June 5th, 2014

It’s Not Just Europe; As Many As 16 California Counties May Seek Secession From The State


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This article comes from ZeroHedge.com

by Tyler Durden

Frustrated with their representation in government, residents in two of California’s northern counties are heading to the polls to decide whether they should consider seceding from the state. As Reuters reports, campaigns in both Del Norte and Tehama counties are underway to convince residents that permanently separating from California is in their best interests. As many as 16 counties in northern California could potentially join the movement, AP reports, though official secession would require approval by the state legislature as well as the US Congress. If they all decide to seek separation, the counties would make up about a quarter of California’s territory…”We have the water, forests, timber, we have the minerals. We have unspoiled agricultural land. We would be the wealthy state if we were allowed to go back and use our natural resources ourselves.”

As RT reports, residents in two of California’s northern counties are heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether they should consider seceding from the state.

According to Reuters, campaigns in both Del Norte and Tehama counties are underway to convince residents that permanently separating from California is in their best interests. By supporting the measures at the ballot box, supporters would be pushing local officials to continue efforts to combine parts of northern California with parts of southern Oregon into the nation’s 51st state.

The new state would be called Jefferson, as a tribute to Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who once believed that parts of the Western United States could form a freestanding republic.

If the measures are approved, local lawmakers would join other counties and continue to try and generate momentum for secession. Already, four counties – Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Yuba – have voted to join the effort, while others are waiting for the results in Del Norte and Tehama before taking action.

As noted by the Associated Press, as many as 16 counties in northern California could potentially join the movement, though official secession would require approval by the state legislature as well as the US Congress. If they all decide to seek separation, the counties would make up about a quarter of California’s territory.

Despite their size, however, the disgruntled counties only contain a small percentage of California’s inhabitants – Del Norte, for example, is home to just 28,000 of the state’s 38 million-strong population. Fed up with the way California allocates representatives – lawmakers are delegated based on population – secession supporter and organizer Aaron Funk sees the ballot as a way forward.

“We have 11 counties up here that share one state senator,” he told the AP, noting that the greater Los Angeles area and San Francisco Bay have far more. “Essentially, we have no representation whatsoever.”

The measure faces opposition, however, from groups who worry about how Jefferson would be able to support itself financially, especially since many of its residents are poor and unemployed. California already supplies most of the funding for infrastructure and education, and most of the large swathes of land are owned by the federal government – something that would remain the same even if Jefferson were to become a state.

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4 Responses to “It’s Not Just Europe; As Many As 16 California Counties May Seek Secession From The State”

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    rob Says:

    The secession part I get but why petition for statehood? That’s like the slave asking the master to be freed and after being freed, asking to come back to the plantation. They think CA is the problem but it’s the National Govt that’s the problem.

    What they should be doing is trying to find other states in their region to secede with them and then form their own country. Anything else is just shuffling chairs on the deck of the Titanic.

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    GReg Says:

    Rob I dont think you understand the unique situation in california. It is divided by economics, ideology, an a lack of representation in state government. We dont need to run away and and try to create another country, lets just fix what we have here.

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    Churchill Says:

    Indeed, just delete the Corporate/Banking/Geo-Political/Entertainment/Military industrail Complex. As, it seems to be one ball of filth in a category of it’s own. Indeed, ‘It’s Just Not Europe’ plus everywhere else.

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    Eze Shotts Says:

    No matter what they think, they could never go it as a separate state. They’d end up being a cartel colony.

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