A California county is considering secession from the state. The Los Angeles Times reports on Sept. 4 that Siskiyou County voted to secede, and the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors plans to pursue this. The county may be planning to create its own state after withdrawing from California.
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to leave the state of California. The county plans to create a new state with the name of Jefferson. More than 100 supporters were at the vote and mentioned they were not satisfied with the way California was handling things.
Residents state that the policies created by Southern California do not align with the wishes of Northern California. This is one of the main reasons Siskiyou County believes secession is the right decision. The rural county believes its issues are being neglected by lawmakers, and they are being ignored.
Siskiyou does not want to be the only county in the new state of Jefferson. It is considering the addition of some counties from Oregon and other Northern California counties. At this point, other areas have not declared their desire to secede from either California or Oregon. However, Humboldt County states it is considering the option.
Residents mentioned they want a local government that will understand their needs and pay attention to them. They complained about the lack of concern over their fire fees and water rights. However, the vote does not mean that the actual secession process has started because it was simply a reflection of the county’s ideas.