Lessons from the Revolution for Shasta County’s Relationship with the State

The Board has taken an aggressive, rebellious stance toward its relationship with the California state government. As someone who disagrees with many of the policies and a good deal of the rhetoric coming out of Sacramento (and who spent many volunteer hours trying to shift Sacramento), I can appreciate the temptation to take this stance. However, this approach to interacting with the state has led to predictable consequences for Shasta County – the exact opposite of what the Board hoped it would achieve with such actions: more state regulation and intervention in our local community.

Rather than attract the punishment of the state and undermine our attempts to govern our county in a way that best meets the need of our people, we can learn from the American Revolution and adjust how we relate to the state: