A venture capitalist says the state of California is too large to govern, so he plans to split it into six separate states.
According to All Things Digital, technology investor Tim Draper, who stepped down from an investment role at his firm, submitted an initiative to the state’s attorney general last week, seeking approval to get half a million signatures to make it on the ballot in November.
The new states would include Jefferson in the far north, North California below that, Central California in the middle east, Silicon Valley in the middle west, West California including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and South California in the southernmost part of the state.
“Six Californias is an opportunity for Californians to get a fresh start, an opportunity to build new platforms for growth and prosperity, an opportunity to be awesome,” Draper said. “The status quo is dying and sucking the life out of us, but Californians are still the greatest, most innovative people on the planet, and I ask them to innovate their government back to prosperity.”
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Writing in an email to TechCrunch, Draper cites five key reasons why he wants to move forward with the initiative:
“1. It is about time California was properly represented with Senators in Washington. Now our number of Senators per person will be about average.
2. Competition is good, monopolies are bad. This initiative encourages more competition and less monopolistic power. Like all competitive systems, costs will be lower and service will be better.
3. Each new state can start fresh. From a new crowd sourced state flower to a more relevant constitution.
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4. Decisions can be more relevant to the population. The regulations in one new state are not appropriate for another.
5. Individuals can move between states more freely.”
However, political observers say the bill has no chance of being successful.