Coastal Voices: Too late to save Golden State?

Written by Triplicate Staff January 03, 2012 03:45 pm

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, some 40,000 new laws took effect across the 50 states Jan. 1.

California leads the nation is passing arguably the most absurd of these laws. The Assembly, State Senate and Gov. Jerry Brown defy comprehension.

Among the thousands of California laws passed in 2011, California leads the pack with its composite head in the toilet mentality. Here are a few of the inane laws which specifically address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Californians. Disabled are also included in this group, though I am not sure why those who are physically challenged are lumped into a sexual classification.

Effective Jan. 1, there is new curricula in our schools. K-12 children will learn about all the positive accomplishments contributed by lesbians, homosexuals, bisexual, transgender, and disabled individuals in social science classes up and down the state.

Whatever happened to teaching the Revolutionary, Civil, and World Wars I and II? I am very anxious to observe how the Del Norte Unified School District will implement this new curriculum, when the board reconvenes late in the month.

California’s growing food stamp program will be renamed Cal-Fresh. I am not certain if a new bureaucracy will be created adding to the list of 571 California State agencies and commissions many of which are duplicative.

Beer with added caffeine will be banded from California stores.

A minor who is 12 years of age will able to consent to medical care related to a sexually transmitted disease. No parental consent and knowledge required. Let’s remove the parents from the picture. The state will have ultimate jurisdiction over the child’s sexual behavior. This governmental overstepping is typical of the Legislature and disrespectful to the parents who raise their children.

California continues to push the envelope and welcomes illegal immigrants to the Golden State. Effective Jan. 1, unlicensed and uninsured drivers who are snagged in city, county or CHP sobriety check points will no longer have their vehicles impounded.

Last year, up and down the State,  many illegally licensed drivers who also happen to be illegal immigrants, lost their vehicles to impound. Law enforcement will be prohibited from impounding vehicles of drivers who operate vehicles without a license, if that is their only offense. The double standard is alive and well in California.  

While Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia will implement the highly successful E-Verify program to ascertain one’s social security number to verify employment eligibility, California bucks the tide, thumbs its nose at the law, and, effective Jan. 1, prohibits private employers in the state from utilizing the E-Verify system. This side stepping of the law impacts California workers who follow the rules and is a major reason the state’s unemployment rate is the one of the highest in the nation, exceeding 12 percent.  

Minors are not permitted to use tanning booths without parents’ permission. Interestingly, a minor as young as 12 in California can have an abortion without knowledge or consent of the parent but the child needs a note from the parent to use a tanning booth. Doesn’t it make you ponder who sits up at night and makes these laws? Do these lawmakers have children?

I am curious to learn, especially from the left side of the aisle how progressives feel about these new laws.

In the meantime, California lawmakers and Gov. Brown are looking to close yet another $2 billion gap in the budget by raising the sales tax again to near 10 percent.

California is an amazing state. Amazingly stupid! It may indeed be too late to save her but I am going to keep trying.

Roger Gitlin is a Crescent City resident and a member of the Del Norte County Tea Party.