California county secession: Residents of a Northern California county have had it with their state’s regulations, and have taken formal steps to secede from the state altogether. The LA Times is reporting on Sept. 4 that Siskiyou County wants out of California.
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has taken the first stride in the long and somewhat peculiar step to secede from the state, voting 4-1 on Tuesday to move forward with the proposed split.
Fed up with what residents call Sacramento’s “encumbering regulations and Southern California's political sway,” Siskiyou County homeowners packed supervisors' chambers Tuesday for the discussion and vote on whether the county should issue their declaration to pursue secession.
Mark Baird, vice president of the Siskiyou Water User's Association, called on the need for a government “that's local, understands our issues and has empathy.”
Baird is leading the charge in the intention to secede, saying that the more heavily populated regions in Southern California have too much representative powers, leaving smaller counties subject to the whim of the majority.
“Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights,” said Siskiyou resident Gabe Garrison. “We need our own state so we can make laws that fit our way of life.”
Proponents want to create their own state, dubbing it Jefferson State. The last state to be added to the Union was Hawaii in 1959.
Kayla Brown, a mother in her early 20s, said the enormous bureaucracy of unelected California officials is making it hard for her to have any say in the laws that directly affect her small family.
“The state of Jefferson is the place I want to raise my son,” she said.
Any secession would have to be approved by the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress. The U.S. Constitution does allow for the formation of new states, although land cannot be reapportioned from any existing state without full consent on both federal and state levels.
The drastic step of Siskiyou County wanting to remove themselves out of the state is unlikely to pass. Nevertheless, if the large rural county with a small population needs some national attention to address their concerns, then this is certain to get the attention of state and federal officials.