Should California Split Into 6 Smaller States?

Venture capitalist Tim Draper wants to split California into smaller states with his "Six Californias" plan. Sonoma County would be part of "North California." Real estate mogul John Cox wants to split the state legislature into 1,000 pieces.

By Alex Gronke

The Golden State is a hidebound monopoly that delivers poor services at high prices to its citizen-consumers. It’s time to carve California into smaller states, just as Ma Bell divided into the Baby Bells in the 1980s. That’s the assessment of Tim Draper, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent venture capitalists, who is hoping to put a proposition on an upcoming ballot that would split California into six new states.

Draper notes that the 38 million people currently represented by only two senators in Washington would have 12 with his idea, which he is calling Six Californiasaccording to Tech Crunch. The founder of Draper University of Heroes wants to have language for a ballot proposition submitted to state officials before the end of the year.

Southern California real estate mogul and venture capitalist John Cox wants to keep the state intact, but he aims to smash the legislature into 11,000 little pieces. On Dec. 19, Cox got approval from the secretary of state to collect signatures for an initiative to divide the 120 Senate and Assembly districts into neighborhood districts representing 5,000 and 10,000 people, respectively. 

Cox thinks lawmakers from micro-districts would spend more time listening to constituents and less time hobnobbing with campaign cash donors, according to the Los Angeles Times. Cox has until May 19 to gather 807,615 signatures.

The political dreams of Draper and Cox may appear radical, but they are fairly mainstream when compared to the visions of other moguls with sidelines in civics. PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel is a proponent of seasteading, floating cities where pioneers can experiment with new forms of government.

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Paul Bodnick December 31, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Ridiculous idea. Could end up with hundreds of states


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