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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 23 2016, @05:25PM   Printer-friendly
from the you-can-go-your-own-way-♩♫♩♫ dept.

Supporters of a plan for California to secede from the union took their first formal step Monday morning, submitting a proposed ballot measure to the state attorney general's office in the hopes of a statewide vote as soon as 2018.

Marcus Ruiz Evans, the vice president and co-founder of Yes California, said his group had been planning to wait for a later election, but the presidential election of Donald Trump sped up the timeline.

"We're doing it now because of all of the overwhelming attention," Evans said.

The Yes California group has been around for more than two years, Evans said. It is based around California taxpayers paying more money to the federal government than the state receives in spending, that Californians are culturally different from the rest of the country, and that national media and organizations routinely criticize Californians for being out of step with the rest of the U.S. 

Could California go it alone?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @08:51PM (#432094)

    I went to a Cali auto parts store looking to buy a good old Jerry type gas can, nope... Illegal to sell in Cali. All you can buy are shitty plastic ones that leak through the spout threads and have an anti-leak valve in the spout. Fuck the CARB... Right after my smog check I put the performance intake on and advance the timing 5 degrees, more power and better gas mileage.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @10:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 23 2016, @10:38PM (#432179)

    Its hard to say whether the better mileage amounts to more or less pollution. Smog controls are vital to keeping our air clean, I just can't argue the exact point since better mileage means less gas burned, but bypassing smog controls means more pollution in the air per gallon burned. Its not some stupid regulation for the sake of regulation, Los Angeles used to be so bad you couldn't see the mountains except right after a good rain!