Appeal-Democrat published odd hit-piece article on State of Jefferson: Mark Baird’s response
Comment: Andrew Creasey with the Appeal-Democrat wrote an odd article, which seems to diminish the need to Declare a split from the State of California. Why would anyone start getting cold feet for this project? Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, responded with the below information and reasoning. — Admin Liz Bowen
From Mark Baird:
It has been stated recently, “There is rarely a simple answer when it comes to questions about the State of Jefferson”.
The people of the North State find the answer to be very simple. We do not have enough representation to do the simplest things either to improve our lives, our economy, or our Liberty. We have a plan to change that with a U.S. Constitution Article 4, Section 3 State split.
This lack of representation is simple mathematics. It does not matter what party you belong to, nor does it matter what issues are near and dear to you, unless it is those which are brought forward by the large urban centers to the south. Lack of representation is a fact of life for the people of rural Northern California. We are irrelevant in our state’s politics The rural counties of Northern California have 6 state level representatives, while Los Angeles County alone has 35. The Counties which make up approximately one third of the geography of California have 6 state level representatives, and the lower two thirds of California has 114 state representatives.
Simply put, the northern third of California has no relevance in state politics. We are taxed, but have no say over how the money is spent. Taxes are passed by urban legislators, whose constituents do not pay the taxes. What a wonderful mechanism to gather money when there is no possibility of political fallout from the people who voted for you. Some one else shoulders the burden, someone with no voice in the outcome. Taxation without representation, sound familiar?
There are many, many examples of this taxation without representation. CARB comes immediately to mind. CARB is based upon air quality in Los Angeles. Some of our Northern Counties have the cleanest air in the world yet we are forced into a one size fits all taxation scheme.
The SRA fire tax. Imposed upon us by urban legislators whose constituents by and large do not pay the tax.
Cap and Trade is another program which does nothing for the electorate except to make their lives more difficult and more expensive. Our electric bills now have a “Carbon Pollution Tax”, which is approximately ten per cent.
The Chicken Law has raised the price of eggs by around two dollars per dozen. These taxes have a terrible impact upon people with fixed or moderate incomes.
Although oil prices are down temporarily, gasoline taxes in California have gone up around 17 cents per gallon, with more to come.
In Oregon the price of gas, is less than $2 per gallon and in California it is considerably higher. California already has the highest fuel taxes in the nation.
Does poor air quality begin and end at the Oregon Border, or the Arizona border?
The pilot program to charge people for each mile they drive is underway. Who will that impact the most? People with easy access to public transportation or rural populations who must drive longer distances?
California businesses are fleeing this state and taking the jobs with them. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation. Are the Urban social engineering policies of the last 50 years working? Should we keep on doing the same old thing for another 50 years until we are all in poverty?
Productive people are fleeing this state at an alarming rate. We are being impoverished by politicians who have no idea what it takes to live our lives. Worse, Urban politicians have probably never been to your County to see what impact their agenda has upon you and your family.
Adequate representation is the answer. Adequate representation is the only answer.
Our problem is that a series of Supreme Court cases in the 1960s have deprived California Counties and communities of their voice in the State Legislature.
The Warren Court created what the dissenting Justice correctly predicted as, “ a purely city point of view”.
California, up until 1964 enjoyed a State Senate which was largely composed upon County lines. We had 40 senators, ( this number was fixed in 1872), which were divided so that each County had representation. The most sparsely populated counties had to share, but the rules were no more than three counties which had to be contiguous to each other.
After the Warren Court, our Senate became a rubber stamp for the Assembly, and as the decades passed, rural counties were increasingly forced to dilute representation while it grew in the larger cities.
We have a situation in Jefferson where one State Senator is shared by 11 counties. California has the worst representative ratio, of any state, in the country by a factor of 300 percent.
So what is the better idea? Does anyone have a better idea? Is there a way to make our voices heard and have the political power at the state level to make the lives of our children better?
My children are already gone. There are no jobs here for them. How about the rest of you? Are you ok with the way Sacramento , Los Angeles, and San Francisco do business on your behalf?
Are you ok with the highest taxes in the nation and more to come?
Are you happy with the one size fits all legislation that is forced upon us from 500 miles away by people who have no empathy for your lives?
I, for one, am not ok with this. The People are not ok with this. We of the Jefferson Declaration Communities have a plan to do something about it.
Article 4, Section 3, of the United States Constitution and Article 2 of the California Constitution give us the legal ability, to form a State which represents the needs of the people of Northern California. Six Counties have seen merit in our plan. We have three more counties voting on the issue soon. The Jefferson committees have presentations scheduled in many more Counties. The Jefferson Committees are active in 20 Counties in total.
