, San Diego * University of California, San Francisco * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of California, Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California Our government says that the only places they can cut expenses is Police and Fire....YEAH RIGHT!!!
  7. RangerDan

    Sigh, another missed opportunity

    You are better off finding out how they really run their business "now" instead of getting hired on and then you end up getting treated like you know what. If they only put 3-4 hours into your evaluation before they call you up and give you the thumbs down...can you imagine what they would do during regular employee interactions with you? Don't even look back at them...
  8. That will work. He will probably be let out on "early release" by the State due to the budget gap by then anyway!
  9. I might be wrong...but I'm betting it's a long time before we see a budget that passes the 2/3 vote in Sacramento. There's already a lot of political wrangling going on over the proposed compromise budget and calls for a down vote on it. I hope I'm wrong, but I bet we are going to see IOU's, layoffs, and a continued stalemate for a while yet.
  10. RangerDan

    Daughter broke both wrists today

    Best wishes for her speedy recovery!
  11. RangerDan

    Watch out at McCains

    Proper "big kitty" courtesy would dictate you should have shared a bunny with your new found friend. That's OK as long as you give him/her two bunnies next time.
  12. RangerDan

    Gun Control Poster

    "...it's better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6..." Old LE saying...
  13. Anza Borrego Desert National Park??? More likely other State and local park agencies would step in to help on either a temporary or permanent basis. My agency has already offered to take over operations of several State Parks if the worst does happen. National Parks can not just "add" parks on their own authority...that literally takes an act of Congress or a Presidential executive order. They might step in to provide "assistance", but there is no legal way for them to assume ownership or management oversight of State Parks. They could ask for the Federal funding back...to which we could say "we will just deduct that amount from the underfunding of other Federal mandates within the State of California"...that would get some political emotions going! Seriously folks, the parks are not going away. Some may be closed temporary, but most likely it will be a matter of cutting maintenance and operational budgets even further.
  14. RangerDan

    City workers' pay goes beyond base salary

    Hey...let's all go work for the City of San Diego! Again, just to clarify, NOT all public agencies have such high pay. My agency hasn't provided ANY cost of living adjustments in over 5 years. At that time, they did a 5% COLA...and it was another 5 years previous with no COLA to that one. Thus, my agency has provided "one" "5% increase" since 1999 (ten years). In addition, most of the folks working in my division earn less than $40,000...and NO there are no "other income" sources to this. Try to qualify for a home loan or even makes ends meet in SOCAL on $40,000 per year!
  15. RangerDan

    Govenment Jobs

    So...can you drive class A vehicles for a public agency and not breech your retirement contract? If so, and you don't have any background issues (felony convictions), you should try applying at water districts, Cities, Counties, and related. Heck, if I my budget wasn't recently slashed...I'd give you an interview. We have a hard time finding valid class A drivers...and I know this is true of other agencies as well. My best bet would be try the water districts...they are funded by water sales and are fairly isolated from these recent financial implusions. Other public utilities would also be a good spot to try. Lastly, don't hesitate to send out "unsolicited" resumes. Just find out the name of the maintenance supervisor and send it directly to him or her.