Does ‘rich’ mean? San Bernardino County developer pushes idea to secede from California


Citing disproportionate resource allocation and “unfunded mandates,” a San Bernardino County developer this week suggested that the Board of Supervisors examine California secession to form a new state that would get “wealthy.” named.

“Our Sheriff’s Department, our judges, are constantly being charged with too much with not enough resources,” Jeff Burum, president of development company National Community Renaissance, said during the board of trustees meeting Tuesday.

“The state of California continues to allocate resources to the expensive areas to the detriment of us and other communities in the inland valleys,” he said. “It’s time to stop it.”

Burum suggested putting the issue on the November vote.

“If we cast an advisory vote for only residents of San Bernardino County, a simple yes or no: do they support? [the board] “Looking at … secession from the state of California, I promise you will get a positive vote,” he said.

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The mayors of Upland and Fontana joined Burum in favor of the proposal, expressing concerns about the need for resources for public works and other functions.

“We can’t keep begging and crawling and counting squirrels… to get resources for our county,” Fontana mayor Acquanetta Warren said. “We have millions of citizens who have needs, and the county is our lifeline, and that lifeline is still being choked.”

“Now we’re hearing that we should have all electric cars by 2035,” said Upland Mayor Bill Velto. “I’m curious where they will get the money for the roads when the gas tax starts to fall.”

California plans to end sales of new combustion engine vehicles by 2035, requiring new cars sold to be zero-emissions, but not completely banning gasoline engines, to reduce the harmful emissions fueling the climate crisis.

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“It’s just incredible how they expect cities like Upland and many other cities in our county to meet those mandates if we don’t have the money,” Velto said.

At the end of the meeting, board chairman Curt Hagman expressed his support for further exploring the secession idea.

Hagman said he was dissatisfied not only with the financial problems, but also “the way they are handling our public safety.”

“I support the cause,” he said. “It’s about the loss of the ability to govern at the local level on which this country was based. It was based on the rights of states, based on local control.”

The board was unable to act on the proposal on Tuesday, but the matter could be discussed if it appeared on a later agenda.

Both Hagman and Warren acknowledged that the proposal was unlikely to succeed.

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“I know people will say, ‘You’ve gone crazy,'” Warren said. “Yes we have. We have gone mad to serve others.”

“It’s one in a million that we will be successful at this point,” Hagman said, adding that he hoped investigating such a move would at least send a message to the state.

County Counsel Tom Bunton illustrated the opportunities that come with successful secession: A new state has not been formed by seceding from another since West Virginia did in 1863. No new state has joined the union since Alaska in 1959. .

The proposal is the latest chapter in a long history of parts of California trying to secede, citing political and financial divisions.

In 2013, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to explore California secession to form the new state of Jefferson. As of 2022, Siskiyou County will remain part of the state.