For over a hundred years California was considered to be the Golden State. It was a virtual paradise with an abundance of opportunity for all,
Then, in the 1960s, two fundamental changes took place that had tremendous negative consequences. Up until then the people in California were represented in the state assembly and the counties were represented in the state senate.
With this system of dual sovereignty, the rights of the people in both the urban and rural counties were protected against the tyranny of the majority. At that time, all of the counties were represented and no county had more than one senator. Today, Los Angeles County has 14 senators, and there is one senatorial district in Northern California with 11 counties but just one senator
The second nail in our coffin was driven home when our legislature switched from being part-time to full-time. As a result, we are currently one of the most highly taxed and regulated states in the nation. Only four out of the 50 states have a full-time legislature.
The final problem in California has to do with the lack of representation. While the population of California grew from just over 200,000 in 1854 to nearly 40 million today, the number of representatives has remained constant.
Drones or college
After reading about the San Jacinto City Council drone on about the drone problem in our valley, I wondered—wouldn’t it be nice if our city councils were talking about how they are jockeying to get the next Cal State University campus for Hemet?
Imagine helping out the thousands of high school graduates in the valley with a college to help out the children of SoCal’s most beautiful valley. Beautiful except for the job and college prospects for our underserved high school students who will never know the joy of being able to attend college while under the financially attractive option of staying at their parents homes.
Instead, we ask them to spend 20k a year just for the privilege of attending a four-year university far outside the providence of our snowy hills. Not to mention the immense economic engine a college would bring—an engine the valley never really had. How many business people would like to triple the number of customers they serve overnight? How many real estate agents would like to sell homes to college teachers and support staff, not to mention the newfound attractiveness that a new campus would provide to our beautiful valley?
Of course it would be nice for the schools to get a $150 million bond passed, but if you ever want to pay that bond back, it’s time we all take a harder look at where we came from, where we are now, and where we are headed spending all that money in the future.
John Phillip Doddridge