[guest post by Dana]
UPDATE: The approval discussed in post took place in February of this year. However, because we discussed California yesterday and its abysmal budget, I wanted to remind readers, especially out of state ones, that there are pro-active measures, no matter how extreme, occurring. Not every Californian is content with the way things are being run here.
Californians are one step closer to the possibility of the state being divided into six separate states.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper got the go-ahead this week to collect signatures for his “Six Californias” plan, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.
Draper needs more than 807,000 signatures of registered voters by July 18 to get his proposal on the November ballot.
According to Draper, California, with 38 million people, is too unwieldy to govern and properly represent all of its residents.
“Vast parts of our state are poorly served by a representative government dominated by a large number of elected representatives from a small part of our state, both geographically and economically,” the plan says.
Draper believes his “Six Californias” proposal will address the state’s troubled public schools and outdated and overmatched infrastructure systems.
Here is a map of the proposed six states:
*South California: San Diego and Orange counties
*West California: includes Los Angeles and Santa Barbara
*Central California: includes Bakersfield, Fresno and
*Silicon Valley: includes San Francisco and San Jose
*North California: Sacramento area
*Jefferson: Redding and Eureka areas
There are political concerns, of course:
Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, isn’t sold on the idea. “Splitting California into six states would raise all sorts of concerns about the partisan balance of the senate. I can’t imagine this would ever go anywhere” said Nyhan.
Nyhan says a plan like this would surface many issues. Things like water policy, agricultural policy, and even the electoral college would all change if this plan were to take action.
The plan aims to settle California’s financial issues after the separation of the states. If things can’t be resolved, each state would receive a portion of the state’s debts based on the newly created state’s population.
If the federal government approves creating six new states, “all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end, with its assets and liabilities divided among the new states,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement on Tuesday.
That would leave decisions regarding taxes and public spending of the new states up to its elected leaders.
According to Kurt Bardella, president of public relations firm Endeavor Strategic Communications and former aide to Rep. Darrell Issa, it is unlikely the six state solution would occur. Not only would Congress have to approve the additional states, but also the addition of 10 senators.
The implications would have tremendous repercussions at every level of government, from Congress all the way down.
And here is a different map of the proposed six-state California: