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. Pete Dosado says:

    Another huge earthquake might separate all of California from the mainland, moving it towards Hawaii, and relieving the rest of America from their stupidity!

    1. California is number 1 in America for businesses and job growth..and is the 6th largest economy in the world. And all these comments just complaining about taxes and liburls…..if you don’t like it leave. Go to another state where your quality of life is worse. I’m sure the south needs more uninformed voters.

      1. Your point? It’s a big state? What if we take out government spending as part of its economy. Californians get $43 BILLION in welfare (2016). Just to put that in perspective the nearest state to that is New York with $20 billion. It’s also an ABSURD $421 BILLION in debt. What place does that rank in ‘country’s’ debt? Yeah, great place to live. My advice to these idiots trying to send another couple Barbara Boxers to the senate to MOVE like the rest of us have.

      2. When adjusted for cost of living California has the highest rate of poverty in the US (even politifact, (incredibly left leaning) confirmed this).

        Of course it is a rich economy though. It was fortunate to become the tech capital of the US (home to big companies) (something that is changing though), the most people in the US, and cheap, slave labour, through the exploitation of illegals (and in doing so, the damning of your own people).

        Enjoy the narrative though. “Go to another state where your quality of life is worse”? Well, taking a look at your rate of poverty, I’m not sure there is another one.

      3. Mike Zorn says:

        6th largest economy? That’s a laugh. We’re $$Billions in debt; Gov Brown is pushing his “high-speed” train that is now a few Billions over budget. We’re #1 in the nation on the poverty scale. Our taxes are among the highest in the country – and they want to raise them even more. We have a greater percentage of illegal immigrants (l=low wage, uneducated, &c).
        Do a search for this headline: “#43 | Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition: California” Massachusetts, Illinois, and New Jersey are worse off than we are – at the bottom of the list.
        Except for the occasional wild fire, mudslide and lousy infrastructure (seems like there’s no money to fix those things), we’re not all that badly off.

  2. with so much of California un happy with the direction it’s going. the liberal populations centers are disgusting with homeless and decay. only the rich want status quo. don’t secede just over throw the bad government and policies. Save the beach for all California….

  3. Good try,,,and Good Luck! Oh? The creation of West Virginia–it took a civil war. There is a good article somewhere on line “Is the State of West Virginia Legal?” Probably NOT–but it has stood the test of time. The very first appearance of the official concept of “Implied Consent” in American Law is in a judicial decision on a suit between Virginia vs. West Virginia wherein the judge notes that nowhere in the pleadings, etc. does Virginia complain that West Virginia is NOT legal–and thus has given its IMPLIED CONSENT to the creation by Congress of West Virginia. More appropriate is how Maine separated from Massachusetts in 1820–the only “divorce” among the American Union–but it was done with the consent of all parties, tho’ we in Mass. still have a soft part in our hearts for our former District of Maine.

    1. West Virginia had the right to secede from Virginia because Virginia was no longer a state. All Congress has to do is approve it. The Democrats who run California are usurpers and haven’t legitimately won elections in years. They should be deposed and tried for high treason. The punishment: DEATH. This is how the Game of Thrones is played.

  4. New living in Los Angeles and ready to move to New California

  5. All ready has the State Legislatures permission to succeed. They are preparing for their meeting with the FED to obtain congressional approval of the formation of the 51st state. Groups like this one are actually impeding our effort.

  6. Dear California democrats. We can do this the easy way, with your full cooperation and in peace. Or we can do this the hard way. Your choice. Either way, we want to be free from your high taxes, racism, out of control spending, homosexual obsession, anti self defense, and leftist religion.

    1. Dana Harris says:

      The easy way would be for you to get the hell out of our State. But if you want to do this the hard way, we except your challenge and will meet you with force…

      1. Dana it’s pathetic people like you who are the reason people want to leave California.

      2. burnet1187 says:

        Learn to spell, idiot liberal.

      3. Dana, you’re a freaking dummy. Literally.

  7. Chyeah…they would then form the same repressive government, with the same repressive laws, and staff it with the same BS agencies…………..all out of expediency, of course.

  8. Normal Americans and Californians get it. The Anti American leftist do not!

  9. In the course of human events…

  10. Dam Doc says:

    Id move to beautiful eastern california from Maine in a heartbeat if my 2nd rights were respected, and the loons from the coast were cut loose.. I am a consulting engineer, can live anywhere (self sufficient, not a welfare sucking illegal alien).. DO IT!!!!

  11. They should make Old Californians get a passport to travel through New California since it will basically be a different country.

  12. what will Nuevo California do with all the illegal Aliens? send them to old California?

  13. “but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”

    The California Legislature will never consent.

  14. Eli Toro says:

    This is NOT a new idea – breaking up the state into smaller “cultural” areas has been proposed for at least 40 years now (probably longer). Good luck to this newer effort, but they really have to ask themselves – WHY would the Democrat controlled legislature (that always wants more money) allow a reduction in the number of residents who pay taxes? For that reason alone, it will fail.

  15. This isn’t the first time that someone bring up this wild hair in your ss proposal.
    How will this new state repay pass tax payers for the investment in the area succeeding from California? Have you thought of how this will depress your property values. Do you think you can get the feds to go along.

    1. Mike Giles says:

      The Massively Vast, Cynical Plundering of The Entire State of California committed by Sacramento’s Uber-Corruption, LA’s vast criminality, and SF/Silicon Valley’s Imperious wannabe “Kingmakers” is So Huge, that your beloved coastal CA areas will still owe The Inland Empire of “New California” billions of dollars per year for decades!!!

  16. It’s no different her in Oregon or Washington. The valleys are run by left wing loons, while the eastern part of the sates are not represented.

  17. Cally Smyth says:

    Who the hell is this guy to unilaterally decide for millions of people what “state” they are going to live in? I’m personally very happy living in “old” California and have no desire to live in “New California”.

  18. Vote out the 3 biggest dumbacrats watters,pelosi,and Feinstein that would be a great start

  19. Bud Wood says:

    The “new” California sounds good if the high population areas (LA and SF) stay with old Calif. I like living in Paso Robles.

  20. California secede? Only west of San Andreas Fault, a Limerick.

    Should California be divided into 2 states?

    I have been thinking about the merit of dividing California into 2 states. It really makes sense on so many fronts.

    The name of the states should be California and Pacifis – after Atlantis that sank into the ocean.

    Pacifis should include all territory west of San Andreas Fault, and also including the whole southern portion of the San Francisco Bay up to San Pablo following the Hayward fault. The Northern portion of the bay will remain in California.

    California already have inspection stations for agriculture goods and it would be relatively easy to set up more along the Fault lines. Then as the area west of the San Andreas fault physically secedes from the mainland it is logical to allow Pacifis to politically secede from the United States.

    The Limerick:

    Can part California secede?

    Droughts, earthquakes all make it recede.

    For west of the fault line

    Decline is the byline.

    From Bay to LA all agreed.
    Over 3/4 of all people of California live west of the San Andreas Fault and nearly 70% of them voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. There is a movement to have California secede. That is not fair, the part east of the Fault line is really part of America, the whole Central Valley is really flyover Country, much like real America. The language may be Spanish in part, but that too is real America.
    An added benefit. Pacifis can then be presented with the full bill for imported water and electricity.

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