California Needs to Drop Cesar Chavez Holiday

By John W. Lillpop

With each passing day, the state of California continues to decline into the abyss of financial ruin. Just one month ago, politicians in Sacramento reached agreement on a budget that will raise taxes and cut services. The new legislation faces approval by the people of California in a special election on May 19; approval is still very questionable.

The so-called "stop gap" agreement has already failed miserably and the state is once again facing a huge deficit just weeks after the "fix" was approved.

Despite all of the financial chaos in our state, next Tuesday, March 31, will be a paid state holiday to commemorate the birthday of Cesar Chavez, a famed Hispanic labor organizer and farm worker.

With state coffers filling with red ink at any alarming rate, one must ask what purpose is possibly served by shutting down California's huge bureaucracy for an entire day, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers?

There is no question that Chavez is an icon and role model to Hispanics. However, California can no longer afford to pander to racial minorities at the expense of all Californians.