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51st State? Two counties in California seek to form new Jefferson State

Comment: We will manage our resources creating a positive economy filling our coffers instead of burning-up hundreds of thousands of trees. Under representation and tyrannical over-regulations have destroyed the economies of rural America. We can and will utilize our sustainable resources and be free to govern ourselves. Hear what our Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss says about the economy! — Admin Liz Bowen

Published time: August 29, 2014 13:01

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rally at the . The group feels under represented & wants to become it’s own state.

Two counties in northern California have submitted a petition for the right to form a 51st State of America, which they want to name Jefferson. They claim a lack of representation and that their grievances aren’t heard at state level.
The largely rural counties of Modoc and Siskiyou signed the petition. They are located on the border with Oregon and have a combined population of just over 50,000. The request was made to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento, the state capital of California.
“People from four more counties — Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama — will present declarations soon. Once the number reaches at least 10, Jefferson will be ready to rule,” Mark Baird, one of the movement’s organizers, told the Sacramento Bee. However, voters from the county of Del Norte decided against joining the proposed new State.
“We don’t need government from a state telling people in a county what to do with their resources and their children’s education. You are better equipped to educate your children than the state or federal government,” Baird said to round of applause from his supporters.
The citizens of Modoc and Siskiyou have become disillusioned with the state legislature as they believe they are underrepresented in Sacramento. The two communities are traditionally staunchly Republican and feel alienated by the state’s policies, which tend to cater for a large percentage of the population, which is traditionally liberal and votes Democrat.
However, critics of the move cite the inability of the two counties to fend for themselves, given a small population and a relatively low tax base. By being part of California at present, they are entitled to money from much richer parts of the state, such as the Bay Area, the Hollywood Hills and the boulevards of Santa Monica. However, if they were to secede, they would no longer be entitled to this source of income, leading to questions about how they would be able to pay for basic services such as roads and healthcare.
Nevertheless, this has not seemed to deter the locals from the two counties, which have traditionally relied on the sale of timber for income, from seeking to move away from California’s orbit.
“It would reawaken the rural economy if it were unleashed from urban control,” said Brandon Criss, a Siskiyou County supervisor who voted for secession. “California has over 500 government agencies micromanaging the people.”
The proposed state even has its own flag, with two Xs, which represent their belief that they have been ignored by Sacramento and Salem, the state capitals of California and Oregon respectively, as well as a coiled snake with the slogan “State of Jefferson. Don’t tread on me.”
The movement towards an independent state for parts of northern California and southern Oregon was first mooted in the 1850s, while the decision to call it Jefferson came via the result of a naming contest in 1941.
However, the bid to cede from California was a short-lived one, lasting just a week. Residents decided to abandon the idea following the Pearl Harbor disaster and instead get behind the United States and support their country.
In February, venture capitalist Tim Draper got the go-ahead to start collecting signatures to carve up California into six separate states, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Draper, who has made a fortune investing in internet startups, including Skype and Hotmail, believes that California is simply too populous and diverse to adequately address the demands of its residents, which echoes the sentiment of those wanting to form Jefferson State.
“Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” the plan reads.
With the current structure, California is “ungovernable,” Draper told USA Today.
“Six California’s’ allows a refresh,” he added.
His plan could appear on state ballots in 2016, after Draper managed to obtain the 808,000 necessary signatures. If successful, it would split the world’s eighth-largest economy geographically into Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Siskiyou’s Declaration is submitted

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Aug. 29, 2014

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News in Jefferson Country from Pie N Editor Liz Bowen: They did it! On August 28th, the Jefferson Declaration Committee held a support rally with over 200 showing up on the West Steps of the Capitol in Sacramento waving State of Jefferson flags and wearing the state double crossed logo. The goal was to deliver Siskiyou and Modoc County’s Declarations and Petitions to withdraw from the State of California to the Secretary of State, the Assembly and Senate.

Citing Article 1 Section 3 (a) of the California Constitution which states: “The people have the right to instruct their representatives, petition government for redress of grievances, and assemble freely to consult for the common good,”

Jefferson leader Mark Baird and Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss delivered the Declarations. “We are taxed without representation,” said Baird, during the rally, explaining that each county should elect a state senator – providing a correct representation. Currently, northern California counties have two senators and the rest of the state has 38.

“We are here to gain representation for each and every county in the State of Jefferson,” he explained.

Baird said he was met with reluctance, when a receptionist for the Senate Parliamentarian said she didn’t think she could accept the Declaration. But after a discussion behind closed doors, she did accept the Declaration and provided proof of receipt.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelley was the only elected legislative official to go out and address the Jefferson rally on the West Steps, pledging his support for the State of Jefferson.

