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Venture capitalist proposes splitting California

SAN JOSE — A California venture capitalist says the state is too big to govern — so he wants to split it up.

The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/1d4SbQq ) says Tim Draper is proposing a voter initiative calling on Congress to split the state into six regions. One would be called Silicon Valley and include the Bay Area and even Monterey.

Other folks might find themselves living in the states of South California, Central California and Western California. The wine country would be folded into North California and the far north would become Jefferson — a state first proposed in the 1940s.

Draper, who's reportedly a Skype and Hotmail billionaire, submitted the ballot proposal last week to the state attorney general's office.

Political observers, though, say the measure has zero chance of success.


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