Lassen voters soundly reject State of Jefferson ballot measure

Editor’s note: I received this email from “Keep it California”!

“An attempt to split Lassen County from the rest of California was defeated by 58 percent vs. 42 percent, on Tuesday. Lassen, the only remaining county to include the question of separation from the state on their ballot, clearly rejected the idea.

“In Lake, Plumas, Amador and Nevada similar measures had already been removed from the ballot, or failed to qualify, recognizing that the measure would result in increased regional safety risks and negatively impact local economies.

“’It was an awesome night! All across the board the politics of fear were rejected by the politics of hope and the ‘Jeffersonians’ were soundly trounced. The best their candidates in Lassen could do was about 30% and the Measure G results blow a big hole in their aspirations. They have no coastline on the west and have lost half of their border with Nevada,” said Jim Chapman, Chair of Lassen County Board of Supervisors.’

“Cindy Ellsmore, Keep It California Chair, said: ‘We applaud the tremendous local grassroots effort to counter Measure G, as well as Lassen County voters for recognizing Measure G was misguided. The plan would leave the county financially devastated and severely at-risk, and Lassen families more vulnerable.'”

“Ellsmore also noted that, ‘there are certainly challenges, but increasing our region’s influence in Sacramento can only be accomplished through collaborative advocacy, focused education, and bridge-building. We look forward to working with Lassen County leaders and communities to make our voice louder in Sacramento, and improve life for all Northern California families.’”

Author: jeffpelline

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.

3 thoughts on “Lassen voters soundly reject State of Jefferson ballot measure”

  1. FYI, Jim Chapman was Susanville’s Mayor at the age of 21.
    He came to speak at my father’s funeral and in the early 1970’s took dad’s NAS classes at Lassen College.
    He even learned to speak a little Mountain Maidu dialect.
    He has dedicated his life to improving the quality of living in the Honey Lake Valley.
    Congratulations to the county for remaining true to the great golden state of California and keeping her intact.
    Only angry unhappy children throw their toys down and break them when they don’t work right.
    Patient, thoughtful children sit down and figure things out.
    That’s my metaphor, and I’m sticking to it.
    Good going “Lassenland”.

  2. “Only angry unhappy children throw their toys down and break them when they don’t work right.”
    That pretty well describes the right wing “conservatarian” contingent. Since they lost measure W and the district 1 supervisor seat, the bloggers have been doubling down on the SOJ, lamenting that it will be the only way they get any representation… blah blah blah. Perhaps if their viewpoints were not so far out on the fringe someone might listen.

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