Here we go. Secretary of State Debra Bowen gas reviewed and approved the initiative to proceed to gather signatures. Six more, well, five more states is the goal. All out of California! HERE is her press release from the 18th of February.
The preliminary drawing of the breakout appears to place our County in the Northern State. We would probably be a good county for the State Capitol. Butte and Shasta counties though are much larger so my guess is we would probably have to have a vote to place the Capitol of Northern California. I have seen the desire of people many years ago to divide the State into two but never this. And this is the farthest anyone has attempted in my recollection. (See Stan Statham)
My guess is it will not collect the requisite number of signatures though. Sure, we forgotten people of the north will sign the petitions but our numbers are not sufficient to carry it to the ballot. The rest of the state, especially the liberal big cities and the coastal counties will probably not have too many people signing. Even if they get the signatures, the Legislature and the Congress must approve and there is little chance of that happening.
What this tells me though is there is a great unrest in our huge state. When a government gets to big and to controlling, people rebel. In the Ukraine today the people there are doing so. The Russian Federation was created out of the failed police state of the USSR. People get restless. Look at Venezuela as well. I have always said smaller is better when it comes to governance (see Yugoslavia now). In the counties of our state you will find your councilman or Supervisor in the local phone book. At the State and Federal level you won't have an easy time of talking with a legislator.
California has elected two unqualified women as our State Senators for the last twenty years or so. California is a good example of what happens when 38 million people don't pay attention. You get a Boxer and Feinstein. We could have had a Carly Fiorina and a Meg Whitman, but those huge liberal cities keep putting those two Senators back in charge. Maybe with a few more states our areas that are Conservative could finally get some represent ion.
California is truly a divided state. We see massive unemployment in the central valley, the bread basket of the country. The water and resources to keep the valley and the mountain counties successful are shifted by Los Angeles and San Francisco liberals to the "delta smelt" and other uses. Maybe we should tear down the Hetch Hetchy and send that water to the Delta? Timber and mining, along with grazing, are curtailed by the bleeding heart liberals and we see the results in our lands here. Fire, beetles and crummy management of those lands has made many people destitute. So maybe this message of dissatisfaction will spur more discussion and action? Well maybe not.
I have said for many years that if the Republicans would just turnout in massive numbers at election time they would own the state for a while. But the voters sit on their hands, using the voting day as just another day to shop or vacation. And their lack of turnout allows the democrats to gain the "super-majority" here. Even the independent voters are shortchanged since their 20 percentage share of the voters has not one member in our state legislature. I also think a return to the old days about representation would work too. Each county gets a State Senator, creating a third House so that rural counties get a chance to have input and a vote in the State's business.
So, we get these kinds of attempts to gain attention to the lack of response to the needs of a great many Californians. Rather than having a Governor start spreading money (debt dollars) around as he announce yesterday regrading the drought, how about allowing some dams and other water storage projects? How about kicking the ass of the sue happy environmental community when the stop the salvage logging of the Rim Fire fiasco? No, rather than address the ongoing ability of local people to lead their lives the state shoves more rules down their throats. See the results of the Angora Fire in Lake Tahoe for what they do to us.
I wish the gatherers good luck, hell, I'll sign the petition. It is a call for attention and any way we can get it is fine with me. Well, not the way the Ukrainians are doing it though.