An effort to create a State of Jefferson, comprised of states in Northern California and Southern Oregon, is in the news again. At least two NorCal counties, Siskiyou and Modoc, officially signed on so far. Shasta and Del Norte counties have also expressed interest. Some have suggested Humboldt join the effort.
The Times- Standard reports
there's a guy in Humboldt spearheading the effort for us to get involved. I think the guy's out to lunch. I can understand why he
might want to secede from California, but it's foolish to consider having the entire county join the movement. After all, we're part of the problem Siskiyou and the others want to get away from.
Humboldt has essentially become an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, culturally and politically. Why would someone seriously suggest bringing California along when they leave? That would be like me moving away from my neighborhood because of the druggie house across the street, then asking the folks at the druggie house to move in to my new house with me.
That aside, who decides who is allowed into a new state? There would have to be some qualifications, wouldn't there? Maybe they should have a statement of principles or objectives that a solid majority of those in the county in question agree to before being allowed to join? But who comes up with those principles or objectives?
Since Siskiyou County is where this all started, maybe they should come up with the criteria for joining and enforce it. Simply allowing a county to join because of geographical proximity- at least in Humboldt's case- might well result in the State of Jefferson being a carbon copy of what they're trying to get away from.