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Are You Ready for a South California?

July 12, 2011

A politician in my home state of California, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, is proposing that the state split in half as a way to address political and logistical issues.

I’ve heard this story many times before and it’s never had enough legs. Maybe this time? Who knows…

From Time:

“This has struck a chord with a lot of people in the state who have suffered economically,” Stone, a Republican, told the Los Angeles Times. “We know it’s going to be a challenge to form a second state, but it’s not a impossible. We’re sending a message.”

Although actual secession may be unlikely, Stone and his supporters are sending a disgruntled message to Sacramento, where they allege Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is engaged in policies that do not reflect the ideals of half his state. In fact, Stone’s proposal calls California an “ungovernable” state in financial crisis where residents are suffering steep taxes to pay for welfare and illegal immigrants.

“After local governments have been cut to the bone, the state Legislature again passed a local government grab in their 2011-12 quasi-balanced budget with the same old gimmicky and overstated revenue predictions that will not materialize,” Stone wrote in his proposal report. “I have come to the conclusion that the state of California is too big to govern, that the political priorities of Southern California and Northern California are completely different.”

Gavin Newsom Drops Out of Race for California Governor

October 30, 2009

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced just a short time ago that he is withdrawing from the California governor’s race.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Despite launching his campaign more than a year ago, the 42-year-old Mr. Newsom had been trailing in the polls and in fund raising behind Jerry Brown, the state attorney general. Mr. Brown hasn’t yet declared his candidacy for governor, though he launched an exploratory campaign for the position last month.

Mr. Brown had $7.4 million in campaign cash after the January to June fund-raising period, while Mr. Newsom had only $1.2 million. A Field Poll released earlier this month gave Mr. Brown a 47% to 27% advantage over the San Francisco mayor for the June 2010 Democratic primary.

From Reuters:

“With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to — and should be — done,” Newsom said in a statement.

His withdrawal leaves Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general and a former governor, as the leading Democratic contender to succeed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is prohibited from running again by California’s term-limits law.

California Gay Marriage Ban Goes to Supreme Court

November 19, 2008

The California Supreme Court agreed today to review legal challenges to Proposition 8, the voter initiative that restored a ban on same-sex marriage in California, but refused to permit gay weddings to resume pending a ruling. Today’s decision to review the lawsuits against Proposition 8 do not reveal how the court was leaning but both opponents and supporters of Proposition 8 expressed confidence that their arguments would prevail.

From the Associated Press:

California’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state’s new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court’s decision in May that legalized gay marriage.

All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.

As is its custom when it takes up cases, the court did not elaborate on its decision.

Along with the gay rights groups and local governments petitioning to overturn the ban, the measure’s sponsors and Attorney General Jerry Brown had urged the Supreme Court to consider whether Proposition 8 passes legal muster.

The court directed Brown and lawyers for the Yes on 8 campaign to submit their arguments for why the ballot initiative should not be nullified by Dec. 19. It said lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include same-sex couples who did not wed before the election, must respond before Jan. 5. Oral arguments could be scheduled as early as March, according to court spokeswoman Lynn Holton.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The state Supreme Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars today, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.

At the urging of both sponsors and opponents of Proposition 8, the justices voted 6-1 to grant review of lawsuits challenging the Nov. 4 initiative, with Justice Joyce Kennard dissenting.

However, the court refused, 6-1, to let same-sex marriages resume while it considers Prop. 8’s constitutionality. Justice Carlos Moreno cast the dissenting vote.

Approved by 52 percent of voters, Prop. 8 restored the definition of marriage – a union of a man and a woman – that the court had overturned May 15. Both Kennard and Moreno were in the majority of that 4-3 ruling.

In its order today, the court asked for arguments on whether Prop. 8, if constitutional, would nullify 18,000 same-sex marriages performed between when the ruling took effect in mid-June and Nov. 4. Attorney General Jerry Brown, who will defend Prop. 8 as the state’s chief lawyer, contends those marriages are legal, but sponsors of the initiative disagree.

The justices asked for written arguments to be submitted by Jan. 15. The court could hold a hearing as early as March, with a ruling due 90 days later.

If the court had dismissed the suits, they could have been refiled in a county Superior Court, where most cases begin. They could still have reached the state’s high court, but only after appeals that might have taken years.