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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Siskiyou County Unhappy in Liberal California, Votes for Secession

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

click to enlarge This sign and everything that goes with it annoys the hell out of the people in Siskiyou County - AAROADS.COM
  • This sign and everything that goes with it annoys the hell out of the people in Siskiyou County

Last year, we reported census data that showed Californians were starting to move to Texas in droves, just in time for Gov. Jerry Brown to rule the state -- again.

And now we have a better sense of who those disgruntled Californians are.

Today, the Record Searchlight informed its readers that Siskiyou County is sick and tired of being the minority conservatives in California, and the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to secede from the rest of the Obama-loving, marijuana smoking, pro-gay marriage state.

See Also: 5 Reasons Californians Are Moving to Texas

Specifically, residents, who packed the board chambers last night to discuss what they seem to think is a great idea, say Sacramento doesn't represent them or listen to them. They cited concerns over water rights and rural fire prevention fees.

These residents lobbied the Board of Supervisors who came up with a plan to band together with all the other rural regions in Northern California and Oregon to form a new state, dubbed Jefferson.

Per the newspaper:

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.

Siskiyou County is located in inland northern California, adjacent to the Oregon border. As the fifth largest county in California by area, Siskiyou County is home to Yreka, Mt. Shasta, Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud and Tulelake as well as Butte Valley, Scott Valley, Shasta Valley and the Klamath River Corridor.

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Of course, divorcing California would be no easy task. Siskiyou County, which is a staunchly Republican region, would have to gain the approval of the state legislature and U.S. Congress, which means their plan to get away from excessive politics will probably get bogged down by excessive politics.

Still, residents are eager to get their kids out of California.

"The state of Jefferson is the place I want to raise my son," Kayla Brown told the newspaper.

As an alternative, they could just go the easier, more sure-way route: pack up and move to Texas.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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