NOW on KCNR RADIO, in Redding, CA., Terry Rapoza is updating everyone on the progress of our State of Jefferson movement! If you miss it, you can listen to the archived program by going to http://kcnr1460.com click on the archive.
This was published in today’s Record Searchlight!
Posted February 23, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Kayla Brown, Redding
Educate yourself about new state
The viability of the State of Jefferson is verified by the Legislative Analyst’s Office report published Jan. 31. This report is available online for public viewing, but there are many important things missing. The report does not take into account anything besides the economy, but there is more to the grievances of Northern Californians than the decimation of our local economies. We are unrepresented because of Reynolds v. Sims (1964).
Why is Reynolds v. Sims more important than the economy? It isn’t, but it explains why our economy falters despite what Sacramento futilely attempts to do to fix it. Prior to 1964, each county (with minor exceptions) had its own senator. This senator knew the economy of where he came from, he knew the plight of the people he represented, and he was beholden to those who elected him. Why should you care? You should care because, today in Northern California, 11 counties are represented by a single senator while Los Angeles County boasts 12.
This has nothing to do with fair. We Northern Californians have known a long time that our votes are irrelevant in the machine that is California politics, but it wasn’t always like that. The vastness that is California is simply ungovernable in its present state. San Francisco has infrastructure problems that Susanville can’t even contemplate. Sacramento has gang problems that Edgewood would never understand. Los Angeles has immigration issues that Magalia has probably never heard of. And yet, we coexist in a state where these city centers decide that they know what is best for us.
Have they walked what is left of our forests after they are burned to the ground in devastating wildfires that could have been lessened by prudent forest management? Have they felt personally the result of heavy regulation and tax upon tax in an area not saturated with human beings who are able to absorb these new rules and laws? Can they point to us on a map or are we so insignificant that they never bothered to care?
Rural California will not survive another generation if we don’t do something. But before we give inspirational speeches and march on the capital in true separatist fashion, we need to embrace the civilized behavior of our founding fathers. We need to educate ourselves. So what can you do? Educate yourself. Listen to the Jefferson State of Mine radio show on KCNR 1460 every Saturday morning from 8 to 9 or follow us online at KCNR1460.com. All of our podcasts are archived for your convenience. For more information: JeffersonStateofmine@yahoo.com.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Glenn County Board of Supervisors this week joined its counterparts in Modoc and Siskiyou counties in supporting a declaration favoring the breakaway State of Jefferson — a grouping of Northern California counties that would separate from California.
The 5-0 vote came Tuesday, according to the Oroville Mercury Register.
The movement first surfaced 150 years ago and has been revived many times. The most recent push surfaced last summer and has gained steam across a large swath of rural Northern California, where many residents complain of overregulation, lack of representation, and a culture clash with urban areas.
“This is sending notice to the state that we’re tired of being their victim,” Mike Murray, chairman of the Glenn County Board of Supervisors, told the Oroville paper. “We are a byproduct of whatever the urban areas want — the L.A. basin, San Francisco. They have more representatives.”
Before a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the mid-1960s, each California county — with a few exceptions for the tiniest — had its own state senator. But as both legislative houses adopted a system based on population and a rural exodus accelerated, the far north was left feeling voiceless.
“We are governed by urban legislators,” vice chairman Steve Soeth said.
The State of Jefferson was coined in 1941 as was its logo: a gold pan bearing two x’s meant to represent the purported double-crossing by state seats of government in California and Oregon. Activists hope some southern Oregon counties might join the current effort, but so far the movement has taken greater root in Northern California.
The latest effort was born in late August when Mark Baird, a Siskiyou County rancher and 747 cargo pilot, urged others gathered at a Yreka presentation on a divided state to do more than complain. Within three weeks, Siskiyou County’s board became the first to approve a resolution backing the concept of separation.
Modoc soon followed. Tehama County’s board opted to put the matter to voters. And grass-roots organizers are operating in more than 10 counties.
Separation under the U.S. Constitution requires a vote of the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress. But exactly how the financials would work remains a point of debate — even ridicule in more urban circles.
An organizing committee that pushed for a vote in Del Norte County was rebuffed this month by the Board of Supervisors, which opted instead to first carry out a “sound fiscal analysis,” according to the Del Norte Triplicate.
Baird has been invited to participate in a workshop next month so county elected leaders and officials can question him.
“We need to get some real structure to the discussion so we can be the first county that has a real intelligent discussion as to what we’re doing and why and how we’re going to pay for it,” Supervisor David Finigan told the paper.
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And after 3 months, we wonder why the Redding Record Searchlight continues to bash the idea of withdrawing from the corrupt State of California. With the torrid denial of lack of equal representation and tyrannical bureaucratic agencies destroying business, the $400 BILLION of California’s debt is not likely to go away. — Admin Liz Bowen
The following is from the Redding Record Searchlight:
Editorial: Has state of Jefferson found itself a patron?
Posted December 21, 2013 at 6 p.m.