Could we see 51 states? Northern California county endorses secession

September 4th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

california-state-flagApparently Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone isn’t the only elected leader wanting to split up California.

The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors endorsed a declaration of secession with a 4-1 vote Tuesday, according to the Record Searchlight of Redding.

Media reports show they want other rural counties in Northern California and Southern Oregon to join them in the creation of a new state, which they’ve dubbed the State of Jefferson.

If this idea seems familiar, it’s because Stone proposed a similar concept just a couple years ago as a way to express frustration with Sacramento leadership.

The state of South California – which at one point was to be named after President Ronald Reagan – attracted international headlines and generating plenty of chatter around the water cooler.

Riverside County supervisors were even asked to hold a convention on it, which was supposed to include representatives from the 12 other counties Stone wanted to join this new state.

Versions of a southern California secession have been around for decades.

Stone’s concept fizzled as both Democratic and Republican skeptics pointed out how much of a long-shot idea secession is, especially since it needs the endorsement of Congress and the California legislature.

At the time Stone suggested a new state, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s spokesman dismissed it off as “a joke.”

“It’s quite strange and bizarre to launch a secessionist movement on the 148th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg,” press secretary Gil Duran told The Desert Sun in 2011.

Ironically, Stone is now running for state Senate in a district that includes the Coachella Valley. The conservative Republican lost a similar bid in 2010.

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