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20 November
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Welcome to the State of Jefferson

On October 8th 2013 Mark Baird arrived from Siskiyou County with a message and a mission to bring about the State of Jefferson.

Click on this link to view the presentation:

State of Jefferson Presentation to Del Norte Tea Party

The idea of the 51st State has been around a long time and had it’s best chance in 1941, but got derailed when the war started.  Today we are looking at the strong desire for representative government.  The counties that make up more than 1/3rd of the State of California’s geography account for less that 10% of the population feel powerless and unrepresented in Sacramento.

For those of us who live in the very rural portions of California we are being subjected to the laws passed in Sacramento that neither represent the values of our communities or of the people that live in them.  We are forced to see our way of life dismantled by those who do not care because our vote matters little and holds little power politically.  The Republican Party is powerless in Sacramento and with recent initiatives passed by voters it has only gotten worse.  The ability to pass a budget with a simple majority has solidified the one party rule in California and neutered the Republican Party.  Even the rural caucus that once had influence under the dome has become irrelevant to the discussion as the liberal urban centers push their legislative agenda and budgets through the capital.

The issues that once fueled a nation to raise up against its King are once again the issues we face in Northern California.  Our money is taken, we are subjected to your laws, but we have no voice or influence in your government.  We have been left with only one political solution to this situation and that is to form a new state the State of Jefferson.  Where the size and population of this new state will allow for a more representative form of government and it will be formed and established to ensure such a government.

24 July
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Liberty a Message For Today

Senator Elbert Guillory a Democrat from Louisiana recently converted over to the Republican Party.  His speech below outlines the conservative thought that went into his decision and how that decision is the right one for all Black Americans.  How the party of Lincoln, Fredrick Douglas, Civil Rights and the abolitionist movement is the Republican Party, it is the true party of the people.

Senator Elbert Guillory

04 April
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Constututional Scholar to Teach May 18

KrisAnne Hall 10 minutes for Liberty

Del Norte Tea Party Patriots will be hosting a class on the Constitution on May 18th starting at 0900 am at the Lighthouse Inn in Crescent City.  The teacher KrisAnne Hall is a Constitutional Attorney and Scholar from Floradia.  She is by far the best teacher on the Constitution that we have had visit our area.  If you have gone to a Constitution class in the past you need to get to this one.  If you think you know the Constitution then like me you will learn what you did not know you didn’t know.

The class is free, but KrisAnne will have books and DVD’s on hand to sell.  She has several books on the Constitution as well as storybooks for kids on American history.

We are so lucky to have KrisAnne Hall visiting our area.  She has presented to groups throughout the country and to the Constitutional Sheriff’s Conference.

21 March
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Del Norte Tea Party Youtube Channel

If you are bored and want to see where we post all our videos and those we see as relevant to the issues that we face then go to our Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/DelNorteTeaParty

We have added videos from Tim Barton’s visit as well as the last update from Dr. Duncan to the community.  On  Sutter Coast Hospital’s attempt to take away local control and reduce services to our community.  Keep informed on what is happening by watching on our new channel and reading it here.

01 November
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Conservatism is Calling!

Conservatism is Calling  This is a great link to a video that was done by one person just expressing their view.  This media is so wonderful that one person with a powerful message and impact so many.

03 October
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Tea Party Hosts Sheriff’s Forum

Del Norte County Saving Rural America Forum

The Del Norte County Tea Party Patriots hosted a group of Sheriff’s from the Northern California to discuss the issues threating rural America.  Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson hosted the event that almost 200 people attended from many counties.

The issues of public land access, water rights, mining rights and marijuana grows and the threats to public lands were addressed.  This was the fifth of many public meetings hosted by local sheriff’s.

03 October
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Harbor District Candidate Debates Oct. 23rd

The Del Norte County Tea Party Patriots will be hosting the Harbor District Candidate forum at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts building on Oct. 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m.   The forum will host all the candidate that will be asking for your vote.

The harbor is one of the greatest assets the county has and provides both jobs and tourism to the community.  It is important to the economic health and well being of Del Norte County.

03 October
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Candidate Debates Oct. 9th

The Del Norte County Tea Party Patriots is hosting a candidate debate on Tuesday Oct. 9th 2012 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts Building from 6 to 8 p.m.

We will be hosting the Del Norte County Supervisor 1st District race between Leslie McNamer and Roger Gitlin.  We will also be hosting the five candidates for the three city council race.  It is so important for all of us who vote to get a chance to hear from the candidates and to ask questions.

Nothing is more important to local government than those that will represent you in those positions of government.  Make sure the ones you vote for represent your voice and values.

24 July
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Doctors Letter to the Editor

4/25/12

ARE WE LOSING CONTROL OF OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL?

Dear Local Residents:

As an isolated community, we depend on our local hospital for many urgent medical needs. Did you know our access to the hospital is now at risk?

Last November, the local Board of Directors of Sutter Coast Hospital, at the request of Sutter Health Corporation, voted to dissolve itself. The oversight of medical care and hospital finances, which are now local functions, would be turned over to a Regional Board in the Bay Area, a process known as “Regionalization.” The 8-1 vote to Regionalize was made just two months after Sutter Health “offered” to Regionalize us. Chief of Staff Kevin Caldwell, M.D., the only elected member on the Board, cast the sole dissenting vote. Regionalization would end 26 years of local control of Sutter Coast Hospital.

Local physicians then held a meeting with the hospital Board of Directors to address the following concerns:

(1) The Board of Directors, against the strenuous objections of Dr. Caldwell, made a deliberate decision to exclude physicians, Sutter employees, and the community from any educational sessions prior to their decision to Regionalize.

(2) No information on Regionalization from independent sources was considered by the Board before their vote to Regionalize.

(3) The term of Board Chairman Andy Ringgold was extended by Sutter Health, in violation of our hospital bylaws, beyond his 9 year term, in order to implement Regionalization without a change in leadership.

(4) Sutter Health has refused to guarantee us any local seats on the Regional Board.

The Board of Directors has now agreed to temporarily put the Regionalization process on hold.

However,

Sutter Health is now seriously considering converting Sutter Coast Hospital into a small “critical access” facility, which would reduce our bed count from 49 to 25. Sutter’s consideration of critical access is based on their claims of potential future financial losses. Critical access benefits the corporation financially because all hospital costs are subsidized by the federal government. Yet, Sutter Coast has been profitable for 26 consecutive years, and profits have been deposited into the “Sutter Treasury” throughout this time. In 2010, Sutter Coast reported a net profit of $5.2 million, and an additional $5.8 million was reported as “inter-company transfers” to Sutter Health.

The critical access program was originally designed for hospitals with an average of 12 or less inpatients, in order to preserve access to care in small, remote hospitals. In Del Norte county, critical access would sharply decrease access to care.

What would critical access mean to us?

Sutter Health recently implemented Regionalization and critical access at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, a community and a hospital similar to ours. The staff at Sutter Lakeside told us the following:

(1) Due to critical access bed limits, 44 inpatient beds were eliminated, reducing bed capacity from 69 to 25. Now, four to five patients daily are being transferred by air ambulance to other facilities. The cost of the transport is the responsibility of the patient.

(2) Cancer patients previously treated at Lakeside have been denied admission and transferred elsewhere.

(3) Patients scheduled for elective surgery have been re-scheduled, due to bed shortages.

(4) Critical access limits the average patient stay to four days.

(5) Fifty percent of the employees at Sutter Lakeside, or 300 people, were laid off.

(6) Sutter Health was the first corporation in the nation to downsize a hospital in order to qualify for critical access designation.

What does Regionalization mean to us?

It means Sutter Health could convert our hospital into a critical access facility without any local input.

For more information on this issue, to leave comments, or to join a local group opposing Sutter’s plans, please contact Dr. Duncan at his office on 1200 Marshall St., Crescent City, (707) 465-1126.

Sincerely,

Gregory J. Duncan, M.D.

Chief of Staff

Sutter Coast Hospital

Kevin Caldwell, M.D. Larry Eninger, M.D. Anne Marie Duncan, M.D.

Mark H. Davis, M.D. David Cink, M.D. Sylvia Nash, M.D.

Donna Sund, D.O. Helmuth Vollger, M.D.

Don Micheletti, M.D.

24 July
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Supporting Rural America, Del Norte Style

By Liz Bowen

Support Rural America Publicist

Posted July 20, 2012

www.SupportRuralAmerica.com

All photos by Liz Bowen

 

From left to right: Humboldt Co. Sheriff Mike Downey, Tehama Co. Sheriff Dave Hencratt, Del Norte Co. Sheriff Dean Wilson, Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey, Modoc Co. Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Mendocino Co. Sheriff Tom Allman participated in a panel during Del Norte Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event on July 14, 2012 in Crescent City, CA.

Northern California Sheriffs defend public safety

Crescent City, CA – Diverse economic problems and challenges face law enforcement, but in Northern California elected county sheriffs are doing something new by holding regional Town Hall-type meetings to communicate with their citizens. Powerful networking and a broadening of understanding is the result. But there is also an unexpected bonus: An increased respect for sheriffs protecting and working with citizens.

A fifth Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event, held on July 14, 2012, was hosted by Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson up in the far northern coastal corner of California. Previous regional events have been held in Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity and Tehama Counties this year.

The next event will be hosted by Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah on Aug.18, 2012. Time is 10 a.m. Admission is free.

Del Norte Co. Sheriff Dean Wilson

Sheriff Wilson knows full well the implications of economic downturns and the resulting public safety concerns facing his citizens. In March of 2011, the devastating tsunami hitting Japan also took out Crescent City’s harbor infrastructure needed for small commercial fishermen. And government agencies have not been in a hurry to aid the re-building.

Finally, on July 11, 2012, a ceremony was held to celebrate the beginning of re-establishment of desperately needed docks – more than a year after nature’s destruction. Unfortunately, in the 21stcentury, there are many government agencies with numerous hoops to jump through. Yes, red-tape is humiliatingly slow.

Sheriffs with like-minded frustrations attended this Support Rural America Event from Northern California counties including Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt.

Sheriff Wilson welcomed the audience and began with a statement: “Our issue is public safety, which has always been and shall always be the paramount consideration for government.”

Each man firmly believes his role, as an elected sheriff, is public safety. With rural economies taking hit after hit from unwarranted, but fear-gripping environmental regulations, livelihoods and businesses are on a steep slippery slope downward. As jobs and salaries are lost, each sheriff is noticing an increase in drug and alcohol abuse; also in domestic violence; and abuses of children and the elderly. Problems resulting from a poor economy are now a public safety issue. Crimes are increasing.

Audience before the event.

Not only do elected sheriffs have the job of enforcing the law, but they are responsible for keeping their constituents happy with the job they are doing. Yes, it is a balancing act.

Sheriffs are uniquely an American tradition and these men have sworn with an Oath of Office to defend and protect their citizens “from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.”

Some bureaucrats in high levels of a few state and federal agencies are regulating activities that greatly affect life and livelihoods in rural areas. Citizens facing over-regulations feel attacked from newly-designed agency permits for legal irrigation water, timber harvesting or fishing rights. Escalating fees and gigantic fines are attached to the newly-written codes and regulations.

These sheriffs proudly appreciate the many state and federal agencies, which provide back-up and partnerships for a variety of serious situations. But, new to the equation are unbending over-regulations from environmental agencies stifling business and local economies dragging down revenues needed for public services.

Sheriff Wilson believes there is “hope” in standing on the Constitution as the “law of the land.” Additionally, the Bill of Rights protects liberties and freedoms for the individual. It is under the U.S. Constitution, where local governments are provided equal rights. So these men are speaking out, standing up and claiming their equality to the chagrin of a few government employees, socialists and leftists.

Sheriff Wilson praised his Del Norte County Supervisors for utilizing a legal process called “coordination” to demand equality from state and federal agencies. Through coordination state and federal policy must be “consistent” with local policy. Something Sheriff Wilson said has been ignored for decades.

“Congress recognized local communities and economies,” explained Wilson, when developing the coordination process.

Siskiyou Co. Sheriff Jon Lopey

Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey spoke next lamenting that his county has so many things going on, “we are under siege” from over-regulations. Sheriff Lopey was willing to take the lead with several elected local fire and community districts in demanding federal agencies come to the table and do “coordination” government-to-government.

“There are policies that threaten and destroy rural America,” said Sheriff Lopey, who explained that in the 1970s there were 22 sawmills in Siskiyou County. “Now there are two partially functioning mills.”

Yet, the mountains are full of trees “10 times” the natural amount with fuel-loading extremely heavy – just waiting for decimation by catastrophic fire. Thinning the trees would provide a regional economy, bringing forests back to health allowing more water to flow into streams for fish. But environmental regulations have nearly stopped the harvest of timber.

Recently, Sheriff Lopey was slammed by the Huffington Post blogger Glen Martin, claiming Lopey was above the law, because he is demanding coordination with federal agencies on the potential removal of four well-functioning hydro-electric dams. These dams are situated 200 miles inland on the Klamath River. Eco groups and agency officials claim dam removal will aid salmon runs, which science and scientists can prove is not true, yet perpetuated by restoration grant-loving Non-Governmental-Organizations.

Modoc Co. Sheriff Mike Poindexter

Modoc County Sheriff Mike Poindexter and Tehama County Sheriff Dave Hencratt are also utilizing the “coordination” process addressing the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to reduce roads available for travel. Both sheriffs claim a significant amount of road miles are needed in the Forest Service managed lands for public safety and rescue. Recreationists continue to travel into the back country and there will be fires, natural and man-made, they explained. Both sheriffs said they must have access to and on Forest Service roads. Public lands cannot be closed to the public.

Tehama Co. Sheriff Dave Hencratt

 

Humboldt Co. Sheriff Mike Downey

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey said, “We are a Republic. We are a country of a rule of law – not of a mob. We are not a Democracy,” bringing shouts and applause from the crowd of 300.

Sheriff Downey said tremendous environmental issues surround the illegal marijuana business and has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for help — to no avail. EPA officials told him the agency only addresses those situations with permits. Illegal pot grows have no such permits.

Then, Sheriff Downey explained there is a chemical used by pot growers, which is toxic and killing the mammal fisher, spotted owls and deer. He also sees huge amounts of silting and sediment washed into streams from the plowed up fields and pads created by the growers. He has reported it to federal agencies. Nothing has been done.

“We are asking you to stand with us,” said Sheriff Downey to the audience, which verbally agreed, rising to their feet in yet another ovation.

Mendocino Co. Sheriff Tom Allman

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman was last in speaking, but not least in passion. He first mentioned this is “not a political year” for the sheriffs involved in these Support Rural America Events. So there is no campaign agenda. Next he said, “We are not going to trample the rights of the citizens we are sworn to protect. We will not turn away from enforcing the law.”

The year 2011was a watershed year for Sheriff Allman, who said pot growing in his county was out of control and he needed help. It is truly a global business, as he explained many arrests have been made on citizens from 14 other countries. Needing more law enforcement support, Sheriff Allman called up neighboring sheriffs and suggested putting together a multi-county Marijuana Eradication Task Force. They did. In just three weeks, more than 632,000 marijuana plants and 57,000 pounds of trash was found and removed by the county sheriff departments.

Sheriff Allman has invited neighboring Constitutional Sheriffs to the sixth Support Rural America Sheriffs’ Event on Aug. 18, 2012 in Ukiah. It is too early to have received confirmation from sheriffs, but if possible they do attend providing needed support. Also, conservative-type of citizens and Tea Party Patriots are so enthused over these sheriffs, some are becoming “groupies” attending as many events as possible. Friendships and networking is expanding.

Solutions to the myriad of over-regulations are evolving and have not yet been found for many issues, but through these Town Hall meetings a “we can do it” attitude is emerging.

After stating, “We will never, never ever give up,” Del Norte Sheriff Dean Wilson took a deep breath, smiled and finished with, “Just look at what we can do together.”

Youtube videos were completed by Phil at State of Jefferson Podcast.com and will also be available on the SupportRuralAmerica.com website, where more information about Constitutional Sheriffs and previous events can be found.