Please Don’t Carve Up California
It has come to my attention that there are signature gatherers in Alameda wanting to put a proposition on the November ballot to carve up the state of California into, unbelieveably, six states of the union. Just the thought of this possibly happening would be a huge, chaotic boondoggle — and would never work, for the following reasons:
California has its own set of strong laws that govern more than 30 million people. If the six states were set up, all these laws would be null and void and our laws would be gone — after 164 years as a state. New state legislatures would have to be established —each with a new state governor, at huge expense. That new governor would have less authority to get things done.
Funding for schools and various agencies for the poor and disabled, now statewide, would be cut off and that money would have to come from one of the six new states depending upon the area of location. After the costs of forming that new state, no money would be left to fund those schools and agencies because the amounts would have to come from a shrinking population in that new state.
Money to fund the new "bullet train" and other statewide projects would be impossible to get as the expenditure would have to be renegotiated through six new legislatures if California was broken up. Union contracts for state services would be null and void and would need to be renegotiated between the six new states. There are probably more issues and problems out there that are not covered by this letter if California is broken up.
Due to lack of funds and population, I estimate that only the states covering the San Francsico Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles areas would have funds enough to cover expenses of their own states. The rest of the new states would end up being like third-world countries, with poor populations and living conditions.
No way would this have any possibility of working. Please do not sign any petition to change California into six new states. California has enough problems to solve. We don’t need any more. If, by chance, this initiative gets on the ballot, please vote "no" on this issue.
Florence J. Hoffman is an