I watched the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday and listened to the parade of State of Jefferson activists in their green T-shirts — political extremists, to be sure — come up to the microphone touting the plan to secede from the State of California.
Eddie Garcia, the leader of the pack and a vocal tea-party patriot activist along with his wife, Nancy, told the Board of Supervisors that a State of Jefferson would “give our children and grandchildren a better future.” That’s the direct quote. I find it comical, at best, that Nancy didn’t hear that, because she was sitting next to her husband when he said it.
On the other hand, our local tea party wants to “adopt a school” but can’t spell “constitution.” Go figure!
What do Eddie and Nancy Garcia and other tea-party and State of Jefferson activists know about whether this will give my child a better future? I resent that, because a State of Jefferson will give our child a worse future — at least if he chooses to stay here.
Seceding from the state of California is an asinine idea — polarizing our residents and disrupting economic development, public policy, real estate and our schools.
It also is likely to cost more money to put the SOJ on the ballot. An additional page on our local ballot could cost as much as $80,000, and other issues are taking up the printed real estate.
The State of Jefferson also jeopardizes our efforts to win support from lawmakers and policymakers in Sacramento — to help fund our fairgrounds (ironically Garcia sits on the board of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation); fix the Bridgeport Bridge, whose cost has escalated; fund our schools, our health programs, our Sierra Digital Media Center being pursued by the Nevada County Economic Resource Council.
It is a big negative for all of this. We are supposed to be building bridges with Sacramento and the rest of California, not burning them.
Some of the people promoting the State of Jefferson are asses, because they stubbornly resist that their ideas do not represent the majority of residents — and never will. Some are pompous asses, because they are stubborn but also self absorbed. (Some people point to George Rebane, once a planning commissioner for Drew Bedwell, as a shining example). Some background on Drew Bedwell is here:
In a nutshell, this group epitomizes what is dysfunctional with our towns — a small, vocal group of political extremists and activists seeking to set policymaking in a county with diverse political interests and needs.
Who’s going to stand up to the right-wing bullies and tea-party wing nuts? That’s who I’m going to support.