County Votes to Secede From California
Siskiyou wants to become state of Jefferson
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
Pedestrians cross Miner Street in Yreka, Calif., in this 2008 file photo. Yreka is the seat of Siskiyou County.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Not a big fan of Southern California? Neither is Northern California, apparently. Supervisors in rural Siskiyou County voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of seceding from the state, reports the Times-Standard. The county thinks state officials in Sacramento are too focused on the big metro areas of the south and thus want to form a state of its own—to be called Jefferson. Supporters want to invite other northern counties, and perhaps a few from Oregon, to join, too, notes the Los Angeles Times.

”We have to have government that's local, understands our issues, and has empathy,” says one local rancher. It's clearly a very long-shot bid, one that would eventually require the blessing of both the state legislature and the US Congress. Still, neighboring Humboldt County is expected to meet soon to consider the idea. (Meanwhile, some counties in Colorado want to form a new state of their own.)

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Sep 6, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
I seceded from the welfare state 30 years ago, to Nevada.
Sep 5, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
That's hilarious. Those cornpones have been talking about doing that for, hell, my entire lifetime. It isn't just the crazy rednecks in the woods up in Northern California who've been pushing that 'State of Jefferson' idea for, uh, I guess forever now (or at least since Alaska & Hawaii joined the union as the last states to be added). There's hippies up in Southern Oregon who claim the bottom of Oregon & top of California were meant to be the 51st state, the state of Jefferson lol get over it rednecks up there, w/o the populated areas of California to fund your roadways there'd be no hillbilly highways up there for you to drive on lol
Sep 5, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
Wait until they realize the big nasty metro areas pay for their thinking required.