Third county votes to withdraw from Calif.

By Triplicate Staff January 27, 2014 03:57 pm

Glenn County Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in Willows to take steps to break away from California and join the proposed state of Jefferson, the Oroville Mercury Register reported.

Vice chairman of the board Steve Soeth said the new state would need 10-15 counties. So far, Glenn is joined by Siskiyou and Modoc counties, which also voted to make the move.

“We want to be a part of the Jefferson movement,” Soeth said, according to the Mercury Register.

To create a new state separate from California, approval would be needed from the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Soeth said two town hall meetings were held in Glenn County. The sentiment was overwhelmingly in favor of joining a new state, Soeth said, the Mercury Register reported.

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds Floral Building.

One of the organizers, Aaron Funk, said the event will be attended by State of Jefferson Declaration Committee leaders Mark Baird and Terry Rapoza.

At its Jan. 14 meeting, the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors deferred a vote on whether the county should join the movement, saying the possible effects should be studied first.