Siskiyou Supervisor Criss said he was proud of the vote by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors last year on September 3rd, saying it showed how well the county supervisors and the public can work together on a common cause as a team.
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Jefferson Supporters Register Petitions with Secretary of State

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 “This one’s Siskiyou and this one’s Modoc,” said Mark Baird, holding up two documents stamped by the California Secretary of State.

If Baird gets his way, the documents he’s holding will be the birth certificate of a new state.

“It’s more than symbolic. This is a step in the legal process to split California into two entities,” Baird said.

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A suggested flag design that would represent the new state of Northern California counties

Baird and supporters of creating a State of Jefferson out of California’s northern counties have come to the Capitol to register petitions with the Secretary of State.

“Government from 900 miles away is not working for us. Our children are leaving, our economies are decimated, hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land are on fire due to the failed practices of California,” Baird said.

READ MORE: Glenn County Approves State of Jefferson Plan

Supporters of the separatist idea went door-to-door in the Statehouse today, taking their case to the voters – and by voters, I mean state lawmakers who will ultimately have to vote “yes” if Jefferson is to become a reality.

“I welcome them. This is their legislature, it’s their house, they ought to have their voice heard here. I’m delighted,” said State Senator Jim Nielsen.

If all goes as planned, it won’t be their house forever. Six county boards have now signed onto the Jefferson movement. More are holding meetings and showing interest.

Placer County is among those, with meetings in Lincoln and Roseville scheduled for mid-Spetember.

A similar effort, by a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, is underway to split California into six states. Tim Draper’s plan also includes the State of Jefferson, though the layout is a little different. Click here to learn more about Draper’s initiative.


WATCH: Campaign for 51st Gains Momentum in California

READ MORE: Yuba County Joins State of Jefferson Effort

UPDATE: 3rd County Votes to Join Jefferson Movement



History in the making 8-28-14 short 5 min video

By Admin Liz Bowen

Mark Baird, leader of the Jefferson Declaration Committee to create the State of Jefferson,  spoke at the Jefferson rally on the West steps of the Capitol in Sacramento on Aug. 28, 2014.

 Great 5 minute speech explaining the grievances, reasons and process of this movement comes to us from the Placer County Jefferson Committee.  

Mark and leaders from Siskiyou County then delivered Declarations and Petitions from Siskiyou and Modoc Counties petitioning to withdraw from the State of California to the State legislature, both houses, and the Secretary of State.

Jefferson supporters took in flyers of information about the State of Jefferson and delivered them to all Assemblymen and Senators throughout the Capitol building.

Thank you to everyone who showed up at the rally. Great enthusiasm and support.

It was a great day for the 51st State of Jefferson. We have “noticed” the California State government that our intention in real. We are not going to stop or as Mark put it: We are never ever ever going to go away until we receive representation.

State Of Jefferson Supporters Rally At Capitol

Supporters of the movement to separate far northern California from the rest of the state rallied at the Capitol today. Supporters of the State of Jefferson filed “declarations of separation” with lawmakers. Ginny Rapini lives in Placer County. She says rural areas of California are not fairly represented in the legislature. And she believes state government regulations have gotten out of control.

“The government tells you what kind of light bulb you can have. The government wants your fingerprint to buy ammunition for your guns,” she says. “I mean, it has gone way off the Richter chart in overreach of the government into our personal lives. Even more than the federal government, if you can believe that!” 

Supporters of the State of Jefferson have been working for decades to separate from California. Actually doing so would require an act of Congress.

Two counties join drive to split from California

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:15 am

Representatives of the State of Jefferson movement on Thursday will submit two declarations to the California Legislature from Modoc and Siskiyou counties to withdraw from California, movement organizers announced Monday.

Those counties will go on record with the Legislature that the citizens of Modoc and Siskiyou have petitioned for appropriate representation, Jefferson supporters said.

This step provides these counties with standing in the future to challenge California in a federal lawsuit.

These official declarations have been signed by the boards of supervisors of Modoc and Siskiyou counties and contain statements alleging California is ungovernable in its present size and form. The statements also outline those counties’ desire to reform under a new state government in order to return to a basic government model with less bureaucracy, regulation and taxes, officials said.

Four additional declarations have been signed from Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama counties, with submittal into the California State Legislature planned within the next two to four months.

“This has been done before: when Vermont split from New York, Kentucky formed from Virginia, Maine split from Massachusetts,” said Mark Baird, founder and spokesperson for State of Jefferson, in a statement released Monday. “The process has precedent, and forming a new state is not secession. We are in the realm of possibility.”

Baird said the goal of the Jefferson movement is to create a state in which the citizens of Northern California are represented with a voice aligned with their values.

“We see this reset as a game-changer for economic growth, new business formation, job creation, improved education, a reduction in regulations, and decreased taxes,” Baird said. “The time has come for 51.”

