New California: breakaway state declares independence from California

Cheryl Sanders
January 17, 2018

A California venture capitalist named Tim Draper sought in 2014 to split the Golden State into six parts, including the "State of Silicon Valley".

The declaration of independence states: "When a long train of abuses and acts to seize and hold the people's power without legal authority and pursuing invariably the same object that clearly demonstrates a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security". Unlike many other independence movements, the New California leaders want to achieve their independence in compliance with state and federal legislation.

A map of their proposal shows Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles as part of California - while a larger, less populated portion would become "New California".

Preston emphasizes that the leaders of the movement do not want to leave the USA, just make it better.

New California founders argue current California is "governed by a tyranny" and that under the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, they have a right to institute a new government.

Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, the founders of the movement which launched in 2016, describe California in its current form as "ungovernable". "High taxes, education, you name it".

The group, organized with a council of county representatives and various committees, hopes to model their split after the state of West Virginia.

"New California" proponents will eventually need to get approval from the state legislature, and then from the U.S. Congress, according to Preston.

"After years of overtaxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable".

The group says it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature though.

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