b8056c759cfce76d6791eed610309e9fBackers of an initiative that would divide California into six states will gather signatures at 143 locations throughout the state today and Sunday in an attempt to put the measure on the November 2016 ballot.

“California has grown ungovernable — be it Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jerry Brown as governor — (and) the problems we face are too ingrained to be fixed in Sacramento,” Anna Morris of Six Californias told City News Service.

“We need to reboot and the Six Californias initiative would bring government much closer to the people.”

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said he wrote the initiative because he “wanted people to have a choice, to be local to their state government and to be able to get a refresh so that schools, streets and waterways could improve, poverty would decrease and businesses would want to keep jobs here.”

Joe Rodota, a co-founder of OneCalifornia, a committee opposing the initiative, said “it has negative implications that could cost California’s businesses and taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.”

Rodota estimated the cost of documenting and dividing the assets and liabilities of California into six pieces would cost billions of dollars and take decades.

“That would be the greatest single misuse of time and money in the history of California,” said Rodota, a cabinet secretary under then-Gov. Pete Wilson.

Rodota said effects of splitting the state would include forcing families with children attending a University of California campus that is not in the new state which they would be assigned to pay out-of-state tuition and businesses having to file multiple state income tax returns if they had operations and employees in various states that were previously all part of California.

If voters approve the Six Californias initiative and Congress agrees to admit five new states, West California would consist of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

South California would consist of Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

The eight coastal and adjacent counties from Monterey County to San Francisco would form Silicon Valley.

The 14 inland counties from Kern to San Joaquin, Calaveras and Alpine would form Central California.

The 13 counties from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada border from Marin and Sonoma counties to Sierra, Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties would form North California.

The state’s 14 northernmost counties would form the state of Jefferson, taking the name from the proposed state under a short-lived 1941 effort that would have combined California’s Del Norte, Siskiyou and Modoc counties with four in Oregon.

(County voters could approve reassignment to a different new state if the second state approves.)

The initiative’s backers need to submit valid signatures from 807,615 registered voters — 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 general election — by July 18 to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

“We are well on our way to getting there,” Morris said.

The locations of the signature-gathering sites can be found on the initiative’s website, sixcalifornias.info.

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MlrPEKNGame of Thrones Season 4 ended on high note, but fans can’t stop missing their favourite show. True to its nature, the show’s finale again featured a shocking death but this time, it made fans happy.

Tyrion Lannister finally managed to escape his vicious death order but before fading out of the realm, the dwarf Lannister killed his father Tywin in cold blood.
The fifth season will feature his grand odyssey and search for allies to bring down Cersei. However, there are a lot of speculations about what will happen in Westros.
According to entertainment website Comic Book, Cersei will grow more powerful at King’s Landing as Tommen’s regent. She will also gain more control over her young son.
Margaery Tyrell and her grandmother Olenna Tyrell too may lose power under Cersei’s rule. Although Jaime will always be there, he would be more interested in his incestuous relation with Tommen’s mother than bestowing good life upon the people.
The website also suspects that the growing misery among the people of the Westros will give birth to a new army.
Faith of the Seven will see renewed devotions as many knights will join the army of Poor Fellows to fight for the underprivileged.
There is a possibility that Faith and the High Sparrow will unite to create Faith Militants in the upcoming season, posing a major threat to Westros rulers, King’s Landing in particular.
Fighting them will be a tough task ahead for Cersei in the absence of Tyrion.
Game of Thrones Season 5 is rumoured to be adapted from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the fourth and fifth books from George R.R. Martin’s best-selling novel series A Song of Ice and Fire.

 

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PandariaTalk about the ultimate grind: a World of Warcraft player managed to reached the highest level in the game, 90, without ever leaving the starting zone.

Normally, a pandaren (a race in World of Warcraft) stays neutral (not belonging to either Horde or Alliance factions) until level 10. The standard course of action after that would be to choose a faction and continue your adventures in other zones, more suited for higher levels.

However, a player called Doubleagent decided he wanted to stay neutral — forever. So, he never left his starting zone, leveling in the slowest possible way: by mining and picking herbs.

Since that’s the one of the hardest ways to gain experience (and thus, levels) in WoW, it took a very long time for Doubleagent to reach level 90. He started leveling his pandaren in September 2012, and it took 173.5 game days (full amount of time spent in-game) to get there.

Was it boring? According to Doubleagent’s post on the Battle.net forums, not so much. “At times I can find it relaxing, a change from the normal,” he writes.

Doubleagent’s odd accomplishment is accompanied by a number of anomalies, since the game was not really designed for pandaren players to stay neutral after level 10. He had to die a lot in order to reach the western part of the Wandering Isle (pandaren starting zone), and he cannot leave the Isle at all.

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