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Splitting Up California and the Many Possibilities

Recently my political friends and I have been having fun discussing venture capitalist Tim Draper’s ballot measure that proposes to split California into 6 states. Draper’s group just submitted an estimated 1.3 million signatures to election officials, they only need to have just over 807,0000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. 


And even though I personally believe that California taxpayers are disgusted enough, as I am, with our state government to send a clear message with a yes vote to pass it, getting it through the feds is a long shot.  But you have to admit; the possibilities are such fun to throw around.  Who could we run for Governor?  What cabinet position would I want to shoot for?  Where would the capital be?  And what has been the topic with my friends lately; what state agencies could we eliminate?  Coastal Commission? Regional Planning Organizations?  AQMD?  And my favorite . . . the California Air Resources Board (CARB)?  Definitely gone.


As Katy Grimes recently wrote, “The California Air Resources Board is a state agency completely out of control.  With no oversight by the Legislature, as the California Constitution calls for, Mary Nichols, ARB Chairman, is setting policy on behalf of this regulatory body, for the entire state.” 


A non-legislative regulatory agency, without any taxpayer oversight, should not be setting policy for the residents of California.  And here in the great state of Southern California I don’t think that is going to be a problem.


Read Katy Grimes’s complete article on CARB here.


By Carolyn Cavecche, President & CEO of Orange County Taxpayers Association

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