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December 21, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology investor Tim Draper is trying to drum up support to split California into six states, one of them being Silicon Valley. His argument for redrawing the California map: The state is underrepresented in Washington. He's looking to get an initiative on the California ballot. He told TechCrunch: “It is about time California was properly represented with senators in Washington. Now our number of senators per person will be about average.” California has a long history of secessionist fervor.
In the deserted, weed-covered lots of Los Angeles' urban core, Tim Draper sees fertile ground for a thriving high-tech community. And Silicon Valley venture capitalist's vision for a high-technology center is as broad as the 19-square-mile area--from South-Central to East L.A. to Dodger Stadium--that he's targeting. In this unlikely area, Draper is leading an effort to invest at least $25 million of federal funds--and perhaps an equal amount of private capital--in high-tech start-ups.
December 28, 2013 | By Lee Romney
YREKA, Calif. - Farmers, ranchers and onetime loggers were among those who packed a church community room here in August to listen to a former state lawmaker convey his vision of a cleaved - and more governable - California. The theme was familiar, the resonance deep for those convinced that relentless regulation is strangling the economy of this northern border county. But this time, a tall man sporting a baseball cap stood up with a challenge. "Are we just going to go have an ice cream and complain?"
Forget those venture capitalists and billionaire tycoons hosting lavish fund-raisers from La Jolla to Manhattan. The single biggest donor to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis' campaign fortune now happens to be Gov. Davis' campaign fortune itself. A fund-raising snowball, Davis' treasury is so big it's gaining heft just by rolling forward.
September 8, 2003 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
It was not yet 8 a.m. at Buck's restaurant, the legendary Silicon Valley networking nexus and breakfast joint. Already, Jamis MacNiven, Buck's irrepressible owner, was in full recall spiel, navigating his big frame from booth to booth -- from venture capitalists hunched over kiwi strawberry blintzes to unemployed techies desperately scouring the dining room for opportunities.
September 2, 2003 | Anthony Effinger, Bloomberg News
Joel Boblit started buying and selling action figures on EBay in 1997. This year, he expects to sell $3 million worth of G.I. Joes, Transformers and Zoids. That's good news for EBay Inc., right? Wrong. Boblit is on the front line in the coming clash between two Internet titans that are winning customers and making money on the Net. Boblit uses EBay, the world's biggest Internet auction site, only for clearing out inventory from his online store.
November 15, 2005 | Jamie Court, JAMIE COURT, author of "Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It" " (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004), is president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is making a high-profile trade trip to China this week. It's supposed to benefit you and me by opening up Chinese markets for California goods. But the guest list is a dead giveaway: Of the 80 businessmen, government officials and others accompanying the governor, about two dozen are big-bucks Schwarzenegger supporters who have together contributed more than $2.5 million to his campaign committees.
November 27, 2004 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
When he played keyboards for the hard-rocking group Baton Rouge, David Cremin and his big-haired bandmates reached the charts with the song "Walks Like a Woman." That was in 1989. "I lived a dream," Cremin said, recalling three tours and an MTV appearance before the band fired him over a clash in direction. Now 44, Cremin is a Santa Barbara-based venture capitalist helping a far-flung mix of Californians pursue dreams of their own, but he sounds as stoked as a budding rocker.
September 28, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And you don't mess around with Jim. --Singer Jim Croce, 1972 * School voucher strategists are messin' with Gov. Gray Davis. Going right at him. Hard jabs to the gut. It's an eye-opening tactic. You'd call it awfully risky, attacking a highly popular governor. Except that the voucher folks probably figure they have little to lose, given the polls.
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