Tim Draper's “Six Californias” proposal would seek to split up our most populous U.S. state into six, small state sections, while retaining the original state boundaries, established when Calif. was admitted to the Union in 1850.
California is home to one out of eight Americans, and according to Draper, the Golden State is far too crowded to effectively manage.
“California as it is, is ungovernable,” Draper said on Wednesday. “It is more and more difficult for Sacramento [the capital] to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California. With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments, and states can get a refresh."
According to the proposal, the six new states would be called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.
The California Attorney General’s office gave Draper the green light to begin collecting the 807,615 signatures (representing eight percent of the total ballots cast for governor in the 2010 election) needed by July 18 to include the Six Californias initiative on the ballot this fall.
Congress would also have to sanction the split, and also add 10 new seats in the Senate, as required by Article IV of the US Constitution. That alone makes this proposal unlikely to fly.
“I don’t think anyone is going to give California 12 Senate seats,” said Raphael Sonenshein of California State University in Los Angeles. “It’s certainly fun to talk about, but its prospects are nil.”
A press conference is scheduled for Monday Feb. 24, which can be live streamed through sixcalifornias.info.