California Six-States Proposal Could End Up on November Ballot

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 01:20 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Dividing California into six states is at the center of a petition drive that was recently approved and could wind up on the Golden State's November ballot if enough signatures are obtained.

If approved, USA Today reported that the six new states would be:

South California: San Diego and Orange counties
West California: includes Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
Central California: includes Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton
Silicon Valley: includes San Francisco and San Jose
North California: Sacramento area
Jefferson: Redding and Eureka areas

The six-state California proposal is being put forth by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, founder of the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

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"California, as it is, is ungovernable," Draper said in a statement released by his office on Thursday.

"There have been many good people governing our state for many years and they work very hard for Californians, but the results are horrendous," Draper said at a live-streamed press conference in December, the Washington Times reported. "We are the state that charges the most for the worst service. We are simply too big and bloated. This is not the fault of anyone. This has just happened. The status quo is not going to work for us."

A spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown also declined to comment, Reuters reported.

Most experts agree that the measure would have little chance of ever being implemented, even if it made it to the ballot and was passed by California residents, considering it would require Congressional approval to be enacted.

"This is really just a hypothetical question. It's not going to happen," Stanford Law School professor Nate Persily told Reuters.

David Carillo, executive director of the California Constitution Center at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, agreed.

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"One could wonder whether Congress would look favorably on adding five new stars to Old Glory," Carillo told Reuters.

Though Draper hasn’t revealed how much he would spend to bankroll Six Californias, he previously shelled out $20 million for a failed 2000 initiative to create a state-funded private-school voucher system.

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