Here's an idea: Split California into six -- count 'em -- six states.
The campaign to do just that -- split the state in six -- took a step forward today, as Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper submitted more than 1 million signatures to place the question on the November 2016 ballot.
KQED's Scott Shafer reports:
The theory behind the measure is that California, with 58 counties and 38 million people and counting, is just too big. If passed and enacted, the Golden State would be split into six states, each with their own government and their own U.S. Senators. San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco would become part the state of Silicon Valley. Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties would belong to North California.
Draper sunk $2 million into the effort.
"Six Californias gives us the opportunity to reboot and refresh our state government," Draper said Tuesday. "The opportunity to improve our schools, our roads, our waterways, our prison system and our economy."
Even if this measure qualifies for the ballot, it still faces huge obstacles. Even if voters pass the plan, it would still need a majority of votes from both houses of Congress and the president's signature.
Democratic strategist Steve Maviglio, part of OneCalifornia, a bipartisan committee formed to oppose the measure, had some choice words for the proposed initiative Tuesday: "I think Californians need about two seconds to dismiss this idea rather than two years. On its face it's unworkable; it's an extravagant waste of time, money and energy."