New California would be the 51st state to join the union. But a secession from California might be only a conservative pipe dream.
Source: A group of Californians wants to secede from the rest of the state – Business Insider
U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation. Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, declined to comment Tuesday on plans for the operation. The campaign, centered in the Bay Area, could happen within weeks, and is expected to become the biggest enforcement action of its kind under President Trump, said the source, who requested anonymity because the plans have not been made public.
Source: Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws – San Francisco Chronicle
Source: New California declares “independence” from rest of state – CBS News
The state of New California would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.
“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.
Unions have challenged some changes in the governor’s 2013 pension-reform law. Brown’s legal team submitted a brief to the court that defends not only the reform law, but which seems to back broader changes to the rule. Clearly, the governor expects the court to side with him, which would not only give the state more latitude in reining in spending, but local governments, too.
Source: Gov. Brown’s budget sets spending records, but warns of recession | CalWatchdog.com