Draper’s plan to split California is not first of its kind

Draper’s plan to split California is not first of its kind

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper's proposal to split California into six separate states is not the first of its kind in the Golden State's history. The state has already seen dozens of serious similar proposals in the modern history.

In 1858, proponents of splitting the state proposed to split off a chunk of Southern California and name it the Colorado Territory. That idea was actually approved by Californian voters as well as their Legislature. But, Congress declined to ratify the division because a Civil War loomed at the time distracted the federal government's attention.

Since then, nearly 24 such proposals were put forward. A proposal to break the Golden State into three parts was actually approved by the state Assembly in 1992. That proposal enjoyed the backing of then Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.

Now, Draper proposes to split the state into six separate states, claiming smaller, separate state would bring about more local and efficient governments to all Californians. He has been arguing that the current state of California is hindering businesses' growth and economic progress. Roger Salazar, a spokesman for Draper's campaign, said, "It's important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians."

Draper's plan proposes to divide California into six smaller states, viz. Jefferson, Silicon Valley, Central California, North California, West California and South California, which would differ notably in size and demography.

The Silicon Valley venture capitalist claims that he his proposal has garnered enough signatures that he can put the proposal on the ballot in November 2016.

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