Those crazy secessionists in Siskyou County who want to break off NorCal and southern Oregon into a 51st state — the state of Jefferson — inspired one pundit to say rural counties have a point.
“A farmer or rancher is a figure out of fantasy for most young people growing up in California today. Their concerns might as well be those of men from Mars to all too many politicians,” writes John Wildermuth in Fox and Hounds.
“It wasn’t that many years ago when most Californians had a link to the farms, ranches, streams and forests that made up a huge chunk of the state. Apricot and plum orchards filled Silicon Valley, oranges were grown in Orange County and pastureland and row crops sprawled over land now given to housing developments.
“Plenty of people lived in big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, but many of them had grandparents or other relatives who farmed, logged, fished or hunted.
“It’s a different story today.”
It is. And it’s the story of our political life as residents of Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley. Urbanites don’t get this region.
For us it’s more complicated than an urban/rural divide. The urban coastal areas treat Valley cities as if they are rural, though Stockton is the state’s 13th largest city and Fresno numbers half a million people. Many Stockton residents are as disconnected from the heartland and the Delta as people living in Burbank.
Anyway, read more here.