Red Bluff Daily News
Town Hall meeting draws hundreds to Red Bluff Elks Lodge
By Andre Byik
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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 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 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.
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Yuba Board of Supervisors vote 3-1 to approve the Declaration to withdraw from the State of California on April 15, 2014.
By Liz Bowen
Jefferson News Service.com
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.”
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“The State of Jefferson”
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ridge Golf Course
2020 Golf Course Rd
Public is invited to attend
Question and Answer to follow presentation
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!
Mark Baird – April 5, 2014
“We are here to do something historic,” said Mark Baird, spokesman for the State of Jefferson at the Tehama County Town Hall meeting in Red Bluff on April 5th. The Elks Hall was packed as Baird opened the Jefferson Declaration meeting telling the crowd, “The State of Jefferson is the future.”
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