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Supporters push for Shasta County to secede from California

Published On: Sep 18 2013 07:19:58 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2013 08:16:03 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

A surprising discussion has sparked up in Shasta County over the creation of the 'State of Jefferson."

The creation of the ‘State of Jefferson’ has been a topic for decades, but it took an interesting turn on Tuesday night when the City of Redding entered the ring. It is a positive step for organizers who are looking for support.

"The problems that we face up here are not the same in Sacramento, the Bay Area, or [Los Angeles],” said State of Jefferson Board of Declaration member Jason Tucker. “We want representation that is specific to us and our issues."

Tucker took those issues to the people. On Wednesday, outside of Sportsman's Warehouse in Redding, he was gathering petition signatures in order to create an entity separate from California. He will then present them to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors.

He said the frustration felt by the people comes directly out of the state capital.

“We feel that we're misrepresented. We feel that the laws that are coming out of Sacramento don't show who we are as a community and who we are as a people,” said Tucker.

After a similar movement sparked up in neighboring Siskiyou County, Tucker is working to get Shasta County in the mix. So far, the biggest vote of confidence came from Tuesday's Redding City Council meeting.

During agenda item 11, a suggestion by Vice Mayor Patrick Jones put the topic up for future discussion.

"That had an interest to me,” said Jones during Tuesday’s meeting. “We all know here all the difficulties with the state mandates."

The ‘State of Jefferson’ is now an item on the city's radar. That is something Jason Tucker hopes will be a big enough start to move things forward. 

"If the people want this it will happen,” said Tucker. “It's not a question of well, ‘Sacramento just has to say no.’ That's not how it works. We're a republic, and I'm a citizen of the United States, and my voice matters.”

Council members Missy McArthur and Gary Cadd expressed their interest in discussing the matter further. That was all Mayor Rick Bosetti needed for the majority vote, despite Councilwoman Francie Sullivan saying she wanted to leave the decisions up to Shasta County.