Splitting Up the State of California

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It’s been talked about before and now it’s back.  The idea of dividing the state of California into two or more states.

The ideas have included a North California and a South California kind of like North and South Dakota or North and South Carolina.  There was the idea in 2016 to divide the state into 6 states, to make smaller and more easily managed states. And now two guys announced this week a plan to divide California into Urban California and Rural California.

Calling it the “New California” movement, Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, want to consolidate rural California into a distinct economy separate from the coast.  They say the citizens of California live “under a tyrannical form of government that does not follow the state or federal constitutions.

They even released what they called their declaration of independence in an effort to turn rural California into a free and independent state.

While an idea like this may attract some interest among some Californians, it is unlikely to go anywhere.

But it does reflect a feeling among a lot of Californians that state leaders are not doing enough to help them.  And the dissatisfaction comes from both the left and the right.

California may be a beautiful place to live when it comes to the weather, the ocean and the scenery, but it’s not such a great place to live if you’re trying to buy a home for the first time or you’re trying to make enough money to pay the high rents, the high gas prices and the high taxes in in our state.  How about a state called "More Affordable California"?

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