Dec 7, 2012
Why Should South California secede from the State of California?
According to Supervisor Stone and supporters, secession would allow officials in the new conservative-dominant state to concentrate on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a robust economy.
"Our taxes are too high, our schools don't educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public. It has to change," Supervisor Stone declared.
The State of South California would start at the Mexican border, continue up through the desert, over the Sierras and into the San Joaquin Valley.
Stone proposed that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should unite to form the new state.
Los Angeles County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County, which are currently part of what is known as "Southern California", would not be included in the State of South California.
Apparently, the counties with the most fame, wealth, power, influence and Botox are not welcome in America's 51st state. Too liberal.
"We have a state Legislature that has gone wild. They just don't care," said Stone. "There is only one solution: A serious secession from the liberal arm of the state of California."
A much lower sales tax and property tax policy would be adopted in the new state.
A business-friendly environment, secure borders, public pension reform, a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and a ban against spending tax funds generated by South Californians on illegal immigrants are a few of the goals.
The State of South California would also require voters to show ID and have a right-to-work rule to prevent workers from being forced to join unions.
Forming a new state out of California would require the consent of the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress, according to Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution.
Attorneys and constitutional law specialists are currently working on behalf of California secessionists to develop the Constitution of South California.
Supervisor Jeff Stone and secession supporters started a group called California Rebellion which has a website and is officially registered as a political committee with the California Secretary of State's office.
The California Rebellion group is presently busy planning their Spring 2013 Rally, which will reportedly be huge.
The idea of splitting up California has been thrown around many times before.
In the history of California as a state, there have been nearly 30 proposals to split the state into two, three or four different states.
California became a U.S. state in 1850 but, during its first decade of statehood, many Southern Californians lobbied for a split from the northern part of the state and almost succeeded in seceding.
In 1859, California State Assemblyman Andrés Pico introduced a bill that would split California in two. The northern part of the state would remain California, while the state's five southernmost counties would be the State of Colorado --- before the other Colorado was formed, of course.
In the 1990s, Former Northern California legislator Stan Statham pushed legislation to split California into two or three states.
"A secessionist movement? What is this, 1860?" exclaimed Governor Jerry Brown's spokesman Gil Duran.
"Are there challenges? Absolutely. But the destruction of California has to stop and we don't know what we can accomplish unless we sit down and consider the possibilities," declared Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.
Visit the California Rebellion website for more information on the proposed State of South California.
The State of South California