Could California really be divided into six new states?

Could California really be divided into six new states?

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

It is a question that is often asked in other parts of the country, "Why are Californians so weird?"

The latest plan by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper to split California into six states has some people shaking their heads, at least outside of the state. Apparently there are enough California residents who like the idea enough to get it on the November 2016 ballot, according to USA Today.

Draper told USA Today that the campaign garnered 1.3 million signatures, which is well above the 808,000 needed.

This isn't a brand new idea for Draper. He has previously argued that the state's 38 million people would be better served by smaller governments and elected officials for a while.

Here is how he and his supporters would like to split up the state:

-- Jefferson: The northern part of the state, including Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
-- North California: The wine country counties of Sonoma and Napa, as well as the Sierra Nevada region.
-- Silicon Valley: Including San Francisco, San Jose and most of what's considered the San Francisco Bay Area.
-- Central California: The vast central valley farm region, including Tulare and Fresno counties.
-- West California: Including Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
-- South California: Including what's called the Inland Empire of San Bernadino and Riverside, plus San Diego.

Not everyone is keen on the idea though. The plan has met resistance from California's Democratic majority and a Field Poll in February found that 59 percent of Californians are opposed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Various opinions have also been expressed online.

Even if Draper could change the minds of the rest of the residents, he is still facing a huge uphill battle. The plan to divide the state would require the approval of both Congress and the state Legislature.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to