Could San Bernardino County become the new State of Empire – our nation’s 51st state? The county’s Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Wednesday to put the potential secession measure before voters on the November 8, 2022 ballot (with one supervisor absent). As reported by the Southern California News Group, the measure will go before the board again Tuesday for final adoption. The question that would be placed on the ballot would be: “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?” Passing the measure doesn’t result in immediate secession but does put the wheels in motion to study the idea, which was initially floated by Rancho Cucamonga businessman and real estate developer Jeff Burum. As reported by Los Angeles Magazine, in order to fully secede, the movement would not only require approval by voters of San Bernardino but also the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
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