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Please check out your county page for email addresses and phone numbers. These are the folks to call, if you want to lend support for the Declaration and Petition to withdraw from the State of California.
You can also go to the “ACTION” page at the top of this site to sign an on-line “support statement.”
On June 3, 2014, Measure A was passed by the voters during the Tehama County Primary Election. So per their decision to place the Measure on the ballot, the Supervisors were expected to approve the “Declaration and Petition” to withdraw from the State of California.
Aftet the June 3rd election, the agenda item was placed on the Tehama County Board of Supervisors July 15, 2014 meeting. Dozens of Jefferson supporters attended the agenda item, which began with 8 or 9 people speaking in opposition.
Tehama Jefferson Committee Chairman Tom Knorr responded to a variety of questions posed by several Supervisors and also answered some of the opposition’s concerns. Others also spoke in favor of approving the Measure A and Declaration.
In the end, Tehama County Supervisors stuck to their promise and approved the “Declaration and Petition” with a 5-0 vote.
“I am pleased they followed through,” said Knorr.
The campaign for Measure A was supported by grass roots enthusiasts, who had little funding. Knorr said they were creative and thanked all who aided Measure A.
A billionaire tech investor says he has enough backing to put on the ballot a plan to split California into six states.
Timothy Draper, a venture capitalist founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in such tech companies as Twitter, HotMail, Skype and Tesla, told Reuters he has the 808,000 signatures needed on a petition to force the measure onto a public referendum in November 2016. Under the far-fetched plan, one state would be called “Silicon Valley” and would include the tech mecca, as well as San Francisco.
“California needs a reboot,” Draper, who has spent $4.9 million of his own money on the effort, said in a press release. “Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. … Six states that are more representative and accountable. Six states that embrace innovation and strive to improve the lives of residents.”
“California needs a reboot.”
- Timothy Draper, billionaire behind “Six Californias”
Draper’s group plans to submit the signatures today, according to a Tweet.
A state dubbed “Jefferson” would include the northernmost portion; “South California” would be comprised of San Diego and eastern Los Angeles while the rest of L.A. would be called “West California.” A province called “North California” would be built around Sacramento, and “Central California” would be made up of the central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.
Silicon Valley would become the nation’s richest state, while Central California would become its poorest, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Critics call the plan kooky and note that such ideas have been floated in the past and never gone anywhere. According to FOX40, there have been about 220 efforts to divide California. All have failed.
“This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy and money that will hurt the California brand,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic political strategist who formed the group OneCalifornia to fight Draper’s plan. “It has zero chance of passage. But what it does is scare investment away… at a time when the governor is leading us to an economic comeback.”
Draper and other supporters plan to file the signatures with California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Tuesday.
“It’s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians,” said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for the campaign. “The idea … is to create six states with responsive local governments — states that are more representative and accountable to their constituents.”
Draper’s group says the division would create a more business-friendly environment, solve the state’s water issues and ease traffic congestion.
Earlier this year, Bowen gave the go-ahead for activists to start gathering signatures for the initiative. Their deadline for submitting them was July 18.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle facing Draper’s six-state scheme is that even if approved, it would be subject to passage by Congress.
“He’s got a pretty high bar to pass,” Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, told the San Jose Mercury News. “There’ll be a general skepticism of how dividing the state would improve it.”
Published: Monday, Jul. 14, 2014 – 1:04 pm
California’s two giant public pension funds today reported profits exceeding 18 percent on their investment portfolios for the just-ended fiscal year.
CalPERS said it earned 18.4 percent, marking the fourth time in five years it has earned double-digit investment returns.
CalSTRS clocked in at just under 18.7 percent. “These numbers are extraordinary and very encouraging,” said Sharon Hendricks, chair of the teachers’ pension fund’s investment committee, in a press release.
Both pension funds are still trying to recover from the crippling multibillion-dollar losses of 2008-09, when the financial markets crashed. Despite the healthy returns in the latest 12-month period, both funds remain “underfunded,” which means they don’t have assets to cover all of their long-term pension obligations.
“There’s much, much work to be done,” said Ted Eliopoulos, CalPERS’ interim chief investment officer, in a conference call with reporters. “We’re ever vigilant; we try not to get too excited in good years or bad years about one-year results.”
For the two funds, the 18 percent-plus gains were substantially higher than their official forecasts of 7.5 percent.
Despite the strong results, both pension funds are continuing to raise pension contribution rates. CalPERS in April approved the first in a series of rate increases to reflect longer life expectancies for retirees.
As for CalSTRS, the Legislature last month approved a financial rescue package that will gradually increase contributions by nearly $4 billion a year combined from the school districts, the state and teachers themselves. The teachers’ pension system, unlike CalPERS, doesn’t have the authority to raise rates on its own.
Both funds saw huge gains in stocks; CalSTRS public stocks rose by 24 percent and its private equity returns came to 26 percent. CalPERS’ public stocks increased 24.8 percent and its private equity 20 percent.
Over the years, the two funds have made major strides in recovering from the market crash. CalPERS’ portfolio sits at $299.4 billion, a gain of 83 percent from the low point of $164 billion in 2009. CalSTRS portfolio was at $189.1 billion as of June 30, the most recent figure available.
But because they spent several post-crash years with a much smaller pool of money to invest, they’ve been unable to keep pace with rising liabilities. For instance, CalPERS is just 76 percent funded.
Until the Legislature voted last month to raise contribution rates for CalSTRS, the teachers pension fund had warned that it would run out of cash in another 30 years or so.
Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, . Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.
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Question Mark is a series of 20 questions about creating the State of Jefferson. Even if you are skeptical, the movement will give more attention to the fact that Northern California has inadequate representation in the California State Government.