What once was a grand idea of bringing together leaders from as many as 13 counties to discuss leaving California has become a summit to discuss budget issues and how actions in Sacramento have affected local governments.

With little support from his fellow supervisors, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone was forced to retract some of the more ambitious goals of his recent proposal to leave the state. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to allow the county to host a summit to discuss the issues that affect local government, but also voted not to allow any county resources to be used to produce the meeting.

The move away from creating the State of South California was not because other Supervisors didn’t understand Stone’s frustrations, but the feasibility of the move was questioned, as was the value of redirecting resources when the county is already going through prolonged fiscal troubles.

From The Los Angeles Times:

A Riverside County supervisor’s proposal for a summit to discussing breaking off a major chunk of Southern California to form a new state was significantly scaled back by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Instead of secession, the supervisors voted to host a statewide summit to allow city and county officials from across the state to discuss state budget issues and Sacramento policies that hurt local government services and job creation, and also discuss turning the Legislature into a part-time body.

The action comes after Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, advocated forming the new state of South California. Stone said state government was too dysfunctional to be repaired.

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