‘SIX CALIFORNIAS’ BALLOT INITIATIVE ADVANCES, TIJUANA WANTS TO BE PART OF SOUTH CALIFORNIA

imageSILICON VALLEY,  California (The Adobo Chronicles®) – A plan backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six states has gained enough signatures to make the November 2016 ballot, the plan’s backers say.

On Tuesday, Draper told USA Today the campaign had garnered 1.3 million signatures, well over the approximately 808,000 needed. The signatures will be submitted in Sacramento Wednesday for placement on the November 2016 ballot.

The six carved out states would look like this:

Jefferson: The northern part of the state, including Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

North California: The wine country counties of Sonoma and Napa, as well as the Sierra Nevada region.

Silicon Valley: Including San Francisco, San Jose and most of what’s considered the San Francisco Bay Area.

Central California: The vast central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.

West California: Including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

South California: Including what’s called the Inland Empire of San Bernadino and Riverside, plus San Diego.

Upon  hearing the good news, residents in Tijuana in the southern U.S.-Mexico border rallied in the streets demanding that their town be included in the planned South California state.

North of the border, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will vote Thursday on a resolution endorsing Tijuana’s inclusion.

“Everyday, thousands cross the border — legally and illegally — into and out of Tijuana for work , business or tourism,” the board resolution states, “and it is in the best interest of San Diego and its economy to lift travel restrictions between the county and Tijuana.  What could be a better way to do that than to make Tijuana a part of South California and the U.S.?”

Draper told reporters he was open to the idea of annexing TJ to South California.

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