Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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California could split into six different states

Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley has a dream–that California be split into six different states with the goal of creating a “more local and more responsive government.” Draper’s proposal to split the state into six Californias may wind up on the 2016 ballot for voters to decide.

According to the initiative’s website, “six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today.” In order to get his amendment on the ballot, Draper needed at least 807,615 valid signatures–in a press conference on Tuesday he boasted 1.3 million signatures. 


If everything goes according to the billionaire’s plan, The Golden State will be divided into six independent ones based on county groupings: Jefferson, North California, Central California,Silicon Valley, West California, and South California. “I know, look – this is a hard thing for everybody to sort of stomach. They’re saying, ‘Oh, gosh, why change this state?’ ”Draper said at the press conference. “It takes time for people to sort of understand why it is that we need six states.”

Draper believes that these new borders would “create a better future for all 38 million of us.” He thinks this will benefit public school rankings, quell unemployment rates, and help people living in poverty.

“I encourage every Californian out there to go take a look, figure out how would your state look? What would your state be? And would your state be better than the one we’ve got? And I believe that’s true,” Draper said. “I believe it will be better than the one we’ve got.”

In a poll taken earlier this year, 59 percent of Californians opposed the idea, so Draper faces an uphill battle just to get the measure voted through in his home state. If it passes, it still needs approval from Congress and state Legislature in order to become a Constitutional amendment.

“It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign told Rueters. “The idea … is to create six states with responsive local governments–states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.”

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Ashleigh Schmitz
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