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California and Saint Serra Statues

My cartoon today depicts the bear on the California flag pulling down a statue of Junipero Serra, the controversial Catholic saint who oversaw the opening of nine missions in colonial California. Serra participated in the Spanish Inquisition and enslaved native Americans, imprisoning them at his missions. Statues of Serra have been vandalized recently as many protests toppling statues commemorating racist historical figures have swept the nation, and the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.

The California bear is something of an “everyman” character. I like seeing the movement to purge symbols honoring racist, historical figures; perhaps it is a bit of wishful thinking on my part to see California’s “everyman” tearing down Serra since there is quite a bit of support for defending the many Serra statues that dot our state like a pox. President Trump is using an executive order to boost penalties for defacing racist, historical monuments. My depiction of the California flag today is more a symbol of hope that these protests succeed than than a depiction of today’s reality.

The statue is based on one located in San Juan Capistrano that was relocated recently to protect it from protesters. I lifted Serra’s robe a bit so that I could get some Saddam Hussein action going with his ankles.

When I was in third grade I was required to build a model of a California mission and I was taught a false, fairy tale story about Padre Serra.  Thirty years later my kids went through the same thing in school. California students have been required to build those models and have been fed a whitewashed version of history for many decades. That may be changing now as the protests continue. Maybe our “everyman” bear will finally tear down that statue!

Scroll down to see some more of my favorite “everyman” California bears.

California always has a drought …


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California’s “Drought”

We live with a never-ending drought in California – especially in Santa Barbara where I was just hit by a whopping $906.15 water bill for December from my local Montecito Water District. The bill included a $480.00 penalty, a $144.90 “surcharge” and a $44.59 “meter service charge.” The charge for the actual water used was $236.66. I have no idea why I had a higher reading on the meter last month. I’m guessing that the gardener may have left my low-flow sprinklers running – but that is just a guess.

I might try appealing the bill, but I’m allowed to appeal only the $480.00 penalty portion of the bill and the water district charges a non-refundable fee of over $200.00 to appeal a penalty (they tell me my appeal would be rejected because I can’t explain the high meter reading).

In “drought stricken” California we live with the random threat of crazy water bills bloated by penalties, along with our “gold is the new green” lawns. No amount of rain seems to impact the drought perception. Our local reservoir, Lake Cachuma, remains at alarmingly low levels compared to other lakes because it isn’t much of a lake; it is sustained with deliveries of water from the California state water system, which have been curtailed because of the drought. Other, better planned California reservoirs have been overflowing from the recent storms. As much as I hate to say it, I have to agree with Donald Trump that the California drought is more a matter of poor planning and poor priorities.

Nothing will turn a liberal cartoonist into a conservative like receiving a $906.15 water bill when the whole state is flooded.

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Governor Brown Saving Water in the Bathroom

Governor Brown Saving Water in the Bathroom © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Jerry Brown, California, water, drought, toilet, low flow, agriculture, farmers, farm, almonds

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Jerry Brown Drought and High Speed Rail

Jerry Brown   Drought and High Speed Rail © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,Jerry Brown, California, flag, bear, desert, joshua tree, drought, water, train, high speed rail, governor

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Two Faced Jerry Brown

Two Faced Jerry Brown © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,California, water, drought, environment, global warming, agriculture, farm, farmers, farming, pig, restrictions, cities, hose, lawn, climate change

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California Agriculture Water Hog

California Agriculture Water Hog © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,pig, hog, farm, farmers, agriculture, water, drought, California, 80% of the water used, 2% of the economy

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Two Faced Jerry Brown

Two Faced Jerry Brown © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,California,water,drought,environment,global warming,agriculture,farm,farmers,farming,pig,restrictions,cities,hose,lawn,climate change

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California Drought Seal

147683 600 California Drought Seal cartoons

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Thirsty California Flag

145015 600 Thirsty California Flag cartoons

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Drought Queue for Water

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Best Cartoons of the Week

Every Friday, we collect the best political cartoons of the week and stuff them into one big, glorious slideshow.

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California Drought

California Bleached Bones © Daryl Cagle,MSNBC.com,Flag,California,bear,skeleton,bones,desert,Joshua tree