RIVERSIDE, Calif. — If Republican Jeff Stone has his way, the Golden State will become two states.
There would be California and its smaller neighbor "South California."
Stone, an elected official on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, has made a proposal that would group 13 mostly conservative California counties into America's 51 state.
Those counties would include: Orange and San Diego counties, and inland Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino and Tulare counties.
You'll note that Los Angeles county is not part of Stone's plan. According to the Associated Press, a vote is scheduled for Tuesday. The radical idea would obviously have to be approved on a much grander level, if it passes in Riverside.
The reason behind South California?
According to the AP: Stone says California is too big to govern, which has led the state to raid local government coffers because of runaway spending. It would have a part-time Legislature and no term limits.
Does it make sense? Does Jeff Stone have a good idea?