By Allen Payton
On Monday, Jan. 15 a group of Californians, representing 21 of the 58 counties throughout the state, gathered in Marysville to declare their independence and intention to form a 51st State of New California. Contra Costa County is the only Bay Area county to be included in the list and is represented by Scott Bennett, the county chair and delegate to the Convention the group held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at which they approved their State Declaration of Independence. New CA Executive Summary
Other counties that currently have representatives include Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Lake, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Riverside, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Yolo and Yuba. Recent additions which don’t have a representative listed on the group’s website are Santa Cruz, Orange and Imperial Counties.
However, according to their map page the counties that would not be included in the new state are Alameda, Solano, Napa, Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz in the Bay Area, as well as Sacramento, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, as well as the southern portion of Los Angeles County. The group estimates the new state will have a population of 15 million, leaving approximately 25 million remaining in the current State of California. Plus, the new state will have 25 to 27 members in the U.S. House of Representatives versus the 53 currently representing California.
In a press release the organizers of the grass root effort state that, “New California is a new state in development exercising its Constitutional Right to form from the State of California. The process to form New California is authorized and codified in Article 4 Section 3 of the United States Constitution.” That clause requires the state legislature approve the effort.
The group explains the process on their website.
Fundamentals of the Declaration of Independence
New California Declaration of Independence contains 2 major statements. The first is the actual Declaration which severs the political connections between New California and the State of California while and summarizing the motivations for seeking Independence.
The second statement are known as the Grievances. The grievances are clear dereliction or abuses by the governor and government of California, outright violations of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution as the sovereign. Grievances provide a distinct example demonstrating to the world the governor and government of California is failing to provide a federal form of government.
The group offered their reasons or grievances, formally in their documents, as “due to the past and current government of California having failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities.”
They also offered a more complete list of grievances, informally on their website stating, “The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny” and in their press release. That states, “After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable. 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.”
In the group’s document entitled, “Affirmation of Allegiance to the United States of America and Justification for the Formation of the State of New California” they state that “With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution. We stand firm in our pledge to maintain and support the freedoms of the people of our Nation and New California at all times, at home and abroad. With God as our witness, honoring the foundational principles, we take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose 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.” Justification & Declaration for forming New CA
In their State Declaration of Independence, modeled after and including much of the same language as the one signed by the nation’s Founding Fathers in 1776, which offers their intentions to form the new state:
“We the people of the Counties of New California solemnly publish and declare these counties are, and of Right ought to be, a free and Independent State, that we 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, to promote general prosperity, and to do all other acts and things, which an Independent New California State may rightfully do.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the Counties of New California, appeal to the California Legislature and the Federal Congress to pass resolutions to create the State of New California.”
The group also explains the process of forming the new state.
State Splitting Process
“The process begins when a state’s legislature first votes to split the state. Once the measure in the form of a resolution passes both the California Assembly and Senate, it is submitted to Congress.
Once there, the matter is discussed. If both chambers the House and Senate of Congress vote to pass it, the state can then be split. There seems to be two options on how a state can split. In the first instance, the state decides how it’s going to be split before sending the proposal to Congress. “
They didn’t offer a second instance.
Attempts to reach both Preston and Bennett by phone call and text were unsuccessful. The phone number provided for Bennett turned out to be incorrect. However, Preston did respond to an email asking about the maps on the group’s website with, “See attached. Call me later about maps. We will be producing a new map today. Thanks.”
One of the attachments included an updated list of counties participating in the effort. Contra Costa County is listed with the words “Rural”, as are the counties of Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. New California Counties list
Please check back later for details should Preston respond with more information and or we obtain the correct phone number for Bennett and are able to speak with him.
Offer Your Support and Learn More
Other Californians are invited to support the effort by signing up and offering their own three grievances they have with the current state government, on the group’s website: www.newcaliforniastate.com/independence-declaration.
For those interested the group will be holding a reading of Grievance 1 in three locations to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Also, the group will hold their seventh Liberty Tour in Marysville on February 10, 2018 contact Vice Chair Paul Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (530) 632-9786 or Toll Free at 877-828-2753.