Jul 26, 2014
By Liz Bowen, Jefferson News Service.com
YUBA CITY – Two counties made it official this past month and have joined the State of Jefferson movement making a total of six counties in Northern California that desire to create the 51st State in the USA.
It was Tuesday, July 22nd when the Sutter County Board of Supervisors approved a “resolution supporting the Declaration and Petition to the California State Legislature for redress from lack of representation and possible formation of a new State of Jefferson.” The vote was 5-0.
Dave Bryan, leader of the Jefferson Committee in the Sutter area, said he was encouraged by the “hearty response” from the Sutter Supervisors. “I applaud their courageous leadership and thank God that our leaders are not content with the status quo!”
Supervisor James Gallagher led the charge echoing the grievances of “the people” and the current poor state of affairs in California. The other supervisors each shared their frustration with the lack of equal voice at the capital level. Board Chairman Stan Cleveland supported the Jefferson effort from the beginning and worked to address any concerns.
Then on July 15, 2014, the Tehama County Supervisors voted 5-0 approving the “Declaration and Petition” to withdraw from the State of California making it the fifth county to officially join the new Jefferson State movement. The supervisors were following up on an approved motion that sent the ultimate decision on splitting from California to the voters of Tehama County. And on June 3rd, during the Primary Election, Tehama voters did pass Measure A with a 56 percent approval.
Tom Knorr, leader of the Tehama Jefferson Declaration Committee, said he was pleased the “supervisors stuck with their promise” and made the vote unanimous. “We achieved something important. People are getting motivated for the State of Jefferson,” he said.
Because the supervisors placed the Measure on the ballot, the Tehama Jefferson Committee found itself in a campaign with little funding and only a few months before the election. It was a grass roots effort to educate the public, but there were many good and enthusiastic supporters willing to put in time and effort.
Knorr said the committee became quite creative and even built a huge float for the Red Bluff Rodeo Parade, in April that depicted a sinking ship called “California” burdened with heavy debt. A life boat was titled “State of Jefferson”; and the float was shared with other events and counties.
It was just 10 months ago, when a fledging grass roots group approached the Siskiyou County Supervisors, at first, asking for a resolution to split from California. But on Sept. 3, 2013, Siskiyou County Supervisors approved a “Declaration” to withdraw from California with a 4-1 vote. Modoc, Glenn and Yuba Supervisors then took the plunge and approved the Declaration.
Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee,
said the “voice of the people has been heard” and welcomed Sutter and Yuba Counties. “It’s a great day for the State of Jefferson,” he said.
Since last September, Baird has been on a speaking tour of Town Halls in various counties and to county boards of supervisors. Lately, meetings and committees have sprung up in the southern part of a would-be Jefferson. Placer and El Dorado have held Town Halls and committees were just recently organized in Nevada and Plumas Counties with Town Halls being organized.
Lake County was the most recent Town Hall on July 11, 2014, where over 125 interested people showed up. Truman and Sheryl Bernal have been leading the Lake County Jefferson project and were pleased with the enthusiasm and expansion of their committee. Truman said they now have several active businesses helping to gather “support statement” signatures that will be given to the Lake County Supervisors — when the time is right.
Baird spoke to the Sutter County Supervisors on July 8th along with a dozen others and the room was packed with supporters. The supervisors discussed the Declaration and decided to write a “resolution” and did indeed become the sixth county to agree that California is too big and lacks safe government.
Currently, the list of active Jefferson Declaration County Committees now includes: Siskiyou, Modoc, Glenn, Yuba, Tehama, Sutter, Butte, Shasta, Lake, Placer, Plumas, El Dorado, Nevada, Lassen, Del Norte and Trinity. Anyone who would like to support the cause can contact the Committee leaders in each county, which are found on the county pages on the website: JeffersonDeclaration.net.
The website is a blog and is updated daily, so check it out for more information, progress of various counties and dates for Town Hall meetings.
Because Baird and other speakers have been asked a variety of questions over and over again, a group of short youtube videos have been put together, where Baird provides the practical and up-front answers. They are titled: Question Mark? So far 16 of these two to three minute videos have been posted on the Jefferson Declaration.net website and can be found at the top page/tab called: QUESTIONS.
Three county committees in Butte, Placer and Del Norte, have put together extensive websites with financial information along with additional questions and answers. They are well worth checking out. They are: www.JeffersonButte.com; www.placerjeffersonstate.net/; and www.delnortejefferson.net.
Counties can also be found on facebook by putting in the county name and then “for the State of Jefferson.” There is also “Jefferson State News” on facebook with up-to-date info, including Town Hall dates and other events.
A weekly hour-long talk show “Jefferson State of Mine” can be found on Redding’s KNCR 1460 AM every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with hosts Red Smith and Kayla Brown. For archived shows on the web, go to: kncr1460.com or listen to it stream live.
Daily radio “News in Jefferson Country” can be found on the web at: Jefferson News Service.com, which are broadcast on KSYC 103.9 FM from Yreka, CA and KSIZ 102.3 FM radio from Mt. Shasta.
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