The years 1941, 1965, 1992, 2011, and 2014 all have something in common- these are the five years, individuals, and campaigns in California that unsuccessfully tried to divide California into smaller, more individualized states. Now, in 2018, the Campaign for a New California is again attempting to divide California, and literally form a new one.
The new state, which would go by the name of New California, would consist mainly of counties that run along the coast from Los Angeles to Napa, whose residents, which are mostly Conservative, believe “years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics” by the state of California, is more than enough reason to secede from their own state.
“Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its
powers in such design that is most likely to effect their Safety and
Creating the 51st state will not come by easily to Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, the founders of the campaign. Although reading a Declaration of Independence, as the campaign did last Monday, is a step forward in the right direction, it is nothing compared to the work the campaign will have to put in to get hundreds of thousands of signatures, lobby state legislatures to vote favorably on allowing the new state to form (and afterwards congress, if it was to pass on a state level), and establish a new constitution.
“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” said Preston. To fix this, and create the New California him and Reed dream of, they will need a minimum of a year in preparation before going to seek out legislative support for their cause.