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State of Jefferson proponents make pitch ahead of June ballot

Red Bluff Daily News

Town Hall meeting draws hundreds to Red Bluff Elks Lodge

By Andre Byik @TehamaSports on Twitter

Updated:   04/07/2014 05:17:49 PM PDT


Hundreds gathered for a town hall-styled presentation hosted by state of Jefferson proponents at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge on Saturday. Pictured from left

Hundreds gathered for a town hall-styled presentation hosted by state of Jefferson proponents at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge on Saturday. Pictured from left are Terry Rapoza, Mark Baird, Kayla Brown, Robert Smith and Tom Knorr. (ANDRE BYIK — DAILY NEWS)

Red Bluff >> More than 500 people rubbed shoulders Saturday at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge during a town hall-styled meeting hosted by state of Jefferson proponents ahead of a June measure that will ask voters here whether Tehama County’s supervisors should support a proposed separation from California.
Some of the state of Jefferson’s most ardent supporters and organizers including Mark Baird, Kayla Brown and Robert Smith took to the lectern to argue that the North State has been held hostage by Southern California legislators for too long, a 51st state could better represent the interests of rural counties and a new state also would be economically feasible.

State of Jefferson Declaration Committee spokesman Mark Baird of Siskiyou County on Saturday explains the benefits of separating from California to form a

State of Jefferson Declaration Committee spokesman Mark Baird of Siskiyou County on Saturday explains the benefits of separating from California to form a new state before hundreds of people at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge. (ANDRE BYIK — DAILY NEWS)

“Politics in Northern California is irrelevant,” Baird said during his keynote address. “We lack the authority, we lack the political will and we lack the strength to do anything we need to govern our lives properly, and that’s what the state of Jefferson can stop.”
Voters at the ballot box on June 3 will be met by the non-binding advisory Measure A, which will read, “Should the Tehama County Board of Supervisors adopt a Declaration of Support for the proposed separation from the State of California and formation of a new State?”
The county’s five supervisors have voiced support for placing the measure on the ballot, and at least three, Sandy Bruce, Bob Williams and Dennis Garton, all up for reelection in June, have said their vote regarding an official declaration of support will be tied to what the electorate votes for.
Some of Tehama County’s elected officials and candidates took in the presentations, and at times they were asked to stand before the largely pro-Jefferson contingent, which applauded those who came out.
“I’m glad the elected officials are here, because this is ‘We the people,’” said Terry Rapoza, who acted as a sort of master of ceremonies during the event.
Smith focused his presentation on the disparities of representation at the Capitol from the North State compared to those from the state’s population centers, because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Reynolds v. Sims in 1964.
“We are not represented here in the North State, and it’s not our representatives’ fault,” he said. “It’s not our elected officials’ fault.”
He said because of the ruling, the state Senate and Assembly are weighed by population, adding, “We have to overturn Reynolds v. Sims, and that’s what we intend to do.”
Brown, 24, after giving a brief overview of the Jefferson separatist movement that has occasionally emerged in some form since the late 19th century, said residents in the North State have long known they are being “taxed out of existence.” The area does not have the jobs needed to keep younger adults in the region.
Brown said that sentiment is personal to her. After graduating from Chico State with a 3.5 GPA, she said she couldn’t find a job in Northern California.
“I couldn’t get a job in the United States of America, so I went to Russia,” she said, eliciting laughs. “I got a job in Russia … But I wanted to work in the United States.”
She asked the audience whether it thought job prospects would be better under a state of Jefferson.
A resounding, “Yes!” was lobbed back at Brown.
Baird said a new state would likely have a population of about 1 million and hold four electoral college votes.
“We wouldn’t be the least populous state, and our economy would be about the size of New Mexico from day one going up from there with responsible resource use and wealth creation through the ability that we already possess,” he said.

This article appeared in the Red Bluff news paper after the Tehama County Townhall on April 5th.
I have DVD’s available ($2 ea.) from this presentation if you would like to share it.

