Wednesday, July 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Movin’ on up to a new state?

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From page A2 | June 08, 2014 |

As a leading columnist in the sixth-largest city in the proposed state of North California, I am enthusiastic about a potential November ballot initiative that would split California into six states.

It could be six-tacular!

There’s a long way to go before the state is split – voters must approve it, Congress must give its OK and then the residents will have to save up 100 box tops and mail them in, along with $1.50 for postage and handling. After that, we’d have to wait six to eight weeks for delivery.

The idea seems like a long shot, but it’s intriguing. As mentioned, Fairfield would be the sixth-largest city in the state (it’s the 60th-largest in California) and Solano County would have more than 10 percent of the new state’s population.

Other new states would include Jefferson, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California and South California.

I know what you’re thinking: Jefferson? Why Jefferson?

Here’s the best reason I came up with: Jefferson would be in the far north, with most of its population to the east. Yes, they’d be movin’ on up to the east side.

Like the theme song from “The Jeffersons!”

I presume that’s where the name came from, but that’s not the point.

The point is that Solano County would be in the middle of a 3.8-million-person state that runs from the Sonoma and Marin coastline to Lake Tahoe. The state would have two major Air Force bases.

Ace reporter Barry Eberling wrote in a March article that North California would be the 32nd-largest state in a new 55-state United States – bigger than such states as Wyoming (population 582,658), Rhode Island (1 million), West Virginia (1.8 million), Nevada (2.8 million) and Utah (2.9 million).

It would also be bigger than Jefferson.

I know what you’re thinking: Why Jefferson?

Well, here’s another reason. Many Californians want to get away from the smog of the metropolitan areas. What does smog do? It makes you Weezy. That was the nickname of George Jefferson’s wife, Louise.

From “The Jeffersons!”

But back to North California. Imagine the role Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville would have in a new, smaller state. If you can get past the awkwardness of calling a state North California – a term no one who lives in the Golden State has used – you have to admit it could be cool. Solano would be the third-largest county in the state. We might be able to develop a future governor, controller or insurance commissioner.

While there might be plenty of problems – do we have to stop at fruit checkpoints heading into every state? Do we have to pay out-of-state fees for other state’s parks and colleges? Do we have to turn in everything we have that says “California”? – this much is true: We would be an important region in a new state. And we’d be just south of Jefferson!

I know what you’re thinking: Jefferson? Why Jefferson?

Here’s one reason I came up with: In the rural new state, trains would take on added importance. What was George and Louise Jefferson’s son’s name? Lionel. Like the toy trains.

On “The Jeffersons!”

A few years from now, when North California and Jefferson are two of the six states that used to make up California, we’ll all think the same thing: We finally got a piece of the pie!

Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or bstanhope@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is the Daily Republic's news editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 17 years as a sports editor and three years as the associate editor before spending three years away from the newspaper (though continuing as a columnist). He returned in December 2010 as news editor. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.
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  • BaseballmomJune 08, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Yeah, but will we get a DELUXE APARTMENT????? That's what I want to know!!!!

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  • Salty DogJune 08, 2014 - 8:30 am

    I think that is to many I like the idea of 2 states the north and the south. What do the people of fairfield think.

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