This is not a movement of the government and for government. As we very carefully detailed to the Sutter Board, this is a movement of the people.
We have no sponsors.
We are not of one political party or of any political party.
WE DEMAND REPRESENTATION FOR OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR COUNTIES.
WE ARE PETITIONING OUR GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS OUR DEMANDS.
The Declaration buys your county a seat at the table when representation is challenged in this state.
Visit www.soj51.com to learn more about the process.
If anyone from the media or from government has a better idea, to restore representation to rural Counties of Northern California, please, lets not keep it a secret. We have asked that question of every single governmental body and every single politician the committees have spoken to. The silence is deafening! The Jefferson Declaration is the only plan which will correct this situation.
Your liberty was a gift to you. You did not pay for it. It was purchased with the lives, treasure and sacred honor of your fathers and fore fathers.
The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance. We have not been vigilant, and we are paying the price for that lack of involvement right now. It is time for the people to get involved in the people’s business.
What will you do, to secure Liberty for your children and Grandchildren?
The Tine Has Come For 51
TheAppeal-Democrat article is below:
Supervisors voice concerns about Jefferson
There’s rarely a simple answer when it comes to questions about the State of Jefferson.
Last year, supervisors in Sutter and Yuba counties passed resolutions supporting the idea in concept. But, now, based on conversations with leaders on both sides, those resolutions don’t necessarily indicate an endorsement of the movement.
The Jefferson State Movement involves a number of residents of Northern California counties who want to pull out of California and form a 51st state — Jefferson — the government of which they feel would more closely represent their values and needs. Numerous supervisors expressed doubts that the State of Jefferson can be successful, but others said even if the idea fails, it can still make a difference.
State of Jefferson supporters recently presented Yuba County’s declaration to state officials at the capitol, though Yuba County supervisors were not present. And Sutter County could be next — with organizers of the movement mentioning they would be back in coming weeks, though no Sutter County supervisor has indicated they will attend the event.
The proposal to separate a yet-undefined conglomerate of Northern California counties from the state has staunch supporters and critics alike.
It’s an idea borne of a frustration of lack of representation, a feeling the needs of rural counties are outweighed, and misunderstood, by the urban titans, with flocks of legislators in tow, in the south and Bay Area.
Most supervisors separated the concept of the idea from the reality of it ever occurring. One recurrent theme was the notion that it’s a sound idea in theory, but the obstacles to its ever coming to fruition make dedicating any county time to the issue impractical.
The State of Jefferson requires approval of state and federal legislators.
“Personally, I don’t think the State of Jefferson is going anywhere. It’s an exercise in futility,” said Ron Sullenger, chairman of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors. “As far as I’m concerned, we have more important issues to worry about than the State of Jefferson.”
Sutter County supervisors Larry Munger and Jim Whiteaker both stressed the ultimate decision of whether to include Sutter County in a new state would be up to the voters.
“I’d like it to come to a vote so we’re not spending a lot of staff time on something that’s never going to happen,” Munger said.
Whiteaker said he supported the idea in principle but is still waiting to hear more details about how the new state will function.
“That’s one of the things that needs to happen,” Whiteaker said. “We ought to know where the funding will come from to support schools and law enforcement and other government programs that are currently funded through the state.”
Munger said State of Jefferson supporters need to be wary if they indicate Sutter County fully supports breaking away from California.
“I’d like to let them know that we have not voted to do it,” Munger said. “We like the concept, but it will have to go to the people first.”
In Yuba County, Supervisor John Nicoletti said while he respects the community organization formed around the State of Jefferson, the idea has little fiscal or political support.
“There’s no funding to strengthen their position; we have no idea how they define the new state and its values. We haven’t heard anyone from the congressional level that has any interest in scooting over for two more senators in the West,” Nicoletti said. “Nobody is taking them all that seriously, because no one thinks they can stay in the game.”
Nicoletti also said the county will not be dedicating resources to the proposal.
“If you write up this declaration that it’s a pain to deal with the state at times, we’ll agree, but that does not imply that we’ll dedicate a portion of our budget or staff time toward achieving their mission,” Nicoletti said.
But Nicoletti said he does hope the Legislature takes notice of the State of Jefferson movement and Northern California’s dissatisfaction with its voice in state government, an idea new Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher also put forward.
“Even if the State of Jefferson is not successful, maybe Northern California can make an impact or gain more say,” Fletcher said. “It can be a failure and still be a success.”
Fletcher said the State of Jefferson was emblematic of larger issues, including how government responds to the wishes of the public and how much the public gets involved with local issues.
