Amid Proposed ‘Calexit’ Ballot Initiative, California Secession Effort Faces Its Own Split

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A banner in Loyalton, Calif., promotes a plan to break off several Northern California counties into their own state of Jefferson. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

If there’s one thing Jed Wheeler and Marcus Ruiz Evans agree on, it’s that things in California need to change.

The state sends too much money to Washington, they say, and is both politically and culturally out of step with a country that lacks its openness and vitality.

“We can solve our own problems and don’t need to wait on a government 3,000 miles away,” said Wheeler, echoing Evans’ suggestion that Democratic-leaning California would be far better off going it alone as a separate country.

They sharply disagree, though, on the matter of how and precisely when California should seek a divorce from the other 49 states.

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