A galling reminder

The latest Calpensions article cites a 2013 report by the Pew Charitable Trust:

“In many states, the difficulties of major cities such as Stockton and San Bernardino would mobilize the state government to intervene and help them recover. But California offered no such aid, because it has long adhered to the belief that its cities should operate independently from the state.”

That’s a good one. The “independent” state eliminated redevelopment agencies and took any monies not obligated to address the state’s huge deficit. The independent state is bent on exporting Delta water for the benefit of other regions which in aggregate amount to state that cannot live without this region’s water.

I could go on. The point is the state and its cities are interdependent. Except when Stockton needs help. What a galling reminder that the state could and should help Stockton. If only we were rich megafarmers, living in Beverly Hills.

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