By JULIET WILLIAMS
(SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — Residents of California’s largely rural, agrarian and politically conservative far northern counties long ago got used to feeling ignored in the state Capitol and out of sync with major urban areas.
The idea of forming their own state has been a topic among local secession dreamers for more than a century. Residents in two counties will have a chance to voice that sentiment next week.
Voters in Del Norte and Tehama will decide June 3 on an advisory measure that seeks to join a wider effort to form a 51st state named Jefferson.
Elected officials in Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou and Yuba counties already voted to join the movement. And supervisors in Butte County will vote June 10.
The efforts are merely advisory, encouraging local officials to further study the idea.