Measure C takes on US and state constitutions

Paul Boerger
If Measure C passes June 3, Siskiyou County will gain another title: the Republic of Jefferson Territory. Proponents of the movement believe this will enable residents to have better control of the county.

Measure C on the Siskiyou County June 3 election ballot proposes by ordinance to legally separate the county from the State of California and the United States and create a “Republic Jefferson Territory within the boundaries of all of Siskiyou County.”

Whether such an entity is legal is a matter for debate. In addition there is the question as to how a republic/territory would function.

Although District 2 Supervisor Ed Valenzuela voted to place Measure C on the ballot, he does not believe the measure has any legal weight.

“The only thing it will do is take up county counsel time we can’t afford,” Valenzuela said. “At worst, it adds a level of bureaucracy we don’t need.”

Valenzuela said he voted to place the measure on the ballot because it “was the will of the people.”

“We had three options. One was to enact the measure. We also could have sent it to staff for further research, but we didn’t want to waste the time or resources. Or we could send it to a vote of the people,” Valenzuela said. “It was the will of people and it seemed like the best option.”

Valenzuela said he will not be voting for Measure C.

Measure C proponent Anthony Intiso spoke during an interview about his claim for the legal basis of the measure, how the new government would be created, the reasons for the measure and financing for the new republic/territory.