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Siskiyou Co. Dist. 1 Supervisor Brandon Criss responds to ORV concerns

Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County

Dear Constituent:

I read your email and your Facebook post.

First this isn’t about “me” this is in regards to a proposal affecting the county and it would be wrong for me to take this personal.

I appreciate you reaching out to me and asking about what was going on.  My answers to your questions are below.   It gives the background on this issue.

With that said, I’ll make a quick comment about your quote in the post, “Don’t see any of your short roads under the proposal for off road vehicle use. This is NOT okay!”

Yesterday I called a friend up to tell her about the meeting subject for next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.  She told me as well that a person or people were saying that this doesn’t affect any roads on my family’s ranch so that is why I support it.

First, it would be unethical for me to just worry about what effects “me” personally and disregard the public.  It’s not been my past practice nor will I ever have that mindset.

Secondly, that statement is false, over 5 miles of the proposed roads run through my family’s ranch in 3 different locations.  One route’s location is a stone’s throw away from my home where I raise my family.

I just want to set the record straight regarding the personal charges on this issue, but as I said this isn’t about “me”, but the issue.

Now in regards to the issue, I’ll share some background information.

-On 2/4/14 the Siskiyou County Off Road Riders (SCORR) mentioned during public comment time at our meeting that they are thinking about routes for off highway vehicles and had proposed suggestions.

-On 7/1/14 SCORR came back before the Board of Supervisors with further details on their plan.  There were people that attended the meeting who supported the concept and staff relayed to the Board that some constituents contacted them with both support and concerns over the concept.  The Board discussed positive aspects to the concept and concerns that needed to be addressed.

-On 1/19/16 County Departments along with SCORR presented an update of where things stood.  To quote the minutes exactly “Discussion followed regarding the areas involved, the cost, safety, education and the staff to support the effort.”  The minutes also show, “It was the consensus of the Board to have this issue return in June 2016 for a decision.”

-June came along, but with more pressing county issues the county was dealing with, SCORR was kind enough not to pressure us and remained patient as this issue was delayed.  What would have happened is the county would come up with a proposal for which routes to use, the costs of doing this, the safety concerns, the benefits of doing this.  The State of California also has to be consulted and give their approval.  The Board will have a 1st reading for an ordinance that must be published.  The Board would then need to approve the 1st reading.  Then the next reading must be published and there the Board can approve it as county policy.

Something like this can’t be rushed.

-On November 5th at a Townhall in Copco a constituent presented me a petition opposing any Off Highway Vehicle Ordinance.  In order to share this petition with my fellow Supervisors, I needed to schedule it for discussion at a Supervisor’s meeting according to the Brown Act.  That date is Dec. 6th.  I notified SCORR and I notified the person who handed me the petition against the OHV last Monday giving both parties a 1 week plus 1 day notice that this would be on the agenda.  The intent here was to give enough time.

The December 6th meeting is not a meeting where we can adopt the OHV ordinance, in fact there is no OHV ordinance even on the agenda to be voted up or down.  As I explained above, there are other hoops that must be jumped through.  My intent for this meeting is clear in the agenda worksheet that you read along with the map you referred to regarding the roads.  My worksheet states quote:

“Discussion and possible action regarding Siskiyou County Off Highway Vehicle Ordinance.  As a follow up to the January 2016 Board discussion regarding staff, we will provide an update of progress to develop an Off-Highway Vehicle Ordinance and discuss community concerns raised in the attached citizen petition. “

My intent is to give an opportunity for proponents and opponents to discuss this before the Board.  Personally I think this will be an informative meeting for not just the Board members, but the proponents of the concept as well as the opponents of the concept.

All the best,

Brandon Criss


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3 Info-packed meetings this month

Brandon Criss, POW, TEA Party

Please join


For a
Town Hall meeting and update
On current issues, including
Water, Klamath dam removal and
The Marijuana Ordinance
Plus other concerns

You don’t have to live in Dist.1 to attend.
All are welcome and encouraged to come.


