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State of Jefferson advocates hold town hall meeting

Comment: Thank you reporter Chad Samuelson for a fair and non-biased article written about the meeting. — Admin Liz Bowen

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – On July 11, a group of more than 125 people gathered at Grace Church in Kelseyville for a town hall meeting to discuss the growing movement supporting the formation of a new state.

Three speakers – Terry Rapoza, Robert “Red” Smith of the Shasta Lantern newspaper and Mark Baird – hosted the event to discuss the movement to create Jefferson, the 51st state, out of parts of Northern California and Oregon.

Various maps and plans for Jefferson have shown that it would include Lake County, as well as Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba in California, along with several Southern Oregon counties.

However, – the Web site of the group currently advocating for the movement across Northern California – does not list Humboldt and Mendocino counties among the areas where the effort to gain support is under way.

Proponents say the new state will restore power back to these seemingly forgotten Northern California and Southern Oregon counties.

A key point for those who want to found a 51st state is that Northern California has a small number of seats in the state Legislature and in the US Congress in comparison to urban areas farther south.

California has some of the highest taxes in the United States, and Jefferson supporters say that the northern counties rarely see any of this tax revenue.

They also argue that Northern California’s counties are not seeing a fair share of tax revenue while California’s state debt is more than $422 billion and climbing.

A recurring theme during the town hall forum was the Supreme Court case Reynolds v. Sims, in which the court that state legislature districts had to be roughly equal in population.

The Jefferson movement’s members say the decision took a lot of power from the more rural counties, and tipped the scales in favor of more populous areas like Los Angeles.

In the new state, it’s proposed to have at least one representative per county, and no more than 30,000 people represented per representative.

Advocacy and answering questions

Rapoza opened the event with a prayer, pledge of allegiance, and a meet and greet where he asked the crowd to introduce themselves to their neighbors.

He started off by stating some of the main goals for creating a state, and his focus was set on limited government, fiscal responsibility and upholding the US Constitution above any law.

A key point that Rapoza brought up was what he called the misappropriation of funds from California’s Fire Prevention Fee. This fee was enacted in July of 2011, and effective July of 2013.

A fee of $152.33 is charged to anyone who has a habitable structure within the State Responsibility Area. Rapoza stated that $74 million was collected and $50 million went to the State General Fund, $12 million went to legislation, $10 million went to administration and only $1.75 million went to actual fire protection.

Smith, who followed Rapoza in speaking to the group, spoke of founding father ideals and emphasized what “We the People” actually meant.

He was adamant about the struggling economy in Northern California and Southern Oregon, and stated that nearly 72 percent of the economy in the area has disappeared.

Smith stood before the crowd and answered some of the questions he hears most when it comes to the Jefferson movement.

Many people say that splitting from California would make the rural counties poorer than they are now. Smith stated that at least they would have the legislative power to do something about growing poverty, instead of being silenced by the larger populated areas.

While some naysayers of the plan say that it would be too hard to accomplish, Smith said that the word “impossible” is a dare to an American.

Smith brought up the numbers of voters in the Jefferson area is in decline, not because of lack of interest, but because voters feel like their vote does not count against the masses of the southern counties.

He closed by asking the crowd, “Name one law that they (state legislature) pass that doesn’t make Californians criminals.”

Baird told the group that liberty is freedom with morality and responsibility.

“We are governed from afar by people with no empathy for us,” he said.

Baird counseled the audience on the necessary steps that are ahead of the state of Jefferson.

The next step is to submit a declaration to Sacramento, with petition signatures to back the numbers of people in support of the 51st state.

Baird ended his speech by inviting audience members to ask questions.

A question was raised about what would happen to California State Universities, with Chico State University and Humboldt State University falling within Jefferson’s proposed boundaries.

In-state tuitions would be available within both Jefferson and California, said Baird, who also brought up the importance of elementary and high school educations and the desperate need to improve education at all levels.

A Mendocino County resident asked why his county was not included in the plans for the state of Jefferson. Baird responded that it’s the goal to include both Mendocino and Humboldt counties in Jefferson, but the counties have not responded thus far.

Has the time come for 51? With a mountain of skepticism and legislative hurdles ahead of them, the supporters of the state of Jefferson seem to think so.

