Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New California Proposal: A More Perfect Union?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

click to enlarge The "New California" and the just plain "California" proposed by New California. - MAP BY NEW CALIFORNIA
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  • The "New California" and the just plain "California" proposed by New California.
Another move is underway to divide the Golden State, this time with a movement called “New California” issuing a “declaration of independence” this week, garnering news coverage across the country.

A map on the movement’s website (which has the theme: A more perfect union) shows the proposed “new” state as including most of California’s counties, except those along the coast from Sonoma County south to Los Angeles — or basically all the places with big money.

It also appears like New California's lines were drawn so as to create a staunchly conservative state, which would give Republicans a couple of more senators and increased representation in the House. Just take a look at this recent Public Policy Institute of California map, which has some striking similarities to the New California proposal:


click to enlarge PPIC
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In any event, Humboldt County is listed as an “interested” county by the group, whatever that means.

According to a New California press release, the separation is authorized by the U.S. Constitution and has become necessary because the “current state of California has become governed by a tyranny.”

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of (its) 58 Counties have become ungovernable. The nature of the State becoming ungovernable has caused a decline in essential basic services such as education, law enforcement, fire protection, transportation, housing, health care, taxation, voter rights, banking, state pension systems, prisons, state parks, water resource management, home ownership, infrastructure and many more,” the release states.

Meanwhile, super rich guy Tim Draper was cleared by the Office of the California Secretary of State back in October to begin collecting signatures for a different proposal, which would divvy up the most populous state in the union into three sections.

To make it on the November 2018 ballot, the venture capitalist — now on his second bid to cut up the state (a previous measure to make six parts failed back in 2014) — must now get at least 365,880 registered voters to sign on the dotted petition line for submission to election officials no later than April 23.
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