New California doesn’t want to leave the United States, they just want to leave California and have begun official steps to do just that!
Their solution: Take over most of current-day California, including many rural counties, and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves.
The split would look something like this, per the group:
The group is insistent that it is following correct procedures in establishing the proposed new state under Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution.
Unlike the original Calexit movement, which is looking for independence from the United States for the entire state of California, the New California group wants to remain a part of the US but it no longer wants to be governed by the state of California.
With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.
“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.
“The nature of the State becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, risons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more.”
The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.
“We are going to split off like mitosis to form the 51st state to make a more perfect union,” Preston explains in a video on the movement’s website.
Despite obstacles, doubters, and obvious long odds, the group stands united in their statehood dream.
The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature. “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” Tom Reed, another founding father of the movement.
The movement will almost certainly fail in the legislature, despite support from 21 of California’s 58 counties. Californians have long considered dividing the state into several parts, but to no avail.
“Efforts to divide California into more manageable and homogeneous parts are as old as the Bear Flag that was raised over the state capitol at statehood in 1850,” wrote National Review’s John Fund. “When I was a legislative staffer in Sacramento in 1980, a state assemblyman named Stan Statham had a serious proposal that attracted bipartisan support. He recognized that California’s people (now 40 million) would be better served if its competing constituencies had more in common.”
Each of these attempts have failed in turn, but if the New Californians were to get their way, however, their territory would contain most of current California’s rural counties, allowing them to get out from under “the far-left Democrats who control state government.”
But unlike other separation movements in the past, the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed.
This is not the first recent effort to split up California either. In 2014, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted signatures to put a measure that would split California in six separate states. His newest proposal seeks instead to create three states out of what is currently California.
The split would look like this: Northern California would include the Bay Area all the way to the Oregon border, Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state.
California’s existing state assets and liabilities would be divided among the three new states, which would make their own decisions about state and local taxes and spending.
Supporters say citizens would be better served by three smaller state governments, while opponents say the plan would create chaos.
So what happens? Three states? Two states? Six states? Or in 100 years, is there still California?
There is a lot of despondency in the Golden State. They are on the brink of bankruptcy and have the worst homeless and poverty rates in the nation. Sacramento has continued to drag the poor state through the mud. There will most likely be a tipping point. Is it there yet? We shall see. But what we do know is that Califonians have been doing their own Calexit for a decade now, by UHaul to other awesome states like…
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