The Constitution allows for a state split in Article IV, Section 3, officials said. The establishment of a new state requires neither tne approval of California’s governor nor the signature of the President; rather, 51 percent of the California Legislature and a simple majority of the United States Congress and Senate must approve.

Jeffersonians rally for independence at the California Capitol

August 28, 2014 

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After a rally at the Capitol marked by chants of “The time has come for 51!” and a surprise appearance by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, supporters of the State of Jefferson presented their “declarations of separation” to the California Legislature Thursday.

The declarations from Modoc and Siskiyou counties, expressing their desire to withdraw from California because of a lack of representation in Sacramento, marked the first official step in the secession movement’s long-running efforts to reform as a new state in Northern California.

“We’re here not because we feel any ill will toward California,” said Mark Baird, a pilot and rancher from Yreka who has helped organize the Jefferson movement. “Our problem is (lawmakers) don’t have empathy for us because we’re so far away.”

Baird addressed a crowd of about seventy from across Northern California, clad in green shirts and carrying green flags bearing Jefferson’s seal. The yellow circle with two X’s stands for “double-crossed by Sacramento.”

Donnelly, a Republican from Twin Peaks in Southern California, showed up unannounced to support the rally, which frequently drew comparisons to the American Revolution through “taxation without representation” arguments and the “Don’t tread on me” snake logo.

“It’s time for another revolution,” Donnelly said. “A peaceful one.”

Supporters of the State of Jefferson argue that California’s representative system in both houses of the Legislature unfairly removes political power from their rural areas. Baird said they want to form their own government to address the issues of resources and the economy that are affecting them, leaving the rest of the state free to deal with its “urban problems” like large infrastructure, gangs and earthquakes.

Leroy Mainini drove two-and-a-half hours from Cottonwood in Tehema County, where one of four additional declarations has been approved, to attend the rally.

“Our rights have been taken away little by little,” he said, pointing in particular to California’s gun control laws, which he believes have gone far beyond common sense.

Jefferson is an opportunity to get back to the Constitution, Mainini added. “There’s so much corruption” in Sacramento.

Following the rally, dozens of supporters headed into the Capitol to visit legislative offices, while a small group including Baird delivered the declarations to the offices of the Senate secretary and the Assembly clerk.

As he walked through the rotunda, Baird reflected on Tim Draper’s Six Californias initiative to split the state, which includes the State of Jefferson in its plan.

“His heart is in the right place,” Baird said, but it won’t work. There’s nothing in the Constitution that allows citizens to split a state by initiative, whereas the Jefferson movement has precedent, he said.

But Baird appreciated the attention Draper was bringing to their cause. “Billionaires can get people to listen,” he said.

The declarations, which were also delivered to the Secretary of State’s office earlier in the day, represent a formal request by Modoc and Siskiyou counties to withdraw from California. Lawmakers can vote to allow them to separate, but supporters of the Jefferson movement expect they will be ignored, which they say will give them standing to make a legal challenge for their independence because the state is causing them harm.

They plan to move forward with that challenge once they get more counties on board; they’re talking to another 12 right now, in addition to the six that have already passed declarations.

As Baird left the office of the Secretary of the Senate, he extended a friendly invitation: “I hope you come visit our state when it’s finished.”

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, . Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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AM Alert: State of Jefferson takes step toward independence


Capitol Alert

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 12:13 pm

The State of Jefferson isn’t waiting around for the Six Californias initiative to qualify to push ahead with its plan for independence.

Supporters of the Northern California secession movement are in Sacramento today to formally lodge their complaints with the state. They plan to submit declarations from Modoc and Siskiyou counties to the Legislature and Secretary of State expressing their desire to withdraw from California and reform under a new state government.

Mark Baird, one of the organizers of the Jefferson movement, said a lack of representation in Sacramento for the north state is causing them harm and the declarations represent an official request for redress.

“What we’re doing is forming standing for a challenge if the state ignores our demands,” he said.

Four more declarations from Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama counties will be presented in the coming months, Baird said, and when the number of like-minded counties reaches at least 10, the State of Jefferson will be ready to make its move. By then, though, he hopes south staters will be willing to let them go peacefully.

“Then they’ll be free to spend their political resources to focus on problems that we don’t even understand, like gang warfare,” Baird said.

Jefferson supporters will rally at 2 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

Be sure to go to the website/article and vote in their poll for separation.

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Sign the “Support Statement” on line

We have been updating the pages (tabs at the top) of this site.

Please check out your county page for email addresses and phone numbers. These are the folks to call, if you want to lend support for the Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California.

You can also go to the “ACTION” page at the top of this site to sign an on-line “support statement.”