4 – 6 pm

6438 Lower Little Shasta Road
Contact: Brandon Criss 859-5548


Yreka Tea Party Patriots

Meeting for Tuesday, October 20th

Speaker: Mark Baird
“The State of Jefferson is Alive and Well”
Update on the “Farmers Ditch”

6:30 PM

at the Covenant Chapel Church
200 Greenhorn Rd. Yreka

Everyone Welcome

Free….Contact Louise for more information at 530-842-5443


Scott Valley Protect Our Water

Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015

Fort Jones Community Center
7 p.m.
Please bring a desert to share as we eat before, during and after.



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Brandon Criss, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, will hold public meeting 10-21-15

Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County










4:00 – 6:00 pm


6438 Lower Little Shasta Road

Contact: Brandon Criss 859-5548


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51st State? Two counties in California seek to form new Jefferson State

Brandon Criss, Declarations, JEFFERSON DECLARATION, Mark Baird, State gov, State of Jefferson

Jefferson Declaration is in the Russia Today.com news

Comment: We will manage our resources creating a positive economy filling our coffers instead of burning-up hundreds of thousands of trees. Under representation and tyrannical over-regulations have destroyed the economies of rural America. We can and will utilize our sustainable resources and be free to govern ourselves. Read what our Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss says about the potential economy in Jefferson! — Editor Liz Bowen

Published time: August 29, 2014 13:01

Russia Today.com or rt.com

51st State? Two counties in California seek to form new Jefferson State — RT USA

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Photo by –Darren McQuade         @BreakinNewsBoy

rally at the . The group feels under represented & wants to become it’s own state.

Two counties in northern California have submitted a petition for the right to form a 51st State of America, which they want to name Jefferson. They claim a lack of representation and that their grievances aren’t heard at state level.
The largely rural counties of Modoc and Siskiyou signed the petition. They are located on the border with Oregon and have a combined population of just over 50,000. The request was made to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento, the state capital of California.
“People from four more counties — Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama — will present declarations soon. Once the number reaches at least 10, Jefferson will be ready to rule,” Mark Baird, one of the movement’s organizers, told the Sacramento Bee. However, voters from the county of Del Norte decided against joining the proposed new State.
“We don’t need government from a state telling people in a county what to do with their resources and their children’s education. You are better equipped to educate your children than the state or federal government,” Baird said to round of applause from his supporters.
The citizens of Modoc and Siskiyou have become disillusioned with the state legislature as they believe they are underrepresented in Sacramento. The two communities are traditionally staunchly Republican and feel alienated by the state’s policies, which tend to cater for a large percentage of the population, which is traditionally liberal and votes Democrat.
However, critics of the move cite the inability of the two counties to fend for themselves, given a small population and a relatively low tax base. By being part of California at present, they are entitled to money from much richer parts of the state, such as the Bay Area, the Hollywood Hills and the boulevards of Santa Monica. However, if they were to secede, they would no longer be entitled to this source of income, leading to questions about how they would be able to pay for basic services such as roads and healthcare.
Nevertheless, this has not seemed to deter the locals from the two counties, which have traditionally relied on the sale of timber for income, from seeking to move away from California’s orbit.
“It would reawaken the rural economy if it were unleashed from urban control,” said Brandon Criss, a Siskiyou County supervisor who voted for secession. “California has over 500 government agencies micromanaging the people.”
The proposed state even has its own flag, with two Xs, which represent their belief that they have been ignored by Sacramento and Salem, the state capitals of California and Oregon respectively, as well as a coiled snake with the slogan “State of Jefferson. Don’t tread on me.”
The movement towards an independent state for parts of northern California and southern Oregon was first mooted in the 1850s, while the decision to call it Jefferson came via the result of a naming contest in 1941.
However, the bid to cede from California was a short-lived one, lasting just a week. Residents decided to abandon the idea following the Pearl Harbor disaster and instead get behind the United States and support their country.
In February, venture capitalist Tim Draper got the go-ahead to start collecting signatures to carve up California into six separate states, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Draper, who has made a fortune investing in internet startups, including Skype and Hotmail, believes that California is simply too populous and diverse to adequately address the demands of its residents, which echoes the sentiment of those wanting to form Jefferson State.
“Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” the plan reads.
With the current structure, California is “ungovernable,” Draper told USA Today.
“Six California’s’ allows a refresh,” he added.
His plan could appear on state ballots in 2016, after Draper managed to obtain the 808,000 necessary signatures. If successful, it would split the world’s eighth-largest economy geographically into Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

