Billionaire VC Abandons "Three Californias" Plan, Blames Court "Corruption"

“Whether you agree or not with this initiative, this is not the way democracies are supposed to work,” billionaire Silicon Valley VC Tim Draper said in an email, after the California Supreme Court decided unanimously last month to remove from the November ballot a measure aimed at dividing California into three states.

This kind of corruption is what happens in Third World countries.

As a reminder, Draper had gathered more than 402,000 signatures when he submitted Prop. 9 in April to qualify for the November ballot. He argued that California had become too large to govern and would better represent its population by dividing into three separate states.

On July 9, California’s Supreme Court pulled Prop. 9 from the midterm ballot because of “significant questions regarding the proposition’s validity.”

Cal 3 was originally drafted as an amendment to the state constitution, but the environmental group Planning and Conservation League filed a lawsuit, maintaining that Draper’s proposal amounted to a “revision” that would require support from two-thirds of the state Legislature before appearing on the midterm ballot, the San Francisco Chroniclereported.

Draper was given a 30-day window to argue whether the proposal should be placed on the 2020 ballot.

Draper contended the court’s decision to remove the measure meant “the desires of hundreds of thousands of Californians who signed the initiative petition have been disregarded because of some ‘potential harm’ that would befall the voters if they were even presented an opportunity to discuss the failings of their government.”

And now, in a letter to the court dated Aug. 2, Draper said the court's decision last month to remove Cal 3 from the 2018 midterms, “effectively put an end to this movement,” and that he does not intend to appeal the decisionthe Sacramento Bee reported, adding that “the political environment for radical change is right now."

The letter was made public by his opponents Thursday, who gloated that Draper’s decision not to appeal as evidence “that (Draper) has no serious interest in the policy implications of his foolish idea, but that he just wanted to piggyback on what he thinks is a political trend.”

Draper, who spent more than $1.7 million to qualify his initiative for the ballot, which required gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures, noted that he had “no idea” if his initiative would have passed or if Congress would have given the necessary approval for the split but that the ballot measure would have spurred debate over government failings.

I wanted to let the voters debate, discuss and think about a different way forward — essentially a reboot.

And, I wanted the political class to hear and witness the frustration of California’s voters with decades of inaction and decay,” he wrote.

“I believed there was significant benefit to our democracy in that.”

Even billionaires cant always get their way... especially in California.


inhibi Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

So basically:

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Southern California: Mexico City

California: Hollywood

I can already imagine where the homeless will be shipped too.

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wren ???ö? Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:15 Permalink

The goal was for California to dominate Congress. Give them 4 more senators. Notice how it is broken up so liberals still dominate, but the state has more control of DC.

I'm good with it breaking up. Let's divide it into perfect thirds, north to south. But no, then there would be conservative counties getting more representation in DC. Just a liberal con to be more corrupt in DC.

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QuantumEasing JimmyJones Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:09 Permalink

It was redundant, since New California is moving forward regardless of any supposed "propositions." No more whoring.

After that, Jefferson needs to amp it up and get 'er done. Hope they learn their lessons and kick out any presumption of Fed authority (ZIP/FedRes Codes), and adopt State Postal Zones. It's kind of odd, DC is ten miles square, yet has a population of about 350+ million. Legally. Tin you say? Read Treasury Order 150-01, which went into effect September 28th, 1995. States are simply Federal Satrapies now. Any newly formed State needs to reject DC (a foreign entity), form their own bank, and restrict mail delivery to the Post Office (NOT "The USPS," which is a private commercial, non-government entity).

Anybody ever stop and wonder why it's ok for ZIP codes to encompass multiple states? Spoiler alert: If States still mattered, it would absolutely not be.

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Madison's_Ghost Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:40 Permalink

Bullshit attempt to get Cali 4 more Dem Senators while still screwing over the conservative population that floated this issue in the first place.  Good riddance to it.

rf80412 Mikeyyy Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

Even then, there'd be an insane urban/rural divide between Orange and SD and the deserts and mountains to the east and the southern part of the Central Valley ag region.

I'm also tempted to argue that OC is not naturally separable from Greater LA.  It certainly doesn't go with the San Diego metro; Camp Pendleton physically separates them and the SD county suburbs immediately to the south of it are all focused on SD, not LA.

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bolognasandwich rf80412 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:45 Permalink

OC has infinitely more in common with SD than LA. The Pendleton divide is more like a 10 minute brisk sight-seeing tour between two sides of the same town. Anaheim is now more connected to Corona, Elsinore, Temecula and the other growing/expanding areas there. Temecula is an excellent example of a population that equally works in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties.

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rf80412 JimmyJones Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:57 Permalink

There's no way that "Northern California" would't end up a blue state.  The territory shown is mostly sparsely populated mountains and farm country in the Central Valley.  The Bay Area would completely dominate politics there, both because of population and because of all that money.  Agriculture is only a few percent of CA's economy.

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rf80412 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

The problem with his plan is that none of it follows CA's actual economic and cultural divides.  The Bay Area, the Central Valley, the urbanized coastal strip in SoCal, and everything else.

I can only assume his motive had entirely to do with Congressional seats and electoral votes.

mbutler101 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 13:54 Permalink

Shocking...the STATE moves to protect it's monopoly rackets and hold on to power in opposition to the 'will of the People'. Government employees block the breakup of government...LMAO. Gangsters will be gangsters.

Calvertsbio Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:03 Permalink

You cant get a billionaire Farmer 'DOWN THERE" in Farm country to bring this forth. So you have a VC do it and try to look like it is coming from "the people"


Same thing the republicans do with fights, etc... Send in their own people to look like democrats and pick fights with innocent red hat kind and gentle people.

They, ROGER STONE will stop at nothing to separate the country. Those following their lead will pay the price in the end being part of what they "THINK" will help them....

WorkingPoor Fri, 08/10/2018 - 14:05 Permalink

Even state level judiciaries have gotten into the act of legislating from the bench.

i hope that, if there is anything to an afterlife,Ciciero is waiting on these august jurists with a  2 by 4. The better to address them as to "WHAT PART  OF "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" DID YOU MAMZIRIM NOT GET??"


Or maybr they are cherrypicking him with " inter arma enim silent leges ", and regarding any interference wth ibuilding socialism as an act of war.