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Stone Launches 'California Rebellion' Websites, Prepares for Summit

"I am going down two parallel paths," Stone told Patch. "The other path is secession."

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone's call to action to fix the dysfunction in California continues with the launch of a website and a Facebook page.

"I have come to the conclusion that the state of California is too big to govern, that the political priorities of Southern California and Northern California are completely different," he states on the introductory page to CaliforniaRebellion2010.com.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors gave Stone the green light to pursue his proposal to call for a state wide local government summit to discuss remedies for what he calls the "broken legislative processes of a dysfunctional state government."

Stone is collecting private donations to help fund the summit.

Stone told Patch that the California League of Cities and California Association of Counties are coordinating with Stone's office in arranging the summit.

The proposed summit, to be held in September or October, would invite similarly frustrated counties from across the state to consider bold remedies to fix the dysfunction, or the possibility of splitting the state and establishing a new state with a balanced budget, effective schools, secure borders, and a vibrant business friendly economy, according to Verne Lauritzen, Stone's chief of staff. 

“In this budget cycle, the state again passed an unrealistic budget and continues to raid local city and county coffers while offering no reforms to its spending addiction," said Stone, who represents Murrieta on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Stone’s proposed remedies for the summit discussions will include state wide initiatives to accomplish the following:

  1. The transformation of a full-time legislature to part-time.
  2. A true and legitimate balanced state budget requirement with no unfunded mandates to local governments and no access to local government revenues.
  3. Public employee pension reform.

The summit’s discussions will also consider a possible secession effort to split the state into two states should effective remedies to fix the dysfunction be infeasible, Lauritzen said.

"I am going down two parallel paths," Stone told Patch. "The other path is secession."

To participate in petitions or follow the progress, Stone's office invited parties to go to the Facebook page California Rebellion 2012 or the website. As of Wednesday, the Facebook page had 325 likes.

Andy July 21, 2011 at 01:06 AM
He has some good points and bad points. I don't think Southern California would be too well off without the resources and support from Northern California. I don't think a segment of people would be too happy with the divide either. Los Angeles is a part of Northern California, cmon. This looks more like East and West California than Northern and Southern California.
BILL July 21, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Stone has some really good points; i.e., pension reform and amount paid to elected officials. I think that eliminating LA from mix is nuts. He might want to remember that government should be able to reach a compromise on issues, not my way or the highway. People apparently have selective memories, remember Reagan raised taxes several times while president and made deal to better social security. Government will never work until people forget about "wings", right or left, and just govern. Has Stone done anything, other than talk, about pension reform???
Susan Marsh July 21, 2011 at 04:13 PM
There is only one way to find out if this plan is feasible, further investigation. So let's get started; how can we help? The plan may not be perfect, the plan my be a way for Mr. Stone to promote himself BUT it is a plan and Mr. Stone has put it together and put it out there. We can sit here and question it and be negative about it or we can get up off our seats and take action. We need a change; if not this plan then another. Right now California is going down the drain and apparently no one in Sacramento has the common sense to stop it. We need a Plan.
Popeye July 24, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Nothing wrong with California if you have a job and not under in your home. There is a small percentage of people that have issues. Either he learns to compromise or be voted out. My way or the highway does not work. He has lost touch with the majority of Independent voters.
Ray September 13, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Stone has no clue how the people of the north state feel, I pray he cares. I helped Jeff get elected to his 1st go as 3rd District Supervisor and still pay taxes there. So the Riverside County Supervisors gave Jeff the green light, hmmm he better yield to my and others concerns. But it has been my experience that he is all talk and made me no longer want to give support. I see a war coming and all Jeff is doing is prodding it along!

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