By Nadia Noir
Think Los Angeles has nothing in common with those hippies and yupsters to the North (a/k/a San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Feel like San Diego is basically a different planet? You might be the exact voter Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Tim Draper, is gunning for.
Draper is trying to split California into six Californias–the super North like Chico and Eureka which would be called Jefferson, the Sacramento-area which would be Northern California, the hipster-elite in San Francisco and Silicon Valley which would be called, well, Silicon Valley, the “regular” people in the Bakersfield/Stockton areas which will be called Central California, us Angelenos would be West California, and San Diego would be Southern California, officially. Each of these six states would have their own separate government, including elected officials.
The multimillionaire is trying to add a constitutional amendment measure to the November 2016 election ballot and only needs 807, 615 signatures which is a tiny percentage of the 38.04 million people that live in this state.
“This is a colossal and divisive waste of time, energy and money that will hurt the California brand” as well as the state’s “ability to attract business and jobs,” said Democratic strategist Steve Maviglio. “It’s unfortunate that Mr. Draper is putting his millions into this effort to split up our state rather than help us face our challenges.”
Another Democratic strategist, Roger Salazar, thinks it’s a brilliant idea.
“California is a beautiful place to live, and any time you can get new ideas and have a conversation, it’s a good thing for California,” Salazar said. “If it helps to make government more responsible, that’s a good thing, too.”
Look at the map here and see whether you’d be into California being six separate states.