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Yuba County supervisors endorse State of Jefferson

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:08 am

Appeal Democrat

By Eric Vodden/

Yuba County supervisors have joined the State of Jefferson movement to separate from Southern California and create a new state — the fourth such North State county to support the idea.
“All of the comments I have received from my constituents is to support doing this,” said Supervisor Roger Abe. “The only negative arguments I have heard is the belief that it won’t succeed. If the only negative is to say that it isn’t going to happen, that’s not bad.”

Abe was joined Tuesday by supervisors Andy Vasquez and John Nicoletti in supporting the movement, while Supervisor Hal Stocker voted in opposition. Stocker, who last month supported the idea, said after the meeting his vote was based on “input from constituents.”

Supervisor Mary Jane Griego was absent.

Yuba County joins Siskiyou, Modoc and Glenn counties in the movement seeking to create a 51st state, free from the political influences of a more populated southern California. Tehama County has also placed an advisory State of Jefferson measure on the June ballot.

Lassen County, Trinity County and Placer County are scheduled to consider supporting the State of Jefferson movement. Sutter County supervisors are also expected to take up the matter in the coming months.

Tuesday’s support by Yuba County supervisors was greeted by a standing ovation from more than 40 supporters, many wearing the gold on kelly green “State of Jefferson, Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt.

“I am so proud of this county and the people in it,” said movement leader Mark Baird after the vote.

Baird said county support will be used in a two-pronged strategy in which state legislators — “a moderate Republican and a moderate Democrat” — would be sought to carry a bill creating a new state. If that is accomplished, he said, the same legislation will be sought in Washington D.C.

In addition, Baird said, a lawsuit is being prepared to file in federal court in the event the effort with the Legislature goes nowhere. Such a lawsuit, among other things, would be based on the North State not having equal representation in the Legislature.

“What it comes down to is that in the state Assembly your vote is worth 0.5 percent and it’s .006 percent in the state Senate,” Baird said. “I suggest we have a lack of representation.”

Although no boundaries have yet been established for a new state, Yuba County is the southernmost county so far to support the idea.

“My feeling is that we are not represented until we see a change in the state Legislature,” Supervisor Andy Vasquez said. “That is not going to change. That can be seen in the water issues right now.”

Abe compared the idea the State of Jefferson movement can’t succeed to the success of the Civil Rights movement, saying there were likely many who said that couldn’t succeed.

“The only way for this type of thing to be successful is to believe in it,” he said.

Nicoletti asked whether it would be better to get support from the entire community through an advisory election in November, though in the end he supported the movement.

Stocker, who last month said, “I am in favor of it 110 percent,” backed off on that stance.

“There is an awful lot to be said for this, though I don’t agree with all of it,” Stocker said. “But I don’t see it succeeding in the environment we have in California at this time.”

Nickey Harris of Marysville encouraged the board to support the movement.

“Don’t let these people with the power and the money tell you it will never happen,” she said.

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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.
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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.

Kayla Brown: Educate yourself about new state

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 All of our podcasts are archived for your convenience. For more information:

Glenn County is third in Calif. to back breakaway State of Jefferson

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.,0,6535151.story#ixzz2rGDxfjk0

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