Economy

California was the Fifth largest economy in the world during the 1990’s

Now, in 2010, California is about Eighth the largest economy in the world.

Yes, California has lost a lot of productivity to the other states that those state legislatures have been wise leaders in creating an environment for prosperity and economic growth. But the international business flight from California has been greatly imposed on California technology companies by dramatically flawed federal political policy; Congress didn’t “get it”. In one of many revealing books, “The Betrayal of American Prosperity” is a relevant overview of what America was and how it was betrayed by failed political perspective and directives. “We have inflicted our economic decline on ourselves”.

Prognosticating politicians have squandered America’s economic strength for false foreign advantages. Countries DO compete and USA must succeed in international competition. Congress still does not “get it”. In the post-WWII era, America’s body electorate has voted into office professional career politicians that have “embraced a set of simplistically attractive but disastrously false ideas – that consumption rather than production should drive our economy”. With 16 pages of foot-notes supporting the 306 pages of text, the reader learns a credible overview of these years of demise. The book has nothing new about America’s elected politician failures that most informed Americans don’t already know. It’s just mostly here, collected together, in one long read.

California must elect the only U.S. Senator candidate that will drive U.S. federal legislation to repair America’s economic policy. To rebuild America’s economic strength through renewed innovation and production, and THIS TIME, keep it home: “Made in the USA”.

Whatever has been voter’s attitude and mind-set about deciding which candidate to vote for … only by changing that “immovable object” in the mind with this new view-point “irresistible force” will lead California to return to be the Fifth largest economy in the world. There are 100 U.S. Senators. On November 2nd, 2010, California’s pragmatic voters can write-in the only candidate; that does “get it”, had already “got it” and will drive U.S. Federal politics to “do it”.

CALIFORNIA WINES

California is the most important wine agricultural producing area of America.  California boasts 30 distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA).  The only limitation is the requirement for comprehensive interstate commerce legislation to bring them to the world class attention that they warrant.

Alcoholic Beverages are the most heavily regulated substances for human consumption.  Unfettered national wine and spirit distribution regulations are actually not the only problem(s); it is in the overwhelming anti-business regulations so typical and endemic in California.  I have specific legislative proposals to eliminate entrepreneurial restrictions within federal laws and California Alcoholic Beverage Control (CA-ABC) regulations.

I propose and support a California Constitutional Amendment for the November 2006 ballot that will: create a formal education program and state-certified examination process to educate senior teen-agers with comprehensive knowledge and personal introspect in all sociological, physiological and legal issues of alcoholic beverage consumption.  A stellar value in this program will be their substantial youth mentor competencies to reduce to elimination “Power Hour” alcohol consumption amongst the “just turned 21” population and new lower cost sources of tuition funding to students who have graduated, with certification, in recognition of their demonstrable risk reduction.

The consequences of an economic defeat are much more difficult to nullify than those of a military defeat

Korekiyo Takahashi, Japanese statesman (1854-1936)

California University Education Program

Syllabus – 4 Semester Course Program – Legal Certification of 18, 19 and 20 year old people to consume licensed beverages in public in California – California “Generation 18-20”

LICENSED BEVERAGES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, CALIFORNIA’S June 2007 Initiative Election

This proposition will create a formal education program and state-certified examination process to educate senior teen-agers with comprehensive knowledge and personal introspect in all sociological, physiological and legal issues of alcoholic beverage consumption.  A stellar value in this program will be their substantial youth mentor competencies to reduce to elimination “Power Hour” alcohol consumption amongst the “just turned 21” population and new lower cost sources of tuition funding to students who have graduated, with certification, in recognition of their demonstrable risk reduction.

Semester 1: Serving Alcohol w/CARE, NRAEF ServSafe Alcohol & other alcohol training such as: TIPS, TEAM, TAM.
Social Impact– Signs of intoxication and social dysfunction – Sociological and physiological dysfunctions
Prerequisite: Interview/Approval of professor, and 17 years of age, legal California resident.

Semester 2: History of alcohol beverage legislation – U.S. and California.
US Federal Law – US Constitution Amendments 18th and 21st – Prohibition, before/after.
California Law – Business and Professions Code – Division 9, Alcoholic Beverages (23000-25762)
Chapter 1 –     General Provisions and Definitions – Administration
Chapter 2 –     Authorized Unlicensed Transactions and Exemptions
Chapter 3 –     Licenses and Fees
Chapter 4 –     Imports
Chapter 5 –     Restrictions on Issuances of Licenses
Chapter 6 –     Issuance and Transfer of Licenses
Chapter 7 –     Suspension and Revocation of Licenses
Chapter 8 –     Hearings
Chapter 12 –     Beer Price Posting and Marketing Regulations
Chapter 13 –     Labels and Containers
Chapter 14 –     Seizure and Forfeiture of Property
Chapter 15 –     TIED-HOUSE Regulations
Chapter 16 –     Regulatory Provisions
Chapter 17 –     Administrative Provisions
Prerequisite:     Certified achievement of Semester 1, and 17 years of age, legal California resident.
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Extended Wine Training
Wine Semester 3: Wine Appreciation {from UNLV – (FAB 364 New World Wines), (FAB 365 Foreign Wines)}
New World Wines – New World Wines manufacturing, quality criteria and sensory standards.
Focus on wines from the U.S., Canada, Central America, South America, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.
Foreign Wines – Old World Wines manufacturing quality criteria, and sensory standards.
Focus on wines from: Adriatic, Central European, Western Europe and Mediterranean Regions.
Consumption to excess – class project with video recording and critical examination of personal dysfunction
Lab fee required.  Prerequisite: Certified achievement of Semester 1 and 2, and 18 years of age, California resident.

Wine Semester 4: Wine Viniculture
On-site wine production project at a participating California winery, possible opportunity for Internship.
Prerequisite: Certified achievement of Semester 1, 2 and 3, and 18 years of age, California resident.

Graduates of this training and certification will be awarded legal authorization to consume licensed beverages in California in public.
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Extended Beer Program
Beer Semester 3: Beer Appreciation (from …)
Home Brew Beer – Family culture , organizations and industry (more details to be added)

Beer Semester 4: Beer Brewing
On-site wine production project at a participating California winery, possible opportunity for Internship.
Prerequisite: Certified achievement of Semester 1, 2 and 3, and 18 years of age, California resident.

Graduates of this training and certification will be awarded legal authorization to consume licensed beverages in California in public.

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Legal Authority:
Additionally, this legislation will eliminate the current California statutes that presume it a crime for parents to share alcoholic beverages, often of ethnic character, with their children at home.  In particular this is classically normal in the majority of California’s family traditions and most notably the families of the tied-house and wine industries of California.

Reference:
California State University at Monterey, CA

William Martin, Ph.D. – School of Business – Hospitality and Management
Phone: (831) 582-3037 email: william_martin@csumb.edu

Mr. Scott Warrington, Vice President University Advancement
Phone: 831-582-3366 email: scott_warrington@csumb.eduss

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Nevada
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Management
Reference: Instructional materials from:
Fab 190 – Bartending
Fab 362 – Distilled Spirits and Liquors
Fab 364 – New World Wines
Fab 365 – Old World Wines
Fab 367 – Beers
Fab 465 – Beverage Management

Contact:
Donald A. Bell, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food & Beverage Management
Phone: (702) 985-3934        belld2@netscape.net

William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
Valentino Luciani, Director, Program of National Restaurant Association
Ed Polivka, Director/Professor, International Gaming Institute