Del Norte and Tehama counties to vote on secession

Del Norte and Tehama counties to vote on secession

Residents of Californian counties Del Norte and Tehama are all set to vote on an advisory measure that asks each county's board of supervisors to join the more than a century old effort to create a new state by separating from the current California.

California's far northern rural and agrarian counties have long been accusing the state Capitol of ignoring them. The accusation led to the idea of carving a new state out of California. If successful, it would create a 51st state of the U. S., named Jefferson.

While voters in Del Norte and Tehama, which together have a population of around 91,000 people, will vote on 3rd of June; elected officials in Yuba, Glenn, Modoc and Siskiyou counties have already voted to join the effort.

Aaron Funk of Crescent City claimed that they would be a prosperous state in case they were allowed to use their natural resources themselves.

Speaking on the topic, Funk said, "We have the water, forests, timber, we have the minerals. We have unspoiled agricultural land. We would be the wealthy state if we were allowed to go back and use our natural resources ourselves."

He pointed out that while their 11 counties have just one state senator, while the greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay areas have 20 and 10 state senators respectively.

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