Campaign underway to make California a separate country

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Campaign underway to make California a separate country
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As the Bay Area bleeds blue, some Silicon Valley giants want no part of living and working under a Trump presidency.

SAN FRANCISCO -- There is a campaign underway for California to become its own nation, lead in large part by Shervin Pishevar, an early investor in Uber. He's funding a campaign for the Golden State to secede from the union.

Pishevar, who hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in July, resigned from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

He tells President Obama that he, "cannot serve President Trump with a good conscience."

Venture Capitalist Paul Holland, who recently hosted Tim Kaine, spoke about the secession idea.

"If anybody would be able to do it, it would be California. It's the sixth largest economy. It's relatively self-sufficient in that we can provide most of our food and most of our own labor," said Holland.

The hashtag #CalExit started trending Tuesday night.

But there is push back. Some say Pishevar and his tech supporters should focus on working to improve and not leave the United States.

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