Aug 25, 2015
PNP comment: Pretty amazing that the CA State Democrat Party think creating the State of Jefferson is a viable threat to California. California is destroying itself and the Democrats are leading the way to its downfall. Check out the California State Debt Clock at
with a debt on Aub. 24, 2015 of over $428,000,000,000 !!!
— Editor Liz Bowen
By: Christina Billed, Chair Yuba County Democratic Central Committee
On August 16th in Burlingame, California, the California Democratic Party officially adopted a Resolution opposing the formation of the State of Jefferson. A copy of the Resolution will be forwarded to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate.
Sponsored by the Sierra County Democratic Central Committee and supported by the Rural Caucus, Northern rural counties stressed the lack of financial viability, the lack of clarity over water rights, future endangerment to the environment, the loss of jobs, weak infrastructure, a threat to at risk populations, especially children and the elderly, and a decrease in school funding, as all cause to oppose the State of Jefferson’s formation.
With a 21.6% poverty rate and a high unemployment rate, the State of Jefferson is a direct threat to the well-being of the residents of Yuba County.
The caseload numbers for state programs administered by Yuba County are high for a county of its size. They include: 4,127 under Cal Works; 9,197 on Medi-Cal; 698 elderly and disabled receiving In-Home Support Services, and 147 children in Foster Care. These figures do not include those being served by Yuba-Sutter Mental Health, or First Five Yuba which assists families with children 0-5 thru State of California tobacco taxes. Proponents of the State of Jefferson have not answered how they will provide services to these at risk children, elderly, disabled or mentally ill. There is also a state share to SSI payments. That share is higher in the State of California, but would be much lower or nonexistent in the proposed State of Jefferson.
There are 3,801 blind/disabled residents who are at risk of having their benefits cut under this financially poor state. Yuba County residents who receive health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act would risk losing or will have a lapse in coverage. Individuals and families who currently receive expanded Medicaid funding would no longer be covered. Yuba County schools receive $69,480,534 or 66.9% of their funding from the State of California. The education of Yuba County children is at risk. How much will our schools receive. from the State of Jefferson?
The State of Jefferson puts the people of Yuba County at risk, and when people are at risk, the economy is at risk. Under the State of Jefferson Yuba County would lose millions of dollars in funding for roads, education, and social services for youth, families, and seniors. The financial risks and uncertainties outweigh the possible benefits of moving any further down the path to form a new state that has no financial viability.
The California Democratic Party recognized the importance of protecting our most vulnerable populations, our water, economy, infrastructure, and environment, and took action. Yuba County must reject the failed State of Jefferson, and start working with the State legislature to address the issues facing the North state before it is too late.
May 22, 2015
By Liz Bowen
Published in Trinity Gazette
May 21, 2015
Mark Baird, spokesman for the State of Jefferson committee, is asking for Jefferson supporters to call their county supervisors and respectfully ask for a “yes” vote on the declaration to withdraw from the State of California.
“In Trinity and Colusa Counties, we are waiting for the boards to schedule an action item. Please, call your county supervisor and ask for support of the State of Jefferson,” said Baird, who has been traveling throughout 19 counties of Northern California during the past year on the quest of splitting from California.
So far, eight counties have joined the new statehood movement. They are: Siskiyou, Modoc, Glenn, Yuba, Tehama, Sutter, Lake and Lassen.
On May 12th, Jefferson supporters filled the Nevada County Supervisors’ room as Baird explained the State of Jefferson proposal, which utilizes the U.S. Constitution’s Article 4, Sec. 3 for its legal stand. Baird also gave the Jefferson presentation to the Plumas County Supervisors on April 14th, which included a room full of supporters.
During the past two months, Baird and other Jefferson leaders have spoken at community town halls in Shasta, Sierra, El Dorado, Colusa and Mendocino Counties. A special meeting with business leaders was held in Butte County.
Now, Baird is asking for additional support from “the people.” In going forward, leaders of the Jefferson movement need help getting county supervisors to understand how broad-based the Jefferson movement really is. “It’s important that we put aside differences and restore representation and liberty to Northern California,” said Baird.
The idea of more representation by creating a new state is growing and Baird has found himself speaking on numerous radio and internet shows. Baird said the interviews last from 15 minutes to two hours and are broadcast by local, regional and national stations. George Noory was quite interested in the Jefferson movement during Baird’s interview; and his show covers the U.S. and Canada with an estimated 2.7 million listeners on 570 stations.
Baird said that many interviewers on the radio shows admit they used to live in California, but moved out because of over-taxation and the growing regulations that hinder business. Baird said “lack of representation” reverberates with everyone. “That’s what has excited everybody, the fact that we must have more representation.”
Those supporting the declaration to withdraw from the State of California readily point to the fact that out of 40 state senators, there are a total of 3 elected in the North State. Even more lack of representation is found in the Assembly, where only 3 out of 80 are allowed to be elected in Northern California, which represents over one-third of the state’s land base.
“Without representation, our economies will continue to crash,” said Baird, who adds that each county deserves to elect a state senator for true representation.
California continues a downward spiral of debt. A check on the official California Debt Clock shows a negative $426 billion. Despite the nay-sayers, Jefferson supporters want out before California crashes.
For more information on the State of Jefferson movement, go to the Jefferson Declaration Committee’s updated website — www.SOJ51.net — and the Jefferson Declaration.net site is now called Jefferson Declaration Blog.net.
Also check out activities in each county on facebook. Just type in the county name and add “for State of Jefferson.”
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Apr 29, 2015
This is one you need to SHARE! If you want to help make Jefferson happen, please send this out to the people on your e-mail list and post it on Facebook.
This is the newest Mark Baird video and it is AWESOME!
This is the Q and A afterward
Sep 1, 2014
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
Photo by –Darren McQuade ✔ @BreakinNewsBoy
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.