To fix California's problems, an investor suggests breaking it up

Draper says that his idea to split up California germinated over the course of a decade or two. As a child, he attended a public school in Menlo Park. Later, he sent two of his four kids there, but he says it soon became apparent to him that the state’s education system had deteriorated since he was in it. “The school had walls that were barren, and the teachers were the same teachers I had—there was no new refreshing schooling there,” he told me. He pulled his kids out and sent them to a private school. He served a short stint on the California State Board of Education in the late nineties... read more

Welcome to Silicon Valley, America's newest state

It’s been a long time since an existing state was partitioned into smaller states. It last happened in 1863, when 50 northwestern counties of Virginia were renamed West Virginia and admitted as the 35th state. More than 40 years earlier, Maine, which had been part of Massachusetts since the 1650s, voted overwhelmingly for a divorce, and eventually entered the union as a new state in 1820. In both cases, separation was driven, then embraced, by communities and people who had grown alienated from a state government dominated by interests they didn’t share. West Virginia’s mountain people had ... read more

Breaking up state is not so radical

If we have a choice of six states with a short ... 40-minute drive ... to another state, then the states will have to think about the constituents more and they will be closer to us,” Draper added. “If they just run average, they will be way more efficient, they will cost us a lot less and they will provide much, much better service than what we are getting today.” California is so big that it is the equivalent of going from New York to South Carolina, he said. All six states would still be part of the United States – and going from one to another wouldn’t be any different than going fro... read more

California split into six separate states

For those thinking the counties encompassing the bankrupt cities of Stockton and Bakersfield would spiral economically out of control, our data proves the exact opposite. Based on Internal Revenue Source data contained within How Money Walks, the counties that would make up the proposed state of Central California actually experienced a net gain in adjusted gross income (AGI) and population: $1.36 billion and 49,021 taxpayers. In fact, only two of the six proposed new states experienced net losses of AGI and population: West California (-$34.54 billion and -909,029 taxpayers) and Silicon Va... read more

Splitting up California: Long division

No one would reconstitute California in its current form if starting from scratch. But unravelling the creation would be immeasurably more painful than dealing with its flaws. Handling water rights is difficult enough within the state, as the current drought has made clear; allocating the stuff across new boundaries would be nightmarish. It is far from clear how the state’s liabilities, particularly pensions, would be redistributed. Mr Draper says internal polls show that his proposal is most popular among California’s poorer regions, but they would quickly lose their appetite for secession... read more

Q&A: The man who wants to split California into six states

So you see the current state government as a monopoly? Yeah. … The strongest argument for Six Californias is that we are not well-represented. The people down south are very concerned with things like immigration law and the people way up north are frustrated by taxation without representation. And the people in coastal California are frustrated because of water rights. And the people in Silicon Valley are frustrated because the government doesn’t keep up with technology. And in Los Angeles, their issues revolve around copyright law. Each region has its own interest, and I think California... read more

The 'state' of Silicon Valley

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