Apparently Californians, having nothing else compelling on their ballots, will vote in 2016 on whether or not to peaceably divide their state into six different states: Jefferson (red), North California (olive), Silicon Valley (green), Central California (light blue), West California (dark blue), and South California (purple). This initiative, pushed by billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, supposedly has the required numbers of signatures of unhappy residents of the Golden State.
Will this pass? But, also, would it pass in any of the areas of the proposed breakaway states. My guess (from my vantage in NC) is that it has the greatest likelihood of passing in Jefferson (the red area) and slim to none in West California.
But suppose it does pass. It would still need the approval of Congress. Even the Lord's Prayer could not get passed in that "deliberative" body. It is true that, one state, Texas, is Constitutionally allowed to divide into five smaller units if they see fit. Given that the Republicans and the Democrats are strongly in competition for control of the Senate, there might be considerable reluctance to add additional states if they're likely to turn into opposition votes.
And would some of the less populous new states be economically viable? Central California in particular?
What is troublesome is the lack of imagination in the names of the proposed states. The proposal seems to follow the pattern found in the Carolinas, the Dakotas, and West Virginia: dividing the larger unit into smaller units by just affixing "North" or some other directional tag. And, frankly, Silicon Valley smacks of the media and the Chamber of Commerce.
Whoops! I am endangering two sacred cows of American society. My bad!
Anyway, what do you all think of this idea? You don't have to be a Californian to have an opinion.