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Yuba Board of Supervisors approve Declaration

Yuba Board of Supervisors vote 3-1 to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California on April 15, 2014.

Press Release

By Liz Bowen

Jefferson News

On April 15th, the Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California with a 3 to 1 vote. A fifth supervisor was not in attendance. Leaders of the Jefferson Declaration Committee attended the Supervisors’ meeting and were ecstatic with the decision, along with a room packed full of local Jefferson supporters.

“Yuba is the fourth county in the State of Jefferson,” said Mark Baird, spokesman for the Declaration Committee. Previously, three counties approved the Declaration. They are: Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn.

“I am so proud of all the people who spoke in favor today,” said Baird, “one lady said she wants a state that her grandchildren can be proud of and California isn’t it.”

Baird also praised Sally Rapoza, who said to the supervisors: “What harm can come from endorsing the Declaration?” That statement seemed to change a few supervisors’ minds, except one, who uttered the many-times repeated statement: It is just too hard.

And that statement brought another local citizen to the speaker stand saying, “I’m sure in 1964 that’s what ninety percent of the people thought about the Civil Rights movement.”

“I want to also thank Supervisor Andy Vasquez, who was instrumental in bringing the Declaration to the Yuba Board,” said Baird. “He has championed this cause. He is appreciated.”

And next, Baird praised God. “I thank God. This is his will,” said Baird, who added that “prayer works.”

Yuba Co Supervisors to vote April 15, 2014

This Tuesday! April 15, 2014

Time: 9:30 am at the

Yuba Co. Board of Supervisors meeting room

915 8th St. in Marysville-

Mark Baird will be down there to speak in support of –

The State of Jefferson Declaration to withdraw from the State of California is on the Agenda. Be there in support and if you want to speak on behalf of the State of Jefferson be prepared to do so!

The State of Jefferson Town Hall is coming to the Intermountain Area

The State of Jefferson Town Hall is coming to the Intermountain Area

Put this on your calendars now:

Saturday, May 31:  6:00 P.M. at the Ol’ Merc in McArthur


Mark Baird from Siskiyou Country and Terry Rapoza from Redding will be at the Town Hall meeting to give us the latest information on the progress of our new state.  Come to the Ol’ Merc, buy a sandwich or a pizza for dinner and be a part of history in the making.  If you have questions or doubts about the possibility of the SOJ, these two people will be able to answer any questions and show you that this can be done!




 Mark Baird and Terry Rapoza will be at the airport for any of you who are unable to come to the Town Hall on Saturday. 

Support the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Flying Posse  Come to the pancake breakfast and stay to enjoy the airshow.  There will be a group of T6′s from Sacramento and a Vietnam era helicopter.  You might also get lucky with the huge raffle that will be drawing a winner every 15 minutes.


J.D. King exposes Agenda 21 on Glenn Beck 3-28-14

Great segment on the new documentary “Blue” by J.D. King.

Check out this segment on Glenn Beck

Exposes Agenda 21′s ANTI-HUMAN campaign !!!

Support Rural America

is hosting J.D King,

who will show this film in Siskiyou County on

Tuesday, May 27th

Yreka Community Center

North Oregon St. Yreka, CA

6:30 p.m.

It features four Siskiyou County folks

Mark Baird

Ray Haupt

Louise Gliatto

Debbie Bacigalupi

Admission is Free

Will ask for a small donation to help pay for the venue.

Tehama County Townhall 4-5-14

State of Jefferson

Tehama County Townhall

Saturday, April 5, 2014

6 p.m.

Red Bluff Elks Lodge

355 Gilmore Road

Keynote Speaker: Mark Baird

Special Speakers: Robert “Red” Smith, Kayla Brown

Tom Knorr and Terry Rapoza

Q & A to follow presentation

This is a free discussion and open to the public and our elected officials. Come learn the facts about the

State of Jefferson.