We wrote about these guys a while back. And I hadn't heard too much about them since, even though I did check around from time to time. But a series of newspaper articles recently have shown that a loose alliance of elected officials out there in the Big Dusty are still quite serious about leaving the Sacramento occupied regions of California and creating a 51st state that they would call South California. The border of which would be found just on the east side of the Angeles National Forest. In case you're thinking of making a run for it.
And it even looks like they're throwing a party tonight. It is party night in America, you know. And if you and your date are looking to do something a bit beyond just another Saturday evening at the cinema, this could be a novel way to spend the evening.
Now I'm certain there are many who would find this idea to be hilarious. Governor Jerry Brown, upon being informed about this nascent rebellion against the rule of persons such as himself, famously quipped, "Secession? What is this, 1860?"
However, once you get yourself past that kind of thinking, what would the downside be? No SCAG, no COG, no SB 375, no AQMD, no League of California Cities, no more of that "49th in the country ranked public school system" rhythm, no crazy taxation, no tens of billions of dollars in debt, no insane Sacramento central planners and their bought-off legislative enablers telling us we need to build 300 stack and pack doghouses on Sierra Madre Boulevard because it will somehow save the world from climate devastation. None of that.
Think of the time and money our City Hall spends dealing with all of those kinds of half corrupt Sacramento mandated junk. Would you miss it if it was suddenly gone? Would anyone?
Of course, things this cool just don't happen in the real world. But since this is The Tattler, we are not afraid to dream. Or entertain notions that are not exactly in the wheelhouse of anyone's currently accepted versions of popular reality. You want stories about the best places to get boiled noodles, or where to get your poodle curried, go read Patch or something.
This from the clarion of the farthest ends of the valleys, The Press-Enterprise [click here]:
A movement to split California into two states continues more than a year after a Riverside County supervisor's anger with Sacramento led him to propose secession.
Since Supervisor Jeff Stone first brought up secession in July 2011, he's helped form a group to pursue the idea. That group, California Rebellion 2012, has a website [Mod: click here], is getting ready to accept donations and is planning a rally for sometime next spring.
California Rebellion 2012 accepts donations and is officially registered as a political committee with California's secretary of state. It formed about 15 months ago and has about 600 members ... By phone, e-mail or the group's Facebook page, about 14,000 people have expressed support for the group's efforts.
The group's website makes the case for South California. The front page includes the commentary "Is Secession the Only Solution?"
"The fact of the matter is that the State of California is too big to govern," the commentary read. "The political priorities of Southern California and Northern California are completely different ... The formation of a new state is necessary if drastic measures aren't implemented to curtail out-of-control spending, and the oppressive overburdening of California's citizens and businesses."
Meanwhile, over at the Southwest Riverside News Network.com [click ye here], they have this to add:
California Rebellion: Movement to break up Calif. into two states to hold Temecula rally - When Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone proposed breaking up California into two states, the reaction ranged from, "that's crazy" to "count me in," noted a key organizer of the break-up movement, officially called "California Rebellion."
Darrell Connerton of Temecula, a friend of Stone's who is a general contractor and a political consultant, says Stone's movement to split the state is far from over; in fact, it's moving ahead and gaining supporters.
Committees have been formed to do everything from seek financial donations to comb through California's Constitution with an eye on revisions to eliminate things that are "job killers" for the proposed new state, Connerton said.
On Sept. 29, supporters will discuss these and other issues when they gather at their first big kick-off rally at Vail Lake, east of Temecula. Stone and others are expected to address the crowd at the event that will feature live music, food and information booths ...
Unfortunately, should the new state of South California ever actually see the light of day (and I personally am not staking too much emotionally on this happening anytime soon), Sierra Madre would not be a part of it. The counties permitted join this new geographical entity are limited to Riverside, San Bernardino, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono. For some reason they aren't interested in Los Angeles County.
But who knows, since we would be on one of the western edges of South California, at least sort of, maybe we could ask for some kind of an exemption and get in that way. It would certainly make for an interesting Sierra Madre ballot question. My bet is Josh and Nancy would be against it.
Think about it. Since we'd then become a South California border town, maybe we could get assigned one of those plants and vegetables checking stations for down on Baldwin Avenue just before the Arcadia line. In addition to performing the important task of keeping those darned farmers market people out, it could also become the largest employer in town. Outside of City Hall, of course.
Think of the benefits it would bring to our downtown.