Venture capitalist Tim Draper has a big plan for California – a plan to chop it up into six separate states – TIME reports.
Draper, the money man behind companies like Hotmail, Twitter, and Skype, submitted 1.3 million signatures to election officials on Tuesday; officials need 807,615 of those signatures to be valid before they place it on the November 2016 ballot. The six proposed states are Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California, and South California.
“The strongest argument for Six Californias is that we are not well-represented. The people down south are very concerned with things like immigration law and the people way up north are frustrated by taxation without representation. And the people in coastal California are frustrated because of water rights. And the people in Silicon Valley are frustrated because the government doesn’t keep up with technology. And in Los Angeles, their issues revolve around copyright law. Each region has its own interest, and I think California is ungovernable because they can’t balance all those interests. I’m looking at Six Californias as a way of giving California a refresh and allowing those states to both cooperate and compete with each other.”
If California residents vote in favor of the proposal in 2016, then Congress and the President would have to pass a law to approve the six-way split.