If you're like most people, you find yourself becoming more generous, more filled with the spirit, as Christmas approaches. Maybe it's because the Christmas music that seemed like glorified advertising a few weeks ago finally seems to represent something deeper. Maybe it's the eggnog. Whichever, we, like many of you, find ourselves in a giving mood and are finally ready to bestow our warmest Christmas wishes.
Our list is long, so we should begin before deflation renders them entirely worthless: To the state Legislature: Either $40 billion or the strength to make a decision.
To the schools: A budget stable enough to support the status quo at the very, very least.
To Gov. Schwarzenegger: A Hollywood comeback.
To the automakers: A lesson in German engineering and Japanese marketing.
To the old president: Lots of brush to clear.
To Dick Cheney: A one-way ticket home.
To the new president: You seem to have everything you need, so just some good luck.
To Illinois voters: Some sense.
To local retailers: A last-minute rush.
To the real estate industry: 4.2 percent interest.
To the tourism industry: More nice weather.
To California American Water: Less nice weather.
To the Monterey County Board of Supervisors: A general plan.
To Ila Mettee-McCutchon: A happy retirement.
To Jane Parker: A long honeymoon.
To Bruce Delgado: A wallet-sized list of campaign promises to carry with you everywhere.
To the Monterey City Council: Consensus.
To the Seaside City Council: Confidence.
To the Marina City Council: Collegiality.
To the Carmel City Council: Change.
To the Pacific Grove City Council: A city manager.
To the Salinas City Council: A police chief as effective as Dan Ortega.
To the people of Salinas: Peace.