Split California Into 6 States? Petition Moves Ahead
Venture capitalist gets go-ahead to start collecting signatures
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2014 6:29 PM CST

(Newser) – Californians may soon get a chance to vote on splitting their state into six smaller ones, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Venture capitalist Tim Draper has gotten formal approval to start collecting petitions for his "Six Californias" idea. If he can get about 807,000 names by July 18, the idea would go before voters. Of course, even it passes, it would still have to get through Congress, making this seemingly closer to a thought experiment than a potential reality. "I can't imagine this would ever go anywhere," says a government expert at Dartmouth.

But California, "as it is, is ungovernable,” Draper tells ABC News. “It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California." Under his plan, the United States would add:

  • Silicon Valley (San Francisco and San Jose)
  • South California (San Diego and Orange County)
  • West California (LA and Santa Barbara)
  • Central California (Bakersfield, Fresno, and Stockton)
  • North California (Sacramento)
  • Jefferson (Redding and Eureka)

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Joe Flanagan
Feb 23, 2014 8:42 PM CST
Uh, talk is cheap, but it's doubtful Congress willl approve? What'smore, some day soon the San Andreas Fault will slide all of you into the Pacific Ocean. We'll miss ya:-)
Feb 21, 2014 9:02 AM CST
I love this idea...You could have a border crossing at every state line. As you headed north from mexico the gate swings from one way to both ways til it was just a line on a map...
jerry Q
Feb 20, 2014 10:53 PM CST
I do belive this idea need to be looked at, Things do need to be changed the state is to big and has to many problems, the East and West idea will not work that one is out. It has to be a North and South, 4 ,5 or 6 states. I cant say what is the best idea but that is how it has to be split up .Next if its get passed the major problem will be how and what each states tax codes will be,how much higher will they need to go, Next what about the states debts it already has and lets forget about all the states pentions that is being payed out already