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A proposal to split the State of California into three separate states had social media buzzing with opinions. Most people seemed to think is was a joke, until it was announced that the proposal to divide California into three states will be on the November statewide ballot. Some of the comments regarding this proposal included those who were for it (the minority of the comments), those who are against it and those who just think the whole idea is ridiculous but would be entertained by the process. But don’t start changing your return address labels yet. If the measure were to pass, the California Legislature and U.S. Congress would still have to approve it.

While there are those trying to figure out how to split our state into three, there are many people talking of splitting the State of California all together, by moving away. Between elevated home prices, expensive rent prices and high state taxes, some residents took the discussion about leaving the state to social media. “Young adults cannot afford a starter home in this economy,” posted one concerned parent. “We are being taxed at every turn” was another common complaint. A few people, while frustrated with home prices and taxes, did mention the fact that California has the best weather and is a beautiful place to call home and leaving the state would never cross their minds.

One of the original settlers to California, John Muir, may not be alive to give his opinion on home prices, taxes or anything else, but a bill authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier to expand the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez was signed into law. There were many who shared this news on some of their social sites. The Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act (H.R. 1719) adds an additional 44 acres of donated land to the 330-acre park to help improve access to the East Bay’s natural spaces and preserve the land for generations to come. If you haven’t visited the John Muir National Historic Site, it is an easy drive from East County, and it may just help remind you about what brought people to California in the first place. 

 

– Compiled by Michele Chatburn

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