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18 January 2018, 01:57 | Katrina Lee
San Francisco would form part of a smaller urban state
A group of people have declared independence from the state of California and hope to form the state of New California. In 2014, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted signatures to put a measure that would split California in six separate states. "With God as our witness, honoring the foundational principles, we take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or objective of evasion, to stand together as free citizens of New California, to be a sovereign state of that nation which we hold dear, the United States of America".
Left-wing Californians warmed to the idea of secession past year after President Donald Trump was installed in office, but the "CalExit" movement remains stalled.
While there are many signs around the Mother Lode calling for a State of Jefferson, a new group has formed proposing to expand the area that would encompass a 51st state.
The "founders" of New California released a statement yesterday, "Well, it's been ungovernable for a long time". His proposed state would give greater representation to California's rural areas, as opposed to the urban and more left-wing coast that Preston said represents bonds of tyranny. You would think it might be a little more conservative on the New California side and liberal on the other, but we get calls from Los Angeles County and Sacramento.
Preston predicts that New California could become a state within 18 months, but history is not on his side.
There's a large swath of California that's trying to break from some of the coastal cities - and it just took its first steps to do so. They face an uphill battle securing approval at both the state and federal level to achieve statehood, US News reports.
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