State of Jefferson: Up to Nevada County Voters?

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Eddy Garcia writes in an email:

But, thanks to the untiring efforts of your Steering Committee and volunteers, next Thursday January 28th at 10 AM, proudly wearing our green t-shirts we will deliver to the Nevada County Elections Office over 5,500 signatures requesting that our Board of Supervisors put the State of Jefferson proposition on the ballot so that the citizens of Nevada County can express their opinion on whether our County should become part of the effort to form a new state where we would be guaranteed a voice in the decisions that shape our lives and the future of our children.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, we will also be addressing our Board of Supervisors during public comment time at 9:05 AM to inform them about the success of our signature gathering campaign.

It is going to be an interesting election season. My guess is the County will delay the certification, forcing the ballot to November where it will be buried in multiple initiatives. If the County certified the proposition signatures in the required time it could be on the June ballot, where it would have a better chance of passing, as the voter turn out will be smaller, giving the proponents a better chance at passing. Stay Tuned.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to State of Jefferson: Up to Nevada County Voters?

  1. Stu says:

    Aside from the image of the “typical” Jefferson supporter (hat tip RL Crabb – and my brother in law!) the growing number of counties that have disallowed the issue to be voted on this time around is the economics of the counties supporting it are some of the poorest in California and Southern Oregon – how do you create a viable “51st” state with no economic base other than pot and what little farming. ranching and forestry is left? and as Washington and Oregon are discovering, once it’s “legal” the price drops along with the tax revenue.

    Full disclosure, I still posses the vanity publication of “The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston” – interesting read for a twenty something in ’75 but not a future that I care to endure.


    • Russ Steele says:

      I have been told that the Jefferson web site has a budget analysis, that shows the potential revenue streams and the tax advantages that businesses will secure when they move to Jefferson. When I looked for it, it was being updated. You can check it out. This is going to be a hard sell, but promises to be interesting. The real issue is lack of representation, urbanites determining how rural people live their lives. There maybe a better solution than a new state, however, this effort brings the issue to the attention to the public.


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