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Initiative to form six Californias gets go-ahead to collect signatures

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Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to split California into six individual states cleared its latest hurdle on the way to being put to a vote.

According to USA Today on Friday, the SixCalifornias initiative received approval this week to begin collecting signatures. In order to get the initiative on the ballot this November, Draper needs to collect the signatures of 807,615 registered voters by July 18. Even if that happens and it is approved by voters this fall, making it a reality would be a massive undertaking, as Congress would still need to give it the thumbs-up.

Draper, a technology investor and founding partner of venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, launched the initiative in December 2013 in order to pare down the nation's third-largest state and get people closer to their state government (or governments, rather).

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

The plan to divvy up California would result in the formation of Jefferson, North California, Central California, Silicon Valley, West California, and South California. The present capital of Sacramento would be located in North California, while Los Angeles would wind up in West California.

Draper told TechCrunch back when he announced his plan that its key tenets include better representation in the U.S. Senate and more competition in lieu of monopolistic power, plus the ability for each state to make decisions more relevant to its respective populations, such as regulatory and constitutional resolutions.

A SixCalifornias press conference is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. PT.



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