A cold, dark rainy morning that begins at 2:30 am usually does not portend well for having a good day, but that is exactly what happened on Tuesday Dec. 2 at the Board of Supervisors in Lake County! Mark Baird who lives in Scott Valley (near Etna if you know where that is!) rose from his warm, secure bed and hit the road at 3 am to be in Redding by 6 am, where he became a passenger the rest of the way to the Lakeport Board meeting at 9am.
The 3 of us didn’t really hold much hope for the outcome of this presentation. In fact, Mark said he had great difficulty “stinging two thoughts together” when it was his turn to present The State of Jefferson. He knew one of the Supervisors, Rob Brown from having sold him some buffalo several years ago, but we had no idea where anyone on the Board was leaning.
After a 30 minute presentation, several questions were asked and then the Chairwoman opened it up for public comment. Wham-right out of the shoot a prior member of the Democratic committee expressed how this was the one of the stupidest ideas she had ever heard of. She listed all of the “problems that a smaller, poorer state would have, and then she went on about how good we have it in California, and about how now, it is just going to get better!
After her 3 minutes, 5 local citizens who supported Jefferson came forward, and blew all of her objections out of the water! Including a businessesman who said he was taking his business and the 500 jobs it provides and moving it to Oregon. Wham!
Then the Board had questions about the finances. Providentially, Steve Baird (our secret weapon) was in attendance! He was brought up before the board and was able to enlighten them as to how their county would look under the State of Jefferson Financial Model-holy smokes batman-there’s money left over!
Finally, each member of the Board, had their say. Rob Brown, was adamant about the onerous mandates and regulations imposed upon their county, using the example of having to get rid of perfectly good buses and garbage trucks due to the CARB regulations. He was a YES.
Then Jim Comstock echoed Mr. Brown and said the if we had the Declaration with us he would have signed it that day! Jeff Smith agreed, and asked when could we come back-the next meeting before the end of the year? Anthony Farrington, the most reserved of the 5 wanted to study the financial model a bit more, and agreed to contact Steve Baird for additional information. Chairwomen Denise Rushing said she had some concerns about the transition period and what may be unintendedconsequences, but she wished us luck with our endeavor.
We were blown away! We left the Chambers, kind of in a daze-what just happened? We were invited back possibley on Dec. 16th if they can get Mark on the agenda! What started out as a dark day, suddenly had become one of the best days! We talked about it all the way home, and I wanted to share the experience with all of you who couldn’t be there. Thank you all-you’re prayers were heard!
Sacramento won’t let us go because of the water. What say you?
Comment: Remember that much of the water throughout the state is already under a state, federal, municipality or private contract. Court adjudications will not be interrupted by the creation of a new state.