Big County Wants Out of California

California Governor Gavin Newsom

( – The most populous US state of California may soon become substantially smaller in territory and population as one of its biggest counties, San Bernardino, is moving to vote on the possibility of seceding from the state.

The Board of Supervisors of San Bernardino County voted this week to add a secession motion to the local ballot for the 2022 midterm elections in November.

The Board’s vote in favor of putting the possibility of leaving California to a vote by the people was unanimous – 4-0, with one absent supervisor, The Daily Wire reported.

San Bernardino is one of the largest countries in California, with an area of more than 20,000 square miles. That is more land than the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island combined and bigger than 16 US states.

It is also California’s fifth most populous county, with over 2.1 million inhabitants and over 1 million registered voters.

As per the decision of the County Board of Supervisors, the secession measure is going to ask the locals as follows:

“Do the citizens of San Bernardino County want the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to study all options to obtain its fair share of state and federal resources, up to and including secession?”

According to the county’s chair supervisor, Curt Hagman, “the last line is the most controversial,” as he cautioned during the meeting that Californians have been trying to partition the state for as long as it has existed.

A local finance team has assessed California counties’ state and federal revenues and found that San Bernardino is 36th out of 56 countries in terms of per-capita revenue.

The supervisors are quoted as saying that numerous locals have come forward with calls for San Bernardino County to join some neighboring states – Arizona or Nevada – or to form its own state.

“I was surprised by the idea, and I don’t believe it’s feasible politically or financially to secede from California. However, I absolutely joined with my constituents who have a growing palpable anger about everything,” said Supervisor Janie Rutherford.

Among the blatant issues faced by the county, she mentioned high gas prices, burdensome taxes, a growing homelessness crisis, plus the state’s “ineffective justice system, broken schools, [and] the state’s overreaching counterproductive regulatory schemes, housing and affordability to the ineptness of the state’s preparation for this drought.”

Before the secession measure ends on the local ballot in November, the county supervisors must hold one more vote.