SoJ Town Hall, April 16th -- Stand Up For Northern California

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 29, 2016 / comments

Twenty one rural Northern California Counties have filed declarations with the State Legislature and Secretary of State, seeking equal representation. In the last few months, there has been greater media attention about the State of Jefferson movement, but many questions and some confusion remains about the support for this movement.

On Saturday, April 16th, the El Dorado County State of Jefferson Committee invites all residents to attend a special Town Hall meeting, from 3 to 5 pm, at the Oak Ridge High School Gymnasium, located at 1120 Harvard Way, in El Dorado Hills. Admission is free and doors open at 2:30 pm.

Guest speakers include, Mark Baird, keynote speaker for the 51st State; John D"Agostini, Sheriff El Dorado County; State Senate candidate Steve Baird; California Businessman, Terry Rapoza and former Oak Ridge High School football coach, Mike Thomas. Other state and county elected and candidates are invited to attend.

Residents and their families will find the speakers very informative when it comes to the U.S. Constitution. as well as the California Governor's and Legislatures proposals for new taxes, regulations and new laws in the coming year. In fact, approximately 100 initiatives are proposed for the 2016 election. Last year, the legislature passed more than 800 new laws.

The Jefferson effort is about equal representation. Citizens in rural Northern California  have 1 state senator representing 11 counties, while Los Angeles County has 11 senators for 1 county. Often these Southern California and bay area lawmakers create new laws that impact rural citizens, but not the lawmakers own constituents. Jefferson supporters believe that rural citizens should have a voice when it comes to the Bullet Train, Delta Tunnels, Water Storage Facilities and proposals to repeal Proposition 13 (property tax relief).

The Town Hall offers the opportunity for residents to address their questions, concerns and correct the misnomers about Jefferson. First and foremost; supporters are NOT looking to secede from the State or Union, but to separate from the State of California if the State Legislature refuses to return the representation that existed in the State, prior to 1964.

Second; if separation were to occur the citizens of the 51st State will decide the name of the State. Many seem to prefer North California. Citizens will also decide the design for the state flag and seal. Proposals for governing the 51st State include a part time legislature, represented by one senator per county. Supporters believe that local control by each county offers citizens a bigger voice to address the concerns and needs for their families, schools and communities.

El Dorado County is one of the twenty one counties that filed declarations at the State Capitol on January 6th. Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to find out more about El Dorado's and neighboring Counties involvement and support for equal representation. For more information visit Jefferson51.net. Remember the date is Saturday, April 16th.

For more information, please contact.
Terry Gherardi
530-677-4294