The Jefferson Messenger 

Edition 16. August 25, 2018 . Volume 2

SOJ Special Anniversary Issue

Celebrating 5 Years

Thanks to the effort and coordination by Mark Baird, September 3, 2013, marks the date that the State of Jefferson movement officially got underway. That was the date the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted 4 to 1 to separate from the State of California to form a proposed State named Jefferson. The proposal was joined by Modoc County BOS, on September 24. Glenn County followed in January of 2014.

It was Tehama County on July15, 2014, whose BOS voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting the declaration of withdrawal from California based on an advisory vote taken on a June ballot where the public voted 56% to 44% in favor of splitting the state. On July 22, 2014, the BOS of Sutter County unanimously adopted a resolution supporting a declaration and petition to the Legislature to withdraw from California to address a lack of representation.

On October 24, 2014, Modoc and Siskiyou delivered their declarations/petitions to the California Secretary of State. This was followed by eight counties on April 1, 2015.

January 6, 2016, was Declaration Day at the West Steps of the State Capitol when other counties filed their declarations/petitions, bringing the total to 21 Jefferson Counties seeking representation and/or to separate from the State. This year, Mariposa and Siskiyou Counties will be filing their declarations and giving us a new map with 23 Jefferson Counties.

Time to Hit the Reset Button

Think back to those years, 2014-15, when each of us were out gathering signatures on support statements to gain the numbers needed to file declarations/petitions, seeking equal/fair representation and/or to separate from the State. Remember Declaration Day, when bus loads and car loads of Jeffersonian's from 21 counties showed up at the capitol with our flags and signs celebrating this momentous day just a little over 2 years after it all began. This is also the day that we filed into our elected representatives offices dropping off information and talking to their staff. Unfortunately, all this fell on deaf ears.

A year later, a new effort got underway when on May 8, 2017, Citizens for Fair Representation (CFR) filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla for lack of representation and dilution of vote not just for Jeffersonians but for all citizens of California's 58 counties.  When CFR is successful, this will be history in the making that could also affect representation in about 30 other states.

It is time to hit the reset button to expand and strengthen our base, to support Jefferson and join the battle for equal/fair representation in the State Legislature.

Yes, the support for Jefferson and recognition about the imbalance of representation has grown, but there is still much more work to be done. We are asking that all in the 23 counties hit the reset button and put forth a huge coordinated effort to hand out brochures, enter into dialogue and secure signatures on support statements. The forms should include a space for individual's name, phone number, email address and signature. Remember any age can sign the forms and you do not have to be a registered voter. This is also a great way to add contacts to your county email data base and also add subscribers to the Jefferson Messenger.

Jefferson and Citizens for Fair Representation is about the future of our children and grandchildren. We want to give all a voice in their future that includes their education, livelihood, health and safety and governing of the new state not to mention even naming their state.

It is and always has been about representation. Too many in your local communities are not aware of this and how far we have come. They don't know that Citizens for Fair Representation has a case in the United States Federal District Court in Sacramento. Unfortunately, the federal judge and Ninth Circuit have failed to appoint a three-judge panel to hear CFR's case.

It seemed only fitting that on the day we celebrate our nations independence, July 4, 2018, CFR's attorneys filed a Writ of Mandamus with the United States Supreme Court asking the court to compel the District Court and Ninth Circuit to impanel a three-judge court. Just three weeks later on August 27, SCOTUS issued a docket number.

Expanding Outreach and Fundraising

Last month, we passed the half way mark in our goal of $1 Million for the State of Jefferson Formation Legal Fund. Every dollar counts and is so appreciated. Some counties have had fundraising dinners, dessert auctions, yard sales and ice cream socials. The size of the event does not matter. It is a great way to get the word out about Jefferson that can include activities and fun for the whole family while also raising funds for the court case.

Get to know your local business people and ask them to donate gift certificates or goods and services for opportunity drawings. Gun and ammo store owners will usually work with you for more high dollar drawings. Reach out to other county committees and seek their advice. Start coordinating with your neighboring counties for town halls special meetings and events.

This election year gives us the platform to market Jefferson. Set up a table at a Wal Mart or other local markets for signature gathering and even registering voters. Tell people Jefferson through CFR is fighting for you to have a voice. If they want change in California and to have a say, then use your voice where it can count and vote on November 6. Talk about the gas tax, fire tax, water rationing and sanctuary state. You will find that most people are as angry about what is happening in California as you are and they welcome venting to like minded people. The fix is representation that can also take us down the path to a new state.

