State of Jefferson petition — failed to qualify

“The State of Jefferson initiative has failed to qualify for the ballot. Proposed initiative and referendum measures that have not gathered the required number of signatures during the circulation period fail to qualify for the ballot,” the Nevada County Elections Office announced Monday afternoon. “The petition was submitted to our office on January 28, 2016, with 5,270 signatures affixed to the petition.

“The total submitted valid signatures was 3,733. The total required valid signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot was 3,840.”

More details are here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

13 thoughts on “State of Jefferson petition — failed to qualify”

  1. Good, I hope we can finally put the nonsense behind us, but I have doubts we have heard the last.
    I did enjoy getting SOJ signature gatherers worked up screwing with their heads.

  2. SOJ is just another carefully calculated think tank inspired (there are similar movements nationwide) diversion designed to disrupt politics at the local level much like politicizing non-partisan local elections via the tea party. It is all part of the Koch Bros. (and others) plan to divide, conquer, and re-create America in their own image, i.e.. something akin to feudalistic Europe where the wealthy reign supreme over the lives of everyone else. Unfortunately, the trust fund kids who now control vast amounts of global family wealth and power are, like their blue blooded predecessors, often narcissistic sociopaths and unfit to make decisions that effect other people’s lives. Let them eat cake is the attitude of the day.

  3. I look at the State of Jefferson movement as an education experience making people aware of things that need to be addressed. Those who live in rural areas who produce everything needed by those in highly populated areas don’t have much representation in our government. Historically, no one even notices or care about the dumb hillbilly hicks until the smart people can’t get any food, building materials, fuel or whatever they need to enjoy life.

  4. Keep It California
    Instead of dividing our community and chasing yesterday’s dreams, let’s embrace our California heritage and work together to address today’s needs. Keep it Strong, “Keep it California”. We invite all members of the community to join our efforts to “Keep It California.” For more information send an email to

  5. Well, SoCal Water just bought 175 Million worth of Delta Islands. I don’t think they are going to build an airport, or a harbor, look for the SocCal water folks to offer to cover part of the cost of the supertrain, in exchange or burying a giant canal (no evapoation) under the trackbed.

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