Petition to split California into 6 states gets green light

February 20, 2014 4:10:29 AM PST
A venture capitalist who feels colossal California is too unwieldy to govern is proposing to split it into six separate states, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given him the green light to start collecting petition signatures.

Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in December stating that because of recent social and economic changes California has become "nearly ungovernable."

He proposed dividing California into six states. San Diego and Orange County would make up "South California." "West California" would include Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, while Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton would make up the larger "Central California." San Francisco and San Jose would be in the new "Silicon Valley." "North California" would include the Sacramento area, and "Jefferson" would be home to the Redding and Eureka areas.

"California as it is is ungovernable," Draper told ABC News today. "It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California. With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments, and states can get a refresh".

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