Northern California County Votes To Secede From State; Nothing Happens


The Republican-leaning rural county of Siskiyou, California has taken the first step toward seceding from the State.

County supervisors in Siskiyou, which lies in extreme Northern California along the Oregon border, voted 4-1Tuesday to secede, citing a strong dissatisfaction with the near absence of home rule. Ed Valenzuela, Chairman of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, cast the lone vote not to secede, saying the people had elected him to operate within the existing political structure.

The vote comes in response to pressure from residents who have complained that their interests are not represented in Sacramento, and that the legislature will continue to neglect their concerns over local resources – chiefly water – that are exploited to benefit the more populous areas of the State.

While the vote has no legal teeth, it does reflect a strong secessionist spirit that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, predates World War II. Residents and some county leaders are encouraging neighboring Oregon and California counties to join the secession movement in the hope of realizing a decades-old dream of establishing a new U.S. State – the “State of Jefferson,” named in honor of the Nation’s third President.

“I haven’t had one contact in regard to this issue that’s in opposition,” county supervisor Michael Kobseff told the Chronicle.

The road to secession is likely to remain untraveled, however, since both the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress would have to recognize secession and the creation of a new State.

Personal Liberty

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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  • JimH

    I would like Illinois to secede from the great state of Chicago.
    We’ll see how that goes.

    • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

      And NY secede from the great tax sucking NY City.

      • JimH

        The 2 great leaches.
        Let one dry up and fall into Lake Michigan and the other dry up and fall into NY harbor.
        Anyone else have any ideas of some leaches that we need to secede from?

        • momo

          Yeah, Washington, D.C!

          • JimH

            I concur.

          • Jeff

            If you’re saying Washington, D.C. should be its own state, I agree.

          • jon in san jose

            Washington DC should be a restroom off of the US Congress.

          • Jeff

            You waited weeks, then took the trouble to log in, just to post something so lame? I guess it’s no surprise given the venue.

        • IsThisAmerica

          California, let it drop in the ocean with all their liberal ideals that then spreads like a virus across the nation.

          • Robert

            Hey! I am still in Calif and am waiting to move out from crazy liberal states.. Pretty soon, they going to bankruptic because of unfunded pension.

      • Robert R. Becker

        I’ll go with that, Amen

      • CSN

        Yes….as I plan to move to upstate NY within the next year or so. Like to see that happen before I get there.

  • rb

    Though Lincoln chose to fight the civil war to prevent secession by the Southern states the fact is our Constitution and many of our founding fathers quite honestly felt that was a right and option for our states. Is it truly a terrible thing to tell our central goverrnments that we the people have the right to govern ourselves. Would it be a terrible thing for our government to have to be held accountable for what it does to the citizens? Would it be inexcusable to let the people decide what they truly want and if that means separating themselves from a government whether federal or state that couldn’t care less about them give them that option? The only harm that wolud do is make the central government accountable. We can’t have that now can we?

  • Barbara Johnson

    They will never let the hard working money makers get away from them! Liberal’s only know how to take other peoples money.

  • Jeff

    That would be fine as long as Austin, TX can also be its own state. And Atlanta, GA.

    • Robert

      Austin is very liberal, the rest of Texas should cut them off to Ocean or Mexico.

  • jon in san jose

    WHY would California have to recognize the secession? Virginia did not (AFAIK) recognize W Virginia!