Jeff Stone of Riverside County in southern California called for his county to take the lead in a campaign to get as many as 13 counties to succeed California and form their own state. Among those counties he called out were, Riverside, Kings, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kern, Fresno, Inyo, Tulare, Mariposa, Mono and Madera counties.
In his statement he said, “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.” Furthering the cause he stated that the new state could focus on balance budgets, securing the border and improving economic and education welfare, something the state of California has failed to do for its citizens.
This call of succession comes on the day Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed controversial legislation that diverts $14 million of licensing fee revenue away from Riverside County to the state. Potentially crippling to surrounding neighborhoods, he aims to make this point among a series of failed state policies staple in the call of a new state that would have limits on taxes, a part-time legislature, and no term-limits.