The Modoc County Board of Supervisors today voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its bid to secede from the State of California.
Board Chairman Geri Byrne said a measure to join the push to form a State of Jefferson was approved by a vote of 4-0, with one supervisor absent.
“I put the measure on the agenda because I heard from a number of people in my district that wanted to do such,” Byrne said. “We’re not saying we’re seceding today, we’re saying let’s look into it.”
“California is essentially ungovernable in its present size,” Baird said. “We lack the representation to address the problems that affect the North State.”It's the old urban/rural split phenomenon. Like most places in the US, the rural population is dominantly conservative people who make their living off the land, while the urban population makes their living either from the government, or in service industries.
“We’re looking for 12 counties, though we can certainly do it with less,” he said.
If all goes according to plan, Baird said the new state’s economy could be 15 percent larger than that of New Mexico.
Still, most 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.