Feb 26, 2009 7:41 am US/Pacific
Former State Lawmaker Wants To Split California Says Governing Two Californias Would Be Easier
VISALIA (AP) ― CBS
A former state legislator is reviving the old debate that two Californias are more easily governed than one.
Conservative Republican Bill Maze is harnessing the ire of San Joaquin Valley farmers and others as he stumps for splitting the 13 coastal counties stretching from Los Angeles to Marin from California's other 45. To that end, he is selling sponsorships in his nonprofit California Farming Industries.
Maze, who termed out of the Assembly last year, said he wants to put the question to the state's voters.
Californians have been faced with the issue 27 times, most recently in the early 1990s. Most efforts make good talk-show fodder, but don't go far.