If you would like more information or would like to join the Jefferson movement, visit or add them on Facebook.

To contact your local Jeffersonians, send your question or comment emails to .

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.”

Tehama County is officially 5th county in quest to become State of Jefferson

On June 3, 2014, Measure A was passed by the voters during the Tehama County Primary Election. So per their decision to place the Measure on the ballot, the Supervisors were expected to approve the “Declaration and Petition” to withdraw from the State of California.

Aftet the June 3rd election, the agenda item was placed on the Tehama County Board of Supervisors July 15, 2014 meeting. Dozens of Jefferson supporters attended the agenda item, which began with 8 or 9 people speaking in opposition.

Tehama Jefferson Committee Chairman Tom Knorr responded to a variety of questions posed by several Supervisors and also answered some of the opposition’s concerns. Others also spoke in favor of approving the Measure A and Declaration.

In the end, Tehama County Supervisors stuck to their promise and approved the “Declaration and Petition” with a 5-0 vote.

“I am pleased they followed through,” said Knorr.

The campaign for Measure A was supported by grass roots enthusiasts, who had little funding. Knorr said they were creative and thanked all who aided Measure A.


Divided they stand? Billionaire in push to carve up California into six states

A billionaire tech investor says he has enough backing to put on the ballot a plan to split California into six states.

Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in such tech companies as Twitter, HotMail, Skype and Tesla, told Reuters he has the 808,000 signatures needed on a petition to force the measure onto a public referendum in November 2016. Under the far-fetched plan, one state would be called “Silicon Valley” and would include the tech mecca, as well as San Francisco.

“California needs a reboot,” Draper, who has spent $4.9 million of his own money on the effort, said in a press release. “Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. … Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents.”

“California needs a reboot.”

- Timothy Draper, billionaire behind “Six Californias”

Draper’s group plans to submit the signatures today, according to a Tweet.

A state dubbed “Jefferson” would include the northernmost portion; “South California” would be comprised of San Diego and eastern Los Angeles while the rest of L.A. would be called “West California.” A province called “North California” would be built around Sacramento, and “Central California” would be made up of the central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.

Silicon Valley would become the nation’s richest state, while Central California would become its poorest, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Critics call the plan kooky and note that such ideas have been floated in the past and never gone anywhere. According to FOX40, there have been about 220 efforts to divide California. All have failed.

“This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy and money that will hurt the California brand,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political strategist who formed the group OneCalifornia to fight Draper’s plan. “It has zero chance of passage. But what it does is scare investment away… at a time when the governor is leading us to an economic comeback.”

Draper and other supporters plan to file the signatures with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday.

“It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. “The idea … is to create six states with responsive local governments — states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.”

Draper’s group says the division would create a more business-friendly environment, solve the state’s water issues and ease traffic congestion.

Earlier this year, Bowen gave the go-ahead for activists to start gathering signatures for the initiative. Their deadline for submitting them was July 18.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle facing Draper’s six-state scheme is that even if approved, it would be subject to passage by Congress.

“He’s got a pretty high bar to pass,” Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, told the San Jose Mercury News. “There’ll be a general skepticism of how dividing the state would improve it.”

CalPERS, CalSTRS report 18 percent profit on investments

Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 1:04 pm

California’s two giant public pension funds today reported profits exceeding 18 percent on their investment portfolios for the just-ended fiscal year.

CalPERS said it earned 18.4 percent, marking the fourth time in five years it has earned double-digit investment returns.

CalSTRS clocked in at just under 18.7 percent. “These numbers are extraordinary and very encouraging,” said Sharon Hendricks, chair of the teachers’ pension fund’s investment committee, in a press release.

Both pension funds are still trying to recover from the crippling multibillion-dollar losses of 2008-09, when the financial markets crashed. Despite the healthy returns in the latest 12-month period, both funds remain “underfunded,” which means they don’t have assets to cover all of their long-term pension obligations.

“There’s much, much work to be done,” said Ted Eliopoulos, CalPERS’ interim chief investment officer, in a conference call with reporters. “We’re ever vigilant; we try not to get too excited in good years or bad years about one-year results.”

