Recently there has been an attempt to partition California into two states, with the new proposed state being named New California out of the rural and eastern counties of the Golden State (note: in my opinion, East California might be a better name).
This is the most recent attempt to partition California, and unlike the previous plans, this campaign might be successful.
The two men who came up with the New California Plan, Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, said they believe California has become ungovernable due to the taxes, regulations, the domination of the Democratic Party, the state government being tyrannical, and disregard for both the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. I would not be surprised if the immigration issue is also a reason for their partition plan.
Under this plan, New California would consist of 43 out of the 58 counties which comprise the State of California. An overwhelming majority of these counties for the newly proposed state are rural, the exceptions being Contra Costa County, Orange County, and San Diego County.
On a side note, it should be mentioned that in the 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton easily won California (getting 61.73% of the vote). Out of the 58 counties, Donald Trump won 24 of them, and another four counties that went to Clinton were determined by less than 10%.
As I mentioned earlier, this campaign might be successful, particularly since California’s Governor Jerry Brown has made his state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, in response to the Trump Administration’s stance on the matter. In addition, the City of Oakland has stated they will not cooperate with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Just a reminder, such a partition plan is constitutional, since Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution states that “New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
So if the New California Plan is successful, then not only would there be a new state, but California’s representation in Congress would be changed, which in turn would affect the 55 electoral votes California currently has. In addition, if New California did become a state, then Puerto Rico would also become a state (due to the idea of statehood becoming more popular there).
Time will tell if the New California Plan does succeed.