Campaign group attempts to create new USA state called New California

18 January, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • 'New California' declares independence, wants to break off from rest of state to form new one

A new effort to divide California into multiple states is underway.

A California venture capitalist named Tim Draper sought in 2014 to split the Golden State into six parts, including the "State of Silicon Valley". A map on the movement's website (which has the theme: A more ideal union) shows the proposed "new" state as including most of California's counties, except those along the coast from Sonoma County south to Los Angeles - or basically all the places with big money.

Splitting up California isn't a new idea.

Preston said Californians supportive of the initiative believe the state's governing system is "entirely broken", in part because the Republican Party is nearly "entirely irrelevant in California". "High taxes, education, you name it, and we're rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint".


Their solution: Take over most of current-day California - including many rural counties - and leave the coastal urban areas to themselves.

The "declaration" called for a "free and Independent State" with 'full power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity'. His proposed state would give greater representation to California's rural areas, as opposed to the urban and more left-wing coast that Preston said represents bonds of tyranny. It would need to be approved by the state legislature before being submitted to the Congress. This where the majority of the Black and brown people, while the other cities in "New California" are overwhelming white and segregated. Their area, which is predominately conservative and Republican, wants to separate from the other areas that are predominately brown and liberal.

New California's work with regular California's state Legislature won't likely start in earnest until later this year or early next year, organizers told CBS.

Past proposals include an effort to create six states and one to combine parts of California and OR to make the state of Jefferson.

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