FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014
Measure Should Qualify for the November 2016 Statewide Ballot
SACRAMENTO, CA — Supporters of the Six Californias Initiative today submitted 1.3 million signatures in counties around the state, more than enough to qualify the measure for the November 2016 statewide ballot.
“Today, we turn in 1.3 million signatures that say we are ready to make a change,” said Six Californias proponent Timothy C. Draper. “Six Californias gives us an opportunity to reboot and refresh our state government. We are ready to create six more responsive, representative governments, more sympathetic governments, more modern governments, more service oriented governments.”
Six Californias is an initiative to create six states with responsive, local governments. The initiative takes California into new territory, one where Californians can choose not only their own representatives, but also their own government.
“Californians understand the current structure doesn’t work,” Draper added. “California, this is your opportunity to get a better government. We understand that kind of change can be hard for people to imagine. We pushed this initiative to November 2016 because wrapping your mind around this kind of fundamental change takes time and it is worth having an extended conversation.”
Draper noted, “When the people and their state are no longer in sync, when large populations feel that they are not being represented, and when the state fails to provide the services that it promises to its citizens, we lose our democracy. Our state government, in forty short years, has gone from the best to the worst. In K-12 education, we have gone from first to 47th, we have high unemployment, nearly 1 in 5 of us is living below the poverty line, our prison population has quadrupled, recidivism is at an all time high, we are ranked 50th out of 50 states as the worst state in which to do business, our state’s technology lives in the 1980s, and our roads and waterways are starting to crack. Our state needs our help. Six Californias is our opportunity to solve the many problems we face today. Six Californias gives us an opportunity to improve our schools, our roads, our waterways, our business and jobs climate, our prison system and our economy. It gives us the opportunity to live in this glorious state and have great government services too.”
For More Information, visit: www.SixCalifornias.com