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The 51st State? ‘New California’ Seeks Clean Break From ‘Ungovernable’ Golden State

The 51st State? ‘New California’ Seeks Clean Break From ‘Ungovernable’ Golden State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A group of Californians has filed paperwork to break away and form the nation’s 51st state.

It would be called “New California.”

New California is a new state in development exercising its Constitutional Right to form from the State of California,” a press release from the group states. “The process to form New California is authorized and codified in Article IV Sections 3 & 4 of the United States Constitution.”

Supporters on Jan. 15 issued a “Declaration of Independence and Separation from the State of California” and on Jan. 19 filed a list of grievances against the Golden State. The main grievance according to group leader Robert Paul Preston is that California is “ungovernable.”

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time,” Preston said in a CBS Sacramento interview. “High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”

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Preston’s contention is that policies and laws designed for urban areas like Los Angeles will not work in rural regions such as San Benito County. His hope is that the state’s rural counties will join “New California.”

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

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Preston cited the large number of people leaving California as evidence that his movement is necessary. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the number of people leaving California exceeded those moving in by 142,932 in 2017, The Orange County Register reported. Outbound migration from California has increased by 11 percent since 2015.

New California is very much a work in progress. Even the map and geographic area of the proposed state are unknown.

Preston’s group is recruiting county coordinators who will try to get as many of California’s 58 counties as possible to join. Once that is done, New California will try to succeed using the process outlined by Article IV Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. That section gives any geographic region the right to apply to Congress for statehood.

Preston estimated that it would take 10 to 18 months to form a New California movement and apply for statehood.

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7 comments

  1. Well if they manage to lower prices then they might get customers. Of course they have take care of all the red tape first.

  2. There are about 6 different plans starting up to split California. One suggests dividing the state into 4 more states. The longest running one is requires dividing the North from South California, taking a small part of Oregon as the State of Jefferson.

    @Theresa Hall. The largest problem in the state of California is it is over regulated which translates into higher costs and too much government intervention.

    But another problem is the largest cities, San Francisco (plus surrounding area) and LA (and area) actually determine the majority votes for the state which does not reflect upon what is needed for most of the state, only what is needed in the largest cities. They have the most population, while the largest land mass of the state is much less populated – translating into no or very little representation for the rest of the state.

    Think of the largest city in your state, now imagine of all things political reflects only or much of what that city needs and to heck with the rest of the state. That is California, though in reality it is LA/Orange county and San Francisco/Bay area deciding what is needed for the rest of the state. yet their needs are different from the majority of the state, yet that packed in mass of population is the problem.

    When one looks at the maps suggested so far (at least those I have seen), they separate those two areas from the rest of the state which would give back control over what is needed in those larger areas with less packed population mass – politically, etc.

    • While that may be true, think about it for a minute. If most of the population is packed into the cities, it does make a good representation of the state’s needs. The reason why California, for example, is almost always democratic is because the people choose the democratic candidate. Sure they might be packed in San Francisco/Bay Area and Los Angeles/Orange County, but that doesnt really matter. They could be spread out but that wont really change their choice. They are the same people. There might be a few changes but not much.

  3. TheSouthernNationalist

    All I can say is good luck, I hope your new state doesnt get invaded by federal troops like ours did so long ago and get forced to rejoin what you tried so hard to leave.

    • Southern Nationalist, this is not a Secession movement from the US, it is a proposal to split the current state of Kommiefornia into two states (think VA and WV). Even here in Orange County, it has become unbearable. The problem, as stated so eloquently by Cal, is that with LA, Sac, SF, and all of the coast cities in between, plus the areas above SF, they control most of the population, i.e. the representation, and they all vote not only Demoncrat, but progressive Demoncrat. The rest of the state, from OC south, plus the east and far north, have no way of over ruling them. Even the so called “Republicans” we have to choose from aren’t much different. The want the same things, just not as much. In my area, many of us decided not to vote for the “R” candidate for the State Senate, as she was in no way a Republican (not even a Rino) and the “D” won (the Demons would have gained the seat anyway as she wouldn’t have voted against anything they wanted anyway).

      That however is not the main problem. They, being in control of all government here decided we should have an open primary, which means that they take the top two vote getters and they run in November. The result, ALL of the state wide candidates (Gov, Lt Gov, Sec of State, US Senator, etc) almost always have two “D” on the ballot. So, even if the Republicans could take the assembly or senate, there would be no way to get anything changed as there would be no way to over ride a veto. They would have to do what many do all the time and negotiate and we all know the Demons idea of compromise……… you do what we want.

  4. Up in Northern California we are working toward the State of Jefferson. No big cities implicated. The vices and problems of urban living is detrimental to all. We, lucky one, live in very remote and rural areas. We are not represented anywhere in California. STATE OF JEFFERSON is the answer….. we think. Wish us luck!

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