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Klamath commissioners and Siskiyou supervisors meet on Klamath agreements

Agriculture, Brandon Criss, CA & OR, Endangered Species Act, Klamath County, Klamath River & Dams, Property rights, Siskiyou County, State gov, Tom Mallams-Klamath Co Commissioner, Water, Resources & Quality
  • Upper and lower basin representatives continued their cooperative efforts Monday in Dorris as Klamath County commissioners met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to discuss agreements on the Klamath River.


·  ·  ·  By David Smith

Posted May. 6, 2014 @ 9:48 am

Upper and lower basin representatives continued their cooperative efforts Monday in Dorris as Klamath County commissioners met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to discuss agreements on the Klamath River.

Commissioners Jim Bellet, Tom Mallams and Dennis Linthicum joined the board to discuss the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement and other related issues.

The trio of agreements are built around the potential removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, various restoration projects and tribal and upper-basin irrigator deals.

Both the commission and the board have expressed their common opposition to the agreements at prior meetings. One major topic at Monday’s meeting was the formulation of a letter to various state and federal representatives encompassing those views.

According to Mallams, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has expressed interest in introducing legislation that would fund and set in motion the various aspects of the KHSA and KBRA this month. In order to provide a voice of opposition, the two boards united with the intent of raising the various concerns each has with the agreements.

For Siskiyou County, the concerns often expressed have to do with the effects of dam removal downriver – sediment release, effects on lake front real estate and flooding – as well as the loss of a renewable energy resource and the potential cost to the area.

In the upper basin, numerous irrigators have signed on to the various agreements, but Mallams said that he believes the concessions made by those irrigators were “blackmail.”

The three commissioners said that the concerns of the upper basin focused on the trading of property rights to tribes in exchange for water assurances, as well as the connecting of the UKBCA to support for the other two agreements.

The letter, which both the commission and board of supervisors approved, has a basic overview of the shared philosophies of the two entities. Those include supporting the establishment of adequate water storage, the retention of clean, renewable hydroelectric power generation and bringing “facts, truth and accountability to bear” in the various processes.

In addition to the basic principles, the meeting also generated various alternatives, points of view and other information to be sent to numerous key policy makers in the coming months.

The board of supervisors is expecting to finalize and approve the letter at a future date.

Read more: http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/article/20140506/News/140509797#ixzz315bXMODp

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Brandon Criss wins big in Siskiyou Primary Election 2012

Brandon Criss, Elections


Jim Cook ousted as Siskiyou supervisor 

Criss leads race by 2-1 margin 


H&N Regional Editor

June 6, 2012

     Brandon Criss unseated incumbent Jim Cook in Tuesday’s Siskiyou County Supervisor District 1 election.

   Based on early returns, Criss, who lives in Macdoel , was outpolling Cook by nearly a two to one margin, 792 to 481.

   “I’m ecstatic,” Criss said Tuesday night.

   He credited a “great campaign team” and strategy. Criss launched his campaign in May 2011 throughout his district, which includes portions of the Tulelake Basin and Butte Valley.

   “I was door-to-door shaking hands, standing out in front of the post offices,” he said of his campaign strategy. Criss also said he emphasized to voters throughout his large geographic district that he will represent all areas of his district, including the Shasta Valley and McCloud areas. “I’m committed to representing the entire district. The goal is to represent the whole district.”

   Criss said one of his immediate priorities will be opposing the Klamath Basin Restoration  Agreement, which calls for removal of four Klamath River dams. He also pledged to advocate water supplies for Tulelake Basin irrigators.

   “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve the constituents of District 1,” Cook said Monday night.

