The plan to split California into six states has received the green light by Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and the collection of petition signatures is beginning. “The secretary of state has cleared the petitions for circulation, so keep an eye open for techies with clipboards outside your local grocery store,” reported the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 21, 2014.
In December, megabucks Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper filed the ballot initiative because he, like many others, think that California has become “nearly ungovernable” because of recent social and economic changes.
The six states that California would consist of include the following:
- San Diego and Orange County would make up “South California.”
- Los Angeles and Santa Barbara would make up “West California.”
- Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton would make up the larger “Central California.”
- San Francisco and San Jose would make up “Silicon Valley.”
- The Sacramento area would make up “North California.”
- The Redding and Eureka areas would make up “Jefferson.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said that if the initiative succeeds and the federal government approves a divided California, “all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end, with its assets and liabilities divided among the new states.” California ranks as the eighth-largest economy in the world if seen as its own country. For now, all the money goes into one pot and is being spent by one ruling government. Being separated, taxes and public spending would be governed by the smaller new states.
For the California six states plan initiative to become reality, Tim Draper needs the signatures of 807,615 registered voters by July 18, 2014, which gives him about 150 days. “We are going to put together a grass roots effort to get signatures,” says Draper. “It looks very promising since there are already several movements to create new states here.”