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VIDEO: California Secession Proposal Backed By Local Leaders

Mayors of Murrieta, Wildomar and Menifee voice support for County Supervisor Jeff Stone's proposal to secede from California in light of state budget sign-off.

Local leaders from three southwest Riverside County cities show support for County Supervisor Jeff Stone's proposal to secede from California, creating a 51st state.

S McLennan July 02, 2011 at 07:40 AM
Very Interresting concept! What counties? Is it possible or really practical?
Emily July 02, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Just one more reason to get Randon Lane (mayor of Murrieta) OUT of here in 2012. He's an ultraconservative homophobe now leading the pack on this ridiculousness. Residents beware! We need to stop this special interest group, which is here to promote their own religious Teaparty agenda.
LBV Collins July 02, 2011 at 02:48 PM
I’m curious what the economic impact will be if we split California in two. No doubt, those proposing secession think we’ll be better off. But I wonder… Will home values rise? Will we create jobs? Will our taxes be lowered? Will our utility costs go down? Will our children’s education scores improve? If so, how? I want to know the answers to these questions before I take this proposal to secede seriously. However, what I can’t help but wonder about this proposal is whether it’s a demand for fiscal responsibility, or more a reaction to social changes that are taking place in our state and across our nation. The request by gays and lesbians to marry their partner, the hope of terminally-ill patients to legally acquire and use medical marijuana, the simple desire by Muslims within our communities to worship their faith and not be accused of harboring terrorists… If these social issues are the true, unspoken impetus to create a new State of Southern California… a state that is intolerant to social change and that refuses to embrace equal rights and freedom of choice… then I strongly oppose secession. I don’t want to live in a newly formed state that is built on a foundation of social intolerance.
Susan Marsh July 02, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Emily, I agree Lane needs to go asap. I have no idea if he is a homophobe but he is not an ultraconservative. I do not know about his religious beliefs and really don't want to but he is soooooo not part of the tea party or what the tea party stands for in our area. He does not like the tea party or the people involved in it. LBV, those are excellent questions; don't hold your breath waiting for an answer. I read all the articles about this yesterday and watch the video this morning; Mr. Lane and Mr. Stone talk about respsonsibility and fairness. Check these men's record; they care about promoting themselves. I could give you a long list of specific examples but they would not fit in this box. We need to know the pros and cons of plan before we can make a decision and by we I mean the citizens not the politicans. At this point it is all just hype.
Viki Voce July 02, 2011 at 06:23 PM
If you take a Random Lane, you too might get Stoned!
Emily July 02, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Viki, very cleaver! Susan, there was an article published on the Patch on June 27th about the census results, which showed that the number of same-sex couples has increased by 200% in Murrieta in the last 10 years. The mayor was quoted as reassuring the population that there’s no need to worry…we’re still a “family oriented, conservative community” and that homosexual voices aren’t “prevalent within our community”. The article started receiving a lot of comments by people upset by these remarks and within hours the article was deleted, i.e. censored. Google it, it’s still viewable through cache, and draw your own conclusions. If the mayor feels he was misquoted, then he should come out and explicitly state his views. You feel he just cares about promoting himself, but why? What’s the agenda? Have you seen the proposed gerrymandering secession map? I believe LBV Collins has nailed it. This isn’t about the money, which only works out to about $34/person per year here in Murrieta. It’s an agenda to try to get a stronger voting block of conservatives together so they can legislate their personal value system, i.e. religious views, which is exactly what I see the teapartiers attempting to do.
Bryan Garcia July 04, 2011 at 12:11 AM
The counties that would make up the new state would be Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono
Bryan Garcia July 04, 2011 at 12:16 AM
hahahaha Why don't you go to northern california Emily where people like you have more in common. Down here in the south we are more conservative than you are. What happens if South California actually becomes its own state. The Tea Party 'agenda' as you call is not what's bad for the state. In fact what's good for the state is the tea party policy CUT SPENDING. We cannot continue to spend money we don't have otherwise the state of California is going to be bankrupt. I'm sure you had to cut your budget yourself to make it through your live the state should be more responsible with its money. You cannnot spend more than you take it. That is a fact!
Emily July 04, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Bryan, I'm born and raised in Southern California. I'm not going anywhere. I love it here. I'm saddened by the recession and the cutbacks it has already necessitated, but I support the governor's efforts to find a way to make the budget work. Republicans didn't want to extend the temporary sales tax, which would have eased this situation, so more cuts are necessary and people only like cuts when it impacts someone else. Unfortunately, everyone has to feel the pain of this recovery for awhile. If you don't like it and don't like having someone with a different point of view living near you, then YOU should move...perhaps to Texas...where they have a GOP supermajority...oh...and a 25 BILLION dollar budget shortfall!
Barbara Kennedy June 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Honestly? Religion? Homophobe? Ultra conservative? Where, in this article did you pull any of this from. I think Stone is an idiot, Lane is an idiot, but I also place you in the 'over reactionary idiot' category. I'm so sick and tired of people blaming everything on religion. Calling everyone homophobes. Where do you get this. It's pure bullying tactics and pure bull. This needs to stop! Unless you can back up your comments with something reasonable, quit the bigoted commentary!

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