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Matt Rosenberg

Dividing California?

By February 26, 2014

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Tim Draper, a wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist has begun collecting signatures on a proposal to divide the state of California into six separate states. He needs to collect over 800,000 signatures by mid-July to make the November 2014 state ballot. The six states would be named Jefferson, North California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California, and South California and can be seen in this Google Map overlay, with demographic data about each potential state. Nonetheless, even if such a proposal passed voters in November, it would still require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the measure would have to be approved by the President of the United States. Obviously, the state of Silicon Valley would have the nation's highest per capita income and the state of Central California would have the nation's lowest per capita income, behind Mississippi. A simple outline map with great demographic data can be found on the Legislative Analyst's Office website.


March 3, 2014 at 8:03 am
(1) gabriel says:

What help is the 800000 signature are for?

March 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm
(2) Sawbuck Steve says:

Can’t we just let N.California go?

March 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm
(3) Miguel Araujo says:

Dividing California Why? the state is big but is good now

March 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm
(4) Sue says:

There would be disparity in incomes; I guess the people in Silicon Valley are tired of paying taxes for the other regions. Even if one gets 800,000 signatures and it goes on the ballot, the tough hurdle to pass is Congress and President approval. This is just like an amendment to the US Constitution which is tough to pass and rarely succeeds.
In my opinion, it’s very costly to put through and do. That alone should make people turn it down.

March 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm
(5) billy says:

With the way California is and how they act they could just as well break off into the ocean and become there own country. Think about it, how great would that be?

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