Group Declares Independence From California
In case you missed it, there’s a new group trying to secede from California again.
Citing high taxes and the inequitable delivery of basic services, a group of disgruntled activists representing California's rural counties is looking to declare independence from their urban coastal counterparts and form a 51st state called New California.
The founders of the movement reportedly declared their independence Monday, reading a document outlining their grievances. In a press release, they called the current state "ungovernable" and pointed to "a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more."
The group says it is serious and organized. It wants to break off in the same way West Virginia did, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. It will be about another year before it begins engaging with the Legislature, which will undoubtedly be unreceptive to its demands.
A map of New California is available on the group’s website. The hypothetical state would include most of California’s rural counties, leaving the coastal areas to the mother state.
New California should not be confused with the State of Jefferson, another movement that would see a new U.S. state composed of mostly rural areas in northern California and southern Oregon.