Officials in Siskiyou County, Calif., voted 4-1 on Sept. 3 to secede from the rest of the state.
It’s not the first time. As far back as 1941, four Northern California counties and Oregon’s Curry County lobbied for secession. The current plan would create the state of Jefferson out of those rural counties and southern Oregon. Residents cite dissatisfaction with California state government that makes laws that don’t “fit our way of life.”
Siskiyou County is home to Yreka, Weed, and Mt. Shasta. Officials in nearby Humboldt, Shasta, and Tehama counties also expressed interest in joining the movement. Population centers there include Eureka, Redding, and Red Bluff. Read the Redding Record Searchlight article that ran in the Eureka Times-Standard.
Washington residents might recall a recurring effort to split off a new state called Lincoln, comprising Eastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and Western Montana. As with our neighbors south, the frustration lies in rural communities feeling their interests aren’t represented in Olympia, Boise, and Helena. Read this 1991 Seattle Times editorial.