California may be on the chopping block in the 2016 November elections — in a more literal sense than you might think.
A plan put forth by the nonprofit group “Six Californias,” and backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper, to split California into six states has gained enough signatures to make the November ballot.
So is this the end of the Golden State? But they seemed so happy together! What’s wrong in La La Land?
In their YouTube video, Six Californias explains why they want to break up the state.
The organization argues that with 38 million residents California is too big to function, “how can [one] governor look out for all 38 million of [them].” They believe that six smaller states, or a “more local” government would be better able to represent their constituents.
What would the segmenting look like? Like this:
Jefferson (Blue): The northern part of the state, including Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
North California (Purple): The wine country counties of Sonoma and Napa, and the Sierra Nevada region.
Silicon Valley (Yellow): Including San Francisco, San Jose, most of what’s considered the San Francisco Bay Area.
Central California (Red): The vast central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.
West California (Green): Including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
South California (Orange): Including what’s called the Inland Empire of San Bernadino and Riverside, plus San Diego.
A Twitter account belonging to the Six Californias tweeted on Tuesday:
Draper said in a press release that “Californians understand the current structure doesn’t work,” and that this was the state’s opportunity to get “a better government.” The “better government” according to Draper is a “more responsive, representative governments, more sympathetic governments, more modern governments, more service oriented governments.”
However not all Californians are on board with this plan. U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange County) said she didn’t like the idea either, according to NBC Bay Area .
“I’ll be voting against that ballot iniative in California. One of the great things about having a state like ours, is it’s so diverse in people, different industries and economies. I think together we’re the sum of the parts is so more than breaking up the state.”
And according to Valleywag the split would create the poorest state in the U.S.