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'Six Californias' Plan Gains Momentum

 
Posted July 15th, 2014 @ 12:27pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

The backer of the plan to split California into six separate states says his measure will make the 2016 ballot.

"Today we turn in 1.3 million signatures, signatures that say that we're ready to make a change," Venture Capitalist Tim Draper said. 

Draper was in Sacramento today, dropping off boxes at election headquarters.

He says California's 38 million people would be much better served by smaller governments with their own schools and their own business climate.

Draper admits the idea will take some time to get used to. A field poll in Feburary showed 59 percent opposition.

Some Democrats are deriding it.

"If you have money, you can get anything on the ballot, and I think this is Exhibit A of that," Strategist Steve Maviglio said. 

Maviglio calls the idea "ridiculous." If it does pass, the proposal would still need congressional approval to take effect.

Draper says he'll spend the next two years educating about the states.

Our region would be "North California." Northern counties would become "Jefferson." The Bay area and Silicon Valley would be its own state.

The six carved out states would look like this:

Jefferson: The northern part of the state, including Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

North California: The wine country counties of Sonoma and Napa, as well as the Sierra Nevada region.

Silicon Valley: Including San Francisco, San Jose and most of what's considered the San Francisco Bay Area.

Central California: The vast central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.

West California: Including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

South California: Including what's called the Inland Empire of San Bernadino and Riverside, plus San Diego.

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