California is too big
Far northern rural California feels little to no connection with
the monster sized urban centers to the south.
(Times Standard) - The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to support the county's split from the state of California. It's the first in a long series of steps to form the proposed state of Jefferson, which proponents of the effort say would bring representation to rural North State counties that currently are beholden to the whims of representatives of the more heavily populated Southern California and free them from burdensome state regulations. ”We have to have government that's local, understands our issues and has empathy” for those affected, said Mark Baird, a Scott Valley rancher who's also president for Scott Valley Protect Our Water and vice president of the Siskiyou Water User's Association. Baird is leading the charge to form a new state from rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon, though he certainly wasn't the only voice in support of the move.
|Proposed map of the 51st state.|
|The movement to leave California goes back to the 1940s.|
”There has to be basic economic underpinnings to make a state work,” Lovelace said. “There is a certain romantic appeal and allure to the state of Jefferson, this entire idea of what could have been, but in reality it would not be good economically.” He said one of the problems with a rural county seceding is that the tax base starts small. ”Siskiyou is one of the largest counties with one of the smallest populations,” he said. “It is also full of state roads that they won't be able to maintain, and federal land.”
Also see San Francisco Chronicle and Jefferson State.