For the two funds, the 18 percent-plus gains were substantially higher than their official forecasts of 7.5 percent.

Despite the strong results, both pension funds are continuing to raise pension contribution rates. CalPERS in April approved the first in a series of rate increases to reflect longer life expectancies for retirees.

As for CalSTRS, the Legislature last month approved a financial rescue package that will gradually increase contributions by nearly $4 billion a year combined from the school districts, the state and teachers themselves. The teachers’ pension system, unlike CalPERS, doesn’t have the authority to raise rates on its own.

Both funds saw huge gains in stocks; CalSTRS public stocks rose by 24 percent and its private equity returns came to 26 percent. CalPERS’ public stocks increased 24.8 percent and its private equity 20 percent.

Over the years, the two funds have made major strides in recovering from the market crash. CalPERS’ portfolio sits at $299.4 billion, a gain of 83 percent from the low point of $164 billion in 2009. CalSTRS portfolio was at $189.1 billion as of June 30, the most recent figure available.

But because they spent several post-crash years with a much smaller pool of money to invest, they’ve been unable to keep pace with rising liabilities. For instance, CalPERS is just 76 percent funded.

Until the Legislature voted last month to raise contribution rates for CalSTRS, the teachers pension fund had warned that it would run out of cash in another 30 years or so.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, . Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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Changes — good ones!

Changes — good ones!

It has been just about a year, since concerned Siskiyou County citizens  began the quest to create a State of Jefferson by finding like-minded counties that desire to split from California and create the 51st State in the United States of America.

It is the desire for equal representation, lower taxes, and economically positive type of government regulations that has fueled the enthusiasm and support.

With encouragement from Jefferson supporters, Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved a “Declaration to withdraw from the State of California” on Sept. 3, 2013. Neighboring Modoc County Supervisors followed suit on Sept. 24, 2013.

The Declaration approved by Siskiyou Supervisors can be found on the “SISKIYOU” page/tab at the top of this site.

Since then, Glenn County and Yuba County Supervisors have also approved a Declaration to withdraw.  Tehama County citizens approved Measure A on June 3, 2014 asking the Supervisors to also approve the Declaration. That vote will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Red Bluff, CA.

Sutter County Supervisors, this past week, said they will write their own “Resolution” and vote on it July 22, 2014.

Additional Declaration Committees have been organized in –



Del Norte







El Dorado Counties.

It is time to up-date this original website, which is actually a blog.

Several counties have created fabulous websites with tons of significant information. This JEFFERSON DECLARATION.NET blog will continue to be updated with news, grievances against the State of California, events and media articles. We try to do it daily.

Unfortunately, blogs do have limitations, so we hope that the additional websites will be encouraged and utilized. All are focused and working in concert with each other.

Those websites are:



Also, please find your county on Facebook for additional info and networking. You can make a difference by explaining that creating a 51st State is achievable. The U.S. Constitution allows it in Article 4, sect. 3. 

Just put in your county’s name and “County for State of Jefferson” in the SEARCH on facebook.

Or go to the “WEBSITES” page/tab at the top of this site to see the counties involved on Facebook.

Also on Facebook, check out:   Jefferson State News

Yes, your dedication and support will help the Declaration project grow into the reality of the State of Jefferson.

The time has come for 51 !

– Admin Liz Bowen

Tehama County: Board of Supervisors to accept the passage of Measure A

On July 15, 2014, Tuesday morning @ 10 am

at 727 Oak Street in

Red Bluff the

Tehama County BOS should:

Adoption of a Resolution declaring support for the proposed separation from the State of California.

The voters approved Measure A during the June 3 Primary ballot by 56 percent. It is now up to the board to approve the Measure A.

This is number 33 on the Agenda.

Please attend and welcome the County of Tehama into the State of Jefferson movement!

Lake County: Great Town Hall meeting 7-11-14

Lake County Townhall in Kelseyville was a huge success!

Thanks to all 125+ people who came last night to the Lake County Townhall! We now have a Declaration Committee working in Lake County-looking forward to welcoming Lake County to the State of Jefferson movement.

Thank you to Truman and Sheryl Bernal for getting the ball rolling and for hanging in there for so long!  You two are super!