I love California. The San Francisco Bay Area will always be home. I went to school in San Diego and had a 6-month dysfunctional relationship with barrio Hollywood. When I read this article, I laughed out loud. Jeff Stone, a Riverside County Supervisor, wants his and 12 other counties to secede and become “South California.”
But South California doesn’t include Los Angeles? How the hell is that going to work? If I’m driving down I5, I’d be leaving California and would enter South California in the Central Valley – like Kern County (Hi Dusty!). When I reach Los Angeles County, am I back in California? Then, once I hit Orange County, I’m in South California again? In this bizarre scenario, to get to San Diego, I’ll be crossing state lines 3 times.
I get why this GOP supervisor wants to do it. California is huge and diverse. There are red areas and blue areas, sparsely populated and densely populated areas. It makes it difficult to manage from a central location. Looking at the disaster that is our budget, it’s obvious it isn’t working.
Secession isn’t necessary to solve the problem, though. If you shift more power, responsibility, and authority to the local level, public services can be managed much more easily. Counties know the needs of their population and can allocate money accordingly. Easier said than done, but it’s a hell of a lot easier than getting the CA legislature to approve secession.
Message to the 13 Counties: You don’t have to break up with us. We can make it work. I know you guys like our Silicon Valley and Hollywood revenue. And we like your fruits and veggies. One California Forever!