Okay, we know that Tupac and Dr. Dre said that “California knows how to party,” but if the “Six Californias” initiative has its way, we may soon have to ask “Which one?”
“Six Californias” is a non-profit organization run by venture capitalist Tim Draper, with the sole purpose of splitting California into six separate states. And according to their Twitter account, they have the 808,000 signatures required to get the measure to split the state up on the ballot in November of 2016.
Draper, who founded venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetsen, the company known for its investments in Hotmail, Skype and Tesla, as well as recently winning the US Government’s auction of Bitcoins siezed when they toppled the Silk Road drug portal, has been the champion of breaking up the massive state of California into pieces for well over a year. He believes that California’s 38 million people would be much better served by smaller governments and more accessible elected officials.
The six carved out states would look like this:
Jefferson: The northern part of the state, including Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
North California: The wine country counties of Sonoma and Napa, as well as the Sierra Nevada region.
Silicon Valley: Including San Francisco, San Jose and most of what’s considered the San Francisco Bay Area.
Central California: The vast central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.
West California: Including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
South California: Including what’s called the Inland Empire of San Bernadino and Riverside, plus San Diego.
People are NOT in favor of this plan in California. In fact, a whopping 59% of Californians are against the plan to split up, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
But Draper seems like a smart enough guy. I mean, he put money in Tesla and Skype. He can’t be that bad.
Except when he’s taking his clothes off for Women Entrepeneurs.
That’s a lot more man-chest than I wanted to see today.
But apparently they’ve got enough signatures to get on the ballot, so I guess we’ll see what happens next November.
Maybe more shirtless Venture Capitalists will come out in favor of the plan.
[via USA Today]