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Riverside County official wants California split into 2 states

June 30, 2011 |  8:50 pm

Jeff StoneRiverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing that about a dozen counties break away from California to form the new "State of South California." 

The split, Stone said Thursday, would allow officials in the new state to concentrate on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy.

"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," Stone said in a statement. "It has to change."

Stone suggested that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties band together to form the new state.

Among the things the new state should consider, he said, are having a part-time Legislature, shifting more power to local governments and adopting a reasonable sales tax.

Stone said he will propose that Riverside County officials hold a public meeting at the Riverside Convention Center to hear thoughts and testimony from officials and members of the public.

"Are there challenges?" he asked about his proposal. "Absolutely. But the destruction of California has to stop and we don't know what we can accomplish unless we sit down and consider the possibilities.

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Photo: Jeff Stone. Credit: Jeff Stone's office.

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