Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing the creation of “South California,” a new state consisting of inland, conservative-majority, counties. The 51st state would include the counties of Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, Fresno, Kings, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Mono.
Though nothing will come of the idea, it reminds me of the numerous plans to split Southern from Northern California. I was a little kid when I first heard the suggestion. The argument then wasn’t that California was “ungovernable,” but that the state was simply too big and culturally dissimilar to work in the long run.
Tuesday morning on AirTalk, we’ll invite listeners to share their reaction to the idea of splitting the state. For example, would it make sense to split the state in half lengthwise, given the disparate politics between coastal and inland California?
The cultural differences of my youth, focused on Los Angeles versus the Bay Area, seem to have shifted to those based on proximity to the Pacific.