Un comté de plus à demander la sécession de la californie. Pas envie de payer les dettes des autres sans doute.
Along Interstate 5 near Yreka, a Northern California town of about 8,000 people, the roof of an old hay barn informs drivers in bold, black letters they have entered the “State of Jefferson.”
For over 70 years, a group of citizens in Northern California and Southern Oregon have pushed to unite their rural counties and secede from their respective states, creating a new state following the small-government ideals allegedly professed by Thomas Jefferson.
On Tuesday, a second California county joined the growing movement. Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession, following in the footsteps of neighboring Siskiyou County that made a similar decision earlier this month.
Modoc County Board Chairwoman Geri Byrne told Al Jazeera that public sentiment was strongly in favor of passing the resolution. In a packed public meeting of about 40 people, Byrne said only two people spoke against secession.
Her constituents, Byrne said, are “frustrated,” because rural counties have “no voice in the state of California.”
California secession movement picks up steam
Could northern California soon become the 51st state? Two northern California counties have voted to secede from the Golden State in a bid to form their own state.
The Modoc County Board of Supervisors recently voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its effort to secede from California and recreate the State of Jefferson — named after Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president and the author of the Declaration of Independence.
“I put the measure on the agenda because I heard from a number of people in my district that wanted to do such,” said Board Chairman Geri Byrne. “We’re not saying we’re seceding today, we’re saying let’s look into it.”
“We are delighted to have Modoc County join Siskiyou in seeking to establish the formation of a new state,” said Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong. “Modoc County has validated our belief that the current state of California is ungovernable and its policies are unrepresentative of the needs and values of Northern California communities.”
A group spearheading the secession effort said the goal is to get a dozen counties to commit before asking California’s legislators to allow the formation of a new state. The U.S. Congress would also have to approve such a move.
“California is essentially ungovernable in its present size,” Mark Baird, a spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, said. “We lack the representation to address the problems that affect the North State.”