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This November voters in San Bernardino, one of California’s largest counties, will have the opportunity to vote on seceding from the state after the county’s Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to place the matter on the ballot.

Final approval of the measure to ask San Bernardino voters if they want to secede from California will take place at the August 9th Board of Supervisors meeting.

If approved the question as currently written will ask San Bernardino voters, “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?”

Board members were not that enthusiastic about secession. Supervisor Joe Baca Jr suggested the state was cheating San Bernardino residents out of money and resources. Supervisor Janice Rutherford agreed with Baca.

The initial idea for the County to secede was first floated by real estate developer Jeff Burum during a July 26th Board of Supervisors meeting. After the idea was floated, the County was flooded with letters and emails from residents supporting the suggestion.

Whether the county is getting its fair share of resources in exchange for the money it gives the state is difficult to determine according to mainstream news sites, due to the fact the state funnels money through multiple public and private agencies before it arrives at the end user of the funds. The system is set up like a government sponsored pyramid scam.

The Supervisors are hoping the most that happens is that their representatives are better armed to fight for the county’s share of resources.

If secession prevails the new state would tentatively be called Empire and would be the first state since Hawaii and the first to be carved out of an existing state since West Virginia was forcefully carved out of Virginia at the point of a gun by non-Virginians. The new state would also have a Democrat plurality. San Bernardino is the first Democrat plurality county anywhere in the US to openly consider seceding from its home state. All the other counties that have held secession votes were Republican majority counties. This would be the first Democrat one.

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