From Yahoo! Buzz http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/92599?fp=1
California: Breaking up is hard to do
California’s budget problems are kind of like the boy who cried “wolf.” Nobody pays attention anymore. Well, hardly anybody. A radical idea that would split California into four distinct states garnered some attention on the Buzz. Commenters chimed in with their thoughts. Some even suggested names including Calidormia (for the “bedroom communities and burbs all across the state”) and Califarmia (for the huge agricultural regions). The commenter notes that Calinormia could make for a nice state, but, alas, normal doesn’t exist out west. Experts argue that the proposal doesn’t have a chance of working, but we say “never say never.” This is the state the elected Conan the Destroyer, after all.
Here’s my two cents:
Make the Bay Area its own state. Include Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties (maybe Santa Cruz, too). Erect a 20-foot wall around this new state and let no one in or out without adequate identification.
If cost of living were not an issue, this region would create a utopian state. You’ve got redwoods (check), beaches (check), a world-class city (check), and international airport (check), good art, theater and music (check), interesting, diverse people (check), a solid economy (check), public transportation (check), mountains (check), Sea Ranch (check), rain and sunshine (check), good biking (check)…I could go on for about three more pages. Most important, however, I think is the progressive ideology that permeates these counties.
A new state would most likely have universal, singer-payer health care, better public transportation, tighter regulations on air and water pollution, more community gardens, more outdoor music festivals, free public Wi-Fi, an ample amount of newspapers and publications and a high literacy rate. The schools would also be top-notch and well funded.
I would move to this new state in a heartbeat. Now all we need is a name.