Over time, more and more comments of this type will start coming from mainstream figures.
A Riverside County Supervisor is proposing the Golden state be split in two.
This, says Jeff Stone, would allow officials in the new ‘State of South California’ to focus on securing borders, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy.
‘Our taxes are too high, our schools don’t educate our children well enough, unions and other special interests have more clout in the Legislature than the general public,’ Stone told the Los Angeles Times in a statement.
‘It has to change,’ he added.
The proposal would see 13 Southern California counties branch off from into their own state.
These include: Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono.
Stone said the new state would consider having a part-time legislature, shifting more power to local government and having a reasonable sales tax.
He is now proposing to hold a public meeting to get feedback from officials and the public on the idea.
‘Are there challenges?’ he said. ‘Absolutely. But the destruction of California has to stop and we don’t know what we can accomplish unless we sit down and consider the possibilities.’
Not all are so pleased however.
Fellow Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster called the split-state proposal a ‘crazy distraction.’
‘We should begin to get our own budget balanced, which we haven’t done yet, and put in place some of the reforms we need in this county before we try and go and restructure the government in the great state of California,’ he told the Press-Enterprise.
‘The temperature has gone up in Riverside County and it seems Supervisor Stone has gotten too much sun recently,’ he added.