UPDATE: It’s on!
. . . more accurately, watch this Website, http://californiarebellion2012.com.
Nothing much here yet, but Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone says it will be turned on later tonight.
In an interview on the LaDona Harvey show, Stone said his proposal to have 13 counties, including San Diego County, secede from California to form their own state is attracting a lot of attention. If you want to listen, I’ve got most of it on a 4.5 megabyte MP3 file – click here to listen or download. (The background noise is me driving.)
Harvey said she at first thought secession was crazy, but upon further reflection liked the idea.
“I’ve had interviews from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, television stations,” Stone said, “I’m on CNN nationwide this afternoon. I was on Fox News nationwide. And every commentator, when they first hear it, just. . says it sounds a little bit crazy, but when you really think about it, it really makes a lot of sense.”
Not all of the attention has been favorable, however, and Stone admits that actually carrying out secession isn’t going to be easy. First, he says, there’s going to be a new effort to reform state government.
“In California, a state ruled by Democrats, 13 southern and mostly Republican counties are petitioning to create their own state.”
There is no such petition by the 13 counties. Those are just the counties Stone wants in his proposed state. Even in Riverside, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 merely to discuss the idea with other counties. That’s not the same as “petitioning.” San Diego County’s supervisors have not endorsed the idea, and an editorial in the North County Times poured cold water on the idea.
This isn’t to judge Stone’s idea good or bad, but to remind people there’s going to be a lot of inaccurate reporting on it. So stick with your trusted local news sources for this story.
(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion, and not necessarily that of my employer, the North County Times.)