Jul 15, 2014 10:51 AM by News Staff
Venture capitalist Tim Draper and his supporters say they have collected more than 800,000 valid signatures for a ballot proposal to divide California into six states.
Draper said the state of California has become ungovernable and can no longer meet the needs of its citizens. He has invested $5 million into his efforts to get California split into six states. Draper said he has support from the Oregon border to San Diego, but the plan has been given almost no chance of success by some experts and ridiculed by Democrats and Republicans alike. The latest Field Poll showed 59% of those polled opposed the idea.
The signatures need to be delivered to the Secretary of State to be put on the November 2016 ballot. Draper has not yet revealed how many signatures he has collected for his measure.
California would be split as follows:
Northern, rural California would become the State of Jefferson and become the smallest of the six states with just under 950,000 residents, according to the 2012 Census Bureau estimate. The State of Jefferson would include Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity counties.
The area from Wine Country and Sacramento to Lake Tahoe would become North California.
Much of the San Francisco Bay Area would become The State of Silicon Valley, it would run from San Francisco to Santa Clara County.
Much of the state's Central Valley would become Central California.
The Los Angeles County basin would be called West California. This would become the populated state of the six, with over 11.5 million residents.
The area from San Diego to the desert in the east would become South California.