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Divide the State of California

Original post made by Paul Losch, Community Center, on Jul 2, 2012

There is the north, there is the south, and there is the central valley.

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Posted by Farm State
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

No dividing the state. There would be one two great states and one lesser state that would depend on the usual 'red-state-welfare' that all the small red flyovers depend on from the Federal Government.

Of course, it would be easier to suggest to certain posters that they have a new home close at hand....

;-)

Keep California whole -- the great blue state in America.


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Posted by never happen
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Dividing California will never happen if it comes to popular vote. Both Southern California and Central California need North California's water. Southern California has enough votes to not let the measure pass.


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Posted by never
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

People have been talking about splitting California into 2 or more pieces ever since California became a state. None of these proposals have ever gotten support from more than a few percent of our residents and I see even less reason to split now than 100 years ago.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Better idea:

Give the whole state back to Mexico.

They are going to get it eventually anyway. Might as well do it under mutually agreeable terms now.


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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Outside observer.......really ???


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Essentially almost all of the NorCal Counties & Cities/Towns outside of the Bay Area are hurting for tax revenue. They rely upon the wealthier counties' tax money to help balance their budgets.

Divide up the state and counties such as Shasta, Modoc, Trinity, Glen --- they would all default without funds coming in from the Bay Area, LA, OrCo and SD regions. Especially the school districts up there.

Not a good idea if you have the greater good in mind.


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Posted by Seems to me
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hetch hetchy would go with central California. We take our water from others too.


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Posted by Hetch sc
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

"Hetch hetchy would go with central California."

Hetch Hetchy is Dept of interior land, would not belong to 'East Cal', and under various acts of Congress, the water goes to SF, and the Peninsula.


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Posted by Seems to me
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

I get that. The were just comments about where LA gets its water and SF area gets it from elsewhere as well. I would not expect that to end even with a state split up. Just tired of the "they steal our water crowd" when in actuality SF has no local water that it uses. It is piped in from elsewhere.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Funny, I was thinking about this recently. Your idea of THREE states is especially intriguing. It's time, I agree, as the state's problems are truly dire.


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Interesting idea - how about the coastal cities vs. the non-coastal cities.


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Posted by Farm State
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Divide into 3 states -- North South Inland.

Picks up 2 more Democratic Senators, maybe 3 if we can sell a blue dog to Inland.

Works for me.


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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

If California divides, other states will demand the same thing. For example, Alaska could divide by 10, with about 19 Republican Senators.

Paul Losch is shooting blanks on this one. Amusing, though!


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Posted by Farm State
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Of course it's idle amusement. As amusing as it would be to have the ten Alaska states fight over which ones get the oil fields, and the end of oil company sponsored socialism with every resident getting a check.

Speaking of Alaska, local write Michael Chabon's fun followup to the great 'Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay' was 'The Yiddish Policeman's Union', set in Alaska, with a twist. Ad no, it ain't about public safety worker unions!

Good summer read.