[Venture capitalist Tim Draper], the prime mover behind the “Six Californias” initiative, a proposal to partition the nation’s most populous state into six smaller ones…
With 38 million people spread over such a vast and varied territory, Draper argues, a monolithic California has grown ungovernable. The state’s population is more than six times as large as the average of the other 49 states, and too many Californians feel estranged from a state government in Sacramento that doesn’t understand them or reflect their interests. He is far from the first to say so. Plans to subdivide California have been put forward since the earliest days of statehood in 1850. Inan 1859 plebiscite, voters approved by a landslide a proposal to split off Southern California into a separate state. (The measure died in Congress, which was in turmoil over the looming Civil War.)
Can Draper’s six-state plan do better? It moved one step closer to plausibility last month, when California’s secretary of stategave backers the go-ahead to begin collecting the necessary petition signatures to put “Six Californias” on the ballot. If 808,000 signatures are submitted by July 14, the measure could go to voters in November.
Clearly, a six-way Golden State split is the longest of long shots, and critics aplenty have already started blasting Draper’s proposal. But even many of the critics agree that California has become an unwieldy, unmanageable mess.
"No other state contains within it such contradictory interests, cultures, economic and political geography,"writes Keith Naughton at PublicCEO, a website that covers state and local California issues. “It has become impossible to even remotely reconcile the array of opposing forces. The only way to get anything done is to shove laws and regulations down a lot of unwilling throats.” In the Los Angeles Times, business columnist Michael Hiltzik claims the economic fallout from the Six Californias plan would be “horrific” — he’s especially disturbed that the proposed new state of Central California “would instantly become the poorest state in the nation,” while Silicon Valley, where Draper lives, would be one of the wealthiest. Yet Hiltzik concedes that “Californians have lost contact with their government as more budgeting and administration [have] been upstreamed to Sacramento” and as state policies have “taken decision-making for everything from pothole repair to art and music classes out of the hands of the locals.”
Tim Draper, a storied Silicon Valley venture-capital investor, is the the prime mover behind the ‘Six Californias’ initiative.
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 chafed under Richmond’s rule, and sharply opposed the formation of the Confederacy. Mainers had long complained that the Legislature in Boston — where Maine was underrepresented — was not only too far away, but too willing to sacrifice their interests to those of Massachusetts.
Maybe those chapters from 19th-century history have no relevance to California today. Or maybe Draper is onto something that shouldn’t be dismissed too casually. Last September, in California’s rural north, Siskiyou County and Modoc County voted to pursue secession from California and support the creation of a new State of Jefferson. Local residents crowded the Siskiyou board of supervisors’ chambers, and when a speaker asked who in the audience favored the idea, the local paper reported, “nearly every hand in the room was raised.”
Conventional wisdom says Draper’s scheme hasn’t got a chance. But venture capitalists have a knack of seeing openings and opportunities that most people miss. Would “Six Californias” would be an improvement over the status quo? That’s definitely a debate worth having.
I think splitting up states into smaller, more manageable, responsive, representative, and accountable chunks is a great step in the right direction. Six California’s is a start. Then those six should be split in half, and those halves split again and again. Only this way can governments trend toward better representation of the demands and values of the people who reside within their borders.
If a small state predominantly of leftists passed a law to ban water bottles, issue penalties for “excess profits,” and create expansive welfare and public transportation programs, then it will gather more support and alienate fewer people than if such a law were passed in a larger, more mixed state. If a small neighboring state promised greater gun rights, fewer business regulations, and lower taxes, then the two states would compete for residents and occupants by virtue of their public policy. And despite such competition, there would ultimately be less conflict among individuals since their ideas on how one should live his or her life won’t affect the other (as much as if they all shared the same borders, anyway).
As I noted in a recent conversation with a coworker about splitting up California (and the United States) into smaller states: “it makes no sense for people who have little in common culturally, geographically, and ideologically to be forced into some common union in which they battle for whose ideas should run the others’ lives.”
Or just mother fuckers who drive all white Chargers with a fucking roof rack.
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The drug-fueled Gelman had fatally stabbed three people in Brooklyn and killed another with a car during a 28-hour rampage when he entered an uptown No. 3 train on Feb. 12, 2011.
Police officers Terrance Howell and Tamara Taylor were part of a massive NYPD manhunt. They were in the operator’s cab, watching the tracks between Penn Station and 42nd Street for any sign of the fugitive. Lozito was seated next to the cab.
In the official NYPD account and Howell’s own affidavit, Howell heroically tackled and subdued the killer. But Lozito tells a different story.
The 42-year-old mixed-martial-arts fan says he watched Gelman approach the cab window, barking: “Let me in!” Gelman even claimed to be a cop, but a dismissive Howell turned away, he says.
Gelman walked off. A straphanger recognizing Gelman tried to alert the cops, but was also rebuffed. A minute later, Gelman returned and set his sights on the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Lozito.
“You’re going to die,” Gelman announced — then stabbed him in the face.
Lozito leapt from his seat and lunged at the 23-year-old Gelman as the psycho sliced at him.
“Most of my wounds are in the back of my head,” Lozito said. “He got to the back of my head because my left shoulder [was] in his waist.”
In his account, Lozito pinned Gelman to the floor, disarming him. Howell then emerged from the booth, tapping Lozito’s shoulder: “You can get up now,” he said.
“By the time he got there, the dirty work was already done,” Lozito said.
Gelman was convicted in the spree — which left his girlfriend, her mother, his stepfather and a pedestrian dead, and five others injured.
Lozito says a grand-jury member later told him Howell admitted on the stand that he hid during the attack because he thought Gelman had a gun.
An angry Lozito decided to sue the city for negligence, arguing the cops should have recognized Gelman and prevented, or reacted more quickly to, the assault.
The city routinely settles such litigation but is playing hardball with Lozito, insisting his demand for unspecified money damages be tossed because the police had no “special duty” to protect him or any individual on the train that day.
"Worth this because the FED says so"
Is it even possible to redeem an old silver dollar certificate for silver, assuming you still possessed one?
Noooope. I’ve tried.
TA TE QUIETO!!!!!!!
Maybe its just massive “good Karma” that came back to em. Follow the lead!
It’s important that people see this
I dont even know who this is, but the media pulls shit like this often and it should be publicized.