In California yesterday, following formal secession from the United States on 1 JAN 2019, the following major events were reported:
- Gasoline rose to $30.00 per gallon as California terminated all drilling in the State due to environmental concerns. Major oil companies closed their refineries in the Bay Area and Los Angeles at the order of the State EPA. Major service station chains agreed to provide gasoline to CA drivers at $15.00 per gallon at mega-stations under construction in AZ, OR and NV. Much of the price increase, per the oil companies, is to offset the losses of company refineries and buildings shuttered by the state without recompense (no longer required in the CA State Constitution, in which the takings clause has been struck). The remaining $15.00 are State taxes, including $5.00 per gallon to subsidize the gasoline needed by State legislators to get to work, dinner and golf meetings with their constituents and lobbyists. Rolling brownouts are expected. Air conditioners outside the capitol have been outlawed, giving rise to speculation as to public reaction during the coming summer months. Natural gas is unavailable; production has ceased and distribution terminated. The Sierra Club reported that trees are disappearing at an alarming rate in CA locales getting cold enough to require heating of homes.
- Car rental companies closed their doors; with no gasoline, the strategic business decision seems to have been made that renting cars in CA has become a suboptimal use of company assets. Their fleets are being driven to other company outlets across the 47 states by company and franchise employees moving to other states, along with their families and jobs.
- Major food companies agreed to provide pickup points in NV, AZ, OR, for food delivered from the Midwest. (Food and gasoline companies are discussing co-location of facilities.) The cost of diesel in CA, they report, precludes their delivering food within the State. Farmers and farm co-ops across America have boosted the price of their produce destined for California and average of 1,000%, seeing a profit opportunity. Steak is now $45/lb, a bag of Cheetos $30.00. Refrigeration will not be provided at pickup points, so CA must address millions of pounds of rotting perishables; the governors of OR, NV and AZ are in discussion with CA government officials to fund and staff these centers. Terminex is working to gather a consortium of pest control companies large enough to deal with the problem of rats, vultures, coyotes, feral dogs and cats, cockroaches, etc., at these locations. Dealing with the homeless now arriving at these points from San Francisco likely will be problematic.
- Farmers in Central Valley, the most productive farmland in the world until the CA government redirected water from agriculture to SF Bay for a non-endangered baitfish, continue to leave the state, following dairy farmers and cattle ranchers, who left at the Fall roundup, trucking their cattle east where it will not be taxed for farting. Milk, free of national price regulation, is now $25/gallon in the quickly-declining number of markets in which it is available. Grapes are unavailable but the summer raisin crop is expected to be at record highs. Legal and illegal labor in the Central Valley is lining up at closed US Welfare offices wondering where their next meal will come from, the diapers for their infants, and what to do with dollar-denominated checks of which reports are being received no longer are being cashed in CA banks. All US-chartered banks have closed.
- Los Angeles, Oakland, E Palo Alto, Stockton, San Jose are no-go zones for police due to uncontrolled rioting, looting and shooting. Absent guns in the hands of citizens, and following the departure of most police officers and their families, the violence is expected to last for the foreseeable future or until they run out of water, which has been shut off by State officials. The governor called on the National Guard, but no one answered the phone.
- AZ and NV have agreed to stop the flow of the Colorado River at Lake Mead, leaving CA’s Colorado River water supply cutoff. The States agreed that this is American water, and that much of it will be needed for people fleeing CA. Reservoirs at Mead and Lake Powell will be filled. A new canal is being proposed with AZ to deliver water south from the Lake Mead reservoir to Phoenix. A possible extension into Mexico is being discussed with the presidents of Mexico and America, to replace the water that once flowed to the Mexican farms above the Gulf of California prior to its being diverted to CA pools and water parks. Both presidents are involved as the canal will require an architectural change to the border wall.
- Major tech companies in Silicon Valley and Santa Monica have closed their doors due to the lack of available electricity to keep their systems and products running, to power their Teslas on the way to work, air-condition their offices (the trendy new office building windows are designed not to open), to grind their coffee or heat it, or to cool the soy milk for their lattes. Starbucks did not return calls for comment. While the companies themselves are being welcomed in TX, NC, SC, etc., employees are being screened individually.
- AZ, NV, OR have begun erecting border fences at checkpoints to slow and document the numbers of Californians attempting to enter their States. The governors are unsure if they have the housing, food and water required, and do not have the jobs necessary to keep these Californians from demanding welfare. People are being allowed in based on their political beliefs; Democrats are turned back, as are those who voted for the recent “Jungle Primary” law on the explanation that other states don’t want to be “Californicated” by people they describe as “batshit fucking crazy.”
- All non-trendy restaurants, fast food stores, convenience stores, massage parlors and houses of illicit behavior have been shuttered in San Diego, Oakland, San Francisco, as well as those near Los Angeles Harbor, Barstow Marine Logistics Center, USN and USAF gunnery and bombing ranges, Ft Irwin, and all smaller military bases as the US pulled all military forces out of CA in compliance with CA’s demand to do so. It is expected that the cost of “escorts” and “massages” in surrounding states will drop significantly. The loss of cash in the local economies is considered existential by those economies, but a boon by the State as it increases the ability to tax remaining business that previously were dominated by cash purchases. At trendy restaurants salads, water and domestic wines no longer are being served and menus are being reprinted twice-daily (soy ink) to keep up with shortages, costs and inflation.
- Student at CA’s once world-class universities rioted outside their classrooms in jubilation over secession. They could not enter as electricity for lighting, elevators, computers and air conditioning was unavailable. IBM and other major companies ceased cooperation with the various Career Centers, noting briefly in online postings available to those whose cell phone batteries had yet to run dry their lack of interest in hiring people who did not understand business or economics, and the end of a business climate in the State.
- UHaul, Penske and other you-truck companies drastically lowered prices for truck rentals within the 47 states due to the surplus of vehicles on-hand, the result of nearly all CA-based trucks having been driven out of that State, loaded and often over-loaded with possessions of former resident families and small business, nearly all of which have left the State. The teacher unions are having trouble dealing with the unexpected increase in number of teachers laid-off due to the flight of basically anyone with kids.
- Airline companies are adjusting to the lack of fuel by terminating nearly all long-haul flights out of CA, substituting short flights from inland airports such as Bakersfield and Fresno, to neighboring States where refueling can occur. Jets are being moved elsewhere, regional propeller aircraft being substituted for these local flights.
- Due to demands regarding overflight rights, all remaining interstate air travel from and to CA is being taxed at $1.00/passenger-mile by states over which these aircraft fly. Rerouting over Canada and Mexico has been taken advantage of by those nations, as well.
- In-transit cargo ships from Asia and Europe have been re-routed from San Diego, Los Angeles and Oakland to harbors in TX, FL, NC, NY, WA as no transportation seems to exist from CA harbors to inland markets or the remaining 47 States. Dockworkers showing up for work today expressed surprise and seem worried about their future.
- Due to State legislative direction to cease and desist procurement from anti-environmental companies, paper products are experiencing an extreme shortage, from office paper necessary to print government regulations, to notebook paper for kids in the schools not shuttered due to the flight of nearly all families, to toilet paper. No outcry has been heard from local muslim communities.
Illinois and the New England States are watching events closely. Our sister stations are reporting that legislators in these States believe all is going great and are looking forward to their own forthcoming secession expectations.
Our ability to continue reporting from California in the days ahead is dependent on supplies of food, water and electricity, so may be intermittent.