Is A NorCal Secessionist Movement Gaining Momentum?


Three weeks ago, the conservative rural county of Siskiyou took a step toward seceding from the State of California. The Board of Supervisors for the county, which lies in extreme Northern California along the Oregon border, voted to secede, saying their residents’ interests were being stifled and even exploited in Sacramento in favor of the State’s major urban centers.

Now a neighboring county has voted to split from California. Modoc County, home to fewer than 10,000 residents, now joins Siskiyou in seeking to establish a 51st State that, if ever it should be approved by Congress, would be called the State of Jefferson.

It’s not likely to happen, of course. But then again, there seems to be significant momentum behind the latest push – chiefly because there aren’t a lot of leaders and residents in neighboring Northern California counties, this time, who are rushing forward to say that the whole idea is insane.

According to the Redding Record Searchlight, a newspaper based in nearby Shasta County, at least two counties are considering similar secession votes:

…[M]ost of the more populated counties in Northern California have yet to lend their support, though a number are considering it, including Shasta County and Redding, the most populous city north of Sacramento.

Siskiyou County has a population of just over 44,100, while Modoc has about 9,300 residents, according to the most recent U.S. Census data.

Supervisors in Butte County, the most populated municipality to consider joining the movement, have scheduled a vote for Oct. 22.

The Redding City Council has yet to set a date for a discussion on the topic, which is being sought by Vice Mayor Patrick Jones.

A representative for the secessionist Jefferson Declaration Committee told the newspaper California is “essentially ungovernable in its present size” and that the committee would like to have 12 Northern California counties on board before attempting to form a new State – “though we can certainly do it with less.”

Modoc County forms California’s northeastern corner, lying along Oregon’s southern border and sharing a border with Nevada to the East.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Sherry

    It would be nice if Southern Oregon would join State of Jefferson.
    The Northern part of Oregon is Liberal as the southern part of the state is very conservative.

    • crossrammed302

      I live in Klamath county….they have my vote for the state of Jefferson. I’m tired of Multnomah county giving Oregonians a bad rap.

  • regulus30

    California actually has real folks living there that see the insanity of Jerry Brown and his pop culture idiots. WOW.; I am proud of you people.

  • molon labe

    Take us on the desert side of the state with you please, were sick of the Kalifornians

  • Munnster

    Being a California native I thought people were insane when they elected “Moonbeam” the first time as governor and I was just a kid then. After he was elected a second time, it confirmed it. Unfortunately, most people are from LaLa land (Ciudad de Los Angeles) and the whack job capital, San Francisco. Also, most of the flaming liberals are transplants, that left their f-ed up states and f-ed up California. California was pretty conservative when I was a kid and even a young adult. Not now, super liberal/socialistic as everybody knows. Interestingly enough, when I was a kid, I thought that the state flag looked like a communist flag, with the bear and the red star. I did not know that it was an indicator of what was to come. I would be happy to move to the region that wants to secede, if I did not have to put up with the same BS laws that are being passed in Sacramento.

    • Oldmonkey

      I had the displeasure of voting against the A-hole TWICE! Both times I got stuck with him. Got a better idea bud; move out as soon as you can! I’ve had ancestors buried in California dirt since the 1860’s, and damned if I will be. The clock is ticking on my remaining residence here, and wish it were sooner.

  • Ed Burns

    Lots of luck Jefferson, hope you succeed!

  • Rocketman

    Has everyone noticed that it’s always the conservative part of the state that is wanting to secede from the liberal state government that doesn’t represent it?
    Think that’s a coincidence? I don’t..

    • Oldmonkey

      Isn’t “The Tyranny of the Majority” the reason America is supposed to be a republic? Less and less of a republic everywhere these days

  • flawshark

    When you secede, be sure you leave Fresno behind!!

  • Sic Semper Tyrannis

    It’s often been said: “So goes California, so goes the nation.” Let’s hope it’s true this time.

  • Tom T

    If Brown signs those new gun laws there will be more counties joining them.

  • IsThisAmerica

    I heard California want’s to legalize all the illegals. How can they do that? Thought the feds had to do that. If they do try that, those legal illegals best stay in that state as they won’t be recognized outside of it. Sheesh, you got some stupid corny laws.

  • pete

    How about the USA becoming the Un United 101 states of America? More government, more corruption, more boundaries, more laws, more criminal activity and who knows, maybe even neighbours declaring war on each other as well. This President has succeeded in dividing the USA like no other, but lets get real and unite instead of making more trouble. We need to sort out our differences instead of just running away and not facing the issues which confront us. Seceding and doing one’s own thing won’t work. Time for the USA to become the USA again, the proud Nation it once was and not the divided Nation that it now is.

  • Carlos

    We either divide the country up or we are going to lose it all and go into a socialized Monarchy. We have allowed too many illegals to enter the country and now the politicians won’t send them back, they need their votes. Leaving part of the country to the Liberal Democrats and illegals would be fine with me. If this doesn’t happen, kiss your &ss goodbye.

    Why are the Liberals after your guns? especially any automatic or semi auto weapons. This should give you the clue. Every large city in this nation is a powder keg. the minorities and illegals have crammed themselves into ghetto’s and depend on the tax payers for their food, we are slowly going broke and in time the Government teat will run dry , then anarchy.

    Things will never change with Liberals in power, these people are Marxist and you don’t have to look further than Russia, it didn’t work for them.
    So, let’s give them a fair share of the country, divide it up evenly, let the conservative set up their own nation, well armed, with borders well guarded and let the Liberals do what they do best, slowly destroy themselves, they will end up being ate by the same people they use as pawns. The biggest part will starve to death and the others will move back from whence they came.

    • insha

      Our country was formed on the basis of freedom and liberty. People who disagree with these principles either should move to another country or we should force them to leave. Why should we be forced to carve our country to scratch their itch.