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    New California declares 'independence' from California in bid to become 51st state

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    Article from December 2019.
    Source: USAtoday

    The founders of New California took an early step toward statehood Monday with the reading of their own Declaration of Independence from California, a state they describe as "ungovernable."

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

    "The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny," the group, led in part by vice chairman Robert Paul Preston, declared in a document published online.

    The split would look something like this, per the group:

    "After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable," the group said in a statement, citing a "decline in essential basic services" including education, law enforcement, infrastructure and health care.

    The group, organized with a council of county representatives and various committees, hopes to model their split after the state of West Virginia. That's according to CBS, whose Sacramento affiliate filmed the reading in a sparsely filled conference room.

    Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California's Legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.

    The effort remains, to be clear, a long shot.

    A California venture capitalist named Tim Draper sought in 2014 to split the Golden State into six parts, including the "State of Silicon Valley." It failed to make the ballot.

    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.

    “We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” Tom Reed, a founder, told the network.

    See the report at CBS 13.
    “When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.“ – Robert Howard

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    That has about as much chance of passing as cutting off Cook County from the rest of Illinois.
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    For 7th Year in a Row, More People Left California Than Moved in: Data

    More than 86,000 people left California for Texas, nearly 70,000 left for Arizona and about 55,000 left for Washington.

    California may be the Golden State, but it seems to be losing some of its shine for some people who are opting to pack up and move to other states.

    For the seventh straight year, more people left California than moved in, according to new census data. More than 86,000 people left California for Texas, nearly 70,000 left for Arizona and about 55,000 left for Washington.

    In a recent University of California, Berkeley poll, 52% of registered voters said they've considered leaving the state for some of the following reasons:

    71% cite the high cost of housing
    58% cite high taxes
    46% cite political culture (particularly conservatives who say the state's policies are not in line with their own)

    Despite the population decline, according to the California Legislative Analyst's Office, the state is adding people at the higher income level, with most of them moving to the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Source: NBCbayarea
    “When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.“ – Robert Howard

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