‘New California’ movement hopes to create 51st state from rural counties

SAN DIEGO – A group has launched a campaign to divide California into two states.

The New California movment hopes to divide California into two states. — one made up of coastal counties and the other comprising rural counties.

It isn’t the first attempt to split California, but unlike a failed campaign in 2016 to divide California into six states, the campaign to create New California would split the state into one made up of rural counties and another made up of coastal counties.

The movement was founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed. Their website claims that the current state government has established a “Tyranny over the Counties of New California.”

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the organizers write. “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 New California movement issued a “Declaration of Independence,” dated Jan. 15, 2018, that uses similar language to the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The document states that the counties of New California “strive to be free from the State of California, and that as a Free and Independent State, have full power to establish and maintain law and order.”


  • Really?

    BOO hoo. What is it people always say if you don’t like where you live? MOVE! If they want a backward, rural lifestyle they have everywhere between there and Pittsburgh to settle down.

  • mopar driver

    Mexifornia and the capital dope city , I propose a new illegals state , , We can call it Old Mexico but you’ll have to go there and rally to overthrow your corrupt govt and shut down the corruption that made you leave it in the first place . .

  • Proletariat

    What losers and crybabies. Racists, sexists, and homophobes hate being thrust into the future by the rational people in the state. They want to leave the state they lose the vast majority of its wealth. California is the 5th largest economy in the world by itself and has a budget surplus. Blue states are the richest and most solvent. If they split they’ll rapidly spiral into debt.

  • Dave

    It’s Called Gerrymandering. It Groups the Mass’s from the Rural.That’s not democracy. It diminishes the majority vote. Which is why it’s being corrected in Pennsylvania. If you don’t like Democracy then we can set aside Texas for you all to move to and Make your own country if you want another state. You can build 2 Walls one North and one South.

    • Robert Wing

      Dave, how is it a democracy when a majority of the people are concentrated in a small area but affect the livelihoods of areas they know absolutely nothing about? (Besides that, the US is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.) That is called disenfranchising the voter and it happens in California, New York, and Illinois. There are millions of voters in those 3 states that don’t even bother voting in the presidential elections because they know their vote won’t count. They are outnumbered by a large number of people concentrated in one small area, yet you feel it’s totally appropriate for you to deprive them of their voice. On the other hand, you get really mad when the rest of the country voted for Trump. Just an fyi, if those disenfranchised voters in NY, Illinois, and California voted, Trump would probably have won the popular vote also.

  • Jeff Woehrle

    California isn’t a blue state because of wealthy people. It is blue because of poor minority voters. Millions of them.

    When Republicans leave, they take their wealth with them. Let’s see how long California can continue its wild-eye “social justice” programs without Republicans to pay the bills.

    What’s left over would be like Chicago or Detroit.

  • cheap tightwad

    The breakaway counties could be recognized as California and the remaining counties could become a U.S. territory, being they don’t recognize federal law.

    • Sea to shining see

      The beauty is that they gave them the shipping ports that deal directly with China. In the famous words of John Oliver, “Do it”. The 5th biggest economy in the world can find out just like the bullies that pick on the wrong kids in the schoolyard. We are too complacent regardless of political opinions. Shake it up. 51 or even 60 states do not make a difference as long as they abide by the Constitution and protect their fellow citizens.

  • Fredric

    They failed before to sell this alchemy. This is silly, rich liberals with too much time on their hands trying to gerrymander themselves. Notice only the rich areas will be seceding.

    They are looking for another two senate seats. That’s the reason.

    Wait for Texas to break into five states.

    • Sea to shining see

      It is actually the opposite of what most of you would think. The majority regular citizens are sick of the small overpopulated places ruling their lives and either don’t want to leave their homes or want to cordon off the places of insanity to keep America from getting more ill. We should support this idea. Watch them destroy each other after the money syphon is turned off.

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