If famed tech investor Tim Draper has his way (or rather, convinces enough California voters that it’s the best way), the cultural and economic juggernaut that is today’s California could cease to be, splintering via the collective force of million of ballots into six new states.
Draper is said to be behind a leaked outline of the “Six Californias” ballot initiative proposal that seeks to divide the country’s most populous state into North, Central, West and South California, as well as the state of Jefferson in the far north and the State of Silicon Valley would give the Bay Area its own state constitution as well.
If we’re being honest, the proposal breaks the state into the far northern hermits that have been trying to secede for years anyhow, Bay Area tech Utopians, the wine and politico country, the Central Valley agricultural hub and the southern deserts and military bases, while also granting the Los Angeles metro area its own empire.
Draper e-mailed TechCrunch that the proposal is all about more proper representation in the U.S. Senate, as well as encouraging more competition, freedom and a fresh start for the distinct regions of the mega-state.
That could be all well and good, but there’s also bound to be lots of losers on the end of such a deal who will fight hard against it, not to mention that getting it onto California’s ballot will be a battle in itself that will inevitably lead to some prolonged court battles.
Most distressing is the provision of the proposal that would allow for residents of any county to vote to join a different contiguous state than the one Draper has pre-chosen for them. This has the potential to completely muddle the entire notion — I can imagine a tiny, powerless state of just a few Central Valley counties surrounded by more powerful neighbors.
The draft envisions that the ball would start rolling on the process in the next four years. So far there’s an official website, but at the moment it’s just collecting emails. What do you think? Would six Californias be five too many?
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