Get ready, America -- there's a movement that aims to separate the bulk of California from the coastal part, in a bid to become the 51st state.
NEW CALIFORNIA: Could the U.S. get a 51st state? The founders of "New California" are declaring their independence from the rest of the state, and are working to make the new entity legal. pic.twitter.com/LejcKdwYWN— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 16, 2018
On Monday, the founders of 'New California' read their own Declaration of Independence, stating that "after years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics, the State of California and many of it’s 58 Counties have become ungovernable."
USA Today writes:
The group, organized with a council of county representatives and various committees, hopes to model their split after the state of West Virginia. That's according to CBS, whose Sacramento affiliate filmed the reading in a sparsely crowded conference room.
Claiming the authority of Article 4, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the aspiring 51st state plans to convince California's legislature to split the state before submitting the resolution to Congress.
The effort remains, to be clear, a long shot.
Puerto Rico looking at New California: pic.twitter.com/8gaYxSb9Cr— Amanda Quraishi (@ImTheQ) January 17, 2018
What do you think about New California?
New California sounds like a Coachella band— Teresa Lee 🏳️🌈 (@leresatee) January 17, 2018
But "New California" just doesn't sound good in songs, yo.— Pamela Chelin (@PamelaChelin) January 17, 2018
Welcome to the Hotel New California ♫
New California dreamin' on such a winter's day ♫
I wish they all could be New California girls ♫
It just don't work.