Two out of three Northern California counties voted June 3 not to secede from the state, but Tehama County voted “yes” to help form the new state of Jefferson.
That makes five counties altogether seeking autonomy from California, believing they’re better able to govern their own affairs than urban-minded leaders in Sacramento. Earlier, commissioners in Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Yuba counties had voted to explore secession.
Last September I wrote about efforts by Oregon and California border counties to join the Jefferson movement. Today, Medford’s Mail Tribune ran an editorial calling the efforts folly.
Northern California’s rural counties account for a sizeable chunk of the state, but the sparse population there has suffered with the decline of the timber industry. Tehama County includes the Interstate 5 towns of Red Bluff and Corning.