County Board Votes To Secede from California

by John Hawkins | September 5, 2013 6:14 am

Given the awful government of California and the nearly insurmountable fiscal problems that state has, is this really such a bad idea[1]?


Supervisors in a far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation have voted in favor of separating from the state.

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday for a declaration of secession, the Record Searchlight of Redding reported. The vote appears mostly symbolic since secession would require approval from the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress, but supporters say it would restore local control over decision making. They want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state called the State of Jefferson.

…The declaration does not launch any type of formal process toward secession, but only reflects the county’s support, said Tom Odom, the county’s administrative officer.

…Another proposal that came up two years ago in Riverside County called on more than a dozen mostly conservative counties to break off and form the state of South California.

It makes more sense for California to split into two states than anywhere else in the country. Given that the state is so big and that it’s only a matter of time until it goes bankrupt, is it really so outrageous to suggest that a lot of Californians would be better off if it were split in two?

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