• Election 2022: San Bernardino County secession measure succeeding by na

    From Peter Raines@21:1/5 to All on Sat Dec 24 04:06:37 2022
    XPost: talk.politics.guns, alt.california

    A ballot measure that could lead to San Bernardino County seceding is succeeding by the narrowest of margins, according to early unofficial
    election results.

    As of 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, results showed a majority of voters
    backing Measure EE, with 50.44% voting in favor to 49.56% against.

    UPDATE: San Bernardino County voters support ‘fair share’ measure — and
    maybe secession

    Measure EE is about more than secession, of course:

    “Do the people of San Bernardino County want San Bernardino County elected representatives to study and advocate for all options to obtain the
    county’s fair share of State funding up to and including secession from
    the State of California?” it reads on the ballot.

    See the latest election results.

    But it’s that final idea — of San Bernardino County leaving California —
    that grabbed most of the attention.

    Real estate developer Jeff Burum originally introduced the idea of the
    measure at the July 26 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

    “With the way things are in California right now, I don’t know if there’s
    any hope for California,” he told the board in July.

    Burum has argued — as have some supervisors — that San Bernardino County
    is getting shortchanged in tax revenue by both the state of California and federal government.

    County staff assembled data from the California controller’s office to
    look at how much money each of the state’s 56 counties get, per capita,
    from the state and federal governments. San Bernardino County ranked 36th
    on the document, behind behind Los Angeles County, which is ranked 28th,
    but ahead of wealthy counties like Sonoma (45th), Santa Barbara (52nd) and Orange (55th) counties.

    The top 10 counties on the county’s document — Alpine, Sierra, Trinity,
    Modoc, Mariposa, Del Norte, Plumas, Glenn, Inyo and Lassen — are mostly
    rural, with average to low per capita incomes, suggesting that counties do worse based on having higher populations, rather than political clout.

    Prior to the election, Burum predicted Measure EE would be passed by a super-majority of residents. A small poll he paid for showed 53% of
    respondents supported Measure EE.

    If the measure passes and the Board of Supervisors finds no way to get the county’s “fair share” other than secession, it’s still a long shot.

    Both the state Legislature and Congress would have to vote to approve the county striking out on its own, which experts say is extremely unlikely to happen.

    If the county’s secession movement did succeed, the new state — which
    Burum has suggested could be called “Empire” — would be the first since
    Hawaii was established in 1959. And it would be the first state carved out
    of another since West Virginia left Virginia in 1863 over Appalachian residents’ opposition to slavery.

    <https://www.sbsun.com/2022/11/08/san-bernardino-county-secession-measure- in-voters-hands-on-election-day/>

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  • From Michael Falkner@21:1/5 to All on Sat Dec 24 09:30:50 2022
    I fully forecast most of Republican Eastern California joining this movement in two years.


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