SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.

To be clear, they don’t want to leave the United States, just California.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.

The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.

“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,” Preston said.

But unlike other separation movements in the past the state of New California wants to do things by the book, citing Article 4, Section 3 of the US Constitution and working with the state legislature to get it done, similar to the way West Virginia was formed.

“Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” said founder Tom Reed.

And despite obstacles, doubters, and obvious long odds the group stands united in their statehood dream.

The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature.


Comments (128)
  1. JB Andrews says:

    Better yet….. somehow get the “Liberal Coastal Region” of California to be ejected from the United States. Give it to Mexico maybe. Then New California would just be California as it is now without the parasites. Just give the “lost” part of California ten years to degenerate to the level of a third world country. Wait for any of a number of natural disasters to annihilate the low life population there. Then bulldoze the whole place and re-populate the region with REAL Americans !!!

    1. Geebo Harris says:

      Okay grandpa. Time to change your diaper.

  2. So, let’s put a hold on the southern wall and consider putting a wall along this new border first.

  3. It’s a stupid proposal. Bringing taxes down is a myth to get votes. And to be honest it’s like shooting your own foot. It will be expensive to do all that. If you look how they divide the state you leave one part that needs higher maintenance with the second part that has all natural resources, nature and agriculture on the other half.
    People are used paying high taxes here and politicians are equally used in receiving that money. That it’s hard to govern California is also a myth. We don’t live in the 1800. You got tee-conferencing systems and technology to bring people together. I’m an IT guy and we work remotely with offshore teams all the time so why can’t politicians do the same? California is as big as Sweden in area. There are countries with bigger areas and more people than here. So all those myths are busted and are bad excuses. Start working a little bit harder to get this state going. And do they mean seriously they’re giving away LA and Hollywood industry which is the biggest money bringer in the state to the smaller part of California? Ha!

    1. Donna Becker says:

      Apparently, you don’t live in the central valley. We don’t need Hollywood!!

  4. Congratulations! Freedom from liberals!

  5. Let me know when the New California promoters are ready to talk about how much money they are going pay for all the infrastructure, highways, viaduct, water projects, apportioned debt service and all the rest that the State of California pays and has paid for and that the “New Californians” will have to pay for in their quest to succeed. Until these self-promoters are ready to talk about paying cash for taking the hospitals, schools, road, dams, viaducts and all the rest, they are simply blowing gas out the window.

  6. While I do agree that those from rural California do justifiably feel under represented and that further discussion should be made about how to remedy that, sadly this proposal is just as laughable as the last proposals to split the state. The main reasons it again won’t work this proposal splits water projects, and metro areas will be split across state lines. The most obvious conflict in the north would be Santa Clara County who’s demographics align with what would be old california and is only being grabbed as part of New California for the economic base Silicon valley would provide. This could also be said for Sanoma, and Contra Costa Counties with their wine and oil refining industries. In the south it would be also a hard to impossible sell to those in the urban areas of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego. All those listed counties really would have no advantages as interacting with their respective metro areas would become more complex and their taxes would even more relied upon to support rural areas. Really, what we need is true debate about how to correct the grievances rural counties have with urban California, not continuous non starter proposals like this.

  7. The founders of this movement forgot that under the present conditions as created by the Democrat run state government and the state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, they will also have to get Mexico’s approval.

  8. Another attempt by Republicants to rig elections by gerrymandering. #Resist!

    1. Mike Zorn says:

      Strange for you to say that – considering that the idea is to slice off the Liberals (from SF to LA) into their own wonderful state, where they can continue their March Toward Utopia, and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

  9. This would have nothing to do with West Virginia’s case. That was a unique situation. West Virginia was formed because Virginia seceded and joined the Confederacy in open warfare against the US government. WV remained loyal to the US and was occupied by union troops. WV leaders didn’t want to be subject to Virignia’s government when the war was over, and as a reward for their loyalty, they were given their own statehood. Virginia’s government only approved this because they were under Union occupation and had no choice.

    Plus… Santa Clara and San Diego Counties won’t be interested in this right wing California, so they claim a bit too much of the map here.

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