   Two other incumbent supervisors in areas outside the Klamath Basin were re-elected. District 4 Supervisor Grace Bennett of Yreka was unopposed while District 2 Supervisor Ed Valenzuela of Mount Shasta City easily withstood a challenge from Dan Dorsey by taking more than 70 percent of the early returns.

   City Council elections for Dorris and Tulelake will be held in November.

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This information and much more that you need to know about the ESA,
the Klamath River Basin, and private property rights can be found at The
Klamath Bucket Brigade’s web site – http://klamathbucketbrigade.org/index.html
please visit today.

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We must save the entire county, not just dams

Brandon Criss, Klamath River & Dams

By Brandon Criss, Candidate for Siskiyou County Supervisor Dist. 1

Siskiyou Daily News

Letter to the Editor

May 21. 2012

Macdoel, Calif. — The loss of the Klamath River Dams will harm flood control, a productive fish hatchery, land values and clean hydropower electricity. That’s why 79 percent of Siskiyou County voted in 2010 to oppose dam removal.

Under a law known as “Coordination,” bureaucratic regulations must be  in harmony with local land use laws. In part of Modoc County the forest service adopted a new biological opinion that said cattle grazing had to be reduced from five months to one month.

Such a move would have greatly harmed many family ranchers. Modoc County officially adopted the older forest service biological opinion that five months grazing is appropriate. Modoc then demanded “Coordination” and the forest service to this day still allows five months of grazing.

Any local elected board can demand “Coordination” with state and federal bureaucracies. The Copco Lake Fire District Board demanded “Coordination” on the Klamath River Dams and has had four meetings with state and federal bureaucracies. Their success along with Congressman McClintock’s actions delayed current efforts to destroy the dams.

But to me and many others when it comes to this issue we cannot just focus on saving the dams but the entire county. Since 2001, the Tulelake Basin farmers have been threatened with water shutoffs based on junk science for two species of fish.

They were told by federal and state bureaucrats along with radical environmentalists that if they supported dam removal then they would have reliable water supplies. The Tulelake Basin stood up to that blackmail attempt and still voted 77 percent against dam removal in 2010.

As we continue our fight to save the dams, let us not forget our fight for the Tulelake Basin and when we win there it will establish precedence for stopping the bureaucratic threats against Dwinnell Dam and Shasta Valley water supplies.


We must save the entire county, not just dams – Yreka, CA – Siskiyou Daily News


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Meet Siskiyou County Supervisor District 1 candidate Brandon Criss

Brandon Criss






Candidate for Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 1


Cowboy Poetry

Dessert Auction

Thursday, May 17, 2012

6 – 8 pm

$8 per person/families encouraged


Pasta, salad, garlic bread, dessert, punch, coffee




Tickets available at the Grange Insurance at 347 N. Main St  Yreka

  or call 586-1430


 Sponsored by the committee supporting Brandon Criss for Supervisor 2012

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We choose Brandon Criss

Brandon Criss

We choose Brandon Criss – Yreka, CA – Siskiyou Daily News



By Ruth and Clarence Waltner

Siskiyou Daily News

Letter to the Editor

April 23, 2012

Copco Lake —

Siskiyou County has come under a cloud.
We could lose everything of which we’ve been proud.

Interior Department would like all of us gone.
They look at us like we’re a chessboard pawn.

If they could move us out they’d rewild this place.
We’re just so many cattle with no name or face.

But if they’re wrong and disaster they make,
They’ll just say, “O well, we made a mistake.”

Our whole life’s work gone down the drain.
Every county resident would feel some pain.

Social programs would end as revenue decreases;
Unemployment and crime and poverty increases.

Will you stand with us to defend this place?
Or will you just disappear without a trace?

We’ll need lots of help our future to secure.
We hope you agree that our motives are pure.

We need dams in place for fire suppression.
The water needed to fight fire with aggression.

Hydropower beats others for energy that’s clean;
Yet the “whackos” contend that it isn’t “green.”

Laws have been passed protecting our dam.
Tho’ it’s illegal, they persist with this sham.

Somehow we must stop this foolish intention;
And we are now praying for divine intervention.