We urge all county committees to look at someone in your group that will take the lead and coordinate volunteers, to find locations and gather signatures. Perhaps another to coordinate sign and flag rallies on local roadways, business districts or freeway overpasses. Visit other local club or group meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings and youth groups. Perhaps they might allow you to do a presentation and set up a booth while also supporting their efforts.

We are grateful to have the team of people throughout the counties of Jefferson who have contributed so much of their time, dollars and been the brains behind so many great fundraising and marketing efforts. We have had individuals who have offered to match donations in the thousands of dollars. We have indeed come far since 2013 and I wonder how many of you recognize what has been the biggest bonus for all of us over these last five years. Jefferson has brought us friendships that have not only formed in our own counties, but have stretched across county borders.

We know that for many it seems like things are not moving fast enough, but if you really think about the magnitude of what we are trying to accomplish, we have made major progress. Remember this is all grassroots, mainly at the local level, using the process allowed under the U.S. Constitution and that of the Judicial System. We have won over County Boards of Supervisors and City Councils. Many of our state and Congressional representatives now agree, “we must resolve the imbalance of representation in the State of California.”

You are all patriots but our battle for liberty has yet to be fully won. Therefore we ask once more that you give a little more of your time, share your ideas and reach out to others to help grow and strengthen our base. Jefferson is growing and twenty-three counties strong.

Terry Gherardi

Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste:

Jeanette Finicum, Guest of Shasta SOJ

Jeanette Finicum, widow of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, will be the guest at the SOJ Patriot’s meeting on Monday, September 10, located at 2570 S Bonnyview Road in Redding. The meeting begins at 5:30 PM.

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was shot by officers of the Oregon State Police and/or FBI as he was trying to drive “across the county border” to seek the protection of the Grant County Sheriff. The Finicum family claims Robert was shot “assassination style” by officers.

Finicum was a spokesperson for Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, who it's claimed “seized an armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the State of Oregon. The Hammond's, who were recently pardoned by President Trump, were arrested in connection with the incident at Malheur.

This year, the Finicum family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FBI, BLM, Oregon State Police and others. The case is still pending.

Terry Gherardi

Mariposa County Funding Match

Members of the Mariposa County Committee are offering to Match $2,100 for the State of Jefferson Formation Legal Fund. You can donate any dollar amount which they will match up to $2,100. Therefore, your $5 will become $10 or your $20 will equal $40 donated to the legal fund.

Please send your checks to State of Jefferson Formation, P.O. Box 751, Palo Cedro, CA 96073. Checks must be made out to State of Jefferson Formation and check memo must read MATCH. These donations are not tax deductible. We thank the Mariposa County Committee for this generous contribution.

Terry Gherardi

Tune In - KCNR & KAHI Radio

SOJ's Mark Baird will be the guest on Jefferson State of Mine on KCNR 1460 radio this Sunday from 9 to 10 AM. Mark joins co-hosts Terry Rapoza and Win Carpenter, who will be talking about the latest updates about CFR's court case along with other Jefferson news and events.

From 10 to 11 AM also on Sunday, tune in to the State of Jefferson Hour on KAHI 950 AM or 104.5 FM radio. This weeks special guests are Assemblyman Travis Allen and Steve Franks, writer/publisher of California Political News & Views, an online and email newsletter, who has the pulse on the political scene in California.

Both shows are live talk shows and callers are welcome. If you are not in the stations listening range, you can listen to the shows on your computer. Both shows are archived on Podcast.

Terry Gherardi

Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.

Curry County, OR

2nd Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave.
Gold Beach, OR 97444

El Dorado County

2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville

Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions, buy merchandise, and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Josephine County, OR

1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
Grants Pass, OR
3rd Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building

Klamath County, OR

1st  Wed. each month - 6:00 PM
Community Hall aka Shasta Grange 5831 Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County

4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St

Nevada County

2nd and 4th Mondays - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City

Placer County

3rd Tuesday each month - 6PM
Round Table Pizza
2345 Sunset Blvd

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road
Sutter and Yuba Counties
4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
Tehama County
1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
2nd Thursday each month 6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane

Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:00 PM
Sonora Re/Max Building, 207 S Washington Street
Conference Call
August 26, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
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A Huge Thank You to
Our Newsletter Staff
Ginny Rapini
Terry Gherardi
Penny Garland
Sally Rapoza

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The State of Jefferson Formation is a grassroots effort to restore representation to the rural counties of Northern California. This movement is NOT affiliated with any political party. Over the last two years, presentations explaining the reasons for Jefferson have been given to all political parties, as well as men and women's service organization, chambers of commerce, county taxpayers associations, county and city government meetings, high school government classes, and town hall meetings for the general public, throughout Northern California.   The State of Jefferson welcomes everyone.
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