Proposal to divide California into 6 states moves step closer to voter consideration

  • Article by: MICHAEL R. BLOOD , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 7:41 PM

LOS ANGELES — California has reached the breaking point, says Tim Draper. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist is pushing a proposal to crack the nation's most populous state into smaller pieces — six of them.

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dflleftFeb. 20, 14 7:48 PM

Califoria used to have AAA credit and the most vibrant economy in the world, until it became ground zero for liberalism....sad to see the decline and MN may be headed in the same direction.

mirandazzFeb. 20, 14 7:54 PM

How about the State of CA snow some constraint rather than. Leading the looney left to destruction? CA should not be given any more Senate seats...they already have two loons Boxer and Feinstein. With reps like the know wonder CA is imploding unders it's own wasteful spending.

stpaulisbestFeb. 20, 14 8:32 PM

That and if we can just get Texas to secede again, we'd be jake.

bgronniFeb. 20, 14 8:35 PM

We know what ills them, but liberals do not learn from history.

whsuksFeb. 20, 14 9:12 PM

The reason there is a proposal to divide the State is BECAUSE there are so many divergent political and economic regions. Right, left, independent......blah! San Diego is as far right as San Francisco is left. Please stop with the bashing and work together.

jeffblodgFeb. 20, 14 9:15 PM

Ray Charles' "Fifty Nifty United States" will sadly become obsolete.

geomplsFeb. 20, 14 9:18 PM

California started its decline in 1978 when Proposition 13 modified the California Constitution. Under Proposition 13 property are only converted to market value upon a change in ownership or completion of new construction. Proposition 13 also limits the annual increase in value to 2% per year except on a change in ownership or undergoing new construction. So if you bought a home in California for $100,000 in 1979, the taxable value today would be about $200,000. But if you bought it yesterday, you paid $600,000 or $700,000 or more for it and your real estate taxes would be 3 to 3 1/2 or more times as much. This effectively put the majority of the taxes on the young or those moving into new property. The state lost its ability to finance its highways, schools, universities etc. and it began a long decline which continues to today. That was not a liberal initiative. It was a conservative movement (not unlike today's tea party movement) that basically cut California off at the knees. Now its highways, schools and universities have gone from leading the nation to a state where, by many measures the state has fallen to the bottom. Credit conservative looney tunes, not liberalism, for its decline.

texas_technomanFeb. 20, 14 9:36 PM

Which one will be the one with no water, the Desert State?

ddellwoFeb. 20, 1410:05 PM

I live in Texas and work often in California. From what I have seen, California is so hopelessly broken that it is only a matter of time before bankruptcy is the only solution. And the thing that amazes me is that the local populace, by and large, can't wait to initiate more of the government regulations and initiatives that have buried them in their current hole to begin with! The premise offered by a previous poster that property taxation in the root cause of their decline is laughable at best -- believe me when I tell you they have found every other possible source of tax revenue to make up for Prop 13 in spades, and have frittered away almost every single penny of it!!!

freedomallFeb. 20, 1410:36 PM

First it was two, then it was three, now it is six. Tim Draper really wants wealthy minority power in Congress. If this goes through as planned (which most likely will not), California will have 12 U.S. Senators with 4 Senators representing a low populated (but wealthy) rich population. Don't be fooled, this is all for monetary special interests of the Top 1%.


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