It seems some people from the interior of California seriously want to disassociate from the rest of the state. They want to break off from the coastal counties, from Sonoma and Napa all the way down to Orange County, and let them be Old California – the rest of the state, the rural and agricultural region, would become New California.
Before you laugh and dismiss it as yet another crazy California plan, you might take a look at the work they’ve done so far. According to their website, http://www.newcaliforniastate.com, as of mid-January, 2018, the group has established committees in 21 counties, and have publicly declared their Independence from California. They’ve started a long list of grievances and say that after years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable.
I think they have a point. In fact, more than one point. With the high speed rail just one of the projects crammed down the throats of the electorate, followed by a very unpopular gas tax created by Jerry Brown, and the continuing shoddy treatment of our farmers by state Water agencies, the rural folks I know are not real happy with Governor Brown and the Liberals that control state politics.
Of course, this isn’t the first time someone tried to redraw the lines of California. Last year a group tried to get a ballot initiative going to split the state by geography – north and south. It didn’t get the required number of signatures.
This proposal for New California seems better prepared than that initiative. The division makes more sense, highlighting the political and lifestyle differences, and the organizers have formed county committees which are working for support at ground level.
Even so, the proposal is doubtful; after all, the movers and shakers who have tight control of the current California don’t want it to happen. It probably doesn’t have a chance… maybe about as much of a chance as electing somebody like Donald Trump President. It just won’t happen. Right?