- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2014

Organizers plan to submit petitions Tuesday in Sacramento for a ballot initiative that would split California into six states.

The proposed constitutional amendment needs 807,615 valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot, but Six Californias spokesman Roger Salazar said the campaign has gathered significantly more than that.

Six Californias is the brainchild of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, who argues that voters in the nation’s most populous state need a state government that is “more representative and accountable.”

The campaign argues that California’s public schools have gone “from the top in the nation to 47th,” and that the state is ranked 50th out of 50 for the “worst business climate in the United States.” California also suffers from high unemployment and poverty.

“Our state needs our help,” said the campaign in a Monday statement. “Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. Six Californias gives us an opportunity to create a better future for all 38 million of us. Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents. With Six Californias we can refresh our government.”

Starting in the north, the six states would be called: Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Critics argue that the plan would never be approved by Congress, even if the voters pass it, and that splitting up the state would actually make California’s problems worse.