My Counter Proposal: A 2-State Solution for California
No need for 6 new states
So this 6-state breakup solution for California may end up being on the November ballot out here in Granola-land. Not that anything can really come of it, but still… really?
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As a resident of Ventura County (just north of L.A. County) I say, “‘Hell No!’ to being a part of the State of L.A. (aka, West California).”
I decided to run some numbers.
In looking at the 2012 presidential election by CA counties, if you took nine specific California counties (eight in the San Francisco-Sacramento area, plus Los Angeles, and made it it’s own state) all the while still keeping the business-centric yet liberal wine counties of Napa & Sonoma, and Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara county region in the larger California state, that would mean that this new (the larger) state of California-proper would have voted for Obama by only 52.2%-47.8%. And that’s with a weak Republican candidate and virtually no campaigning, money or emphasis in California by Republican candidates in many, many years.
That’s a new and better Two-State solution. One remains the liberal-progressive bastion of an L.A./S.F/Sacramento region. The other adds a California proper that ends up being politically balanced.
So I reiterate my plan.
Create a new state with the eight S.F./Sacramento-area counties of San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Sacramento, the non-Silicon-Valley portions of Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, and maybe add (northern) Monterey county, and toss in Los Angeles county, and call it “Marxifornia.”
The remains of the original state will continue to be considered “California.”
Works for me. How about you?