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 (133)
  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!!

    2. Lol that is why you think its ungovernable? Cuz they don’t know how to teleconference? LMAO…..He’s talking about the high tax rate despite the lack of results. The high tax rate and yet low education standards. The high tax rate despite the high crime rates. He’s talking about the grip the big cities have over the big rural areas and how it always leans liberal, which then goes unchecked due to this. They want more individual freedoms instead of more rampant regulation. I don’t think they’re asking much. And your notion of needing both rural and urban areas to work with each other….there are plenty of places which lacks one or the other. Its not like they’re leaving the US….lol.

  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.

    1. Carla Rae says:

      If this were to actually happen, the state of New California would not have to pay the state of California for any of those things. Those things belong to the people who live there, not the people running California into the ground. The residents of those areas have already been paying for them for a long, long time. Your supposition that they would need to buy these things from the sliver that would remain California is laughable at best and demonstrates your ignorance of who actually pays the bills.

      1. Mike Zorn says:

        You’re probably right, but the Progressive Liberal position is, what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine. They’ll use everything they can think of to do what McDonald says.
        Still, I’d like to get out from under the Progressive thumbs.

  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.

  10. More goofery from whiney conservatives who are paranoid of “liberals” whatever they think that means.

  11. You people are to busy feeling sorry yourselves and worrying about where you are going to milk your next penny from. This constant back and forth with one side saying it’s the liberals and the other say it’s the conservatives Is horse pucky!! I was born in this state and right-wing fruitcakes are trying to tear up my home are unwelcomed. We have the 5th Largest Economy IN THE WORLD. We pay more than our share in Federal Taxes to support welfare states and you want to become one. If you do not want to be part of a worthwhile solution get the hell out of California or better yet MOVE TO RUSSIA.

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