Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.40.52 AMVenture 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.

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  • ALM247

    Publicity stunt. This is just silly, and the last two reasons of “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”
    are just plain shameful.

    All the problems in the world, and people are supposed to be concerned about some whiny tech folks making six and seven figures in Silicon Valley?

    All the problems in the world, and people are supposed to be concerned about songwriters who have an issue with getting copyrights to the songs they want to sample?

    His argument is so weak. He may make sound investments, but he needs major work on his rhetoric.

    I recently read an article about the overall representation issue in “Los Angeles” magazine. There are millions of citizens, but only a few people on the city council. Due to this, the city council members have been called kings and queens.

    A better resolution is to find out how to change the laws to allow the city council to be larger. I don’t know what the laws in California are on this, but why can’t they have a 15 member city council? What steps can be made to change the laws to allow additional members to the city council? Does anyone commenting here know what the law is regarding changing the number of city council members?

    I don’t think he is truly trying to solve the representation issue. I think he is trying to shift certain issues into other parts of the state. He is trying to create an environment of elite/upper class issues vs. working class issues, and that is not a realistic world.

    • [email protected]

      You are right. He is a venture capitalist by the way.

  • PiaMia

    Well I live in West California lol L.A….anyway I’m not putting any thought into this as I know it would never pass but I must say I feel for the people of the central and the north.

    Seriously, they have nothing….zero in common with the people of LA and have different concerns and interest. While “we” west and i guess south California have immigration issues this is different even from the other major city of cali ..San Fran/Silicon Valley plus central California heavily depends on immigrants for their agriculture while I can tell you even further north is super super rural and would rival some Dakotas and other southern/Midwestern and way north USA states (think Montana or Idaho) in terms of agriculture and being rural.

    My point is that let’s face it the stet as a whole panders to its most populous cities those being LA and San Fran and does NOT meet the needs of bathe rural communities. I hear what everyone is saying about electoral votes etc…I guess I’m only saying I understand the issues of the rural communities of California being ignored