“There are internal mechanisms we need to focus on regardless of the State of Jefferson,” Fletcher said. “We can’t just vote to create a new state and say our problems are over.”
CONTACT reporter Andrew Creasey at 749-4780 and on Twitter @AD_Creasey.
Bio on the “reporter” who wrote the hit piece on the State of Jefferson in the Press Democrat:
My main area of expertise is in writing. I was a freelance writer for the school paper, the Daily Emerald and I worked as an intern for the on-line magazine, Oregon Music News, previewing and reviewing local music. Additionally, I am a writer and associate editor for the award-winning campus magazine Ethos. I am a writer for On Demand Studios producing technical articles on a variety of topics for sites such as eHow.com. I have also worked as a freelance writer producing two business-related articles for the Eugene Chamber of Commerce Open For Business magazine. I have also completed an internship at the University of Oregon Law School magazine, where I wrote short and long-form articles, as well as managed a blog for the summer travels of law students.
In my experience as a writer and reporter, I worked both in groups and independently. I communicated with editors and worked with them to revise my work and produce the strongest story possible. In the field, I coordinated with photographers and media liaisons to cover large events, such as coverage of the Northwest World Reggae Festival and Warped Tour for Oregon Music News. At various times, I researched and covered topics that include environmental issues, business topics, medicine and special interests.
I have experience working with stills, video and sound in Final Cut Pro. I have extensive photograph editing skills in Photoshop and Camera Raw, and I have provided images from concerts for articles published on Oregon Music News. I have a basic understanding of HTML and website design and have extensive experience working with blog sites such as WordPress and Tumblr. I understand how to write headlines and create tags web content to Additionally, I am familiar with using Twitter and Facebook to research angles for stories and contact potential sources.
Jefferson supporters are needed !!!
Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration project, invites all supporters to attend meetings this month as a show of strength. February is filled with lots of meetings, please attend one, two or all — if possible.
Feb. 10, 2015 – Mark Baird is giving a presentation to the Lassen County Board of Supervisors. Time is 2:30 p.m. at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville — Jensen Hall.
Feb. 10, 2015 – Steve Baird is giving a presentation to the Colusa County Board of Supervisors at 9 a.m. at the Board Chambers, 546 Jay Street Suite 108, Colusa, CA
Feb. 17, 2015 – Lake County Board of Supervisors will discuss and likely take a vote on supporting the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California. Time is 9 a.m. at the Board Chambers on 255 North Forbes Street, Lakeport, CA.
Feb. 18, 2015 – Williams City Council will hear a presentation on the how and why to withdraw from the State of California. Time is 5 p.m. at the Williams City Council meeting room.
Feb. 22, 2015 – Shasta County Jefferson Committee is holding a Town Hall at the Senior’s Center next to the Elks Hall in Redding, CA. Time is 2 p.m.
Feb. 24, 2015 – Trinity County Board of Supervisors agenda item. Time is to be announced later. Weaverville, CA.
Feb. 28, 2015 – El Dorado Town Hall at 3 p.m. Place is TBA later.
State of Jefferson Town Hall
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Senior Citizens Hall
2290 Benton Drive
Guest Speaker: Mark Baird
Everyone is invited!
For more information on creating the State of Jefferson go to:
The Plumas County Courthouse meeting room for the Board of Supervisors overflowed with supporters of the State of Jefferson on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 as Jefferson Spokesperson Mark Baird presented the facts, issues and reasons for creating the State of Jefferson to the Plumas Supervisors. After lengthy discussion, no vote was taken. The Supervisors asked for more information, which will be hand-delivered to them ASAP.
Mark said the support from the community was over-whelming as the stately courthouse, in Quincy, was filled with Jefferson folks.
Jan. 20, 2015
Mark Baird, with support from the Plumas County Jefferson Committee, will offer a presentation to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors right after the lunch break!
Why and how to withdraw from the State of California!
PLUMAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
520 Main St. # 309
Supporters of Jefferson, please attend!
Question Mark #2?
Are you happy with California?
Additional info on creating the State of Jefferson can be found at:
Please copy and paste the above in the body of an email and send to as many friends as possible to help get out message out. You can also include the two websites for more info. Thanks – Admin Liz Bowen
Rally at California Capitol West steps
Thursday, January 15, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jefferson supporters are invited to participate
Declarations from three counties:
Glenn Co. Board of Supervisors
Yuba Co. Board of Supervisors
Tehama Ca. Board of Supervisors
will be submitted to California
Secretary of State
Assembly and Senate
by Mark Baird and leaders of the Jefferson Declaration project