But his colleagues weren’t all on board with the idea. While everyone feels the effects of budget cuts and regulatory issues, it seems that leaving the state isn’t the realistic solution that some are looking for.
But Supervisor Stone wants county staff to look into organizing a meeting of the counties of the potential 51st state. But with cuts already made to the staff, his colleagues argue that it isn’t the best allocation of resources.
From the North County Times:
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone may have to pursue his dream of creating a new state of South California without the blessing and logistical support of his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors.
Frustrated by the Legislature’s passing, and the governor’s signing, of a bill that takes millions in state support away from four new Riverside County cities —- including Menifee and Wildomar —- Stone on Thursday proposed forming the new state of South California out of 13 counties.
Besides Riverside, Stone is proposing to include San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Imperial, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono in what would be the 51st state.
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