We seek a supervisor to help us with this.
The candidate we choose is Brandon Criss.

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Brandon Criss challenges incumbent for District 1 supervisor seat

Brandon Criss

Brandon Criss challenges incumbent for District 1 supervisor seat – Mount Shasta, CA – Mount Shasta Herald



By Skye Kinkade

Mount Shasta Herald

April 18, 2012

Skye Kinkade  Brandon Criss

Southern Siskiyou County, Calif. — Brandon Criss, a fourth generation Siskiyou County farmer and volunteer firefighter from Butte Valley, hopes to replace incumbent Jim Cook as District 1 supervisor.

Making a pledge to bring strong leadership to the county, Criss said he’s looking forward to representing the citizens of McCloud and the rest of District 1.

A firm believer in the process of coordination and the need to save the Klamath hydroelectric dams, Criss was the Butte Valley-Tulelake regional campaign manager for the “No on Measure G” campaign in 2010, an advisory vote that showed a large majority of those who voted opposed dam removal.

Criss holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on economics and political science and a master’s degree in public administration. He said he’s concerned with economic growth, job creation in the county, and keeping the family resource centers viable. He hopes to bring a proactive approach to county government and pledges to stay involved with all his constituents to represent them to the best of his ability.


“Natural resources are the base of all economic growth… A county this rich in natural resources shouldn’t have this high of an unemployment rating,” said Criss, who describes himself as “pro-ag, pro-timber and pro-mining.”

He hopes that through coordination, state and federal agencies will be forced to respect local land-use laws.

If elected, Criss hopes to help the county “move beyond dealing with the county budget in a year-to-year crisis mode and establish long-term planning that would give the county a sounder fiscal policy.”

On his website, Criss said he believes that sound funding prioritization for essential services such as emergency services, fire, law enforcement, public works and public health is critical, and the county should be taking a long-term approach to funding.

“The county can do this by funding essential services during economic good times and saving the extra money to cushion the county during economic poor times in order to maintain those essential services,” Criss said. “It shouldn’t take a recession for the county to prioritize its funding… [it] should be a basic operating premise for the county as it is for any private business.”

Criss said he’d like to ensure programs in the county’s outlying areas, not just the Interstate 5 corridor, are funded. He believes the cost-effective family resource centers are vital in meeting that objective.

Dam removal

“The dams provide the cleanest, cheapest electricity that can be produced,” Criss said.

“It was believed by the incumbent county supervisor that a majority of the Tulelake Basin supported dam removal because farmers had been promised water if they supported it,” Criss continued. “I couldn’t stand by and let part of Siskiyou County be fooled about false promises. I was told it would harm my future Supervisor’s race if I got involved with the issue in Tulelake because it was very divisive locally. Instead of being scared, I assumed a leadership position… we won with 77 percent of Tulelake voting against dam removal and an 83 percent average in my entire campaign region.”

Thoughts on McCloud

Though the Nestle issue is “still big in McCloud,” Criss believes that with strong leadership, the community can come together, much the way Tulelake did on the dam issue.

“The community has already taken several initiatives to improve the economy especially with tourism,” Criss said. “I would organize roundtable meetings between the business community and the county asking community members what needs to improve from the county’s end,” Criss said. “Leading and listening will be key.”


Criss has been married to his wife, Kerry, for two  years. He’s a seven-year volunteer firefighter and six year volunteer ambulance crew member.

Criss has worked for Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett as his legislative aide, and is familiar with reading legislation and long budget reports. He has made contact with state and national elected representatives and their staffs.

“I have the knowledge and experience to lead us successfully in really beginning and continuing with coordination as a tool to stop dam removal,” Criss said.

Contact Criss

Criss is available to discuss concerns and answer questions by phone at (530) 859-5548, or by email at brandoncriss22@yahoo.com or at his website, brandoncriss2012.com

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expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit
research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

This information and much more that you need to know about the ESA,
the Klamath River Basin, and private property rights can be found at The
Klamath Bucket Brigade’s web site – http://klamathbucketbrigade.org/index.html
please visit today.

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