Town hall meeting for ‘State of Jefferson’ in Nevada County is Aug. 2
Organizers who want to form a 51st state — the State of Jefferson — out of the rural Northern California counties have appointed a steering committee in Nevada County.
“We feel Northern California is primarily rural, but the rest of the state is urban,” Eddie Garcia, new steering committee leader, told the Nevada County board of supervisors this week during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“Our counties do not have a voice in state government,” Garcia added. “California has become too big and too divided; a 51st state would give us a voice.”
Anyone interested in the State of Jefferson can attend a free educational town hall meeting at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 2, at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley, Garcia said.
Garcia added that the State of Jefferson movement was entirely separate from a plan by Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, to split California into six states.
That plan, which Draper is trying to place on the November ballot through gathering petition signatures in a statewide initiative, also has a “State of Jefferson” included in the group of six states, but it does not have the same geographic boundaries.
Under the State of Jefferson plan, the California counties that would be included are Siskiyou, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Butte, Placer, Humboldt, Nevada, Sutter and Del Norte.
The list of counties appears to be somewhat fluid, however, apparently depending on acceptance by the elected officials or other factors.
Neither Nevada nor Sutter counties were listed in an earlier brochure on the movement, for example, but they have since been added.
According to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Sutter County board of supervisors on Tuesday “unanimously adopted a resolution supporting a declaration and petition to the Legislature to redress a lack of representation and for the possible formation of a new, separate state.
“The resolution also reserved the right to place the issue to a vote of Sutter County citizens at a future election.”
In other changes, the group is also no longer including Southern Oregon counties, Garcia said. That is in conflict with a column earlier this month by The Union columnist George Boardman.
“We decided to keep it just to California,” Garcia said on Wednesday. In addition, although Garcia is a member of the Nevada County Tea Party, he said the State of Jefferson movement was separate from the Tea Party and not affiliated with it.
According to the group’s brochure, the State of Jefferson would “exercise its right under the 10th Amendment to stop federal power grabs that are unlawful, according to our U.S. Constitution.”
The new state would also, the brochure says, offer “less taxes, state sovereignty, fewer agencies, less bureaucracy, representation in government, utilize our natural resources and more freedom.”
The 51st state would also avoid some of the laws that “Sacramento passes that would never pass in the North States,” according to the brochure.
Those include: “gun and ammunition laws, air quality laws, high speed rail, transgender bathroom law, tuition for illegals, driver licenses for illegals, proposition 30 for upper income taxation and LGBT textbook references.”
For more information on the town hall or other questions, email Jefferson Declaration@yahoo.com.
To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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