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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

California voters don't like midyear cuts targeting education, Field Poll finds - Sacramento Bee

California voters don't like midyear cuts targeting education, Field Poll finds - Sacramento Bee

Nearly three-quarters of California voters oppose the automatic, midyear spending reductions that would balance the state budget if a November ballot initiative to raise taxes fails, according to a new Field Poll.

Seventy-two percent of registered voters, including wide majorities of Democrats and Republicans, oppose the measure, a central part of California's recently enacted budget, according to the poll.

The budget relies on $8.5 billion in revenue from Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners, and it threatens to cut education spending if the initiative fails.

Opposition to the so-called "trigger cuts" is greatest among Democrats – 79 percent – but 68 percent of independent voters and 65 percent of Republicans also oppose it, according to the poll.

"First, it's mainly because they're going to target K-12 schools, and that's the most popular area of spending," poll director Mark DiCamillo said. "Also, it relates to the idea that you're putting a gun to voters' heads, that 'Look, you either do this or we shoot the dog.' This is not the way voters want the state to be conducting its affairs."

Overall, Californians are divided about the budget. Thirty-seven percent of voters say the latest round of state spending cuts went too far, while 28 percent say they didn't go far enough and 24 percent say they were about right, according to the poll.

The proportion of voters who say cuts went too far is larger than the 27 percent who said so following the adoption of last year's budget.

"More people are now critical of this year's budget cuts than last," DiCamillo said. "That makes some sense given that these are on top of the last cuts."

Brown's public approval rating remains mediocre, at 44 percent, according to the poll. Forty-two percent of registered voters disapprove of the job the Democratic governor is doing, and 14 percent have no opinion.

The Legislature's job approval rating ticked up four percentage points from May, but it remains far lower than Brown's at 23 percent, according to the poll.

Californians also remain pessimistic about the overall direction in which the state is heading. Just 26 percent of registered voters say the state is heading in the right direction. Nearly two-thirds of registered voters – 64 percent – say the state is on the wrong track.

Among those worried for the state is Mary Hildebrand, a retired elementary school teacher from Manteca. The 80-year-old Republican opposes raising taxes, but she also opposes the use of trigger cuts. "I don't see what can be cut, either," she said. "We hired people to figure those things out. They should be working on it."

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California councilman arrested for sexually assaulting seven women co-workers -

Washington, July 4 (ANI): A California councilman has been arrested for allegedly cornering female co-workers in his office and sexually assaulting them.

According to New York Daily News, Carlos Bustamante is accused of sexually harassing seven female subordinates on several occasions, and exposing himself and making them watch him masturbate, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said.

"[Bustamante] rubbed his face against theirs, grabbed their breasts, touched their bare thighs," Rackauckus described, adding: "When they attempted to escape from the office, he cornered them to prevent them from leaving."

The district attorney claims the married Santa Ana councilman targeted 'emotionally vulnerable' employees and often lured them into his office under the pretext of work-related matters.

The victims were allegedly hesitant to file a case against Bustamante because of his close ties to several influential members of the California Republican Party, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Bustamante, who has been on the Santa Ana City Council since 2004, was arrested on the way to a council meeting on Monday.

The father of three faces felony counts of false imprisonment, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, stalking and attempted sexual battery by restraint.

The arrest comes nine months after Bustamante resigned as director of administrative services at Santa Ana's Public Works.

Bustamante had resigned after anonymous letters were sent to a local newspaper making allegations of sexual harassment against him. (ANI)


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