Divided California

six-californias

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

If you ever thought about getting a California silhouette tattoo, you might want to reconsider. A proposal to split California into six different states is going to be available to voters in November.

California, the nation’s most populous state, offers the best of all worlds, and splitting into six different states would be a huge mistake.

The master behind this idea is venture capitalist, Tim Draper, and his idea is flawed. The vision is to divide the state by region; the new states would be Jefferson, followed by North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Draper says the reason behind splitting the states is so decisions can be more relevant to the population, and each state can start fresh.

Draper received approval from the state to start collecting petition signatures to qualify the proposal for the ballot. He needs about 800,000 signatures by mid-July to make the cut.

“California residents would be better served by smaller governments,” Draper said.

What he doesn’t realize is that six new states means six new governments, six new state constitutions and six new state supreme courts.

No one would be willing to give California 12 Senate seats.

It is obvious that California is home of rivalries, Chargers or 49ers, Dodgers or Giants. Where the water goes, etc.

But the state has proven resilient against attempts to split it apart since its founding in 1850.

California is as diverse demographically as it is geographically, but still, everyone takes pride in being a Californian. We don’t only have to provide great culture here, but we spread it around.

Thanks to Hollywood, California has the biggest collection of internationally recognized household names. California also has some of the most photographed places, including Yosemite and Death Valley.

California has faced tough times since the financial crisis, but it is not broken.

It doesn’t make sense to throw away the past one and a half centuries of success the state has had as a whole because of one man’s need to live in a less populated state. There is Wyoming for that.

Author: Flor Marshall

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